As a child and adolescent psychiatrist, I deal with the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) population on a regular basis.
This week in Singapore, fresh from the G-20 meetings in Brisbane, Bank of England Governor Mark Carney delivered a major speech outlining the future of financial reform.
Nov. 19 was World Toilet Day. It was a day dedicated to raising awareness of the plight of 2.5 billion people on this planet who do not have access to a toilet.
The number of foreign tourists to Japan has been on a sharp increase this year, helping boost the world's third-largest economy at a time when it is struggling with sluggish domestic consumption.
Figures released this week by the South Korean national statistics office showed deteriorating employment conditions for low-income earners.
Singapore has won praises the world over as a success story: the city-state has good administrators, world-class education, well-planned industrial policy and a well-oiled efficiency that few can match. Even the late Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping was so impressed that he openly told former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew that China would take lessons from Singapore to enhance the progress of the country.
Last week in India, the Gujarat state assembly passed a bill that makes it mandatory for anyone standing for public office to have a toilet at home. Existing members of the government also need to declare that they have a toilet at their residence within six months.
Setting an agenda for Japan's economic challenges. Setting an agenda for national security. Rebuilding a political system to implement necessary policies. These should be the reasons for going to the people.
It appears national reform is not going smoothly. The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), which staged the coup of May 22 and is now a driving force behind the reform efforts, has come under heavy criticism regarding two issues in the past week.
The SAARC Summit is fast approaching and Nepal is engaged in last-minute preparations, though even the government seems unsure if the Summit will make any substantial achievement for regional integration.
2014/11/18, 1 Comment