China lays claim to wildlife area in third border dispute with Bhutan

China lays claim to wildlife area in third border dispute with Bhutan

Bhutan, a tiny Himalayan kingdom squeezed between two giant neighbours – India and China – prefers to maintain a low profile. It has two unresolved border disputes with China, and 24 rounds of talks have taken place between them since 1984, the latest in 2016. But, late last month, a third dispute cropped up. On June 29, China objected to the tiny kingdom’s application for a grant from the Global…

Coronavirus cases surge across Africa and India, highlighting inequality

Coronavirus cases surge across Africa and India, highlighting inequality

South Africa‘s confirmed coronavirus cases have doubled in two weeks to a quarter of a million, while India has seen its biggest daily spike as its total passed 800,000. Inequality concerns are growing, as health workers seek better protection while some among the wealthy are hoarding equipment at home. Globally, more than 12 million people have been infected by the virus, according to data compiled by the Johns Hopkins University…

China’s southern Jiangxi declares highest flood alert

China’s southern Jiangxi declares highest flood alert

FILE PHOTO: Rescue workers evacuate with an inflatable boat students stranded by floodwaters at a school, amid heavy rainfall in Duchang county, Jiangxi province, China July 8, 2020. China Daily via REUTERS BEIJING (Reuters) – Jiangxi province in southern China issued its highest flood warning on Saturday, predicting a big overflow from a lake on the Yangtze River as torrential rain continues to batter much of the country, state media…

Seoul mayor Park Won-soon: A man who devoted his life to people of South Korea

Seoul mayor Park Won-soon: A man who devoted his life to people of South Korea

SEOUL -Tears welled up in Ms Yi Bong-mi’s eyes as she stood in line in front of the Seoul city hall, among hundreds of others who turned up on Saturday (July 11) afternoon to pay respects to the late mayor Park Won-soon at a memorial altar. “He devoted his whole life to the people, fighting for the rights of women and the poor, and doing everything he could for the…

Super Poll says 86.3% do not trust Thailand’s political parties

Super Poll says 86.3% do not trust Thailand’s political parties

More than 80% of the respondents to an opinion poll have admitted that they have lost trust in Thailand’s political parties, because they are full of politicians with vested interests, who engage in power struggles and political games. Dr. Noppadol Kannikar, director of Super Poll, said today that the survey also showed at 86.3% of the respondents agreed with the resignation, from the ruling Palang Pracharat party, of the so-called…

Indian Railways opens up its passenger service to private players

Indian Railways opens up its passenger service to private players

NEW DELHI – Ever since it was nationalised in 1951, the colossal network of the Indian Railways (IR) has remained a near-total government monopoly. It is one that spans over 67,000 kilometres, employs a workforce of more than 1.2 million and ferries around 8.4 billion passengers annually. Its influence is writ so large on the country that, until 2016, it even had a dedicated budget for itself that was presented…