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Indian Coffee Exporters on an Optimistic Rise in the Coffee Market in South Korea

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

According to Jawaid Akhtar, In­dian Coffee Board Chairman, there has been a fivefold jump in volume of Indian coffee ex­ports to South Korea over the last three years. He said that exports have been steadily going up ever since India took part in the ‘Seoul Café Show’ in Korea two years ago. He added that Indian exporters had been taken along to showcase the di­versity in the range of coffee production and this is a huge step towards cultivating and building this market. Also, the India International Coffee Festival, 2012, was held in New Delhi and the basic idea be­hind organizing this festival was to make the world aware of the India coffee market. Mr. Akhtar was present at the curtain-raiser event and he told the reporters that they are now intent upon making Indian cof­fee popular in other Asian countries, and Japan and South Korea are being targeted in particular. He pointed out that India does not export much coffee presently but that a tremendous potential for exports can be observed

Indo-Korea Collaboration to Ensure Infrastructure Growth

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

Though Korea and India have more differences than simi­larities, there is something that always keeps these two major countries of Asia close to each other. Since ancient times they have shared a special relationship with each other, and perhaps that is why in spite of the cultural, geographical and social differences, they have never crossed each other’s path in the process of development. Instead of creat­ing antagonistic hassle as two very differ­ent cultures, India and Korea always try to help each other in every possible way. Even nowadays the mutual admiration and col­laboration can be seen in different aspects like infrastructure development.

India to be Linked with Central Asia through Gas Pipe Line

Monday, December 24th, 2012
Pipe Line

India will be linked with Central Asia through a gas pipe line, which will lower the gas tariff for users in the nation. The transit or security costs of gas has be come very low, with India’s participation in the Turkmenistan Afghanistan PakistanIn dia (TAPI) 1,700kilometer pipeline deal. The idea to lay this pipeline was first proposed as early as the 1990s, and once completed it will ensure the delivery of 33 billion cu bic meters of oil each year. The pipeline is scheduled to be operational by 2016. India has to spend vast sums of money to import oil, and this has driven the gov ernment to search for options to secure supplies of oil for its consumers. One way this problem can be addressed is through a pipeline which is now a very viable option thanks to advancement in offshore technologies.

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Thailand Tourism ‘Amazing Thailand’ Boosts More Direct Flights to Phuket

Friday, June 1st, 2012

Phuket is one of the largest of islands of Thailand, located nearly 860 kilometers to the south of Bangkok. Phuket is also often referred as the ‘Pearl of the Andaman’, thanks to its natural possessions of rocky capes, limestone cliffs, white powdery beaches, tranquil board bays and tropical inland forests.

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Cambodia Divided over Medicines – Traditional over Modern?

Friday, April 13th, 2012

There has been a lot of progress in the healthcare sector in terms of advanced medicines and technology, but for Cambodians there remains a dilemma – to approach traditional practitioners or modern professional doctors. One of the main reasons for this dilemma is that the younger generation is more inclined towards the modern medicines while the older generations still have faith in traditional ways of curing.

Energy Accord

Vietnam and India Ink Energy Accord

Friday, January 20th, 2012

Vietnam’s natural resources, including oil and gas, and its booming economy have attracted the nation of India, and the two have recently signed an accord to promote oil exploration along the Vietnamese shore. According to reports on October 12, 2011, the agreement was signed between Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited, Videsh Limited, the Vietnam Oil and Gas Group, and the National Oil Company of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.

Hong Kong’s Education Gets Fresh Funding of US$643 Million

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

Donald Tsang, the chief executive of Hong Kong, believes that it is crucial to increase the investment in academic research in tertiary Hong Kong institutions to compete in the intense global scenario.

To be able to compete at the global level, he proposed to inject US$643 million (5 billion HK dollars) into the Research Endowment Fund. Tsang also announced that 3 billion HK dollars would be injected into the development of self-financing tertiary institutions, on a competitive basis.


Lessons for App Developers as Asia’s Mobile Apps Download Volume Reaches 5 Million

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

The mobile technology in use today has come a long way from just making calls and receiving them. Apps, or applications, are driving mobile technology as sophisticated software helps us complete mind boggling tasks from the convenience of our mobiles. Cost-effective, safe and fast, apps are today unifying all the online technologies from ePayment, eBanking, eCommerce, eReading, watching movies or booking airline tickets.

Thai Businesses on the Way to Boom Time with Google’s Go Online Campaign

Friday, November 25th, 2011

The initiation of Thai businesses and entrepreneurs into the nuances of web-based business processes has begun with Google and its partners’ campaign – ‘Thai Business Go Online’. It has also introduced several self-help programs for businesses to learn the ropes of creating an online presence (web site creation) and monetization (advertising) with its Google GuRu and Blogger programs.

