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The pain and agony of the displaced

Title: Humans on the Run; Author: Kumar M. Tiku; Publisher: Oxford University Press; Pages: 280; Price: Rs 650 For millions of people displaced around the world, Home is where the heart is. Each one of them has a story to tell. The stories of injustice, persecution, war and killings in their homelands, to stories of determination, resilience, hope and survival during migration -- and the...

1 day ago
Festival of South Asian documentaries comes to Delhi

New Delhi, July 21 (IANS) Documentary films about people from Afghanistan, Myanmar, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka will be screened as part of a movie festival here next month. Documentary Bears Witness: Travelling Film South Asia 2018, a festival of South Asian documentaries, will be held from August 1-4. A total of 12 non-fiction films from South Asia produced in the last...

2 days ago
India-first 'two-wheeler mode' in Google Maps expands to Asia

New Delhi, July 20 (IANS) The two-wheeler mode in Google Maps that first arrived in India last December has been extended to Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. To be first available for Android users, the motorcycle-specific navigation will help bikers find the most suitable routes in these countries, The Verge reported late...

3 days ago
Myanmar joins International Solar Alliance

New Delhi, July 19 (IANS) Myanmar on Thursday joined the India-initiated International Solar Alliance (ISA), becoming the 68th member of the grouping that is aiming at optimum utilisation of solar energy. Myanmar Minister for International Cooperation Kyaw Tin handed over the ISA Framework Agreement to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj during a bilateral meeting here on the margins...

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India, Singapore discuss strengthening bilateral ties

New Delhi, July 19 (IANS) India and Singapore on Thursday discussed ways to strengthen bilateral ties during a meeting between External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and her Singaporean counterpartVivian Balakrishnan here. Strengthening bilateral cooperation was the focus of discussion, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted following the meeting that was held on t...

3 days ago
India calls for rules-based order in Indo-Pacific

New Delhi, July 19 (IANS) India on Thursday called for a rules-based order in the Indo-Pacific region that should allow use of common spaces on sea and in the air. The Indo-Pacific must be a free, open and an inclusive region, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said in her keynote address at the ministerial session of this year's Delhi Dialogue, the premier annual track 1.5 event to...

3 days ago
Rohingya rights violations continue in Myanmar: UN

Dhaka, July 19 (IANS) The UN Human Rights Council said on Thursday that the continuing influx of Rohingya refugees in neighbouring Bangladesh showed their human rights were still being violated in Myanmar. The council said that the refugees, numbering around 722,000 since the exodus began in August 2017, fled due to an overall menacing environment in Myanmar, which forced them to leave t...

3 days ago
Facebook to remove posts that spur violence

San Francisco, July 19 (IANS) Accused of helping to spur violence in countries like Myanmar, Sri Lanka and India, Facebook has said it will begin removing misinformation that leads to violence and physical harm. Currently, Facebook bans content that directly calls for violence but the new policy will cover fake news that has the potential to stir up physical harm, CNET reported late on W...

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India reaffirms commitment to promoting blue economy

New Delhi, July 18 (IANS) Ahead of this year's Delhi Dialogue, the premier annual track 1.5 event to discuss politico-security, economic and socio-cultural engagement between India and the Asean bloc, India on Wednesday reaffirmed it commitment to promote the blue economy. Asean (Association of Southeast Asian Nations)-India cooperation in the field of blue economy has tremendous scope, ...

4 days ago
Junior Badminton Asiad: Indian girls shine on opening day

Jakarta, July 18 (IANS) Junior shuttlers drew mixed response for India on the opening day of the Asia Junior Badminton Championships here on Wednesday. In the men's singles affair, Kiran George, 16th seeded, survived narrowly in the first game before hammering his Malaysian opponent Chong King Lingin in the second game to register a 24-22, 21-16 victory. However, in another men's...

