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Mobile India expected to play key role in Facebook’s future growth

Asia News - Tue, 02/04/2014 - 06:40

 Asia, particularly India, hold a key to the future success of Facebook as the social network's user-base in the western world has already reached its saturation point. 
 
Estimates suggest that India will overtake the U. S. as the country with the maximum number of Facebook users by the end of 2014. The number of Facebook users in India is expected to jump from current 93 million to more than 
150 million by the end of this year.
 

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Mobile India expected to play key role in Facebook’s future growth

Asia News - Tue, 02/04/2014 - 06:39

 Asia, particularly India, hold a key to the future success of Facebook as the social network's user-base in the western world has already reached its saturation point. 
 
Estimates suggest that India will overtake the U. S. as the country with the maximum number of Facebook users by the end of 2014. The number of Facebook users in India is expected to jump from current 93 million to more than 
150 million by the end of this year.
 

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Mount Sinabung volcano eruption claims at least 14 lives

Asia News - Mon, 02/03/2014 - 06:39

A calamitous volcanic eruption in Indonesia claimed at least 14 lives, just a day after authorities allowed people to return to "danger zone" thinking that activity was on the decrease.
 
Mount Sinabung, which is situated in North Sumatra, had been rumbling for the several past months. Authorities directed nearby residents to evacuate the danger zone for their safety, but they allowed around 14,000 people living outside a 3-mile danger zone to return to their homes after volcanic activity decreased.
 

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Both China and Japan need to demonstrate wisdom in Year of the Horse: Xinhua

Asia News - Sat, 02/01/2014 - 07:04

 January 31, 2014 marked the start of the Year of the Jiawu (Horse) in China; and the country's official Xinhua news agency recalled some important events of the past that took place in the same year.
 
China's first decisive war with Japan, the first Sino-Japanese War, had broken out in 1894, which was also a year of the Horse or Jiawu year in the country's lunar calendar. In that war, the Japanese navy had achieved victory after defeating the fleet of China's former Qing Dynasty. It was the first time that China had been crushed by Japan in a war.

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Delhi is in grip of smog

Asia News - Fri, 01/31/2014 - 06:57

Delhi is definitely one of the world's most polluted cities, and the ongoing wind-deprived cold season is only making the problem even worse.

Soot being erupted by vehicles idling on congested roads and coal-burning power plants are making India's national capital one of the smoggiest cities of the world. Fires being used to eliminate crop residue in surrounding farms as well as fires being used for warmth by city dwellers are also leading to abominable smog.

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ABC’s Asia television network faces axe

Asia News - Thu, 01/30/2014 - 07:01

 The Government of Australia is reportedly planning to axe public broadcaster ABC's Asian broadcasting service in the May budget.
 
According to a report published in The Australian, the Abbott government's cabinet has discussed a plan to end ABC's contract to provide Australian news and entertainment in the region.
 

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China Credit Trust Co. prevents a high-yield product default

Asia News - Wed, 01/29/2014 - 07:17

China Credit Trust Co. has confirmed that it has agreed to restructure high-yield product called Credit Equals Gold, which was on the verge of default.
 
The Beijing-based Trust said the agreement would include a potential investment in the 3bn-yuan ($500 million) product, which was marketed by state-run Industrial & Commercial Bank of China.
 
However, the Trust didn't identify the source of funds. It also didn't confirm if investors would get their money back.
 

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Asia’s first luxury Nobu Hotel to open in Manila gaming complex

Asia News - Tue, 01/28/2014 - 07:35

 Luxury hotel chain Nobu has announced its decision to make its debut in Asia by opening a 321-room hotel in a Manila gaming complex operated by Melco Crown Entertainment Ltd.
 
Melco will introduce the new hotel as part of its Manila-based gaming & entertainment hub called City of Dreams. The $1.3-billion City of Dreams Manila casino resort is a joint venture between Melco and the SM group of tycoon Henry Sy.
 

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Deep anxieties about future killing childhood in Asia

Asia News - Mon, 01/27/2014 - 07:26

Exposure to peer pressure and deep anxieties about future are silently killing childhood in Asia. Students in countries like China and India are now more coerced into harrowing project of self-remaking as, unlike their parents, they are living lives tied to larger global processes.
 

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Asia is world’s top marketplace for mobile apps: study

Asia News - Sat, 01/25/2014 - 06:29

Asia is the world's biggest market for mobile software and it is still growing, a fresh study by mobile apps research firm Distimo revealed.
 
According to the study, Asia emerged as the world's top marketplace for mobile apps during the past two years, accounting for 41 per cent of global app revenue in December 2013.
 