Asian-American Develops Energy-Harvesting Shock Absorbers

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

For years, car manufacturers have been trying to develop innovative ways to improve a vehicle’s fuel efficiency and increase the average miles per gallon (mpg) that a particular vehicle can run on. This need has been brought about by the fact that only 10 to 16 percent of a car’s fuel energy is used to overcome air drag and road resistance to drive the car. The rest of this fuel energy is simply lost to exhaust heat, energy dissipation resulting from vibrations, and even the basic act of braking.

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Green China: Increased Use of Biofuels to Reduce CO2 Emissions

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

Just like other countries in the world today, China is faced with issues related to the environment and climate change as well as growing concerns on energy security more than ever before. Energy production is dominated by the use of large quantities of coal and fossil fuels which are polluting, non-renewable, and facing imminent depletion.

Chinese Computer Companies Adopting Multi-Model Strategies to Stay in Market

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

When Apple first released the iPad2 in March of this year, it kept the price the same as the original tablet PC, marketing the new version as an improved version available at the same price. Two months later, Chinese enthusiasts finally got to see this newer iPad version, but Apple made a different marketing move this time, lowering the price by as much as 300 yuan.


Top Trends in China’s eBook Industry

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

In a recent report from the Association of American Publishers (AAP), eBooks have surpassed traditional printed paperbacks as the most preferred book reading format in the United States. This was evidenced by the bigger sales garnered by eBooks over printed media, earning revenues of up to US$90.3 million dollars in February of 2011 alone – a 202 percent increase from the same period last year.

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China Promoting Energy-Saving Building Materials in Rural Areas

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

For several years now, construction has been booming in China, which is in fact the geographical location of at least half the latest building constructions around the world. What is amazing is not only the sheer volume of construction projects going on but also the incredible growth rate of almost 2 billion square meters of building floor space each year.


E-Vehicle Push in Asia-Pacific

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

When Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao pledged his country’s commitment to save energy and clean up the environment, he not only expressed China’s commitment to respond actively to impacts caused by climate change but the whole AsiaPacific region’s commitment as well.

Spearheaded by China’s goal to reduce carbon emissions by 40 percent by the year 2020, most developing countries in the region have also expressed their role in saving energy and reducing harmful emissions.


Lean Transformations in Asian Organizations

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

In Asia, the constantly-changing and increasingly competitive global market environments have prompted many enterprises in the region to focus on improving the speed and efficiency of their respective manufacturing processes.

Many find that the traditional manual processes they have used in the past, based on the abundance of cheap skilled labor in the region, are no longer effective in keeping up with the pace of the current business environment. Many have shifted paradigms and adopted lean transformation as a better manufacturing concept.

Enterprise IT Spending in Asia-Pacific to Grow in 2011

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

2010 proved to be better than expected as global economies slowly rose from the onslaughts of the recent global financial crisis.

This trend holds true even for the global IT industry, which registered an 8% year-to-year growth and with enterprise spending reaching levels of up to $1.5 trillion worldwide - the fastest growth rate registered since 2007.

In a report from Gartner’s senior vice president and global head of research Peter Sondergaard, this global scenario applies to the Asia-Pacific Enterprise IT spending arena, which rebounded from a 1.3% decline in 2009 and is expected to increase by 7.6% in 2011, with forecasts valued at $312.3 billion. Sondergaard presented this latest outlook at the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo in Sydney which was attended by more than 1,500 global IT leaders.

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Shanghai Airports: Serving a Bustling and Dynamic City

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

The emergence of worldclass Shanghai airports in the busiest and most dynamic transport hub in eastern China is only fitting to Shanghai’s continuous development not only in infrastructure but as one of the most important business and financial centers in China and in the world.

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It’s Time to Shine for Web and Mobile Apps in Asia

Monday, March 14th, 2011

Appearing to go hand in hand with the resilient popularity of the devices that use them in Asia, web and mobile apps appear to be on the verge of even greater success in the future.

The stage seems to be set for these apps, prominent though they may already be in the region, to scale new heights of success very soon. As revealed in a ReadWriteWeb article, a study commissioned by mobile app store operator GetJar and run by consulting firm Chetan Sharma Consulting has projected the volume of the mobile-app market to reach $17.5 billion by 2012.

Up From Down: The State of Japanese Broadband Today

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

A fter a year in the doldrums, the quality of Japanese broadband has zoomed back to the top of the rankings.

A 2010 report by Said Business School of Oxford University, as reported by Telecom Asia, has ranked the country third in terms of global broadband quality this year, behind South Korea and Hong Kong. In 2008, Japan enjoyed a first-place ranking, but in 2009 it fell to seventh place.


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