Indonesia’s Poso, West Sumatra win MDG awards

28 March, 2013
By Novia D Rulistia | Source: ANN

The region of Poso, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, once a site of community bloodshed, has officially been healed. On Tuesday, the province was among 18 recipients of the Indonesian Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Awards. West Sumatra

A caretaker govt – what can it do?

28 March, 2013
By Dr Cyrus Das | Source: ANN

There is no reference to a caretaker government in Malaysia’s Federal Constitution. The concept of a caretaker government is a concept of the Westminster parliamentary system. It is practised in parliamentary democracies where the executive government

Lao weathermen seek funding to improve forecasts

28 March, 2013
By Vientiane Times | Source: ANN

The Meteorology and Hydrology Department needs more funding to develop an IT system that will enable accurate weather reports and timely forecasts for Laos. The department, specifically the Weather Forecasting and Aeronautical Meteorology Division,

Suu Kyi attends military parade

28 March, 2013
By Nirmal Ghosh | Source: ANN

In a measure of the dramatic changes that have taken place in Myanmar, opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi attended, for the first time, the annual parade of an institution her father founded but

Thai health ministry vows sweeping reform

28 March, 2013
By Pongphon Sarnsamak | Source: ANN

Thailand’s Public Health Ministry yesterday vowed to go ahead with its ambitious plan to restructure the country’s public health system, which will take effect by October 1. The plan calls for reform of the

Malaysian parties on the go

27 March, 2013
By News Desk (The Star) | Source: ANN

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has arguably been the busiest politician in the run-up to the general election. But the prime minister is not the only one with a tight schedule as both Barisan

High food prices cause grief in Indonesia

27 March, 2013
By Zubaidah Nazeer | Source: ANN

First the price of soya beans soared. Then up went beef, garlic and onions. Now the price of sugar is not sweet any more. In fact, the costs of some staple foods have shot

Chinese premier defines criteria for fighting corruption

27 March, 2013
By An Baijie and Wang Xiaodong | Source: ANN

Disclosure is the key to clean government and fighting corruption, Premier Li Keqiang said at the State Council’s first meeting on clean governance held in Beijing on Tuesday. The new government will continue to

Thai MPs to debate against US$68b loan bill

27 March, 2013
By The Nation | Source: ANN

Up to 60 opposition Thai MPs will debate against the 2 trillion baht loan bill (US$68 billion), questioning its suitability and potential for corruption, the chief opposition whip said yesterday. Jurin Laksanavisit told a

Thailand’s new health system sparks protests

27 March, 2013
By Pongphon Sarnsamak | Source: ANN

The newly launched concept of Pay for Performance has gone off like a bomb in the public health system. The rift among staff who work in cities and towns and those working in rural