Asean News Headlines as at 7pm on Monday (March 29)

This handout from Ei Tu Hta community leaders taken and received on March 29, 2021 shows Karen people, who had crossed the Salween river into Thailand to seek refuge after air strikes in eastern Myanmar's Karen state following the February military coup, being requested by the Thai authorities to leave Mae Hong Son and head back in boats across to the Myanmar side of the river. - AFP


Sources: Several Umno ministers, deputy ministers meet with PM

Covid-19: Private hospitals will be allowed to initiate discussions to buy vaccines, says Khairy

Cooperation from all quarters necessary to fight Covid-19, says King

Covid-19: 941 new cases, below 1,000 for the first time since Dec 9, 2020

Muhyiddin: Community must play role as frontliners to tackle Covid-19

It's Umno's choice not to cooperate with Perikatan, says Bersatu VP

AirAsia Group provides further clarification on SGS, Esos

Alliance Bank named Malaysia's Best Trade Finance Bank


Singapore mulls over launch of air travel bubble with China's Hong Kong; 21 cases reported on March 29

Singapore minister pessimistic on Myanmar, says resolution may take time

Vegas Sands probes money-laundering safeguards at Singapore unit

HSR: Malaysia pays RM320mil as compensation to Singapore

Singapore wealth fund buys 2.5% stake in Cellnex from Benetton family

Singapore’s NTU uses durian husks to make bandages for post-surgery

Experts: Terror still brewing


Indonesia's Covid-19 cases surpass 1.5 million with death toll exceeding 40,000; more bombs found in terror suspect raids

Indonesia and Japan seek to improve Myanmar situation

Indonesia Pertamina aims to restarts refinery in days after blaze

Suicide bombers in Indonesia identified as newly-wed couple; four terror suspects arrested as Jokowi condemns attack

Indonesia raids find explosives, arrests militant suspects after church attack

Five injured, hundreds evacuated after massive blaze at Indonesia oil refinery

A Jakarta Post Special: Muslim lady and the tramp - Meet the unlikely dog whisperer

Indonesia’s GDP growth forecast stays

Armed police officers stand guard outside a house of suspected militants during a raid in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Monday, March 29, 2021. - Antara Foto via ReutersArmed police officers stand guard outside a house of suspected militants during a raid in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Monday, March 29, 2021. - Antara Foto via Reuters


Thailand loses 1.45 million tourism jobs from pandemic, says group; only 39 cases reported on March 29

Thailand sees Chinese leading tourists to Phuket after reopening

Thai police vow more protest arrests after nearly 100 detained

Coffee, cookies and electric cars: Thai fuel giant bets billions on gas station of the future

Phuket aims to vaccinate 100,000 people in April before July 1 reopening

Zoo gets creative to keep big cats cool

Herd of Thai elephants shown obeying traffic rules


Philippines sees 10,000 new Covid-19 cases as tight curbs return to capital; highest record virus cases in country

Economic downgrade for the Philippines as Covid-19 cases hit record numbers

As cases surge, Philippines ramps up vaccine drive courtesy of China

Philippines locks down economic hub to fight coronavirus surge; more than 24 million involved

Emerging markets: Philippine shares lead Asia higher, falling US futures chip away at gains

Philippine central banker targets street stalls in e-money push

Catholics mark Palm Sunday


Vietnam Q1 growth picks up after country's success in containing Covid-19 pandemic

Night-time industries provide leverage for Vietnam's green economy, says expert

Vietnam Q1 GDP up 4.48% y/y, underpinned by exports

Ho Chi Minh City unveils export targets for next decade

Vietnam to boost transport infrastructure on Mekong Delta

Tourism industry pins hopes on local visitors
A biker carrying huge bags of recyclables travels on a street outside Phnom Penh, Cambodia. - APA biker carrying huge bags of recyclables travels on a street outside Phnom Penh, Cambodia. - AP

Myanmar protesters take to streets after bloodiest weekend

Kremlin says its close Myanmar ties do not signify approval of tragic events there

Thousands take to the streets in Myanmar after bloodiest day since coup

Myanmar bloodshed 'absolutely outrageous', Biden says after deadliest day

Suu Kyi ally wants equal rights for persecuted Rohingya Muslims

Thousands flee to Thailand after Myanmar army's air strikes on villages


Cambodia set for large-scale vaccination campaign as Covid-19 spreads

Cambodia launches US$200mil guarantee scheme to support businesses during pandemic

Cambodia okays 5 projects worth US$1.3 billion, "mostly owned" by Chinese companies

Cambodia govt rolls out eighth round of relief measures for businesses


Laos: Government and handicraft stakeholders pledge to protect traditional designs of Laos

Laos' first National Assembly adopts new 5-year plan, with annual average GDP growth of at least 4%

Laos’ VLP developer, Jetro partner to promote Japanese investment in Laos


Parents in Brunei join programme to end bullying

Brunei: Pride of place for local products at Tamu Gayoh 2021

Brunei: Second fatal accident in Kuala Belait in three days; Covid-19 total stays at 207

Ministry observes Earth Hour to support green drive


Backlogs from Suez stranding could take months to clear, Maersk says

Overseas athletes may be able to take part in Olympic test events, organisers say

Giant ship blocking Suez Canal refloated in dawn rescue effort

Oil falls on hopes that Suez Canal blockage might end soon

Facebook, Google plan new undersea cables to connect South-East Asia and America

China, Europe shouldn’t fall for US’ battlefield trap: Global Times editorial

Western views of human rights don't represent international community: Chinese FM

AP reports: WHO study says animals likely source of Covid-19

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