Society

7 Vietnamese dead, 5 in coma after taking drugs at music festival

Seven Vietnamese have died and five are in a coma after taking drugs at an electronic dance music festival in Hanoi late Sunday, officials said, as authorities scrambled to trace the substance. The victims, all Vietnamese, tested positive for an unspecified drug prompting officials to ban all EDM festivals in the capital in the wake […]

Drugs kill seven at Vietnam music festival

Seven Vietnamese have died and five are in a coma after taking drugs at an electronic dance music festival in Hanoi, officials said Monday, as authorities scrambled to trace the substance. The Sunday night disaster, believed to be the deadliest drug-related incident in the country, shocked the communist nation’s conservative capital. Synthetic drug use is […]

Major fire engulfs homes in downtown Hanoi

Firefighters late Monday battled a major blaze in central Hanoi that engulfed several homes near a children’s hospital and sent panicked residents running for safety. There were no deaths or injuries reported hours after the fire started in a crowded part of the Vietnamese capital, but a huge plume of smoke could be seen from […]

Health

China confirms first human case of H7N4 bird flu

China confirms first human case of H7N4 bird flu

China has confirmed the first human case of H7N4 bird flu, prompting Hong Kong to issue a health warning for those travelling to the mainland during the busy Lunar New Year holiday. The strain was identified in a 68-year-old woman from the eastern province of Jiangsu who was admitted to hospital after falling ill on […]

First Zika case in Singapore since September 2017: MOH

First Zika case in Singapore since September 2017: MOH

The Zika virus is back in Singapore, almost four months after the last reported case. The latest case was reported last Thursday (18 January), the National Environment Agency (NEA) said in an update on its website published on Tuesday (23 January). The website does not list any Zika cluster. It is the first Zika infection […]

New bird flu case discovered in Korea

South Korea culled 197,000 chickens at a farm close to the capital city after a new case of avian influenza was discovered, the government said on Wednesday. The government has imposed a 48-hour ban on transporting poultry products in the north of the country, Efe news reported. The affected farm is located in Pocheon, 45 […]

FinanceAsia

Hong Kong Export Index 3Q18: Exporters Advised to Diversify and Tap ASEAN Markets

Amid Mounting Concerns over Sino-US Trade Tensions HONG KONG, Sept 18, 2018 – (ACN Newswire) – Hong Kong exporters are urged to diversify into emerging markets such as Southeast Asia amid the lingering Sino-United States trade dispute. The HKTDC Export Index dropped from 54.1 in the second quarter (2Q18) to 35.8 in the third quarter […]

Hitachi Launches Lumada Center Southeast Asia

To Offer IoT Solutions for Customers in Thailand and Support Growth in the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) BANGKOK, Sept 18, 2018 – (JCN Newswire) – Hitachi Ltd. (TSE: 6501) and Hitachi Asia Ltd. today announced the launch of “Lumada Center Southeast Asia” at Amata City Chonburi Industrial Estate in Chonburi, as part of its broader […]

One-Ttwo for TOYOTA GAZOO Racing and a Hat-Trick for Tanak

Rally Turkey: Day 4 TOKYO, Sept 18, 2018 – (JCN Newswire) – The TOYOTA GAZOO Racing World Rally Team has finished first and second on a gruelling Rally Turkey with drivers Ott Tanak and Jari-Matti Latvala. It is the first such result for the team since its return to the FIA World Rally Championship at […]

Regional

Democratic transition in Burma ‘at standstill’UN rights panel

Myanmar’s democratic transition has ground to a standstill as authorities seek to silence critics while allowing hate speech, particularly against Muslim Rohingya, the head of a UN fact-finding human rights mission said on Tuesday. “Democracy requires a government that accepts scrutiny, it depends on leadership that actively combats hate speech and harmful misinformation,” Marzuki Darusman, […]

Burma military brutality against Rohingya ‘hard to fathom’: UN investigator

Burma military brutality against Rohingya ‘hard to fathom’: UN investigator

The level of brutality used by Myanmar’s military against the Rohingya minority is “hard to fathom”, a UN investigator said Tuesday, presenting a damning report calling for top generals to be prosecuted for genocide. “It is hard to fathom the level of brutality of Tatmadaw operations, its total disregard for civilian life,” Marzuki Darusman, who […]

