China clubs landmark Taiwan protests with Chinese liberation struggle
World > China > Feb 22
China described landmark Taiwan protests against Nationalist troops in 1947, as part of China’s liberation struggle that Taiwan independence forces were trying to hijack, ahead of commemorations next week for the 70th anniversary. The “228 Incident”, as it is known in Taiwan, has in recent years become a rallying point for the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), which favours formal independence for the democratic, self-ruled island China claims at its own.
Kim Jong Nam’s murder: Malaysia names N Korean diplomat wanted for questioning
World > North Korea > Feb 21
Malaysian police named a senior official in North Korea’s embassy and a staffer at its state airline, who are wanted for questioning over the murder last week of Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korea’s leader. Kim Jong Nam, 46, was killed at Kuala Lumpur International Airport on February 13, while preparing to board a flight to Macau, where he lived in exile with his family under the protection of Beijing.
U.K.'s May Faces Brexit Clash After Bill Clears First Lords Test
World > UK > Feb 21
U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May won the first stage of her clash with Parliament’s unelected upper chamber over her plan to trigger Brexit, but now faces a fight to pass her draft law unchanged. After about 20 hours of debate over two days, lawmakers in the House of Lords agreed without a vote late Tuesday to let the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill move on to its next stage in the scrutiny process.
Shurhozelie Liezeitsu elected new Nagaland CM
India > Nagaland > Feb 21
Nagaland People’s Front (NPF) president Shurhozelie Liezeitsu will be sworn in as the state’s eleventh Chief Minister Wednesday. He was on Monday invited by Governor P B Acharya to form the next government after the ruling Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN) unanimously elected him leader of its legislature party. Accompanied by the outgoing Chief Minister T R Zeliang, Shurhozelie met the Governor at the Raj Bhavan and staked claim to form the next government.
Pakistan Senate passes landmark Hindu marriage bill
World > Pakistan > Feb 18
The much-awaited landmark bill to regulate marriages of minority Hindus in Pakistan is set to become a law with the Senate unanimously passing it. The Hindu Marriage Bill 2017, which is the first elaborate Hindu community’s personal law, was adopted by the Senate on Friday. The bill had already been approved by the lower house or the National Assembly on September 26, 2015, and it now just needs signature of the President, a mere formality, to become a law.
Sasikala sent to Bengaluru jail, will share cell with two other inmates
India > Sasikala > Feb 16
AIADMK General Secretary Sasikala on Wednesday surrendered before Bengalure police after being convicted in the disproportionate asset case by the Supreme Court. The trial court, place to surrender, was shifted the central jail at Parapppana Agrahara due to security reasons. Sasikala gave herself up at the Central Jail on the city’s southern outskirts with her relatives Elavarasi and V.N. Sudhakaran after reaching from Chennai by road, officials said.