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Private investment to help India reduce 35 pc greenhouse gas emissions


India is on track to meet its climate targets, including reducing the greenhouse gas emissions by up to 35 per cent by 2030, by channelling trillions of dollars in private investments through a combination of policy reforms and innovative business models, a report said on Thursday.

No terror threats in Metro Manila ahead of Asean Summit

MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - Two weeks ahead of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Summit to be held in Manila, the Philippine police have not detected any terror threats.

FEATURE: China to focus on sustainable growth, not GDP targets

BEIJING (The Straits Times/ANN) - The move will allow China to focus on high-quality growth over the long term.

China's growth will no longer be a numbers game, a top economic policymaker has declared, signalling Beijing's intention to move away from annual growth targets.

'Terrorists' arrested in waters off Changi in multi-agency maritime security exercise

SINGAPORE (The Straits Times/ANN) - A variety of maritime terrorism scenarios were tested during this eight-day exercise, to test the readiness of agencies to respond to such threats. 

"Terrorists" in speedboats, suspected of smuggling arms, were intercepted in Singapore waters off Changi Coast Road, but not before one of them "escaped" to the eastern coast.

EDITORIAL: The world shares our loss

BANGKOK (The Nation/ANN) - Royalty and heads of state from around the globe gathered in Bangkok this week to bear witness to King Bhumibol’s generous warmth and deep wisdom.

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”.