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Myanmar to enforce new law for foreign investment

Nay Pyi Taw, Dec 14 (IANS) Myanmar authorities will enforce a new Companies Law next year to attract more foreign investment. The new Myanmar Companies Act, approved by Parliament this month, was enacted to replace the Companies Act of 1914, Xinhua news agency reported on Thursday. According to the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA), the new law will faci...

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Myanmar charges reporters with Official Secrets Act violation

Nay Pyi Taw, Dec 14 (IANS) Myanmar on Thursday charged two journalists with violating the British colonial era Official Secrets Act and illegally obtaining confidential documents from the police related to a controversial military offensive in Rakhine. Wa Lone, 31 and Kyaw Soe Oo, 27, who work for the Reuters news agency, were arrested on Tuesday in Yangon and face a possible 14-year jai...

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6,700 Rohingya killed in Myanmar: Report

Nay Pyi Taw, Dec 14 (IANS) Global humanitarian NGO Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) announced on Thursday that at least 6,700 Rohingya were killed after violence broke out in Myanmar's Rakhine state late August. Based on surveys of refugees in Bangladesh, the number is much higher than Myanmar's official figure of 400, reports the BBC. In the most conservative estimations at least ...

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350 writers from 35 countries to participate at JLF 2018

New Delhi, Dec 12 (IANS) Set to take place from January 25 to 29, the Zee Jaipur Literature Festival 2018 will will be a celebration of literature like no other, hosting over 350 writers from 35 nationalities, the organisers said on Tuesday. After the Mumbai last week, the Festival held its Delhi preview here and the third roster of speakers exemplifies the diversity and depth of intelle...

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India-Myanmar-Thailand car rally completes first leg

New Delhi, Dec 12 (IANS) The second India-Myanmar-Thailand Motor Rally completed its first leg from Guwahati to Bangkok on December 3 and is now on its return journey, an official statement said on Tuesday. According to the Ministry of Road, Transport and Highways (MoRTH), the rally was flagged off from Guwahati on November 25 with 50 participants, including five women, in 20 SUVs. <...

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Green becomes Asia's top golfer

Sentosa (Singapore), Dec 11 (IANS) Gavin Green made history by becoming the first Malaysian to win the Asian Tour Order of Merit after an intense 12-month battle with several of the regions best golfers. Green's accomplishment is a watershed moment in Malaysia's golfing history as no player from the country has ever come close to laying claim to being Asia's top golfer. With his ...

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India to connect with Asean via cruise tourism

New Delhi, Dec 11 (IANS) India will connect with Asean countries through cruise tourism and a new cruise port is being built in Mumbai for this, Road Transport and Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari said on Monday. Speaking at the India-Asean Connectivity Summit, which focuses on enhancing connectivity with Asean countries, the minister said the government was encouraging cruise tourism.

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Andaman, Nicobar islands to be developed as strategic hub

New Delhi, Dec 11 (IANS) The Andaman and Nicobar group of islands will be developed as an economic and a strategic hub, Minister of State for External Affairs General V.K. Singh (retired) said on Monday. Speaking at the 'India-Asean Connectivity Summit' organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), the Minister stressed on the need to focus on improving maritime connectivity w...

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India to host southeast Asia connectivity summit

New Delhi, Dec 9 (IANS) Keeping with Indias initiative of connectivity with southeast Asia under its Act East Policy, New Delhi will host an Asean-India Connectivity Summit (AICS) on December 11-12 on the theme Powering Digital and Physical Linkages for Asia in the 21st Century, the External Affairs Ministry said on Saturday. The event comes ahead of the visit of the leaders of the 10 me...

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Surgical strikes were planned with mobiles off, kept away: Parrikar

Panaji, Dec 9 (IANS) The strategy to execute surgical strikes were carried out with such secrecy that mobile phones were switched off and kept at a distance during the crucial meetings with senior military and Defence Ministry officials, former Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said on Saturday. Participating at a literary event here, Parrikar, now the Goa Chief Minister, also said that ...

