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India's new government spurs faster growth: forecasts (Aug 29)
Figures out Friday (Aug 29) are expected to show India's faltering economy grew at its fastest pace in over two years in the first financial quarter, as the election of a new right-wing government spurred confidence.


China's Wanda plans US$800m e-commerce joint venture with Baidu, Tencent (Aug 29)
China's Wanda Group, headed by the country's richest man, is joining Internet giants Baidu and Tencent to set up an e-commerce platform costing more than US$800 million (S$999 million) with, it said Friday (Aug 29).


Total bank lending saw slight dip in July: MAS (Aug 29)
But overall bank loans rose 10.8 per cent on-year, aided by growth in housing and bridging loans, according to Monetary Authority of Singapore data.


Singapore's regulatory framework for banks 'remains strong': Fitch (Aug 29)
Regulatory standards here are progressing apace with global best practices, and the local banks' "disciplined" offshore expansion exercises mean the industry is in good health, says the rating agency.


Twitter to Open Indonesia Office - Wall Street Journal (Aug 29)

Wall Street Journal

Twitter to Open Indonesia Office
Wall Street Journal
"You look at Indonesia and you see the size of the audience there and how they're using Twitter, and it's super-invigorating," Mr. Bain said. "Overall it will be a pretty cross-functional office for us in terms of the roles of the people inside the ...
Twitter is opening an office in Indonesia, one of the world's top social media ... The Next Web
Twitter confirms Indonesia launch Mumbrella Asia
Twitter confirms upcoming office in Indonesia Tech in Asia

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Indonesia: Rights Key to New President’s Agenda (Aug 29)
Source: Human Rights Watch
Country: Indonesia
Religious Freedom, Military Accountability, Women’s Rights Among Issues for Action (New York, August 29, 2014) – Indonesia’s newly elected president, Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, should focus efforts on tackling the country’s persistent human rights problems, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to the president-elect. Human Rights Watch made specific recommendations on issues concerning religious freedom, impunity of the security forces, women’s rights, free expression, Papua, domestic workers, child migrants, corruption, and indigenous land rights. “As president, Widodo should reverse the failings of the previous administration by giving priority to the human rights problems that have gotten worse over the past decade,” said Phelim Kine, deputy Asia director at Human Rights Watch. “The new president needs to act decisively to signal that his government will protect the rights of all Indonesians and roll back the country’s culture of ...


Banking integration in ASEAN gathers pace - East Asia Forum (Aug 29)

The Diplomat

Banking integration in ASEAN gathers pace
East Asia Forum
The ASEAN Economic Community, planned to come into effect in 2015, is expected to liberalise goods, capital and skilled labour flows in the ASEAN region. While there has been considerable progress in the area of trade integration, financial integration ...
Singapore and the Sea of Discontent The Diplomat

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Indonesia: Mount Sinabung Disaster Response Experts Discuss Improvements For Emergency Operations (Aug 28)
Source: World Food Programme
Country: Indonesia
MEDAN – The experience of emergency responders during the recent eruptions of Mount Sinabung volcano will help experts to better plan assistance for other potential disasters, such as Mount Slamet, high-level government officials and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said yesterday. The acknowledgement came at a workshop hosted by WFP in Medan to capture lessons learned on the logistics aspects of the Mount Sinabung emergency response. In the workshop, emergency response experts from the Government and non-governmental institutions reflected on the disaster management operations that took place when Mount Sinabung erupted between November 2013 and February this year, leaving 16 people dead and 32,000 people displaced from their homes. In an immediate response to the disaster, WFP and the National Agency for Disaster Management (BNPB), supported by the United States Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), launched ...


US companies in Asean sense opportunities, set to expand - The Nation (Aug 28)

The Nation

US companies in Asean sense opportunities, set to expand
The Nation
As 2015 and the Asean Economic Community approaches, US companies are keeping a close eye for opportunities offered by regional economic integration, although most respondents don't believe that the goals of the AEC will be reached until 2020 or ...
Survey: Fewer US firms expect growth Bangkok Post
Thailand tops Asia for Chinese property buyers The Malaysian Insider

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Asean, EAS states agree to lower trade barriers - The Nation (Aug 28)

The BRICS Post

Asean, EAS states agree to lower trade barriers
The Nation
Asean has forged closer ties with the eight other East Asia Summit member countries to promote trade and investment as well as reduce trade barriers. At the second ministerial-level EAS in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, it was agreed that Asean should remove ...
China-led RCEP talks to conclude in 2015 The BRICS Post
Gov't needs to develop industry for free market era: Trade minister Jakarta Post
RCEP Meeting Confirms End-2015 Completion Target Tax-news.com
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