REUTERSSINGAPORE — Senior officials from about two dozen of the world’s major intelligence agencies held a secret meeting on the fringes of the Shangri-La Dialogue security meeting in Singapore this weekend, five people told Reuters.Such meetings are organized by the Singapore government and have been discreetly held at a separate venue alongside the security summit for several years, they said. ...

BALASORE, India — Ompal Bhatia, a survivor of the three-train crash in India on Friday, had first thought he was dead. When the train he was traveling in went off-track, Mr. Bhatia was with three friends on his way to Chennai for work.The 25-year-old had spent most of the four-hour journey on the Coromandel Express standing. Mr. Bhatia, who works ...

Sen. Cynthia Villar expressed confidence that President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. will prioritize the signing into law of a bill condoning loans of farmers and agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs).Villar, chairperson of the Committee on Agriculture, Food, and Agrarian Reform, said Senate Bill 1850 or the New Agrarian Emancipation Act will benefit 610,054 ARBs who were granted lands under Presidential Decree No. ...

InLife Executive Chairperson Nina D. Aguas Insular Life (InLife) Executive Chairperson Nina D. Aguas was one of the featured speakers during the recently-held 2023 ACGS (ASEAN Corporate Governance Scorecard) Workshop for Insurance Companies, sponsored by the Institute of Corporate Directors.Aguas was invited to speak about InLife’s corporate governance journey and best practices where she explained how important it is for ...

LONDON – Italy helped a retailer open chocolate and gelato stores across Asia.The United States offered a loan for a coastal hotel expansion in Haiti.Belgium backed the film “La Tierra Roja,” a love story set in the Argentine rainforest.And Japan is financing a new coal plant in Bangladesh and an airport expansion in Egypt.Funding for the five projects totaled $2.6 ...

SYDNEY – Australia will raise the minimum wage by 5.75% from July 1 as families grapple with soaring living costs, a decision that businesses and some economists say risks further stoking inflation and interest rates.The independent Fair Work Commission (FWC) on Friday decided on a 5.75% pay rise for workers on awards with wages linked to movement in the minimum ...

WASHINGTON – US job growth likely slowed in May, with wages coming off the boil, potentially allowing the Federal Reserve to skip an interest rate hike this month for the first time since embarking on its aggressive policy tightening campaign more than a year ago.Nevertheless, the Labor Department’s closely watched employment report on Friday is expected to still show the ...

The DFNN Group enjoyed extraordinary development in all facets of its business in 2022. The Group had a successful fiscal year, recording total sales of ₱905.8 million, an increase of ₱369.7 million or a growth rate of 69% over the previous year. EBITDA was a healthy ₱237.5 million, as opposed to the prior year’s loss before interest, taxes, depreciation, and ...

BSP to start offering 56-day bills - BusinessWorld Online The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas main office in Manila.MANILA – The Philippines central bank said on Friday it will start offering 56-day bills on June 30 as part of its initiatives to enhance its monetary and market liquidity operations.It ...

As birth rates plummet across Asia and beyond, the Philippines stands out for having among the highest fertility ratios in the region. For years, the Southeast Asian nation has wrestled with a dilemma considered enviable in countries like Japan and South Korea, where governments are offering cash incentives for couples who have children. As many countries record more deaths than ...