Daily News

These are sample stories on Asia which we track on a daily basis. The sources and links to the stories, which are available online, are acknowledged and listed. Where any of these stories require paid subscription to access, we've listed only the portion which the site allows.

Thailand: ‘Defence’ budget under attack


The opposition attacked government spending plans for favouring the Defence Ministry and imposing “ineffective” economic stimulus measures, as three days of debate on the budget bill began in the House on 17 Oct 19. Prime

Thailand: House passes royal security decree in face of FFP opposition


The House of Representatives on 17 Oct 19 passed an executive decree on the partial transfer of army units, and budget, to a royal security command unit, in the face of strong opposition from the

Indonesia: KPK’s role in doubt as new law takes effect


17 Oct 19 marks the day when the controversial revision to the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) Law officially comes into effect, raising the question as to what will happen to the country’s leading corruption-fighting agency

Indonesia: Students return to streets ahead of presidential inauguration


The National Association of University Student Executive Bodies (BEM-SI) plans to stage a rally in front of the State Palace on 17 Oct 19 following a decision by the Jakarta Police to restrict protests ahead

India: USTR may visit India soon to seal limited scope deal


United States trade representative Robert Lighthizer is likely to visit India within the next two weeks as the two sides work towards resolving their bilateral trade issues. This will be the second high-level visit of