China-Brunei Joint Venture Promotes Local Employment With Job Offers For Trained Students

 A total of 207 Brunei students, from the diploma programmes, launched jointly by their vocational education institutes and a Brunei-China joint venture, were awarded the Conditional Offer of Employment (COE) yesterday. Hengyi Industries Sdn Bhd, is a petrochemical joint venture between China’s Zhejiang Hengyi Group and Damai Holdings, a wholly-owned subsidiary under the Brunei government’s Strategic Development Capital Fund, owning 70 percent and 30 percent of the shares, respectively. Haji Khairuddin, Brunei’s Acting Minister, at the Prime Minister’s Office, and Second Minister of Finance and Economy, and Yu Hong, the…

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Latest COVID-19 Situation in Brunei Darussalam

2 cases are in Category 5, and 3 cases are in Category 4. The Ministry of Health in its press release yesterday informed that the total first dose vaccination for children aged 5 to 11 is 84.3 percent, and 69.6 percent for the second dose. Meanwhile, 72 percent of the country’s population have received three doses of the vaccine. 546 new cases were recorded yesterday, while 379 cases have recovered, with 3,446 cases remain active. Source: Radio Television Brunei

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India-ASEAN Meeting Highlighting Challenges From China-US Rivalry, Ukraine War

Two-day talks between India and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) foreign ministers opened Thursday in New Delhi with calls for stronger ties between India and the regional bloc. The talks come amid a heightened rivalry between China and the United States, which Singapore said threatens peace in the region. India and Singapore, the event co-chair, also underscored geopolitical challenges sparked by the war in Ukraine. In his opening remarks to the 10-member group of Southeast Asian foreign ministers, Singapore Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan said Russia’s invasion of Ukraine…

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Depart For the Holy Land

The second and final flight of Brunei Darussalam’s intending haj pilgrims departed for Madinah at 10:01 yesterday morning. 206 intending pilgrims boarded the Royal Brunei aircraft, RB BI4203. Present at the Brunei International Airport to bid farewell were Yang Berhormat Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Badaruddin bin Pengarah Dato Paduka Haji Awang Othman, Minister of Religious Affairs; Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Lailaraja Retired Major General Dato Paduka Seri Haji Awang Halbi bin Haji Mohammad Yussof, Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office; and Yang Berhormat Dato…

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China Claims New Technical Tool; Analysts Suspect Dual Military Use

China is showing off new sea-based technology as it seeks to assert its dominance in the Pacific, analysts say. The latest technological tool is the Zhu Hai Yun, an unmanned and autonomously operated carrier for drones. A month into its maiden voyage, the vessel is billed as China’s first “intelligent” drone carrier. It will carry out sea trials of equipment and aim to start operations by year’s end, the city of Zhuhai’s website says. China is flexing its muscles at sea, and other countries are growing nervous, Jeffrey Kingston, history instructor…

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Arrival of 1st Group of Intending Haj Pilgrims

The first group of the Brunei Darussalam’s intending haj pilgrims safely arrived in Madinah Al Munawarah last night. Upon arrival they were greeted by His Excellency Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Yusoff bin Haji Ismail, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Brunei Darussalam to Saudi Arabia. Transportation services have been available to bring the country’s haj pilgrims to the accommodation provided. The second group carrying 206 intending haj pilgrims is scheduled to arrive in Kota Madinah Al Munawarah at 2.30 in the evening local time. Source: Radio Television Brunei

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 Employees Who Experience Symptoms Should Isolate Themselves

The Minister of Health advised employees who are experiencing flu-like symptoms but have tested negative should still isolate themselves and continue to undergo swab tests. For those who have flu symptoms, coughs, colds and fevers, even if their ART are negative, they should isolate themselves at home and repeat the ART. It is also recommended to see a doctor to make sure there are no other problems and apply for sick leave. Source: Radio Television Brunei

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 Media Conference on Latest COVID-19 Situation

71.3 percent of the country’s population have received 3 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. Meanwhile, 101 first doses of the vaccine were given to children aged 5 to 11 and 60.9 percent second dose vaccinations were given to this aged group. This was stated by the Minister of Health at a media conference on the latest COVID-19 situation yesterday afternoon at Dewan Al-Afiah, Ministry of Health. Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Doctor Haji Awang Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar also stated that 1 COVID-19 case has passed away, in which…

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