Asean morning news for September 16

Asean morning news for September 16

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Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu         @stmarisewudolu


Malaysia to write to Asean secretariat on need to formulate trans-boundary haze law
Malaysia will send a letter to the Asean Secretariat on the need to formulate and enforce a uniform trans-boundary haze law across the region to avoid recurrence of the problem in the future.
— New Straits Times

Government to offer 1000 PhD fellowships to ASEAN students
In a major step to boost relations with ASEAN countries and increase people-to-people ties, the Government has decided to offer 1,000 PhD fellowships to ASEAN students at IITs in India.
— India Today

US Navy sails ship close to islands claimed by China
Washington: The US Navy said that one of its destroyers had sailed close to the Chinese-controlled Paracel Islands in the South China Sea on Friday, asserting international freedom of navigation rights in the contested waters.
— The Siasat Daily

Indonesia, Malaysia ready to carry out cloud seeding operations
Two Indonesian aircraft are on standby to carry out cloud seeding operations to douse transboundary haze-causing fires in Riau, with rain forecast to fall in the province close to Singapore and Malaysia over the next few days.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

National Innovation Agency partners GovInsider for global summit GovInsider Live
The National Innovation Agency of Thailand has joined forces with GovInsider and UNESCAP to run a global government innovation summit at the United Nations Headquarters in Bangkok.
— Gov Insider

PNP to present paper on transnational crime in Asean confab
Gen. Oscar Albayalde, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief, will present the country’s paper on current transnational crime concerns during the 39th Asean Association of Chiefs of Police (AseanAPOL) Conference in Hanoi, Vietnam on Sept. 16-20 this year.
— Philippine News Agency

China Is Now Flying Russian Su-35s in Asia
Key point: China’s People’s Liberation Army Air Force is seeing an increase in its combat capabilities due to the Su-35. The Sukhoi Su-35 Flanker-E has entered service with the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) according to the Chinese Ministry of Defense.
— Spratly Islands

27 youth leaders to represent PH in ASEAN, Japan exchange program
Twenty-seven of the country’s finest youth leaders coming from all regions are set to represent the Philippines as Ambassadors of Goodwill in the 46th Ship for Southeast Asian and Japanese Youth Program (SSEAYP). The program is a diplomatic-cultural event that brings together more than 300 youths from ASEAN member states and Japan.
— Cebu Daily News

Car imports from China crash
Automobile imports from China have plummeted since the beginning of last year after tariffs on imports from ASEAN member countries were scrapped.
— VN Express

RCEP agreement: Can India get a good deal?
There is a general feeling that India’s trade agreements have not worked out well. The country is also not in any mega trade pact that includes China, which is a part of RCEP. There is concern that Chinese imports will become a bigger problem if a deal is signed. ET explains.
— The Economic Times

CLMVT touted as global value chain
The area of the CLMVT (Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam, Thailand) is being urged to upgrade to become a new global value chain to accommodate the new economy and offset the world’s economic uncertainties.
— Bangkok Post

India mulls import tax in RCEP talks
India plans to propose the imposition of “safeguard tax” on imports to better protect domestic industries as part of the long-awaited Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), which is supposed to reduce trade barriers.
— Bangkok Post

PH, Singapore sign MoU on personal data protection
THE Philippines and Singapore agreed to share best practices in personal data protection and develop compatible mechanisms to facilitate trusted cross border data flows including mutual recognition of comparable protection afforded by their respective laws to safeguard both Philippines and Singapore citizens.
— The Manila Times

PH team bags grand prize in international hackathon against fake news
A trio of friends from the Philippines are taking on the challenge of fighting fake news online by proposing a database that will store collected information on fake news sites and serve as a reference for researchers, journalists, and even ordinary netizens.
— ABS-CBN News

Duterte, Xi favor bilateral deal on sea dispute
PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte frowns upon a “multilateral approach” to resolve the South China Sea dispute and will push for a deal with another claimant country, his spokesman said last week.
— BusinessWorld

Fact-check: Hidden Chinese military base found in the Philippines?
A photo has been shared hundreds of times in multiple posts on Facebook and Twitter which claim it shows a hidden Chinese military base in Zambales, a province northwest of Manila.
— The News

Philippine fast-food chain Jollibee hungry to expand in US, China
Jollibee Foods Corp, the Philippine fast-food specialist known for fried Chickenjoy and chopped hotdogs in sweet spaghetti sauce, is doubling down on expansion plans in the United States and China that are likely to include more mergers and acquisitions.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

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Floods kill 11 in four provinces
Flooding since early this month have caused the deaths of 11 people and injured two others in four of five affected provinces.
— Khmer Times

Monitor ex-CNRP activists, says Sar Kheng
Interior Minister Sar Kheng has ordered all officials across the Kingdom to monitor former CNRP activists and members in a move to thwart any illegal activities during Pchum Ben festival.
— Khmer Times

Negotiations to continue for next year’s minimum wage
Negotiations for next year’s minimum wage will continue this week as the parties work to reach an agreement that will impact about 800,000 workers in the textile, garment and footwear industries, the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training said on Thursday.
— The Phnom Penh Post

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House agrees to raise minimum marriage age to 19
The House of Representatives has finally agreed to raise the minimum age for marriage for females from 16 years old to 19.
— The Jakarta Post

Cigarette prices to jump 35 percent as government hikes excise
The government has decided to increase the tobacco excise next year in a move aimed at, among other targets, reducing the smoking prevalence in the country.
— The Jakarta Post

Smog from forest fires could kill indirectly: BNPB
Doni Monardo, head of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), has said smog coming from forest fires is indirect killer, and therefore it should be tackled by all concerned parties.
— Antara News

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‘No proof’ in jailing of engineer in Laos
Lawyers are calling for the immediate release of a Thai engineer who has been detained in a Lao detention centre for over 10 months after being accused of causing about 1.7 million baht in damages to a Lao company’s business.
— Bangkok Post

Two Years after Lao Pyramid Scheme Protest, Defrauded Investors Still Waiting to be Repaid
More than 30,000 Laotians who invested in a company headed by owners who were convicted in 2017 of defrauding them in a pyramid scheme are still waiting to be repaid.

