Indonesia considers tourism resumption, Cambodia, Thailand tighten border control

Hanoi (VNA) – Indonesia is planning to reopen Bali to tourists while Cambodia and Thailand have moved to increase border control to prevent further COVID-19 transmission. Indonesia’s popular holiday destination Bali is expected to resume tourism activities soon. Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy Wishnutama Kusubandio said on May 28 that Bali is one of […]

Nepal PM blames Indians for spreading COVID-19

Prime Minister Oli on Tuesday asserted that Lipulekh, Kalapani and Limpiyadhura belong to Nepal and vowed to ‘reclaim’ them from India through political and diplomatic efforts, as his Cabinet endorsed a new political map showing the three areas as Nepalese territory.

CBI kicks off probe into Tablighi funding

The government blamed the Jamaat’s congregation for being responsible for almost 35% of Covid-19 cases in India till April 7. The headquarters of the group in New Delhi were sealed and its followers, including from Indonesia, Malaysia, and Bangladesh, were quarantined in March. Police initially filed a case against Saad for violating the ban on […]

Boeing 737 Max could stay grounded until late 2020

Will pilots have to train in a simulator before they can fly the Max again?After Boeing announced it was ready to deploy the MCAS software update in April, the FAA initially said that simulator training still wouldn’t be required. But some pilots and regulatory officials from other countries, like Canadian Transport Minister Marc Garneau, quickly disagreed […]

Latest Coronavirus News in Vietnam & Southeast Asia May 29

As of May 14, Hanoi has delivered aids to 385,390 people affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, reaching 99.9% of the people entitled to receive such support, local media reported, citing the municipal Department of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs’ report at a May 27 meeting.

SE Asia region adjusts to a cashless ‘new normal’

As an example, Nariyanuri cited India where, after the government withdrew 500-rupee ($6.60) and 1,000-rupee notes from circulation in November 2016, a temporary cash crunch pushed Indians to opt for cashless payment. And, he said, while physical cash did eventually return, cashless transactions nonetheless continued to surge in India.

Demand for remote digital consultations rises across Asia under lockdown

Southeast Asian healthcare platform BookDoc is also playing an active role in the region’s fight against COVID-19 by offering virtual health advisory services, including mental health teleconsultations. Based in Malaysia, the platform is among the largest of its kind in the country, with more than 500,000 domestic users. Its footprint spans more than 20 Asian […]

Thirty countries launch alliance to share COVID-19 tools

While the developing nations’ push, called the COVID-19 Technology Access Pool, was welcomed by groups including Doctors Without Borders, a drug industry alliance questioned if it would really boost collaboration or broaden access to COVID-19 medicines.

National Single Window system honoured at Sao Khue Awards 2020

The system has digitalised 188 administrative procedures at 13 ministries and sectors, handling 2.6 million applications from 34,000 businesses. It helped save some VND106.9 trillion ($4.55 billion). It has also officially connected to the ASEAN single window of six countries including Brunei, Cambodia, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand, while it is expected to expand to […]

National Single Window system honoured at Sao Khuê Awards 2020

The system has digitalised 188 administrative procedures at 13 ministries and sectors, handling 2.6 million applications from 34,000 businesses. It helped save some VNĐ106.9 trillion ($4.55 billion). It has also officially connected to the ASEAN single window of six countries including Brunei, Cambodia, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand, while it is expected to expand to other […]