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News highlights from Asean countries in the Star-AseanPlus section for Thursday (Dec 2)
TOKYO (AFP): Japan has softened its suspension of all new incoming flight bookings to make it easier for citizens to return, the government said Thursday (Dec 2), a day after it announced the move prompted by worries about the Omicron coronavirus variant.
The sky is a cloudless shade of cobalt when I catch my first glimpse of the Mekong River. Above its deceptively still waters stands the First Thai-Laos Friendship Bridge, which connects the Thai province of Nong Khai to the Laotian capital of Vientiane.
One of the causes of Malaysians resigning during Covid-19 is the additional stress that they shoulder as workers try to navigate their way through the long pandemic.
Indonesia expects to reach its tax revenue target this year for the first time in over a decade, as business activities recover from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati told a media briefing this week.
China’s State Council says local governments should be held accountable for wasteful spending, as Beijing seeks to strike a balance between controlling growing debt risks and maintaining steady economic growth.
Enhancing governanceTHIS week, the Securities Commission (SC) released its Corporate Governance Strategic Priorities for the period of 2021 to 2023. The aim is to promote environmental, social and governance (ESG) fitness at the board levels of listed companies in Malaysia.
KUALA LUMPUR: Construction outfit Kerjaya Prospek Group Bhd will see a better financial performance in 2022 from an improved property market and lower raw material prices, according to co-founder and executive chairman Datuk Tee Eng Ho.
BANGKOK (The Nation/Asia News Network): Faced with unceasing trouble even after two months of flooding, angry Suphan Buri shrimp farmers slapped government agencies with as many as 210 lawsuits on Thursday (Nov 25) for their water "mismanagement". They are demanding compensation to the tune of THB142 million for damages incurred.
BENGALURU: Gold prices edged up on Thursday as the dollar eased, although hawkish comments by U.S. Federal Reserve policymakers dented the metal's appeal and kept it well below the key $1,800 mark.