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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.

The Philippines: BSP keeps rate at record low


The Philippine central bank left key interest rates steady as it continued to support an economy grappling with the fallout of recent COVID-19 curbs, even as it increased its inflation forecasts for 2021-2023. The (BSP)

Thailand: Reopening plans postponed to Nov 21


The government has pushed back plans to re-open Bangkok and 4 other tourism provinces to foreign arrivals until Nov 21, due to vaccination rates falling short of targets, a senior official said on 22 Sep

Malaysia: Interstate travel allowed once vaccination rate hits 90% of adults


The Pandemic Management Special Committee has decided to lift restrictions on interstate travel once the vaccination rate reaches 90% of all adults. In addition, the committee’s chairperson Ismail Sabri Yaakob said tourism hotspots, islands, other

Indonesia: Race heats up for next TNI commander


Speculation over the next Indonesian Military (TNI) commander to succeed Air Chief Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto, who will retire in Nov 21, has intensified, with lawmakers saying they expect President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to soon nominate

Thailand: Govt to raise debt ceiling


The State Monetary and Fiscal Policy Committee chaired by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on 20 Sep 21 decided to raise the ceiling of the public debt-to-GDP ratio from 60% to 70% which will allow further