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[8 Aug 2017 | No Comment | ]

By Qu Qiuyan in Global Times Published: 2017/8/7 23:08:39
A court in Shangqiu, Central China’s Henan Province sentenced a “granny gang,” which demanded repayment of loans mainly by insulting debtors, to up to 11 years in prison, after determining that the group’s behavior was equal to that of organized gangsters.
A local court in Suixian, Shangqiu sentenced the 14 key members of the granny gang to 2 to 11 years in prison on July 5 for “organizing, leading and participating in gangster-like organizations and for their provocative and disturbing behavior,” The Beijing …

Bangladesh, Headline »

[8 Aug 2017 | No Comment | ]

report on bdnews24.com, Aug 7, 2017 at 22:15
A dialogue is due later this month when Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda will sit with registered political parties to discuss the roadmap to the general elections.
This time, the BNP delegation gets to meet him before the ruling Awami League as the commission is following a descending order to invite parties.
The BNP falls on No. 7 while the Awami League on No. 6 on a list based on the date of parties’ registration done with the commission.
Bangladesh Nationalist Front or BNF will …

Business, China, Headline »

[7 Aug 2017 | No Comment | ]

Xinhua Report in Global Times, Aug 5 at 16:28:25
Yao Zhongmin, former chairman of the board of supervisors at China Development Bank (CDB), has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for accepting bribes.
Yao was also fined 3.5 million yuan (about 520,000 US dollars). All his illegal profits will be turned over to the state treasury, according to the verdict issued on Friday by the Intermediate People’s Court of Baoding City in north China’s Hebei Province.
Yao had also served as deputy chief of the Communist Party of China (CPC) committee at …

China, Headline »

[5 Aug 2017 | No Comment | ]

Xinhua report in Global Times, Aug 4, 2017 at 18:37:04
Two local officials were removed from their posts in central China’s Hunan Province for “superstitious activities,” disciplinary authorities said.
Tang Yuansong, former head of the housing and construction bureau of Linwu County, attended five fengshui training courses in different cities under the guise of “investigation tours” starting in 2008, said a statement by the commission for discipline inspection of Chenzhou City.
The training sessions cost 54,000 yuan (8,000 US dollars) in total and were reimbursed as business trip expenses, said the statement issued …

Bangladesh, Headline »

[4 Aug 2017 | No Comment | ]

Report in The daily star, Aug 14, 2017
The BNP yesterday alleged that the government was putting pressure on the chief justice over the Supreme Court verdict that scrapped the 16th amendment to the constitution.
The party also expressed concern over media reports that ruling Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader had a meeting with Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha at the latter’s residence on Saturday night.
“You [the government] are mounting pressure on the chief justice; you are saying publicly to change the verdict,” said Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, secretary general of …

Bangladesh, Headline »

[4 Aug 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Md. Fazlur Rahman & Manik Miazee in Dhaka Tribune, Aug 4, 2017
Several prominent politicians have been meeting each other recently in an effort to form a shadow coalition for the upcoming elections, sources say.
On Wednesday, JSD President ASM Abdur Rab, General Secretary Abdul Malek Ratan, Nagorik Oikya Convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna and Gano Forum’s Executive President Subrata Chowdhury, Jatiya Party Co-Chairman GM Quader attended a meeting at Bikalpadhara Bangladesh President AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury’s home.
A participant of the meeting, seeking anonymity, told the Dhaka Tribune: “If BNP decides to boycott …

Bangladesh, Headline »

[3 Aug 2017 | No Comment | ]

Report in The Daily Star, Aug 3, 2017
Leaders of several political parties last night met and formed a liaison committee aiming to forge an alliance beyond the combines led by the Awami League and the BNP.
Nagorik Oikya Convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna was given the helm of the committee.
The meeting, held at the Baridhara residence of Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) President AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury, lasted two and a half hours from 8:30pm.
Jatiya Party Co-Chair GM Quader, Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD-Rob) President ASM Abdur Rob, Manna, Gono Forum Executive President Subrata Chowdhury …

China, Headline, India »

[2 Aug 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Catherine Wong in South China Morning Post, Aug 2, 2017
The protracted border dispute between China and India in the Himalayas has created a “spillover effect” as China’s neighbours become unsettled by its tough handling of the escalating conflict between the two Asian giants, foreign policy experts have said.
China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi and his Indian counterpart Smt. Sushma Swaraj are scheduled to attend the Asean foreign ministers’ meeting in Manila later this week. And while the North Korean nuclear crisis and South China Sea disputes are expected to dominate …

China, Headline »

[1 Aug 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Liu Zhen in South China Morning Post, Aug 1, 2017
China’s military has increased its global visibility and transparency in the past four years under President Xi Jinping, showcasing its military prowess with newfound confidence, but Beijing’s aggressive postures in territorial disputes with neighbours have offset some of the trust gained by such defence diplomacy.
The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has established a global footprint in recent years, with its navy crossing every ocean and peacekeepers deployed to faraway continents.
Three PLA Navy vessels – the guided-missile destroyer Changchun, guided-missile frigate Jingzhou …

China, Headline »

[1 Aug 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Grace Zhu in The Wall St Journal, Updated July 30, 2017 11:52 p.m. ET
BEIJING—A gauge of China’s manufacturing activity fell more than expected in July, offering a sign of an anticipated slowdown in the world’s second-largest economy after a strong start to the year.
China’s official manufacturing purchasing-managers’ index fell to 51.4 in July from 51.7 in June, according to data released by the National Bureau of Statistics on Monday. The July reading fell below a median forecast of 51.6 from a Wall Street Journal poll of economists, but still …