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: Second tier more than second best


After promoting second-tier provinces for two years, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) vows to spend another two years proving that those locations farther afield are worth a visit. The TAT kick-started its campaign to

Malaysia: Sultan reviewing unilateral conversion bill, says MB


THE bill on enacting unilateral conversion in Selangor is being reviewed by the sultan, Menteri Besar Amirudin Shari said. “We will make sure that this matter is discussed thoroughly, because some of the issues are

Indonesia: Jokowi wants 30% biodiesel in cars as soon as Jan 20


President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said during a cabinet meeting that he wanted to increase the portion of diesel blended with crude palm oil (CPO) from the current 20% (B20) to 30% (B30) starting Jan 20

Indonesia: ‘We can’t force or beg’: Gerindra wants other parties in ruling camp to open doors


After a highly publicized rendezvous between former presidential candidate pair Megawati Soekarnoputri and Prabowo Subianto recently, the ruling coalition led by the former’s Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) appears to be playing a waiting

Thailand: BoT surprises market with rate cut


The Bank of Thailand stunned the market on 7 Aug 19 by following the lead of other major central banks with a 25-basis-point rate cut, the first rate decrease since 2015. The Monetary Policy Committee