Presidential Press Passes For Bloggers In Philippines

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MANILA, Aug 10 – Bloggers and other social media “influencers” who have more than 5,000 followers will be eligible for official press passes to cover Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, his aides said Thursday. The announcement caused a stir with some journalists in traditional media, amid a debate in which pro-Duterte bloggers have

Sri Lanka Foreign Minister Quits Amid Bond Scam Probe

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COLOMBO, Aug 10 – Sri Lanka’s foreign minister resigned Thursday after being linked to a controversial financial trader under investigation for allegedly causing millions of dollars of losses to the island’s coffers. Ravi Karunanayake, 54, stepped down from cabinet amid questioning over his connection to an insider trading scandal at Sri Lanka’s

Tourism A Major Casualty Of China Quake

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JIUZHAIGOU, Aug 10 – Tourism may prove one of the bigger casualties from a strong earthquake that struck a region of southwestern China whose natural beauty and Tibetan heritage draw millions of visitors each year. Twenty people were killed by Tuesday’s 6.5-magnitude quake in Sichuan province, a comparatively low toll – thanks

Chow: Drainage Collection By MPSP Not Misappropriated

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GEORGE TOWN, Aug 10 – The drainage contribution collected by the Seberang Perai Municipal Council (MPSP) under the “Wang Amanah Saliran Negeri Pulau Pinang” is not misappropriated for other purpose, but spent to overcome flooding in Penang, State Local Government, Traffic Management and Flood Mitigation Committee chairman Chow Kon Yeow said.

Retiree Pleads Not Guilty To Corruption

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IPOH, Aug 10 – A former officer at the Perak Mineral and Geoscience Department pleaded not guilty in the Sessions Court here today to corruption. R.Thangavelu, 61, who was then with the department’s Technical Service Division, was alleged to have accepted RM300 without consideration from one Mohamad Imran Abdullah, whom he knew

Dewan Rakyat Passes Prevention Of Crime (Admendment) Act

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KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 10 – The Prevention of Crime Act (Amendment) Act 2017 was passed in the Dewan Rakyat early this morning. The bill was passed at 4.05am by voice votes after the third reading was made by Deputy Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed and seconded by Deputy Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Govermnent Minister Datuk

Russian Helicopters To Test Ka-226T In Iran

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MOSCOW, August 10 – The Russian Helicopters Holding Company (part of Rostec State Corporation) together with Iran Helicopters Support and Renewal Company (IHSRC) will test the light utility helicopter Ka-226T for its usability at extremely high temperatures. The tests will be conducted on the Iranian company site within the framework of a memorandum signed by

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