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These are the top stories making the front pages of major newspapers from across Southeast Asia today. Get up to speed with what’s happening in the fastest growing region in the world. We don't want to repeat mistake, says Salahuddin The food sector involves a complex network that translates…

Indonesia blames 737 MAX design for Lion Air crash

Indonesian authorities have cited failures in the Boeing 737 MAX design and oversight as contributing to the 2018 Lion Air plane crash, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday. The report into the crash, which will be formally released in early November, also blames pilot error and maintenance…

Bangkok to relocate?

Thailand could be the next major ASEAN city to move its capital. Speaking at a seminar titled ‘Connecting Thailand with the World’ on Wednesday, Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha brought up the possibility of moving the country’s capital, Bangkok – potentially following in the footsteps of…

Duterte stops aid talks over drug war probe

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's administration has ordered the suspension of all loan and grant talks with foreign governments that backed a United Nations (UN) resolution to review human rights abuses during his signature anti-drug war. The Iceland-sponsored UN Human Rights Council…



Indonesian solar lessons from Vietnam 

During the recent Jakarta Car Free Day on 28 July, Indonesia’s Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, Ignasius Jonan, led a campaign called the National Movement of A Million…

Today’s waste is tomorrow’s energy

Global waste is expected to grow to 3.40 billion tonnes by 2050, more than double the population growth over the same period. According to a 2018 World Bank report, ‘What a Waste…

Solar power shines in Myanmar

Myanmar’s launch of its first commercial solar plant last month is a step in the right direction for a country that has yet to provide more than half of its citizens with proper…



Online influencers changing the beauty industry

The global beauty industry is estimated to be worth US$532 billion and Asia-Pacific is the largest and among the fastest-growing markets for it. According to a 2018 report by Euromonitor on ‘Trends…

Indonesia's fisheries not managed efficiently

Blessed with six million square kilometres of ocean territory, Indonesia’s fisheries industry could make a larger contribution to its economy if better managed. Southeast Asia’s largest economy is…

New era at Alibaba as Jack Ma rides into the sunset

Jack Ma stepped aside as leader of the Alibaba Group on Tuesday, ending a spectacularly successful 20-year run during which the charismatic former English teacher’s e-commerce company left a profound…

Southeast Asia’s lucrative tuna industry

Tuna is the world’s most valuable fish. It can be found in inexpensive cans on a supermarket shelf or on the auction block being sold at high prices for its premium flesh, destined for high-end…

ASEAN desperately needs sustainable tourism

From centuries-old temples in Cambodia to sleek new public transport systems in Singapore, tourism’s rapid growth is set to play a critical role in shaping infrastructure use in ASEAN.  Around 129…



Indonesia’s aquaculture goes digital

New technologies are helping Indonesia tap into its huge potential in aquaculture and cement its position as one of the world’s top aquaculture nations. Indonesia’s…

Can 5G really transform businesses?

While consumers across ASEAN are excited about 5G’s promise of faster home broadband speeds and mobile internet connections, it is the technology’s low network latency…

Disrupting Southeast Asia’s construction industry

Southeast Asia’s construction sector is looking at wide variations of growth in 2019, according to the latest International Construction Costs Report from Arcadis. The…



Turtles crying foul in Malaysia

Malaysia is home to important habitats for marine turtles such as nesting beaches for the laying of eggs and coral reefs and seagrass beds as their feeding grounds. According to the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Malaysia, the country hosts four out of the seven species of marine turtles found in the world, which are the green, hawksbill, olive ridley and leatherback turtles.  Marine turtles are vital for ocean ecosystems. Green turtles graze seagrass beds, which in turn, increases the…

Yangon's boom falls short across river

On her scruffy, downtrodden bank of the river, teashop-owner Khin works just a few hundred metres across the muddy water from Yangon and dreams of the riches promised by a new bridge linking to Myanmar's commercial heart.   "The quicker, the better," 58-year-old Khin Than Myint told media of the construction of the US$168 million bridge, from her shop in Dala township. Spanning the Yangon River, the project is due to be completed in 2022, easing the commute for thousands crossing the waters…

The deadly cost of sand mining

Early this year, a 16-minute documentary called “Lost World” was released. The documentary, directed by Kalyanee Mam and produced by Go Project Films, the John D and Catherine T MacArthur Foundation, and Heinrich Böll Stiftung, showcases the damage done to Cambodian coastal fisheries by the industrial-scale dredging of sand for sale. Lost World eventually won the Sundance Grand Jury Prize for Feature Documentary. Today, the practice has largely been shut down in Koh Kong, the area featured in…

Environmental activists get down and dirty 

Thousands of volunteers wielding nets and bin bags scoured coasts, parks and riverbanks across the globe Saturday, in a litter-picking drive highlighting the vast quantity of trash dumped worldwide, a day after mass international climate protests. Campaigners took part in World Cleanup Day from Manila to the Mediterranean, as hundreds of thousands of people across the world take part in demonstrations and activities calling for urgent action on the environment. Young people have been at the…


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