07/04/2023, 09.28
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After Russia and China, India also supplies arms to Myanmar

Today's headlines: suicide rate in Singapore hits 20 year high; Inflation drops in Pakistan; Three Chinese military ships arrive in Nigeria; IAEA opinion on Fukushima radioactive water release expected today; Hundreds of Palestinian refugees leave Jenin camp; In Kyrgyzstan, matronymic may be given; Russian oligarchs continue to make money.


As Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi expresses concern over the conflict in Myanmar, Indian companies are supplying weapons to the Burmese junta that led a coup on Feb. 1, 2021 plunging the country into civil conflict. From November 2022 to April 2023, Bharat Electronics Limited transferred military equipment worth more than .1 million to the Burmese army, the group Justice for Myanmar reported.


With a total of 476 last year, the number of suicides in Singapore reached the highest number in 20 years. This is an increase of nearly 26 percent over the previous year, reported the Singapore Samaritans organization, which said that family, work and financial problems and romantic relationships were the problems most frequently expressed by people who contacted psychological support services.


Inflation in Pakistan fell for the first time in seven months, from 38 percent in May to 29.4 percent last month. The news, released by the National Statistical Institute, comes after Islamabad succeeded in signing a billion deal with the International Monetary Fund last week, in exchange for which Pakistan had to abolish subsidies on gas and electricity.


Three Chinese military ships are in Nigeria for a visit that officials from the two countries say is meant to improve maritime security. The fleet arrived six months after a new port, built by China and costing billion, opened in Lagos. Nigeria is a major supplier of oil to China.


The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is likely today to give Japan the green light to release (treated) radioactive water from the Fukushima nuclear power plant into the Pacific Ocean, an operation announced two years ago and expected to take place in the coming months, despite protests from neighboring countries, primarily South Korea. The IAEA's final report will be based on an on-site review that was conducted in June.


Hundreds of Palestinians have fled the Jenin refugee camp as the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) continue to conduct a large-scale military operation. So far 120 suspects have been arrested and an IDF spokesman said 10 targets remain to be searched. So far there are 10 Palestinian deaths and at least 100 wounded, 20 of them seriously.


Kyrgyzstan's constitutional court has ruled on the possibility of granting matronymic instead of patronymic for people who are 16 years of age or older. The decision came after two years of discussion following a request made by activist Altyn Kapalova, a painter known for giving her name as a specification of that of her children, Altynovič and Altynovna, meeting with the refusal of the registry office, and subsequent appeal to the court.


Despite the upheavals in the economy due to the war and sanctions, several Russian oligarchs have earned many billions of dollars, at least .5 in all according to Bloomberg. Among the world's top 500 billionaires, 24 are Russian, including Lukoil founder Alekperov (+5, capital 20.2 billion) and others, but there are also some who have made heavy losses in their wealth.

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