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Amazon, Grab among global firms urged to invest in Indonesia

Indonesia has set its eyes on multinational corporations attending the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, to attract investments, including tech behemoth Amazon and Singapore ride-hailing giant Grab. Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) head Bahlil Lahadalia will have one-on-one meetings with eight global corporation leaders from Jan 20 to 23 on the sidelines of […]

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1 dead, 4 missing as boat sinks in Thailand

Officers at Thapla police station were alerted on Monday (Jan 20) to a passenger boat sinking at the Queen Sirikit Dam in Phaleud subdistrict, Thapla district of Uttaradit province. At the scene, police found a sunken boat which was carrying passengers and agricultural produce from Nangphaya subdistrict to a pier 2km away. The vessel, reportedly with […]

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437 government schools in Bangkok close for a day to tackle severe air pollution

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) announced 437 government schools would close on Wednesday, Jan 22, to reduce the number of vehicles on the road and the impact on the health of children and young people after the Thai Meteorological Department said any closure for 1-2 days could help tackle the bad air quality. Four urgent measures […]

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Thai police arrest suspect using ‘haunted house’ to store drugs

The Metropolitan Police on January 21 evening arrested Petchchai Pinsakul, 26, an alleged drug agent in Phitsanulok. Petchchai reportedly confessed to police that he had hidden 138,000 methamphetamine pills, which he had bought from another suspect, Nirun Chansri, 31, in an abandoned house a day before he was captured.  Locals believed the house, in which […]

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Vietnam says 2 Chinese citizens in Vietnam confirmed to have coronavirus

HANOI – Two Chinese citizens in Vietnam have tested positive for coronavirus but are in “good condition, Vietnam’s health ministry said on Thursday. The outbreak has killed 17 people and infected more than 630 in China and authorities around the world are working to prevent a global pandemic. “The ministry of health will continue to monitor […]

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Cloud cooking land: Indian housewives become gig economy chefs

Rashmi Sahijwala never expected to start working at the age of 59, let alone join India’s gig economy — now she is part of an army of housewives turning their homes into “cloud kitchens” to feed time-starved millennials. Asia’s third-largest economy is battling a slowdown so sharp it is creating a drag on global growth, […]

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Kei Kobayashi is first Japanese chef to get 3 Michelin stars in France

PARIS – Chef Kei Kobayashi became the first Japanese chef ever to win the maximum three Michelin stars in France on Monday (Jan 27). The 42-year-old, who was born in Nagano, was the biggest winner on a night when Japanese cooks triumphed in the backyard of French haute cuisine. Kazuyuki Tanaka won two stars for Racine, […]

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In virus-hit ‘ghost town’ Wuhan, stranded Thai student waits for help

BANGKOK – When Thai medical student Badeephak Kaosala dares to leave his rented apartment in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, he puts on a mask, gloves, a hat and layers of clothing to try to avoid infection with the coronavirus that has the city on lockdown. “Anywhere you go, you are always self-conscious of touching […]