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May 22, 2019

The government of Malaysia’s is turning to an alternative form of real estate financing to help resolve a $4.8-billion property overhang in the country as banks are becoming more and more reluctant to grant mortgages to potential home buyers.

Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng said on May 17 that property...

May 21, 2019

Indonesia is drafting ambitious plans for $412 billion in building projects, from constructing 25 airports to new power plants, as the government seeks to stoke growth in Southeast Asia’s largest economy, according to the country’s planning minister, Bloomberg News reported.

May 18, 2019

The world wastes more than 1.3 billion tonnes of food each year. The planet’s 1 billion hungry people could be fed on less than a quarter of the food wasted in the US and Europe.

In a recent report, the World Economic Forum identified cutting food waste by up to 20 million tonnes as one of 12 measures that...

May 17, 2019

Kampung spirit brought to life with light displays of cultural icons and community events

SINGAPORE, May 17, 2019 - (ACN Newswire) - Geylang Serai will be bathed in a sea of colourful lights from 3 May to 16 June 2019 as Hari Raya Light Up 2019 returns with a visual feast of close to 50 light installations...

May 13, 2019

Indonesia is now Southeast Asia’s fastest growing market for smartphones, according to market research firm Canalys. The country experienced a 17-per cent growth from 2017 to 2018, while its neighbour Thailand experienced a 13-per cent decrease in last year’s fourth quarter.

“The smartphone market in...

May 11, 2019

“Papercraft has been by my side through many important moments in my life. I can even make a chronicle of life with papercraft works. It is always there for me, giving me the ingredients to survive and memories to cherish. It pushes me forward.”

Papercraft artist Johan Cheng has been in the field for more...

May 01, 2019

Indonesian President Joko Widodo has approved a long-term plan for the government to abandon overcrowded, sinking and polluted Jakarta and build a new capital. The idea has been circulating for decades – since the time of Indonesia’s first President Sukarno – but it has never been decided or discussed in a planned...

Apr 29, 2019

China has been the world's most populous country for a long time: back in 1750, it had a population of 225 million, around 28% of the world population. By 2016, China had a population larger than 1.4 billion.

But China is soon to be overtaken by India. In the chart below we see historic and projected...

Apr 21, 2019

According to the study - Gathering Storm: Climate change clouds the future of children in Bangladesh - the country’s flat topography, dense population and weak infrastructure make it “uniquely vulnerable to the powerful and unpredictable forces that climate change is compounding”.

The threat is felt from...

Apr 18, 2019

Experience the city’s ancient Chinese past with four unforgettable festivals this spring

April 18, 2019 02:00 PM Hong Kong Time - HONG KONG--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Steeped in culture and tradition, Hong Kong honours its Chinese past with unique ancient festivals. Coming up this spring, peek into the past with four...

Apr 12, 2019

To ease the chronic housing crisis, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government has pitched a plan to increase the supply of land through the building of artificial islands.

Year after year, Hong Kong SAR has topped the rankings for the world’s least affordable housing markets. The city’s sky-high...

Apr 04, 2019

CHIANG RAI, THAILAND (4 April 2019) — Southeast Asian governments, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), and major development financiers today launched the “ASEAN Catalytic Green Finance Facility”, a new initiative to spur more than $1 billion in green infrastructure investments across Southeast Asia. The launch...

Apr 03, 2019

VIENTIANE, LAO PDR – On March 22, 2019, officials from the Governments of Laos and the United States celebrated the successful completion of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) LUNA II project at a ceremony at the Lao Plaza Hotel in Vientiane. The event, co-chaired by Minister of Industry and...

Apr 03, 2019

In a bid to attract more tourists and reduce waiting times at border checkpoints, Laos’ ministry of foreign affairs has announced the introduction of an e-visa service to start this June, enabling foreign visitors to more conveniently apply for entry visas online.

Apr 01, 2019

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges (PASUC) launched a strategy to build innovation capacity among public higher education institutions throughout the country on February 12, 2019.

Mar 28, 2019

What really makes a happy nation? The report’s authors insist it's not just about money. Finland tops the happiness list despite not having the highest GDP of the Nordic countries.

The world is getting used to being told that Scandinavian countries are among the best places to live. The release of the 2019...

Mar 25, 2019

Vietnam on Wednesday on March 20 started construction of a race circuit in the capital Hanoi where the Southeast Asian city will host its first Formula One race presumably in April next year.

Formula One chief Jean Todt hailed the inaugural Vietnamese Grand Prix in Hanoi as “a great opportunity to open doors...

Mar 19, 2019

The Philippines is the only nation from the region to make the Global Gender Gap Index's top 10.

Despite a shrinking gender gap in many parts of the world, a lot of work still needs to be done to fully eradicate inequalities between the sexes.

Asian economies that recognize the contribution gender...

Mar 18, 2019

Taiwan’s fertility medicine has long enjoyed international acclaim, with many anxious parents from China, Japan, and Southeast Asia coming to Taiwan in hopes of fulfilling their dream of having children. However, as the market has become saturated, fertility clinics have begun to actively seek ways to sustain their...

Mar 07, 2019

Pollution data suggests Taiwan’s air quality should be getting better. But a CommonWealth Magazine investigation has found that the data may be tainted, with companies using various tactics to hide high air pollution emissions readings.

A gray smog engulfs western Taiwan, setting off red alarms at air...

Mar 07, 2019

Explore Art Basel, the city’s diverse art happenings and much more in Hong Kong Arts Month

Mar 07, 2019

Manila, March 06, 2019 – International volunteers from Habitat for Humanity break ground today in Fiji for this year’s Pacific Build, following in the footsteps of other volunteers at the Asia Build in Myanmar last month.

Fifty-two young Japanese volunteers spent 10 days from February 10 to 20 to help build...