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.



India: FM expected to exercise fiscal prudence in Budget 2018

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It’s not difficult to hazard that the last full budget before the elections will see Finance Minister Arun Jaitley stress the government’s agenda for rural India and urban poor. He is also likely to avoid

Economy back on track

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Rising overseas demand for goods and services pushed Thailand’s GDP to a five-year high in 2017, with business-friendly fiscal policies and planned spending on infrastructure expected to support further expansion in 2018. The economy improved

Jokowi critic is Indonesian Parliament’s new Speaker

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Indonesia’s Parliament has sworn in as its new Speaker Mr Bambang Soesatyo, a critic of President Joko Widodo’s government who was appointed after the previous Speaker was indicted in a USD173mn graft scandal. Mr Bambang

India:1Q18 business optimism index hits 14-quarter high

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Business optimism index for the 1Q18 touched three and half year high on improving demand conditions and expectation that government sops in the budget will revive consumption. The Dun & Bradstreet Composite Business Optimism Index

China’s Outbound Investment Slumped in 2017 as Deals Scrutinized

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China’s outbound direct investment recorded the first annual slump since at least 2009, as officials tightened curbs on capital outflows and increased scrutiny on foreign acquisitions. Non-financial overseas investments plunged 29.4% to USD120bn. The drop