Archive for January 18th, 2021

WhatsApp’s clarifications on privacy soothe some Singapore users’ concerns

18-Jan-2021 Intellasia | CNA News | 6:52 AM

WhatsApp’s clarifications about updates to its terms of service have gone some way to allay initial concerns over privacy, said users of the messaging app in Singapore [...] » More

Bank of China Manila established as RMB Clearing Bank in Philippines

18-Jan-2021 Intellasia | Xinhua | 6:52 AM

The Bank of China Manila has been officially established as the renminbi (RMB) Clearing Bank of the Philippines in a ceremonial launch held here on Saturday. The Philippines [...] » More

Philippines, China vow cooperation for post-pandemic recovery

18-Jan-2021 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:52 AM

Foreign ministers of China and the Philippines on Saturday committed to prioritising post-pandemic recovery efforts as senior Chinese diplomat Wang Yi wrapped up a week-long [...] » More

Philippines says China to donate half a million Covid-19 vaccines

18-Jan-2021 Intellasia | AFP | 6:52 AM

Beijing’s top diplomat pledged Saturday to donate half a million coronavirus vaccine shots to the Philippines, Manila officials said despite growing resistance there to [...] » More

Philippines’ COVID-19 cases near half million mark

18-Jan-2021 Intellasia | Rappler | 6:52 AM

The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Philippines inched closer to half a million, as the Department of Health reported over 2,000 new cases on Saturday, [...] » More

Thailand to introduce 300 baht ‘tourism fee’ to insure foreign visitors, manage tourist destinations

18-Jan-2021 Intellasia | The Thaiger | 6:52 AM

Thailand’s Tourism minister, Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn, has confirmed a proposal to charge foreign tourists a fee of 300 baht per visit. The fee will be used to develop [...] » More

Thailand was nailing coronavirus until they started to see a sudden spike. Here’s how they got caught out

18-Jan-2021 Intellasia | ABC | 6:52 AM

As the end of 2020 approached, Thailand was in an enviable position. As other nations confronted soaring coronavirus case numbers, the country had only 4,246 infections and [...] » More

Thai students mark Teachers’ Day with paint-soaked protest

18-Jan-2021 Intellasia | AFP | 6:52 AM

Students piled bamboo canes and stationery in front of Thailand’s Ministry of Education and splashed crimson paint on it to protest corporal punishment, one of several [...] » More

Thai Beverage revives plan for $2 billion Singapore IPO of regional beer assets sources

18-Jan-2021 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:52 AM

Thai Beverage PCL has revived plans to list regional beer assets through a Singapore initial public offering (IPO) that could raise about $2 billion, people familiar with the [...] » More

Thailand Tourism Committee Approves 300 Baht Tourism Fee From Each International Visitor While The Industry Melts Down

18-Jan-2021 Intellasia | Loyaltylobby | 6:52 AM

The 300 Baht Fee which has now been approved by the National Tourism Policy Committee will also include a laughable 35 Baht insurance premium (US$1) to provide health [...] » More

Aftershock shakes Indonesia quake zone as rescuers hunt for survivors

18-Jan-2021 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:52 AM

An aftershock jolted Indonesia’s Sulawesi island on Saturday as rescue workers combed the rubble of collapsed buildings for survivors after an earthquake killed at [...] » More

COVID-19 cases are soaring in Indonesia. Can a new health minister turn things around?

18-Jan-2021 Intellasia | Sciencemag | 6:52 AM

A new face at the helm of Indonesia’s Ministry of Health has raised scientists’ hopes that the country may take a more scientific approach to its increasingly [...] » More

UAE leaders express condolences to Indonesia over victims of earthquake

18-Jan-2021 Intellasia | Gulftoday | 6:52 AM

President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan has sent a message of condolences to Indonesian President Joko Widodo, expressing his condolences for the victims of [...] » More

Indonesian Semeru volcano erupts, spews ash 5kms into sky

Indonesian Semeru volcano erupts, spews ash 5kms into sky

18-Jan-2021 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:52 AM

A volcano in Indonesia’s East Java province erupted on Saturday, spewing ash and smoke as high as an estimated 5.6 kilometres into the sky, according to data from the [...] » More

EU escalates WTO case against Indonesia over export curbs

18-Jan-2021 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:52 AM

The European Union escalated its challenge at the World Trade Organisation on Thursday over Indonesia’s export ban on nickel ore by requesting the Geneva-based trade [...] » More