Monday, August 20, 2018

Ninoy airport chaos and Manila's reticence: Inquirer, SE Asia News & Top Stories - The Straits Times

Ninoy airport chaos and Manila's reticence: Inquirer, SE Asia News & Top Stories - The Straits Times: In its editorial, the paper urges authorities to move fast to upgrade airport facilities and services, with the country's air traffic projected to grow substantially.. Read more at straitstimes.com.

Malaysia's Senate passes Sales and Service Tax Bills and repeals GST, SE Asia News & Top Stories - The Straits Times

Malaysia's Senate passes Sales and Service Tax Bills and repeals GST, SE Asia News & Top Stories - The Straits Times: KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia's Upper House of Parliament, controlled by opposition Barisan Nasional (BN) senators, approved the Sales and Services Tax (SST) Bills without much fuss on Monday (Aug 20), despite earlier expectation that these would be delayed.. Read more at straitstimes.com.

Indonesian kindergarten dresses girls as Islamic State-style jihadis | South China Morning Post

Indonesian kindergarten dresses girls as Islamic State-style jihadis | South China Morning Post: Independence day parade in Indonesia features girls in black robes and replica rifles – but head teacher denies trying to ‘instil violence’ in them

Thailand’s 86-year-old Queen Sirikit admitted to hospital | South China Morning Post

Thailand’s 86-year-old Queen Sirikit admitted to hospital | South China Morning Post: The queen has seldom been seen in public in recent years

Young Tibetan Refugees Who Fled China Seeking Education Arrive in India

Young Tibetan Refugees Who Fled China Seeking Education Arrive in India: They say their opportunities to study Tibetan religious and cultural traditions were severely limited.

Myanmar Authorities Close Another Rohingya IDP Camp in Rakhine State

Myanmar Authorities Close Another Rohingya IDP Camp in Rakhine State: Though the Rohingya have been resettled in new houses, they say they still need access to markets and schools.

Cambodia’s King Pardons Land Activist Tep Vanny, Three Others

Cambodia’s King Pardons Land Activist Tep Vanny, Three Others: The pardons come days after the ruling party’s sweep of a general election seen as unfree and unfair.

‘We Cannot Afford This’: Malaysia Pushes Back on China’s Big Projects - The New York Times

‘We Cannot Afford This’: Malaysia Pushes Back on China’s Big Projects - The New York Times: A country that once courted Chinese investment now fears becoming overly indebted for projects that are neither viable nor necessary — except to China.

U.S. Criticism of ‘Suspected’ Nuclear Sites May Derail Talks, North Korean Media Warns - The New York Times

U.S. Criticism of ‘Suspected’ Nuclear Sites May Derail Talks, North Korean Media Warns - The New York Times: North Korean officials urged President Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to push aside hard-liners and move ahead with diplomacy.

Japan to use AI robots in English classes

Japan to use AI robots in English classes

How important is age diversity in creating a successful government?

How important is age diversity in creating a successful government?: PLATO once touted the values of gerontocracy, a form of oligarchical rule in which an entity is ruled by leaders who are significantly older than most of the adult population, saying: "It is for the elder man to rule and for the younger to submit."

Why Singapore's Hsien Loong broke down last Sunday

Why Singapore's Hsien Loong broke down last Sunday: Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong paid tribute to the sacrifices made by the 'Merdeka Generation' and promised better healthcare benefits for their hard work.

'Live like a local': Tourism's new (and misguided) obsession

'Live like a local': Tourism's new (and misguided) obsession: There seems to be a rise in interest among tourists to sign up for activities that promise they would get to experience living "like a local". But how much of this is tourism and how much is exploitation?

Malaysian authorities in frantic search for missing radioactive device

Malaysian authorities in frantic search for missing radioactive device: Malaysian authorities fear a radioactive device which went missing on Aug 10 could be used by terrorists, militants to make a 'dirty bomb'

How Sexism Follows Women From the Cradle to the Workplace - The New York Times

How Sexism Follows Women From the Cradle to the Workplace - The New York Times: New economic research suggests that the attitudes toward a woman when she is born have a lasting impact on how much she works, and earns, as an adult.

Residents of Brazil Border Town Attack Camps for Venezuelan Migrants - The New York Times

Residents of Brazil Border Town Attack Camps for Venezuelan Migrants - The New York Times: As Brazilians in the northern town of Pacaraima set fire to their tents, hundreds of Venezuelans ran back across the border.

