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Jokowi denies Abbott’s claims about executions

Posted on 28 February 2015 by admin

Publication Date : 28-02-2015

 

Indonesia president reiterates refusal to commute death sentence on drug traffickers

 

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has contradicted Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s claim that the president gave him an indication that he might soften his stance on the planned executions of 11 prisoners, including two Australian drug smugglers.

In an interview with daily business newspaper Kontan on Friday, the president reiterated that he would not commute the sentences imposed on drug traffickers as the country was in a state of emergency caused by drug abuse. He insisted that the executions of the convicts would go ahead as scheduled. On Thursday, the government had initially kept silent after Abbott issued his statement.

“Our position is clear: our laws cannot be interfered with,” the newspaper quoted Jokowi as saying.

Abbott said he spoke with his “friend” Jokowi on Wednesday evening and claimed that the Indonesian leader “absolutely understands our position [...] and I think he is carefully considering Indonesia’s position”.

Abbott called Jokowi on Wednesday evening. It was part of the “damage control” conducted by the Australian leader after his earlier remarks, which linked Australia’s huge financial aid to Aceh after the 2004 tsunami to the executions of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, angered many Indonesians.

However, as reported by Reuters, Abbott declined to reveal the details of their telephone conversation. “I don’t want to raise hope that might turn out to be dashed,� said Abbott, who attended the inauguration of Jokowi as the country’s seventh president in October last year.

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff was outraged with Jokowi’s refusal to accept her appeals to save the lives of two Brazilian drug traffickers, including one who was executed last month. She humiliated the Indonesian ambassador-designate to Brazil, Toto Riyanto, by refusing to receive his credentials just minutes before the official ceremony at her office last week.

French President Francois Hollande has also failed to persuade Jokowi to soften his stance on French convict Serge Atloui, who was also put on the list of convicts soon to face firing squads.

Separately, Australian Daily Mail journalist Candace Sutton was arrested for allegedly violating the Immigration Law while covering the execution preparations on Nusakambangan prison island, Cilacap regency, Central Java.

“We detained the journalist because she is suspected of having no recommendation letter from the foreign ministry and only has a visitor’s visa,” the Cilacap Immigration Office’s spokesperson, Welly Wiguna, said Friday.

Welly said the journalist would be deported on Friday evening. The office had previously deported two journalists from Brazil and Peru who covered the preparations for the first round of executions last month. The government has warned international journalists that they have to obtain press visas prior to covering the executions.

Meanwhile, Bali Police’s Mobile Brigade (Brimob) announced its readiness to transfer the two Australians to Nusakambangan Island. “We have been ready. We are ready to move to do the task [the transportation],” Brimob chief Sr. Comr. Rudy Harianto said during a simulation of the transfer in Denpasar on Friday.

Rudy said that the two death row convicts would be guarded by 20 Brimob personnel; each of them will be escorted by 10 officers. In the initial plan, each convict would have been escorted by only five officers from Brimob. “Because at the beginning, it was planned to use a small charter flight. But now that has been changed,” he said. – See more at: http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2015/02/28/jokowi-denies-abbott-s-claim-about-executions.html#sthash.EAAEDUxE.dpuf

 

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Parents of former Thai princess confess to defaming the monarchy

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Schools without walls in Sabah

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Charter change in Thailand will ‘silence the crowds’

Posted on 28 February 2015 by admin

Publication Date : 28ᆖ-2015

 

The crowds in Thailand have often ruled the day in recent years. The country’s seat of government would be repeatedly blockaded by protesters, its airports besieged and some of its busiest city junctions shut down as citizens rallied to demand change.

All that would be a thing of the past if a Bill that restricts protests, now making its way through the military-stacked interim assembly, is passed.

Meanwhile, a handpicked Constitution-drafting committee, holed up in the seaside resort of Pattaya this week, has finalised and revealed some of the most contentious aspects of the draft charter.

The future Senate, for example, would vet Cabinet nominees. Instead of having half its members elected, as the Senate was  before the military coup last May, it will be filled by representatives from designated interest or professional groups, chosen by their peers to fill allocated seats.

