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    Indonesia mourns as tsunami death toll climbs

    Reuters, Published on 01/10/2018

    » PALU, Indonesia: The toll from an earthquake and tsunami soared to 832 confirmed dead on Sunday, with authorities fearing the numbers will climb as rescuers grappled to get aid to outlying communities cut off from communications and help.

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    Myanmar confident of economic take-off this year

    Asia focus, Larry Jagan, Published on 08/01/2018

    » After nearly two years in power, Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and her government face a crucial year ahead. Apart from significant political problems -- resolving the troubles in violence-torn Rakhine state and reviving the stalled peace process -- the government needs to show dramatically improved performance on the economic front.

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    Real estate blues

    Asia focus, Narendra Kaushik, Published on 08/01/2018

    » Real estate, the second largest employer in the Indian economy, has been hit badly by reforms including demonetisation, the crackdown on "black money", tax changes and new consumer-friendly regulations intended to hold developers more accountable.

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    Myanmar powers up

    Asia focus, Larry Jagan, Published on 11/12/2017

    » The government of Myanmar has made energising the power sector an urgent priority, aiming to provide electricity to the whole country by 2030 at the latest. While hydroelectric dams will provide most power needs, new gas-powered plants and liquefied natural gas (LNG) will increase the supply in the medium term. International finance and expertise are being sought, with abundant business opportunities for foreign firms.

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    Skill shortage

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 03/10/2016

    » The shortage of skilled labour and skills gaps have plagued Southeast Asian nations for many years, preventing economies from reaching their full potential. Greater labour mobility under the Asean Economic Community (AEC) was supposed to be the solution but little progress has been made so far.

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    Yangon's real estate challenge

    Asia focus, Tanyatorn Tongwaranan, Published on 07/03/2016

    » Myanmar has experienced dramatic changes economically and politically over the past few years. As foreign investors rush to set up shop in the newly open market, office space in the country's commercial capital is among the most expensive in the world.

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    Singapore holds off monetary easing

    Published on 14/04/2015

    » Singapore refrained from easing monetary policy again after a surprise move in January as it said its current stance was appropriate.

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    Malaysia holds steady

    Asia focus, Umesh Pandey, Published on 20/04/2015

    » Malaysia's economy and financial system remain strong despite diminished growth prospects amid the rout in commodity prices and talk of possible problems in the financial sector, says the country's central bank governor.

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    Asean markets follow Wall Street higher

    Published on 21/04/2015

    » HONG KONG - Southeast Asian stocks on Tuesday followed a positive lead from Wall Street while the euro retreated as investors kept a cautious eye on Europe, where Greece is struggling to pay its debts.

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    Asean, European shares higher

    Published on 07/04/2015

    » Southeast Aisan markets advanced Tuesday after a long holiday weekend, in their first reaction to soft US jobs data that has dampened expectations of an early US interest rate rise.

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