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    Entrepreneur in overdrive

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 22/04/2019

    » Do you remember what you were doing when you were 13? Aaron Tan, a teenage prodigy in Singapore, was running his first tech startup. He then went on to set up two more companies before turning 21. Today he is the CEO of Singapore-based Carro, an automotive marketplace and services portal that started from his love of trading cars, not driving them.


    Cities for the people

    Asia focus, Published on 22/04/2019

    » Dante's Divine Comedy describes one level of hell (the City of Dis) as "Satan's wretched city … full of distress and torment terrible". He could well have been describing many modern-day metropolises.


    Powering Asia

    Asia focus, Tanyatorn Tongwaranan, Published on 22/04/2019

    » Energy is essential for advancing economic activity and quality of life, but obtaining most of our energy from fossil fuels is no longer sustainable. Pollution is spreading like a plague, warming the planet, choking the public and eroding our health.


    Smartphone supremacy

    Asia focus, Narendra Kaushik, Published on 22/04/2019

    » Up until three years ago, Gaurav Singh Chauhan used to sell 15 or 20 Micromax mobile phones in a day. Now he considers himself lucky if he can sell one unit a month of the Indian-made handsets.


    No time to celebrate

    Asia focus, Ismira Lutfia Tisnadibrata, Published on 22/04/2019

    » The results of Indonesia's presidential election won't be official for another month, but incumbent President Joko Widodo is already receiving congratulatory phone calls from regional and world leaders. Barring a major surprise, he will officially be sworn in for a second term on Oct 20.


    Pyongyang moves the goalposts

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 22/04/2019

    » When I asked a senior official from Washington recently about the failure of the second Trump-Kim summit in Vietnam in late February, the response I received was every bit as diplomatic as I had expected.


    Visitors throng Delhi to trace Gandhi's footsteps

    Asia focus, Narendra Kaushik, Published on 08/04/2019

    » Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, the guiding light of India's freedom struggle against the British Empire, lived in Delhi for only 720 days. But during that brief stay he left his mark on numerous locations that today draw throngs of tourists seeking to follow in his footsteps through the capital.


    How Western transparency helps fuel Chinese repression

    Asia focus, Published on 08/04/2019

    » Despite repeated efforts by the Beijing government to stimulate the Chinese economy, the country's animal spirits remain depressed. And one unexpected reason for this may be the automatic exchange of financial information between the world's major economies, which is allowing the Communist Party of China to learn about the bank accounts that Chinese residents hold overseas.


    Healthy outcomes

    Asia focus, Tanyatorn Tongwaranan, Published on 08/04/2019

    » When your goal is to make a meaningful impact in the world, you usually think less about yourself and your status, but focus more on the elements that will truly make a difference.


    Scholars and dollars

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 08/04/2019

    » When the international school market specialist ISC Research looked into its crystal ball in 2012, it predicted that the world would have 11,000 international schools serving 6.2 million students by 2022.

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