Burma army should be removed from politics: UN probe

Myanmar’s powerful army should be removed from politics, UN investigators said Tuesday in the final version of a damning report reiterating calls for top generals to be prosecuted for genocide against the Rohingya Muslim minority. A brutal military crackdown last year forced more than 700,000 Rohingya to flee over the border to Bangladesh. Demands have […]

China

China reports new African swine fever outbreak in Inner Mongolia

China reports new African swine fever outbreak in Inner Mongolia

A new outbreak of African swine fever occurred on a farm in northern China’s Inner Mongolia, the agriculture ministry said on Monday, the second in the region, as the highly contagious disease continues to spread rapidly across the world’s top producer of pigs. Eight hogs were dead and 14 were infected on the farm of […]

WSJ reporters want ‘Beijing-protected’ Jho Low jailed

Wall Street Journal (WSJ) journalists called today for Malaysian fugitive businessperson Jho Low to be jailed over the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) corruption scandal. News portal Malaysiakini reported Tom Wright, one of the co-authors of the book Billion Dollar Whale chronicling the scandal, as claiming that Beijing was protecting Low in China. “The story hasn’t […]

Trump imposes tariffs on $200B more of Chinese goods

The Trump administration will impose tariffs on $200 billion more in Chinese goods starting next week, escalating a trade war between the world’s two biggest economies and potentially raising prices on goods ranging from handbags to bicycle tires. The tariffs will start at 10 percent, beginning Monday of next week, and then rise to 25 […]

Malaysia

Despite false reports, Fahmi Fadzil still against Anti-Fake News Act

Lembah Pantai MP Fahmi Fadzil said he remains opposed to the Anti-Fake News Act, despite a controversial report wrongly claiming the attorney-general resigned today. In a series of tweets, he said he is more in favour of clearer journalistic ethics guidelines, self-regulation, and the setting up of a Media Council. “I am not in favour […]

Umno to decide Monday if running in Port Dickson against Anwar

Umno’s political bureau will meet next Monday to decide if the party will run in the upcoming Port Dickson by-election against PKR leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, Umno secretary-general Tan Sri Annuar Musa said today. “We have not made a decision. Umno’s political bureau will meet on the 24th,” Annuar told Malay Mail. MIC and […]

Najib likely ‘disengaged’ from Jho Low’s 1MDB operations, says WSJ journalist

Datuk Seri Najib Razak may not have been fully aware about how fugitive financier Low Taek Jho ran 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), Wall Street Journal reporter Tom Wright told local news site Coconuts in an interview published today. Wright, who co-authored the book Billion Dollar Whale, said the former prime minister was likely “disengaged” with […]

Indonesia

Indonesia books $1.02 billion trade deficit in August

Statistics Indonesia (BPS) announced on Monday that Indonesia recorded a trade deficit of $1.02 billion in August, mostly as a result of oil and gas imports. The August trade deficit is half of the $2.03 billion deficit in July, Indonesia’s highest in five years. Exports decreased by 2.9 percent month-to-month (mtm) to $15.82 billion, with […]

Burma-Indonesia bilateral trade to increase by 31 pct this year: ambassador

Bilateral trade between Myanmar and Indonesia is expected to reach 1 billion US dollars this year, increasing by 31 percent as compared with last year, said Indonesian Ambassador Dr Uza Fadri on Monday, the official Global New Light of Myanmar reported Tuesday. Speaking at a Indonesia-Myanmar Business Matching held in Yangon on Monday, Fadri pledged […]

Indonesia to lower overseas online shopping limit to $75

The finance ministry’s Customs and Excise Office has issued a regulation to lower the import limit for online shopping to only $75 from the initial $100. “The new regulation will take effect on October 10,” said its director general, Heru Pambudi, in Jakarta on Monday as reported by kompas.com. He said the policy was stated […]

Singapore

Four Vietnamese charged for shop thefts across Singapore

Four Vietnamese who allegedly stole more than 800 items from shops all over Singapore were charged in the State Courts on Tuesday (18 September). Comprising two men and two women, the Vietnamese, aged 26 to 31, were arrested on Sunday after police were alerted by a store manager the day before that items had been […]

