Daily Archives: 15 mai 2018

Taiwan home affairs and society

15 MAY 2018

Taiwan court hands former president Ma Ying-jeou 4-month jail term over information leak

A court in Taiwan on Tuesday sentenced former president Ma Ying-jeou to four months jail over a leak of information related to national security, legal documents showed, but he vowed to appeal, and could avoid jail altogether by paying a fine
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/taiwan-court-hands-former-president-ma-ying-jeou-4-month-jail-term-over-information-leak
https://chinapost.nownews.com/20180515-319429

30 MARCH 2018

Fury as Man Booker bows to pressure to list Taiwan as Chinese province

One of the world’s most prestigious literary prizes has been dragged into a diplomatic spat between China and Taiwan after it caved in to pressure from Beijing to change the nationality of a Taiwanese nominee on its website
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/03/30/fury-man-booker-bows-pressure-list-taiwan-chinese-province/

Renowned Taiwan writer Li Ao dies, aged 83

Taiwan’s famous writer and political commentator Li Ao died of brain cancer at the age of 83
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/renowned-taiwan-writer-li-ao-dies-aged-83
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-43458915
http://www.theindependent.sg/li-ao-writer-of-96-banned-books-in-taiwan-dies-at-82/

14 MARCH 2018

Taiwan ranked world’s 26th happiest country

Taiwan has been ranked as the world’s 26th happiest country and the happiest country in East Asia, in a report released Wednesday that compares the happiness level of 156 countries, assessing factors including average life span, social support and corruption
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/asoc/201803140031.aspx

1 NOVEMBER 2017

Taiwan’s enduring death penalty

The pace of executions in Taiwan has waxed and waned over recent decades — after a nearly five-year pause in executions, 33 people were executed between 2010 and 2016. Today, the death penalty remains legal, popular and contentious
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/11/01/taiwans-enduring-death-penalty/

4 OCTOBER 2017

 Meeting Of Minds: Taiwan’s Yushan Forum slated to become an important dialogue platform

 In a significant development, Taiwan is preparing to host the first edition of the Yushan Forum on October 11 and 12 to complement its New Southbound Policy of engagement with 18 countries in Asean, South Asia and Oceania
https://blogs.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/talkingturkey/meeting-of-minds-taiwans-yushan-forum-slated-to-become-an-important-dialogue-platform/

18 SEPTEMBER 2017

The White Wolf of Taiwan

 Zhang Anle and his solution for the cross-strait dilemma
http://thediplomat.com/2017/09/the-white-wolf-of-taiwan/

8 SEPTEMBER 2017

Taiwan’s opposition leader faces internal and external challenges

Supporters of the KMT feel increasingly helpless at home and abroad. If the KMT further abandons its various ties and linkages with mainland China, it may well literally mean the end of the ROC at an earlier date. Can Wu reverse the unfavorable trend? The 2020 presidential election would be definitely decisive
http://ippreview.com/index.php/Home/Blog/single/id/546.html

5 SEPTEMBER 2017

Tsai names Tainan Mayor Lai Ching-te as premier

President Tsai Ing-wen named Tainan City Mayor Lai Ching-te as replacement for outgoing Premier Lin Chuan during a news conference at the Presidential Office Sept. 5 in Taipei City
http://www.taiwantoday.tw/news.php?unit=2&post=120984
https://asia.nikkei.com/Politics-Economy/Policy-Politics/Taiwan-s-next-premier-thought-to-be-China-moderate?page=2

4 SEPTEMBER 2017

Taiwanese premier resigns amid rising public discontent, but says he completed his major missions

Taiwan will appoint a new premier and form a new cabinet later this week following the resignation of incumbent Lin Chuan amid growing criticism of the government’s performance
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2109632/taiwanese-premier-set-resign-amid-rising-public
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201709040026.aspx
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2017/09/05/2003677820/1

15 AUGUST 2017

Minister resigns over massive Taiwan blackout

Taiwan’s Economic Affairs Minister Lee Chih-kung resigned after a malfunction at the island’s largest natural gas plant on Tuesday (Aug 15) caused a massive blackout that affected millions of households amid a heatwave
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/minister-resigns-over-massive-taiwan-blackout-reports-9125906

8 JULY 2017

Taiwan’s president is now less popular than Trump. Here’s why

Tsai’s approval rating sank to 33 % in June, down from just 39 % a month earlier
http://www.latimes.com/world/asia/la-fg-taiwan-tsai-approval-2017-story.html

10 JUNE 2017

‘Tremendous loss to Taiwan’: Acclaimed director Chi Po-lin killed in helicopter crash on assignment

Acclaimed Taiwanese director Chi Po-lin, 52, have died in a helicopter crash on Saturday while filming the sequel of award-winning environmental documentary Beyond Beauty: Taiwan from Above
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/asoc/201706100018.aspx
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2017/06/10/tremendous-loss-taiwan-acclaimed-director-believed-killed-helicopter-crash-assignment/
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2017/06/10/498550/beyond-beauty.htm

28 MAY 2017

From friends to bitter enemies: Taiwan president refuses to pardon Chen Shui-bian

Former President Chen Shui-bian, on medical parole from a 20-year jail sentence for corruption, is challenging his ex-protege Tsai Ing-wen, who has refused to give him a presidential pardon
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/friends-bitter-enemies-taiwan-president-refuses-pardon-chen-shui-bian

24 MAY 2017

First in Asia: Taiwan recognizes same-sex marriage

Taiwan’s top court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage on Wednesday, a landmark decision that paves the way for the island to become the first place in Asia to legalize same-sex unions
http://www.atimes.com/article/first-asia-taiwan-recognizes-sex-marriage/
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2017/05/24/497864/ruling-puts.htm

20 MAY 2017

Wu Den-yih wins Taiwan KMT chairman election

Former Vice President Wu Den-yih (吳敦義) won the election for chairman of Taiwan’s main opposition party, the Kuomintang (KMT), on Saturday, and now faces a big challenge to unify and energize the struggling party
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201705200021.aspx
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170521_09/

24 APRIL 2017

Most of the new Taiwan citizens come from Vietnam

Nearly 70 per cent of foreigners who became naturalized R.O.C. citizens in 2016 were from Vietnam, according to government statistics
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/most-new-taiwan-citizens-come-vietnam#sthash.30qrNUqN.dpuf

28 MARCH 2017

Taiwan district court acquits former president of leaking classified information

A Taiwan district court cleared former president Ma Ying-jeou on Tuesday of charges of leaking classified information over a controversial wiretapping case in 2013
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2082778/taiwan-district-court-acquits-former-president-leaking
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/asoc/201703280019.aspx
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/former-taiwan-president-ma-found-not-guilty-in-leaks-case/3631002.html

14 MARCH 2017

Taiwan’s ex-president indicted in wiretapping scandal

Taiwan’s Ma Ying-jeou was once a luminous figure. But his attempt to bring down a rival politician has landed him in court. If convicted he could be imprisoned for several years. Klaus Bardenhagen reports from Taipei
http://www.dw.com/en/taiwans-ex-president-indicted-in-wiretapping-scandal/a-37933123
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/former-taiwan-president-ma-ying-jeou-charged-with-leaking/3593430.html

28 FEBRUARY 2017

Taiwanese independence and unification factions clash as island commemorates 1947 massacre

Supporters of Taiwan independence and cross-strait unification clashed on Tuesday at a Taipei hall built in memory of the nationalist leader Chiang Kai-shek, as the island commemorated the 1947 massacre in which the Chiang was blamed for killing thousands of Taiwanese 70 years ago
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2074820/taiwanese-independence-and-unification-factions-clash
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2017/03/01/492616/Amid-conflict.htm

11 JUNUARY 2017

Taiwan passes bill to end nuclear power by 2025

The amendments call for greater use of renewable energy resources, such as solar and wind energy, and allow private companies to sell electricity to the main utility company
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170112_02/
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aeco/201701110029.aspx

2 JANUARY 2017

The Taiwanese see themselves as Taiwanese, not as Chinese

On Dec. 2, President-elect Donald Trump startled observers when, departing from protocol, he took a phone call with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen. Trump has suggested that under his administration, the United States may break from the pointedly ambiguous “One China policy.”
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2017/01/02/yes-taiwan-wants-one-china-but-which-china-does-it-want/?postshare=9731483517456576&tid=ss_fb-bottom&utm_term=.db03c8330ebc

26 DECEMBER 2016

Chen Shui-bian makes first public speech after prison release

Chen – who was handed a 20-year sentence for a string of corruption charges shortly after leaving office in 2008 – made a short speech at the opening of his daughter’s dental clinic in Tainan
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/chen-shui-bian-makes-first-public-speech-after-prison-release

17  DECEMBER 2016

Taiwan’s Kuomintang party is broke and adrift

A new law has allowed the government to freeze its assets, leaving it unable to pay staff
http://www.economist.com/news/asia/21711925-new-law-has-allowed-government-freeze-its-assets-leaving-it-unable-pay-staff-taiwans

23 SEPTEMBER 2016

Taiwanese ‘double agent’ jailed for 18 years after decade of spying for mainland China

A Taiwanese court has sentenced a former intelligence officer to 18 years in prison for reportedly working as a double agent and spying for mainland China as relations worsen with Beijing.
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2021960/taiwanese-double-agent-jailed-18-years-after-decade

22 SEPTEMBER 2016

Taiwan opposition KMT’s bank account frozen in assets probe

 Taiwan’s government has ordered a freeze on the opposition Kuomintang’s bank account, officials said Thursday, as part of an investigation into its allegedly ill-gotten political assets
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/taiwan-opposition-kmts-bank-account-frozen-assets-probe

19 SEPTEMBER 2016

 Taiwan politicians break ranks to meet with Beijing

 A group of opposition officials from Taiwan have bypassed the government and travelled to China on a bridge-building trip as relations with Beijing turn frosty under new president Tsai Ing-wen
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/taiwan-politicians-break-ranks-meet-beijing

3 SEPTEMBER 2016

Thousands take to streets of Taiwan’s capital Taipei in protest against govt’s plans to reform pensions

A record 250,000 retired military personnel, police officers, civil servants and public school teachers took to the streets of Taipei on Saturday (Sept 3) to protest the government’s pension reform plans, which they say are unfair and « humiliate » their professions
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/thousands-take-to-streets-of-taiwans-capital-taipei-to-protest-govts-plans-to-reform
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2016/09/04/2003654459/1

27 AUGUST 2016

Grading Tsai Ing-wen’s first 100 days in office

It has been 100 days since Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen took office, and public disappointment is already growing towards her administration. A series of policy flip-flops have added to the impression that her administration is indecisive
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/grading-tsais-first-100-days-in-office
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/policy-indecision-marks/3075912.html
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201608270019.aspx

23 AUGUST 2016

Taiwan’s population to decrease in 5-9 years

 Taiwan has a low birth rate compared to most other countries. As longevity increases, the nation will turn into an aged society in two years, and a super-aged society in 10 years
http://www.asianews.network/content/taiwan%E2%80%99s-population-decrease-5-9-years-26231

15 AUGUST 2016

President Tsai Ing-wen ‘losing control’ of Taiwan’s pro-independence camp

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen is facing what analysts view as the biggest challenge to her authority since taking office after she reluctantly withdrew her nominations for the top posts in the island’s judiciary.
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2004169/president-tsai-ing-wen-losing-control-taiwans-pro

1st AUGUST 2016

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen formally apologises to country’s indigenous people for first time in history

President Tsai Ing-wen has formally apologised to Taiwan’s indigenous people for centuries of suffering, becoming the country’s first-ever leader to do so
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36940243
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201608010026.aspx
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2016/08/02/2003652277

22 JULY 2016

How Bad Is Taiwan’s Economy?