There will also be a provision for a non-elected person to be premier. It will be a few months yet before the slew of legal amendments is fast-tracked through the assembly and Thailand’s 20th Constitution is examined by the Cabinet and junta.

But observers say the main pieces will be in place to ensure that, even after martial law is lifted – and an election is held – there will be few surprises about who will hold the reins.

Prime minister Prayut Chan-ocha, during a trip to Japan earlier this month, promised to hold elections by early next year.

“Everybody knows you cannot keep postponing it,” says influential businessman and assembly member Isara Vongkusolkit. “There will be a lot of social dissatisfaction.”

But the political framework within which the polls will take place will not be the same as before.

Former education minister Chaturon Chaisang, a member of the Cabinet deposed last May, says: “People should stop believing that everything will be fine after the election.”

The future political system, he says, will put elected politicians in a legal straitjacket. It will also likely be difficult for political parties to campaign on a policy platform.

Ramkhamhaeng University political scientist Chaichana Inkawat expects it to further strengthen the hand of the old elites. It is something the royalist, pro-establishment faction in the kingdom’s deep political divide will welcome.

They had watched with dismay how controversial tycoon Thaksin Shinawatra dominated the political scene through proxies over the past decade despite a 2006 coup that unseated him and a court sentence that sent him into self-exile.

The coup last year unseated the Puea Thai party-run caretaker government backed by him. His sister Yingluck Shinawatra, ousted by the charter court as prime minister just before the coup, has been banned from politics for five years, a term that could stretch to her entire lifetime under the proposed system if she is convicted of corruption.

The Puea Thai party as well as Thaksin’s Thai Rak Thai that was banned in 2007 built their support by promising the rural and low-income majority a better life, through schemes which critics say masked high-level graft.

As a precaution, Thailand’s appointed legal architects have been prescriptive: Among the future 200 senators, up to 10 will be former premiers, house speakers and supreme court chiefs. Thirty will be senior government officials and up to 50 from agricultural and labour groups, or local community organisations.

Which presents an intriguing paradox: For Western democracies, which have scaled back bilateral exchanges, a fresh election in Thailand will no doubt make the  resumption of ties more palatable. For the Thai electorate, it may well mean their votes will count for less.

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Bangladesh’s crisis needs to be addressed internally: US

Posted on 28 February 2015 by admin

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China crackdowns on parents who sell their kids

Posted on 28 February 2015 by admin

Publication Date : 28-02-2015

 

A father sold his three sons for 30,000 yuan ($4,ᗝ) after contacting potential buyers before they were even born.

The case in Zaoyang, Hubei province, was used by judges from the top court to highlight the increasing problem of parents who sell their children.

The number of such cases has grown over the past few years, even though the total number of human trafficking offenses has declined sharply, according to the judges.

The number of cases of children being abducted to make money has been falling since 2012. However, cases where parents or other close relatives are involved in the trafficking have become more common, Zhao Junfu, a judge at the criminal department of the Supreme People’s Court, said on Friday.

The courts dealt with 7,ᖏ cases relating to the trafficking of children and women from 2010 to last year and sentenced 12,963 people, according to official figures.

Of those convicted, 7,336 were jailed for more than five years, “which indicates the country’s tough attitude toward the crime”, Zhao said.

The number of human trafficking cases fell from 1,918 in 2012 to 978 last year.

“But we are finding that some parents are benefiting from the sale of their own kids,” Zhao added.

The Zaoyang case involved a father called Xing Xiaoqiang who trafficked his twin sons to a local couple in 2011, and sold his third child two years later.

A court in the city sentenced him to 10 years in prison and fined him 10,000 yuan.

“We find that some parents like Xing are not forced to sell their kids,” Zhao added. “Instead, they treat the children like goods, aiming to earn money in this way. Such offences must be cracked down on severely.”

Du Guoqiang, a senior judge in the department, said the scale of the problem became clear when the court realised that some missing children were never found, and parents were failing to report the disappearance of their children to the police or judicial authorities.

Du said the offense happens most often in rural and developing areas. The court is working with child protection agencies to develop more effective ways to tackle the problem and update a guideline designed to prevent abductions that was issued in 2010.

