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  • BANGKOK— Activists are urging Unilever, a major investor in Myanmar, to speak out against the country's treatment of its Rohingya minority, which the U.N. has said may be "crimes against humanity." A letter sent this week to Unilever CEO Paul Polman asked the company to clarify its stance on the Rohingya. Unilever did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

  • Singapore, China, Japan and Thailand each boasted nine restaurants on the annual list.

  • BANGKOK— Thailand's prime minister said Tuesday the government will ensure that environmental and health impact studies for a coal power plant approved by its energy policy planning committee will be reconsidered, but made clear he expects the project to proceed. Prayuth chaired the National Energy Policy Committee, which announced Friday the go-ahead...

  • *Q4 GDP +0.4 pct q/q sa, vs +0.6 pct in poll. *Q4 GDP +3.0 pct y/y, same as poll forecast. BANGKOK, Feb 20- Thailand's economy expanded less than expected in the last quarter of 2016 and the government left its forecast for growth this year unchanged, indicating recovery will remain a slow process.

  • BANGKOK— A government committee has approved construction of an 800- megawatt coal power plant near pristine beaches on the Andaman Sea, Thailand's prime minister said Friday. The announcement by Prime Minister Prayuth Chan- ocha that the National Energy Policy Committee has given the go-ahead to the project was criticized by activists who worry the plant...

  • Singapore is easing its obsession on grades to focus on life-long learning as the country takes on new challenges in today's economic climate.

  • TMC workers protest against Modi's demonetization in front of Reserve Bank of India on January 11, 2017 in Kolkata, India.

    Markets will be watching for the outcome from the first monetary policy meetings of the year from India, Thailand, the Philippines and New Zealand

  • Trump's Friday directive put a 120- day hold on allowing refugees into the country, an indefinite ban on refugees from Syria and a 90- day bar on citizens from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. In Muslim-majority Malaysia, the group CEO of Asia's largest budget airline, AirAsia, suggested countries in the 10- member Association of Southeast Asian...

  • Maya Music Festival in Pattaya, 2016

    Idyllic beaches, famed cuisine and warm hospitality are the pillars of Thailand's tourism industry. Music festivals could join that list.

  • Floods in the world’s largest natural rubber producer Thailand are expected to boost the price of a commodity that is vital to tire production.

  • SINGAPORE, Jan 23- Siam Commercial Bank Pcl has begun to formally seek bids for its life insurance business in a sale that could raise about $3 billion for Thailand's third-biggest lender, said people with knowledge of the process. Thailand caps foreign companies' stakes in domestic insurance ventures at 49 percent, but lawyers said Thailand recently amended...

  • SINGAPORE, Jan 23- Siam Commercial Bank Pcl has begun to formally seek bids for its life insurance business in a sale that could raise about $3 billion for Thailand's third-biggest lender, said people with knowledge of the process. Thailand caps foreign companies' stakes in domestic insurance ventures at 49 percent, but may permit higher holdings on a...

  • An oil tanker docked at a PT Pertamina facility at Tanjung Priok Port in Jakarta, Indonesia

    Oil production in Asia-Pacific is declining at a rate not seen elsewhere in the world, Wood Mackenzie has warned.

  • Biggest Trump risk to Thailand is trade: Vice finmin

    Kiatchai Sophastienphong, vice minister for finance of Thailand, discusses potential fallout from Trump policies.

  • PARIS, Jan 12- Qatar Airways said on Thursday it was seeking guarantees from a potential new engine supplier after delays to Airbus jet deliveries, but said Boeing was ahead of schedule on its latest version of the 777, leaving scope to bring those jets forward. Qatar Airways remains in talks with CFM International about supplying engines for an upgraded order...

  • PARIS, Jan 12- Qatar Airways is seeking strict guarantees as it talks to CFM International about supplying engines for a revamped order for Airbus narrow-body jets, which it expects to finalise "soon", its chief executive said on Thursday. CFM exclusively supplies engines for the competing Boeing 737 aircraft, which Qatar Airways has also ordered.

  • *Almost all fuel shipments to Myanmar come from Singapore. Servicing growth that could top 8 percent this year is a clutch of small tankers ferrying gasoil and diesel from Singapore 2,000 kilometers north to Myanmar. Shipping data in Thomson Reuters Eikon shows that around 20 small tankers with a combined capacity of around 220,000 deadweight tonnes are...

  • TOKYO, Dec 22- Japan is seeking to win a contract to supply Thailand with an air defense radar system built by Mitsubishi Electric Corp, as it looks to counter growing Chinese influence in the Southeast Asian nation, according to four Japanese government officials and one industry source. Japan's push for stronger ties with Thailand, will benefit the U.S. given...

  • TOKYO, Dec 22- Japan is seeking to win a contract to supply Thailand with an air defense radar system built by Mitsubishi Electric Corp, as it looks to counter growing Chinese influence in the Southeast Asian nation, according to four Japanese government officials and one industry source. Japan's push for stronger ties with Thailand, will benefit the U.S. given...

  • Bank of Thailand has some dry powder: Economist

    Vishnu Varathan at Mizuho Bank says that the Bank of Thailand has further scope to ease if it has to.