 Compared to other economies around the world, Taiwan is doing just fine
http://thediplomat.com/2016/07/how-bad-is-taiwans-economy/

12 JUNE 2016

Taiwan rejects ex-president’s Hong Kong trip

Taiwanese authorities on Sunday (June 12) refused former president Ma Ying-jeou permission to visit Hong Kong, citing national security considerations
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/taiwan-rejects-ex-presidents-hong-kong-trip
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2016/06/13/2003648490
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2016/06/13/469179/Presidential-Office.htm

21 MAY 2016

Ma Ying-jeou faces investigation in 24 cases against him

Former President Ma Ying-jeou is facing investigation in several cases, including corruption allegations against him, as he has lost his presidential immunity from prosecution
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/ma-ying-jeou-faces-investigation-24-cases-against-him

20 MAY 2016

Taiwan’s Tsai Ing-wen sworn in as first female president

Taiwan swears-in Tsai Ing-wen as its first female President, taking the oath of office at the presidential palace in Taipei after winning a landslide victory in January
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/05/20/taiwan-inaugurates-first-female-president-amid-warnings-from-chi/
http://www.euronews.com/2016/05/20/taiwan-s-first-female-president-tsai-ing-wen-sworn-in/http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201605200008.aspx
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160520_23/
http://taiwantoday.tw/mp.asp?mp=9

26 APRIL 2016

Taiwan finds 4,800-year-old fossil of mother cradling baby

Archaeologists in Taiwan have found a 4,800-year-old human fossil of a mother holding an infant child in her arms, museum officials said on Tuesday.
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-taiwan-fossils-idUSKCN0XN1WI

13 APRIL 2016

Taipei will not be part of Beijing’s Super-Bank: Humiliating conditions

The island’s government announces that it will not be part of the Asian Investment Bank. For entry, the Chinese government demanded it make an application through its Ministry of Finance. This model « is not acceptable. Not only does this wound our national dignity, but violates the very principle of dignity. « 
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Taipei-will-not-be-part-of-Beijing’s-Super-Bank:-Humiliating-conditions-37206.html

8 APRIL 2016

Taiwan names first ministers in new Cabinet

Mr Lin Chuan introduced the eight Cabinet members at a tea session with the media. The appointments include Mr Lin Hsi-yao as vice-premier, Mr Lin Tzou-yien as Minister for Health and Welfare, Mr Tung Chen-yuan as Cabinet spokesman and five ministers without portfolio
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/taiwan-names-first-ministers-new-cabinet#sthash.osubKpQF.dpuf

7 APRIL 2016

No Taiwan politicians found in ‘Panama Papers’ initial report

No Taiwan politicians are among the 90 Taiwanese passport holders whose names were found among the massive trove of leaked files from the Panama-based offshore law firm Mossack Fonseca, according to an initial report released by CommonWealth Magazine
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/no-taiwan-politicians-found-panama-papers-initial-report#sthash.faRV1sgf.dpuf

26 MARCH 2016

Taiwan Kuomintang picks ‘Little Hot Chili Pepper’ Hung Hsiu-chu as new party chief

The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) elects former deputy legislative speaker Hung Hsiu-chu (洪秀柱) as the party’s first chairwoman in its more than 100-year history
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/kuomintang-picks-little-hot-chili-pepper-hung-hsiu-chu-new-party-chief
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2016/03/27/2003642525
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2016/03/27/461865/Hung-elected.htm

15 MARCH 2016

Taiwan elected president Tsai names Lin Chuan as her premier

Lin Chuan has served as minister of finance and has a doctorate in economics, but Tsai said the Cabinet is to be focused on reform and communication
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2016/03/16/2003641679
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160315_25/

21 FEBRUARY 2016

Taiwanese Mark Lee and Chiang Wei-liang win Berlin awards

Taiwanese cinematographer Mark Lee (李屏賓) on Saturday won a Silver Bear for outstanding artistic contribution at the Berlin International Film Festival, while Taiwanese director Chiang Wei-liang (曾威量) was awarded the Audi Short Film Award for his film Anchorage Prohibited (禁止下錨).
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2016/02/22/2003639925

13 FEBRUARY 2016

Taiwan quake death toll reaches 116, as rescue ends

Tainan City government called off rescue missions in the rubble of a collapsed apartment complex Saturday, from which 114 people were found dead, bringing the death toll to 116 in a magnitude 6.4 earthquake that hit southern Taiwan Feb. 6
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35569224
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/asoc/201602130020.aspx

10 FEBRUARY 2016

Taiwan’s energy conundrum

The newly elected Taiwanese government led by President Tsai Ing-wen and the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) will be faced with significant challenges in energy policy. Most urgently, viable replacements for Taiwan’s ageing fleet of nuclear reactors must be found.
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/02/10/taiwans-energy-conundrum/

1 FEBRUARY 2016

Taiwan elects first DPP parliamentary speaker

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Su Jia-chyuan (蘇嘉全) won the ninth legislative speakership election in a widely predicted landslide victory, becoming the nation’s first non-Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) speaker.
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2016/02/02/2003638625
http://taiwantoday.tw/ct.asp?xItem=241944&ctNode=2194&mp=9
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2016/02/02/457596/LY-elects.htm

28 JANUARY 2016

ROC improves in Corruption Perceptions Index ranking

Taiwan ranked No. 30 out of 168 countries and territories surveyed in the latest Corruption Perceptions Index released Jan. 27 by Berlin-based Transparency International
http://taiwantoday.tw/ct.asp?xItem=241755&ctNode=2194&mp=9

25 JANUARY 2016

Simon Chang appointed as new premier

President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) has appointed Simon Chang (張善政) as the new premier after approving the resignation of former Premier Mao Chi-kuo (毛治國)
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201601250020.aspx
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/news/2016/01/26/457039/President-appoints.htm

 

16 JANUARY 2016

Taiwan election: First female president Tsai Ing-wen elected after landslide victory against ruling Kuomintang including in parliament

Taiwan’s Democratic Progressive Party has swept to power in the country’s general election, clinching the presidency and the legislature as Tsai Ing-wen becomes its first female President
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35333647
http://edition.cnn.com/2016/01/16/asia/taiwan-election/index.html
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201601160033.aspx
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201601170012.aspx
http://www.nst.com.my/news/2016/01/122524/taiwans-new-leader-disappears-chinese-social-network

 

17 OCTOBER 2015

Taiwan’s embattled KMT ousts presidential candidate Hung Hsiu-chu

At an emergency congress, party members voted overwhelmingly to drop Hung Hsiu-chu following a series of poor ratings in opinion polls. She will be replaced by the party’s chairman, Eric Chu
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-34559238
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/taiwans-embattled-kmt-ousts-presidential-candidate-hung-hsiu-chu

10 OCTOBER 2015

Rare blue-green accord on National Day

Opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), attending for the first time in President Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) two terms, said she had accepted her invitation in the spirit of national unity
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2015/10/11/448042/Rare-blue-green.htm
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201510100004.aspx

19 AUGUST 2015

New political party established to campaign for social welfare

A new political party, the Social Welfare Party (SWP,社會福利黨), was established in Taipei on Wednesday to campaign for better social welfare policies, joining a wave of new and emerging parties that are eyeing seats in Taiwan’s Legislature
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201508190027.aspx

14 AUGUST 2015

Taiwan, « happiness » boom : never such a high quality of life

The annual survey published by the National Development Council shows that 88% of citizens are satisfied with their family life . The only drawback is the social involvement: almost 50% never help in community life.
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Taiwan,-happiness-boom-:-never-such-a-high-quality-of-life-35044.html

6 AUGUST 2015

James Soong announces presidential bid

James Soong (宋楚瑜), chairman of Taiwan’s minority People First Party (PFP), announced Thursday that he will stand in the presidential election to be held next January
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201508060006.aspx
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2015/08/07/2003624795

2 AUGUST 2015

Taiwan protesters rip up textbooks, demanding education minister’s resignation

Nearly a thousand people rallied outside Taiwan’s education ministry on Sunday (Aug 2), demanding the minister’s resignation and the scrapping of what they describe as a « China-centric » high school curriculum.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/taiwan-protesters-rip-up/2024130.html
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2015/08/03/2003624506

19 JULY 2015

 Taiwan’s ruling party endorses conservative pro-China candidate Hung Hsiu-chu for presidential run

Taiwan’s ruling Kuomintang (KMT) has officially endorsed wildcard candidate Hung Hsiu-chu to run for president next year, as the deeply divided party faces a battle to regain public support.
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2015-07-19/taiwans-ruling-party-endorses-conservative-prochina-candidate-hung-hsiuchu-for-presidential-run/1471606
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201507190019.aspx

23 JUNE 2015

 Taiwan attracts high number of immigrants from Hong Kong, Macau

A growing number of residents from Hong Kong and Macau are relocating to Taiwan, as the island is coming up with schemes to attract talent and investors from overseas.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/taiwan-attracts-high/1935608.html

 

24 MAY 2015

 Taiwan’s Hou Hsiao-hsien wins best director at Cannes Film Festival

 Prominent Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-hsien (侯孝賢) won the best director award at the Cannes Film Festival in France on Sunday with his first martial arts film « The Assassin » (聶隱娘)http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aedu/201505250002.aspx
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/572427/taiwan-celebrates-hou-best-director-award-at-cannes
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aedu/201505250025.aspx

21 MAY 2015

‘Taiwan’s Mandela’ announces presidential bid

A veteran Taiwanese opposition figure and human rights activist launched a bid on Thursday (May 21) to stand for president next year, posing the latest threat to the embattled ruling Kuomintang (KMT) party.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/taiwan-s-mandela/1863522.html

16 MAY 2015

Eric Chu will not run for president in Taiwan’s 2016 election

The head of Taiwan’s ruling party says he will not run for president in the 2016 election. Kuomintang (KMT) Chairman Eric Chu has declined to take part in the party’s primary to select its candidate, as registration closed on Saturday (May 16).
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/eric-chu-will-not-run-for/1851400.html
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2015/05/17/436208/Chus-pledge.htm

