PHUKETWAN recognises the importance of Asean with the Economic Community approaching and marks what's happening around the region with a column, Asean Today, that will cease when Phuketwan closes on December 31.
nationmultimedia.com Experts have suggested that Thailand become a hub for providing nurses and accountants to the region once the Asean Economic Community (AEC) kicks off. At a seminar entitled 'Opportunities and Challenges for Nurses and Accountants as Migration Workers for the Asean Community,' former director of Chulalongkorn University's education faculty Pruet Siribanpitak said Thailand could provide professionals from these two sectors to Asean as it has good, international standard education.
cambodiadaily.com Cambodia ranked 143rd out of 188 countries in the UN's latest Human Development Index (HDI), a composite measure of development incorporating health, education and living standards, according to new figures.
Bernama Deputy Home Minister Nur Jazlan Mohamed said an incident happened a few days ago when a MAS flight, MH741 from Yangon, Myanmar to Kuala Lumpur, with 135 passengers on board, was detoured to the Langkawi International Airport due to bad weather. He said he was informed by the Immigration authorities that only 32 of the passengers, including Malaysians, went for the Immigration check after arriving at the Langkawi International Airport.
reuters Myanmar produced an estimated 647 tons of opium in 2015, second only to Afghanistan, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said.
straitstimes.com Singapore's first Swiss hospitality school will be opening its doors to some 60 students come January. HTMi (Hotel and Tourism Management Institute Switzerland) Singapore will offer Diploma and Higher Diploma courses in International Hotel and Tourism Management, both of which run for six months and offer placements after graduation with hotels around the world.
fidh.org Prominent Lao civil society leader Sombath Somphone was last seen at a police checkpoint on a busy street of the Lao capital, Vientiane, on the evening of 15 December 2012. The CCTV footage clearly shows that Sombath was taken away in the presence of police officers. The government has been conspicuous for its near total silence, insinuations, and contradictory declarations regarding Sombath's fate or whereabouts.
independent.co.uk A US naval commander has warned of a new arms race in the South China Sea as military construction on disputed islands continues to worsen tensions. China, Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Taiwan and Brunei all lay claim to overlapping part of the waters and the atolls and reefs they house, dotted among some of the world's busiest and most lucrative trade routes.
channelnewsasia.com Indonesia's economy took a US$16-billion hit this year from forest fires that cloaked Southeast Asia in haze, more than double the sum spent on rebuilding Aceh after the 2004 tsunami, the World Bank said.
ucanews.comAt least one person was reported beaten December 14 while protesting outside the Hanoi trial of rights defender Nguyen Viet Dung, while a Protestant minister who is a prominent dissident was arrested in a separate incident in Thanh Hoa province.
theweathernetwork.com Typhoon Melor is responsible for at least four deaths in the Philippines, one of the most typhoon-prone nations in the world. The storm was at one point the equivalent of a Category 4 hurricane when it made landfall in the central part of the archipelago nation on Monday, bringing strong winds, torrential rains and storm surge.