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.

Indonesia: Divisive Jakarta election had no impact on Jokowi’s approval ratings – 9 Jun 2017


The divisive political campaign before Jakarta’s gubernatorial election in Apr 17 had little impact on public support for President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, a nation-wide survey conducted by Saiful Mujani Research and Consulting, or SMRC, has

Philippines: Tax reform to improve Phl fiscal stability: Fitch – 8 Jun 2017


International credit rating agency Fitch Ratings said the passage of the first package of the tax reform program shows the commitment of the Duterte administration to improve the country’s fiscal stability and support its ambitious

Malaysia: Felda no longer BN stronghold, says PPBM youth chief – 7 Jun 2017


Electoral constituencies with Felda schemes are no longer a Barisan Nasional stronghold, but there has been no let-up in the support for PPBM chairman Mahathir Mohamad, says the party’s youth chief Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul

India: RBI lowers growth forecast to 7.3% for FY18 – 7 Jun 2017


The Reserve Bank on 7 Jun 17 marginally lowered the economic growth forecast for the current fiscal to 7.3% even as it hoped that remonetisation would enable pick-up in consumer spending, especially in the cash-intensive

India: Lack of judicial reforms pulls down India’s ranking – 6 Jun 2017


A World Bank assessment on the performance of India on ease of doing business shows the largest democracy lags behind many of the sub-Saharan African countries and the east Asian nations in ‘enforcement of contract’