ASEAN IN FOCUS

Bali volcano spews smoke and ash, disrupting flights

by Yulius Martoni Agence France Presse DENPASAR, Indonesia (AFP) — A volcano on the Indonesian tourist island of Bali sent plumes of smoke and steam thousands of meters into the air Sunday for the third day in a week, triggering flight disruptions and leaving thousands of tourists stranded, officials said Sunday. Mount Agung spewed smoke and ash as high as 4,000 metres (13,123 feet) Sunday morning, causing at least 15 departing or arriving flights to […]

UPDATED: Bangladesh, Myanmar to start Rohingya return in two months

YANGON, Myanmar (AFP) — Bangladesh and Myanmar have agreed to start repatriating Rohingya refugees in two months, Dhaka said Thursday, as global pressure mounts over the refugee crisis. More than 620,000 Rohingya have poured into Bangladesh since August, running from a Myanmar military crackdown that Washington said this week clearly constitutes “ethnic cleansing.” After weeks of tussling over the terms of repatriation, the two sides inked a deal in Myanmar’s capital Naypyidaw on Thursday following talks between Myanmar’s […]

Singapore to deploy driverless buses from 2022: minister

SINGAPORE, Singapore (AFP) — Driverless buses will appear on some roads in Singapore from 2022 as part of plans to improve mobility in the land-scarce city-state, its transport minister said Wednesday. Singapore has so far avoided the massive traffic jams that choke other Asian cities like Manila and Jakarta by imposing road tolls, spending massively on public transport and becoming one of the world’s most expensive places to own a car. It now plans to […]

Thousands flee over Bali volcano eruption fears

KARANGASEM, Indonesia (AFP) — Thousands living in the shadow of a rumbling volcano on Indonesia’s resort island of Bali fled Wednesday as fears grow that it could erupt for the first time in more than 50 years. Mount Agung belched smoke as high as 700 meters (2,300 feet) above its summit late Tuesday afternoon, sparking an exodus from the settlements near the mountain. Nearly 1,600 people died when Mt. Agung last erupted in 1963. It […]

ASEAN-India Forum held at Eagle Broadcasting Corporation

QUEZON CITY, Philippines (Eagle News) — To commemorate the 25 years of ASEAN-India partnership, ASEAN-India center along with ASEAN Studies Center of the New Era University, the ASEAN-India Business Council and Eagle Broadcasting Corporation organized the first ever ASEAN-India Forum. The ASEAN-India Forum is the first in the series of gatherings and events for ambassadors from different embassies in the Philippines with their partner foundations and organization. The forum aims to come up with a […]

Amnesty accuses Myanmar of imposing ‘apartheid’ on Rohingya

YANGON, Myanmar (AFP) — Myanmar’s suffocating controls over its Rohingya population amount to “apartheid”, Amnesty International said Tuesday in a probe into the root causes of a crisis that has sent 620,000 refugees fleeing to Bangladesh. Scenes of dispossessed Rohingya in Bangladeshi camps have provoked outrage around the world, as people who have escaped Rakhine state since August recount tales of murder, rape and arson at the hands of Myanmar troops. Myanmar and Bangladesh have […]

Chinese FM attends 13th ASEM foreign ministers’ meeting in Myanmar

NAY PYI TAW, Myanmar (Reuters) — Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi attended the 13th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) foreign ministers’ meeting on Monday in Myanmar’s capital Nay Pyi Taw. In his address to the meeting, Wang said the ASEM represents a new path for international relations and communications among countries. Wang said the Communist Party of China successfully held its 19th National Congress last month, mapping out a grand blueprint for China’s development in the next […]

China, Myanmar vow to further promote bilateral ties

NAY PYI TAW, Myanmar (Reuters) — President U Htin Kyaw of Myanmar met with Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi on Sunday in Nay Pyi Taw and both sides pledged to further promote bilateral ties and cooperation. U Htin Kyaw asked Wang Yi to convey his greetings to President Xi Jinping and congratulated Xi on his re-election as general secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC). U Htin Kyaw said that […]

ASEAN aims to provide universal health care for those living below poverty line

The Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) targets to give universal health care to 90% of citizens who are living below the poverty line ASEAN sees it as one of the solutions to lessen the large percentage of poor citizens in the region. ASEAN member-nations who are already providing universal health care include Brunei Darussalam, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore while Indonesia expects to deliver a universal health care program by 2019

Singapore rolls out tough measures to keep cars off the roads

by Martin Abbugao / Elizabeth Law Agence France Presse SINGAPORE, Singapore (AFP) — In the battle against the car, space-starved Singapore has deployed road tolls, massive spending on public transport, and a licence fee that bumps the cost of an average vehicle to over $80,000. But urban planners looking for solutions to gridlock may find the draconian measures hard to replicate in other less-compliant cities. Singapore has gone further than any other major city to […]

ASEAN at 100 to be driven by technology and artificial intelligence – GMA

  By Caesar Vallejos, EBC Correspondent Technology and artificial intelligence will drive the next 50 years of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). “When we ponder the next 50 years, we see increasing prosperity driven by technology and artificial intelligence,” former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo said at the recently concluded ASEAN Business and Investment Summit 2017. After celebrating its golden years in the Philippines, the ASEAN has left an imprint being undoubtedly one of the […]

Chinese, North Korean envoys talk up ties despite nuclear tensions

SHANGHAI, China (AFP) — A senior Chinese envoy has met an aide to North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un in Pyongyang, the two sides said Saturday, stressing longstanding ties despite deep divisions over the North’s nuclear activities. Song Tao is visiting on behalf of President Xi Jinping, ostensibly to brief the North’s officials on the recent Chinese Communist Party congress and other “issues of mutual interest”. The two communist neighbours, once said by Mao Zedong to […]