Drones connect South Asian villages to life-saving services ‘like never before’
South Asia is betting on drones to connect to remote areas that were previously barely accessible for even essential services.
Australia ‘hopeful’ barley exports to China will resume soon amid warming ties
Australia’s trade minister said on Thursday that Beijing had indicated its review of anti-dumping duties, imposed in 2020 amid a deterioration in relations, would soon be complete.
‘Absolutely filthy’: Can PwC tide over crisis as Australia tax scandal rages?
The accounting giant’s CEO and nine partners have stepped down after the company was accused of disclosing confidential government tax information to private clients.
Green and keen: the new breed of Chinese traveller shaping eco-tourism
‘Travelling in coaches, eating only Chinese food’ is far less common after the pandemic. Instead, many people want nature, camping and homestays, say experts, and the sector should fully embrace that.
‘Demand is high’: Singaporeans eye cheaper trips to Malaysia as ringgit plunges
Singaporeans are taking advantage of the weak ringgit for more trips across the border, triggering a shortage of the currency.
‘New poor’: climate change, Covid, inflation add to inequality in Bangladesh
The UN special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights said Bangladesh has millions of ‘new poor’, hovering just above poverty line and at high risk of falling below it.
Japan cuts red tape for private jets, superyachts to lure ultra-rich tourists
More than 10 per cent of tourist spending in Japan comes from a tiny number of ultra-rich visitors, and the government wants to encourage more of them to visit – and more frequently.
Scammers in India up their game with likes-for-cash jobs on social media
Cybercrimes are not new to India but a new wave of such crimes is spreading, in which victims are promised money for liking social media content.
Will Malaysia put energy exports to Singapore before its green economy plans?
Malaysia sees boosting renewable energy exports, principally to Singapore, as the logical way to fund its ambitious energy transition plans.
How Gen Z side hustlers in Asia make juggling multiple jobs work for them
Risks of the side hustle culture include overwork, stress and legal implications of holding a second job in addition to the full-time one, but some Gen Z say it helps keep their passion and interests alive.
AI is key to Asia’s policies for elderly, climate, jobs: India’s Tata
Firm says multilingual AI can help bring rarely accessed services to remote areas, monitoring the likes of eye issues and falls, pollution and traffic. However, senior executive says big challenge will be ensuring AI is used ethically.
As Japan’s population crisis deepens, why is Kishida holding back funding?
Japan’s PM Kishida will not introduce taxes or raise existing ones to address the nation’s population crisis, even as his administration prioritises providing support for families to raise children.