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CAMBODIA: Values-added education: PM wants morals included as a core school subject

Torn Vibol / Khmer Times
Students of Nokor Pheas Secondary School in Siem Reap province’s Angkor Chum district clean their desks before the start of the new school year. Nokor Pheas Secondary School

In conjunction with the opening of the new school year today, Prime Minister Hun Manet has called for a more holistic approach to overall education and not just focusing on academic excellence.

LAOS: Asean secretariat chief pledges support for Laos’ Asean chair


The visiting Secretary General of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), Dr Kao Kim Hourn, has said the Asean Secretariat stads ready to assist Laos in achieving its goals and objectives as chair of the regional bloc in 2024.


The Asean Secretariat chief paid a working trip to Laos on November 29 at the invitation of the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Saleumxay Kommasith, to work with the Lao side in preparing for the country’s Asean chairmanship.
Calling on Prime Minister Sonexay Siphandone, Dr Kao pledged to help Laos to achieve its goals and objectives as the chair and as envisioned in the chairmanship’s theme of “Enhancing Connectivity and Resilience”.
Dr Kao reaffirmed the secretariat’s support to Laos as the region transitions beyond post-pandemic recovery and moves toward the Asean Community Vision 2045, the Asean Secret

MYANMAR: More civilians killed as fighting near Muse intensifies

While some casualties of the conflict have been allowed to cross the border into China, most other refugees have been prevented from doing so

While some casualties of the conflict have been allowed to cross the border into China, most other refugees have been prevented from doing so

At least six civilians have been killed so far this week during fierce clashes for control of Myanmar’s most important gateway to neighbouring China, according to local sources.

The fighting near the northern Shan State town of Muse, located opposite the Chinese city of Ruili, began last Sunday when. . .

SINGAPORE: Real median income in Singapore falls 2.3% in 2023 on high inflation

The labour force participation rate among residents aged 15 and above declined from 70 per cent in 2022 to 68.6 per cent in 2023. ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI


SINGAPORE – Workers are feeling the pinch in 2023, as high inflation takes its toll on wage growth.

In preliminary labour force data released on Nov 30, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) said resident workers at the 20th-percentile salary level saw their real incomes fall 3 per cent year on year, while those drawing the median wage saw a 2.3 per cent decrease year on year.

Singapore’s employment rate for residents aged 15 and above also fell from 2022’s historic high of 67.5 per cent in an “exceptionally tight” labour market to 66.2 per cent, said the ministry.


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