- As Thai citizens become increasingly involved in their country's political processes, the very presence of a dynastically appointed king begins to look more and more anachronistic.
- The Asian Development Bank (ADB) cut its growth forecasts for developing Asia on Thursday, saying financial and economic problems in Europe and the United States had cut demand for exports, although Southeast Asia remained a bright spot. China's economy was expected to grow 8.2 percent this year and India's 6.5 percent, Kuroda said.
ASEAN Fails To Reach South China Sea Accord; Indonesia Slams Members, While U.S. And China Downplay FrictionThe Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) failed to reach a common ground over the territorial tensions in South China Sea, resulting from the disagreements among the members, which a member nation Indonesia slammed as utterly irresponsible.
- The story of U.S. involvement in Laos is much more complex than it seems -- the poor Asian country once played a vital role in one of the most regrettable U.S. military interventions of the 20th century.
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- Japan, which is still floundering from last year's earthquake-tsunami, is once again nearing a recession, economists say.
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- The Indian government has taken a major step toward its ambitious vision of achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC) by initiating a $5.4-billion plan that would allow the government sector doctors to prescribe generic drugs to the patients free of cost.
- Hopes that emerging markets will lead the world out of the global economic slowdown are beginning to dim. Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), voiced her concerns over the strength of the global economy, emphasizing that emerging markets, which currently account for two-thirds of global growth, were showing signs of weakening.
- Samsung is the number one brand among Asian consumers, according to the Campaign Asia-Pacific 2012 Asia's Top 1000 Brands report.
- Renesas Electronics Corp (TYO: 6723), a leading Japanese semiconductor manufacturer, said that it is letting go 5000 employees in an effort to restructure the organization and bring the company back to black.
- Apple's two-year-long trademark battle with Proview Technology over the use of the name iPad has finally come to a close. The Cupertino, Calif.-based computer giant has reportedly agreed to pay the Chinese electronics maker $60 million to settle the dispute of ownership, which will removes any further obstacles to selling its popular line of tablets in China.
- A powerful anti-smoking ad from Thailand where children with cigarettes in their hands ask smokers for a light and the smokers chide them on the harmful effects of puffing tobacco has gone viral.
- Japan's gaping trade shortfall with the EU could exacerbate its fiscal woes by worsening its debt situation and subjecting Japanese government bonds to rising yields in the face of mounting market fears and increasing skepticism among U.S investors.
- The pro-democracy opposition leader and former political activist is undertaking a major tour of Europe.
- The worldwide PC market is expected to grow 5 percent year over year in 2012 with nearly 383 million shipments, a slight improvement over the moderate growth seen in 2011 as PCs continue to struggle for growth amidst intensifying competition from alternative devices, global political uncertainty and a still bumpy economic roadmap, says the latest International Data Corporation report.