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Main Issues in South Asia, Friday, December 6, 2019

Location Map INDIA 1. (Update) Four accused in Hyderabad veterinarian’s rape and murder case shot dead. All four men accused in the Hyderabad veterinarian’s rape and murder case were killed by the police in Shadnagar. The four accused were shot dead by police yesterday on NH-44 near Hyderabad for allegedly trying to escape. The accused were […]
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Major Developments in East Asia Pacific Friday, December 6, 2019

Location Map INDONESIA 1. Airlangga reelected as Golkar chairman. Coordinating Economy Minister Airlangga Hartarto has been re-elected as chairperson of the Golkar Party. He was elected by acclamation late on December 4 during the party’s national congress. He kept the party’s top post after his potential challengers withdrew from the race. His strongest challenger who dropped […]
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Major Developments in South Asia, Thursday, December 5, 2019

INDIA 1. The Cabinet approves Citizenship Bill, protests erupt. The Union Cabinet yesterday cleared the contentious Citizenship Amendment Bill for Parliament. The bill is likely to be tabled in the parliament next week. The Citizenship Bill seeks to grant citizenship to all non Muslim refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan if they faced religious persecution in […]
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Major Developments in East Asia Pacific Thursday, December 5, 2019

INDONESIA  1. Widodo opposes charter amendment. President Joko Widodo has rejected the plan of the People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR) to amend the constitution. He said the nation should focus on the challenges that lie ahead, rather than making political noise. The MPR is pushing for the removal of direct presidential elections and the return of letting […]
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Major Developments in South Asia, Friday, November 29, 2019

INDIA Uddhav Thackrey sworn in as the Chief Minister of Maharashtra. Uddhav Thackrey assumed office as the 17thChief Minister of Maharashtra yesterday at Shivaji Park. Uddhav is the first member of the Thackeray family to be appointed chief minister. His father Bal Thackeray founded the Shiv Sena over five decades ago and the party has played […]
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Major Developments in East Asia Pacific, Friday, November 29, 2019

INDONESIA 1. FPI pledges loyalty to Pancasila- Religious Affairs Minister. The hard-line Islam Defenders Front (FPI) has pledged loyalty to the five principles of Indonesia’s state ideology Pancasila, Religious Affairs Minister Fachrul Razi said on November 27. The FPI has made a statement to declare loyalty to Pancasila and Indonesia,” Fachrul said after a meeting with […]
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Major Developments in South Asia, Thursday, November 28, 2019

INDIA 1. Finance minister acknowledges economic slowdown. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman yesterday defended the prevailing economic condition and dismissed concerns of a recession. Nirmala was addressing the parliament. “If you are looking at the economy with a discerning view you see that growth may have come down, but it’s not recession yet or it won’t be […]
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Major Developments in East Asia Pacific, Thursday, November 28, 2019

INDONESIA 1. 41 named suspects for alleged ATM theft. 41 people were named suspects for stealing from a Bank DKI ATM. The suspects include 13 officials of the Jakarta Public Order Agency (Satpol PP). Jakarta Police special investigation unit head Iwan Kurniawan said the 41 had been named suspects after confessing to withdrawing money from their […]
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Major Developments in South Asia, Friday, November 22, 2019

INDIA 1. Charge sheet filed against 4 suspected Babbar Khalsa International terrorists. A charge sheet was filed in a special National Investigative Agency (NIA) court in Mohali yesterday against four alleged Babbar Khalsa International (BKI) terrorists. The charge sheet accused the banned group of planning and conspiring to carry out terror acts in Punjab, officials […]
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Major Developments in East Asia Pacific, Friday, November 22, 2019

INDONESIA 1. Widodo orders BKPM, ministries to simplify business licensing. President Joko Widodo has instructed the concentration of all business licensing to the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM). He also ordered the ministries to cancel at least 40 ministerial regulations believed to be impeding investment by December. The president made the instructions yesterday in a cabinet meeting […]
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