Asean News

Myanmar workers escape with minor injuries after bus overturns

The Nation/ANN

A bus carrying Myanmar workers fell into a roadside ditch in Samut Sakhon’s Muang district on Sunday morning. Nineteen people, including the bus driver Sompong Yaiwan, suffered minor injuries.

“While I was driving on Rama II Road, I felt as if my bus had got into a hole and so I tried to steer my vehicle out. But I ended up losing control and the bus overturned and fell into the ditch,” Sompong said.

Philippines eyes island in disputed waters as tourist destination

PAG-ASA ISLAND, South China Sea (The Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - The Philippine government is planning improvements on an island that sits in disputed waters to turn it into a tourist destination. 

Myanmar worker, 25, found hanged in apparent suicide

A Myanmar worker was found hanged behind his rented room in Nakhon Pathom’s Samphan district on Saturday morning, police said.

Pol Col Pongsakorn Uppapong, commander of the Samphan police station, said Myanmar colleagues at the same factory spotted the man’s body at 6.40 am and alerted police.

The worker was identified by his pink migrant worker card as Shane, 25.

Marionette marvels go on show at puppet festival

BANGKOK -- All the magic of marionettes will light up Bangkok later this week as more than 400 puppeteers from eight ASEAN countries put on shows guaranteed to keep spectators spellbound.

Brought to Thailand at the initiative of the Culture Ministry, the ASEAN Puppet Festival 2017 celebrates the long history of this art form while stimulating exchanges of knowledge among the member countries.

11 tourism firms can use MIST project

HCM CITY — Eleven innovative tourism startups from Việt Nam have qualified for the Mekong Innovative Startup Tourism (MIST) Startup Accelerator programme.

The announcement was made on Wednesday (April 19) by the Mekong Business Initiative (MBI) and Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office (MTCO).

Caffeine high as Laos tops South-East Asia’s coffee producer rankings

Online love scams costing Malaysians millions

KUANTAN, Malaysia (The Star/ ANN) - Online love scams have resulted in losses of millions by targeting individuals who easily "fall in love" with online predators.

Pahang Women, Family Development, Multimedia and Communication committee chairman Datuk Shahaniza Shamsuddin said women were the usual victims of the scam.

Asean hopes up on code of conduct

MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - China and the Asean are “moving forward in the right direction and making good progress toward coming up with a framework” according to the Philippines’ top envoy. 

Satisfaction with Philippine govt war on drugs falls: poll

MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - Fewer Filipinos remain supportive of President Rodrigo Duterte’s brutal war on drugs as they express worry that they may be victim of extrajudicial killings already linked to the antinarcotics campaign. 

Viettel sets 4G world record in impossible time

HANOI (Viet Nam News/ANN)  — Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam on Tuesday lauded military-run telecom giant Viettel for doing “what seemed impossible,” by launching its 4G services nationwide in just six months.