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  • OPINION

    When children go hungry

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 11/06/2018

    » Few things are sadder than the sight of a hungry child. My sadness turned to anger when I learned that corrupt adults were stealing food from the mouths of children in my own country.

  • BUSINESS

    High time for change

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 11/06/2018

    » At a time when public alarm is rising about the scourge of opioid abuse, many countries are taking a closer look at marijuana as a safer option for treating pain. Legalisation of medicinal marijuana is on the rise across the western world, and some countries now allow recreational use.

  • BUSINESS

    Adieu to the ATM?

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 11/06/2018

    » Hari Sivan smiles in acknowledgement when I suggest to him that the 15 years he spent as a specialist in payments at Citibank and DBS Bank helped to explain why he saw the business opportunity that eventually became soCash.

  • BUSINESS

    Huawei innovates to move up mobile value chain

    Asia focus, Tanyatorn Tongwaranan, Published on 11/06/2018

    » Huawei Technologies of China is riding a wave of innovations in its campaign to achieve premium status in mature smartphone markets in Asia, competing head-to-head with Samsung and Apple.

  • BUSINESS

    Turned off in Asia

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 11/06/2018

    » Uruguay became the first country to legalise marijuana entirely in July last year. Residents over age 18 can smoke cannabis in public and purchase it either from a pharmacy or harvest a crop of up to six plants.

  • BUSINESS

    'Modicare' to the rescue

    Asia focus, Narendra Kaushik, Published on 11/06/2018

    » Sunita Devi, 45, has been losing hope for her niece, 13-year-old Soni Kumari. The housewife from Bihar state has been camped on the pavement outside the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), India's premier healthcare institute in New Delhi, since May 16.

  • OPINION

    Creating a healthier future

    Asia focus, Tanyatorn Tongwaranan, Published on 04/06/2018

    » In response to the rapid expansion of its greying population, Singapore has introduced compulsory healthcare insurance for elderly citizens. CareShield Life, an enhanced version of the existing eldercare programme, will require all Singaporeans aged between 30 and 40 to be enrolled from 2020. Policyholders who become unable to manage basic daily functions will receive S$600 (14,320 baht) a month, increasing over time to keep pace with long-term care costs.

  • BUSINESS

    Myanmar takes aim at graft

    Asia focus, Larry Jagan, Published on 04/06/2018

    » Myanmar's government is declaring war against corruption and preparing for significant cabinet changes amid the biggest political crisis since it took power two years ago.

  • BUSINESS

    Making mobility work

    Asia focus, Tanyatorn Tongwaranan, Published on 04/06/2018

    » Contrary to the global trend, the movement of people across national borders within Southeast Asia has been increasing significantly over the past two decades. The continuing vitality of intra-regional migration is fuelled by rapid economic development, demographic diversity and the mismatch in supply and demand of domestic labour.

  • BUSINESS

    Korea Inc sharpens strategic focus in Asean

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 04/06/2018

    » South Korea is shifting its economic focus from mostly developed countries in Asia, North America and Europe to Southeast Asia with its "New Southern Policy", which aims to strengthen economic ties with Asean to diversify its trade links, a Korean minister says.

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