Archive for October 18th, 2018

Philippine watchdog fines Grab, Uber for rushed merger, drop in service quality

18-Oct-2018 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:00 AM

The Philippines’ competition watchdog fined ride-hailing firms Grab and Uber Technologies on Wednesday, saying they consummated their merger too soon and that the [...]
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Philippines’ high inflation also good, says Bangko Sentral official

18-Oct-2018 Intellasia | Rappler | 6:00 AM

Felipe Medalla says the high inflation figure reflects the elevated prices of cigarettes and sugary drinks, which were planned by the government under the TRAIN law Despite [...]
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New car sales in Philippines likely to suffer first drop in 7 years

18-Oct-2018 Intellasia | ABS-CBN | 6:00 AM

New car sales this year in the Philippines are likely to sustain the first decline in seven years due largely to newly implemented higher excise taxes on automobiles. New [...]
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Global competitiveness report: Philippines ranks 56th

18-Oct-2018 Intellasia | Philstar | 6:00 AM

The Philippines ranked 56th out of 140 countries in the latest Global Competitiveness Report of the World Economic Forum. WEF’s Global Competitiveness Index 2018 [...]
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Thai monk sentenced for raping 13-year-old he impregnated

18-Oct-2018 Intellasia | AP | 6:00 AM

A Thai court on Wednesday sentenced a former Buddhist monk known for his jet-set lifestyle to 16 years in prison for raping a 13-year-old girl who he also impregnated. [...]
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Thai army chief says no need to intervene if politics stable

Thai army chief says no need to intervene if politics stable

18-Oct-2018 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:00 AM

Thailand’s new army chief on Wednesday did not rule out another military intervention if there was political conflict after the return of civilian rule in a general [...]
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Police in Thailand dismiss British woman’s rape allegation

18-Oct-2018 Intellasia | Asahi | 6:00 AM

Police in Thailand said Tuesday that they have dismissed a 19-year-old British tourist’s claim that she was raped on a Thai resort island after their investigation [...]
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Jailed Thai ex-monk gets further 16 years for child rape, abduction

18-Oct-2018 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:00 AM

A former Buddhist monk who sparked outrage in Thailand over his lavish lifestyle and is already serving time for fraud was sentenced to a further 16 years in prison on [...]
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EXIM Thailand inks agreements to enhance Thai and HK exporters’ competitiveness

18-Oct-2018 Intellasia | Nation Multimedia | 6:00 AM

Export-Import Bank of Thailand (EXIM Thailand) has signed memoranda of understanding with Hong Kong Export Credit Insurance Corporation (HKEC), to strengthen cooperation to [...]
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In Indonesia, transgender women find haven in Islamic boarding school

18-Oct-2018 Intellasia | NBC News | 6:00 AM

Shinta Ratri, the matron of an Indonesian Islamic boarding school, corrects the pronunciation of a group of fellow Muslims as they chant the phrase “only one God” [...]
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Indonesia-Australia Defense Ties in Focus With ministerial Meeting

18-Oct-2018 Intellasia | The Diplomat | 6:00 AM

A recent engagement spotlighted the security aspect of ties between the two sides. Last week, Indonesia and Australia held a defense ministers’ meeting. The [...]
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Australia insists trade agreement with Indonesia on track despite Israel comments

18-Oct-2018 Intellasia | CNA | 6:00 AM

Australian prime minister Scott Morrison said on Wednesday a billion-dollar free trade agreement with Indonesia will be signed this year despite a furious reaction to [...]
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Indonesians seek talismans of former lives in quake rubble

Indonesians seek talismans of former lives in quake rubble

18-Oct-2018 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:00 AM

Wooden beams tilted at crazy angles poke out of piles of shattered concrete littered with battered motorbikes and household items, from crumpled pots and pans to smudged [...]
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$90k worth of Singapore currency seized in Indonesia’s latest corruption raid

18-Oct-2018 Intellasia | Straits Times | 6:00 AM

Indonesia’s anti-graft agency KPK has confiscated almost S$140,000 in cashincluding Singapore currencywhich it suspects that a property company was using to bribe local [...]
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PM insists Indonesia trade deal ‘on track’ despite Jerusalem embassy tensions

18-Oct-2018 Intellasia | SBS | 6:00 AM

Prime minister Scott Morrison has seized on public comments from Indonesia’s trade minister, insisting the pending free-trade agreement is still “on track”. [...]
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