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Indonesia: Religious Council Says Crypto Is Haram

The use of crypto assets as a currency is forbidden for Muslims, according to Indonesia’s council of religious leaders.The National Ulema Council, or MUI, has deemed cryptocurrency as haram, or banned, as it has elements of uncertainty, wagering and harm, Asrorun Niam Sholeh, head of religious decrees, said on Thursday after the council held an expert hearing.

12 November 2021
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Supply Chain Woes Slowing Global Recovery

Power outages in China, chaos in Britain's petrol stations, factory closures in Germany – supply chain problems around the world are threatening to gnarl up a global recovery as countries try to re-emerge from pandemic-induced recessions.This week saw a number of examples of the supply chain issues currently dogging economic activity across the globe – China ran out of coal for its power stations; the United Kingdom (UK) had insufficient lorry drivers to transport petrol to the fuel pump

4 October 2021
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Philippine Economy Needs 10 Years To Recover

The Philippine economy will take more than a decade to return to pre-pandemic growth, an official said Thursday, warning the next two generations of Filipinos would be paying for the cost of COVID-19.

1 October 2021
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Global Brands Trapped In Vietnam’s COVID Lockdown

From shoes and sweaters to car parts and coffee, Vietnam's strict and lengthy coronavirus lockdown has sparked product shortages among worldwide brands such as Nike and Gap which have grown increasingly dependent on the Southeast Asian nation's manufacturers.The snarl-ups at Vietnam's factories are part of a broader crisis around the planet that is sending inflation surging and raising concerns about the pace of recovery in the global economy.At a fabric mill east of Hanoi, Cla

29 September 2021
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China Rules All Crypto Transactions Illegal

China's central bank on Friday said all financial transactions involving cryptocurrencies are illegal, sounding the death knell for the digital trade in China after a crackdown on the volatile currencies.The global values of cryptocurrencies including Bitcoin have massively fluctuated over the past year partly due to Chinese regulations, which have sought to prevent speculation and money laundering."Virtual currency-related business activities are illegal financial activities,"

25 September 2021
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Philippine Economy Rebounds In Q2

The Philippine economy grew in the second quarter at its fastest pace in more than three decades, but an official warned Tuesday of "speed bumps" as coronavirus restrictions were tightened to combat surging infections.Gross domestic product (GDP) expanded 11.8 percent on-year, the statistics agency said, after five straight quarters of contraction. The increase – the best since the last three months of 1988 – was driven by a rebound in construction activity and consumer spe

10 August 2021
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Asian Markets Lower As Virus Fuels Recovery Fears

Markets fell in Asia on Tuesday with investors looking for their next buying catalyst after the latest rally, while there were also concerns about fresh coronavirus flare-ups and the reimposition of restrictions in parts of the world.With news of President Joe Biden's bipartisan infrastructure deal having run its course and inflation worries continuing to linger, traders are choosing to sit tight ahead of key United States (US) jobs data later in the week and the beginning of corporate e

29 June 2021
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Airbus And Boeing Have A Common Rival: China

While the United States (US) and Europe waged a 17-year trade battle over subsidies to Boeing and Airbus, China poured money into its own commercial aircraft to take on the Western aviation duopoly.It took a common threat for the US and Europe to finally put an end to their dispute this past week, as the two sides signed a five-year truce suspending tit-for-tat tariffs.US President Joe Biden made it clear during his visit to Brussels on Tuesday: Washington and Brussels must "work togethe

20 June 2021
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Chinese EV Maker Leaves Tesla In The Dust

Since last July, a little-known automaker in China’s southwest has dominated the world’s largest electric car market, outselling bigger players and even Tesla Inc. almost every month with a tiny, bare-bones electric vehicle (EV) that starts at just US$4,500.The Hongguang Mini is the brainchild of SAIC-GM-Wuling Automobile Co., a joint venture (JV) between SAIC Motor Corp.

8 June 2021
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Indonesian Unicorns Merge, Creating Tech Giant

Two of Indonesia's most successful start-ups are to merge, the companies announced on Monday, creating the largest tech firm in the world's fourth most populous country.Ride-hailing and payments giant Gojek and e-commerce firm Tokopedia – which generated transactions worth a combined US$22 billion in 2020 – agreed to form the GoTo Group, they said in a statement.The deal will form an Indonesian tech giant combining e-commerce and financial services with on-demand offerings such as r

18 May 2021
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COVID-Hit Philippine Economy Drops 4.2 Percent

The Philippine economy shrank by more than expected in the first quarter of 2021, supporting views that the central bank will keep interest rates at a record-low at a policy meeting on Wednesday.Gross domestic product (GDP) fell 4.2 percent in the March quarter from a year earlier, the statistics agency said on Tuesday, marking the fifth straight quarter of declines amid pandemic-induced lockdowns. Economists had expected the GDP to contract three percent after slumping 8.3 percent y

11 May 2021
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Grab: Southeast Asia’s Super App

When Microsoft's Bill Gates said in 1994 that "banking is necessary, banks are not", financiers and analysts alike dismissed the claims as the wild musings of an over-imaginative techie.Fast forward a few decades and that vision is fast becoming reality.Grab is one of the most dominant super apps in Asia, offering rides, food delivery and now, financial services.That includes loans, insurance, payments and investments – all accessed through a mobile phone app.Launched in 2012 a

3 May 2021
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