Asean morning news for January 20

Asean morning news for January 20
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Malaysia seeks ASEAN role to resolve crisis
Malaysia has urged ASEAN to address the civil war in Myanmar’s Rakhine state to find a long-term solution to the Rohingya crisis that affects Bangladesh in many ways.
— The Independent

Bright growth outlook forecast for ASEAN+3 in 2020
The ASEAN+3 Macroeconomic Research Office (AMRO) paints a positive economic outlook for the ASEAN region, China, Japan, and the Republic of Korea (RoK), projecting their growth to hit 4.9 percent in 2020.

ACB head: Animals should be rescued, shelters should be set up
Scenes of pets, work and other animals being rescued by their owners, or those which unfortunately died as a result of having been buried in tons of ash spewed by Taal Volcano since it erupted on January 12 are in the news and social-media platforms.
— Business Mirror

China’s Mekong River dams are generating renewable energy, but are costing locals their livelihoods
Early in January, locals in the northern Thai village of Chiang Khong woke to find the Mekong River had dropped a metre overnight.
— ABC News

Commentary: Recycle or reduce waste? Why Southeast Asia’s ocean plastic pile has no easy answers
A great number of reasons are fuelling a great deal of ocean plastic, says Tim Hill.

ASEAN Committee on Disaster Management endorses cooperation with PDC on regional early warning program
A new program to enhance regional disaster resilience among the member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) was officially endorsed on January 17, 2020 by the ASEAN Sectoral body in charge of disaster management known as the ASEAN Committee on Disaster Management (ACDM).
— Reliefweb

PCOO: Duterte, other ASEAN leaders invited to attend summit in US in March
President Rodrigo Duterte and nine other leaders of Southeast Asian countries have been invited to attend a summit in the United States in March.
— Eagle News

Russia Touts Arms Across Southeast Asia
Russia is rapidly expanding foreign arms deals worldwide, with Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Fomin confirming to the Russian military’s newspaper Krasnaya Zvezda December 20 that Moscow has signed military cooperation pacts with 39 countries in the last five years, many of them in Southeast Asia, including Laos, which has not been buying Russian weapons on this scale for decades.

Fostering women’s economic empowerment through digital entrepreneurship
A UNSW Business School project to help enable women’s economic empowerment and financial inclusion in developing communities has secured funding from the Australia-ASEAN Council (AAC).

Paid ransom emboldens kidnappers in latest case, says source
Ransom paid by Indonesian authorities in a previous kidnapping case may have emboldened a suspected Filipino kidnap-for-ransom group to grab five Indonesian fishermen from a Sandakan-registered trawler in the latest case that occurred in Tambisan Island waters off Lahad Datu on Thursday, sources told Daily Express.
— Daily Express

ASEAN unicorns on the rise
ASEAN’s attractive investment market, along with an expansive digital environment has led to the emergence of a vibrant start-up ecosystem across the region.
— The Asean Post

Commentary: Recycle or reduce waste? Why Southeast Asia’s ocean plastic pile has no easy answers
At this time of year, the Northeast monsoon season has made the windward shorelines in Southeast Asia ripe with the harvest of single-use plastic.

13 Southeast Asian Startups Received Accolades at the ASEAN Rice Bowl Startup Awards 2019
The ASEAN Rice Bowl Startup Awards (Rice Bowl), organised by New Entrepreneurs Foundation (myNEF), has returned for another year of celebrating excellent startups within the ASEAN region.
— Acrofan

Filipinos sweep Southeast Asian-wide photo contest
Four Filipinos won five of the six top prizes in the 13th Photo Contest of the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture, which focused on the theme “Cultivating Southeast Asia’s Youth Agripreneurs.”

Will the 2020s see Asia pull ahead in higher education?
“In the 19th century, the world was Europeanised. In the 20th century, it was Americanised.
— University World News

Middle East lender focuses on Southeast Asia to expand
Qatar National Bank (QNB) is putting Southeast Asia as the focus of its expansion, the chief executive officer of the Middle East’s biggest lender said.
— Business Mirror

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Great Duke Hotel Staff Plan Strike On Monday
Former Great Duke Hotel staff will protest tomorrow. Around 100-140 people are expected to join.

Ministry says air quality returning to normal
After issuing a warning over the country’s air quality on Friday, the Ministry of Environment said on Sunday that the PM2.5 concentration levels in the country were returning to normal.
— The Phnom Penh Post  

$4M solar farm investment launched in Cambodia
Pestech International, a Malaysian company that specialises in solar power technology and infrastructure, has expanded its presence in the Kingdom.
— Khmer Times 

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Indonesia to Buy Bigger Boats for Coast Guard
Indonesia plans to buy bigger boats to allow its coast guards to travel across the ocean, most notably the Natuna Sea, and expand their patrol reach, the government said on Friday.
— Jakarta Globe

Gunung Kidul was declared anthrax outbreak area by Health Ministry
The Indonesian Health Ministry had declared an anthrax outbreak status in Gunung Kidul District, Yogyakarta Province, made effective from Dec 28, 2019 to Jan 6, 2020, the ministry’s top official stated here, Friday.
— Antara News

Code orange for air traffic issued after East Java’s Mount Semeru erupts
The Center for Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation (PVMBG) has issued a code orange volcano observatory notice for aviation (VONA) after Mount Semeru in East Java erupted on Friday morning.
— The Jakarta Post