15 MAY 2015

New Taiwan labour laws: Two days off per week, maximum 40 working hours beginning 2016

Beginning Jan. 1, 2016, the maximum allowable working hours will be cut to 40 per week with a mandatory two days off, officials of the Legislative Yuan said yesterday
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/taiwan-labour-laws-two-days-week-maximum-40-working-hours-beginning-2016

 

18 APRIL 2015

Women’s status rising in Taiwan: president

President Ma Ying-jeou said Saturday the status of women has been rising in Taiwan due to increases in women’s higher education opportunities, political involvement and labor force participation
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201504180014.aspx

15 APRIL 2015

Taiwan opposition DPP nominates Tsai Ing-wen as 2016 candidate

Taiwan could be on track for its first ever female leader after the island’s main opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) announced Wednesday that its chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen will run for president
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2015/04/16/2003616029
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/taiwan-opposition-reveals-female-presidential-candidate
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/asia/china/AJ201504150093

18 MARCH 2015

Taiwan protesters rally to mark « Sunflower Movement » anniversary

Taiwan protesters Wednesday marked the first anniversary of the student-led « Sunflower Movement », which saw the occupation of parliament for more than three weeks over a trade pact with China.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/500659/taiwan-protesters-rally-to-mark-sunflower-movement-anniversary
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2015/03/19/2003613879

1 MARCH 2015

Chiang statue beheaded as Taiwan marks ‘White Terror’

A statue of Taiwan’s former leader Chiang Kai-shek was beheaded in another sign of growing fears over Chinese influence on the island as it marked the anniversary of a 1947 massacre that left thousands dead, reports said Sunday
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/chiang-statue-beheaded-taiwan-marks-white-terror

23 JANUARY 2015

Taiwan’s ex-leader faces fresh money laundering charge

Taiwanese prosecutors on Friday indicted convicted former president Chen Shui-bian on an additional charge of money laundering, less than three weeks after he was freed from jail on a medical parole
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/taiwans-ex-leader-faces-fresh-money-laundering-charge
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2015/01/24/2003609973

17 JANUARY 2015

In Taiwan, KMT elects Eric Chu chairman

New Taipei City Mayor Eric Chu (朱立倫) is elected chairman of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) with 99.61 percent of all ballots cast, the highest in terms of percentage of votes obtained since the party first chose its leader by popular vote among party members in 2000.
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2015/01/18/2003609503
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/taiwans-embattled-ruling-party-looks-new-leader-turn-tide-0

13 JANUARY 2015

Prominent Taiwanese women’s advocate Shih Chi-ching dies

Taiwanese women’s rights advocate and writer Shih Chi-ching died of a heart attack at her home in Miaoli county in northern Taiwan on Tuesday, according to the Central News Agency. The writer played a role in reforms of the country’s divorce laws.
http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?cid=1104&MainCatID=11&id=20150115000177

5 JANUARY 2015

Taiwan ex-president Chen Shui-bian granted parole

Ailing former president Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) is released from prison on medical parole after serving six years for a graft conviction relating to his presidency.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30677700
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2015/01/06/2003608566

28 DECEMBER 2014

Taiwan’s ex-VP Lu goes on hunger strike seeking parole for Chen Shui-bian

Taiwan’s former vice-president Annette Lu, 70, started her hunger strike on Sunday (Dec 28) as part of a growing campaign for the release from prison of ailing ex-leader Chen Shui-bian
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/taiwan-s-ex-vp-goes-on/1553956.html

8 DECEMBER 2014

New Taipei mayor appoints James Soong as chief adviser

Ko Wen-je, elected as Taipei’s next mayor on Nov. 29, invited minor opposition People First Party (PFP) chairman James Soong to serve as his chief adviser on Monday, an offer which was readily accepted.
http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20141208000098&cid=1101

3 DECEMBER 2014

Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou quits as Kuomintang chief

Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou has resigned as chairman of the governing party after it suffered a crushing defeat in local elections
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2014/12/04/2003605930
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30288662

29 NOVEMBER 2914

Taiwan’s premier Jiang Yi-huah resigns after ruling party loss in local election

Premier Jiang Yi-huah said the party’s crushing loss reflected public unhappiness with government policies, but Ma still vowed that the KMT will rise again
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/taiwans-premier-resigns-after-ruling-party-loss-local-election
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2014/11/30/2003605651
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2014/11/30/2003605650/1

21 NOVEMBER 2014

Taiwan’s senior population may be 4 times that of kids in 2060

If Taiwan continues to have the same low birth rate as in recent years until 2060, the senior population will be 4.4 times that of children, which could have huge societal consequences, the National Taiwan University Children and Family Research Center (CFRC) said yesterday
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/taiwans-senior-population-may-be-4-times-kids-2060

12 NOVEMBER 2014

A Distrustful Taiwan Takes its Cues from Hong Kong

On Sept. 26, China’s President Xi Jinping restated his hope to see mainland China and Taiwan united on the basis of the “one country, two systems” principle. The timing was odd, with Hong Kong in the throes of a massive student protest demanding true universal suffrage.
http://www.asiasentinel.com/politics/distrustful-taiwan-takes-cues-hong-kong/

7 NOVEMBER 2014

Taiwan director Doze Niu gets suspended sentence in naval base ploy

Acclaimed Taiwanese director Doze Niu received a suspended sentence for taking a Chinese cinematographer onto a naval base in Taiwan without authorisation to scout film locations
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/taiwan-director-doze-niu-gets-suspended-sentence-naval-base-ploy

5 NOVEMBER 2014

Taiwan defence minister visits disputed Spratlys

Yen Ming, together with two legislators and several reporters, flew to Taiping, a Taiwan-administered island which is part of the Spratlys – a chain also claimed in whole or in part by China, Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines and Brunei.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/taiwan-defence-minister/1455554.html
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2014/11/06/2003603800

15 OCTOBER 2014

Retired ROC military officers recruited to spy for PLA

To steal crucial intelligence regarding the Republic of China Armed Forces’ new weapons systems, China has recruited several retired officers through Taiwanese businesspeople working in mainland China, getting them to conduct espionage against their own country, Wendell Minnick wrote in his article for the Washington-based Defense News.
http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20141015000015&cid=1101

10 OCTOBER 2014

Taiwan leader: China should try democracy — starting with Hong Kong

In one of his hardest slaps ever against the Communist leadership in Beijing, Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou said Friday that China should embrace democracy and should start by allowing free elections in Hong Kong.
http://www.latimes.com/world/la-fg-taiwan-president-china-democracy-20141010-story.html
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2014/10/11/419188/Ma-urges.htm

7 OCTOBER 2014

Taiwan PM warns China cyber attack threat growing

Taiwan’s premier warned Tuesday of increasing cyber attacks from China, the island’s highest-ranking official to denounce attempts to « steal government secrets » despite warming cross-strait relations.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/436394/taiwan-pm-warns-china-cyber-attack-threat-growing

5 OCTOBER 2014

Taiwanese Coast guard plans Taiwan-China sea exercises in 2016

The Coast Guard Administration says it is planning to discuss holding joint exercises with its Chinese counterparts in 2016, focusing on training and mobilization for rescue operations at sea.
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2014/10/05/2003601339

30 SEPTEMBER 2014

China and Taiwan’s Window of Opportunity at APEC

APEC is the ideal international forum, where officials from both the mainland and Taiwan have been able to meet and converse, and the APEC summit in Beijing this November will be the best venue for a Ma-Xi meeting. There are many reasons for this
http://thediplomat.com/2014/09/china-and-taiwans-window-of-opportunity-at-apec/

29 SEPTEMBER 2014

Taiwanese stage solidarity with Hong Kong protests

Demonstrators sat down in front of Hong Kong’s trade office and made their feelings known to the Taipei representative.
http://www.euronews.com/2014/09/29/taiwanese-stage-solidarity-with-hong-kong-protests/

28 SEPTEMBER 2014

Taiwan leader rejects China unification terms

Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou has rejected a « one country, two systems » deal proposed by his Chinese counterpart.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/09/taiwan-leader-rejects-china-unification-deal-201492810237314786.html

27 SEPTEMBER 2014

Taiwan President assaulted by independence protester

Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou was attacked last night by a pro-independent protester who hurled a book as a gesture protesting Ma’s allegedly pro-China comments during an interview with German media Deutsche Welle.
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2014/09/27/418147/President-assaulted.htm

12 SEPTEMBER 2014

China and Taiwan walking the line of rapprochement

After more than six decades of conflict over the political status of Taiwan, Beijing and Taipei are taking significant steps toward rapprochement in their relations. Yet how much Chinese influence can Taiwan’s democracy tolerate
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2014/09/12/china-and-taiwan-walking-the-line-of-rapprochement/

2 SEPTEMBER 2014

Taiwan leader says he backs democracy for Hong Kong

Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou, who initiated detente with China, on Tuesday threw his support behind Hong Kong’s push for democracy — calling it a core value shared by Taiwanese people.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/430135/taiwan-leader-says-he-backs-democracy-for-hong-kong

30 AUGUST 2014

Taiwan Ministry of Defense warns of China’s might

The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is capable of seizing Taiwanese islands, paralyzing the country’s defensive capabilities with cruise and short-range ballistic missiles, as well as by launching amphibious and airborne raids, to take Taiwan proper before forces from other nations could respond, the Ministry of National Defense said
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2014/08/31/2003598665

27 AUGUST 2014

Taiwan honours 56,000 WWII soldiers killed in Myanmar

Taiwan on Wednesday honoured tens of thousands of Chinese Nationalist soldiers killed in World War II in Myanmar, many of whom came to the rescue of British troops.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/429078/taiwan-honours-56000-wwii-soldiers-killed-in-myanmar

21 AUGUST 2014

Human Rights and Cross-Strait Relations

Human rights need to be part of the cross-Strait conversation. A consular-type agreement would be a good place to start
http://thediplomat.com/2014/08/human-rights-and-cross-strait-relations/

20 AUGUST 2014

Taiwan’s ex-China affairs official accused of leaking secrets

Wang Yu-chi, minister in charge of Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council, said his former deputy Chang Hsien-yao is being investigated following a tip-off he received in late July accusing the latter of leaking confidential work-related information http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/taiwans-ex-china-affairs-official-accused-leaking-secrets
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2014/08/21/415401/Ex-deputy-minister.htm

19 JULY 2014

Hun Sen Quashes Plans for a Trade Office With Taiwan

Prime Minister Hun Sen said he will block the establishment of a Taiwanese trade office in Cambodia because of the government’s rigid observance of the One-China policy, despite business leaders calling for more practical steps to boost investment from Taiwan.
http://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/hun-sen-quashes-plans-for-a-trade-office-with-taiwan-64494/
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/taiwan-set-open-trade-office
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/taiwan-responds-pm%E2%80%99s-remarks

