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BRUNEI :Royalty launches ‘Share, Learn, Grow’ International Programme

Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Hafizah Sururul Bolkiah officiated the opening ceremony of ‘Share, Learn, Grow’ International programme at Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Complex yesterday. Organised by the Girl Guides Association of Brunei Darussalam (PPPBD), the programme aimed to promote cooperation and collaboration, support the Sustainable Development Goals, stimulating cooperation and leadership among generations

CAMBODIA :ASEAN to promote sustainable mineral investment and development

ASEAN Ministers of Mines have agreed to jointly promote the ASEAN region to become a sustainable mining investment destination and continue cooperation on improvement of mining development with governance, economy, society and environment.

The joint agreement was made in the 9th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Minerals (AMMin) and Its Associated Meetings under theme of Promoting ASEAN as Sustainable Mineral Investment Destination held here on Nov. 23 under the chairmanship of KeoRottanak, Minister of Mines and Energy of Cambodia.

It was preceded by the 23rd ASEAN Senior Officials’ Meeting on Minerals (ASOMM), the 16th ASOMM Plus Three Consultation and the 7th Meeting of the Board of Judges for the ASEAN Mineral Awards.

LAOS: Visit Laos Year 2024 opens with great fanfare

Visit Laos Year 2024 kicked off at the That Luang esplanade in Vientiane on Thursday with an official ceremony attended by a large number of dignitaries.
More than hundred people together with Prime Minister Sonexay Siphandone; President of the Lao Front for National Development, Dr Sinlavong Khoutphaythoune; Deputy Prime Minister prof. Dr Kikeo Khaykhamphithoune; the Mayor of Vientiane Dr Atsaphangthong Siphandone; ministers and provincial governors attended the event.

Also present were foreign ambassadors, other representatives of foreign embassies to Laos, and members of international organisations.
Dr Sonexay​ Siphandone​ said “This is the Visit Laos Year since 1999 that Laos has named a year “Visit Laos Year”. This year’s programme takes the theme “A Paradise of Culture, Nature and History” with the logo of an elephant holding a khaen as a symbol of good luck and prosperity.”


MALAYSIA: Malaysia revamps youth age limit


KUALA LUMPUR (BERNAMA) – Malaysia will be lowering the youth age limit from 40 to 30 years old beginning January 1, 2026, according to the Youth and Sports Minister. Youth and Sports Minister Hannah Yeoh announced this key revision, adding that the government has set January 1, 2026, as the date that the Youth Societies

SINGAPORE: Syariah court representatives attend Singapore conferences

A delegation from the Syariah Court, State Judiciary Department at the Prime Minister’s Office is in Singapore to attend the 65th Singapore Syariah Court Conference (SYC65) and the 65th anniversary celebration of the Singapore Syariah Court. The delegation, led by Syariah High Court Judge Haji Hassan bin Haji Metali also includes Acting Chief Registrar, Syariah


THAILAND: Thailand plans 105 smart cities by 2027


BANGKOK (ANN/THE NATION) -– Thailand’s government has announced it will establish up to 105 smart cities in large municipal areas by 2027, Commerce Minister Phumtham Wechayachai said on Wednesday. The minister unveiled the plan during his speech to open the Thailand Smart City Expo 2023, held at Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre until Friday.

VIETNAM: Vietnamese tycoons held in wave of fraud cases


Hanoi (AFP) – Vietnamese prosecutors announced charges against a major drinks tycoon on Friday, the latest in a wave of arrests targeting top business leaders accused of embezzling billions of dollars.
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