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    30/09/2016 - BANGLADESH

    Between 2014 and 2015, money transfers grew by 53 per cent. Mobile phones have become the easiest way to send money to distant families. This type of transactions began five years ago. Today more than 30 million people (out of more than 150 million) have a mobile account.

    by Sumon Corraya

    29/09/2016 - INDIA

    India opts for first come, first served basis for 50 hard-to-place children

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    Would-be adoptive couples received a message asking them to “reserve” children online. The scheme is designed to help placement of disabled or older children whom no one wants. For the president of the Family Commission of the Bishops' Conference, “This is a pure commodification of babies”.

    29/09/2016 - THAILAND

    As Thailand’s economy sputters, anger against immigrants grows

    Police arrested hundreds of illegal workers this month. They face up to five years in prison, fines or deportation. "They should be doing the jobs that Thais don't want to do like work as house cleaners,” immigration police chief says. Thailand’s economy is expected to grow 3 per cent this year, a far cry from the 7 per cent of the 1990s. At least 3 million foreign workers are in the country.

    28/09/2016 - INDIA - PAKISTAN

    Modi boycotts SAARC summit in Islamabad, the Indian Church: "Peace Now"

    After the announcement of the Indian prime minister, also Bangladesh, Bhutan and Afghanistan have decided not to participate. The 19th conference on regional cooperation was to be held in November, but postponement likely. Tension between Delhi and Islamabad, after weeks of mutual weeks accusations.


    28/09/2016 - SAUDI ARABIA - OPEC

    OPEC gives green light to production cut. Market prices for crude oil rise

    The new limit is set between 32.5 and 33 million barrels a day. A decrease of 700 thousand barrels per day. Iranian Oil Minister: "Exceptional" decision. The price of Brent increases by 6% per share touching $ 49 a barrel. Riyadh cuts public sector wages.


    28/09/2016 - GEORGIA - CHINA

    Free trade between Georgia and China will change Central Asian axis

    by Giorgi Menabde

    The two governments signed an agreement in record time that virtually eliminates duties and import and export tariffs and are preparing, again in record time, to enact it. Big benefits for the small Georgian export market, especially for the wine makers, and little risk of "invasion" by Chinese goods. Beijing’s aim is to garner Georgian support and block Russian access to routes of New Silk Road. Courtesy of the Jamestown Foundation.


    27/09/2016 - CHINA

    Guangzhou: three trade unionists sentenced for causing social problems

    by John Ai

    The sentence includes jail time and probation. The accused were members of an NGO working on behalf of workers’ rights. They were charged with causing damage with strikes and negotiations with companies. All three pleaded guilty and decided not to appeal. The leader, Zeng Feiyang, was accused of receiving foreign funds to harm the Chinese government.

    27/09/2016 - SRI LANKA

    Body of the journalist killed for criticizing government to be exhumed

    Lasantha Wickrematunge was killed in 2009 in broad daylight on his way to work. He had been a stalwart critic of the corruption of the government led by President Rajapaksa, human rights violations and the war against the Tamil Tigers. His tomb is guarded, to prevent retaliation of his killers who are still at large.


    26/09/2016 - ASIA – UNITED STATES

    US presidential election is an "unavoidable challenge" for East Asia

    Beijing, Seoul and Tokyo will follow very carefully the first US presidential debate. Clinton and Trump have different positions that find different echoes in various Asian countries. Given trade ties, the US-China relationship is not questioned, but how that might evolve raises questions. Islam and Islamic terrorism remain an unknown factor.

    26/09/2016 - INDIA

    Ranchi, 3 thousand activists against hunger in India

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    From September 23 to 25 a national assembly of the Right to Food campaign. 3 thousand children die every day of hunger in India; 15.2% of the population is malnourished; 194.6 million do not have enough food. Indian Jesuit: "Continue the training of activists”. Participants include  "Asian Nobel" Bezwada Wilson.

    26/09/2016 - INDIA

    India ratifies the Paris climate agreement: Modi seeks space among global powers

    The premier also announced the date, scheduled for October 2, the day Mahatma Gandhi was born. India is among the countries that emit the most greenhouse gases in the world. The agreement will enter into force upon ratification by 55 countries representing at least 55% of the emissions.

    24/09/2016 - SRI LANKA

    Colombo students’ practical advice to protect the environment by eliminating plastic bags

    by Melani Manel Perera

    About 2,000 women and girls took part in a six-kilometre march to back Pope Francis’s Laudato si’ encyclical, which speaks about social justice. Sri Lanka is among the five countries that pollute oceans the most. Developing best practices in school can be passed on in the family.

