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Services sector grows faster in Q3

SINGAPORE (The Straits Times/ANN) - Though manufacturing has been Singapore's top performing industry, the services sector had a good showing in the third quarter.

Manufacturing has been the star performer this year, but a robust third quarter showed that the services sector is back in the game.

Revenue for firms in the sector rose at a faster pace in the three months to Sept 30 than the same period last year - a further sign that the recovery is extending across the wider economy.

FEATURE: Naming and 'shaming' the top polluters

MANILA (The Straits Times/ANN) - Environmental groups such as Greenpace are 'shaming' consumer giants to force them to use environmentally-friendly alternatives to cheap plastic products.

Along the shoreline of a man-made island south of Manila, volunteers picked up garbage washed up from Manila Bay.

By day's end, they had at least 50 sacks of plastic wrappers, sachets, straws and bottles, used garments, polystyrene, footwear and toys.

Protesters in Thailand demand release of activists

BANGKOK (The Nation/ANN) - Prayut denies human rights at stake as Songkhla power plant dispute continues.

Conservationists and local residents in southern Songkhla province gathered in front of the provincial court yesterday demanding the immediate release of 15 anti-coal-fired power plant protesters arrested on Monday as they attempted to submit a petition to Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha.

Protesters in Thailand demand release of activists

BANGKOK (The Nation/ANN) - Prayut denies human rights at stake as Songkhla power plant dispute continues.

Conservationists and local residents in southern Songkhla province gathered in front of the provincial court yesterday demanding the immediate release of 15 anti-coal-fired power plant protesters arrested on Monday as they attempted to submit a petition to Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha.

Myanmar goes back to the future

 

The Secretariat in Yangon undergoes renovation that will restore its former glory while ensuring it meets modern demands



ONE OF THE LARGEST Colonial buildings in Southeast Asia, the Secretariat in Myanmar, is being restored to its former glory and will be used as a cultural complex containing museums, galleries, cultural event spaces, lounges and offices for creative industries.

OPINION: Asean must get national-regional balance right

 

SINGAPORE (Viet Nam News/ANN) - Vivian Balakrishnan, Singapore’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and 2018 chair of Asean, tells journalists that to understand the bloc’s history and challenges, it is important to examine the external environment and strategic forces that have shaped it over the last 50 years.

VN retail sales to top $1.9 trillion

 

HANOI (Viet Nam News/ANN) - E-commerce will be boosted to have more than 60 per cent of small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) participating in e-commerce by 2020 and 80-90 per cent by 2035, according to the trade ministry's on domestic trade development.

Cities in Mekong River region ‘faced with same challenges’

BANGKOK (The Nation/ANN) - Cities in the Mekong River region are facing common challenges from urbanisation, experts say.

‘One Belt, One Road’ initiative underway, but experts warn of difficulties ahead

BANGKOK (The Nation/ANN) - China’s “One Belt, One Road” railway link with Asean has started to materialise as  construction in Laos has progressed to more than 10 per cent of the project linking China’s border to Vientiane. 

Communist leader questions Duterte’s mental capability to handle state affairs

 

MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - National Democratic Front (NDF) chief political consultant Jose Maria Sison claimed that President Rodrigo Duterte is showing symptoms of being “mentally unfit” to handle state affairs including the peace process and suggested if he needs to be replaced.