Asean News

Singapore scientists find cheaper way to make greener plastics

SINGAPORE (The Straits Times/ANN) - Coffee-eating bacteria can help to cut the cost of making biodegradable plastics by half.

Scientists in Singapore have found a process that can potentially produce biodegradable plastics at half the cost and in a manner that is less harmful to the environment.

While promising, it is still early days for the project, which may come to fruition only in three to five years, said Dr Henry Leung, leader of the research team from Nanyang Polytechnic, yesterday (Dec 11).

Industry road map could bring robot cleaners to life

SINGAPORE (The Straits Times/ANN) - Such technology could be piloted in trials as the National Environment Agency inks deals with seven organisations.

In coming years, people might see robots cleaning and disinfecting hospitals, or older cleaners donning exoskeletons to give them extra support as they work.

Toilets may have sensors that track the level of ammonia, or "anti-smell" tiles at urinal areas, which have a coating that can neutralise the smell of urine.

VN aims to treat HIV, halt drug rise


Thailand: Groups demand end to ban on political activity

BANGKOK (The Nation/ANN) - Constitutional court approached to hear concerns over human rights ‘violations’.

Democratic and human rights groups have announced a challenge to the junta’s order against political activity at the Constitutional Court as they demand a return of freedom of expression and political assembly.

Thailand: Amendment restructures security for monarchy

BANGKOK (The Nation/ANN) - Private secretary to assume responsibility for royal safety instead of committee.

Mekong countries call for accelerated action to eliminate malaria before 2030

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) - Drug resistance is still the main concern for health authorities in Cambodia, China, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. 

Today, representatives from these countries called for accelerated action to eliminate malaria in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) by the year 2030.

FEATURE: Organic vegetables help family in remote area have better living standards

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) - Growing organic vegetables can help supplement the income of people in rural areas without vocational skills and Sythong Duangphasert’s family has benefited from this trend and moved out of poverty.

Which Asian country provides the most troops for the UN peacekeeping mission?

NEW DELHI (DataLEADS/ANN) - The UN's peacekeeping force is dominated by troops from Asian countries, with India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal currently contributing the largest number of peacekeepers.

Thai villagers to gain greater role in use of resources


BANGKOK (The Nation/ ANN) - Villagers in Thailand will have more say in the management of natural resources in their communities under planned changes to the natural conservation laws.

FEATURE: Philippines orders recall of dengue vaccine

MANILA (The Straits Times/ANN) - The Manila government also wants drug maker Sanofi to issue advisories and engage doctors and patients.

The Philippines has ordered French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi Pasteur to recall its dengue vaccine, the world's first vaccine for the disease that had been found to pose health risks in people not previously infected.