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The maiden budget from India's new right-wing government has promised a return to high growth — but disappointed some who hoped Premier Narendra Modi might use his thumping mandate to unleash radical change.
 

Just over a week ago, William Cheah was so annoyed by Federal Territories minister Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor wanting to ban soup kitchens within a 2km radius of Lot 10 in Bukit Binang, he posted on his Facebook account that come Monday (July 7) he would be standing outside one of the soup kitchens there with a foldable table stacked with 100 packets of nasi lemak and a sign saying “Free Food for The Homeless Please Take One.”
Soup kitchens stir up a storm in Kuala Lumpur

 

Sluggish factory output likely weighed on Singapore's economic growth in the April to June period, but economists are hopeful of a pickup in the manufacturing sector later this year.
 

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi headed to Brazil Sunday for a meeting of the BRICS group of emerging powers, hoping to seal the long-discussed deal to open a new development bank.
 

It was a school once, but there are no children here anymore. The lonely building on this remote Pacific island now contains only a punching bag that someone has strung from the classroom rafters, and a note scrawled on the chalkboard in Niuean: “Keep this place clean,” it says, “so it stays beautiful.”
Anybody home? Pacific island of Niue hit by exodus

 

In celebrity-obsessed Japan with its conveyor belt of 15-minute stars, fashion icon “Rola” is blazing a meteoric trail at the forefront of a galaxy of mixed-race stars changing the DNA of Japanese pop culture.
Changing the DNA of Japanese pop culture

 

A children's book inspired by a real-life story of two male penguins raising a baby chick in New York's zoo has been deemed inappropriate by state-run Singapore libraries, and the conservative city-state's information minister said he supports the decision to destroy all copies alongside two other titles.
 

Australia's agriculture minister Barnaby Joyce has described animal rights group PETA as “extremist” and questioned their methods after the release of footage showing sheep being beaten by shearers.
 

Australia's central bank governor Glenn Stevens Saturday urged politicians to work together to address the growing gap between fiscal spending and revenue, as the government battles to push through massive budget cuts.
 

Campaigners are pushing for Japan's population to win this year's Nobel Peace Prize in a nod to the country's long-held pacifism, even as Tokyo controversially expands the scope of the military in a move that has sparked protests at home.
 
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