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ASEAN Friendship Concert 2019:  Singing Together for Stronger Partnership

ASEAN Friendship Concert 2019:  Singing Together for Stronger Partnership

  Bangkok: While in some regions, music and politics are in a dysfunctional relationship, marked by wary trysts and embarrassed silences, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries have shown that music supplements politics in deepening relations and strengthening partnerships. The ten ASEAN member countries and their allies and partners have been holding meetings […]

Sri Lankan president berates opposition to death penalty

Sri Lankan president berates opposition to death penalty

Colombo: Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena has continued his verbal attack on those whom he considered as obstructing initiatives to make the country safer by opposing the enactment of tougher laws. “Certain segments who did not heed to the concerns of society to formulate stronger and tougher laws to eradicate terrorism in the aftermath of […]

Greater Jakarta plunges into darkness following major blackout

Greater Jakarta plunges into darkness following major blackout

  Jakarta: A major blackout has darkened Indonesia’s Greater Jakarta and West Java where thousands of homes and public facilities as well as transportation lines were affected. The electricity outage on Sunday was attributed by Indonesia state electricity company PT Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN) to problems at several power stations on Java. According to the […]

Saudi Arabia removes travel restrictions for women

Saudi Arabia removes travel restrictions for women

   Riyadh: Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the U.S. Princess Reema Bandar Al Saud has hailed the decision to allow Saudi women to apply for passports and travel abroad without the need for the approval of a custodian. The decision announced this week is seen as a great leap for the empowerment of Saudi women who […]

Cleopatra’s beauty wows Moroccans at donkey pageant

Cleopatra’s beauty wows Moroccans at donkey pageant

  Rabat: Cleopatra has made history by becoming the first female donkey to win the top prize in a beauty pageant in Morocco. Cleopatra could convince the nine members of the jury, who included a veterinarian, that she was sufficiently attractive, loyal and fit to be declared winner in the competition organized in Beni Ammar, […]

ASEAN, Korea meeting in Busan under “Partnership for Peace, Prosperity for People” theme

ASEAN, Korea meeting in Busan under “Partnership for Peace, Prosperity for People” theme

  Bangkok: The Republic of Korea (ROK) and the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have recommended the drafting of a new ASEAN-ROK Plan of Action for 2021 – 2025. The plan will consider the ASEAN – ROK Vision Statement for Peace, Prosperity and Partnership that will be issued at the third ASEAN-ROK Commemorative […]

No fatalities reported as multiple blasts hit Bangkok

No fatalities reported as multiple blasts hit Bangkok

  Bangkok: A Thai government spokesperson said on Friday that Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha pleaded with the public on Friday morning not to panic and ordered an immediate investigation into various bomb blasts and small fires in the capital. The police were ordered to step up security and the public to report any irregularities or […]

Those who oppose executions for drug traffickers oppose building a better county: Sri Lanka president

Those who oppose executions for drug traffickers oppose building a better county: Sri Lanka president

  Colombo: President Maithripala Sirisena said all those who are against the process of imposing the death penalty for drug traffickers are against the task of building a better country. The reasons behind all the serious crimes such as murder, robbery and rape are the drugs, the President said, adding that he decided to impose […]

Sri Lanka building up a nutritious young generation thanks to local dairy industry

Sri Lanka building up a nutritious young generation thanks to local dairy industry

  Colombo: A national program in Sri Lanka to provide a packet of liquid milk to around 600,000 primary students is well underway. The program, under President Maithripala Sirisena’s concept of creating a ‘Nutritious young generation of a nation bountiful with milk,’ is coupled with a plan to make Sri Lanka self-sufficient in liquid milk […]

11 die, 5,664 seek treatment as sweltering heatwave sweeps Japan

11 die, 5,664 seek treatment as sweltering heatwave sweeps Japan

    Tokyo: The number of people severely affected heat-related medical issues in Japan has nearly tripled over one week. The government said that 11 people died and 5,664 with heat exhaustion symptoms were taken to hospitals last week when temperatures rose sharply following the end of the rainy season in most areas. In the […]

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