Asean News

Lao farmers happy with prompt cassava payments

BORIKHAMXAY, Laos (Vientiane Times/ANN) - Farmers in Borikhamxay province have boosted cassava production even though prices did not increase this year, largely because of prompt payments by factory owners.

Authorities held several meetings with factory owners since last year to encourage them to pay the farmers punctually, the Deputy Director of the Provincial Department of Agriculture and Forestry, Mr Phonesavan Homnabounlath, told Vientiane Times last week.

STI ends lower, dragged down by Singtel

SINGAPORE (The Straits Times/ANN) - Asian markets on the whole, however, are buoyed by the rally in US stocks.

It was a rough day for local equities with the Straits Times Index ending lower for the third straight session. But the damage was minor, with the index down 2.12 points, or 0.06 per cent, to 3,414.82.

Changi Airport welcomes record 60 million passengers

SINGAPORE (The Straits Times/ANN) - To mark the historic event, the passengers on a Scoot flight from Australia were treated to champagne, goodie bags and a buffet, with some winning prizes.

Changi Airport welcomed its 60 millionth passenger for this year yesterday (Dec 18), a first for the airport in its 36-year history.

The 353 passengers on Scoot Flight TR7 arriving from Gold Coast, Australia, were treated to champagne, goodie bags and a buffet when they touched down at Changi Airport Terminal 2 yesterday afternoon.

Thai army blames local officials for raid

BANGKOK (The Nation/ANN) - Dismissal threatened as village headmen ‘unaware of attack’.

The Fourth Army regional commander has recommended the removal of village headmen and local security personnel who claimed they were unaware of violence on Sunday, including the torching of a passenger coach, even though it happened in their jurisdiction.

PM urged to suspend Prawit under Article 44

BANGKOK (The Nation/ANN) - Watch scandal and ‘meay’ comments put pressure on NCPO to cull ‘a bad apple’.

Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha has been urged to exercise his absolute powers to suspend Deputy Prime Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan from duty as the deputy premier remains mired in controversy.

Thrilling drone racing attracts local, international competitors

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN (Borneo Bulletin/ANN) - Drone racing is increasingly popular among the local community.

This is evident when FPV BN recently held its second ‘DecemberRace’, a First-Person View (FPV) Drone Race at the Liang Lumut Recreational Club in Belait District.

Malaysians are addicted to internet, says minister

HULU TERENGGANU, Malaysia (Sin Chew Daily/ ANN) - Internet addiction among Malaysians aged 20 and 40 has reached an alarming stage where 76.1 per cent of them spend four hours a day on social media, followed by teenagers aged 19 and below. About 15.5 per cent of teenagers are addicted to internet, Deputy Minister of Communications and Multimedia Jailani Johari said the findings was an outcome of research conducted since 2010.

Cambodian migrants fare worst in mainland SE Asia: study

PHNOM PENH (The Phnom Penh Post/ANN Desk) – Regional countries need to beef up labour protections to combat widespread abuses affecting diaspora of 1.5 million, say ILO and IOM

In a first, all Asean leaders to attend India's Republic Day

NEW DELHI (ANN Desk) All 10 members of Asean – Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam – have accepted Prime Minister Narendra Modi's invite to attend India's 69th Republic Day.  

In a first, 10 world leaders from Asean will be chief guests at India's annual Republic Day parade on January 26 to mark the silver jubilee of India's relations with the bloc.

Prawit caught red-handed? More watch photos emerge

BANGKOK (The Nation/ANN) - Amid social media furore, NACC ‘ready to probe’ new allegations.