In comparison, 31 per cent of global app revenue in December came from North America and 23 per cent came from Europe.
 

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Starbucks posts 25% rise in quarterly net earnings

Asia News - Fri, 01/24/2014 - 06:52

 Seattle-based coffee giant Starbucks on Thursday reported a 25 per cent rise in its quarterly net earnings and raised its earnings-per-share forecast for its 2014 fiscal year.
 
The world's biggest coffee chain announced that its first quarter net earnings jumped 25 per cent year-on-year to $540.7 million, ahead of analysts' $526.8 million consensus estimate.
 

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Unchecked air pollution from Asia affecting global weather

Asia News - Thu, 01/23/2014 - 06:19

Asia's unchecked air pollution is affecting global weather and climate patterns, according to a study by Texas A&M University researchers.

The study revealed that extreme air pollution from Asian countries, particularly from China, is affecting the formation of clouds, precipitation, and intensity of storms, which along with other factors impact the climate.

The researchers based their conclusion on climate models and data gathered about aerosols and meteorology over the past thirty years.

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JPMorgan pulls out of Tianhe Chemicals IPO amid hiring probe

Asia News - Wed, 01/22/2014 - 06:24

 J. P. Morgan Chase & Co. has reportedly ended its involvement from a $1 billion Hong Kong listing of Chinese chemicals giant Tianhe because of ongoing probe into its controversial "sons and daughters" hiring program.
 
The American lender allegedly hired the adult children of high-ranking and influential Chinese officials to win business in the country. The U. S. Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Department of Justice (DoJ) launched a probe into the bank's hiring practices last year.
 

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Situation of foreign workers is generally good: says Singapore Minister

Asia News - Tue, 01/21/2014 - 06:34

Singapore's Acting Minister for Manpower Tan Chuan-Jin has denied widespread abuse of foreign workers in the country, but he admitted the situation of foreign workers is not perfect.

On Monday, Tan told Parliament that his ministry last year helped thousands of foreign workers with difficulties, adding that he was therefore puzzled to listen that there was widespread and systemic abuse of the foreign workforce, which was the cause of the recent riot.

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China’s economic growth slips to 7.7%, lowest since 1999

Asia News - Mon, 01/20/2014 - 06:25

Chinese economy last year grew at the lowest rate in fourteen years as the country continued to suffer because of "complex and severe situation" at home and overseas.

The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) on Monday released the country's economic data showing a growth of 7.7 per cent for 2013. The figure marked the economy's slowest growth since 1999, when the economy had grown 7.6 per cent.

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Hong Kong’s Li Ka-Shing tops Bloomberg Billionaires Index; Macau’s Lui grabs 2nd spot

Asia News - Sat, 01/18/2014 - 06:18

 Hong Kong's real estate investor Li Ka-Shing grabbed the top spot on the latest Bloomberg Billionaires Index, while gambling mogul Lui Che-Woo maintained his position as Asia's second-richest person.
 
With a fortune of $29.5 billion, Li continued to be the region's richest person; while Lui trailed grabbed the second spot with a fortune of $23.7 billion.
 
Li has been the richest person of Asia since April 9, 2012, when his fortune surpassed that of Indian billionaire Mukesh Ambani, the chairman of Reliance Industries Limited.

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Asia Cup will go on even if any team decides not to participate: ACC

Asia News - Fri, 01/17/2014 - 06:32

The Asia Cup will take place as scheduled even if any team decides not to take part in it, Asian Cricket Council (ACC) chief executive Ashraful Huq declared on Thursday.

Commenting on reports that Pakistan might withdraw from the tournament, which is scheduled to take place between February 25 and March 8 in Bangladesh, Huq also said that those who believe that the tournament would be shifted elsewhere were living in a fool's paradise.

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East Asia facing growing threat of intense tropical cyclones: study

Asia News - Thu, 01/16/2014 - 09:49

 East Asia is now more prone to be hit by powerful tropical cyclones than three decades back, a study by researcher at Seoul National University of South Korea has warned. 
 
The researchers led by Chang-Hoi Ho analyzed five separate data sets that documented the development of tropical cyclones across the north-west Pacific between 1977 and 2010, and found that East Asian countries like China, Korea and Japan have experienced increasingly powerful cyclones.
 

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Sony Computer Entertainment aims to achieve greater level of expansion in Asia

Asia News - Wed, 01/15/2014 - 06:47

Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) has expressed its intentions to achieve a greater level of expansion in Asian markets.

Hiroshi Kawano, the president of SCE Japan and Asia, said that the company had always been looking at Asia and would continue to seek growth there as region was a promising market for the company.

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