India has banned asbestos mining but buys it mainly from Russia. Experts are calling for a ban on trade in the dangerous mineral, which is widely used for roofs in the slums where the poorest people live. Environmental lawyer Gopal Krishna explains to AsiaNews how the Indian government has based its inaction on research financed by producers that minimise the risks.
After 12 years, the Joint Economic Committee met in the Hellenic capital: a memorandum on strategic sectors was signed, while trade already tripling since 2005. But the historic divisions between the Turks and the Greeks over Cyprus and the deposits in the Mediterranean remain, as does the issue of migrants.
Transparency International ranks Dushanbe 150th out of 180 countries in the fight against corruption. A problem that affects all the former Soviet republics of Central Asia and the Caucasus. The Tajik authorities are trying to hide the phenomenon.
After signing contracts worth more than a billion dollars with the International Olympic Committee, sponsors are under pressure over China’s human rights violations, caught between a loss of international standing and access to the Chinese market. In general, they prefer not to irritate Beijing.
Iranian-Canadian journalist and activist Maziar Bahari authored the book. Jailed for reporting on the 2009 protests following the election of Ahmadinejad, Bahari undertook the Anne Frank project by teaming up with the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. Another major figure is Abdol-Hossein Sardari, the Iranian consul in Paris who helped Jews.
K. V. Rabiya, a Muslim woman, is one of this year’s recipients of the Padma Shri, an honour conferred on Republic Day. Despite polio and many other health issues, she set up an adult literacy association working in various villages. For her, “education serves its purpose only if you impart the same to others and empower them.”
For Sri Lanka, imports are increasingly expensive. China and India have granted lines of credit, but analysts note that they are short-term solutions. Due to the inability to buy fuel, the government announced daily power cuts.
This is yet another attempt by the army to suppress civil resistance by limiting the use of individual private networks. Clashes continue, but China has called for a halt to border operations during the Olympics. Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has condemned the latest bombings, but only because he wants Myanmar to participate in the upcoming Asean summits.
As the campaign to replace Moon Jae-in on 9 March gets in full swing, TV broadcasters told they cannot restrict debates to representatives of the two main parties. Meanwhile, Yoon Seok-youl, of the conservative People Power Party, is leading in the polls over the ruling Democratic Party’s Lee Yae-myung.
The education system is one of the pillars of society, the pandemic has highlighted its limitations. A multi-factorial crisis, aggravated by a corrupt political system. Rethinking the state budget and adjusting salaries, supporting families. Catholic institutions excel in education. An interview with Professor Gisèle Michel Ayoub for the AsiaNews campaign.
The measure covers five provinces. Almost all of the children adopted out to staff of the closed facilities, civil servants and policemen. Obligation of adoption in all probability imposedby the authorities: the State contributes between 120 and 250 euro per month per child. Fears about the physical and psychological wellbeing of the adopted out.
Today's headlines: The Olympic Committee to meet with former Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai; The Philippines' economy beats expectations; India cracks down on illegal immigration; Qatar to supply gas for Europe in case of Russian invasion of Ukraine; Jehovah's Witness sented to labour camps in Russia; The purge of Nazarbayev supporters continues in Kazakhstan.