|India, Peru sign four bilateral agreements
10/29/2013 3:44:00 PM
Lima (Peru), Oct.29 (ANI): India and Peru have signed four bilateral agreements, including one on defence cooperation and another for the establishment of a Joint Commission.
The other two greements were on exchange programmes in the field of education and another letter of intent for cooperation in the field of culture.
These agreements were signed on Monday at the end of Indian Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari's three-day visit to the Latin America country.
|Having kids early and fast major cause of infant mortality in India, Nepal
10/29/2013 11:32:00 AM
Washington, Oct 29 (ANI): Researchers have revealed that having children early and in rapid succession are major factors fueling high infant mortality rates in the South Asian countries of Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Pakistan, where one in 14 births to young mothers ends with the death of the child within the first year.
Anita Raj, PhD, professor of medicine and director of the Center on Gender Equity and Health at University of California, San Diego, and colleagues said younger maternal
|HR groups reveal Asia lags in protecting domestic workers
10/28/2013 3:13:00 PM
Washington, Oct. 28 (ANI): Roughly 40 percent of domestic workers globally are employed in Asia, yet the region has been slow to enact reforms despite major progress in other parts of the world.
The revelation was made by the International Domestic Workers Network (IDWN), the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), and Human Rights Watch.
The groups are releasing a new report assessing progress since the 2011 adoption of the Domestic Workers Convention, a groundbreaking treaty
|Chinese newspaper apologises after detained journalist's TV confession
10/28/2013 1:47:00 PM
Beijing, Oct. 28 (ANI): A Chinese newspaper has published a front-page apology after one of its reporters who has been detained due to allegations of defamation made a televised confession.
News Express had previously printed editorials on its front page appealing to the Chinese police in Hunan province to release Chen Yongzhou, stating there was no evidence of wrongdoing.
According to China Daily, the U-turn from the Guangzhou newspaper came after the journalist appeared on China
|Shinzo Abe issues fresh warning to China for activity on disputed Senkaku islands
10/28/2013 11:30:00 AM
Tokyo, Oct. 28 (ANI): Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has issued a fresh warning to China against its increasing maritime activities near the disputed Senkaku Island in the East China Sea.
Abe promised to increase the surveillance and intelligence activities to protect the remote islands, saying that Japan did not allow a change in the status quo regarding their control on the disputed islets, the Japan Times reports.
Abe also warned of resorting to make changes to the interpretation
|Japan's NRA urges Tepco to prevent mishaps at crippled Fukushima nuke plant
10/28/2013 11:30:00 AM
Washington, Oct. 28 (ANI): Japanese nuclear regulator has urged Tokyo Electric Power Co. (Tepco) to improve working conditions at the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant and prevent mishaps at the utility.
Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) Chairman Shunichi Tanaka addressed Tepco President Naomi Hirose at a meeting on Monday expressing serious concerns about the frequent problems occurring at the troubled reactor, ABC News reports.
Hirose confided that the nuclear plant is having trouble
|Afghanistan to grill Pak about Mullah Baradar's whereabouts
10/27/2013 10:47:00 AM
Islamabad, Oct. 27 (ANI): Afghanistan will demand an explanation from Pakistan on the whereabouts of a former Taliban second-in-command Mullah Baradar.
Afghan leaders will seek answers from Pakistan when the leaders of both countries meet next week to discuss how to end years of insurgency, an Afghan official said.
According to the Daily Times, the whereabouts of Baradar has been the source of intense speculation since Pakistan announced his release on September 20.
|China vows to improve ties with neighbors for development
10/26/2013 3:54:00 PM
Beijing, Oct. 26 (ANI): Chinese President Xi Jinping has vowed to engage in more 'advance and proactive' diplomacy with the neighboring countries to create a favorable environment for development.
Xi said that the country needs to build better relations with neighbors and make good use of strategic opportunities to safeguard its sovereignty and development interests, the China Daily reports.
Experts said Xi has been taking the approach of friendship first, issues later in
|Maldives opposition alleges harassment by govt. over MPs dismissal orders
10/26/2013 11:17:00 AM
London, Oct. 26 (ANI): The Maldives opposition party has accused the government of harassment following dismissal orders for its MPs from the parliament given by the Supreme Court.
The Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) accused the apex court's judges of collaborating with the government, the BBC reports.
According to the report, the Supreme Court had disqualified Ali Azim and Mohamed Nashiz from parliament for the non-payment of a debt of 9 million dollars, for which they had signed
|Major earthquake hits Japan sparking several small tsunamis
10/26/2013 10:09:00 AM
Tokyo, Oct. 26 (ANI): Japan was hit by a severe earthquake of 7.1 magnitude today morning, sending several tsunamis ashore about 290 kilometres away from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant.
The Japan Meteorological Agency said that tsunamis of up to 40 centimetres were reported at four areas along the coast, Stuff.co.nz reports.
The quake was widely felt in Tokyo, but there were no immediate signs of serious damage, the report added.
