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  • BUSINESS

    Who should control India's central bank?

    Asia focus, Published on 19/11/2018

    » The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is locked in a bitter public feud with the administration of Prime Minister Narendra Modi over Modi's attempts to encroach on the central bank's independence. In fact, the government's actions are a serious problem, but not for the reason many people seem to think.

  • BUSINESS

    All roads start leading to China

    Asia focus, Larry Jagan, Published on 19/11/2018

    » Myanmar and China have finally signed an agreement on a controversial deep-sea port project on the Bay of Bengal, allowing Beijing to press on with its strategic plan to gain access to the Indian ocean. It signifies a strengthening of bilateral ties between the two neighbours, and places Myanmar firmly in China's orbit.

  • BUSINESS

    Courses in the cloud

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 19/11/2018

    » Finding teachers who are willing to work in the troubled southern border provinces of Thailand has never been easy. Persuading a qualified native English-speaking teacher to work in Pattani, Yala or Narathiwat is almost impossible.

  • BUSINESS

    Learning with the best

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 19/11/2018

    » Pittsburgh-based Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), known for its science and technology programmes, aims to use Bangkok as a springboard to build an Asean talent pool through collaboration with King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang (KMITL).

  • BUSINESS

    Banking on transformation

    Asia focus, Chiratas Nivatpumin, Published on 19/11/2018

    » The rise of blockchain technology, quantum computing, artificial intelligence (AI) and digital currencies will completely transform how banks operate in the future, according to William Winters, group chief executive for Standard Chartered Bank.

  • OPINION

    Smoked out? Not yet

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 19/11/2018

    » No one disputes that cigarettes can kill. Each year smoking accounts for 7 million deaths worldwide -- that's seven times more than those attributable to the world's deadliest animal, the mosquito.

  • BUSINESS

    Top of the list

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 12/11/2018

    » Mention the word blockchain, and the first thing most people think of is cryptocurrency. But the reality is that the potential applications for distributed ledger technology (DLT) go far beyond bitcoin and its peers.

  • BUSINESS

    Driving the New India

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 12/11/2018

    » Known as the automotive hub of India and the birthplace of spiritual leader Mahatma Gandhi, Gujarat has long been at the forefront of the country's economic development.

  • BUSINESS

    Taste of Taiwan

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 12/11/2018

    » Nam Linh, a professional MC from Hanoi, has made it his life's goal to visit one foreign country each year. He added Taiwan to his list in mid-October. South Korea was his first overseas experience when he want there as an exchange student at age 15. Since then he has travelled to Laos, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, and last year to China.

  • BUSINESS

    'Democracy' at odds with people's concerns in Sri Lanka

    Asia focus, Published on 12/11/2018

    » After Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena announced the shock decision on Oct 26 to appoint his longtime political foe Mahinda Rajapaksa as prime minister, Western diplomats and the international media expressed outrage at what they perceived as "lack of respect for democratic institutions".

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