    23/09/2016 - CUBA – JAPAN

    Shinzo Abe in Cuba to open new markets and stop Pyongyang’s nuclear plans

    This is the first state visit to Havana by a Japanese head of government. Medical aid, debt relief, and investments dominate talks. In return, Castro will use his good offices to curb North Korea, Cuba’s old ally. China’s Li Keqiang will follow Abe, a sign that East Asia is increasingly interested in the Caribbean.

    23/09/2016 - ASIANEWS SYMPOSIUM

    Mother Teresa, Mercy for Asia and for the world (VIDEO)

    We publish the video recordings of the presentations made at the international symposium organised by AsiaNews on 2 September. In order of appearance: Fr Ferruccio Brambillasca, PIME Superior General; Card Fernando Filoni, Prefect of the Congregation of Propaganda Fide; Sr Mary Prema, Superior General of the Missionaries of Charity; Father Brian Kolodiejchuk, postulator of the Cause of Mother Teresa; Card Oswald Gracias, archbishop of Mumbai; Fr John A. Worthley, on the influence of Mother Teresa in China; a witness to the influence of Mother Teresa in the Islamic world; and Mgr Paul Hinder, Apostolic Vicar of Southern Arabia.

    22/09/2016 - HONG KONG

    Eddie Chu attacks town planning, says Hong Kong should stand with the weak

    The youngest lawmaker elected to Hong Kong’s Legislative Council has not yet been sworn in, but he has already said that he will stand with the poor, not with the lobbies for the rich. The bone of contention is the Wang Chau housing project, which would come at the expense of three villages. He warns Hong Kongers not to be distracted by the chief executive’s “tears”.

    22/09/2016 - CHINA

    Party slams "stronghold of the one-child law": Procreate now

    For decades Yichang in the central Hubei province was praised for its strict observance of the "one child policy". Today the communist authorities are retracting everything and calling on young comrades to "work on themselves" to have at least a second child. The elderly comrades must "guide them on the socialist road of education of young people".


    22/09/2016 - BANGLADESH

    Crowded ferry overturns in Barisal: at least 17 victims

    by Sumon Corraya

    21/09/2016 - NEPAL

    Maoists place bombs in ten private schools in Kathmandu, two arrested

    by Christopher Sharma

    Those responsible are part of a Communist cell led by a fugitive Maoist leader. For some time, the group has extorted money from private schools. The bombs were placed against those who refuse to pay. Now parents do not want to send their children to school.

    20/09/2016 - CHINA

    Henan, loans for over € 60 billion as bad debts grow

    by Wang Zhicheng

    Provincial authorities want aid for new avenues of growth. The credit-to-GDP gap is three times higher than the danger line, which is 10 per cent. The reading is higher than the levels in East Asia before the 1997 Asia Financial Crisis or in the United States before the outbreak of the 2008 financial crisis. For the International Monetary Fund, at least $ 1.3 billion of loans are at risk of default. At the end of 2015, China's total debt was equal to 249 per cent of the GDP.

    19/09/2016 - NEPAL

    Nepal: population is still divided on first anniversary of Constitution

    by Christopher Sharma

    The new Prime Minister Prachanda has invited everyone to celebrate the event. The parties of the madhese minority have instead launched a "Black Day", a counter-celebration in which they are ready to burn the fundamental text. The Nepalese prime minister in India to mend relations after the embargo. Foreign Minister: "We will no longer be influenced by Indian pressure."

    17/09/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: Nuncios are "three way" missionaries

    Francis celebrates Mass in Santa Marta in the presence of the papal representatives from around the world, in Rome for the Jubilee. Their’s "is a vagabond’s life , constantly on the move. But you must remember three ways of going out: physically, culturally and spiritually. Never forget this ."

    17/09/2016 - NEPAL - INDIA

    Buddhist nuns pedal for 4 thousand kilometers against human trafficking

    The sisters belong to the Drukpa order and are experts in martial arts. This is why they are called "Kung Fu nuns". They crossed the Himalayas cycling and arrived in India. After the earthquake of 2015, the exploitation of women and children has increased. On their journey the nuns distributed food and medical care. 

    17/09/2016 - INDIA

    Msgr. Menamparampil: Dialogue always possible, even with Maoists

    A US research reports 791 attacks in India in 2015. 43% by the Naxalite insurgency, associated with the Maoists: they are fourth in the world rankings for violence. The other major terrorist groups are the Islamic State (931), Boko Haram (491) and the Taliban (1093). The apostolic administrator of Jowai speaks of  rebels motivations and the path to overcoming the difficulties.

