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India's new budget unveiled yesterday was aimed at spurring growth and boosting foreign investments, The Straits Times reports. Thailand's chief constitution drafter has repeated his call for a national referendum on the final draft, says The Nation. The Abu Sayyaf in Sulu is on the run, pursued by elite Army Scout Rangers determined to wipe out the group of al-Qaeda-linked bandits, writes Philippine Daily Inquirer. The Bangladesh police are still clueless about the group behind the murder of the Bangladesh-American blogger, according to The Daily Star. Australia, Indonesia and Malaysia will start testing a system that increases the tracking of aircraft over remote oceans, says a report in The Star.

 

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Tongin Market reinvents itself with old-fashioned street food

The market is still small in scale but features quick-bite food stalls and shops selling knick-knacks

More senior Chinese head for Hainan in winter

Many of them have been heading to the south for warmer weather

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At her first runway show in Beijing, young designer Ding Youqiao tries to blend Chinese culture with Western style

Popular items Chinese shoppers buy overseas

Popular items Chinese shoppers buy overseas
From Japanese electronic toilet seats to Swiss luxury watches, Chinese tourists have been globe-trotting in the name of retail therapy

The clock is ticking

The clock is ticking
A loyal clock winder keeps the famous clock of Kuala Lumpur's iconic landmark ticking

Portrait of a S'porean middle class man

Portrait of a S'porean middle class man
IT consultant Luke Yip, 39, believes that anyone who is hardworking, and who has some education and aptitude for their job, can achi ...

Ascent of Korean-American actors

Ascent of Korean-American actors
More Asian-Americans are taking lead roles in Hollywood playing multidimensional characters

Bollywood trying to woo China filmgoers

Bollywood trying to woo China filmgoers
Indian movie industry hopes to repeat success of Dhoom 3 and 3 Idiots, which overcame language and cultural barriers




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