Singapore raises concerns with Malaysia over establishment of permanent restricted area over Pasir Gudang – Channel NewsAsia

Singapore raises concerns with Malaysia over establishment of permanent restricted area over Pasir Gudang – Channel NewsAsia

SINGAPORE: Singapore has raised concerns over Malaysia’s establishment of a permanent restricted area in the airspace over Pasir Gudang with effect from Jan 2, Singapore’s Ministry of Transport (MOT) said on Tuesday (Jan 1). Said MOT: “On Dec 25, 2018, the Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia published a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM). By this NOTAM, Malaysia has informed the aviation […]

Bangladesh market stokes South Asia's snub – Asia Times

Bangladesh market stokes South Asia's snub – Asia Times

Stock market strategists picking Bangladesh over Pakistan and Sri Lanka in 2019, after a losing year in the three, returned to the drawing board as Sheikh Hasina’s Awami League won all but 10 out of 300 parliamentary seats for a third-term sweep. The opposition coalition, for the first time without their long-serving Bangladesh National Party […]

Indonesia interfaith figures call for fight against 'religious exclusivism' – The Straits Times

Indonesia interfaith figures call for fight against 'religious exclusivism' – The Straits Times

JAKARTA (THE JAKARTA POST/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) – A number of Indonesian religious, cultural and interfaith figures have formulated a document called the Jakarta Treatise in response to the rising tide of religious conservatism sweeping the country. The treatise, which consists of five points, was produced at the end of a two-day discussion on Friday and […]

Bali's Mount Agung erupts again – AsiaOne

Bali's Mount Agung erupts again – AsiaOne

BALI – Bali’s Mount Agung volcano, located in the island’s eastern Karangasem regency, erupted again early on Sunday (Dec 30), the volcano’s observatory said. An ash column that spewed from Mount Agung’s crater during the eruption could not be monitored as thick fog shrouded the peak. The eruption caused ash to fall onto several areas […]

Best of The Interpreter 2018: Press freedom in Southeast Asia | The Interpreter – The Interpreter

Best of The Interpreter 2018: Press freedom in Southeast Asia | The Interpreter – The Interpreter

The past 12 months have been particularly grim for press freedom in Southeast Asia.  Independent news outlets and critical journalists have faced censorship, arrests, and beatings as increasingly autocratic rulers crackdown on dissent. Several of these leaders have gleefully appropriated the US administration’s “fake news” in their crusade against the media. Cambodia’s government is energetically silencing […]

Steady, not strong as Southeast Asia faces growth risks in 2019 – Free Malaysia Today

Steady, not strong as Southeast Asia faces growth risks in 2019 – Free Malaysia Today

Tourists and locals visit the Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep temple in Chiang Mai, Thailand. (Bloomberg pic) SINGAPORE: Last year, economists predicted Southeast Asia would be blessed with a strong and vibrant 2018. For next year, they’re not quite so optimistic. Moderating economic growth and higher interest rates lie ahead. The Federal Reserve is set to […]

Bringing 'Asia's zebras' back to the steppe – BBC News

Bringing 'Asia's zebras' back to the steppe – BBC News

Image copyright Petra Kaczensky/NINA “Do you see them?” the radio crackled in the old Russian 4×4. The driver tried to steer away from pits and ravines that he could barely see in the dark. The lights of another car flashed in the distance. After a prolonged silence came the answer. “No.” The two drivers navigating […]