Asean morning news for December 3

Asean morning news for December 3
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Indonesian fires burnt 1.6 million hectares of land this year: Researchers
Fires in Indonesia that spread a smoky haze over Southeast Asia this year burned at least 1.6 million hectares of mostly degraded land and carbon-rich peatlands, data from a respected research group showed on Monday (Dec 2).

Southeast Asia’s trans-regional corridor takes shape
The opening of a new bridge between Thailand and Myanmar has pushed Southeast Asia one step closer to the realization of an East-West Economic Corridor, connecting the South China Sea to the Indian Ocean.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

ASEAN Conference for Young Scientists 2019 opens in Hanoi
The ASEAN Conference for Young Scientists (ACYS) 2019 opened in Hanoi on December 2 with the participation of 140 delegates.
— Vietnamplus

Japan promises Asean nations $3bn in development funding
Japan has promised US$3 billion in investment and loans to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to boost development in the fast-growing region, Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said Monday.
— Bangkok Post

Hong Kong mulls Southeast Asia pig imports
Hong Kong is looking into importing live pigs from countries in Southeast Asia, including Malaysia, to supplement a dwindling supply from mainland China that has caused pork prices to surge, Food and Health Secretary Sophia Chan said Nov. 20.
— Manitoba Co-operator

Life in the low-code cloud
Zoho Corporation, a comprehensive IT management software provider, is gearing up to serve the vibrant startup community and digital transformation trends in Southeast Asia where different countries are at different stages of development.
— Bangkok Post

Catalysing regional economic growth with the ASEAN
India-ASEAN trade has jumped significantly in the past few years. Just as Indian companies see significant opportunities in the region, the ASEAN business community also recognizes the tremendous business potential in India.

Duterte sees negligence behind SEA Games preps
There was negligence in the preparations for the 30th Southeast Asian Games which the Philippines is currently hosting, President Rodrigo Duterte said Monday.
— GMA News (video)

ASEAN manufacturing sector’s deterioration softens in November — IHS Markit
While operating conditions continue to worsen for the sixth straight month at ASEAN manufacturing firms, the sector’s fall in production and incoming new business has slowed compared with October, said IHS Markit.
— The Edge Markets

Thailand and ASEAN attempt to tackle marine debris
Marine Debris is an important trans-boundary issue, but how have Thailand and ASEAN been addressing this challenging problem?
— Newsline (video)

Southeast Asia’s data localisation
In the 21st century, data is a perennial need for the sustenance of our digital industries. The internet would not have become what it is today if not for data.
— The Asean Post

Gamers battle for pride as esports makes historic SEA Games debut
Competitive video gaming will debut at this week’s Southeast Asian Games, with 9 teams, led by gold medal favorite Philippines, gunning for the top podium finish.
— ABS-CBN News

Greater Mekong Subregion countries agree to strengthen tourism cooperation
Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) countries have agreed to boost tourism cooperation, including improving infrastructure and marketing techniques and developing human resources, a Cambodian English-language daily newspaper reported on Monday.
— Xinhuanet

AirAsia launches fast-food outlet with focus on Asean fare
AIRASIA today launched the Santan Restaurant and T&CO Cafe, offering popular dishes from the leading low-cost carrier’s in-flight menu.
— The Malaysian Insight

DOT launches tourism website offering SEA Games visitors some travel treats, tour packages
For the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games, the Department of Tourism (DOT) is offering visitors of the event some travel treats as they launched a tourism website.
— GMA News

Fourth China Kunming ASEAN Pet Expo underway in Kunming City
From fluffy short-legged horses to cute cats and dogs, vivacious parrots to shy hedgehogs, and other kinds of lovely pets, south China’s Kunming City is currently the place for animal lovers, as pet owners gather for the fourth China Kunming ASEAN Pet Expo.
— CGTN (video)

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3 Cambodians die in building collapse at pagoda: Police
PHNOM PENH: Three workers died and more than a dozen others were seriously injured after an under-construction dining hall at a Cambodian temple collapsed, police said on Monday (Dec 2), in the latest fatal accident to strike the kingdom’s poorly regulated building sector.

Cambodia Court Claims ‘Adequate Evidence’ to Send Kem Sokha to Trial For Treason
The former head of Cambodia’s opposition party, Kem Sokha, will have to face trial for treason, the Phnom Penh Municipal Court said Monday, despite the easing of restrictions on his house arrest last month and requests by his lawyers to drop his case.
— RFA  

EU to Continue Being Cambodia’s Development Partner: Ambassador
European Union Ambassador to Cambodia Carmen Moreno has told Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen that the EU will continue to be development partner of the kingdom, assisting Cambodia’s sustainable economic development.
— Fresh News  

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Inflation Slows to 3% in November Thanks to Cheaper Airfares
Indonesia’s annual inflation rate slowed to 3 percent in November, thanks to declining costs of raw foods and air transportation, the Central Statistics Agency, or BPS, announced on Monday.
— Jakarta Globe

ADB launches $50 million financing for broadband in remote islands
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has signed its first satellite financing agreement worth $50 million that will bring affordable broadband to countries such as the Philippines and Indonesia.
— Philstar

Airbus for Palm Oil? Indonesia-EU Trade Negotiation Continues Amid Tension
Indonesia will continue negotiations on an economic agreement with the European Union despite growing tension, after a leaked document revealed the EU intended to exclude palm oil-derived biofuels from trade between the two countries by 2021.
— Jakarta Globe