    17/09/2016 - IRAN - CHINA - RUSSIA

    Tehran signs billion dollar energy agreements with China and Russia

    The Iranian Oil Ministry and the Chinese giant Sinopec will collaborate in the modernization of the Abadan refinery to the tune of 1.2 billion dollars. Together with Moscow two nuclear power plants planned for the Persian Gulf coast. Experts speak of great long term economic and environmental benefits from projects.

    16/09/2016 - INDIA

    Goa, Christians against tourism plan that "destroys people and resources"

    The local government has approved the "Goa Tourism Master Plan and Policy 2016". It will beach resorts for daytime leisure and nighttime entertainment for holidaymakers. "The plan only considers the promotion of trade and profits." Unbridled tourism has already caused river pollution, poisoning fish. "The casino culture has destroyed families".


    15/09/2016 - ISRAEL – UNITED STATES

    Israel gets “the single largest pledge of bilateral military assistance in US history”

    by Joshua Lapide

    Netanyahu had asked for US$ 4.5 billion a year, he got 38 over ten in a single package without any further requests that must be spent on US weapons. Hillary Clinton praises the deal. Meanwhile, illegal Israeli settlement activity can continue.

    15/09/2016 - UNITED STATES – MYANMAR

    Obama ready to lift sanctions from Myanmar

    Yesterday the US president held talks with Aung San Suu Kyi in the Oval Office. He praised Myanmar’s “remarkable social and political transformation”. He also called for its reinstatement to the generalised system of preferences (GSP). Republican senator is “appalled by her [Suu Kyi’s] dismissive reaction to concerns I raised this morning about the problem of human trafficking”.

    13/09/2016 - PAKISTAN

    Lahore: for 20 years, a Catholic driver takes pilgrims to the national Marian shrine for free (Video)

    by Kamran Chaudhry

    Arif Sadiq began carrying passengers as a vow to the Virgin Mary. At that time, he could not have children; now he has five. This year he drove 60 Christians from a settlement near Lahore. During the trip, passengers sang for the Virgin. At the shrine, they prayed, gave offerings, and attended the final Mass.

    12/09/2016 - KOREA

    Floods and sanctions crush Pyongyang

    Five days of rain kill 133 people in North Korea, with hundreds of thousands displaced. South Korea announces plan to destroy the north’s capital in case of attack. Japan warns that it will not stand idle by and watch Kim’s follies. For its part, North Koera wants the US to recognise its nuclear status. Source tells AsiaNews “they are running out of basic foodstuff, and there is a risk of famine again.”

    12/09/2016 - BANGLADESH

    Dhaka, Death toll from factory explosion rises to 31

    by Sumon Corraya

    At the time of the explosion, more than 100 people were in the structure. At least 10 are still missing. Tampaco Foils packaged goods. Reported eight people, including the owner reported to police.


    11/09/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: God has open arms, treats sinners with tenderness and compassion

    Before the Angelus, Francis commented the "Chapter of mercy", the 15th in Luke's Gospel, which presents us with parables with which Christ responds to the whispers of the scribes and the Pharisees: the lost sheep, the coin, and the prodigal son. There is no sin in which we have fallen, the pope said, " from which, by the grace of God, we cannot rise again; there is no individual beyond redemption because God never ceases to want our good, even when we sin!” After the Marian prayer, he dedicates a prayer for Gabon and speaks about the beatification of Ladislaus Bukowinski, in Kazakhstan.

    Editor's choices

    Mother Teresa, Mercy for Asia and for the world (VIDEO)

    We publish the video recordings of the presentations made at the international symposium organised by AsiaNews on 2 September. In order of appearance: Fr Ferruccio Brambillasca, PIME Superior General; Card Fernando Filoni, Prefect of the Congregation of Propaganda Fide; Sr Mary Prema, Superior General of the Missionaries of Charity; Father Brian Kolodiejchuk, postulator of the Cause of Mother Teresa; Card Oswald Gracias, archbishop of Mumbai; Fr John A. Worthley, on the influence of Mother Teresa in China; a witness to the influence of Mother Teresa in the Islamic world; and Mgr Paul Hinder, Apostolic Vicar of Southern Arabia.

    Beijing issues new, harsh draft regulations on religious activities

    Bernardo Cervellera

    Fines of up to 200 thousand yuan (27 thousand euro) for "illegal religious activities" by Catholic or other members of underground communities. "Illegal activities" include "dependence from abroad" (such as the relationship with the Vatican). The regulations preach non-discrimination, but party members are forbidden to practice their religion, even in private. Strict control of buildings, statues, crosses. Clampdown on the internet. It could be the end of the underground community.


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