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Netaji and my grandfather: The untold story

  By Aneesha Madan and published by The Times of India DARSHAN Singh Bajaj was sent to Bangkok at the young age of 14 years to avoid the bubonic plague in Punjab. After the day’s work, he took to staging plays which were pieces from the great Indian epics of Ramayana and Mahabharata. After the

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Indonesia parliament passes bill on new capital, paving the way for construction to begin

By Channel NewsAsia Jakarta – The Indonesian parliament passed a bill on the country’s planned new capital in eastern Kalimantan today (Jan. 18). This means that the construction of the new capital can soon begin, ahead of the planned relocation from the current capital of Jakarta starting 2024. Speaking in parliament, House of Representatives Speaker

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Tonga volcano causes ‘significant’ damage but no deaths: Ardern

By AFP, Reuters and Xinhua, published by The Straits Times  Wellington – Tonga’s capital Nuku’alofa suffered “significant” damage in the powerful volcanic eruption which triggered a tsunami but there had been no reports of injury or death, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said today (Jan. 16). “The tsunami has had a significant impact on

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UN envoy urges ‘inclusive’ Asean approach to Myanmar crisis

  By Reuters staff, published by Channel NewsAsia A UNITED NATIONS special envoy has urged Southeast Asian countries to support international efforts to engage all sides in the crisis in army-ruled Myanmar, days after a top regional leader travelled there to meet its junta chief. Noeleen Heyzer, the secretary-general’s special envoy on Myanmar, held virtual

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Cambodia shelves first Asean meeting over attendance ‘difficulties’

  By Reuters and published by The Straits Times Phnom Penh – Cambodia said today (Jan. 12) it had postponed a meeting of foreign ministers of Asean scheduled for next week, because some ministers had expressed “difficulties” in attending. The meeting was the first under Cambodia’s chairmanship of the 10-member bloc, which comes amid divisions

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‘Old man out!’: Anger in Kazakhstan focuses on ex-leader

By AFP and published by Channel NewsAsia Almaty – As protesters armed with sticks and discarded police shields prepared to storm the mayor’s office in Kazakhstan’s largest city Almaty, they marched to chants of “Old man out!” They were not referring to President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, 68, but Nursultan Nazarbayev, the octogenarian who after more than

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Thousands of flights cancelled globally as Omicron mars holiday weekend

  By Reuters staff, published by Cyprus Mail COMMERCIAL airlines around the world cancelled more than 4,500 flights over the Christmas weekend, as a mounting wave of Covid-19 infections driven by the Omicron variant created greater uncertainty and misery for holiday travellers. Airline carriers globally scrapped at least 2,401 flights on Friday, which fell on

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Myanmar shadow government approves use of stablecoin Tether

By Times of India Hong Kong – Myanmar’s shadow government said it would allow the use of the world’s largest stablecoin, Tether, as an official currency, potentially making it easier for it to raise funds and make payments. The National Unity Government (NUG), which comprises pro-democracy groups and remnants of Myanmar’s civilian administration that was

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Suu Kyi sentence reduced to two years from four – Myanmar state TV

  By Reuters staff, published by Swissinfo.ch and Channel NewsAsia MYANMAR’S deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi has had her sentence reduced from four years to two years after a partial pardon by the head of the military-appointed government, the country’s state television reported today (Dec. 6). Earlier on Monday, a court in Myanmar found

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