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Thai rice stocks could help market keep El Niño in check

Current weather patterns in Southeast Asia reinforce meteorologists’ belief that a strong El Niño is already taking place, but still the rice market is indifferent, says a leading rice researcher.

Region in focus

Dateline Southeast Asia

News from the last week in Southeast Asia. Today: FairPrice extends waste-reduction pilot; AEC the key for Indonesia's export strategy; Barry Callebaut opens Malaysia cocoa development centre; and Thailand to double buffalo herd

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Coveris expands into Australasia with acquisition

Coveris Holdings has acquired Elldex Packaging Solutions to expand into Australasia.


Blackmores-sponsored research post polarises scientific opinion

The decision by Blackmores, the well-known Australian supplements company, to fund alternative medicine research at Sydney Univeristy has sparked a debate into whether universities should accept money from corporations to fund research.

Fenugreek extract may boost woman’s healthy sexual desire: Human RCT

Daily supplements of an extract from Fenugreek may enhance female libido, say results of a double-blind randomized placebo controlled study.

Probiotics may slash triglyceride levels: Study

Daily supplements of Lactobacillus curvatus HY7601 and L. plantarum KY1032 may significantly lower triglyceride levels, says a new study from Korea.

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South Asia radius

A look at the last seven days in the subcontinent. This week: Iron-rich pearl millet reduces iron deficiency in children; fruit prices up by 45% this season, says Assocham


China now world’s second most obese nation

Now with one in every four people in the country being overweight, China has placed second in the list of countries with the largest number of obese inhabitants, leading analysts to call for the introduction of a tax on unhealthy foods.