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Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen has appointed Su Tseng-chang as Prime Minister on Thursday, during a Cabinet reshuffle following the ruling Democratic Progressive Party's heavy losses in local elections.


Su is a former premier appointed in 2006 by then-President Chen Shui-bian and was a chairman of Tsai’s Democratic Progressive Party for two terms.


His appointment follows the widely-expected resignation of William Lai, the second premier to quit since Tsai took office in 2016.

Measles-Rubella Vaccination Campaign-Delhi

Measles-Rubella Vaccination Campaign-Delhi Delhi, 10 January 2019: Directorate of Family Welfare, Government of Delhi with support from UNICEF, WHO and partners today organized a National Media Engagement Workshop on Measles Rubella Vaccination campaign in Delhi. The objective of the workshop was to sensitize media about the ongoing Measles Rubella Vaccination campaign in India and State’s preparedness for introducing the Measles Rubella Vaccination (MRV) campaign. In Delhi, the campaign will be launched on 16 January 2019. The five-week MR campaign aims to cover nearly 55 lakh children in the age group of 9 months to less than 15 years in eleven districts of Delhi covering all preschool children, school children (Government and Private) and out-of-school children. The participants at the media engagement session included Dr. Pradeep Haldar, Deputy Commissioner, Immunization, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, Dr. Nutan Mundeja, Director, Directorate of Family We…

New Delhi World Book Fair brings Youth Closer to Books

New Delhi World Book Fair brings Youth Closer to Books New Delhi World Book Fair is witnessing the participation of a large number of young readers. They are browsing through their favourite books and interacting with the authors. Their interest in books shows that India has a bright future ahead. 10 January is celebrated as World Hindi Day every year which aims at promoting Hindi language across the world. New Delhi World Book Fair is also playing a significant role in promoting the language. Over 240 Hindi publishers from across the country are exhibiting their books at Hall 12 (A) for the readers. Besides National Book Trust, India, the other publishers include Bhartiya Jnanpith, Sahitya Akademi, Hindi Academy Delhi, Central Hindi Directorate, Kabir Gyan Prakashan Kendra, Geeta Press, Vani Prakashan, Rajkamal Prakashan, Raja Pocket Books, etc. Theme Pavilion "Reading textbooks only, does not inculcate the habit of reading," said Prof. N K Jangira, NCERT at a discussion held o…

German DM:European joint force is ‘already taking shape’

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Germany's defence minister "Ursula Gertrud von der Leyen" said and reveals, joint military forceisALREADYtakingshape - 'We’re working very quickly to work together'

Germany's Merkel said last year June, she supports 's Macron idea of a jointEuropean defense force, and initiative could be open to UK post Brexit. “My goal for next 5 years is that the world knows: in foreign policy, Europe speaks with 1 voice.” #EU 
German defence minister has said how a European joint force is 'already taking shape'. Ursula von der Leyen said Germany and France are 'driving forces' in European defence and said the two countries would assist each other in the event of an armed territorial attack. She also hit back at those skeptical at the European Union's PESCO defence scheme activated in 2017, where national armies will co-operate on military projects. The PESCO scheme, an acronym for Permanent Structured Cooperation, involves 25 armies wor…
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Amnesty International on Thursday called for an international investigation into the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, in a ceremony marking the 100th day since his killing sparked global outrage. "We once again call for an international investigation under the authority of the United Nations into the murder of Jamal Khashoggi," Goksu Ozahishali, one of the rights group's Turkey representatives, said in a statement read out in front of the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, the scene of the murder. In a case that shocked the world Khashoggi, a US resident and Riyadh critic who wrote for the Washington Post, was murdered and his corpse dismembered inside the kingdom's diplomatic compound on October 2. "We demand justice for Jamal Khashoggi who fought for the freedom of expression in the Arab world," Ozahishali said. Amnesty activists later symbolically hung a street sign reading "Jamal Khas…
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Timo Soini visiting Iceland Finish Minister for Foreign Affairs Timo Soini will visit Iceland on 13-15 January. The visit will be hosted by Icelandic Minister for Foreign Affairs and External Trade Guðlaugur Þór Þórðarson. During his visit, Minister for Foreign Affairs Timo Soini will also meet with President of Iceland Guðni Thorlacius Jóhannesson and Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the parliament of Iceland (Alþingi) Áslaug Arna Sigurbjörnsdóttir, as well as members of the Foreign Affairs Committee. The discussions will focus on the bilateral relations between Finland and Iceland and on topical international questions. Arctic issues will also feature prominently in the discussions. Iceland will take over as Chair of the Arctic Council from Finland in May. During its term as Chair, Finland’s main priority has been to accelerate the implementation of concrete measures to reduce black carbon emissions. Finland is happy to note that Iceland is committed to pursuing efforts to…
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Ayodhya hearing deferred Supreme Court today said that a new bench will be constituted to hear the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land title dispute case after one of the members of a five-judge Constitution bench recused himself from the case. A five-member bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi with Justices S A Bobde, N V Ramana, U U Lalit and D Y Chandrachud was set up for hearing the matter on a batch of petitions.  Justice UU Lalit has recused himself from hearing the case. The apex court now will hear the matter on January 29.

