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Bank Indonesia to ban Bitcoin transactions next year


Bank Indonesia plans to issue a regulation prohibiting transactions using Bitcoin, a digital currency created in 2009 by an unknown person or group under the alias Satoshi Nakamoto.

The regulation would take effect starting next year, an official has said.

Blinkers in the Holy Land following Trump's speech on recognising Jerusalem


TEL AVIV - In their reaction to the speech of US President Donald Trump recognising Jerusalem as Israel's capital, Israelis and Palestinians stuck to their respective narratives.

One side interpreted it as unfettered support, while the other lamented it and uttered threats. Both are in for a surprise once they appraise the full content of a carefully crafted presidential speech.

Restaurant prepares to welcome PM after winning Michelin


THE ONLY Thai street-food eatery to have won a Michelin Star, Jay Fai, will soon have an opportunity to cook up some dishes for Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha.

“The Michelin Guide team will arrange the occasion,” Jay Fai owner and chef Supinya Junsuta said yesterday, one day after she picked up the Michelin-star certification.

Surin Pitsuwan remembered

Bangkok (Asia News Desk) - We are told as journalists that when writing obituaries and remembrances to avoid hagiographic pros or being too outwardly effusive in order to avoid misrepresenting our subject with rose-tinted retrospectives.

Nepal: Tiger census kicks off from Parsa

KATHMANDU (The Kathmandu Post/ANN) - A nationwide tiger census kicked off from the Parsa National Park (PNP) in Nepal on Thursday.

As per the its commitment to the Global Tiger Recovery Plan, which was endorsed during 2010 St Petersburg Declaration on Tiger Conservation, Nepal is working to double its tiger population up to 250 or more by 2022. 

IRRI and BASF team up to promote direct-seeded rice in Asia

LOS BAÑOS, Philippines and SINGAPORE – The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and BASF signed three agreements, paving the way for wider dissemination and adoption of direct-seeded rice (DSR) tools and technologies. Through this partnership, the two organizations will establish a multi-stakeholder DSR Consortium and further research on the use of non-genetically modified, herbicide-tolerant rice.

Flight of the Garuda


Indonesia’s tallest statue will be a gift to celebrate the nation’s Independence Day in 2018.

Haley: Trump demands China cut off oil supply to N. Korea after missile test


Crimes in India in 2016 increased 2.6 per cent: NCRB


Major crimes like rape, kidnappings and abduction, crime against women and crime against children increased across the country by 2.6 per cent in 2016 over the previous year, the National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB) said in its latest report on Thursday.

The annual publication of NCRB released by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said a total of 48,31,515 “congnizable” crimes were reported in 2016, showing an increase of 2.6 per cent, over the 47,10,676 cases reported in 2015.

Which Asian Country Contributes The Most To The United Nations?

(DataLEADS/ANN) - Asian countries contribute almost 25% of UN budget, with Japan being the highest contributor from the region, followed by China, Australia, South Korea and India.