America is slouching toward autocracy - The Washington Post

America is slouching toward autocracy - The Washington Post: A slow-motion dismantling of rules can be insidious because we don’t even notice what’s happening to us.

What will happen to DACA? Federal court cases could lead to an answer. - The Washington Post

What will happen to DACA? Federal court cases could lead to an answer. - The Washington Post: Competing federal lawsuits could send the program, which protects hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants from deportation, to the Supreme Court.

After 60 Years, I-95 Is Complete - Bloomberg

After 60 Years, I-95 Is Complete - Bloomberg: Meanwhile, the rest of America’s roadways, rails and bridges are disintegrating.

Netflix forever changed traditional television. Now, it’s becoming traditional television. - The Washington Post

Netflix forever changed traditional television. Now, it’s becoming traditional television. - The Washington Post: Recent announcements certainly suggest that might be the case.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Wan Azizah: LGBT fine as long as kept in private, not ‘glamourised’ | Malaysia | Malay Mail

Wan Azizah: LGBT fine as long as kept in private, not ‘glamourised’ | Malaysia | Malay Mail: KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 20 — The lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community have a right to exist in Malaysia if they keep their “practice” behind closed doors, said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail. However, she advised the minority group against seeking to...

Chat in Malay but also master English, says Dr M | Malaysia | Malay Mail

Chat in Malay but also master English, says Dr M | Malaysia | Malay Mail: BEIJING, Aug 19 — In the never-ending debate over language, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s prescription for Malaysians remains simple: Learn Malay to communicate with all local communities, but master English because it is universal. The prime minister added that it was important to “know...

Myanmar blogger battles bias with beauty campaign | The Express Tribune

Myanmar blogger battles bias with beauty campaign | The Express Tribune: Win Lae Phyu Sin posts online tutorials on make-up and building confidence for Muslims girls

Police, Soldiers Patrol in Maungdaw amid Reports of Renewed ARSA Threat

Police, Soldiers Patrol in Maungdaw amid Reports of Renewed ARSA Threat: Security officials, residents tense in wake of reports from Bangladesh that militants may be planning to resume activity in Rakhine.

Water issue unlikely to affect ties with S'pore: Wan Azizah, SE Asia News & Top Stories - The Straits Times

Water issue unlikely to affect ties with S'pore: Wan Azizah, SE Asia News & Top Stories - The Straits Times: KUALA LUMPUR • Malaysia's relationship with Singapore is unlikely to be affected by Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad's recent suggestion that the price of water sold to the city state be raised by more than 10 times, his deputy said.. Read more at straitstimes.com.

Kerala floods distressing for S'pore's Malayalee community, South Asia News & Top Stories - The Straits Times

Kerala floods distressing for S'pore's Malayalee community, South Asia News & Top Stories - The Straits Times: It has been a worrying time for many in the Malayalee community in Singapore, as the flood crisis in the southern Indian state of Kerala has affected many of their relatives and close friends.. Read more at straitstimes.com.

Malaysia's Freedom of Information Act to be formulated in stages: Nurul Izzah Anwar, SE Asia News & Top Stories - The Straits Times

Malaysia's Freedom of Information Act to be formulated in stages: Nurul Izzah Anwar, SE Asia News & Top Stories - The Straits Times: SUBANG (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - The Pakatan Harapan government is committed to implementing the Freedom of Information Act, in line with its election manifesto.. Read more at straitstimes.com.

Asian Games 2018: Indonesians swell with pride, SE Asia News & Top Stories - The Straits Times

Asian Games 2018: Indonesians swell with pride, SE Asia News & Top Stories - The Straits Times: A sense of pride prevails across Indonesia which has pulled out all the stops to host the Games.. Read more at straitstimes.com.

South Korean families gather for rare reunion, East Asia News & Top Stories - The Straits Times

South Korean families gather for rare reunion, East Asia News & Top Stories - The Straits Times: SOKCHO • Dozens of elderly and frail South Koreans gathered excitedly yesterday on the eve of their first meeting with family members in North Korea after nearly seven decades.. Read more at straitstimes.com.

BN party uses own flag in by-election, PH unveils joint logo, SE Asia News & Top Stories - The Straits Times

BN party uses own flag in by-election, PH unveils joint logo, SE Asia News & Top Stories - The Straits Times: BALAKONG • Campaigning in a Selangor by-election has started, with a small but significant change that reflects the dramatic flip in Malaysia's political landscape.. Read more at straitstimes.com.