SC reinstates Alok Verma as CBI Chief

Supreme Court today reinstated Alok Verma as the CBI chief. However, the Court said, the committee constituted under the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act will have to consider the matter afresh and that Mr. Verma cannot take any major policy decisions until then.

The court also said that any further decision against Verma would be taken by the high-powered committee which selects and appoints CBI director. In addition, it also set aside the appointment of M. Nageswara Rao as interim chief of the agency.

A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi pronounced the verdict after hearing Mr Verma petition against the Centre's move to divest him as the chief of the probe agency. The bench had reserved its verdict in the matter on 6th December.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has said that the government will comply with the decision of the Supreme Court. He said, the two senior officers of the CBI were sent on leave on the recommendation of the Central Vigilance Commissio…

India takes over operations of Chabahar port in Iran

India has taken over operations of the strategic Chabahar port in the Sistan-Balochistan province of Iran's southern coast. 


This is the first time India will be operating a port outside its territory. The Shipping Ministry in a statement in New Delhi today said that the Government of India took over the operations of a part of Shahid Beheshti Port, Chabahar, in Iran during the Chabahar Trilateral Agreement meeting held there on December 24, 2018.


The Chabahar port in the Sistan-Balochistan province in the energy-rich nation's southern coast is easily accessible from India's western coast and is increasingly seen as a counter to Pakistan's Gwadar Port located at distance of around 80 km from Chabahar.


The Chabahar port is being considered as a gateway to golden opportunities for trade by India, Iran and Afghanistan with central Asian countries, besides ramping up trade among the three countries in the wake of Pakistan denying transit access to New Delhi.
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India,Norway on Eco-tech ties Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said trade and investment are the key for relations between India and Norway. Exploring new avenues for deepening bilateral relationship PM  and PM Norway held delegation level talks. Discussed bolstering relations in trade & investment, blue economy, oceans & marine resources, climate change, SDGs & renewable energy. EAM  called on PM of Norway today morning. Good exchange of views on expanding ties across all sectors. Immense opportunity to cooperate in blue economy, shipping, fisheries & aquaculture and renewable energy. Bilateral meeting between Dr. Ajay Kumar, Secretary Defence Production and Norwegian delegates led by Ms.Tone Skogen, Dy Minister of Defence, Norway held on 07th JAN 2019 at New Delhi to discuss  In his press statement after delegation level talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Norwegian counterpart Ms…
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Taliban seek venue change for peace talks Taliban will not attend planned peace talks with the United States in Saudi Arabia this month, and want to shift the venue to Qatar, Taliban officials said on Sunday, seeking to fend off Riyadh’s push to include the Afghan government in talks. The upcoming negotiations, the fourth in a series aimed at ending the 17-year war in Afghanistan, are scheduled between the leaders of the Taliban and US special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad to discuss the withdrawal of foreign forces and a possible ceasefire in 2019. Leaders of the militant group have rejected the Kabul government’s offer for direct talks, despite growing international pressure in favor of the Western-backed Afghan government having a seat at the table. “We were supposed to meet US officials in Riyadh next week and continue our peace process that remained incomplete in Abu Dhabi last month,” a senior Taliban member based in Afghanistan told Reuters on condition of anonymity. “The problem is …
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Five business sectors that are looking interesting in 2019 THE MYANMAR TIMES06 JAN 2019 Things are looking more optimistic for some business sectors in 2019. Photo: Aungmyin Yezaw/The Myanmar Times Businesses did not have a positive outlook on the Myanmar business sector last year with falling confidence and firms pulling out of Myanmar. However, with the arrival of a new year, things seem to be looking more optimistic for some sectors. Our reporters have interviewed insiders and experts from five business sectors on their views on what to expect in 2019. (Click the sub-heading to read more.) 1 Tourism sector hoping boost from East With the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population relaxing, last year, visa requirements for travellers from East Asian countries, tourism businesses are hoping to see a 50 percent rise in eastern visitors this year. 2 Property demand should be rising Property transactions are likely to see a pickup in 2019 with better laws expected and payment options …