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19 Apr, 2015

In memorium: Thai tourism and aviation pioneer Chatrachai Bunya-ananta

One of Thailand’s most eminent aviation and tourism pioneers, Mr. Chatrachai Bunya-ananta, the first civilian to become President of Thai Airways International, passed away on April 18 at the age of 82. Ailing for several months with a blood infection, he had been in and out of hospital since December 2014. Mr. Chatrachai was one […]

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19 Apr, 2015

China flags another 11.7% budget cut for official travel, transport & receptions

By WANG XIAODONG

Beijing, (China Daily) 2015-04-18 - Government budgets for overseas travel, official vehicles and receptions will be reduced by 11.7 percent this year to promote frugality, the Ministry of Finance said on Friday. It said 6.31 billion yuan ($1.03 billion) has been allocated to cover expenses related to these three categories. The budget more…

18 Apr, 2015

China to blacklist badly-behaved tourists

Beijing (Xinhua) 2015-04-11 - China is starting to blacklist poorly-behaved tourists as it seeks to rescue the image of its citizens as holidaymakers. According to a regulation by the China National Tourism Administration (NTA) that entered effect this week, tourists will be blacklisted for offences including acting antisocially on public transport, more…

18 Apr, 2015

Asia to benefit from China’s planned Infrastructure Investment Bank

(Xinhua) 2015-04-04 HANOI -- The establishment of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) initiated by China is expected to bring many advantages to the region, said a Vietnamese expert. Tran Viet Thai, deputy director of the Institute for Foreign Policy and Strategic Studies, under Vietnam's Ministry of Foreign Affairs' Diplomatic Academy, more…

18 Apr, 2015

Majority of British Parliamentary Candidates Agree Israel’s Gaza Blockade Should Go

LONDON, April 16, 2015 (WAFA) – British Candidates standing for election to Parliament in May have shown their support for an immediate lifting of Israel’s blockade of Gaza in an email survey co-ordinated by Palestine Solidarity Campaign. In a press release, the Palestine Solidarity Campaign affirmed that more than 670 declared more…

18 Apr, 2015

Muslim sisters of New Zealand citizenship harassed at Brisbane airport

Christchurch City, New Zealand (IINA) 16 Apr 2015 - Two Christchurch Muslim sisters voiced their outrage after being treated as "a potential threat" at an Australian airport while they were on their way to see their father win a medical award, One News of New Zealand television network TVNZ, reported. Canterbury more…

18 Apr, 2015

Calls for wildlife and forest crime to be treated as serious crime

United Nations, (UN News Centre) 13 April 2015 - Poaching and illicit trafficking of wild fauna and flora have a significant impact on species and entire ecosystems, local communities and their livelihoods, national economies, and national and regional security. On 13 April 2015, UNODC and the Secretariat of the Convention on more…

18 Apr, 2015

India’s National Foundation for Communal Harmony promotes book “Suleiman Charitra”

New Delhi, Press Information Bureau, Ministry of Home Affairs, 09-April-2015 -- ‘Suleiman Charitra of Kalyana Malla,’ a book translated from Sanskrit by acclaimed writer and former diplomat Mr A.N.D. Haksar, was launched at a function here today in collaboration with the National Foundation for Communal Harmony (NFCH). The classic literature, more…

18 Apr, 2015

China going after escapee corrupt officials abroad

(China Daily) April 13, 2015 -- China's anti-corruption system is receiving "high-quality" tips from around the world and is ready to take further action to catch more former public officials who have escaped abroad with ill-gotten gains. A senior official from the CPC Central Commission for Discipline Inspection told China Daily more…

18 Apr, 2015

China to boost railway construction in central, western regions: premier

CHONGQING, April 11 (Xinhua) -- China will speed up railway construction in central and western regions to lend steam to economic growth, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang noted Saturday. Railway construction is crucial to steadying growth, economic restructuring and improving public welfare and China will continue to focus on developing major railway more…

18 Apr, 2015

Transparency Int’l report: Unregulated lobbying in Europe opens door to corruption