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2 Myanmar domestic airlines stop operations

Yangon, July 18 (IANS) Two of Myanmar's domestic airlines -- Air Bagan and Apex Airlines -- have stopped their operations, surrendering their air operator's certificates (AOC) to the authorities, the national media reported on Wednesday. Shortage of aircraft and economic losses forced the airlines to stop their operations, Xinhua news agency quoting a 7Day Daily report. In accord...

4 days ago
Minor tremors felt in Myanmar

Yangon, July 18 (IANS) An earthquake, measuring 4.3 on the Richter scale, was felt in Myanmar's Sagaing region on Wednesday, a Meteorology and Hydrology Department release said. No damages have been reported so far. The earthquake, whose epicentre was 8 kms northwest of Yinmabin town, hit at 8.35 a.m. local time (2.05 GMT), Xinhua news agency quoted the release as saying. --IANS<...

5 days ago
Speed up immunisation to cover 5mn kids: WHO

New Delhi, July 17 (IANS) Lauding the immunisation efforts being made by countries including India's Mission Indradhanush, the World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday called for accelerating efforts to reach the nearly five million unvaccinated children in south-east Asia. It is critical to identify who are missing vaccination and reach them with lifesaving vaccines. Equity and improv...

6 days ago
4th BIMSTEC Summit in Kathmandu from August 30

Kathmandu, July 16 (IANS) The 4th BIMSTEC Summit will be held here on August 30 and 31, Nepal's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Monday. We have started preparations to ensue the success of the summit, Nepal's Foreign Minister Pradeep Gyawali told reporters here. Nepal is the current Chair of the BIMSTEC. It is an important regional gathering in Kathmandu after the pr...

6 days ago
Myanmar's peace conference with ethnic rebels ends

Bangkok, July 16 (IANS) The third peace conference between Myanmar's government and ethnic minority rebel groups ended on Monday in Naypyidaw with the approval of 14 agreements and plans to meet again this year and twice more in 2019, state broadcaster MITV reported. Around 700 people were present at the conference, which began on July 17 and was attended by 17 of the 21 active ethnic re...

8 days ago
10 killed in Myanmar landslide

Yangon, July 14 (IANS) At least 10 people were killed in a massive landslide in Myanmar's Kachin state on Saturday. The pit wall of an old jade mine site collapsed and some workers were buried by mud near San-Khar village and Lone-Khin village in the region, an official from Lone-Khine local police department told Xinhua news agency. Over 10 bodies were found and 20 people were b...

8 days ago
India unveils world's largest visa centre in Bangladesh, discusses 'mutual concerns'

Dhaka, July 14 (IANS) Visiting Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday inaugurated here the world's largest state-of-the-art visa centre, equipped with a range of modern facilities and, promising shorter waiting times for applicants, and also discussed a range of bilateral and regional issues of mutual concerns, including menace of terrorism, with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Ina...

9 days ago
Gold worth Rs 3.32 crore seized from Siliguri, four arrested

Siliguri, July 13 (IANS) The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) sleuths have seized around 10.5 kg of gold bearing foreign inscriptions and valued at Rs 3.32 crore and arrested four persons from a hotel in this northern West Bengal town, the agency said on Friday. Based on intelligence inputs, the DRI officers raided the hotel opposite the Central Bus Terminus under Pradhannagar p...

10 days ago
Bangladesh, Malaysia to sign MoU on defence training

Dhaka, July 12 (IANS) Bangladesh and Malaysia are preparing to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on defence training and technical cooperation. The announcement was made after a meeting of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and visiting Malaysian Defence Minister Mohamad bin Sabu at the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) in Dhaka on Thursday, the state-run news agency BSS reported. H...

10 days ago
Thai cave to be turned into museum

Bangkok, July 12 (IANS) A cave complex in northern Thailand where 12 boys and their football coach were trapped for more than two weeks is set to be turned into a museum, a media report said on Thursday. Rescue officials said the museum would showcase how the operation unfolded in the Tham Luang cave, adding that it would be a major attraction for Thailand, reports the BBC. At le...

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