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Japan, Thailand sign 7 deals to strengthen economic ties


Agreements focus on industry and eastern economic corridor development

THE THAI GOVERNMENT and its Japanese trade counterpart yesterday signed seven formal agreements covering industrial upgrades, investment in the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC), human development, and support for small and medium-sized enterprises.

The event took place at the symposium on “Thailand 4.0 towards Connected Industries” hosted by the Thai government.

On Seoul streets, hawks outnumber doves on North Korea

To South Koreans, North Korea has never been a foreign country. Despite the war six decades ago and occasional military conflicts with it thereafter, North Koreans were always “brethren” who share the same history, culture and language. Even at the height of inter-Korean tensions, there were always people in the South who sympathized with the sufferings of those across the border. 

House gives Commission on Human Rights P1,000 budget for 2018


The House of Representatives on Tuesday voted to give a P1,000 budget to the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) for 2018, a critical government agency that Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez had threatened leaving with a measly 2018 budget.

During the House budget plenary debates, at least 119 lawmakers voted to approve the P1,000 budget for the CHR.

Only 32 lawmakers voted against it.

FEATURE: Ancient Thinxoy stupa to be restored to attract tourists in Laos

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) - The Phathat Chedee Samakheetham Thinxoy stupa may not be as famous as the That Luang stupa in the heart of Vientiane but it was built almost 500 years old ago during the reign of Chao Xaysetthathirath, one of the greatest leaders in Lao history. 

The stupa is located within the Thinxoy temple complex at Pakngum village, part of Pakngum district in Vientiane. In the past, Pakgnum was known by the name Thinxoy.

Laos, Cambodia to set up border committee

VIENTIANE  (Vientiane Times/ANN) - Laos and Cambodia have reaffirmed their commitment to create a joint committee to solve a long-running border issue between the two countries. 

EDITORIAL: Continue the drive

NEW DELHI (The Statesman/ANN) - Made in India defence products have to be of standards required by forces.

Indonesia ready for arrival of pandas from China

BOGOR, Indonesia (The Jakarta Post/ANN) - The Safari Park will welcome the arrival of pandas from China.

US urges Myanmar to give access to Rakhine

The United States has expressed concern about the conflicts in Myanmar, urging authorities to allow humanitarian aid to Rakhine State, according to its September-7 announcement.

"The United States is deeply concerned about the troubling situation in Burma's (Myanmar’s) northern Rakhine State," State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert told reporters yesterday.

"We again condemn deadly attacks on Burmese security forces, but join the international community in calling on those forces to prevent further attacks on local populations," she added.

Hundreds pay tributes to slain journalist Gauri Lankesh in Bengaluru


Hundreds gathered at Ravindra Kalakshetra in the city on Wednesday to pay their tributes to journalist-activist Gauri Lankesh, who was shot dead on Tuesday night by three unidentified assailants at her residence here.

Pakistan must change its approach to terrorism, says US

WASHINGTON: While encouraging members of the BRICS alliance to continue playing a constructive role in stabilising the world, the United States reminded Pakistan on Wednesday that it “must change its approach” to terrorism.

At a recent meeting leaders of members of the alliance — Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa — called for an immediate end to violence in Afghanistan.