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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.

Thailand: Unity govt ‘same as a dictatorship,’ parties say


Political observers note Thai politics may be moving toward an impasse as two major parties, the pro-regime Palang Pracharath Party (PPRP) and the Pheu Thai Party, compete fiercely to form a coalition government. The PPRP,

India’s monsoon rains seen average in 2019: IMD


India is likely to receive average monsoon rains in 2019, the India Meteorological Department said on 15 Apr 19, raising expectations of higher farm and economic growth in Asia’s third-biggest economy, where half of the

Indonesia: Super holding company to replace function of SOEs Ministry


State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) Minister Rini Soemarno has said that a super state-owned holding company may replace the functions of the SOEs Ministry. She said a super holding company would be directly controlled by the president,

Indonesia: Agriculture Ministry launches trial for B100 biodiesel fuel


The Agriculture Ministry started on 15 Apr 19 the trial period for the use of a 100% biodiesel (B100) of fuel that uses fatty acid methyl ester from crude palm oil (CPO) in a move

Philippines: DoF sees possible S&P upgrade within a year


THE Department of Finance (DoF) said a credit rating upgrade from S&P Global Ratings is “possible” within a year’s time, to account for reforms in the tax regime and greater ease of doing business. Undersecretary