Asean News Headlines at 9pm on Sunday (March 10, 2023)


South Korean Kim Jae-hee was in fine form as she fired a bogey-free six-under 66 to triumph with a total of 17-under 271 at the S$1.1 million Hana Financial Group Singapore Women’s Open. - The Straits Times photo by CHONG JUN LIANG

Malaysia:

* Muslims in Malaysia to begin Ramadan fast on Tuesday, March 12

* Malaysia's productivity per worker went up in 2023, says Mohd Zuki

* Action will be taken against companies that discriminate against M'sian palm oil, says Johari

* Ramadan Rahmah sales to be held at 450 locations nationwide, says Armizan

* Mata to host Asia Islamic Tourism and Trade Expo in August

* Do not question Sabah's sovereignty in Malaysia, stresses Hajiji

* Anwar to engage in Ramadan-related events in Germany

* Anwar's visit to Germany will focus on enhancing bilateral, business ties, says envoy

* Journalists' code of ethics not new, nothing controversial, says Deputy Comms Minister

* Licences of subsidised cooking oil companies involved in misappropriation to be revoked

* Bursa Malaysia likely to consolidate with upside bias from Monday (March 11)

* Ringgit likely to continue uptrend against US dollar this week; to trend between 4.67 and 4.69

People bathe in the Cisadane River, ahead of the holy fasting month of Ramadan in Tangerang, Indonesia, Sunday, March 10, 2024. Muslims followed local tradition to wash in the river to symbolically cleanse their soul prior to entering the holiest month in Islamic calendar. - APPeople bathe in the Cisadane River, ahead of the holy fasting month of Ramadan in Tangerang, Indonesia, Sunday, March 10, 2024. Muslims followed local tradition to wash in the river to symbolically cleanse their soul prior to entering the holiest month in Islamic calendar. - AP

Singapore:

* Baby girl and three-year-old boy among four injured after accident in Singapore's Changi

* ‘Fantasy fulfilled’: Vietnamese couple who proposed to each other at Taylor Swift’s Singapore concert

* Taylor Swift Tour prompts economists to upgrade Singapore GDP forecast

* At least 47 people tricked by scammers into revealing Singpass credentials since January

* Hitting the right note with megastar concerts - Singapore on right path to success

* Taylor Swift – the ‘unpaid therapist’ - why fans just love her

Indonesia:

* Two Indonesian pilots suspended after falling asleep in cockpit

* Death toll from Indonesia floods, landslides rises to 21; five people still missing

* Two Indonesian fishermen rescued from sinking boat by Perak MMEA

* It's hard times as Indonesians seek out cheaper food ahead of Ramadan as prices surge

* Indonesia floods, landslide kill 19, with seven missing

* Jakarta governance Bill under fire - Proposed law draws flak from many quarters

Thai artists get ready ahead of the popular 'Khon' theatrical dance performance showcasing the story of the epic Ramayana, at the 17th century Wat Chaiwatthanaram temple in the ancient capital of Ayutthaya, a UNESCO world heritage site north of Bangkok. - AFPThai artists get ready ahead of the popular 'Khon' theatrical dance performance showcasing the story of the epic Ramayana, at the 17th century Wat Chaiwatthanaram temple in the ancient capital of Ayutthaya, a UNESCO world heritage site north of Bangkok. - AFP

Thailand:

* Thai police the least trusted law enforcement agency, national poll shows

* Thailand Phi Phi Island’s twin woes – not enough water, too much marijuana

* Thailand's employment rises in Q4 on increased tourism

* Thai shuttle star Kunlavut fights his way into French Open badminton final; China shuttlers in three final

* Proposal for buffer zone at M'sia-Thai border presented to Home Ministry, say Malaysian cops

Philippines:

* Philippines on track for top economic recovery thanks to US$14.2bil FDI since July 2022, says House Speaker

* Philippines govt suspends 139 officials over rice scandal and failure to control spiralling prices despite ample supply

