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Myanmar plans purchase of Lao hydropower

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) - Myanmar is keen to buy electricity from Laos to power its development needs, a senior official in the field has confirmed. 

Office Head of the Ministry of Energy and Mines, Dr Daovong Phonekeo, told Vientiane Times on Monday the two sides will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) this week, which will allow Myanmar authorities to initiate a feasibility study.

“Myanmar wants to purchase about 100-200 MW, but that will depend on the results of their feasibility study,” Dr Daovong said.

FEATURE: Harbouring great design ideas

HONG KONG (China Daily/ANN) - Landscape design is beginning to come of age in HK, opening up vistas of a whole new range of experiences for the city’s people to try out.

South Asian handicraft festival kicks off

KATHMANDU (The Kathmandu Post/ANN) - The highlight of the festival will be the launch of ‘Nepal Ko’—a new brand of exquisite handicrafts produced by Nepali artisans.

430 spend night in snowbound train

NIIGATA, Japan (The Japan News/ANN) -Heavy snow continued to hit wide areas along the Sea of Japan coast and other parts of the nation — leaving a JR Shinetsu Line train with about 430 passengers stranded for about 15 hours from Thursday night to Friday morning in Sanjo, Niigata Prefecture.

Japan, France plan mine-spotting sonar

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - The Japanese and French governments plan to launch joint research next fiscal year on a new undersea sonar system that utilisesi improvedtechnology for detecting mines on the seabed, according to sources.

Malaysia signs contract with US firm to continue MH370 search


PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia has officially engaged the services of US exploration firm Ocean Infinity to search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

An agreement was signed between the Malaysian government and Ocean Infinity Limited at the Transport Ministry building on Wednesday, witnessed by minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai (pic).

The agreement signed with Ocean Infinity is on a "no find, no fee" deal.

Yuan IPO in HK may raise cash for Belt, Road


The government is considering giving a green light to high-quality companies involved in the Belt and Road Initiative to raise funds through a yuan-denominated initial public offering in the Hong Kong stock market.

The move would strengthen the market's role as a key offshore yuan business hub, according to a former vice-minister with the nation's top economic regulator.

‘Dialogue and pressure’ in dealing with NK: Moon


Improving relations with the North cannot be separated from resolving North Korean nuclear issue

Review of Fire and Fury: The International Implications

Michael Wolff insists he had no agenda in writing Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House. In television interviews, Wolff claims that he wishes he could have written that "this unexpected president is actually going to succeed," before adding "This is worse than everybody thought." Susan Froetschel reviews the book that focuses on battles between two factions in the White House and the global implications, especially since the departure of strategist Steve Bannon.

Firms struggle to secure IT workers

​TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) — A shortage of human resources in information technology (IT) — including software developers and cybersecurity experts — is becoming a serious issue.