The Straits Times

World News Day: All hands on deck to preserve ecosystems in Vietnam's Mekong Delta

The local authorities and environmental organisations in the Mekong Delta region are stepping up efforts to preserve and develop ecosystems vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Located in southern Vietnam, the Mekong Delta has a diverse and unique ecosystem that includes marine life, islands, estuaries, ...

Singapore to trial import of renewable hydropower from Laos in cross-border power trade deal

The Republic will begin trialling the import of renewable hydropower from Laos via Thailand and Malaysia, following an agreement between Keppel Electric and Electricite Du Laos (EDL) announced on Wednesday (Sept 15). The exclusive framework agreement between the two is part of the Lao PDR-Thailand-Malaysia-Singapore Power Integration ...

Goh Yan Han

Thailand taps groundwater as it enters hottest season

Facing severe drought as it enters its hottest season, Thailand has launched groundwater extraction operations in its most arid regions to tap sources deep beneath the soil, as it looks at ways to harness future supplies. The groundwater department has sent geologists and more than 80 ...

REUTERS

Thailand to allow use of 'economically valuable trees' as collateral for financial loans

Owners of 58 types of ‘economically valuable trees’ will be able to use them as collateral when applying for loans at financial institutions under a new policy, Government spokesperson Narumon Pinyosinwat said on her Facebook page. “This policy was proposed by the Ministry of Commerce as ...

THE NATION/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam alarmed by Laos project

Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam have urged Laos to better assess transboundary impacts, and strengthen proposed measures to reduce any negative effect as it moves ahead with the construction of a dam. At a special joint committee session of the Mekong River Commission (MRC) earlier this week, ...

Shankar Ganesh

Coronavirus: Thailand extends state of emergency until May 31

Thailand is extending the state of emergency for a month until May 31, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha announced on Tuesday (April 28), even as new coronavirus cases in the country have been on a decline for the past few weeks. “The extension is necessary. Many orders especially in ...

Hathai Techakitteranun

Coronavirus: With 'zero' infections, Laos and Myanmar gird for battle

As coronavirus infections spike across South-east Asia, Myanmar and Laos have conspicuously logged zero patients – despite the fact that both share a sizeable border with China, where the outbreak originated. Both countries say all the people suspected of being infected with the coronavirus have tested negative so far. ...

Tan Hui Yee

Mekong River Commission issues warning about blue-green water

With parts of the Mekong River turning an unusual blue-green, an inter-governmental commission has warned of possibly serious consequences if water levels stay low in the increasing dammed river. The Mekong River Commission (MRC) said on Monday (Dec 9) the aquamarine hue currently seen in a ...

Tan Hui Yee

Cambodian PM says no China naval base being built

Cambodia will not allow foreign military bases on its soil, strongman premier Hun Sen said on Monday (Nov 19), swatting away United States concerns about a possible Chinese naval site near hotly contested seas. China has lavished billions of dollars in soft loans, infrastructure and ...

Mekong Delta fights high-tide flooding

The local authorities in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta are taking steps to mitigate the impact of flooding caused by high tides during the annual flood season. The delta’s provinces and Can Tho City have been severely affected by high tides over the past few days. Keep reading ...

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