Report: Singapore authorities probing Deutsche Bank executive’s role in 1MDB

Singapore enforcement agencies involved in the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) probe in the republic are currently investigating an outgoing Deutsche Bank senior executive over her purported involvement with the fund, Bloomberg reported. Citing people with knowledge of the probe, the report said that the executive, Tan Boon-Kee, who was the banking group’s Asia Pacific head, […]

How Singapore’s GovTech is building a robust public e-services ecosystem

The agency’s development work is driven by the agile methodology, which allows them to test and iterate solutions quickly All governments in the world are complex systems, made up of different agencies, departments and ministries. An efficient government is defined by how well these different bodies work together in harmony, and the ease with which […]

Thailand

Diver who helped with Thai cave rescue sues Elon Musk

A British diver who helped rescue youth soccer players trapped in a cave in Thailand is suing Elon Musk, alleging that the Tesla CEO falsely accused him of being a pedophile. Diver Vernon Unsworth, who lives north of London, contends that Musk made the false allegation on Twitter and then repeated multiple other falsehoods after […]

Thai police show off seizures of meth, heroin, marijuana

Thai police on Tuesday announced three large seizures of illegal drugs, including 10 million methamphetamine pills and 37 kilograms of heroin hidden under sacks of chicken manure. Police said in a statement that four people were arrested in the case of the drugs discovered last Sunday in a pickup truck concealed between large sacks of […]

Headwinds before takeoff for new Thai Airways team

Struggling national carrier Thai Airways International PCL is pinning hopes of a revival to its 1990s heyday on a new leadership team, jet purchases and improving its brand as tourism booms in the region. But the new president and chair taking the helm are political appointees without aviation experience and several executives told Reuters the […]

Philippines

Grim search for typhoon landslide victims as Philippines toll climbs

Grim search for typhoon landslide victims as Philippines toll climbs

Hundreds of Philippine rescuers used shovels and their bare hands Tuesday to sift through a massive landslide, with dozens feared dead in the region worst-hit by Typhoon Mangkhut as the storm’s toll climbed to 74. The typhoon, 2018′s most powerful, smashed homes and flooded key agricultural regions in the northern Philippines before battering Hong Kong […]

‘Difficult for my common sense to accept’: former Philippine general slams Duterte’s move to abolish critic’s amnesty

‘Difficult for my common sense to accept’: former Philippine general slams Duterte’s move to abolish critic’s amnesty

Philippine presidential spokesman Harry Roque may have spoken too soon when he said a paid newspaper advert calling Senator Antonio Trillanes “a disgrace” to men in uniform “reflects the overall sentiment of the military”. President Rodrigo Duterte has been trying to scrap Trillanes’ amnesty for two coup attempts against former president Gloria Arroyo. The September […]

Philippine policeman: Villagers refused advice to flee storm

A Philippine police officer says he tried to persuade residents of a mining camp to move to safety as a powerful typhoon approached, but they appeared unconcerned and refused to leave a day before the storm triggered a huge landslide that buried dozens of people. Police Senior Inspector Heherson Zambale said in an interview Tuesday […]

Japan

Abe eyes new term, reform of Japan’s pacifist constitution

Abe eyes new term, reform of Japan’s pacifist constitution

Shinzo Abe is poised to win a third term as head of his political party on Thursday, putting him on track to become Japan’s longest-serving premier and realise his dream of reforming the constitution. Polls show Abe, 63, is expected to romp to victory in a two-horse race for the leadership of his conservative Liberal […]

Japan calls for early solution to US-China trade war

Japan calls for early solution to US-China trade war

Japanese policymakers on Tuesday called for an early solution to the escalating US-China trade war and warned of the potential damage to global growth in the wake of President Donald Trump’s decision to slap new tariffs on China. Asian shares fell on Tuesday after Trump said he will impose tariffs on an additional $200 billion […]

Japan challenges China with submarine military exercise in South China Sea

A Japanese submarine joined a military exercise in the contested area of the South China Sea, in a move that could infuriate Beijing, which claims most of the disputed waters. Japan’s participation is the latest challenge to China’s military build-up in Asia’s most strategic waterway. In a rare announcement on Monday, the Japanese defence ministry […]

Korea

Moon landing: S. Korean leader and North’s Kim begin summit

South Korea’s president and the North’s leader Kim Jong Un drove together through the streets of Pyongyang Tuesday past thousands of cheering citizens before opening a summit where Moon Jae-in will seek to reboot stalled denuclearisation talks between his hosts and the United States. Kim and Moon embraced at Pyongyang’s international airportwhere the North Korean […]

