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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.

Vietnam: Central bank to cut policy rates effective 13 May 20


The State Bank of Vietnam announced a reduction in its policy rates, making a second cut in less than two months to help the economy weather the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. With just 288

Indonesia finmin proposes 2021 budget deficit at 3.21%-4.17% of GDP


Indonesia’s finance minister proposed on 12 May 20 to parliament a budget deficit of 3.21%-4.17% of gross domestic product for 2021, with the aim of supporting economic recovery after the coronavirus pandemic is over. Sri

Thailand: BoT gives itself greater flexibility in bond issuances for 2020


The central bank on 11 May 20 announced a revised bond issuance programme for 2020 to ensure an appropriate level of bond supply amid the novel coronavirus outbreak. The auction days and frequency will remain

The Philippines: No hearings on ABS-CBN just yet as Cayetano stresses more important bills take priority


The House of Representatives will not tackle ABS-CBN franchise bills just yet, as House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano said it will “put the interest of the Filipino people first.” Cayetano responded to the letter of

Malaysia: Blow to Mahathir camp as defections topple his son Mukhriz in Kedah


The Pakatan Harapan (PH) Kedah administration has fallen after two PKR assemblymen joined their former deputy president Azmin Ali in defecting from the coalition which lost federal power during the political crisis at the end