Asean News Headlines as at 6pm on Saturday (Jan 23)


Malaysia:

Covid-19: Record high of 4,275 cases, seven more deaths

Sabah's pygmy elephants could be wiped out if nothing is done, says conservationist

Cautious trading expected at Bursa Malaysia ahead of Fed announcement next week

Bank Negara's International reserves rise to US$107.8bil

Singapore:

Singapore: Senior citizens to be vaccinated from Jan 27, only 10 imported Covid-19 cases reported

Singapore's RTS Station 10 times size of typical MRT station, says transport minister

Over 60,000 Singaporeans receive first dose of Covid-19 vaccine

Malaysian women sole new local Covid-19 case in Singapore

Indonesia:

Pandemic helps reduce Jakarta’s traffic woes

Indonesia calls for maximising benefit of digitalisation for faster economic recovery

Families of Indonesia jet crash victims hold memorial at sea; investigators look for clues

Not company earnings, not data but vaccines now steering investor sentiment

Thailand:

Thailand: Covid -19 cases easing - 13 businesses can reopen as usual in Bangkok

Thailand's economy to grow by 4%, recovery remains vulnerable

'Ghost nets’ choking sea life

Vietnam:

Lengthy jail terms given to men involved in Vietnamese truck deaths

Vietnam emerges as attractive Asian destinations, say expert

Vietnam's second Covid-19 vaccine candidate enters human trials



Philippines:

Philippines: No local transmission of new strain as Covid-19 total goes above 511,500

Govt detects 16 additional cases of more contagious Covid-19 variant

The changing Asean banking landscape

Myanmar:

Covid-19 cases rise to 136,591, death toll above 3,000; among worst in region

Asean ministers adopt digital masterplan to boost trade, aid Covid-19 recovery

Cambodia:

Cambodia, India agree to start direct flights, tourism exchanges

Plastic-to-rice initiative transforms waste into bricks

Laos:

Famed Phathat Sikhottabong stupa festival to have scaled down programme

Oudomxay province expedites smart city plan to spur regional development

Brunei:

Brunei: Asean meetings to be all virtual in 2021; no local Covid-19 case for 261 days

Asian/Asean headlines stories on Saturday:

WHO to consider two Chinese Covid-19 vaccines next week

Trump impeachment trial to begin week of Feb 8, says Schumer

Pride and caution in Wuhan on lockdown anniversary

Hong Kong locks down thousands for compulsory Covid-19 testing

Samsung considers US$10bil Texas chip-making plant
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