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Mar 16, 2018

Pingtung County’s Great Chaozhou Artificial Lake is completely dry on the surface, defying traditional notions of a reservoir. This reservoir redirects floodwater underground, filling up underground water storage space until it can be extracted for use as potentially life-saving water in times of drought.

Mar 13, 2018

Singapore tops the list of the world’s best performing smart cities ahead of London, New York, San Francisco and Chicago in a new study by UK-based market intelligence firm Juniper Research sponsored by IT giant Intel.

The city state ranks first in all four major categories surveyed, namely mobility, health...

Mar 02, 2018

Indonesia’s initiative to create and promote ten “new Balis” – ten new tourists destinations that could become as popular as the crowded holiday island – would require about $20 billion in investment, the government calculated, hoping for developers from China, Singapore, Thailand and other countries to foot half...

Mar 01, 2018

The study discovered that older people aged 55 and above with hearing loss are 2.3 times more likely to develop dementia

A local study on Singaporeans has revealed that people aged 55 and above with hearing loss are more likely to develop dementia. As more than 60 per cent of Singaporeans aged above 60 years...

Feb 19, 2018

Multilingualism is good for the economy, researchers have found. Countries that actively nurture different languages reap a range of rewards, from more successful exports to a more innovative workforce.

“Language matters on a large-scale national level and at the level of smaller businesses,” says Gabrielle...

Feb 19, 2018

South Korea and Sweden are the most innovative countries in the world, according to a league table covering everything from the concentration of tech companies to the number of science and engineering graduates.

The index on innovative countries highlights South Korea’s position as the economy whose...

Feb 14, 2018

At the recent 38th edition of FITUR 2018, a travel fair exhibition in Madrid, targeting Spanish countries in Spain and Latin America, country brand Malaysia Truly Asia received overwhelming response from trade buyers, medias and visitors.

Feb 14, 2018

Vietnam and Qatar have decided to work closer in the field of food security as the Middle East country is looking for new import sources and food trading partners in the wake of continued tensions with other Gulf Cooperation Council countries.

According to Vietnam’s ambassador in Qatar, Nguyen Dinh Thao,...

Feb 05, 2018

Thai people are spending an average of nine hours and 38 minutes daily on the Internet, with around one third of this time used for consuming social media. This makes the country ranking first in Internet time spent in the world, followed by the Philippines, Brazil, Indonesia and South Africa.

These are the...

Jan 29, 2018

E-commerce vendors expanding into Southeast Asia need a unique sales model for each country. Increasingly, Southeast Asians living in Taiwan and Southeast Asian online celebrities are emerging as the key to social media-based e-commerce.

E-commerce is still in the fledgling stage in Southeast Asia. Most...

Jan 25, 2018

The Philippines has kicked off construction work for a new government district in New Clark City, a planned community under development in Capas, Tarlac close to Clark International Airport and Angeles City and some 100 kilometers north of Metro Manila.

Jan 22, 2018

Vietnam’s vibrant startup scene is not only fostering a new class of domestic entrepreneurs, it is also attracting a growing number of foreigners who want to tap the country’s huge growth potential as a revived Southeast Asian tiger economy and its skilled IT workforce.

Jan 10, 2018

Thailand made another step forward in its aim to increase the share of organic farming in its agriculture sector as 20 northeastern provinces signed by signing three memorandums of understanding with relevant agencies to cooperate in developing organic agriculture, mainly involving the cultivation of organic...

Jan 09, 2018

Indonesia, Southeast Asia’s largest economy, for the first time crossed the $1-trillion mark in its GDP revenues, reaching an estimated $1.004 trillion as per the end of 2017.

However, the mood remained subdued as economic growth was likely lower than the 5.2 per cent initially projected for last year,...

Jan 09, 2018

In a new year when the global economy is expected to grow and employers are planning to hire more, how come laborers are not responding accordingly to this seemingly prosperous job market?

Dec 31, 2017

29 December 2017 – People around the world, especially poor farmers in developing Asian countries, will benefit through the use of nuclear techniques in combatting diseases affecting farm animals and improve water management practices, the United Nations atomic energy agency has said.

“Improved farming...

Dec 30, 2017

Viet Nam News LÝ SƠN ISLAND — The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) plans to launch a communication campaign to promote the non-use of plastic bags as a prelude to its sea turtle conservation programme on Lý Sơn Island in 2018.

IUCN’s Marine and Coastal resource programme co-ordinator Bùi...

Dec 30, 2017

After years of booming tourism arrivals, Thailand counted a new record of a whopping 35 million visitors coming to the country this year, a number that is now straining the capacity of airports and immigration administration to the utmost.

Most of the growth comes from ballooning Chinese visitor numbers, and...

Dec 30, 2017

Indonesia, a country where millions of people don’t have bank accounts and therefore cannot pay with other means than cash, is stepping up its e-money ambitions. In a latest move, a Japanese lease and finance company, Tokyo Century, entered the market through a partnership with local retail conglomerate Lotte Group...

Dec 27, 2017

The rapid growth of Indonesia's manufacturing sector – a development buoyed partly by the arrival of several big-name mobile-phone manufacturers and partly by highly supportive central government legislation – has attracted electronics companies across the wider Asia-Pacific region. Indonesia's manufacturing...

Dec 23, 2017

Southeast Asia, especially Thailand with its openness and thriving economy, is an attractive destination for living and working abroad. But competing in the job market is easier said than done as top talent flocks to the country.

Working abroad has always been a popular career planning option. Whether a...

Dec 17, 2017

The aeroplane has shrunk our planet - and enlarged our world. When you can have a breakfast meeting in Dubai, a lunch negotiation in London and make a deal over dinner in New York, it's clear human connection has transcended geographical borders.