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Thieves, Trophies, Weed and Mountains – This Week In Social Media
The Laotian Times brings our readers a round-up of some of the most shared topics this past week, based on reach and engagement on Facebook. From Khaen-playing Californians and public servants smoking weed to flower thieves and emotionally charged national pride, this list summarizes the types of content that are wildly consumed on Lao social media.
— The Laotian Times

Mekong River Turns Blue in Thakhek
The mighty Mekong River, normally a vast expanse of brown, has taken on a bluish hue, making it appear like seawater in some areas.
— The Laotian Times 

China-Laos railway rail-welding yard put into operation
On the 44th anniversary of the funding of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic on Dec. 2, 2019, the China Railway No.2 Engineering Group (CREC-2) has welded the first 500-meter-long rail for the China-Laos railway project in Lao capital Vientiane.
— Xinhua 

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Malaysia wants to spend RM5 million to study the possibility of building a third bridge with Singapore
The third bridge between Singapore and Malaysia may not be coming so soon, but a RM5 million (S$1.6 million) study to look into its feasibility is on the horizon.
— Business Insider

Google to impose 6pc digital tax for Malaysian users from Jan 2020
Beginning January 1, 2020, Google will start charging a 6 per cent digital tax for its paid services in Malaysia. This is in line with the expansion of the Sales & Service Tax legislation in Malaysia to cover digital services.
— Malay Mail

Malaysia tops Aussie list for border alerts
Malaysians are the most common nationality of people on Australia’s list of border alerts, accounting for 11.8% of all red flags in the past year, an Australian daily reports.

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Myanmar Watchdog Criticizes ‘So-Called’ Public Consultation Process for China’s BRI Project
Locals not fully consulted on impacts of China’s BRI rail project in northern Shan State, says the Heartland Foundation, a Shan State-based environmental watchdog.
— Irrawaddy

Mon State throws open doors for investors in six sectors
The Mon State government is inviting investors to participate in six sectors to help boost the state’s economy.
— Myanmar Times

Six airports proposed for privatisation by Airports Authority of India: Reports
Six airports were recommended by the Airports Authority of India (AAI) for the privatization to the centre including Amritsar, Varanasi, Bhubaneswar, Indore, Raipur and Trichy, a senior government official told.
— Eleven Myanmar

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200,000 evacuated as Typhoon Kammuri lashes Philippines
The Philippines has evacuated 200,000 people in coastal and mountainous areas due to fears of flooding and landslides, saying it would also shut its main international airport as a powerful typhoon made landfall.
— Aljazeera

Security officials verifying Chinese airship on PH-claimed reef
Malacañang on Monday deferred commenting on the reported sighting of a Chinese airship floating above the Panganiban Reef (Mischief Reef) in the West Philippine Sea.
— Philippine News Agency

NAIA to be closed for 12 hours on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 due to Tisoy –MIAA
All of the NAIA’s terminals will be closed for 12 hours on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 due to the effects of Typhoon Tisoy, the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) said on Monday.
— GMA Network

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New facility to produce up to 5 million Wolbachia mosquitoes weekly in fight against dengue
A new S$5 million mosquito production facility opened on Monday (Dec 2), as part of the National Environment Agency’s (NEA) latest efforts to combat dengue.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Civil servants to get 0.1 month year end bonus and one-off lump sum payment of $250 to $1,500
The Public Service Division (PSD) has announced that all civil servants below superscale grade will receive a year-end annual variable component (AVC) of 0.1 month and an additional one-off lump sum payment of $250 to $1,500.
— The Online Citizen

Three men fined for unlawfully sharing photographs linked to NSF’s death
Two full-time national servicemen (NSFs) with the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF), who were at the scene of last year’s fatal training accident between a Bionix Infantry Fighting Vehicle and a Land Rover, snapped pictures of the tragedy and unlawfully disseminated them via WhatsApp.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

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Analysts predict strength of baht to continue well into 2020, concerns increase
Source: Bangkok Post More than two decades ago, the baht suffered heavy devaluation as a result of speculation, forcing Thailand’s central bank to de-link the local currency from the US dollar and adopt a managed floating exchange rate.
— The Pattaya News

Prayut urges ‘spending in dollars’
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said the nation has to think about expenditure in dollars to help weaken its currency.
— Bangkok Post

Suvarnabhumi authorities passing the blame for long queues yesterday
A post about long waits and airport queues at Suvarnabhumi yesterday has sparked an immediate response from an immigration spokesperson today.
— The Thaiger

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VietinBank JCB Ultimate Vietnam Airlines Credit Card to be launched in Vietnam
VietinBank, one of the largest commercial banks in Vietnam, Vietnam Airlines (VNA) and JCB International Co. Ltd. (JCBI), the international operations subsidiary of JCB Co., Ltd., announced the launch of VietinBank JCB Ultimate Vietnam Airlines Credit Card in Vietnam.
— Vietnam Insider

How Can Brexit Affect Vietnam? Let Us Count the Ways
What does Brexit have to do with Vietnam? It seems a strange question, but there are several ways that Britain’s planned divorce from the European Union would be likely to affect the Southeast Asian nation.

Philippines-Vietnam Navy Talks Spotlight Maritime Security Collaboration
The staff-to-staff talks come ahead of 2020 which will put the focus on maritime issues within both countries’ foreign policies.
— The Diplomat

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