15 April 2015, Transparency International Secretariat media release - Transparency International said today that Europe urgently needs lobbying reform. A new report from the anti-corruption group found that of 19 European countries assessed, only 7 have some form of dedicated lobbying law or regulation, allowing for nearly unfettered influence of more…

18 Apr, 2015

Israeli spies learn Quran, Islamic teachings

Tehran, April 11, IRNA – Israeli security forces have disclosed the regime’s spies are taught the Quran and Islamic ideology, among other things, to help them infiltrate Arab and Muslim communities more easily. Jacob Bieri, a former official with the Israeli spy agency Shin Bet (or Shabak), says the agency’s recruits more…

18 Apr, 2015

Jewish Fanatic Settlers Storm al-Aqsa Mosque Yards, Assault Female Worshippers

JERUSALEM, April 12, 2015 (WAFA) – Israeli settlers, who stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque yards under Israeli police protection, assaulted on Saturday a number of Palestinian female worshippers, according to witnesses. Witnesses said that Palestinian worshippers were attacked by settlers after attempting to fend off the former’s attempts to tour the yards of more…

18 Apr, 2015

Kuwaitis the world’s fattest people

KUWAIT, April 12 (NNN-KUNA) -- Kuwait tops the world in terms of number of obese people, a health official said Saturday, and noted percentage of people being obese could reach 73. Assistant Undersecretary for Technical Affairs Dr. Qais Al-Duwairi warned against threats posed by heart and brain diseases, and artery blockage more…

18 Apr, 2015

Direct flight to link China’s Guangzhou with Nairobi

(Xinhua) NAIROBI, April 16 -- A direct air route between China's Guangzhou and the Kenyan capital Nairobi is set to begin operation in August, the China Southern Airlines said Wednesday. "African countries and China have established strong economic ties. The launch of a direct flight connecting Nairobi and Guangzhou will ease more…

18 Apr, 2015

New security alliance to counter match-fixing and manipulation of sports competitions

Doha, 15 April 2015 (UNODC PRESS RELEASE) - The International Centre for Sport Security (ICSS) has announced a new partnership with UNODC today to help strengthen cross-border investigations and prosecutions into match-fixing and the manipulation of sports competitions. Announced at a high level meeting at the 13th United Nations Crime Congress more…

18 Apr, 2015

Fighting terrorism by violating human rights will backfire — UN Human Rights experts

GENEVA (16 April 2015) – Human rights and freedoms should not be sacrificed for political convenience in the fight against terrorism, two United Nations human rights experts have said today. “It is only by strict adherence to international human rights standards that counter-terrorism strategies can ultimately succeed,” said Ben Emmerson, Special more…

18 Apr, 2015

Work-life balance now an important criteria for Chinese job-seekers

By SHI JING

Beijing, (China Daily) 2015-04-09 - Companies need to take personal concerns into account when advertising for staff, because job hunters in China now think a work-life balance is as important as a higher salary, according to a survey from human resources firm Hudson Global Inc. The Hiring Report 2015 said that more…

18 Apr, 2015

Israel to Turn Jerusalem Historical School into Synagogue

JERUSALEM, April 7, 2015 (WAFA) – Al-Aqsa Foundation for Endowment and Heritage has warned of Israeli bids advised by the so-called Temple Mount groups to officially turn the historical Tankaziya School, located within al-Aqsa Mosque compound, into a Jewish synagogue. The Israeli authorities turned the school into a synagogue for enlisted more…

18 Apr, 2015

Palestinian leader: Israel considers itself above the law

MOSCOW, April 14, 2015 (WAFA) – President Mahmoud Abbas Tuesday slammed Israel’s longstanding policy of deception, saying that it would no longer fool anybody. Speaking at the Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia, which conferred upon him honorary doctorate degree, Abbas stated that the world is still witnessing Israel’s aggression and racism more…

