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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.

Indonesia Jan-Sep 20 fiscal deficit at 4.16% of GDP on higher spending


Indonesia’s budget deficit was estimated at IDR682.1tr in the Jan – Sep 20 period, equivalent to 4.16% of gross domestic product, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said. The government has forecast a fiscal deficit of

Thailand: Prayut softens tone as rallies spread nationwide


As rallies to oust the government mushroomed across the country, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha appeared to tone down his stance against protesters. Government spokesman Anucha Burapachaisri said on 18 Oct 20 the prime minister recognised

Thailand: Controversial Thai Canal back in spotlight


The 120-kilometre Thai Canal project running from Krabi on the Andaman Sea to Trang, stretching to Nakhon Si Thammarat and Songkhla on the Gulf of Thailand, recently returned to the limelight after decades of proposals.

The Philippines: Velasco allies get top House posts after election as speaker


Allies of newly-minted Speaker Lord Allan Velasco (Marinduque) were elected on 14 Oct 20 to top House posts just a day after the House ratified his election as to the top post in Batasang Pambansa.

India: New battle front emerges in UK for defaulters


In a bruising battle that began in 2019, a trio of Chinese banks are seeking to enforce an order made in May 20 by the High Court in London instructing Anil Ambani to repay USD717mn