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: NESDC lowers forecast

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Thailand’s slow economic growth in the 2Q19 has prompted the state planning unit to lower its forecast for 2019 growth to 2.7-3.2% from 3.3%-3.8% made in May 19. It also sharply cut its estimate for

Malaysia needs a Saddam to keep the peace, says Perlis mufti

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MALAYSIA needs a “strong, dominant” leader to keep the peace, said the Perlis mufti, citing former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein as someone able to prevent a country from being divided. Free Malaysia Today reported that

Vietnam to auction new 4G spectrum as telecom speeds fall

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Vietnam will auction a new high-frequency 4G spectrum since the existing one has been almost fully taken resulting in lower speeds. The auction will be open to existing network operators and new ones, if any,

Thailand: Govt talks up stimulus package

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A raft of stimulus measures have been proposed by the Finance Ministry to stimulate domestic spending and investment. The measures are also aimed at helping the farming and tourism sectors. The government is also finding

Malaysia: Speed up contract awards for mega projects, govt urged

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CONSTRUCTION faces a worrying future, said the Master Builders’ Association Malaysia (MBAM), pointing to a lack of jobs as among the factors impacting the sector’s contributions to the national economy. Given this, it is urging