13 JULY 2014

Taiwan starts sending drones to spy on mainland China

Taiwan has started using unmanned surveillance aircraft to spy on mainland China to reduce the risk to its pilots from an increased deployment of mainland missiles
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1553309/taiwan-starts-sending-drones-spy-mainland-chinas-military

4 JULY 2014

Academia Sinica doctors urge home detention for Chen Shui-bian

Researchers from Academia Sinica, Taiwan’s top research institure, presented a joint request to Taiwan’s government on July 3 for jailed former president Chen Shui-bian to serve out his sentence at home instead of prison.
http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20140704000132&cid=1101

29 JUNE 2014

China Official Cancels Events in Taiwan Amid Violent Protests

China’s top official in charge of relations with Taiwan has returned to Beijing, hailing his visit to the self-ruled island as « historic », despite violent protests that forced him to cancel several meetings
http://www.voanews.com/content/china-official-cancels-events-in-taiwan-amid-violent-protests/1947154.html

28 JUNE 2014

Beijing respects Taiwan’s choice of social system: Chinese official

The mainland and Taiwan have evolved with different social systems, values, thoughts and lifestyles after decades of development, and mainland authorities respect those differences, said Zhang Zhijun, director of State Council Taiwan Affairs Office
http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20140628000114&cid=1101
http://www.asianewsnet.net/news-61762.html

25 JUNE 2014

China minister-level official makes landmark trip to Taiwan

China’s most senior official ever to visit Taiwan met his counterpart Wednesday to try to improve relations after mass protests in Taipei earlier this year, sparking angry confrontations between protesters and riot police
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-minister-level-official-makes-landmark-trip-taiwan
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-28012066
http://www.voanews.com/content/china-official-visits-taiwan-amid-warming-relations/1944350.html

25 JUNE 2014

White Paper on Hong Kong Pushes Taiwan Away

 A white paper meant to chasten democratic longings in Hong Kong has alarmed Taiwan, pushing its people farther away from the People’s Republic of China
http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/760433-white-paper-on-hong-kong-pushes-taiwan-away/

22 JUNE 2014

Taiwan’s first lady drops Japan visit

Taiwan’s first lady has postponed a rare visit to Japan after a diplomatic row over the wording of posters promoting the island’s exhibition in Tokyo of treasured artefacts
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/416777/taiwan-first-lady-drops-japan-visit

11 JUNE 2014

Taiwan-Ukraine: A Cautious Relationship

Relations between Taipei and Kiev have often been complicated by the policies of their larger neighbors
http://thediplomat.com/2014/06/taiwan-ukraine-a-cautious-relationship/

1 JUNE 2014

Jiang PM, newly elected El Salvador president underscore strong ties

Premier Jiang Yi-huah arrived in El Salvador Saturday and met with president-elect Salvador Sanchez Ceren and vice president-elect Oscar Ortiz, as both leaders spoke of the good relations between the two countries and their hope to further strengthen the mutual bonds

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/international/americas/2014/06/02/409168/Jiang-newly.htm

29 MAY 2014

Taiwan ex-minister ordered to pay over wrongful execution

A former Taiwanese defence minister and five ex-military officials have been ordered to pay a total of nearly $2 million over the wrongful execution of an airman 17 years ago

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/412545/taiwan-ex-minister-ordered-to-pay-over-wrongful-execution

25 MAY 2014

DPP,Taiwan’s major opposition reelects Tsai Ing-wen as its new leader

Members of Taiwan’s major opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) were Sunday electing a new leader in the run-up to the 2016 presidential polls
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/taiwans-major-opposition-votes-elect-new-leader
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2014/05/26/408648/Tsai-Ing-wen.htm

15 MAY 2014

100s of Taiwan firms attacked in Vietnam

The Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) yesterday told a press conference that as of May 14 in Vietnam, over 100 Taiwanese-owned companies had been attacked and damaged, over 10 factories set ablaze and several hundred Taiwanese-owned firms have suspended work owing to safety concerns, noting that the MOEA will assist Taiwanese nationals in seeking compensation from Vietnam

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/intl-community/2014/05/16/407829/100s-of.htm

http://www.voanews.com/content/rioting-in-vietnam-kills-chinese-worker/1914937.html

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27420008

14 MAY 2014

Taiwan president dismisses US green card report

Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou on Wednesday categorically denied a report that he holds a US green card and owes the US government Tw$500,000 (US$16,556) in taxes, saying he would resign if the claim turned out to be true.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/taiwan-president/1106628.html

29 APRIL 2014

Taiwan executes five death-row inmates

Taiwanese authorities said they executed five death-row inmates Tuesday, nearly a year after six prisoners were put to death
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/407313/taiwan-executes-five-death-row-inmates

27 APRIL 2014

Taiwan halts construction at nuclear plant after protests

Taiwan said Sunday it would stop construction at a controversial nuclear power plant after tens of thousands of protesters blockaded a main street in the capital calling for the project to be scrapped.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/406929/taiwan-halts-construction-at-nuclear-plant-after-protests

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2014/04/28/406384/Nuke-4.htm

25 APRIL 2014

Taiwan leader promises referendum on disputed nuclear plant

Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou on Friday promised to let the public decide the fate of a controversial nuclear facility amid growing concern over the safety of nuclear power

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/taiwan-leader-promises-referendum-disputed-nuclear-plant

22 APRIL 2014

Taiwan anti-nuclear activist starts hunger strike

Former Taiwanese opposition leader and anti-nuclear activist Lin Yi-hsiung Tuesday launched an indefinite hunger strike in protest at a nearly completed nuclear facility, while some of his supporters clashed with police

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/406077/taiwan-anti-nuclear-activist-starts-hunger-strike

21 APRIL 2014

Taiwan premier rejects call to scrap nuclear plant

Taiwan’s Premier Jiang Yi-huah on Monday rejected a call from the main opposition party to scrap a nearly completed nuclear power plant, despite planned protests including a hunger strike

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/taiwan-premier-rejects-call-scrap-nuclear-plant

7 APRIL 2014

US House Approves Frigate Sale to Taiwan

The House approved the sale of 4 naval frigates to Taiwan while reaffirming its commitment to the Taiwan Relations Act

http://thediplomat.com/2014/04/us-house-approves-frigate-sale-to-taiwan/

30 MARCH 2014

More than 100,000 protesters rally in Taiwan against trade pact with China

More than 100,000 protesters took to the streets of Taiwan’s capital on Sunday as a two-week-long campaign against a trade pact with China gathered steam, piling further pressure on the island’s leader
http://www.euronews.com/2014/03/30/taiwan-more-than-100000-demonstrate-against-china-trade-deal/
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/30/100000-protesters-rally-taiwan-trade-pact-china

28 MARCH 2014

As Ma Ying-jeou seeks dialogue, ‘sunflower’ student movement continues protest against China trade deal

Police agents are slammed for using violence against students and media professionals. Academics and general public back students. Students respond to president’s overtures by increasing demands.

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/As-Ma-Ying-jeou-seeks-dialogue,-‘sunflower’-student-movement-continues-protest-against-China-trade-deal-30682.html

Beijing calls for US to stop arms sales to Taiwan

China’s defense ministry has urged the United States to stop selling arms to Taiwan and to take action to safeguard Sino-US relations
http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20140328000061&cid=1101

24 MARCH 2014

Taiwan police retake government HQ

Taiwan riot police used water cannon to dislodge hundreds of demonstrators who stormed government headquarters, escalating a protest over a China trade pact that has seen parliament occupied for nearly a week
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/401430/taiwan-police-retake-government-hq
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Taipei,-police-clear-students-from-government-buildings-as-protest-turns-violent-30635.html

23 MARCH 2014

Taiwan protesters invade cabinet offices as tension over China pact escalates

Hundreds of protesters opposed to a trade pact with China have invaded Taiwan’s cabinet offices, marking a sharp escalation in a student-led movement against the island’s rapidly developing ties with the communist mainland
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/23/taiwan-protesters-invade-cabinet-offices-china-trade
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/03/protesters-invade-taiwan-cabinet-offices-201432315014510700.html

21 MARCH 2014

Taiwan protesters call for surrounding of ruling party offices

Student protesters occupying Taiwan’s legislature to stop the government from ratifying a contentious trade pact with China called on the public to surround the ruling party’s offices after their ultimatum was ignored
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/401085/taiwan-protesters-call-for-surrounding-of-ruling-party-offices

19 MARCH 2014

Is Taiwan’s Military Becoming Too Small to Fight?

With conscription ending and budgets limited, Taiwan may have to make do with a smaller defense force

http://thediplomat.com/2014/03/is-taiwans-military-becoming-too-small-to-fight/1/

Protesters occupy Taiwan parliament over China trade deal

Hundreds of students and activists opposed to a trade deal with China have occupied Taiwan’s parliament and defied police efforts to evict them
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/taiwan/10707189/Protesters-storm-parliament-in-Taiwan.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-26641525

13 MARCH 2014

Taiwan air force major indicted for selling intelligence to China

A Taiwanese air force major and a karaoke club owner have been indicted for disclosing military secrets to China, prosecutors in Kaohsiung said Thursday.

http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?cid=1101&MainCatID=11&id=20140314000071

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/399898/taiwan-air-force-major-charged-with-spying-for-china

10 MARCH 2014

KMT and DPP Mainland Policies: Might the Gap be Narrowing?

http://cogitasia.com/kmt-and-dpp-mainland-policies-might-the-gap-be-narrowing/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+cogitasia%2FZCwV+%28cogitASIA+Posts%29

27 FEBRUARY 2014

Taiwan, China sign two more agreements

Taiwan and China signed agreements on meteorology and earthquake monitoring Thursday, in yet another sign of improving ties between the former rivals.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/397396/taiwan-china-sign-two-more-agreements

24 FEBRUARY 2014

China, Taiwan reach new cooperation deal on air travel

Beijing recognises Taipei’s importance as an international stopover for Chinese nationals travelling to other destinations. Direct flights across the Strait are also set to increase in April to 858 each year.

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/China,-Taiwan-reach-new-cooperation-deal-on-air-travel-30388.html

23 FEBRUARY 2014

Taiwan independence group topples Sun Yat-sen statue

A radical Taiwanese independence group said on Sunday they had pulled down a statue of the founding father of the nationalist republic who fled from the Chinese mainland to the island more than six decades ago.

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/taiwan-independence-group-topples-sun-yat-sen-statue

21 FEBRUARY 2014

Breakthrough in cross-strait ties but a long way to go yet

One week after achieving a breakthrough in the form of official cross-strait talks, Chinese President Xi Jinping is pushing for closer political dialogue with Taiwan, but faces challenges to attaining quick results this year, say analysts.

