ANN Desk (Asia)

The central news desk in Bangkok

NEW DELHI (DataLEADS/ ANN) - China is the world's largest holder of foreign exchange reserves. It has over two and half times more foreign reserves than the second largest reserve holder, Japan.

PHNOM PENH (ANN DESK) - Phnom Penh Post from Cambodia joins Asia New Network, an alliance of 23 news media organisations in 19 Asian countries.

TRASHIGANG (Kuensel/ANN) - Merak is situated 3,500 metres above the sea level. Snow-capped mountains border the beautiful highland village in the north. Merak is a remote nomad community in eastern Bhutan where their primarily rear yak and sheep for daily sustenance.

THIMPHU (Kuensel/ANN) – The Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB) has started preparing for the third parliamentary elections to be held in 2018. The first parliamentary elections were held in 2008.

NEW DELHI (DataLEADS/ ANN) - China, India, Indonesia and Vietnam have the world’s four biggest coal-fired power plants in pipeline. Together, they represent 82 per cent of the 718 units globally under construction. 

BEIJING (China Daily/ANN) - ​Pre-exposure prophylaxis, commonly known as PrEP, is a type of medicine that, if taken daily, can reduce the risk of HIV infection via sexual intercourse by more than 90 percent, according to health studies.

THIMPHU (Kuensel/ANN) - Bhutan’s vulnerability to water-induced disasters is well known.  Historically, rivers and streams have overflown their banks, causing destruction; glacial lakes have burst because of moraine dam ruptures. 

BANGKOK (The Nation/ANN) - If America, the biggest democracy, is found guilty of 9/11, repercussions will rock a much-cherished political system embraced by many countries.

NEW DELHI (dataLEADS/ ANN) – From 2000 to 2015, the average annual growth in mobile phone subscriptions reached 22 per cent in Asia. Nepal witnessed annual growth of 67 per cent which is highest average in the region.

BANGKOK (The Nation/ANN) - Thanks to the allure of sports and stardom in Thailand, the professional agent business is taking off.