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Reports of forced labor in Thailand have drawn little attention from most Thais, though they have become a focus for the international community, led by the U.S.
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The dismal results of government school students in the School Leaving Certificate (SLC) exam have shamed all Nepalis this week. What is even more alarming is the declining trend of the percentage of students that pass in recent years. In 2011, the pass percentage was 47 percent whereas this year, it is less than 29 percent. Compare that alongside the increasing government expenditure on education. In 2011, the education budget was almost NPR$58 billion whereas in 2014 the number went up to NPR$82 billion.
It seems that the Japanese government is laying the groundwork for a visit to North Korea by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, which, if realized, could pose diplomatic challenges not only to South Korea but also other major players in the region.
The Information Office of the Chinese State Council on Tuesday released a white paper entitled “The Practice of the 'One Country, Two Systems' Policy in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR).”
Whoever claims the coveted 18-carat gold trophy at the end of the glorious festival of soccer now on in Brazil, the biggest winner at the World Cup will be, as before, a matter of no surprise: FIFA reigns supreme. World soccer's governing body has steadily boosted its cash reserves over the past 10 years, taking it now to US$1.4 billion. Meanwhile, host countries aplenty have struggled to cope with the toxic backwash of economic and political issues linked to the competition.
There is no doubt that many people are glad that the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) took control of Thailand three weeks ago, bringing the political chaos to at least a temporary halt.
The government will be in serious trouble if it fails to address the increasing complaints of its insensitivity to the plight of citizens in distress.
I want to talk about a new normal. Yes it's a buzz-word, but like most buzz-words it does capture a new mood, a new equation. This new normal is Typhoon Haiyan.
Indonesia is now one of the six largest middle-income economies (World Bank, ICP 2011), thanks to its convincing economic growth, which has become a benchmark for development. However, this achievement has also left the problem of inequality unresolved.
A court in Edinburgh ruled on Wednesday to extradite to Taiwan fugitive Zain Dean — the British businessman who fled Taiwan to avoid his prison term for a hit-and-run death in Taipei.
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