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/breakthrough-cross-strait-ties-long-way-go-yet?page=0%2C0

20 FEBRUARY 2014

Xi not correcting Lien’s ROC comment good for ties: scholar

The fact that Communist Party of China general secretary Xi Jinping did not correct Lien Chan, the honorary chairman of Taiwan’s ruling Kuomintang in his reference to the Republic of China during a meeting in Beijing Tuesday suggests that relations between Taiwan and mainland China have advanced to a higher level, according to a Chinese scholar familiar with Taiwan affairs.

http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20140220000102&cid=1101

19 FEBRUARY 2014

China agrees to export water to Taiwan-controlled islands

China has agreed to supply water to a Taiwan-controlled island group near the mainland in another sign of fast-warming ties between the two former bitter rivals, officials said Wednesday

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/395998/china-agrees-to-export-water-to-taiwan-controlled-islands

18 FEBRUARY 2014

China respects Taiwan system, Xi tells Taipei ex-VP Lien

China’s President Xi Jinping Tuesday told a former vice president of Taiwan that Beijing respects the island’s social system and lifestyle, state media reported, in a sign of the steadily improving relations between the two sides.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/395797/china-respects-taiwan-system-xi-tells-taipei-ex-vp-lien

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/china-taiwan-relations/2014/02/19/400979/Cross-strait-relations.htm

11 FEBRUARY 2014

China and Taiwan plan to open offices after first official talks

China and Taiwan held their first official talks in more than six decades on Tuesday, agreeing to open representative offices in a two-hour meeting hailed by both sides as a new chapter in their relationship.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10631210/China-and-Taiwan-plan-to-open-offices-after-first-official-talks.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-26129171
http://www.euronews.com/2014/02/11/china-and-taiwan-begin-historic-high-level-talks/

http://azstarnet.com/ap/international/china-taiwan-hold-first-direct-talks-since-split/article_e309bc18-6db7-5d2b-b92e-5769e558723b.html

Taiwan defence minister visiting Singapore

Taiwan’s defence minister is visiting Singapore to shore up military relations which were reportedly damaged after his predecessor’s visit in 2012 was publicly disclosed, a military source and local media said Tuesday.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/394520/taiwan-defence-minister-visiting-singapore

5 FEBRUARY 2014

Taiwan says Ma would like to meet Xi at APEC

Taiwan’s minister in charge of China affairs Wednesday said he would support a meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Taiwanese counterpart Ma Ying-jeou, suggesting the APEC leaders summit as an ideal opportunity.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/393470/taiwan-says-ma-would-like-to-meet-xi-at-apec

1 FEBRUARY 2014

Record 2.85 million Chinese visited Taiwan in 2013

Taiwan said Saturday a record 2.85 million Chinese nationals visited the island last year, up ten percent from 2012 although group arrivals dropped slightly after Beijing enacted a tourism law

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/392682/record-2-85-million-chinese-visited-taiwan-in-2013

30 JANUARY 2014

Cooperation with China conducive to peace in the Taiwan Strait: Ma

Speaking to overseas Chinese and Taiwanese in Los Angeles, Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou said that cooperation between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait is conducive to peace

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/china-taiwan-relations/2014/01/30/399561/Cooperation-with.htm

28 JANUARY 2014

Taiwan minister for historic China visit

Taiwan’s minister in charge of China affairs said Tuesday he plans to visit the mainland next month in a landmark trip that marks the first official contact between the two former bitter rivals in six decades

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/391890/taiwan-minister-for-historic-china-visit

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/historic-china-taiwan-talks-start-long-road-closer-ties

27 JANUARY 2014

Taiwan: Another Step Towards Integration?

The new concept for cross-strait relations, “China plus one,” proposed by Su Tseng-chang, who chairs Taiwan’s largest opposition party, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), suggests that Taiwan might have taken another step towards comprehensive integration with China

http://thediplomat.com/2014/01/taiwan-another-step-towards-integration/

23 JANUAY 2014

Taiwan leader visits allies to safeguard ties after Gambia blow

Ma Ying-jeou, who left at around 1500 GMT will travel to Sao Tome and Principe, and Burkina Faso — two of the only three African countries that now officially recognise Taipei after Gambia cut off ties in November.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/391165/taiwan-leader-visits-allies-to-safeguard-ties-after-gambia-blow

10 JANUARY 2014

Taiwan sentences man for spying on China

On Friday, Taiwan’s supreme court convicted Yuan Hsiao-feng, lieutenant colonel, on 12 accounts of leaking confidential military information to China between 2003 and 2007 and imposed a fine of Tw$7.8 million ($260,000) on Yuan – the amount of payment he collected for passing the secrets.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/01/taiwan-sentences-man-spying-china-201411043643440152.html

23 DECEMBER 2013

Taiwan battles economic and cross-Strait tensions in 2013

In 2013, Taiwan’s political and economic developments again centred on its relationship with China, and the effect of cross-Strait rapprochement on Taiwan’s domestic conditions. Yet even without China as a factor, Taiwan would still face significant challenges.

http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/12/23/taiwan-battles-economic-and-cross-strait-tensions-in-2013/

30 NOVEMBER 2013

Rallies as Taiwan split over gay marriage

Tens of thousands took to the streets of Taiwan on Saturday to protest against same-sex marriages, as a debate rages in parliament over a bill which would legalise such unions.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/382462/rallies-as-taiwan-split-over-gay-marriage
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2013/12/01/394927/Gay-marriage.htm

26 NOVEMBER 2013

China envoy visits Taiwan amid protests

China’s top negotiator with Taiwan began a visit Tuesday as activists protested against what they described as Beijing’s attempt to annex the island by offering economic benefits.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/381797/china-envoy-visits-taiwan-amid-protests

14 NOVEMBER 2013

Gambia cuts diplomatic ties with Taipei

« Our government express shock and regret that Gambian President Yahya Jammeh sent a letter to our embassy in Gambia on November 14 to inform us the immediate termination of ties, » vice foreign minister Simon Ko told a news conference in Taipei.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/379965/gambia-cuts-diplomatic-ties-with-taipei

4 NOVEMBER 2013

First direct China-Taiwan telecoms cable goes live

The first telecommunications cable directly linking Taiwan and China has begun operating. It is expected to meet surging demand arising from closer economic ties between the two former rivals.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/378138/first-direct-china-taiwan-telecoms-cable-goes-live
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/first-direct-china-taiwan-telecoms-cable-goes-live-officials

26 OCTOBER 2013

Tens of thousands march for same-sex marriage in Taiwan

Tens of thousands of demonstrators, many displaying rainbows and glitter, thronged the centre of Taiwan’s capital on Saturday to press demands to legalize same-sex marriage amid an increasingly tolerant environment on the island nation.

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/tens-thousands-march-same-sex-marriage-taiwan

Taiwan major held on China spying claims: Report

Taiwanese air force major has been taken into custody for allegedly leaking confidential information to China, a report said Saturday, in the latest spying scandal to hit Taiwan.

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/taiwan-major-held-china-spying-claims-report

23 OCTOBER 2013

Taipei and Manila set up fishery hotline in bilateral talks: MOFA

Taiwan and the Philippines have officially established a hotline to facilitate two-way communication in the event of future fishing incidents as both sides concluded a fresh round of bilateral fishery talks in Taipei yesterday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said.
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/foreign-community/2013/10/23/391937/Taipei-and.htm

19 OCTOBER 2013

Recent population figures confirm Taiwan aging problem: official

Recent official statistics showing an increase in Taiwan’s 65-and-over population indicate that Taiwan is on course to go from being an « aging society » to an « aged society, » said deputy interior minister Hsiao Chia-chi

http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20131020000059&cid=1103

15 OCTOBER 2013

Taiwan’s premier Jiang Yi-huah survives no-confidence vote

Taiwan’s Premier Jiang Yi-huah on Tuesday survived a no-confidence vote launched by opposition lawmakers who accused the government of violating the constitution over attempts to expel the parliamentary speaker.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/374807/taiwan-premier-survives-no-confidence-vote
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2013/10/16/391433/No-confidence-motion.htm
http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20131015000081&cid=1101

10 OCTOBER 2013

Anti-government protesters dog Taiwan National Day

Thousands of anti-government protesters gathered on the fringes of Taiwan’s carefully choreographed National Day celebrations Thursday, waving banners and chanting slogans denouncing the policies of President Ma Ying-jeou.

http://asiancorrespondent.com/114279/government-protesters-dog-taiwan-national-day/

8 OCTOBER 2013

China could invade by 2020, Taiwan’s military says

If China’s 20-year-long military buildup continues at current rates, the mainland will be capable of invading Taiwan by 2020 despite any moves by Taiwanese allies to repel an incursion, a Taiwanese military report said Tuesday.

http://www.france24.com/en/20131009-china-could-invade-by-2020-taiwan-military-report

3 OCTOBER 2013

Taiwan president questioned in leaking info probe

Taiwanese prosecutors questioned President Ma Ying-jeou late Thursday, a report said, following allegations that a legislator’s phone was wiretapped in a widening political scandal that has gripped the island.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/372893/taiwan-leader-questioned-in-leaking-info-probe

17 SEPTEMBER 2013

Taiwan premierJiang blocked from speaking at Legislature

The opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) blocked Premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺) from giving a speech during the Legislative Yuan’s session opening yesterday.
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2013/09/18/389197/Jiang-blocked.htm
http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20130917000092&cid=1101

12 SEPTEMBER 2013

Charting Course for 2014 Elections, Taiwanese Opposition Debates China Policy

The leaders of Taiwan’s Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) have spent the summer in discussion and negotiation over the Party’s China policy, trying to establish a consensus on one of the central issues of Taiwanese politics. These negotiations, taking place in the party’s newly-revived China Affairs Committee (CAC), represent a significant shift in strategy for the party, which is trying to establish and bolster its foreign and cross-straits policy credentials.

http://www.jamestown.org/regions/chinaasiapacific/single/?tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=41351&tx_ttnews%5BbackPid%5D=52&cHash=2f84ae0ee91fb79abf1d9841635c8c83#.UjNxzctOLIU

11 SEPTEMBER 2013

Taiwan Speaker Ousted in Political Scandal

Taiwan’s ruling party has expelled the speaker of the parliament in a move that has shaken up the island’s politics and put in question a cross-strait trade agreement with Beijing. Wang Jin-pyng was removed from the party because of allegations that he improperly pressured prosecutors in a case involving a fellow lawmaker.
http://www.voanews.com/content/taiwan-speaker-ousted-in-polticial-scandal/1747786.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24050840

10 SEPTEMBER 2013

Ma taking Taiwan back to ‘White Terror’ era: DPP

In a rare show of solidarity, the leader of Taiwan’s main opposition and his rival within the party accused President Ma Ying-jeou Monday of returning the country to the « White Terror » era of autocratic rule.

http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20130910000070&cid=1101

8 SEPTEMBER 2013

In Taipei, 1,200 gather for gay marriage ‘wedding banquet’

More than 1,200 Taiwanese people joined a mock “wedding banquet” on Saturday aiming to drum up support for a same-sex marriage bill due to be sent to parliament soon, organizers said.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/local/taipei/2013/09/08/388402/1200-gather.htm

7 SEPTEMBER 2013

Taiwanese director wins Grand Jury Prize at Venice Film Festival

Taiwanese director Tsai Ming-liang won the Grand Jury Prize for his latest film Jiaoyou (Stray Dogs) at the 70th Venice Film Festival on Saturday.

http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20130909000058&cid=1104

7 SEPTEMBER 2013

Number of female managers in Taiwan soars by nearly 60%

The number of women taking up management jobs in Taiwan had increased by 58% from 62,000 a decade ago to 98,000 last year, according to a survey released Thursday by the Council of Labor Affairs.

http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20130907000006&cid=1103

7 SEPTEMBER 2013

Taiwan Justice minister steps down amid controversy

Justice minister Tseng Yung-fu resigned Friday, hours after being accused of influence peddling by prosecutors in a special investigation unit.
http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20130907000048&cid=1101

31 AUGUST 2013

Taipei, government launches new measures to protect foreign workers

About half a million migrants, mostly from Indonesia and Thailand, live and work on the island. The government wants to curb the mediation of employment agencies, which undermine productivity and often hire workers illegally.

