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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.

Philippines: TRAIN 2 seen to lessen Philippines competitiveness: BMI


The second package of the government’s tax reform program is seen to make the country less competitive resulting to a slowdown in investments over the near term, BMI Research said. In its latest economic analysis,

China: Super anti-graft body will have formidable powers


China’s newly created “super” anti-graft agency will have formidable powers under a draft Bill which went through its third reading in the National People’s Congress (NPC) or Parliament on 13 Mar 18. The new National

India: Congress goes on digital drive for micro-targeting ahead of 2019 polls


Congress has initiated an all-India exercise to identify every party worker, swing booths and its dedicated voters. The digitisation project would use publicly available data to get a profile of its core votebase, which would

Indonesia: Parties yet to decide on third alliance


The Democratic Party is giving serious consideration to approaching other political parties to form a third alliance to back an alternative presidential candidate. Democratic Party politician Andi Mallarangeng, who is also the party’s former advisory

Indonesia’s plan to keep power tariffs flat will cost USD588mn a year


Indonesia’s plans to keep electricity tariffs and some fuel prices unchanged for the next two years will cost around IDR8.1tr in additional subsidies in 2018 alone, Ministry of Finance officials said. The plans, which are