Asean News Headlines as at 7pm on Tuesday (March 16)


A woman poses for photographs amidst colourful pinwheels at the Thang Long imperial citadel in Hanoi on March 14, 2021. - AFP

Malaysia:

Covid-19: 1,063 cases, lowest daily figure for 2021 so far

World Bank: Malaysia to achieve high-income economy in 2024-2028

PM: Govt always attentive towards university students' needs

Khairy: Covid-19 vaccine development funding given to UM and UPM

More Malaysians opt for spontaneous and last-minute holidays amid Covid-19

Covid-19: M'sia in consultation with India to get Novavax vaccine, says Khairy

Top Glove charged with failure to provide Labour Dept-certified accommodations for workers

Covid-19: 321,331 people vaccinated as of Monday (March 15), says Health DG

Singapore:

Singapore: Moderna Covid-19 vaccine to start being administered at four new vaccination centres; 11 imported cases reported

Singapore: New S$2,000 payout for those who need hospitalisation after Covid-19 vaccine shot

Singapore residents under 'exceptional circumstances' can apply for early Covid-19 vaccination

Asia's fuel exporters target sales bump as refineries shut Down Under

Singapore 2020 employment contracts most in over two decades

Malaysia and Singapore brands stamp mark in 2020-2021 World Branding Awards

Prison officers kept on their toes

Indonesia:

Indonesia foils smuggling of 90kg marijuana to capital Jakarta as surging Covid-19 cases total goes above 1.43 million

Policy exempting Indonesian workers in Singapore at 10 sectors from paying placement fees to take effect on July 15

Bank Jago to extend loans to merchants without collateral but with digital proof showing viable business

New Indonesia sovereign wealth fund eyes assets worth US$2.6bil

Indonesia's imports recorded at US$13.26bil in February; virus cases on the rise again

Private scheme jabs soon in Indonesia



Thailand:

Thailand: Covid-19 cases in three digits again (149) mostly via active testing in Bangkok; vaccination drive is on

Pricey cats: Six felines confiscated in Thai drug network raid

Thailand: Bangkok shuts down market complex at center of new virus cluster

Thai PM gets first shot of AstraZeneca vaccine after safety scare

Thai PM among the first to receive AstraZeneca vaccine on Tuesday (March 16)

Protest leaders go on trial for sedition, insulting king

Philippines:

Philippines: Duterte tells Filipinos not to despair despite surging Covid-19 cases as total now stands at 631,320

Philippines Supreme Court dismisses challenge to Duterte's ICC withdrawal

Manila orders anyone below 18 to stay indoors as virus cases surge

Philippine stocks edge higher after sharp fall on Monday

Beijing reopens borders to Philippine recipients of Chinese-made jabs

The Philippines stock market worst hit in Asia

Vietnam:

Vietnam: Hai Duong lifts social distancing restrictions following declining number of local Covid-19 cases

Vietnam: Seafood exports to grow this month; only three cases on Tuesday (March 16)

Russia donates Sputnik V Covid-19 doses to Vietnam during state visit

Vietnam's Covivac - Covid-19 vaccine clinical trial begins

Vietnam successfully clones pigs using ear tissue

Myanmar:

Myanmar: Surging deaths, hundreds disappeared in unrest and many fleeing the capital; UN decries killing

Policemen, firemen among over 400 Myanmar nationals seeking shelter in India

Myanmar junta charges ousted government's international envoy with treason; army believes protest is linked to Soros-linked group

Rights groups call on Total to suspend payments in Myanmar operations

China tells state firms in Myanmar to evacuate non-essential staff

'Troubling' signs of Myanmar food price rises since coup: UN agency

Funerals for slain Myanmar activists as violence escalates

Burmese urged not to be incited by West, after 32 Chinese factories in Yangon burnt



Cambodia:


Cambodian PM advises authorities to ban wedding parties, ceremonies amid highest daily Covid-19 outbreak

Cambodia reports daily record coronavirus as outbreak spreads; more restrictions expected

Cambodia bans all live chicken imports in order to help local farmers

South Korea commits US$10mil to Cambodia for mine clearance

Laos:

Lao authorities require people entering Laos to wear out-smart bracelet

Laos' Four Thousand Islands New Area aiming to draw 15 million visitors per year by 2050

China-Laos film festival held in Lao capital to promote culture exchange

Brunei:

Brunei requires students going abroad to register for Covid-19 vaccination

Brunei among 69 destinations that shut borders to tourism

Be courageous and transparent, Brunei king tell Legislative Council members

Asean:

Global investors value Ant Group at over US$200bil - sources

Japan's PM receives first dose of Pfizer vaccine as Tokyo stocks advanced on Tuesday (March 16) morning

It's all clear again: Blue sky returns after Beijing hit by largest sandstorm in a decade

Major EU nations including Germany, Italy and France halt AstraZeneca usage although WHO insists it is safe

Chinese scientists challenge Google’s ‘quantum supremacy’ claim with new algorithm

Biden's top diplomat calls for deeper Japan ties, as China, N. Korea cast shadow

China presses Alibaba to sell media sssets, including South China Morning Post

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