Asia

The model Lee engineered needs innovation

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I failed to impress Lee Kuan Yew when we met for the first time a decade ago. It was in December 2004 in Bangkok and he was giving a speech arguing that rumors of America’s decline were premature. William Pesek * – Bloomberg – The Japan Times  “America,” he declared, was “the most dynamic economy in the world” and would be ... Read More »

Interpol takes Ukrainian MP Kniazhytskiy off wanted list

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UT – Mykola Kniazhytskiy was wanted by Interpol because of the alleged rape committed in 2011 in Cambodia UNIAN: The Central Bureau of Interpol has removed Ukrainian MP Mykola Kniazhytskiy from its wanted list until all of the circumstances that led to an appeal from Cambodia to find the Ukrainian politician are established, Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said at a briefing ... Read More »

Digital India Dialogue to map shift from analogue

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As the Smart City programme moves on to become a national project, India’s leading thinkers on the subject will gather today to figure out the opportunities and the lessons needed to make it come alive. The Financial Express - By: Express News Service | New Delhi Amitabh Kant, secretary, department of industrial development, noted that the economy was the cusp of ... Read More »

Obama agrees to slow U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan

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President Obama on Tuesday met with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and agreed to keep about 9,800 troops in the country through the end of this year, slowing the planned American drawdown. The Washington Post – By David Nakamura and Greg Jaffe * But Obama said that he would stick to the current plan to close the remaining U.S. bases and consolidate U.S. ... Read More »

Tokyo’s plans to build new US base possibly scuppered

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TOKYO – The local government in Japan’s southernmost prefecture of Okinawa on Monday instructed the Defense Ministry to suspend its underwater reclamation operations for the planned construction of a new US military base in a coastal region of the island. Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga said that if the regional defense bureau refuses to halt its drilling operations off the coast ... Read More »

China Declares War on Pollution

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Pollution may now be so bad that Chinese leaders are forced to confront it. The National Interest - Allen R. Carlson The air in China is so bad that it is impossible to ignore. It is the first thing one notices upon landing in most Chinese cities when arriving from abroad.  It determines whether or not people are willing to go ... Read More »

Henry A. Kissinger: The world will miss Lee Kuan Yew

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Lee Kuan Yew was a great man. And he was a close personal friend, a fact that I consider one of the great blessings of my life. A world needing to distill order from incipient chaos will miss his leadership. The Washington Post - By Henry A. Kissinger * * Henry A. Kissinger was secretary of state from 1973 to 1977. ... Read More »

Coast Guard’s patrol team gets more teeth

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PANAJI: Close on the heels of the successful launch of its first offshore patrol vessel, state-based Goa Shipyard Limited launched the second of the series of six OPVs, designed in-house and built for the Indian Coast Guard on Saturday. The Ecomomic Times - The 105-metre new generation OPV was launched in presence of Additional Director General of Coast Guard Rajendra ... Read More »

Territorial waters: Pakistan’s sea grows by 50,000 sq kms

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s exclusive economic zone has grown by 150 nautical miles, adding around 50,000 square kilometres of international waters to its territory. The Express Tribune – By Our Correspondent A United Nations commission has accepted Pakistan’s claim for extension of its continental shelf limits from 200 nautical miles to 350 nautical miles, according to a statement issued by the Pakistan Navy on ... Read More »