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.

New task force to draft new direct tax law, simplify direct taxes


Four months after the government implemented the new indirect tax regime, it announced on 22 Nov 17 that it has appointed a task force to draft a new direct tax law after reviewing the over

Thailand: EEC civilian law hits another snag


The implementation of the first civilian law for the government’s flagship investment area, the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC), is expected to be delayed another month because the vetting process is taking longer than expected, says

Indonesia: Gatot and Sri Mulyani strong candidates for Jokowi’s running mate in 2019


Despite the great popularity enjoyed by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo at home, he still needs a running mate to enhance his electability in the 2019 presidential election, analysts say. Jokowi’s approval rating remains stable, at

Malaysia: Opposition’s grand old men search for support among youth


Former premier Mahathir Mohamad and fellow opposition stalwart Lim Kit Siang spent nearly two hours on 21 Nov 17 night fielding searching questions from an audience of about 200 youths, as they attempted to engage

Ban on open-pit mining stays: Palace


The ban on open pit mining stays despite the recommendation of the interagency Mining Industry Coordinating Council (MICC) to lift the ban, Malacañang said on 20 Nov 17. “I verified this personally with the President,