At Asian Games, the battle for Southeast Asia’s esports market begins

By Fanny Potkin and Patpicha Tanakasempipat JAKARTA/BANGKOK Aug 24 : “Slay the dragon!” Thailand’s national coach yells, rallying his players as they rehearse an elaborate assault for the 2018 Asian Games. Their sport, making its debut at a major global athletic event, requires only one piece of equipment: a mobile device for playing Chinese tech […]

Thailand to ban imports of high-tech trash, plastic waste

By Panarat Thepgumpanat BANGKOK, Aug 16 : Thailand will ban imports of 432 types of scrap electronics within six months, an environment ministry official said on Thursday, the latest country to respond to China’s crackdown on imports of high-tech trash this year. Southeast Asia nations fear they are the new dumping ground for the world’s […]

Thai c.bank holds key rate, not at ‘trigger point’ to hike

By Orathai Sriring and Kitiphong Thaichareon BANGKOK, Aug 8 : Thailand’s central bank on Wednesday held its benchmark interest rate near record lows, as expected, saying Southeast Asia’s second-largest economy continues to face little inflationary pressure as the growth pace improves. All 20 analysts in a Reuters poll had predicted the Bank of Thailand’s Monetary […]

“We took turns digging at the cave walls”: Thai boys relive ordeal in broadcast

By Amy Sawitta Lefevre CHIANG RAI, Thailand, July 18 : The 12 boys and their soccer coach rescued from a flooded cave in Thailand recounted details of their ordeal on Wednesday, at their first public appearance, during which they waved, smiled and offered traditional “wai” greetings on a national broadcast. Doctors, relatives and friends, some […]

Thailand to televise first public appearance of rescued cave boys on Wednesday

By Amy Sawitta Lefevre CHIANG RAI, Thailand, July 18 : The 12 boys and their soccer coach rescued from a flooded cave in Thailand are set to make their first public appearance on Wednesday, at a nationally-broadcast news conference in the northern province of Chiang Rai. The boys, aged 11 to 16, and their 25-year-old […]