11/22/2014INDONESIA Jakarta sets up task force to fight energy mafia by Mathias Hariyadi Red tape, graft and malfeasance have pushed up prices. Oil and gas sector comes under closer scrutiny. Despite its huge reserves, Indonesia has to import energy to meet its needs. Transparency and a crackdown against mafia infiltration have become necessary. Jakarta (AsiaNews) - The
Indonesian government under President Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo wants to set up a team
of experts to fight the oil and gas mafia, Energy and Mineral Reserves minister
Sudirman Said announced.
For years, organised crime has
11/21/2014VATICAN Pope: the migrant, "a reminder of the need to eradicate inequality, injustice and abuses" Migration "remains an aspiration to hope… to seek a better future wherever that may be". Those who leave their country should not be seen as a problem, but a person who contributes to the economic development and a possible "partner in the construction of richer communities", "stimulating the development of inclusion, creativity and respect for the dignity of all".
11/21/2014INDIA India, an open pit latrine that continues to kill thousands of children each year In a world of some seven billion people, about 60 per cent of its residents without toilets live in India. Poor sanitation and hygiene as well as water pollution cause acute, often fatal diarrhoea and cholera. The government's Clean India campaign promises to solve the emergency, but ordinary Indians remains sceptical.
11/21/2014KOREA Korean unification could cost "$ 500 billion" Without "reliable data on North Korea's financial and economic situations," unification could create a shock as big as the collapse of Lehman Brothers, South Korea's Financial Services Commission chief says. However, for South Korea, unification could be an economic "bonanza" as it combines its capital and technology with the North's labour and natural resources. The Catholic Church fears instead that North Korean workers might become "modern slaves, underpaid and marginalised".
11/21/2014VATICAN Pope: churches must never become businesses Redemption is free " when the Church or churches start doing business, then it is said that salvation is not so free ...". "There are two things that the people of God cannot forgive: a priest attached to money and a priest who mistreats people. This they cannot forgive!"
11/20/2014VATICAN Pope at FAO: food is not a commodity subject to speculation, the hungry "ask for dignity, not for charity" The "challenge" of solidarity and the "paradox of plenty": "there is food for everyone, but not everyone can eat". "The the struggle against hunger and malnutrition is hindered by “market priorities”, and the “primacy of profit”. The "moral obligation to share the economic wealth of the world." "A source of inspiration is natural law, inscribed in the human heart, that speaks a language that everyone can understand: love, justice, peace, elements that are inseparable from each other"
11/19/2014SINGAPORE - MYANMAR - CHINA Singapore overtakes Beijing as biggest investor in Myanmar. With the "help" of US companies Behind the boom of the city-state are US companies which, in order to circumvent the embargo, are registered in Singapore. Revelation of Washington tries to down play the revelation made by Burmese Vice-Minister of Finance. In 2014 registers more than 5 billion in foreign investment in the former Burma, with further growth prospects for next year.
11/18/2014VATICAN - SYMPOSIUM Pope, hopeful that the AsiaNews Symposium will encourage evangelical zeal in Asia A telegram from the pope blesses the 2014 international meeting by the PIME agency, its speakers, organisers and all those in attendance. The pontiff is "hopeful that this blessed occasion can be an intense experience of reflection and communion, promoting a renewed apostolic zeal in favour of proclaiming the Gospel in Asia."
11/18/2014SRI LANKA - SYMPOSIUM For Mannar Bishop, Joseph Vaz led John Paul II and Francis to Sri Lanka At the 2014 AsiaNews International Symposium, Mgr Rayappu Joseph talks about the challenges and work of the Catholic Church in his country. Francis will be the first pope to visit the Tamil North, which has suffered 30 years of civil war. He insists on the need to "overcome tensions and polarisation between different communities".
11/18/2014KOREA - SYMPOSIUM Mgr You: popes have shown how to overcome the crisis of Korean society At the 2014 AsiaNews International Symposium, the bishop of Daejeon looks at the trips by John Paul II and Francis to the peninsula, the last country still divided by war. "The seeds that were planted have borne fruit. Let us hope they become a way of salvation for us and throughout Asia."
11/16/2014VATICAN Pope: Nurture your God given talents, don’t disappoint Him! At the Angelus, Francis invites the faithful to "go home, pick up the Gospel and read the passage from Matthew on talents. Meditate on what you do with them: do we share them, nurture them or keep them locked up?. After the Marian prayer, an appeal to Rome: "Tensions are too high, both sides should meet - even in the parish - to discuss and help dialogue win out".
11/15/2014INDIA Bangalore to build Asia’s first Science Gallery Third in the world after the galleries in Dublin and London. The hotel will open in 2018. The institution will host, five temporary collections in five different themes each year, which then move to the other galleries. The goal is to combine art and science to offer a new cultural outlook to young people between 15 and 25.