Brunei opens its ASEAN Chairmanship outlining three strategic thrusts

Recovery, digitalisation and sustainability were the three strategic thrusts outlined by Brunei during the ASEAN Senior Economic Officials (SEOM) Retreat 2021, as the sultanate proposed ten Priority Economic Deliverables (PEDs) under the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) Pillar. Chaired by the Permanent Secretary (Economy) at the Ministry of Finance and Economy (MOFE) Dr Hjh May Fa’ezah…

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Black box of Indonesia’s crashed plane retrieved

Divers on Tuesday retrieved a black box of the Sriwijaya Air Boeing 737-500 plane that plunged into the water off the coast of the Indonesian capital Jakarta on Saturday, local TV reported here. The black box was found on the seafloor between Lancang Island and Laki Island of Jakarta Gulf. The Boeing 737-500 aircraft with…

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Malaysia declares state of emergency to contain COVID-19 surge

The emergency would last till Aug. 1 or earlier depending on the COVID-19 situation. Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said on Tuesday that King Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah has consented to declaring a state of emergency in the country to stop the COVID-19 outbreak. In a televised speech, Muhyiddin said the emergency would last…

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Thailand orders a further 35 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine

Thailand’s prime minister said on Tuesday his country had ordered an additional 35 million doses of the AstraZeneca Plc COVID-19 vaccine, bringing its total vaccine pipeline to 63 million doses. After managing to largely contain community spread of the virus for months, a cluster of cases in December linked to migrant workers and a gambling…

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Singapore gets Asia’s first batch of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine

Singapore received its first batch of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine on Monday, according to its flag carrier, ahead of a rollout in the city-state that health officials have said could be as soon as two-three weeks away. Singapore Airlines, which carried the vaccines on board one of its freighters from Belgium, did not specify the size…

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Singapore nearly virus free after local cases and clusters cease

Having once had the highest COVID-19 rate in Southeast Asia, Singapore has all but eradicated the virus after reporting 14 days without any new local cases on Tuesday, and saying it had snuffed out the last cluster of infection at a worker dormitory. The cramped dormitories for young, low-wage labourers, mainly from Bangladesh, India and…

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