Sun Jungong, the top court’s spokesman, said: “The country’s courts will continue to improve the protection given to children and women, and the judicial policies and articles will soon be amended to reflect the seriousness of the offense.

“In addition to fighting the trafficking of children, the courts will also focus on the abduction of women via the Internet this year.”

 

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Restart of ageing S. Korea nuclear reactor sparks controversy

Posted on 28 February 2015 by admin

Publication Date : 28-Ǣ-2015

 

South Korea��s decision to extend the life of its second-oldest nuclear power plant until 2020 has triggered controversy, with residents and civic groups expressing concerns over its safety.

The Nuclear Safety and Security Commission, the country�s nuclear watchdog, said Friday that seven of its nine commissioners had voted to restart the 678-megawatt Wolsong unit 1 reactor in Gyeongju, North Gyeongsang Province.

The heavy water reactor shut down in 썜 after reaching the end of its 30-year lifespan.

The state-run Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power, which operates the reactor, welcomed the approval, and announced its plan to restart operations in April.

“The Wolsong unit 1 reactor has gone through a thorough safety inspection over the past five years,” Cho Seok, chief executive of the KHNP, said during a press conference at the company’s headquarters on Friday.

The operator, part of the state-run Korea Electric Power Corp., has been seeking to restart Wolsong unit 1, and runs 23 reactors, producing about a third of South Korea’s power.

Cho said that the company would examine the facility’s resistance to unexpected natural disasters and other potential accidents, adding that it would step up efforts to communicate with residents in the region.

Despite the reactor’s economic feasibility, frequent glitches have triggered safety concerns.

Over the 30 years since the reactor started operating in 1983, the nuclear plant was suspended 39 times due to malfunctions.

Japan’s Fukushima Dai-ichi reactor meltdowns in 2011 further raised safety concerns globally.

Korea’s environmental civic group Collective Action for Nuclear Free Society called for the reactor’s life-span extension to be nullified.

“The NSSC pushed ahead with the voting amid fierce controversy over the Wolsong unit 1 reactor’s safety problems, as it failed to meet technical standards set by the International Atomic Energy Agency,” the group’s spokesperson said.

In October, the state-run Korea Institute of Nuclear Safety completed an inspection of the reactor, and concluded that the unit was suitable for operation only until November 2022 as long as certain engineering improvements were made.

However, the NSSC delayed its decision, saying more opinions on seismic risk were required.

The NSSC must officially renew the license before the owner, the KHNP, can continue generating electricity.

Those who approved the restart said the reactor was safe to generate electricity as the KHNP made a 560 billion won ($59 million)�investment to upgrade it.

They also warned of an electric power supply problem should the Wolsong unit 1 be permanently shut down.

Gyeongju residents and environmentalists said the shutdown would not adversely affect electricity supply, citing a private inspection team’s review which showed that safety cannot be guaranteed if the reactor continues to operate.

The latest decision will be critical for other reactors, including Kori unit 1, the country’s oldest, which had its operations extended by 10 years to 20DZ.

Among the 23 reactor units that are currently operating in South Korea, a total of 12 units will reach the end of their lifespans by 2025.

 

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M’sia welcomes invitation to witness reconstruction of MH17 plane, says minister

Posted on 28 February 2015 by admin

Publication Date : 28-02-2015

 

Malaysia will welcome any invitation from the Dutch authorities to send the next of kin of MH17 victims to witness the reconstruction of the downed aircraft, transport minister Liow Tiong Lai said.

“The Malaysian government has not received any information from the Dutch authorities on this matter.

“As it is, our DCA officers and Malaysia Airlines engineers are already there to help in the reconstruction of the aircraft,” he told reporters yesterday.

Investigators are expected to begin soon a three-dimensional reconstruction of parts of the aircraft at the Dutch air force base where the wreckage is stored.

The Boeing 777 was downed in July last year while flying over Ukraine from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur with 298 people aboard.

Liow said the reconstruction exercise would help determine the cause of the incident.

“It will tell us whether Flight MH17 was hit by ground-to-air or air-to-air missile, and diffuse speculation,��� he said.

