Asean News

Laos commits to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions


VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) - Laos is set to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions while becoming more resilient to negative impacts from climate change. 

In addition, the country is planning to increase its share of renewable energy to 30 percent of its consumption by 2025.

HCM City food safety levels low


HO CHI MINH CITY (Viet Nam News/ANN) - The city authorities warned of food unsafety following a shocking test showing all meat samples taken from the market contain high level of E. coli.

People should buy food from supermarkets, malls or reputed shops to ensure food safety and hygiene, experts claim.

Singapore defence ministry to invite 300 hackers to test its cyber defences


SINGAPORE (The Straits Times/ANN) - International and local hackers will try to locate vulnerabilities in its Internet-linked systems.

In a first for the Government, the Ministry of Defence (Mindef) will be inviting about 300 international and local hackers to hunt for vulnerabilities in its Internet-connected systems next year, in a bid to guard against ever-evolving cyber threats.

Singapore scientists find cheaper way to make greener plastics

SINGAPORE (The Straits Times/ANN) - Coffee-eating bacteria can help to cut the cost of making biodegradable plastics by half.

Scientists in Singapore have found a process that can potentially produce biodegradable plastics at half the cost and in a manner that is less harmful to the environment.

While promising, it is still early days for the project, which may come to fruition only in three to five years, said Dr Henry Leung, leader of the research team from Nanyang Polytechnic, yesterday (Dec 11).

Industry road map could bring robot cleaners to life

SINGAPORE (The Straits Times/ANN) - Such technology could be piloted in trials as the National Environment Agency inks deals with seven organisations.

In coming years, people might see robots cleaning and disinfecting hospitals, or older cleaners donning exoskeletons to give them extra support as they work.

Toilets may have sensors that track the level of ammonia, or "anti-smell" tiles at urinal areas, which have a coating that can neutralise the smell of urine.

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.