Asean News

VN aims to treat HIV, halt drug rise


Thailand: Groups demand end to ban on political activity

BANGKOK (The Nation/ANN) - Constitutional court approached to hear concerns over human rights ‘violations’.

Democratic and human rights groups have announced a challenge to the junta’s order against political activity at the Constitutional Court as they demand a return of freedom of expression and political assembly.

Thailand: Amendment restructures security for monarchy

BANGKOK (The Nation/ANN) - Private secretary to assume responsibility for royal safety instead of committee.

Mekong countries call for accelerated action to eliminate malaria before 2030

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) - Drug resistance is still the main concern for health authorities in Cambodia, China, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. 

Today, representatives from these countries called for accelerated action to eliminate malaria in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) by the year 2030.

FEATURE: Organic vegetables help family in remote area have better living standards

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) - Growing organic vegetables can help supplement the income of people in rural areas without vocational skills and Sythong Duangphasert’s family has benefited from this trend and moved out of poverty.

Which Asian country provides the most troops for the UN peacekeeping mission?

NEW DELHI (DataLEADS/ANN) - The UN's peacekeeping force is dominated by troops from Asian countries, with India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal currently contributing the largest number of peacekeepers.

Thai villagers to gain greater role in use of resources


BANGKOK (The Nation/ ANN) - Villagers in Thailand will have more say in the management of natural resources in their communities under planned changes to the natural conservation laws.

FEATURE: Philippines orders recall of dengue vaccine

MANILA (The Straits Times/ANN) - The Manila government also wants drug maker Sanofi to issue advisories and engage doctors and patients.

The Philippines has ordered French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi Pasteur to recall its dengue vaccine, the world's first vaccine for the disease that had been found to pose health risks in people not previously infected.

To recycle industrial waste water, add electricity


SINGAPORE (The Straits Times/ANN) - A team from the National University of Singapore finds a new method that doesn't produce secondary waste.

Researchers here have found a new way to recycle industrial waste water using electricity, which can remove up to 99 per cent of impurities.

FEATURE: Yubari - Japan's 'greyest' city - fights depopulation, bankruptcy

HOKKAIDO, Japan (The Straits Times/ANN) - The Straits Times looks at how Yubari, a city where one in two residents is aged 65 or older, deals with the challenge of being the city with the oldest population.

The sign amid the overgrown grass by the roadside says "Welcome to Yubari". Underneath the words are two cartoon characters - a boy wearing a helmet with a torch and a girl with yellow ribbons in her hair.

The pair are the mascots of a theme park in Yubari, a city famous for melons, in Japan's northernmost island of Hokkaido.