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Taipei,-government-launches-new-measures-to-protect-foreign-workers-28885.html

24 AUGUST 2013

Taiwanese President Ma’s confidante granted bail in bribery case

A Taiwanese politician known for her close ties with the president and currently on trial charged with taking bribes has been released on bail, court officials said.

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/taiwanese-president-mas-confidante-granted-bail-bribery-case

23 AUGUST 2013

The Democratic Progressive Party’s Defense Policy Blue Papers and the Opposition’s Vision for Taiwan’s National Defense

The blue paper, a series of four documents prepared by the DPP’s New Frontier Foundation, gave Chairman Su Tseng-Chang ammunition for speeches stressing the party’s defense credentials to the Taiwan public and the United States.

http://www.jamestown.org/regions/chinaasiapacific/single/?tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=41303&tx_ttnews%5BbackPid%5D=52&cHash=54e4bd9ee534f173510547dc38722975#.UhkU-MtOLIU

Taiwan ‘to go on buying arms from US’

Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou said Friday the island will continue to acquire arms from the United States, dismissing reports that the US and China could discuss ending such sales.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/366078/taiwan-to-go-on-buying-arms-from-us

14 AUGUST 2013

Taiwan’s convicted ex-president to rejoin opposition

Taiwan’s main opposition grouping on Wednesday approved an application by disgraced ex-president Chen Shui-bian to rejoin the party despite fears the move would damage its image.

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/taiwans-convicted-ex-president-rejoin-opposition

8 AUGUST 2013

Taiwan upholds first public transgender marriage

Taiwanese authorities have agreed to uphold the marriage status of a local transgender couple, reversing a previous official decision in a ruling activists said would help the bid to legalise same sex marriage.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/363723/taiwan-upholds-first-public-transgender-marriageas set Aug. 14 Gaeseong talks

7 AUGUST 2013

Taiwan names new defence chief amid plagiarism scandal

Taiwan’s chief of general staff General Yen Ming was named defence minister on Wednesday following the resignation of his predecessor over plagiarism claims just six days after taking office.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/taiwan-names-new-defence/768320.html

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/taiwan-names-new-defence-chief-amid-plagiarism-scandal

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/08/201387960611283.html

5 AUGUST 2013

Defense minister resigns after only six days on the job

Taiwan Minister of National Defense Andrew Yang (楊念祖), who was appointed only last week, tendered his resignation last night due to a plagiarized article in a 2007 book he wrote and edited.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2013/08/07/385759/Defense-minister.htm

2 AUGUST 2013

Taiwan politicians scuffle over nuclear bill

Taiwan’s politicians have punched each other and wrestled in a parliamentary brawl over a controversial bill on a nuclear power plant.
http://www.euronews.com/2013/08/02/taiwan-lawmakers-brawl-in-parliament/
http://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2013/aug/02/taiwanese-mps-fight-parliament-video

1 AUGUST 2013

Taiwan leader defends controversial China trade deal

Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou on Thursday defended a controversial trade pact with China following protests against the deal, saying it would benefit the island’s economy.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/362614/taiwan-leader-defends-controversial-china-trade-deal

29 JULY 2013

Taiwan defence minister resigns after corporal’s death

Taiwan’s defence minister has resigned, Premier Jiang Yi-huah said Monday, after the death of a corporal who was allegedly abused by the military in a case that has sparked outrage across the island.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/taiwan-defence-minister/759618.html
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2013/07/30/385061/Defense-chief.htm
http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20130729000082&cid=1101

23 JULY 2013

Taiwan struggles to recruit soldiers

Taiwan’s military managed to recruit only 1,847 soldiers or 31 per cent of its targeted number in the first half of the year, raising doubts over whether it can transition smoothly from a decades-old conscription system to one built around professionals by 2015.

http://www.asianewsnet.net/Taiwan-struggles-to-recruit-soldiers–49410.html

20 JULY 2013

Taiwan’s Ma reelected ruling party chief

Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou was overwhelmingly reelected chairman of the ruling party Saturday, amid corruption scandals involving top officials and public anger at his government.
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130720-438837.html

5 JULY 2013

It’s Taiwan’s fault if it doesn’t trust us, says Chinese general

Chinese general Luo Yuan, vice chairman of the China Strategy Culture Promotion Association, says Taiwan’s attitude is the factor that has delayed the building of cross-strait military trust.                                                                                                                          http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20130705000138&cid=1101

2 JULY 2013

Taipei mayor sets off on trip to China, Russia

Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) yesterday (2 July) led a delegation to attend the three-day Taipei-Shanghai City Forum, which will be held today in China, with the mayor’s delegation then set to head to Russia to attend the opening ceremony of the 2013 Summer Universiade in Kazan on July 6.                                                                                                 http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2013/07/03/382726/Taipei-mayor.htm

25 JUNE 2013

All-out brawl erupts in Legislature

A massive brawl erupted among lawmakers in the Legislature yesterday, as members of the ruling party and opposition party fought for control over the rostrum, ahead of a scheduled discussion on the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant referendum.                                                                                                       http://www.euronews.com/2013/06/25/fight-breaks-out-in-taiwan-s-parliament/                 http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2013/06/26/382137/All-out-brawl.htm

23 JUNE 2013

Chen Guangcheng visits Taiwan

In Taiwan Chen is scheduled to give a news conference, address the island’s legislature, meet the parliamentary Speaker, Wang Jin-pyng, and speak at universities.                               http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/23/chen-guangcheng-visits-taiwan

18 JUNE 2013

Philippines, Taiwan on way to mending relations

The Philippines and Taiwan are on the way to restoring their good relations after Friday’s breakthrough fishery meeting aimed at preventing the recurrence of violent confrontations in overlapping waters, Manila’s representative to Taipei said Monday.                                                                                                                                                       http://globalnation.inquirer.net/77821/ph-taiwan-on-way-to-mending-relations

13 JUNE 2013

Important consensus reached between KMT, CPC: Yu Zhengsheng

A senior Chinese official said Thursday that important consensus had been reached between the ruling parties of Taiwan and China regarding the peaceful development of cross-strait relations.                                                                                                                         http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20130614000075&cid=1101

6 JUNE 2013

Taiwan Military Reform: Declining Operational Capabilities?

On June 6, Taiwan’s Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) released its first “Blue Paper” evaluating Taiwan’s defense requirements. Although the report probably serves a political purpose, the DPP’s critical assessment of Taiwan’s military budget, readiness and acquisition joins several other recent developments raising questions about the island’s warfighting capabilities                                                                                                          http://www.jamestown.org/regions/chinaasiapacific/single/?tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=40996&tx_ttnews%5BbackPid%5D=52&cHash=de1474d596c6712a34e9845332c977aa

3 JUNE 2013

Taiwan’s former president attempts suicide

Taiwan’s imprisoned   former President Chen Shui-bian tried to kill himself but was stopped by guards, the Justice Ministry said.                                                                                                                                                                 http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/06/20136374625995221.html                                                                                     http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22750253                                           http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2013/06/04/380303/Ex-president-attempts.htm

29 MAY 2013

Philippine airline cancels Taiwan flights amid row

One of the Philippines’ biggest airlines said Wednesday it had cancelled the planned launch of a new Taiwan route because of tensions over a Taiwanese fishermen being killed by the Filipino coastguard.                                                                                                                   http://www.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNews/Relax/Story/A1Story20130529-426003.html

25 MAY 2013

Taiwan has new terms vs The Philippines

The government of Taiwan on Saturday imposed new conditions that would further delay the Philippines’ investigation of the fatal shooting of a Taiwanese fisherman by Filipino coast guards three weeks ago. http://globalnation.inquirer.net/75667/taiwan-has-new-terms

15 MAY 2013

Taiwan recalls Philippine envoy over shooting

Taiwan has recalled its ambassador to the Philippines and announced it has frozen the hiring of Philippine workers to protest against the killing of a Taiwanese fisherman, rejecting an apology over the incident as inadequate.                                                            http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/05/201351544057410475.html

Gangsters and politics shake hands in Taiwan

In Taiwan, the borderline between the realms of politics and organized crime has always been murky; some people say that gangsters on the island do not bribe politicians but become them. Yet a recent mass attempt by outlaws to become members of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has perplexed observers                                                                                                               http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China/CHIN-01-150513.html

14 MAY 2013

Ma Ying-jeou’s popularity falls to new low

Support for Taiwan’s president, Ma Ying-jeou, has fallen to a record low of 19.1%, while public dissatisfaction has climbed to a record high of 69.9%, reports our Chinese-language sister paper China Times.                                                                                       http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20130514000004&cid=1101

7 MAY 2013

Taiwan intelligence unit confirms Hong Kong visit

A top Taiwanese intelligence official has visited Hong Kong in a landmark trip seen as the latest sign of fast-warming ties between Taiwan and former rival China, officials and local media said Tuesday.                                                                                       http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130507-420972.html

6 MAY 2013

Taiwan wavers on F-16 deal

Taiwan says that it needs fighter jets which are more advanced than the upgraded F-16 announced by the United States, suggesting that it was dropping its bid for dozens of the aircraft.                                                                                                                       http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130506-420729.html

