11/28/2015INDIA Uttar Pradesh:Coca-cola needs to pack up and go According to 18 village councils in Mehdiganj plant is cause of water scarcity. The company draws from local sources water needed for production. Environmentalist: "Coca-Cola is not welcome. It portrays itself internationally as a responsible water user, while in India it consumes a vital resource". In a 2012 study the company denies the allegations. Lucknow (AsiaNews / Agencies) - The political authorities of 18 villages in the state of Uttar Pradesh have requested the closure of the local Coca-Cola plant, located in Mehdiganj, in the district of Varanasi. According to residents...
11/27/2015PAKISTAN Pro-environment march unites Christians, Muslims, Hindus and Sikhs in Lahore by Kamran Chaudhry About 300 people of all religions came together in Punjab’s capital in a march organised in cooperation with St Columban Missionaries. Religious leaders and ordinary citizens want world leaders, who will meet in Paris on 30 November, to reach "a just and binding agreement to limit carbon emissions that are changing the Earth's climate.” Muslim environmentalist complains that Pakistan has some of “the most polluted cities in the world” and is “doing nothing about it".
11/26/2015CHINA – SOUTH KOREA Phoney “cloning pioneer” plans a cloning animal factory Once a national hero in South Korea, scientific fraudster Hwang Woo-suk wants to work with China’s Chinese Yingke Boya Gene Technology Ltd to clone prime choice beef. Scepticism prevails among experts on both health and economic grounds.
11/26/2015INDIA Bihar to go dry next year Alcohol ban is Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s first decision since his re-election in early November. Alcohol abuse is rampant among the poor. Last year, the state earned US$ 600 in tax revenues from alcohol.
11/25/2015JAPAN From tsunami to winemaking, Fukushima starts over The Fukushima Ouse Winery began operations on 27 October some 70 kilometres from the area devastated by the 2011 tsunami. Local farmers will provide the grapes. For one farmer, it will “show people how Fukushima has recovered”.
11/24/2015ASIA-UN UN report: the United States, China and India, the countries most affected by climate disasters Data from UN study for reducing the risk of disasters. Between 1995 and 2015 there were 6,547 natural disasters; the greatest damage caused by floods, storms, heat waves and droughts; floods are frequent weather events; 606 thousand people have died and 4.1 billion others have been injured, made homeless or left living in need. UNICEF study indicates that there are 690 million children at risk, of which 530 million in Asia.
11/24/2015THAILAND Two suspects indicted for Bangkok bombing amid many doubts Yusufu Mieraili and Bilal Mohammad are the only persons to be charged for the attack that killed 20 people and wounded 100 last August. 10 charges are laid against the men including conspiracy and premeditated murder. The mastermind of the attack and 15 other suspects are still at large. Police declare the case already closed two months ago.
11/23/2015CHINA Beijing discovers 125 billion dollars in “grey capital” In April, the People's Bank began a crackdown on illegal money transfers abroad. In recent months, the illegal flow has increased, damaging the yuan, reducing the amount available for domestic lending and putting increased pressure on interest rates. To stem the tide, the authorities pledge to impose greater controls and restrict the channels by which money can leave the country.
11/22/2015VATICAN Pope: The logic of the Gospel is expressed in humility and selflessness For the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, the pope said, "The worldly logic rests on ambition and competition, and fights with the weapons of fear, blackmail and the manipulation of minds." Francis entrusts "the many Christians who are, unfortunately, still persecuted today" to the intercession of the new blessed proclaimed in Spain. He calls for a Hail Mary for his trip to Africa.
11/21/2015PAKISTAN Karachi: Caritas Pakistan helping Christian women’s entrepreneurship by Shafique Khokhar The Catholic charity held a one-day workshop in a poor Karachi neighbourhood to empower Catholic women, victims of gender and religious discrimination. This is a concrete way to "open the door" to the labour market and start "small-scale businesses".
11/20/2015THAILAND Bangkok: World Youth Summit tackles terrorism, immigration and the environment by Weena Kowitwanij One Young World Summit brought together 1,350 representatives from 195 countries, all between 18 and 30 years. Now in its sixth year, the conference was held for the first time in Asia. Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, and the Catholic priest candidate for the Nobel Peace in 2015 Fr. Mussie Zerai.
11/20/2015INDONESIA Central Java: Muslims and Catholics in "long march" to save environment by Mathias Hariyadi Hundreds of people walk three days to protest the exploitation of a mountainous area of Kendeng through the construction of cement factories. Religious leaders and intellectuals support the protest. The Court of Semarang has upheld people’s request and blocked permits for further construction.
11/20/2015PHILIPPINES - JAPAN - TAIWAN Manila, Tokyo and Taipei reinforce anti-Beijing axis in South China Sea Philippine President Aquino has advanced a formal request for aid of Japanese Navy patrol boats. In case of agreement, for the first time the Land of the Rising Sun will provide military support to another country. Meanwhile, the Philippines and Taiwan reach consensus on peaceful resolution of territorial disputes.