Japan will release more than one million tonnes of treated water from the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant into the ocean,  Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga told a ministerial meeting that disposing of the water was an “inevitable task” in the decades-long process of decommissioning the nuclear plant. He said the release wouldContinue Reading

11 Islamic radical organisations, including the Islamic State (ISIS) and Al Qaeda will be banned in Sri Lanka on account of their extremist links.   A statement from Attorney-General Dappula de Livera’s office said that he had authorised to proscribe 9 local extremist groups alongside Al Qaeda and ISIS.  Officials said the proscription will come intoContinue Reading

Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina has said that the government will take a tough stance to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.   “Coronavirus has appeared as a pandemic. We are witnessing its blow. Although we have taken some measures to fight the pandemic, we might have to take tougher steps inContinue Reading

The UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has noted unconfirmed reports of several thousand people fleeing the hostilities in recent days in the Kayin and Bago regions, in central Myanmar, near Yangon. A medical clinic is also reported to have been damaged in gunfire in a township in Mon state, alsoContinue Reading

Actors, musicians and social media influencers in Myanmar have been charged by the military Junta with violating Section 505(A) of the Penal Code for “spreading news to affect state stability. The penalty for the offense is up to three years’ imprisonment.  Protests have erupted in Myanmar since the military Junta overthrew the democratically electedContinue Reading

The Philippines’ Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana has said that China is looking to occupy more regions in the the South China Sea.  The continued presence of Chinese maritime militias in the area reveals their intent to further occupy [areas] in the West Philippine Sea,” Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said in a statement, using the local name forContinue Reading

On April 16, Japanese Prime Minister Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga will visit Washington for talks with President Joe Biden on April 16. Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato told reporters that Suga will be the first foreign leader to meet Biden in person since he took office in January.   “That by itself is proof thatContinue Reading

In a tragic incident, many people are said to have killed in a railway crash in Taiwan. President Tsai Ing-wen’s office said she had ordered hospitals to prepare for a mass casualty event.  “The top priority now is to rescue the stranded people,” it said in a statement. The accident occurredContinue Reading

The United Nations human rights office (OHCHR) and the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) have called on Myanmar’s neighbouring countries to offer refuge and protection to all those fleeing violence and persecution, as the crisis in Myanmar enters its third month. The UNHCR Asia Pacific wrote: The people being forced toContinue Reading

The Election Commission in Sri Lanka has appointed a committee to study about the political parties with racial or religious names. In a statement, the National Election Commission said that the committee will also study the constitution of the respective political parties.  A number of minority political parties with namesContinue Reading