Chilly Korean send-off for Moon: ‘Pyongyang summit? I didn’t even know’

When South Korean President Moon Jae-in arrived on Tuesday to begin his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the wildly enthusiastic welcome in the streets of Pyongyang was in stark contrast to his lacklustre send-off from Seoul. Moon began the three-day visit aimed at advancing faltering nuclear talks amid record-low public approval at […]

Leaders of two Koreas parade through Pyongyang ahead of nuclear talks

Leaders of two Koreas parade through Pyongyang ahead of nuclear talks

Tens of thousands of North Koreans chanted “Unification!” and waved flowers as their leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in paraded through Pyongyang on Tuesday, ahead of a summit aimed at rekindling stalled nuclear diplomacy. Kim greeted Moon with hugs and smiles as the South Korean leader arrived in the North’s capital […]

Hong Kong

Historic giant banyan tree in HK falls victim to Typhoon Mangkhut

A century-old giant banyan tree was seen stricken on Tuesday after being felled as Typhoon Mangkhut swept through Hong Kong. The tree, near the Heritage 1881 site in Tsim Sha Tsui, has stood at the former marine police headquarters for more than 100 years. It was a signature of the revitalised boutique hotel project on […]

HK comes together for massive typhoon clean-up

Teachers, refugees, children and office workers mobilised in Hong Kong Tuesday for a massive clean-up after Typhoon Mangkhut. In a city with a reputation for a dog-eat-dog competitive focus, residents said the storm had given a rare opportunity for solidarity. Hong Kong escaped without any fatalities when the storm hit Sunday. But more than 300 […]

Co-accused to testify against former HK minister Patrick Ho in HK$22.8 million bribery trial

A Senegalese ex-official has agreed to testify in former Hong Kong minister Patrick Ho Chi-ping’s bribery trial, with US prosecutors dropping all charges against the co-accused turned witness. A request to dismiss the complaints against Cheikh Gadio was lodged to the Southern District Court in New York on September 14, almost 10 months after the […]

Taiwan

Taiwan President calls on public to confront fake news

Tsai Ing-wen implores the public to fact-check, call out fake news Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen called on the people of Taiwan to review news before accepting it as fact, and to not spread misinformation, during a speech on September 16, reported CNA. Tsai called on the people of Taiwan to stand up to fake news, […]

Taiwan and Latin America Are Under Siege by Beijing’s Manipulated News

In China, media is heavily censored and published articles must toe the party line, and fake news pieces are all too common. But Beijing has recently expanded its subversion techniques beyond its borders, with Taiwan and Latin America now under siege by manipulated news that promotes its agenda. Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen, while stumping for […]

Taiwan government mulls additional incentives for Taiwanese manufacturers to leave China

Taiwan government developing plan to help Taiwanese manufactures deal with trade war The Taiwan government is mulling over a host of incentives to entice Taiwanese companies to move factories back to Taiwan from China, as the US-China trade war heats up, the Nikkei Asian Review reported on September 15. Incentives include tax breaks and expedited […]

Vietnam

Business Briefs 19 Sep 2018

* Thanh Thanh Cong Investment Company has purchased 16 million shares of Thanh Thanh Cong – Bien Hoa Company (SBT) to spur its holding to over 123.5 million shares, or a 24.93% stake. * Hoang Minh Finance Investment Company (KPF) has announced September 27 as the record date for shareholders to receive 2016 and 2017 […]

FTAs promise bright prospects for Vietnam’s garment-textile

Free trae agreements (FTAs) in which Vietnam has joine are great momentum for the omestic garment-textile inustry to attract investment, sai an official of the Vietnam Textile an Apparel Association (VITAS). VITAS Chair Vu uc Giang sai although the Comprehensive an Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) an the EU-Vietnam FTA (EVFTA) have yet to […]

Limite results after relaxation of foreign ownership cap

Three years after a grounbreaking ecree opene public companies to foreign ownership, less than 4 per cent of eligible firms have remove their foreign ownership ceiling. Passe in June 2015, ecree No 60/2015/N-CP remove limits on how many voting shares foreign investors can buy in public Vietnamese companies. Previous regulations ha cappe foreign ownership at […]