Asia Briefs: BJP told to hold vote of confidence in Karnataka

BJP told to hold vote of confidence in Karnataka

NEW DELHI • India's Supreme Court ordered Prime Minister Narendra Modi's party to hold a vote of confidence today in a key state where it has been allowed to form a government despite its lack of a majority.

Mr Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party inflicted a major blow on the Congress party by winning 104 out of 224 seats to become the largest party in the southern state of Karnataka.

Congress, whose numbers were slashed from 122 to 78 seats, formed a coalition with a regional party and insisted they should form a government as they have 115 members.


Hanoi investigating Grab's takeover of Uber

HANOI • Vietnam's Ministry of Industry and Trade has launched an in-depth investigation into ride-hailing company Grab's takeover of Uber Technologies' South-east Asia business after an initial probe found it might breach antitrust law.

The investigation will take 180 days and could be extended by up to 120 days, the ministry said yesterday.

It warned last month that the transaction could be blocked if Uber and Grab's combined market share in Vietnam exceeded 50 per cent, the maximum allowed in the country.


Phnom Penh Post buyer says media freedom safe

PHNOM PENH • The new owner of Cambodia's Phnom Penh Post newspaper, Malaysian investor Sivakumar Ganapathy, said yesterday he had saved the English-language daily from closure and rejected fears the sale threatened media freedom.

The sale comes during a crackdown by Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen and his allies against perceived critics, including opposition politicians, independent media and human rights groups ahead of a general election in July.

Mr Ganapathy's company, Asia PR, is said to be linked to the Cambodian government.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 19, 2018, with the headline 'Asia Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe