02/19/2024, 09.21
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300 junta soldiers who fled to Bangladesh returned to Myanmar

Today's news: In Russia more than 400 protesters arrested for taking to the streets in the wake of Naval'nyj's death; A survey reveals that nearly 70 per cent of Japan's 108 tsunami-prone coastal municipalities would be unprepared for the disaster; The police forcibly keep protesting farmers out of New Delhi; Thaksin Shinawatra returned to freedom; After Cop28 the United Arab Emirates set a record for non-oil exports.

MYANMAR

Bangladesh has completed the repatriation of 330 Myanmar nationals, members of the military and border security, who fled the war in Rakhine state. Among the returnees were 302 border police members, four family members, two junta army soldiers, 18 immigration officials and four civilians. They were boarded on a ship bound for Myanmar from a pier in Inani in Cox's Bazar in two tranches.

RUSSIA

During the protests over Naval'nyj's death in recent days, over 400 people were arrested by the police in various cities in Russia, especially in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Novosibirsk, Khabarovsk, Voronezh and Tomsk.

JAPAN

Almost 70% of the 108 Japanese coastal municipalities at risk of being affected by a possible tsunami triggered by an earthquake have never conducted exercises to manage evacuation centers in winter. The survey, which surveyed 108 municipalities in seven prefectures from Chiba to Hokkaido, assessed preparedness in the event of a tsunami caused by an earthquake in the Japan and Chishima Sea Trenches in the Pacific Ocean and revealed delays and unpreparedness in implementation of measures to deal with the cold in shelters.

INDIA

Indian farmers will decide in the next two days whether to continue their protest after the government offered guaranteed support to pulses, maize and cotton producers in a bid to break the deadlock, Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal said. after a week of clashes with police forces who are keeping farmers out of the capital by force. On Sunday, another marathon of talks took place with unions demanding a minimum price for their products.

THAILAND

Former Thai billionaire Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra was released on parole Sunday after six months in prison, served in hospital. So years ago he went into self-exile following the overthrow of his government by a military coup and to avoid prison for abuse of power. Accusations that he said had been fabricated. The now 74-year-old magnate, whose "family" party has returned to power, was granted parole by the king.

UZBEKISTAN

The authorities of Uzbekistan, with a decision of the Tashkent parliament, have decided to join the international sanctions against Russia, which now concern over 11 thousand Russian citizens and companies, prohibiting local banks from carrying out any operations with those marked on the "list black”, to avoid secondary sanctions as has already happened in other countries.

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

The UAE's non-oil trade reached a record 3.5 trillion dirhams (2.93 billion) in 2023, Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum said. Trade in non-oil goods increased 12.6% compared to 2022, while services exports surpassed Dh1 trillion to set a new record. Direct effect of having hosted Cop28, the United Nations climate conference, held in Dubai at the end of 2023 and which led to an agreement that recognizes for the first time the need for a total transition from fossil fuels.

CHINA

The C919 narrow-body civilian aircraft manufactured by the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (Comac) made its first flight outside China, heading to the Singapore Airshow on Sunday. China has invested heavily in an attempt to break the duopoly of Western aircraft manufacturers dominant in the global passenger market: Airbus and Boeing. The "challenge" does not stop here as Comac will invest tens of billions of yuan over the next 3-5 years to expand the production capacity of the C919 and sell them to various airlines, according to Chinese media reports.

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