The U.S. Geological Survey reported the
|Soon, South Korea may have its first nude beach
10/25/2013 3:56:00 PM
Washington, October 25 (ANI): In a bid to attract tourists officials in north east Gangwon Province are planning to set up a nude beach in South Korea.
According to Korea Times, official from the municipality's Pan-East Sea Division said that they are planning on creating beaches with specific purpose, and are mulling over the possibility of a nude beach, CNN reported.
Officials and have been in discussion over the possibility since 2005 and are planning to have a foreigner-only
|India still among countries with 'most gender gap': WEF Report
10/25/2013 2:20:00 PM
Washington, Oct. 25 (ANI): India has been reportedly ranked amongst the countries with the most gender gap, according to the World Economic Forum's (WEF) report, analyzing 136 countries on economic, political, education- and health-based criteria.
India is ranked 101st on the list followed by Malaysia at 102nd and Japan at 105th position.
The report's founder and co-author Saadia Zahidi said that since the WEF began compiling the index in 2006, 80 percent of countries had
|Aung San Suu Kyi blames Muslims-Buddhists violence on 'climate of fear' in Burma
10/25/2013 2:20:00 PM
London, Oct. 25 (ANI): Burma's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has blamed what she described as a 'climate of fear' for increasing tensions between Muslims and Buddhists.
Asked about the fate of 140,000 Muslims who have been forced to leave their homes, she said that many Buddhists had also fled Burma.
According to the BBC, Suu Kyi denied that Muslims had been subjected to ethnic cleansing.
She has been criticized for not defending Muslims since she emerged from
|China upholds Bo Xilai's life sentence
10/25/2013 10:55:00 AM
London, Oct. 25 (ANI): China has reportedly upheld the life sentence of former politician Bo Xilai over charges of bribery, embezzlement and abuse of power.
The Shandong high court had accepted his appeal earlier this month, however, it has declared today that it has rejected the appeal and upheld the sentence.
Bo was removed from office in 2012 amid a scandal which saw his wife, Gu Kailai, convicted of a British businessman Neil Heywood's murder.
The former Chongqing party
|Manmohan Singh outlines seven principles of engagement for better ties with China
10/24/2013 11:32:00 AM
Beijing, Oct.24 (ANI): Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday outlined seven principles of engagement to facilitate closer cooperation between India and China, and said both countries should show sensitivity to each other's interests and sovereignty, and move quickly to resolve the boundary issue.
Addressing faculty and students at the Chinese Communist Party's Central Party School in Beijing, Dr. Singh said: I believe that our two countries not only share a common destiny, but
|Neighbourhood terror affects both India, China, says PM
10/24/2013 11:32:00 AM
Beijing, Oct. 24 (ANI): Emphasizing that India and China share common challenges, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Thursday said terrorism, extremism and radicalism emanating in the neighbourhood affect both countries directly.
Addressing the Chinese Communist Party's Central Party School in Beijing, Dr. Singh said: India and China have also benefited from a largely stable global order and peaceful periphery. But, we cannot take a stable political and security environment in our
|N. Korea preparing new tunnels for possible nuke test explosions
10/24/2013 10:48:00 AM
Johannesburg, Oct. 24 (ANI): North Korea has reportedly made new tunnel entrances at its nuclear test site in a bid to conduct more underground explosions in the near future, a United States research institute has revealed.
The U.S. research institute, 38 North, claimed that latest satellite imagery showed enlarged heaps of soil from excavations and construction, probably intended to upgrade support buildings near Pyongyang, News24 reports.
However, the U.S.-Korea Institute at Johns
|India, China relations unique in the world: Manmohan Singh
10/24/2013 12:15:00 AM
Beijing, Oct 24 (ANI): Asserting that relations between India and China are unique in the world, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday said both countries have embarked on a new phase of their political histories around the same time.
Addressing the Chinese Communist Party's Central Party School in Beijing, Dr. Singh said: Relations between India and China are unique in the world. We are two continuous ancient civilizations. We are neighbours with a long history of cultural, spiritual
|Trans-border river MoU with China should not be looked upon with suspicion: Montek Singh Ahluwalia
10/23/2013 9:40:00 PM
Beijing, Oct. 23 (ANI): Deputy Chairman of Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia on Wednesday said India should not look upon the tran-border Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed with China with suspicion as there is scope for a win-win situation for both countries, contrary to what skeptics might see.
I would not underestimate any forum in which people engage in good faith to address issues. ...Most issues are where there may be huge suspicion on one side which can be allayed
|Manmohan Singh tells President Xi Jinping that China occupies 'high priority' for India
10/23/2013 6:48:00 PM
Beijing, Oct. 23 (ANI): The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, met Chinese President Xi Jinping on his three-day visit in Beijing on Wednesday, and told him that China occupies a very high priority in India's foreign policy.
After conveying President Pranab Mukherjee and Congress President Sonia Gandhi's good wishes, Dr. Singh told President Xi Jinping that the leadership welcomed the interest shown by the Chinese leaders on developing relations with India.