1 MAY 1013

Taiwan launches integrity probe for top officials

Taiwan is carrying out a review looking at the integrity of its top-tier politicians, a report said Wednesday, after a string of high-profile corruption scandals that have rocked the island.                                                                                                            http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130501-419676.html

21 APRIL 2013

Ma: No point rushing into political talks with Beijing

Taiwan’s president, Ma Ying-jeou, says the time is not right for political talks with Beijing, and there is no point rushing political dialogue. http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20130421000070&cid=1101

19 APRIL 2013

Activists ‘horrified’ at Taiwan executions

Taiwan has executed six prisoners, the second time in six months a group of six has been put to death.                                                                                                           http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22222342

17 APRIL 2013

Taiwan shows force in biggest live-fire drill since 2008

Taiwan staged its biggest live-fire drill since 2008 on Wednesday, in an operation involving more than 7,000 troops that simulated a Chinese attack as its leader warned of Beijing’s arms build-up                                                                    http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/taiwan-shows-force-in-big/641104.html

11 APRIL 2013

Taiwan moves closer to setting up China liaison office

Taiwan’s cabinet Thursday approved regulations governing the opening of a China liaison office on the island, a priority in efforts to normalise relations with its former enemy.                                                                                                  http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130411-415321.html

10 APRIL 2013

China anger at Japan-Taiwan disputed island fishing deal

Japan and Taiwan have signed a deal allowing Taiwan to fish near a group of disputed islands, prompting China to express « extreme concerns ».                                                                                                                                                                           http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-22092853                                                                                                                               http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China/CHIN-01-150413.html

4 APRIL 2013

Taiwan’s strategic confusion

Taiwanese president Ma Ying-jeou’s mantra of ‘no unification, no independence, and no use of force’ is coming under increasing strain.                                                                                                                                                   http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/04/04/taiwans-strategic-confusion/

1 APRIL 2013

Taiwan president’s confidante disciplined by party

Taiwan’s ruling Kuomintang party on Monday suspended the membership of Lai Su-ju, a confidante of the island’s president, for her alleged involvement in a high-profile corruption scandal.                                                                     http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130401-412783.html

30 MARCH 2013

Taiwan vows to step up patrol in East China Sea

Taiwan’s president has commissioned a new vessel to beef up patrol in a group of disputed islands in the East China Sea also claimed by China and Japan.                                                                                                                                 http://asiancorrespondent.com/103670/taiwan-vows-to-step-up-patrol-in-east-china-sea/

24 MARCH 2013

Taiwan outlines international trade pact

Taiwan has outlined strategies for joining the U.S.-led Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a free trade deal being negotiated among 11 countries, according to a report by the Ministry of Economic Affairs.                            http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/business/2013/03/24/374044/Taiwan-outlines.htm

16 MARCH 2013

Taiwan develops medium-range missile: Report

Taiwan has developed its first medium-range guided missile that could be used against former rival China, according to a former defence minister in a new book cited by a media report Saturday.                                                                                         http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130316-409205.html

10 MARCH 2013

Up to 200,000 protest nuclear energy

Over 100 civic groups joined the nationwide event, including the I am Human group and Victims of Nuclear Power, from Northern Taiwan. Despite the unseasonably hot and humid weather, people flooded into the street in front of the Presidential Office, with some even decked out in heavy costumes.                                                                                                                                          http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2013/03/10/372647/Up-to.htm

28 FEBRUARY 2013

Taiwanese president Ma Ying-jeou says US plays pivotal role in cross-strait peace

Taiwanese president Ma Ying-jeou said Tuesday that the United States plays a pivotal role in the development of peaceful relations across the Taiwan Strait, noting in particular the stabilizing effect of Washington’s « six assurances. »                                       http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20130228000088&cid=1101

27 FEBRUARY 2013

Taiwan to Continue Enforcing Death Penalty

Taiwan says it will continue to enforce the death penalty, despite international appeals to end capital punishment on the island. Taiwan has executed 15 people since 2010, when it ended a five-year informal moratorium on the death penalty. Six people were put to death in the latest round of executions in December 2012                                                                                                                               http://www.voanews.com/content/taiwan-to-continue-enforcing-death-penalty/1611571.html

25 FEBRUARY 2013

China’s Xi vows friendly ties with Taiwan

New Chinese leader Xi Jinping vowed Monday to pursue friendly ties with Taiwan and keep seeking « peaceful reunification » in a meeting with an influential politician from the island, state media reported                   http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1256403/1/.html                                        http://asiancorrespondent.com/99398/china-taiwan-unification-xi-jinping/

23 FEBRUARY 2013

Taiwan Foreign minister calls for peaceful Diaoyutais resolution

Foreign Minister David Lin (林永樂) yesterday called for a peaceful resolution to the East China Sea sovereignty row as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe began his trip to the United States amid the ongoing disputes between Tokyo and Taipei over the Diaoyutai Islands. http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/intl-community/2013/02/23/371123/Foreign-minister.htm

13 FEBRUARY 2013

Two accords bring Taipei and Beijing closer

The two sides sign an agreement allowing clearance of their respective currencies. Another would let either side open offices across the strait.
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Two-accords-bring-Taipei-and-Beijing-closer-27129.html

2 FEBRUARY 2013

Outgoing Taiwan premier cites health as reason for resignation

As part of the resulting Cabinet reshuffle, Vice Premier Jiang Yi-huah will replace Chen and Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) head Mao Chi-kuo will in turn be appointed vice premier, while Deputy Taipei Mayor Chen Wei-jen will assume the secretary-general post                                                                                                                                                                                                   http://www.asianewsnet.net/Outgoing-Taiwan-premier-cites-health-as-reason-for-42289.html

1 FEBRUARY 2013

Jiang Yi-huah to replace Sean Chen as premier

Taiwan  Vice Premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺) is set to replace Sean Chen as Taiwan’s premier, according to media reports citing high-ranking officials.                                                                                                                                                      http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2013/02/01/369220/Jiang-to.htm

31 JANUARY 2013

Taiwan’s pension funds are like a train headed towards a cliff

An aging population and low birth rate are a threat to the country’s pension funds. Those for military, civil service and teachers are in fact expected to go bankrupt between 2019 and 2027. The issue has sparked an intense debate between and within parties http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Taiwan’s-pension-funds-are-like-a-train-headed-towards-a-cliff-27012.html

28 JANUARY 2013

Taiwan president presses for US subs deal

Taiwan urged the United States on Monday to honour an agreement to supply submarines to replace its current elderly fleet, as a US congressional group visited the island to evaluate defence needs In April 2001 then-President George W Bush approved the sale of eight conventional submarines as part of Washington’s most comprehensive arms package for the island since 1992 http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1250770/1/.html

12 JANUARY 2013

Taiwan to expand Taiping wharf: report

The government plans to expand its wharf at Taiping Island in the South China Sea to accommodate larger vessels as part of its ongoing military enhancement project in the disputed region, a local newspaper said yesterday.                   http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2013/01/12/367130/Taiwan-to.htm

9 JANUARY 2013

Taiwan executions put Justice Minister Tseng on the spot

Rights lawyers say they plan to file criminal charges against Justice Minister Tseng Yung-fu, while calling for his impeachment for « illegally » ordering the execution of six convicts who had been handed death sentences, confirmed by the Taiwan Supreme Court, for a total of eight murders. The men were executed on December 21 by pistol shots to the head and heart in three prisons across Taiwan, without prior notification to families or lawyers                                                                                                                                 http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China/OA10Ad01.html

1 JANUARY 2013

Defense Ministry begins transition toward all-voluntary armed forces

Men born after 1994 will only have to receive four months of military training as opposed to 12 months starting from this year, as part of the transition to an all-voluntary armed forces.                                                                                  http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2013/01/01/365921/Defense-Ministry.htm

31 DECEMBER 2012

Taiwan upgrades dozens of fighter jets

Taiwan plans to complete the first stage of an ambitious plan to upgrade its fighter jet force by the end of 2013, in an effort to maintain a credible deterrent against China into the 2030s.                                                                                                                             http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20121231-392707.html

30 DECEMBER 2012

Taiwan holds first Chinese music concert

Thousands of music fans packed a Taipei stadium to watch the island’s first concert staged by Chinese singers and rock bands, reports said Sunday, in the latest sign of warming cross-strait relations.                                                                                     http://www.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNews/Showbiz/Story/A1Story20121230-392455.html

13 DECEMBER 2012

The strategic triangle : US-China-Taiwan

When it comes to the US-China-Taiwan relations, the initial assertion tells us that without US backing, declaration of de jure independence is simply not a feasible option for Taiwan. But the complicating factor is that Washington not only has an interest in the security of Taiwan but also in stable relations with China, particularly after growing bilateral ties. Thus, the maintenance of the status quo turns out to be US policy, too. To achieve such a goal, the US has adopted strategic ambiguity as the cornerstone of its policy toward the cross-Strait relations for the past few decades.                                                                                                                                                                                    http://www.sharnoffsglobalviews.com/the-strategic-triangle-us-china-taiwan-relations/

28 NOVEMBER 2012

Taiwan to trim number of generals after amendment

The Legislative Yuan yesterday passed an amendment to the Organic Act of the Ministry of National Defense, paving way for the nation’s armed forces to significantly downsize the number of its generals from 379 to 268.
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2012/11/28/362326/Nation-to.htm

23 NOVEMBER 2012

Foreign affairs ministry rejects proposal to invite Dalai Lama

“After an internal evaluation, we decided that now is not an appropriate time to have the Dalai Lama visit Taiwan,” Deputy Foreign Minister Simon Ko said at a legislative hearing when asked by opposition lawmakers to confirm the decision.
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2012/11/23/361836/Foreign-affairs.htm

11 NOVEMBER 2012

DPP to set up committee to handle China affairs: report

The main opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) is expected to set up a committee to find a new direction for its ties with China after the Beijing leadership transfer concludes at the Communist Party’s 18th National Congress, a report said yesterday
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2012/11/11/360591/DPP-to.htm

2 NOVEMBER 2012

Beijing main obstacle to FTA with EU: European lawmaker

The European Parliament supports Taiwan’s bid to sign a free trade agreement (FTA) with the European Union, but strong pressure from China is the main obstacle preventing this from being realized, a visiting European Parliament member said yesterday.
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2012/11/02/359603/Beijing-main.htm

29 OCTOBER 2012

Taiwan’s China spy problem

As relations between Taipei and Beijing continue to improve following the re-election of Taiwan’s President, Ma Ying-jeou, to a second term in January, China’s intelligence collection against the island it claims as its own remains as aggressive as ever, with major spy cases grabbing the headlines about once every six months.
http://thediplomat.com/china-power/taiwans-china-spy-problem/?goback=%2Egde_3681308_member_179918121

27 OCTOBER 2012-10-27

Crisis of confidence in Taiwan’s govt

The Taiwan government is suffering a public confidence crisis only five months into President Ma Ying-jeou’s second term.
http://www.asianewsnet.net/home/news.php?id=38166&sec=1

