TOKYO (The Straits Times/ANN) - Mori says mega project will help woo talent, investments to city

KUALA LUMPUR (The Straits Times/ANN) - Initiatives considered include increasing funding for the two entry points, forming a single border agency to oversee all the country's borders and entry points including ports, and conducting a study to identify issues and challenges in planning for future capacity needs.

HONG KONG (The Straits Times/ANN) - Duo held after metro station assault on protesters in July charged with rioting

COLOMBO (The Island/ANN ) - Stressing that the country needed a new Constitution in keeping with the times, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said in Jaffna on Friday, that the United National Party (UNP), Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) and the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) wanted the Executive Presidency abolished, while only a section of the United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) was opposed to it.

HCM CITY, Vietnam (Viet Nam News/ANN) - Foreign businesses in Vietnam have increasing need for expatriate workers since there is a shortage of skill locally, according to many recruitment companies.

COLOMBO (The Island /ANN ) -The United States government said yesterday, that it would not tell Sri Lanka who should be given positions in the public service, but its concern expressed with regard to the appointment of Lt. Gen. Shavendra Silva as commander of the Army, was due to allegations of gross human rights violations against him.

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times) - The government plans to ensure that the Bolaven Plateau in the southern province of Champassak remains a clean agricultural area and maintains its green culture and tourist attractions in the face of development threats.

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times) - The Asian Development Bank is providing US$47 million for infrastructure development in Vangvieng district and around the Nam Ngum reservoir to accommodate the growth of tourism in Vientiane province. 

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times) - Laos’ current account deficit is expected to widen to 12 per cent in 2019 as imports are projected to grow faster than exports, according to a recent report from the World Bank.

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times) - The Champassak provincial Small and Medium Enterprises Service Centre (SSC) aims to strengthen the capacity of SMEs in the southern provinces towards business expansion and enhanced competition in the region.