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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.

Cleaning up the plastic making process

SINGAPORE (The Straits Times/ANN) - A team from the National University of Singapore has come up with a non-pollutive way to make ethylene needed for plastics.

They are immensely useful but plastics are also polluting the earth. Hundreds of millions of tonnes of carbon dioxide are released during their global production.

Don’t come uninvited, Duterte’s spox tells UN special rapporteur

MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) – “Now, my advice: Don’t come to the Philippines when uninvited,” Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said, addressing UN Special Rapporteur Agnes Callamard.

Don’t come to the Philippines unless you’re invited.

Making water work

KATHMANDU (The Kaathmandu Post/ ANN) - Nepal has to create a proper, data-driven framework for effective water resource management

Youth unemployment rate reaches 13.2% in Bhutan

THIMPHU (Kuensel/ANN) - Overall unemployment rate decreases to 2.1 per cent according to the draft Labour Force Survey Report 2016.

Brexit making UK more attractive to Chinese companies

Dozens of Chinese companies believe the United Kingdom's impending departure from the European Union will lead to more investment opportunities, according to a new survey.

The Ipsos Mori poll assesses the attractiveness of Europe and the UK as investment destinations. The majority of Chinese respondents said they were more likely to make future investments in the UK because of Brexit.