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Road 4B, built with US$ 65.6 million inaugurated
This week witnessed an inauguration ceremony held in Chomphet district, Luang Prabang, for newly built Road 4B stretching 114 km between Hongsa district of Xayaboury and Xiengmen district of Luang Prabang.
— KPL 

U.S. Strengthens Support for Lao Government to Meet Its Development Goals
During a three-day visit to Laos from Jan 12-15, a senior official from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) reinforced the United States government’s support to the Lao PDR as the two countries collaborate to achieve Laos’ development goals.
— KPL  

Lao dam impact on dolphin migration highlighted
Sub-national officials and communities in the province are concerned about the impact of Laos’ Don Sahong hydropower dam on the endangered Irrawaddy dolphin population in the downstream Mekong River.
— Khmer Times 

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UN data shows Malaysians make up biggest migrant group in Singapore at 44pc
There were close to one million Malaysians in Singapore in 2019, making the demographic group the biggest migrants in the little red dot, a report citing data from the United Nations (UN) has shown.
— Malay Mail

5G is not hazardous to health: Experts
Claims by certain parties that the use of fifth-generation (5G) technology, to be introduced in Malaysia this year, could be detrimental to health are baseless, experts say.
— New Sarawak Tribune

RM1,200 minimum wage compliance to be known by Feb 28
The smooth and effective implementation of the RM1,200 minimum wage in major cities under 57 city councils and municipal councils will only be known by the end of February, said Human Resources Minister M. Kula Segaran (pix).
— The Sun Daily

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State Counsellor, President Xi Jinping hold bilateral talks, witness signing 33 agreements
State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and Chinese President Mr. Xi Jinping took part in the Myanmar-China bilateral talks in the Credentials Hall of the Presidential Palace in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday morning.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

China and Myanmar agree to accelerate key Belt and Road port
China and Myanmar on Saturday signed 33 agreements that will further strengthen economic ties between the countries, including a port project that will give Beijing a crucial pathway to the Indian Ocean.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Exported edible oil takes 80 pc of local oil market share
Exported edible oil has taken 80 per cent of local edible oil market share, said U Khin Soe, chair of Myanmar Edible Oil Millers Association, at the ceremony to reform Mandalay Region Edible Oil Millers Association and select the executives for 2020-22 , at the MRCCI in Mandalay on January 17.
— Eleven Myanmar

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Taal still on alert level 4 as it continues to emit steam-laden plumes 300 to 500 meters high
Taal remains on alert level 4 as it continues to weakly emit steam-laden plumes 300 to 500 meters high since this morning.
— Eagle News

Most Taal Volcano evacuees complain of acute respiratory infections -DOH
Between 50 to 60 percent of evacuees who seek consultations with the Department of Health (DOH) complain of acute respiratory infections caused by the ashfall, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said Sunday.
— GMA Network

DOJ to send slain OFW’s autopsy report to Kuwait
The Department of Justice (DOJ) is set to send to Kuwait the autopsy report of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on the body of slain overseas Filipino worker (OFW) Jeanelyn Villavende in a bid to prosecute her employers.
— The Philippine Star

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Video tracks S’pore progress as top 2 ASEAN countries with highest GDP per capita for 50 years
Since 1960, both Singapore and Brunei have been the Southeast Asia’s richest states, judging by gross domestic product per capita.
— Mothership

Singapore’s December exports snap 9-month losing streak, but concerns remain
Singapore’s exports made a surprise rebound in December after nine months of contraction, partly due to a sharp rise in pharmaceutical shipments, official data showed on Friday (Jan 17).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Orchard Road smoking ban: More than 4,000 tickets issued to smokers last year
More than 4,000 tickets were issued last year to smokers caught lighting up outside the designated smoking areas in the Orchard Road, the National Environment Agency (NEA) said on Friday (Jan 17).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

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Agencies responsible for air quality are incompetent – Nida Poll
Most of the respondents to a recent opinion poll accuse government agencies of incompetence and complacence in the handling of air pollution in Bangkok.
— Thai PBS News

Exhaust and no wind blamed for Bangkok’s worsening air quality
Vehicular exhaust, accumulated since Friday evening when traffic was the worst of the week, compounded by a temperature inversion increased air pollution in and around Bangkok on Saturday, according to…
— Thai PBS News

World Bank rings alarm on GDP view
The World Bank has warned that Thailand’s average annual economic growth will be stuck below 3% if there is no significant increase in investment and productivity growth.
— Bangkok Post

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Vietnam’s battalions of ‘cyber-armies’ silencing online dissent
‘Force 47’, thought to be 10,000-strong, seen as government’s online enforcers as new cybercrime law takes effect.
— Aljazeera

Bamboo Airways listed as “the airlines to watch” in 2020
Bamboo Airways is a brand new Vietnamese carrier and one of the more intriguing airline startups around right now. It started operations on domestic flights in Vietnam roughly a year ago, and then added service to Taipei and Seoul in late 2019, looking much like any number of low-cost regional airlines that have launched in recent years.
— Vietnam Insider

Computer viruses cause US$902m in damage to Vietnamese users
Computer viruses caused estimated losses of US$902 million to Vietnamese users last year, much higher than in 2018, reported Bkav Technology Group.
— The Daily Star

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