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Flood warnings issued as storm intensifies in Philippines

Manila, July 20 (IANS) Philippines was on alert on Friday as tropical storm Ampil intensified, leading to fears of heavy rainfall, extensive flooding and landslides, according to the country's meteorological agency. Several provinces including Zambales, Metro Manila, Rizal, Laguna, Cavite and Bataan were flooded on Friday as a result of heavy downpour on Thursday night, Efe news quoted t...

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Australian players banned for basketball World Cup qualifier brawl

Canberra, July 19 (IANS) Australian basketball player Daniel Kickert was imposed a five-match ban by international body FIBA on Thursday for his involvement in a brawl during a 2019 World Cup Asian qualifier in Manila on July 2. Basketball Australia said Milwaukee Bucks forward Thom Maker is banned for three games, while Chris Goulding is suspended for one game, reports Xinhua news agenc...

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Filipinos grapple as heavy rains lash country

Manila, July 18 (IANS) Normal life was hit in the Philippines as heavy rains induced by Tropical Storm Henry continued to pound the country on Wednesday. Residents in Manila were trying their best to stay safe and dry as the streets remained flooded from heavy monsoon rains. In Las Pinas city of southern Manila, people waded through ankle-deep water during the morning commute, Efe news r...

13 days ago
ADB approves $100m grant for displaced people in Bangladesh

Manila, July 6 (IANS) The Asian Development Bank (ADB) said on Friday that it has approved a grant assistance of $100 million to help displaced people sheltered in 32 camps in Bangladesh. The ADB said the grant was the first of an envisaged package totalling $200 million to help Bangladesh develop basic infrastructure and services for displaced persons, Xinhua news agency reported.

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PETA to approach college students to promote veganism

New Delhi, July 3 (IANS) To promote veganism, PETA-India on Tuesday initiated a campaign to reach out to college students and highlight cruelty inflicted on male chicks and calves. The campaign -- 'Save the boy child: Try Vegan' -- aims at encouraging students, especially freshers to go vegan and condemn the killings in egg and dairy industry of the male animals. Vegans consume only plan...

17 days ago
Philippines city mayor who shamed drug suspects shot dead

Manila, July 2 (IANS) A controversial provincial city mayor in the Philippines known for parading drug suspects in public was shot dead during a flag-raising ceremony on Monday. Tanauan City Mayor Antonio Halili was declared dead on arrival at a hospital from a single bullet wound to the chest, sustained as he and civil servants sang the national anthem during a ceremony in city hall in ...

18 days ago
Thousands march for LGBT rights in Philippines

Manila, July 1 (IANS) Members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community and their allies marched through streets of Marikina City here on Saturday to call for equal rights and the legalization of same-sex marriage in the Philippines. Thousands of participants dressed in colourful outfits, carried rainbow flags and held placards as they walked around the city, Efe reported.<...

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Philippines' Duterte calls God 'stupid'

Manila, June 26 (IANS) Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, well known for his outrageous statements and unfiltered attacks on his rivals, has sparked anger in the largely Catholic country by calling God stupid. In a televised speech in Davao, he slammed the story of Adam and Eve's fall from grace in the Bible and the logic behind the Christian concept of original sin, the BBC reported...

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Philippines LGBT church holds mass wedding for same-sex couples

Manila, June 24 (IANS) A LGBT church in the Philippines' Quezon city on Sunday held a mass wedding for same-sex couples. The mass wedding at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Straight (LGBTS) Christian Church started at 8 a.m. in the morning, reports Efe news. The Church, which had been at the forefront of a campaign urging the Philippines government to pass a marriage ...

1 month ago
Muslim world celebrates Eid-ul-Fitr

Cairo, June 15 (IANS) Millions of Muslims across the world on Friday celebrated Eid al-Fitr with early morning prayers and family festivities after fasting from dawn till dusk during the holy month of Ramadan. Known as a time of forgiveness and rebirth, Eid comes with the sighting of the new moon and can last three days, depending on the country. It is a significant Muslim festiv...