Lao People’s Democratic Republic: Podul – Floods Emergency Plan of Action (EPoA) DREF Operation n° MDRLA006
On 29 August 2019, Tropical Storm (TS) Podul made landfall in Lao People’s Democratic Republic (PDR), bringing rainfall and winds until 3 September 2019, which has caused flooding in six provinces in the southern part of the country.
— Relief  Web

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Malaysia to write to Asean secretariat on need to formulate trans-boundary haze law
Malaysia will send a letter to the Asean Secretariat on the need to formulate and enforce a uniform trans-boundary haze law across the region to avoid recurrence of the problem in the future.
— New Straits Times

Tourism Malaysia expects 8pc increase in tourist expenditure this year
Tourism Malaysia is expecting tourist expenditure to rise by eight per cent this year from RM28.1 billion recorded last year.
— Malay Mail

Japan Airlines could bid for Malaysia Airlines stake, says report
The Edge weekly says there have been high level talks for Japan Airlines to pursue an interest in the national carrier.
— FMT News

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Myanmar’s rubber exports exceed target for 2018-19
Myanmar exported 192,980 tons of rubber worth of 247.56 million U.S. dollars in the first 11 months from October to August of the present fiscal year 2018-19 , exceeding the targeted of 170,000 tons, according to the figures of the Ministry of Commerce on Sunday.
— Xinhua

8 more local, foreign investment projects approved in Myanmar
Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) recently approved eight more local and foreign investment projects, said a release from the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA) on Sunday.
— Xinhua

Jade export volume reaches US$ 356 million in 11 months in current FY
Jade export volume reached US$ 356 million in 11 months in the current fiscal year, decreasing by more than US$ 500 million, compared with the same period of the previous year, said an official of the Ministry of Commerce told the Daily Eleven.
— Eleven Myanmar

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Robredo on Panelo: He and Duterte should talk so that they will say the same thing
Vice President Leni Robredo on Sunday laughed off presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo’s criticism of her, saying that when President Rodrigo Duterte says one thing, Panelo says something different.
— GMA Network

Philippines boosts swine fever checks as pigs die in capital
The Philippines wants operators who raise pigs in their backyards, which account for 65% of the nation’s hog output, to be more vigilant in monitoring for African swine fever after dozens of the animals were found dead in cities in Manila.
— Bangkok Post

De Lima: Duterte to ‘leave a generation of beggars’ after oil deal with China
Opposition Senator Leila de Lima fired at President Rodrigo Duterte for saying the Philippines will ignore the 2016 arbitral ruling on the West Philippine Sea in favor of a joint oil and gas exploration with China.
— Rappler

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Singapore reports first Zika cluster of the year after 3 cases in Serangoon Gardens
Three cases of locally transmitted Zika infection have been confirmed in the Serangoon Gardens area, said the National Environment Agency (NEA) on Friday (Sep 13), making this Singapore’s first Zika cluster of the year.
— Channel News Asia (very annoying popups)

Ritter Sport chocolate recalled due to undeclared allergen
A flavour of Ritter Sport chocolate bar is being recalled due to an undeclared milk allergen, the Singapore Food Agency (SFA) said on Saturday (Sep 14).
— Channel News Asia (very annoying popups)

Singapore’s air quality expected to ‘gradually improve’ in next 24 hours: NEA
Singapore’s air quality is expected to gradually improve over the next 24 hours if prevailing wind conditions continue, said the National Environment Agency (NEA) on Sunday (Sep 15).
— Channel News Asia (very annoying popups)

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Monorail link planned for Don Mueang airport
Airports of Thailand Plc plans to build a 3-kilometre monorail electric train route to link Don Mueang international airport with the Bangkok Transit System (BTS) Green Line on the Mor Chit-Saphan Mai-Khu Khot route in Bangkok’s northern suburb, Don Mueang airport deputy director Flying Officer Sumpun Khutranon said.
— Bangkok Post

Another dead dugong found off the coast of Trang
Another dead dugong has been discovered floating in the Andaman Sea, between Koh Ya in Trang and Koh Ngai Island in Krabi. The corpse was discovered yesterday by a local tour boat.
— The Thaiger

Thailand will use smart grid to predict outages
The Metropolitan Electricity Authority will use data to track outages and understand why some customers don’t pay on time.
— Gov Insider

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Complete Hanoi, HCMC airport runway repairs by November: government
The government has directed that runways and taxiways at the Noi Bai and Tan Son Nhat airports be completed by November.
— VnExpress

Disbursement rate of ODA funds in Vietnam reaches 3.4% of targets in Jan-Jun
Minister of Finance Dinh Tien Dung attributed the low disbursement rate to delay in assigning mid-term public investment plan, insufficient fund allocation, slow adjustment of investment plan, cumbersome procedures, or delay in completing disbursement procedures.
— The Hanoitimes

Vietravel Airlines plans 2020 launch in fast-growing market
Vietravel Airlines plans to launch its first flight next year, joining a rising number of entrants in one of the world’s fast-growing aviation markets.
— VnExpress

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