The FARM Northeast programme was implemented in 2016 in Gorajan, a village in Assam. Volunteers help parents teach their children to respect the environment. Mousumi, 11, takes care of her lychee plant and can’t wait to see it bear fruit.
Muhammad Bilal Khan was lured into a trap and left dying in a bush. He had become famous for criticising the Sunni-Shia divide and the failure to resolve the disappearances of activists. Many Pakistanis demands justice.
More and more soldiers disapprove of the pluralist philosophy of Indonesia’s founding fathers. For the country’s Defence Minister, "It won’t be too much of a problem today, but [it might be] in the next 20-30 years.” Meanwhile, 23.4 per cent of university students back jihad to establish an Islamic state.
On the eve of his trip, the Chinese president pens an article published by a North Korean paper. In it, he says China is ready to play a greater role in negotiations relating to Korean Peninsula issues. For some analysts, he wants to exert influence on the nuclear issue as leverage in trade negotiations with the US.
A report commissioned by the general secretary highlights such failures. The United Nations system has been unable to work effectively with Myanmar to prevent abuse. The country’s refugee camps host about 128,000 Rohingya and Kaman Muslim IDPs; 720,000 have fled to Bangladesh.
The authorities have approved a rule on "public decency" that targets "indecorous" clothing and graffiti. Uncertainty about entry into force. According to critics, it lends itself to arbitrary interpretations and applications that favor repression. Controversy and protests on social media.
The UNHCR today released its annual report on the eve of World Refugee Day. It lists 41.3 million internally displaced people (IDPs), 25.9 million refugees, and 3.5 million asylum seekers. Developing nations, not the rich states in the West, bear the brunt of migration. Syria has the largest number of internally displaced people.
In a joint statement, the apostolic administrator of the diocese and the president of the (protestant) Christian council, Eric So, demand an independent inquiry into the clashes between police and protesters, where the police would have used tear gas, sticks, bullets rubber against helpless people.
At the general audience, Pope Francis explains the event of Pentecost, "God’s eruption" like "wind" and "fire". The word of the apostles, inflamed by the Spirit, speaks the "language of truth and love, which is the universal language: even the illiterate can understand it". "The Holy Spirit is the maker of communion, it is the craftsman of reconciliation". He helps the Church "to go beyond human limits, sins and scandal". Greetings to Asian groups and to the Young Messengers of Peace of Hiroshima and Nagasaki (Japan).
The next three-way meeting (Moscow, Tehran and Ankara) scheduled for July will focus on the refugee issue. Analysts and experts speak of diplomatic success for tLebanon, among the most exposed to emergencies. The presence of Beirut is "a priority" in the management of the refugee issue.
The Niigata prefecture government says the quake took place at 22.22 yesterday. The victims are resident in the prefectures of Miyagi, Yamagata, Niigata and Ishikawa. The administration issued a tsunami warning, lifted around midnight. After the quake, 9,232 houses remained without electricity. Shinkansen high-speed train stops.