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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.

Malaysia: Umno still rudderless under Zahid, sources say


UMNO’s direction is still unclear even though its president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has gone around the country to explain the party’s position since it lost power in GE14, party grassroots said. They said Zahid had

Indonesia: State revenue exceeds target set in 2018 state budget: Sri Mulyani


Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati has said that 2018’s state revenue will reach an estimated IDR1.94qd, a 18.2% increase y/y from 2017. The 2018 state budget is targeting collections of IDR1.89qd. She said the estimated

India: Government’s road projects find the going tough


The central government’s target for road construction appears to be too ambitious considering the delay in financial closure of half of the allotted projects and difficulty in acquiring land parcels. The government’s road projects awarding

India: RBI panel may assess financials of 11 PSU banks


The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) later this week would take the first step to explore whether lending curbs imposed on weaker banks — better known as the prompt corrective action — could be partly

Indonesia’s Debt Problem? There’s Not Enough of It


Indonesia’s problem with leverage is the exact opposite of what emerging markets usually face. There’s too little debt in the banking system, and too much equity. Indonesian lenders such as PT Bank Mandiri, the country’s