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Rohingya crisis: Red Cross faced with 'real challenge'

New Delhi, Dec 9 (IANS) The Red Cross is faced with a real challenge following the Rohingya refugee crisis triggered by violence in Myanmar's Rakhine State, a senior official of the international humanitarian organisation has said. The specificity of the situation is that only the Red Cross and Red Crescent movement is allowed to work in Rakhine State as humanitarian help, Christine Beer...

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Nagaland must look ahead to the future: Rajnath

Kisama (Nagaland), Dec 9 (IANS) Exhorting Nagaland to look ahead to the future, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday reiterated the Central government's commitment to fulfill the aspiration of the Naga people for brighter tomorrow with all the honour which they richly deserve. Nagaland, with its rich natural resources and talented people, has limitless possibilities. Enduring peac...

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646,000 Rohingya refugees currently in Bangladesh: UN

Dhaka, Dec 8 (IANS) The UN on Friday raised the number of Rohingya refugees who have arrived in Bangladesh since late August to 646,000. The latest data raises the estimated number of arrivals to 20,000 compared to figures released two days earlier, reports Efe news. The increase is due to a revised system estimating the number of new arrivals, as well as the uninterrupted flow o...

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Playing six Indians in starting XI helping them a lot: John Gregory

Chennai, Dec 8 (IANS) Drawing a comparison with the triumphant English Under-17 FIFA World Cup footballers, Indian Super League (ISL) franchise Chennaiyin FC coach John Gregory put his finger on how the new rule of playing six Indians in the starting XI is helping home-grown talent gain valuable experience. The great thing as I have said from day one is the fact that we have to play dome...

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Buddhist festival woos visitors this weekend

New Delhi, Dec 8 (IANS) Discourses by eminent scholars and practitioners of Buddhism, an exhibition of international and Indian Buddhist art and architecture, along with a plethora of other programmes are all set to enthrall visitors at a festival being organised by the Ministry of External Affairs. Bodhi Parva: BIMSTEC Festival of Buddhist Heritage, conceptualised by Teamwork Arts kicks...

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Eight nabbed, gold biscuits seized in Bengal

Kolkata, Dec 6 (IANS) Eight persons, including one woman, were arrested and over 8.8 kgs of yellow coloured metallic biscuits believed to be gold of foreign origin were seized here on Wednesday, officials said. A statement issued by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence said acting on a tip-off, the eight persons who came to Kolkata from Aizawl were arrested at domestic arrival of Kolk...

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Rohingya repatriation process yet to take off: UNHCR

Dhaka, Dec 6 (IANS) A bilateral agreement signed by Dhaka and Naypyidaw over the repatriation of the Muslim minority Rohingyas, hundreds of thousands of whom had fled to Bangladesh following a crackdown by the Myanmar Army, is yet to take off on the ground, an official from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees said on Wednesday. According to the agreement signed on November 23, the repa...

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Bangladesh moves ahead with controversial Rohingya relocation plan

Dhaka, Dec 6 (IANS) Bangladesh is moving ahead with a controversial plan to move Rohingya refugees to a low-lying, flood-prone island, with construction of facilities to begin very soon. About 100,000 of the one million Rohingya refugees living in Bangladesh will be moved to Thengar Char, a remote island in the Bay of Bengal by November 2019, according to details of the $278 million plan...

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India, Japan set up Act East Forum

New Delhi, Dec 6 (IANS) In a significant boost to New Delhi's Act East Policy, India and Japan set up the Act East Forum on Tuesday as agreed during Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to India this year for the annual bilateral meeting. In pursuance of the memorandum of cooperation to establish the India-Japan Act East Forum signed on September 14 during the visit of Prime Minist...

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UN can't rule out Rohingya genocide

Geneva, Dec 5 (IANS) The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said on Tuesday that an act of genocide against Rohingya Muslims by state forces in Myanmar cannot be ruled out. Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein was speaking at a Human Rights Council session in Geneva where he listed alleged abuses against the Rohingyas, including killing by random firing of bullets, use of grenades, shooting at close...

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