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Kale to Yangon bus plummets over cliff

 

According to a rescue worker, a bus leaving Kale for Yangon had plummeted down a cliff side around 300ft deep.

Ko Bo Myint, part of Dhammaaytaman charity group, claimed that one man died on the spot when the bus, belonging to Shwe Mandalar group, went over the edge near Thatyetpin turn along Ponya mountain range path.

Govt aims to fund tourism with ¥1,000 ‘departure tax’

 

The government intends to impose a ¥1,000 “departure tax” on tourists and other travelers when they leave Japan to raise funds for tourism promotion, according to a draft plan.

The envisaged tax would be imposed not only on foreign nationals but also on Japanese citizens leaving the country, the plan says. It would be collected at such times as when travelers purchase a plane ticket.

South Korea: Pro-labour policies risk hurting productivity

SEOUL (The Kore Herald/ANN) - President Moon-Jae-in’s new economic policies of reducing working hours and increasing the minimum wage are creating public concern for Korea’s labour productivity may face greater challenges.

Mourners weep as beloved monarch returns to heaven

 

Silence fell over Sanam Luang when the time came for the Royal Cremation of His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej on Thursday night.

The respectful silence was only broken as the King’s loyal subjects occupying the area around Sanam Luang ceremonial grounds burst into tears as the beloved monarch finally departed for heaven.

His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn was scheduled to preside over the actual Cremation at 10pm.

Asean countries pledge support for ‘mini-Interpol’ to combat terrorism

JAKARTA (The Jakarta Post/ANN Desk) - Indonesian Defence Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu raised the idea at the annual Asean Defence Ministers Meeting in the Philippines, with ministers stressing the need to address the “threat of radicalism”.

Asean ministerial meeting on disaster management

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN (Borneo Bulletin/ANN) - According to a news release on the Asean website, the theme for the meetings was ‘Safe and Resilient Communities for a Resilient Asean’.

According to a news release on the Asean website, the theme for the meetings was ‘Safe and Resilient Communities for a Resilient Asean’.

FEATURE: Oscar predictions: Cambodia frontrunner in best foreign language film category

NEW DELHI (ANN Desk) - The race for the prestigious Academy Awards has begun. And given the attention that Angelina Jolie's maiden directorial venture is getting, there is a good chance Cambodia will take home the award in the best foreign language film category.

CAMBODIA

The Academy Awards, better known as the Oscars, is an annual awards show celebrating achievements in cinema across a number of categories from the past year.

FEATURE: South Asia at the Oscars: India sends 'Newton', Nepal 'White Sun'

NEW DELHI (ANN Desk) - In a two-part series we look at which movies made the cut for the Oscar nominations from Asia. First up, South Asia.

INDIA

“Newton”, a political satire revolving around a government clerk sent on election duty in a conflict-ridden area, is India’s official entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars 2018.

Directed by Amit V Masurkar and starring Rajkummar Rao, the Hindi film was chosen from among 26 titles from different languages by a 14-member jury appointed by the Film Federation of India.

Asean governments urged to give domestic workers full protection

MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - There are almost 10 million domestic workers in South-East Asia and the Pacific, more than two million of which are migrant domestic workers.

It is time for all Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) governments to value the rights of domestic workers, the International Labour Office (Ilo) urged on Monday.

Asean governments urged to give domestic workers full protection

MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - There are almost 10 million domestic workers in South-East Asia and the Pacific, more than two million of which are migrant domestic workers.

It is time for all Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) governments to value the rights of domestic workers, the International Labour Office (Ilo) urged on Monday.