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Grab wants e-wallet service in Thailand, after Singapore launch a couple week ago.

Grab plans to provide GrabPay e-wallet in Thailand next year. The firm has gain revenue growth of 150 per cent year-on-year.

Digital space must not become playground for terrorism, radicalisation: PM Modi


Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday asked nations to take responsibility to ensure that digital space does not become a playground for the “dark forces” of terrorism and radicalisation.

Addressing the fifth edition of the Global Conference on Cyber Space (GCCS) in the national capital, Modi said it was of utmost importance to make sure that vulnerable sections of society do not fall prey to cyber criminals.

Philippine 'Chicken King' Jollibee eyes at least 15 more Singapore outlets, Indonesia market


MANILA - Philippine fast-food giant Jollibee is opening at least 15 more outlets in Singapore in the next five years, and breaking into Indonesia's huge market in 2019.

"We are happy with our Singapore business. Our continuing investment in Singapore is testament to the belief in the brand," said Mr Dennis Flores, Jollibee President and Head of International Business (Europe, Middle East, Asia and Australia).

Korea’s media regulator to investigate Google’s covert location data collection


FEATURE: Action plan framed to ensure rational use of antibiotics in Bhutan

THIMPHU (Kuensel/ANN) - According to a recent report by the World Bank, a high-impact scenario of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) could cause low-income countries to lose more than five per cent of their gross domestic product (GDP) and push up to 28 million people into poverty by 2050.

Despite launching several initiatives to address AMR, inadequate coordination among programmes and sectors resulted in the weak implementation of the activities.

E-tag tests under way for unstaffed convenience stores in Japan

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - Major convenience store chains are competing to develop next-generation stores that utilise such advanced technologies as electronic tags, in a bid to reduce labour costs, resolve personnel shortages and strengthen their sales strategies.

 Lawson Inc. opened an experimental facility in October in an office building in Minato Ward, Tokyo, in cooperation with a major home electronics manufacturer. Numerous experiments have been conducted there aimed at putting the latest technologies for electronic tags into practical use.

N KOREAN ENVOY: We want peace but ready for war with US

Calling US President Donald Trump a “mad man”, the envoy from Pyongyang told The Nation in an exclusive interview last Friday: “We now have the hydrogen bomb. If a war breaks out, we are ready to fight and we will surely win the war against the United States.”

India’s Manushi Chhillar crowned Miss World 2017

India’s Manushi Chhillar won the coveted Miss World 2017 pageant in China, 16 years after Priyanka Chopra won the title in 2000.
The 2017 Miss World took to Twitter to thank her well-wishers for all the love and support.
Miss Mexico Andrea Meza was announced the first runner up, while Miss England Stephanie Hill was declared the second runner up at an event held at Sanya City Area.
Apart from the Miss World title, Chillar also won the Beauty with Purpose award.

The fate of the Buddha’s begging bowl

One of the most revered relics in the ancient Buddhist world was the Buddha’s begging bowl. A rough outline of its long convoluted history is this – it was supposedly given to the people of Vesali by the Buddha when he passed through the city on his way to Kusinara. In the 1st/2nd century King Kanishka took it to Pushapura, now Peshawar, where a string of Chinese pilgrims reported seeing it between the 3rd and the 9th centuries. The importance of the bowl is attested by numerous depictions of it in Gandhara art, usually shown on the pedestal of Buddha statues.

FEATURE: Rising chronic disease burden calls for palliative care

THIMPHU (Kuensel/ANN) - “Palliative care has to be an essential part of healthcare. We can’t achieve everything but if we try, the difference we make to the human life is immense,”