1 month ago
GMR developed Mactan-Cebu airport's T2 to be inaugurated on Thursday

New Delhi/Manila, June 6 (IANS) Indian infra major GMR on Wednesday said that Terminal 2 of the Mactan-Cebu International Airport developed by a consortium led by it will be inaugurated by Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte on June 7. The consotorium -- GMR-Megawide Cebu Airport Corporation -- has invested $600 million in the airport and developed the new Terminal 2 of the MCIA.

1 month ago
Philippines' Duterte threatens emergency to curb crime

Manila, June 6 (IANS) Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday threatened to declare a state of national emergency, as the spiralling crime rate was holding back foreign companies from investing in the country. I am warning the criminals, everybody, whether in the government or outside (of the government). I will make radical changes in the days to come, Duterte said at a news ...

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The planet's pernicious plastic plague peril

Thanks to the wonders of modern industrial technology we are now producing 20 times as much plastic as we were doing in 1964. If the current trend continues, output will double in 20 years and double again by 2050. Our hunger for the convenience of plastic products is insatiable. Buy it, use it, throw it away, buy another one -- drinks come in plastic bottles with plastic drinking straw...

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ADB approves loan to improve Madhya Pradesh's irrigation system

Manila, May 31 (IANS) The Asian Development Bank (ADB) said on Thursday that its Board of Directors has approved a $375 million (Rs 2,529 crore approximately) loan for a project that will contribute to doubling farming incomes in Madhya Pradesh by expanding irrigation networks and system efficiency. Water plays a critical role in India's food production and the welfare of the poor in rur...

1 month ago
Philippines takes step to grant autonomy to Muslim region

Manila, May 30 (IANS) The Philippines House of Representatives on Wednesday approved the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), which would provide increased autonomy to Mindanao, the Muslim-majority southern region of the country. The Lower House introduced a number of amendments before approving the bill that would allow the establishment of a self-administered territory in an area sometimes refe...

1 month ago
Duterte will go to war over South China Sea: Minister

Manila, May 29 (IANS) The Philippines has warned China that it will go to war if Beijing crosses a red line by unilaterally mining the natural resources of the South China Sea, the country's Foreign Minister said. In a speech on Monday, Foreign Minister Alan Peter Cayetano defended the Philippines government from allegations that they were taking a soft policy on Chinese militarization o...

1 month ago
End sought to martial law in Philippines city

Manila, May 23 (IANS) Dozens of people in Manila on Wednesday asked Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte to end martial law in Marawi that was besieged last year by militants affiliated with the Islamic State terror group. The protest to mark the first anniversary of the start of the siege saw demonstrators, including Filipino Muslims and members of the Lumad indigenous group, shouted s...

2 months ago
Protesters in Manila slam China's activities on disputed isles

Manila, May 18 (IANS) A group of protesters gathered at the Chinese consulate in southern Manila's Makati district on Friday to criticise Beijing's activities on disputed islands in the South China Sea. A dozen people from the Pamalakaya (Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas) group carried out a peaceful protest holding up placards and signs denouncing China's alleged i...

2 months ago
No place like 'Indian occupied Kashmir', Sushma to J&K student

New Delhi, May 10 (IANS) External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who is just a tweet away for people in need, on Thursday questioned the origin of a youth from Jammu and Kashmir studying in the Philippines whose twitter profile said he is from Indian occupied Kashmir before assuring all help. If you are from J&K state, we will definitely help you. But your profile says you are from ...

2 months ago
Philippines, US troops begin drills

Manila, May 7 (IANS) Troops from the Philippines and the US on Monday began a series of 12-day joint annual Balikatan 2018 military drills. Philippines Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said the drills will focus on interoperability training to address domestic and non-domestic security concerns, reports Xinhua news agency. About 5,000 Philippines troops and 3,000 Americans are ...

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