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: Prayut sets poll date for 24 Feb 18


The general election has been tentatively set for 24 Feb 18, marking the latest poll pledge by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha after a series of delays. Gen Prayut gave the same date the Election Commission

Thailand: Veerathai softens the ground for future rate hike decisions


Bank of Thailand governor Veerathai Santiprabhob has reaffirmed that ultra-loose monetary policy is nearing an end, saying rate-setters will consider a suitable time to raise the policy rate after the necessity of accommodative monetary policy

India: No GST on petrol, diesel in near future as Centre and states are not in favour


Petrol and diesel will not come under the purview of Goods and Services Tax (GST) in the immediate future as neither the Central government nor any of the states is in favour on fears of

Malaysia: Mahathir advisers propose review of Malay privileges to spur economy


Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad’s hand-picked advisers have recommended changes to Malaysia’s Bumiputra policy, a set of affirmative action measures designed to lift the social welfare of the majority ethnic Malays. The policy, introduced in 1971,

India: Farmers still unaware of PMFBY details: survey


Farmers are still unaware of the details of the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bhima Yojana (PMFBY) even as the government and insurers are trying to increasing the penetration in the non-loanee segment, said a climate risk