Asean News Headlines as at 8pm on Saturday (April 17)


Closed bars are seen at the Ratchada Railway Night Market, as the country will close schools, bars and massage parlors, and ban alcohol sales in restaurants for at least two weeks starting from Sunday, after a jump in the Covid-19 cases, in Bangkok, Thailand, on Saturday (April 17, 2021). - Reuters

Malaysia:

Covid-19: 2,331 new cases bring total to 372,859

Covid-19: Five shuttlers test positive, Academy Badminton Malaysia shuts down

Dr Mah: 10% of teachers vaccinated against Covid-19

No fourth wave: Malaysia still handling the third wave of Covid-19 infections, says Dr Adham

Covid-19: Healthcare workers infected after vaccination had less severe symptoms, says Health DG

Court to hear two discovery applications by Najib on May 31

Health Minister: 438,220 people have received both doses of Covid-19 vaccine

Bazaar SOP to be strictly enforced

Vehicle sales up 33% to 63,878 units in March

Singapore:

Four community infections among 39 new Covid-19 cases in Singapore

Singapore uses fake news law against vaccine death and stroke claims

Singapore economic recovery continues though GDP growth ebbs slighty

Singapore blogger crowdfunds over US$100,000 to pay PM defamation damages

Coal loans to keep Singapore’s DBS tied to the fuel until 2039

Long border closure with Singapore straining family ties, says group

Activists flash a three-finger sign of defiance as they ride bicycles during a solidarity rally against the Myanmar military coup called Activists flash a three-finger sign of defiance as they ride bicycles during a solidarity rally against the Myanmar military coup called "Bike for Myanmar" through the main business district in Jakarta, Indonesia, Saturday, April 17, 2021. - AP

Indonesia:

Indonesian companies ask China to up stake in high-speed rail project as its Covid-19 total nears 1.6 million

Lawsuit over Indonesia 737 crash claims autothrottle problem

Covid-19 death toll passes three million as India cases surge

Bank Indonesia seen holding rates steady to support recovery

Indonesia says Asean summit on Myanmar set for April 24

Indonesian hackers arrested over US$60 million US Covid-19 scam

Indonesia's trade balance records surplus of US$1.57bil in March

Asean leaders to discuss crisis after Jokowi calls for summit

Thailand:

Thailand registers another 1,000-over cases as Covid-19 tally surpasses 40,000

Thai Beverage defers plans for US$2bil IPO of regional beer assets as pandemic worsens

Bank of Thailand unfazed by US currency watchlist inclusion

Thailand: Bangkok virus spike sparks alcohol ban, venue closures

Yet again for Thais - Another muted Songkran weekend as Thailand battles against Covid-19

Covid-19: No nationwide lockdown or curfew in Thailand amidst surge in cases

Philippines:

Philippines' gross international reserves drop to US$104bil in March as Covid-19 cases keeps soaring; total now above 926,000

Philippines' Duterte floats conversion of hotels into Covid-19 facilities

Suspected Egyptian terrorist, two local militants killed in Philippines

Giant clam shells worth US$24.8 million seized in Philippine raid

Philippines commits 75% greenhouse gas emissions reduction by 2030

Philippines' Duterte lifts ban on new mining deals

A Vietnamese woman standimg next to a bamboo arrangement for a photo by the Hoan Kiem lake in Hanoi.-  AFPA Vietnamese woman standimg next to a bamboo arrangement for a photo by the Hoan Kiem lake in Hanoi.- AFP

Vietnam:

US stops short of branding Vietnam, Switzerland, Taiwan currency manipulators

Nearly US$5bil of Vietnam's exports to EU benefit from EVFTA

Vietnam shows best corruption control in public sector in 10 year

Vietnam’s Bamboo Air plans third quarter US-IPO to raise US$200 Million

Vietnam reiterates dong policy after manipulator label dropped

VIetnam gets full support from China in taking socialist path for better future, says Wang Yi

Myanmar:

Myanmar junta leader set to join Asean summit despite escalating issues at home

Myanmar releases prisoners for New Year, though likely not dissidents

Myanmar pardons prisoners, unclear if activists among them

Ousted MPs form new shadow govt

Myanmar junta chief to attend ASEAN summit on first foreign trip since coup

Police block motorists from passing a checkpoint due to lockdown restrictions introduced to try to halt a surge in cases of the Covid-19 coronavirus in Phnom Penh on Sunday, April 17, 2021. - AFPPolice block motorists from passing a checkpoint due to lockdown restrictions introduced to try to halt a surge in cases of the Covid-19 coronavirus in Phnom Penh on Sunday, April 17, 2021. - AFP

Cambodia:

Cambodia: Two-star general faces court for violating lockdown order

More help for Cambodia as 500K doses of Sinovac Covid-19 vaccine arrives on Saturday

Cambodia: Hun Sen wants all to obey rules or lockdown will be extended as cases in capital continue to soar

Laos:

Laos decides to temporary close all entertainment outlets due to pandemic

Laos govt dismisses capital’s lockdown proposal

Laos confirms four new Covid-19 cases, tightens up measures against pandemic

Brunei:

A proud achievement: Brunei records no new local Covid-19 cases for 345 days

Rare astronomical phenomenon in Brunei

Bank Islam Brunei announces they are committed to investing in local start-ups

Asean:

Asian LNG spot prices rise as China replenishes inventories

Bangladesh's floating gardens: a sustainable farming solution amidst climate change

Biden and Japan's Suga project unity and stress peace in Taiwan Straits against China's assertiveness

Global Times: US plots ‘industry stifling’ in Xinjiang, this time targets solar energy industry

It’s all about the cashflow, especially in a pandemic

Biden emissary tells Tsai Ing-wen the US is ‘a reliable and trusted friend’ of Taiwan
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