* Shootout between army and rebels Southern Philippine kills two suspected militants

* Strategic reset: Asean and Australia - Philippines trying hard to rally its Asean partners to jointly hold the regional line

Vietnam Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and his wife Tran (right) stand with Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese (second from left) and his fiancee Jodie Haydon during an official welcoming ceremony at Parliament House in Canberra. - AFPVietnam Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and his wife Tran (right) stand with Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese (second from left) and his fiancee Jodie Haydon during an official welcoming ceremony at Parliament House in Canberra. - AFP

Vietnam:

* Vietnam PM confident of big cooperation with New Zealand on major agricultural programmes

* Vietnam's seafood exports to hit record US$9.5bil in 2024

* Vietnam’s bid for emerging-market upgrade faces reality check

* Report: Govt to crackdown on workers rights, foreign aid

Myanmar:

* Over 614 million women, girls live in conflict-affected places, says UN

* Intense fighting continues in Myanmar; Royal Thai Army and border guards intensify border security measures along border

* India begins deporting first group of Myanmar refugees who fled 2021 coup

Czech Republic Krystyna Pyszkova greets audience after winning the 71st Miss World pageant at Jio World Convention Centre in Mumbai.  - AFPCzech Republic Krystyna Pyszkova greets audience after winning the 71st Miss World pageant at Jio World Convention Centre in Mumbai. - AFP

Cambodia:

* Cambodia attracts US$1.39bil investment in first two months of 2024

* One-fifth of Mekong River fish species is now facing extinction, says report

* New world record for largest ‘bridal carry’

Laos:

* Asean and China strive for early conclusion of code of conduct in South China Sea

* Illegal use of kratom persists in Laos amidst debate over legality against medicinal benefits

Brunei:

* Brunei announce ‘No plastic’ initiatives programme extended to this year's Gerai Ramadan

* Brunei bans claw machines; govt says it has gambling elements

Chinese hostesses hold a sign to direct delegate after the closing session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) in Beijing, China, Sunday, March 10, 2024. The CPPCC is an advisory body to the National People's Congress which will close Monday. - APChinese hostesses hold a sign to direct delegate after the closing session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) in Beijing, China, Sunday, March 10, 2024. The CPPCC is an advisory body to the National People's Congress which will close Monday. - AP

AseanPlus:

* Czech law student Krystyna Pyszkova crowned Miss World 2024 at glitzy ceremony in Mumbai

* South Korea to finish sending license suspension notices to doctors in walkout

* On eve of Ramadan, Jerusalem’s Old City offers little festivity as Gaza war rages

* Senior Indian election official quits days ahead of vote date announcement

* China reiterates stance that homes are not for speculation

* Good progress on Chinese wine, lobster trade barriers, says Australia trade minister

* Achieving the Two-State Solution in the wake of Gaza War

* Gaza needs humanitarian aid now — with or without a ceasefire

* Closing the gender gap in the workplace / Women’s struggles go beyond stilettos

* Pakistan’s former President Asif Ali Zardari wins another term

* Motor racing-Verstappen continues winning streak in Saudi Arabia

* Cricket-India's spin maestro Ashwin re-invents himself to stay relevant

* Cricket - India reign at home again, England grapple with 'Bazball' doubts

* Cricket - Impressive India become number one Test side overtaking Australia

* Superb Tardy sweeps to maiden victory at Blue Bay LPGA title in China

* Japan anime lovers in shock over second high-profile death; after Toriyama, now 'cheerful' Tarako is also gone

* Cleaner finds two dead babies in glass bottles in a vacated Hong Kong apartment; police arrest two

* China makes science and tech a budget priority with 10% jump in spending during ‘two sessions’

* China newlyweds take big ‘Double Happiness’ sign on European honeymoon, get blessings from countless strangers

* Outgoing US climate envoy John Kerry says he will stay involved, hopes to maintain dialogue with Chinese counterpart

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