Asean News Headlines as at 9pm on Tuesday (April 13)

Asian ride-hailing company Grab plans a US listing after merging with the investment fund Altimeter Capital Management in an operation that values Grab at US$39.6 billion, the company has announced on Monday, April 13, 2021.


Covid-19 deaths back to double digits after two months

Covid-19: 1,767 new cases reported, record high of 607 in Sarawak

Restaurants slapped with show-cause notices over high-priced plain water in Penang

Health Ministry removes controversial sexual harassment article from its portal

No vaccinations at night during Ramadan, says Deputy Health Minister

Up to 500 more frontliners needed to handle Covid-19 spike in Sarawak, says Dr Adham

Khairy: M'sia will have enough vaccines for 80% of population in six months

409,784 individuals complete both doses of Covid-19 vaccine

Sinovac vaccine safe for those aged 60 and above, says Khairy


Singapore's Grab strikes US$40bil deal in record SPAC merger

Singapore: Four student pass holders arriving from India among 14 imported cases on Tuesday (April 13)

New scam targets delivery personnel from parcel and food delivery companies in Singapore

Perodua launches Aruz in Singapore, priced at RM286,409

Grab set to announce deal with US SPAC at US$40bil valuation

Singapore's Pine Labs acquires Malaysia-based e-commerce platform Fave in US$45mil deal

Robots on call for home deliveries

‘Pandemic delaying envoy postings’


Indonesia Keeps Sinovac, says best shot Is one that’s available as Covid-19 total goes above 1.577 million

Indonesian police arrest six suspected terrorists linked to Makassar Cathedral bombing; Cyclone Seroja death toll now 148; 47 still missing

Telkom Indonesia unit Mitratel weighs US$1bil IPO

Indonesia: Muslims start Ramadan under the shadow of the coronavirus

Going forward - Indonesia aims to cooperate with EU giant Germany in digital transformation

Rescue and relief for Java


Soaring pandemic issues for Thailand as country records more than 900 cases for third day in a row

K-Research slashes tourism revenue estimates for first half of 2021 by Baht130 billion

Thousands swarm over beaches on the first day of a long national holiday despite warnings from health officials

Thailand: Tour bus catches fire, five including two children perish

Thai economy may grow less than forecast after new outbreak, says Central Bank

Thailand: Tour bus catches fire, five including two children perish


Philippines' Duterte says will 'waive' Covid-19 vaccine; DOH reports 8,571 new cases, total at 884,783

Philippines boosts patrols to counter China in contested South China Sea

Philippine stocks weighed down by virus surge but Singapore stocks on track to snap 5-day losing streak

Philippines summons Chinese ambassador over vessels in disputed waters

Philippines: Duterte makes first public appearance after 2 weeks, telling those who want him dead to pray harder

Gradual sugar trade liberalisation for the Philippines


More than 59,000 Vietnamese people vaccinated; nine new Covid-19 cases reported on Tuesday (April 13)

Vingroup eyeing whopping US$60bil valuation for car unit in potential IPO in US

Vietnam leads the way as more Asian countries thick-skinned about FX manipulator tag

Coming US economic boom seen boosting Vietnam most in Asia

Vietnam's Ministry of Finance and IIA inks MoU furthering internal audit mission

IMF offers rosier view on Asia, warns of Fed fallout on markets


Anti-coup protesters rally on Myanmar New Year holiday

UN fears Myanmar could be heading towards 'full-blown' conflict

Myanmar activists cancel new year festivities, hold silent protests

Bloodshed in place of water baths

Myanmar activists cancel new year festivities; UN urges end to 'slaughter'


Cambodia: Convention centre turned in temporary Covid-19 hospital as China pledges another 400,000 doses of Sinopharm vaccine

Cambodian PM praises WHO's leading role in tackling current global pandemic

Outcry over photo-editing job on genocide victims

Cambodia: Covid-19 cases still rising; Phnom Penh curfew extended through April 28 as death toll hits 33


Loas: Ministry orders temporary closure of entertainment venues from April 14-30

UN expert urges Laos to free critics

Laos: Govt says ‘Be vigilant, get vaccinated’, people warned amid fears of new Covid-19 outbreak

Laos: Large gatherings banned, vaccinations available over New Year holiday


Islamic investment window launched in Brunei

MoU inked to promote healthy living in Brunei

In vision of financial independence for Brunei's young


Economic Watch: China's foreign trade surges in Q1 amid continued social, economic development

WHO urges pause in market sale of captured live wild animals

Asian shares mostly gain as China exports rise

Jack Ma’s fortune jumps US$2bil after record Alibaba fine

China urges US to refrain from playing with fire on Taiwan issue

Mark Zuckerberg, Zhang Yiming lead world’s richest under-40s in Hurun’s annual ranking

Japan’s decision on Fukushima water release angers neighbours, locals

China’s Ant Group to form a financial holding company after regulatory clampdown

Leshi, once hailed as ‘China’s Netflix’, and founder Jia Yueting hit with fines worth US$73.6 million in China for financial fraud

China’s first facial-recognition lawsuit comes to an end with new ruling and new questions about the fate of individuals’ data

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