India calls for restraint in Rakhine

September 11, 2017 by  
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NEW DELHI, 11 September 2017: India has called for an immediate end to violence in Myanmar’s western state of Rakhine, urging its ally to act with restraint as hordes of Rohingya flee to neighbouring Bangladesh.

“We would urge that the situation in Rakhine State be handled with restraint and maturity, focusing on the welfare of the civilian population alongside those of the security forces,” the foreign ministry said in a statement late Saturday.

“It is imperative that violence is ended and normalcy in the State restored expeditiously,” it said, adding it was concerned about the outflow of refugees. Read more

Tea stall tourism

July 6, 2017 by  
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AHMEDABAD, 6 July 2017: Now it is rusting hulk in a small town railway station, but Indian authorities want the stall where Prime Minister Narendra Modi sold tea with his father to become a global tourist magnet.

The nationalist leader spoke often during his election campaign of his humble roots as a “chai wallah’s son” and the authorities plan a USD15 million project to spruce up those roots in his hometown of Vadnagar.

“Looking into the historic importance of the stall, we have decided to modernise it,” Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma said as he announced the project in the town in the western state of Gujarat. Read more

PMO office to care for mourners

October 18, 2016 by  
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BANGKOK, 18 October 2016 (NNT): Thailand’s Minister attached to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has announced that the Command Centre for Monitoring Situations is ready to facilitate mourners by providing free shuttle bus services and parking space.

Tour companies were also advised that traffic congestion around the Grand Palace could cause delays. Visitors should factor in at least an additional hour to travel to Sanam Luang and the Grand Palace.

The Grand Palace remains closed to tourist-related visits. Read more

Singapore farewells founding father

March 30, 2015 by  
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SINGAPORE, 30 March 2015: More than 100,000 people lined Singapore’s streets to bid farewell to its founding father Lee Kuan Yew on Sunday, officials said as a week of mourning ended in the city-state he led to prosperity.

Torrential rain soaked the crowds as howitzers fired a 21-gun salute to the country’s first prime minister and jet fighters screamed across the sky in a grand farewell normally reserved for a head of state.

“The light that has guided us all these years has been extinguished,” his son, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, told a state funeral attended by 2,200 people including Asia-Pacific leaders at the National University of Singapore.

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Singapore’s first PM passes away

March 24, 2015 by  
Filed under News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 24 March 2015: Singapore plunged into mourning and world leaders united in tribute Monday after the death of Lee Kuan Yew, the iron-fisted politician who forged a prosperous city-state out of unpromising beginnings.

His son, Prime Minister, Lee Hsien Loong, issued a statement before dawn announcing the passing of his 91-year-old father at Singapore General Hospital following a long illness.

“He fought for our independence, built a nation where there was none, and made us proud to be Singaporeans. We won’t see another like him,” the prime minister said in an emotional televised address.

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