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  • BUSINESS

    Halal everywhere

    Asia focus, Ismira Lutfia Tisnadibrata, Published on 18/06/2018

    » As Muslim consumers in Indonesia are growing more halal-conscious, demand for halal certification has expanded from food and beverages and financial services to non-food consumer goods.

  • BUSINESS

    Double the fun

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 22/01/2018

    » Sailing on the equivalent of a floating Macau, viewing spectacular shows and enjoying all-day indoor and outdoor entertainment are par for the course on the new generation of cruises serving the growing Asian leisure travel market.

  • NEWS

    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.

  • NEWS

    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.

  • BUSINESS

    Escape from poverty

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 11/09/2017

    » It was a cold winter night when Ji Seong-ho lost both of his left limbs. He was trying to jump onto a moving freight train to steal coal being transported from North Korea to China. He slipped on the snow and tumbled under the wheels of the carriage.

  • BUSINESS

    Bug bonanza

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 28/08/2017

    » The first time I ate an insect was when I was young and playing in Roi Et, the northeastern province where my mother grew up. It was a fried grasshopper. I recall the taste was not bad, but after many bug-free years in Bangkok, I wasn't sure I wanted to get back on the insect wagon.

  • BUSINESS

    Escape from North Korea

    Asia focus, Alexi Demetriadi, Published on 24/07/2017

    » 'I left my home in North Korea in August 2014," Joon Hee recalls. A North Korean defector who has been living and working in Seoul for almost three years, she is like the hundreds of others who make the journey through China to South Korea, seeking a better life in the south.

  • BUSINESS

    Indonesia searches for a new top oilman

    Asia focus, Ismira Lutfia Tisnadibrata, Published on 20/02/2017

    » Indonesia has two weeks left to determine who will be the next leader of the state-controlled energy company Pertamina, after its two top executives were ousted on Feb 3 because of what its major shareholder said was a lack of teamwork.

  • BUSINESS

    Lost in the haze

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 02/01/2017

    » Riding on a train that stops at stations where alumni wait to greet you is a pleasant initiation rite that provides a sense of welcome and acceptance for young university students, some of whom have never been away from the comfort of home and parents before.

  • BUSINESS

    Guarded hopefulness

    Asia focus, Published on 16/11/2015

    » John Micklethwait is a newspaper man seized by fear and hope for the future of journalism. To be sure, "newspaper man" is a bit of an anachronistic description for the new editor-in-chief at Bloomberg News, where no ink is spilled on paper. Across 325,000 Bloomberg terminals, headlines splash upon screens in seconds, bumping stale events much faster than one wraps fish with yesterday's page one.

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