North Korea Claims Longest-Range Missile Test Since 2017

North Korean state media have reported the country’s test of an intermediate range ballistic missile, Pyongyang’s longest-range missile test in more than four years.   The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said the test was meant to verify the accuracy of the Hwasong-12 missile launched early Sunday from a northwest region.   State media showed […]

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Myanmar Cybersecurity Law ‘Days’ Away as Coup Anniversary Nears

Myanmar’s military government is set to pass a new cybersecurity law that will ban the use of internet services, a move that has been condemned by digital rights activists and business groups. The Southeast Asian country has been in turmoil since a coup by the military last February. A widespread grassroots movement has seen thousands […]

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Myanmar Humanitarian Response Plan 2022 (January 2022)

2021 has been a traumatic year for the people of Myanmar, characterized by unprecedented levels of human suffering. Post the military takeover, so many of the impressive development gains the country has made over the past 15 years are now sadly under serious threat due to a combination of economic instability, COVID-19, escalating conflict, and […]

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Employees at work on February holidays entitled to premium pay

Employees who will work on the special non-working days on February 1 (Chinese New Year) and February 25 (EDSA People Power Revolution Anniversary) are entitled to additional wages, the labor department reminded employers. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III issued Labor Advisory No. 3, Series of 2022, to guide employers and employees alike on the proper […]

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ADB Insight 7: 2022 Economic Outlook (Trailer)

The distribution of COVID-19 vaccines throughout 2021 raised optimism of a return to normal, but the emergence of the Omicron variant has quickly forced a reassessment. In the latest episode of ADB Insight, ADB Chief Economist Albert Park discusses the ways the pandemic will impact economic growth in Asia and the Pacific in 2022 and […]

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ADB Approves 2 Grants to Boost Tourism and Rice Production in Cambodia

MANILA, PHILIPPINES — The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved two grants totaling $6.8 million to help revive tourism in Cambodia, boost the country’s rice quality and production, and repair the rice supply chain damaged by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.   One grant, at $3.7 million, is expected to benefit 4,000 villagers through the […]

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Indonesian Schools Reopen Face-To-Face Classes Despite Omicron Scare

JAKARTA– Ilmia Rahayu’s days have been filled with worries, since the Indonesian government decided to restart face-to-face learning in schools, in the first week of Jan, amid a surge in COVID-19 cases triggered by the Omicron variant.   She does not want her only child, Zaki Alhaq, a fifth grader at a private elementary school […]

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