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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.

Thailand: Samui opens for vaccinated tourists despite delta threat


Koh Samui opened to vaccinated foreign tourists on 15 Jul 21 despite a nationwide surge in Covid-19 cases propelled by the Delta variant. The islands of Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao are welcoming

The Philippines: Sara’s Hugpong to back President Duterte’s vice-presidential bid


Hugpong ng Pagbabago said that it will back President Rodrigo Duterte’s vice-presidential bid should he push through with it. However, the regional party headed by the president’s daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, reiterated that

India: After a lull, India’s monsoon splashes entire country


India’s monsoon has splashed back into life after a lull, covering the entire country including the capital New Delhi and lifting the threat of a slowdown in planting crucial summer crops such as rice, cane,

Indonesia: BI expects muted inflation, looks to ‘nudge demand, growth’


Bank Indonesia (BI) has lowered its economic growth forecast for 2021 to 3.8%, maintaining its expectation for tame inflation following the introduction of COVID-19 mobility restrictions. The central bank’s previous GDP growth projection for 2021

The Philippines: BSP says peso’s weakness ‘not a concern at the moment’


The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas is not worried about the current weakness of the peso, adding it is ready to step in to tame any sharp depreciation of the local currency. BSP Governor Benjamin Diokno