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.

Philippines: Senate to finally begin hearings on TRAIN-II


THE SENATE on 26 Sep 18 will hold its first public hearing on the second tax reform package, with senators expected to scrutinize the rationalization of fiscal incentives provisions and its possible effects on jobs

Malaysia: UMNO to decide on PD by-election


UMNO will decide this afternoon if it wants to contest in the Port Dickson parliamentary by-election, which will be held on 13 Oct 18. The decision will be made at the party’s political bureau meeting

Indonesia: Millennials prefer strong-willed, assertive candidates: Ipsos survey


Most Indonesian millennials plan to vote in next year’s presidential election, with many indicating that they prefer candidates who are assertive and strong-willed, a survey by France-based global market research firm Ipsos showed on 18

India: Govt mulls ordinance to fast track settlement of commercial disputes


Seeking to improve India’s ranking on ease of doing business index, the government is mulling an ordinance which provides for time-bound settlement of commercial disputes and make arbitrators accountable, a senior government functionary has said.

India: Revenue shortfall to limit scope of GST rationalisation in meeting next week


The rising gap between goods and services tax (GST) targets and actual revenue collections may limit the scope for large-scale rate cuts, with states favouring stabilization in revenues before any further rate reduction. As a