18 Apr, 2015

UN to hold high-level interfaith meeting to promote tolerance, counter extremism

UNITED NATIONS, April 16 (Xinhua) -- Top UN officials are scheduled to convene a high-level interfaith meeting next week in order to promote tolerance and fight violent extremism, UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric announced here Thursday. On April 21-22, President of the 69th session of the General Assembly Sam Kutesa, UN Secretary-General more…

18 Apr, 2015

Lessons of history must be learnt: Transcript of Chinese PM Li Keqiang’s Interview with FT Editor Lionel Barber

BEIJING, April 15 (Xinhuanet) -- On the afternoon of 31 March 2015, Premier Li Keqiang of the State Council gave an exclusive interview to Lionel Barber, Editor of the Financial Times, at the Great Hall of the People. The transcript is as follows: Li Keqiang: Good to see you again, Mr. more…

18 Apr, 2015

China: Upcoming Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank to operate in ‘transparent way’

By ZHENG YANGPENG

Beijing (China Daily) 2015-04-16 - Financial transparency, corporate governance and high standards in top management skills will be the cornerstones of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. Already 57 countries have joined the AIIB with South Korea, the United Kingdom, Australia, France, Germany and Italy all signing up as founding members. In keeping more…

16 Apr, 2015

Re-energised PATA Travel Mart 2015 now a far better deal than ITB Asia

Bangkok -- The 2015 PATA Travel Mart to be held in South Indian high-tech metropolis of Bengaluru between Sept 6-8 is set to offer far more value for money than the ITB Asia. A comparison of the rates of the two events shows that the Singapore-based ITB Asia 2015 has more more…

15 Apr, 2015

UN rights experts welcome Blackwater sentencing, urge greater accountability for private security

United Nations, (UN News Centre), 14 April 2015 – The outsourcing of national security to private firms creates risks for human rights and accountability, the United Nations working group on the use of mercenaries confirmed today as it welcomed the sentencing of four former Blackwater Worldwide personnel for the 2007 more…

15 Apr, 2015

China gets 40-year rights at Pakistani port

By Wang Ting

(chinadaily.com.cn) 2015-04-14 - China has been granted operation rights for 40 years at a port in Gwadar, a strategic deep-water seaport in Pakistan, Hong Kong-based Pheonix TV reported on Tuesday. Infrastructure construction is nearly complete and the port could be put into full use by the end of the year, Dostain more…

14 Apr, 2015

State trips cater for Xinjiang pilgrims heading to Mecca

By GAO BO

(China Daily) Updated: 2015-04-14  - Arrangements for Muslims in the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region who wish to take part in State-organized visits to Mecca for the annual hajj pilgrimage are being enhanced by the local authorities. Aisha Imish, a senior religious leader in Baicheng in the south of the region, participated more…

14 Apr, 2015

Global Post Offices Seek to Redefine Themselves in the Digital Era

United Nations, (UN News Centre) 13 April 2015 – In a message delivered today to delegates at the World Strategy Conference for the United Nations postal agency, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underlined the essential role to be played by postal services in global efforts to build a sustainable future. “As the world more…

14 Apr, 2015

Over 20,000 Expected at U.S. Convention to Combat Islamophobia

(NEW YORK, NY, April 13, 2015) (ICNA media release) – As part of an ongoing campaign, the Islamic Circle of North America will hold a public convention at the Baltimore Convention Center this weekend to combat Islamophobia and highlight the universal message of peace and love by the Prophet Muhammad more…

14 Apr, 2015

Human Rights Watch: Israeli settlements using and abusing Palestinian child labour

April 13, 2015, (Jerusalem) HRW media release – Israeli settlement farms in the West Bank are using Palestinian child labor to grow, harvest, and pack agricultural produce, much of it for export, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The farms pay the children low wages and subject more…

14 Apr, 2015

UN agency unveils new online tool to reduce risks to aircraft in conflict zones

United Nations, (UN News Centre) 13 April 2015 – The United Nations International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has launched a new website issuing warnings about risks to aircraft in conflict zones, which aims to serve as a single source for up-to-date assessments from States and relevant international organizations to reduce more…