Asean News

Thailand enforces strict labour law on foreign workers

The Thai government is clamping down on illegal foreign workers in the country by enforcing strict labour laws. The new ruling requires all foreign workers in the country to produce formal documents for their employment.

Luang Prabang voted among world’s top 15 cities


LUANG PRABANG, Laos (Vientiane Times/ANN) -- Luang Prabang, Laos’ well-known world heritage site of cultural value, has been voted among the world’s top 15 cities by readers of the influential travel magazine ‘Travel + Leisure’.

OPINION: People, not technology, make cities smart

SINGAPORE (The Straits Times/ANN)- It makes sense to start with residents, how they live and what they have to say, when drawing up a smart-city vision

Universiti Brunei Darussalam 37th in QS Top 50 Under 50 ranking

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN (Borneo Bulletin/ ANN) - Adding another feather to its cap, Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) achieved a prime spot in a ranking exercise by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS).

It is another first for Brunei’s prestigious academic institution which is now 37th globally in the QS ranking for universities founded less than 50 years ago.

UBD had recently broken into the QS World University Rankings for the first time, attaining a creditable 349th rank.

Search goes on for missing Singaporean diver

SINGAPORE (The Straits Times/ANN) - 40-year-old failed to resurface with group after a dive off in Indonesian island on Thursday

Singaporean diver Rinta Paul Mukkam remained missing as night fell yesterday after a second day of searching, with the Indonesian authorities pledging to continue the effort this morning.

Rinta, 40, had been diving off the famed Komodo Island on Thursday when she failed to resurface with her group. Search efforts have so far spanned a radius of more than 200km.

Vietnam export revenue likely to hit US$200 billion in 2017

HANOI (Viet Nam News/ANN) - The country’s trade deficit is estimated at $5billion, or 2.5 per cent of export turnover

Vietnam is likely to reach total export turnover of US$200 billion for 2017, increasing more than 13 per cent from last year and exceeding the set target, deputy minister of Industry and Trade Do Thang Hai claimed at a meeting in Hanoi yesterday.

Hai said that exports of garments, footwear and wooden products will enjoy substantial increases in the second half of the year.

Petrolimex, Myanmar firm sign deal

The Viet Nam National Petroleum Group (Petrolimex) and Myanmar’s HTOO Group of Companies agreed to jointly do business in Myanmar on Tuesday in Ha Noi.

In the meeting, Petrolimex Chairman Bui Ngoc Bao hailed Myanmar as a promising oil and gas market and a golden land for investors.

He expressed his belief that bilateral co-operation will thrive, especially in fields of Petrolimex’s strength such as oil and gas, petrochemicals, refinery, construction and supply of oil and gas facilities.

Thailand government hires foreign legal expert to help with law reform

BANGKOK (The Nation/ANN) - Task may take three to six months.

A joint committee of private entities working with the government has decided to hire a foreign legal expert to help in the government’s ongoing law reform, Suvit Maesincee, secretary to the supreme committee on reform, reconciliation, and national strategy said yesterday.

Scott Jacobs, president of Jacobs, Cordova & Associates, who worked for the South Korean government as its legal adviser and helped reform several laws in the country, has been hired, Suvit said.

'Powerful convergences' with Asean can boost cooperation: India

SINGAPORE (The Statesman/ANN) - India's foreign secretary noted that India has an engagement with South-East Asia in history going back millennia, adding that commerce, connectivity and culture have been its hallmark.

India said on Tuesday that its "powerful convergences" with the Asean can boost cooperation and hoped that when the grouping will look West, it will see a "more confident" nation with strong economic prospects.

Six students from Brunei to showcase science skills at 6th Asean Junior Science Odyssey

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN (Borneo Bulletin/ANN) - Six students departed for Vietnam yesterday to represent Brunei Darussalam in the 6th Asean Plus Three Junior Science Odyssey (APT JSO), which will run from July 10-15.
Accompanying the students were Education Officers Is’sardi bin Nasar from the Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha Secondary School, and Nurul Faizah binti Ya’akub from the Berakas Secondary School.