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Southeast Asia is home to some of the world’s fastest expanding economies, with a combined economy about the size of the United Kingdom’s (UK’s) or US$2.6 trillion. Armed with a younger, urbanised and more affluent consumer base, the region continues to grow at a phenomenal pace.

17 March 2019

Tobacco is killing more Thais

In 2015, Thailand’s National Statistical Office revealed that the number of Thais above the age of 15 who smoked cigarettes had risen to 11.4 million from the previous year – an increase of 21 percent. It also revealed that every year there were about 50,000 Thais who died as a result of smoking.

16 March 2019

Singapore to submit UNESCO hawker nomination

Singapore will submit a nomination for its hawker culture to be listed on the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) of Humanity by the end of this month.

15 March 2019

Fashion needs to get environment-friendly fast

The world has been on the receiving end of environmental abuse lately from numerous industries, particularly where waste management is concerned. In a traditional economy, mainly dominated by a linear model of take-make-and-dispose, not much consideration is given to the material’s end-of-life.

14 March 2019

Singapore battles fake news

In India, something as simple as a WhatsApp message can be as deadly as a live bullet. While no official count is kept, police and government officials estimate that more than two dozen people have been killed by mobs thanks to the spread of fake news through the popular messaging app.

13 March 2019

Southeast Asia’s otters under threat  

One of Southeast Asia’s many treasures is its beautiful flora and fauna. Gifted with lush forests and beautiful waters, the region is blessed with diverse wildlife. However, bit by bit, some of these natural wonders are being chipped away by the rapid modernisation that’s taken over the region.

13 March 2019

Food security a key issue for ASEAN

In 2015, the world’s leaders came together to pledge the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The 2030 Agenda is a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure all people enjoy peace and prosperity through global partnership.

12 March 2019

Boeing 737 MAX safety record questioned

For the second time in less than six months, a Boeing 737 MAX 8 has crashed minutes after take-off and killed everyone on board, raising fresh questions about the safety of a model that is crucial to the United States (US) giant's future plans.

11 March 2019

Japan and Iceland to kill whales again

Recent news reports that Japan and Iceland will be resuming their whale hunting programmes are going against the international trend of whale conservation and have been met with international backlash.

10 March 2019