In Kuala Lumpur, some families of the victims said they would take up the Dutch Safety Board’s (DSB) invitation to see the wreckage next month, hoping the trip would bring them closer to answers.

Hanapi Mohd Nor, father of MH17 co-pilot Ahmad Hakimi Hanapi, said he wanted to look at the shell of the plane to get a better picture of what might have happened to his son while he was flying over Donetsk, Ukraine.

He said conflicting reports of whether the plane was shot down from a ground-to-air missile or that it was downed by a Ukrainian fighter jet had left him puzzling over what truly happened.

“If they invite me to go, Insya-Allah, I want to be there. I want to see the remnants myself. I’m not an engineer, but maybe if I look at it myself, I can be closer to the truth,” said Hanapi, 68.

Don Shahidan Kassim, 48, the brother of MH17 chief stewardess Dora Shahila Kassim, applauded the initiative in engaging the next of kin.

â��It will be good for us to see the plane so we can know what actually happened,” he said.

For Jijar Singh, the father of MH17 steward Sanjid Singh Sandhu, he said the visit would be more out of formality rather than closure.

He said the family would probably query investigators on how they could begin the litigation process of those he believed were responsible for his son���s death.

DSB chairman Tjibbe Joustra said in a statement that the next of kin would be invited to visit the wreckage at the Royal Netherlands Air Force base in Gilze-Rijen in the first week of March.

This comes after Dutch investigators had collected pieces of the wreckage and selected a part of it for a reconstruction of a part of the plane. See more at: http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2015/Ǣ/28/We-will-welcome-Dutch-invite-Liow-Reconstruction-exercise-will-help-determine-cause-of-MH17-crash/

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27 Chinese legislature deputies forced out for corruption

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Novartis Japan ordered to shut down for failure to report side effects

Posted on 28 February 2015 by admin

The order by Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, issued Friday, said Novartis Japan must halt production and sale of its drugs from March 5 to March 19. Five drugs were excluded from the order because of the potential harm to patients if supplies fell short.

The ministry said Novartis Japan failed to report 3,264 cases of side effects involving 26 drugs within the period required by law. It said the case was the first time the ministry had issued a suspension over failure to report side effects.

Novartis Japan said it accepted the punishment. It apologized to patients and doctors for “causing trouble and worry.��� The company said that after reviewing the side-effect reports, it didn’t find any that would necessitate changing safety information on drug labels.

Health authorities ordered the Japanese unit of Novartis AG to shut down most operations for 15 days in March, saying the drug maker failed to report side effects from its products in a timely fashion. (wsj.com) Once again, Japanese snack company Calbee is teaming up with the world’s most famous fast food fried chicken outfit. (Japan Today) Japan has no shortage of U.S.-style fast-food restaurants, from burgers to pizza, but something that hasn’t been on the menu is burritos and quesadillas. That is about to change, however, as Irvine, Calif.-based Taco Bell is planning to set up shop in the land of sushi and sashimi. (wsj.com) MediaMation, a maker of 4D technology, is partnering with Sony Business Solutions Corporation to try to hook Japan on movie theaters that buck, spray and mist along with the onscreen action. (variety.com) Leading automaker Toyota Motor Corp.’s Lexus ranked top among 28 car brands in the United States for the third straight year in 2015 in both vehicle performance and reliability terms, Consumer Reports magazine said Tuesday. (The Japan News)
In the shadow of Nijo Castle here, a World Heritage site, the municipal government is asking a developer to build a hotel instead of a condominium building, a rare request, since it has no legal power to compel it. (Asahi) Line Taxi premiered in January in Japan, giving users of the popular messaging app an easy way to book a cab. Like Uber’s Japanese debut, it was limited initially to Tokyo. (techinasia.com) Inspired by similar establishments in Japan but with an added English flair, London’s first cat cafe is doing a roaring trade providing traditional afternoon tea in feline company. (Japan Times) The humble egg isn’t known for its tempting aroma, but that could be about to change as a group of Japanese farms has developed eggs that taste and smell like citrus fruit. (metro.co.uk) Toyota Motor started full-scale manufacturing on Tuesday of the world’s first commercial fuel-cell car. (NHK)


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