15 OCTOBER 2012

Taiwan’s defence spending up 1.8 % in past decade

Taiwan’s defence spending has grown a mere 1.8-per cent over the past decade, the lowest increase among five Asian countries analysed in a recent study released by a US-based thinktank Monday 15.
http://www.asianewsnet.net/home/news.php?id=37765&sec=1

4 OCTOBER 2012

India renews Taiwan embrace

Although India recognizes the government of the People’s Republic of China (mainland China) instead of the government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) as the legitimate government of the territory of China, relations between India and Taiwan have grown substantially since the two countries had set up representative offices in each other’s capitals in 1995
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/NJ05Df01.html

Taiwanese Pro-Independence Politician Visits China

Frank Hsieh, the former chairman of Taiwan’s pro-independence party, is touring China for a visit that he says is aimed at building mutual trust
http://www.voanews.com/content/taiwanese-pro-independence-politician-visits-china/1520148.html

25 SEPTEMBER 2012

Japan tries to turn back Taiwanese vessels

Japanese coast guard vessels have tried to turn away dozens of Taiwanese fishing boats near a chain of disputed islands in the East China Sea after firing water cannons at them
http://www.euronews.com/2012/09/25/japan-and-taiwan-tangle-over-islands/ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19709355

13 SEPTEMBER 2012

Taiwan sends patrol boats near disputed islands

Two Taiwanese coast guard patrol ships have sailed to waters near a disputed island chain in the East China Sea to assert Taiwan’s claim to i
http://asiancorrespondent.com/89245/taiwan-sends-patrol-boats-near-disputed-islands/

22 AUGUST 2012

Taiwan refuses medical parole for jailed ex-leader

Taiwan authorities on Wednesday refused to grant ex-president Chen Shui-bian parole for medical treatment, saying he could get proper treatment in prison http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120822-366831.html

17 AUGUST 2012

Taiwan ex-leader cleared of perjury charge

Taiwan’s high court on Friday cleared former president Chen Shui-bian of one charge of instigating perjury in the latest legal victory for the jailed ex-leader
http://news.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120817-365965.html

11 AUGUST 2012

Taiwan women in same-sex Buddhist wedding
Two women tied the knot on Saturday in Taiwan’s first same-sex Buddhist wedding, a move rights groups hope will help make the island become the first place in Asia to legalise gay marriage.
http://www.divaasia.com/media_photo/17924

9 AUGUST 2012

Beijing and Taipei sign new trade agreements

New deal provides greater legal protection and cuts custom red tape. Investors in China and Taiwan are promised equal, if not preferential, treatment. In case of arrest, police must inform families and companies on the other side. In Taiwan, people protest deal fearing mainland colonisation of the island. http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Beijing-and-Taipei-sign-new-trade-agreements-25515.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-19204608

28 JULY 2012

Ma orders Foreign Ministry to probe removal of flag in London

President Ma Ying-jeou has instructed the Foreign Ministry to look into a recent row over the removal of an R.O.C. flag from a London display by Olympic organizers, his spokesman said yesterday
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/foreign-affairs/2012/07/28/349118/Ma-orders.htm

Wife of James Soong dies of cancer aged 72

Viola Chen, wife of People First Party (PFP) Chairman James Soong, died of colon cancer yesterday. She was 72.
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120728-361947.html

24 JULY 2012

Taiwan’s Chen rattles the prison bars

Taiwan’s former president Chen Shui-bian, serving the third year of his 17-and-a-half-year prison term for corruption, has been grabbing much renewed attention lately. This time around, however, it is not his crimes or trials that are in the focus but the state of his health
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China/NG25Ad01.html

16 JULY 2012

Taiwan tests new weapons in China war simulation

Taiwan for the first time Monday tested how a fleet of advanced submarine hunting aircraft and attack helicopters would be utilised in the event of an attack by rival China, officials and media said. http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120716-359484.html

4 JULY 2012

President Ma vows to excise ‘tumor of corruption’

President Ma Ying-jeou reiterated his administration’s intolerance of corruption at a Kuomintang Central Standing Committee conference held yesterday (July 4) afternoon. http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120705-357291.html

3 JULY 2012

Lin Yi-shih gives partial confession over graft

Former Cabinet Secretary-General Lin Yi-shih (林益世)was taken into custody yesterday after partially confessing to bribery allegations at a 12-hour interrogation session. The Taipei District Court granted prosecutors’ demand to detain Lin on the grounds that he was involved in the serious crimes of bribery and spoliation of evidence.
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2012/07/03/346366/p1/Lin-gives.htm

28 JUNE 2012

Beijing’s generosity puts Taipei on edge

It might be customary elsewhere that when Country A showers Country B with billions of dollars, both sides’ leaders present the good deed concertedly so that either has a chance capitalizing on it in political terms. But this does not apply in the case of mainland China and Taiwan, because both sides claim they belong to one country.
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China/NF28Ad01.html

23 JUNE 2012

China offers credits for investment from Taiwan

Four Chinese state banks will offer up to US$95 billion in credit to Taiwanese investments in business on the mainland, the director of Beijing’s Taiwan Affairs Office Wang Yi told a conference in Xiamen
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China_Business/NF23Cb01.html

18 JUNE 2012

Taiwan to clear all landmines near China

In yet another sign of warming ties with former rival China, Taiwan said on Monday that all landmines laid on the frontline islands off the mainland during the 1950s will be removed within six months
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1208401/1/.html

22 MAY 2012

Taiwan’s Ma plays it cool

Taiwanese president Ma Ying-jeou was widely expected to embed a formula for unification with China into his re-inauguration speech on Sunday. Perhaps the embattled leader, whose approval ratings have fallen to as low as 20%, wanted to do so. However, he also had to toe the line with Washington
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China/NE22Ad02.html

20 MAY 2012

Taiwan’s President Ma sworn in for second term

President Ma Ying-jeou was sworn in to the 13th presidential term of the Republic of China yesterday morning, calling his inauguration a milestone on Taiwan’s journey to becoming a mature democracy.
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2012/05/21/341769/President-Ma.htm
http://www.asianewsnet.net/home/news.php?id=30861&sec=1

28 MAI 2012

28 MAI 2012

Su Tseng-chang wins DPP chair vote

Former premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) yesterday became the new chairman of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), easily beating his four opponents in a race that could have a major impact on the future direction of the party.
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2012/05/28/2003533904

14 MAY 2012

Taiwan’s Ma Loses the Reins

Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou has been pushing for a series of highly controversial reforms he doesn’t want to deal with in his second term, which begins May 20
http://www.asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=4502&Itemid=185

6 APRIL 2012

Taiwan ranks 46th happiest country in the world, 3rd in Asia: UN report

The happiest region in the world is Northern Europe, with Denmark in the lead, and the least happy region — according to the recently released World Happiness Report conducted by the Earth Institute (EI) of Columbia University, entrusted by the United Nations General Assembly — is Sub-Saharan Africa, with Togo at the bottom. Taiwan ranked number 46
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2012/04/06/336929/Taiwan-ranks.htm

28 MARCH 2012

Comments on Taiwanese Marriage Trend Spark Outrage

A legislator’s comments in Taiwan have touched off a public furor over one of the island’s stickiest social issues. Increasingly, Taiwanese men are choosing wives from overseas, and some say that is leaving growing numbers of local women without husbands
http://www.voanews.com/english/news/asia/east-pacific/Controversy-Brews-in-Taiwan-Parliament-Over-Men-Seeking-Foreign-Wives-144341535.html

26 MARCH 2012

Taiwan opens Chinese Investment Door Wider

Chinese businessmen have only invested US$272 million in the island since 2009 when rules were relaxed, a tiny fraction of the US$80 billion that 80,000 Taiwanese companies have invested in China
http://www.asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=4366&Itemid=236

22 MARCH 2012

Closer cross-Straits relations welcomed

Top officials from the Communist Party of China (CPC) and Taiwan’s ruling Kuomintang (KMT) met in Beijing for the first time since the KMT’s victory in the island’s leadership election in January
http://europe.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2012-03/23/content_14894206.htm

16 FEBRUARY 2012

Beijing mayor visits Taiwan amid protests

Beijing’s mayor arrived in Taiwan Thursday, officials said, amid protests from dozens of anti-China activists who labelled him a « human rights villain »
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120216-328369.html

14 FEBRUARY 2012

China blocks Hong Kong-Taiwan embrace

Taiwan’s Beijing-friendly Kuomintang (KMT) government would like to see Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Donald Tsang stop by on the island. However, it seems Beijing and Tsang himself aren’t too keen on the implications of such a visit
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China/NB16Ad01.html

9 FEBRUARY 2012

Taiwan’s Dynamic Civil Society

http://www.asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=4213&Itemid=192

21 JANUARY 2012

Chinese firms invest $ 184 million in Taiwan in 3 years

Taiwan’s government said Saturday 21 that Chinese firms had invested around $184 million on the island since it relaxed rules on mainland investment in mid-2009 amid warming relations
http://business.asiaone.com/Business/News/Story/A1Story20120121-323289.html

15 JANUARY 2012

Why Ma won the election and what’s next for Taiwan and China

In presidential elections this weekend, Ma Ying-jeou, Taiwan’s incumbent president from the ruling Kuomintang (KMT), or Nationalist Party, decisively defeated Tsai Ing-wen of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). With about 52 percent of the vote (compared to Tsai’s 45.6 percent and the third-party candidate James Soong’s 2.8 percent), Ma will be able to govern with a clear majority of popular support. His margin of victory was far higher than most opinion polls had predicted. Many Soong supporters seem to have decided in recent days that by voting for their preferred candidate, who is almost politically identical to Ma, they might hand Tsai the victory
http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/137029/daniel-lynch/why-ma-won-the-elections-and-whats-next-for-taiwan-and-china#

14 JANUARY 2012

Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou wins second term

Taiwan’s incumbent President Ma Ying-jeou has won a second term in office, promising to further improve ties with neighbouring China
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16557209
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/01/201211493452412316.html http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/7e4b45bc-3eb3-11e1-9139-00144feab49a.html#axzz1jSb7r42u

31 DECEMBER 2011

Taiwan to cut conscription to 4 months in 2013

Taiwan’s defence ministry yesterday (December 30) announced it would slash compulsory military training times for all males from one year to four months starting in 2013, at least a year earlier than expected http://www.asianewsnet.net/home/news.php?id=25731&sec=1

30 DECEMBER 2011

Taiwan, Israel to establish free trade deal task force

Taiwan and Israel have agreed to set up a task force to study the possibility of a bilateral free trade agreement (FTA) before 2013, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said yesterday
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/foreign-affairs/2011/12/30/327426/Taiwan-Israel.htm

2 DECEMBER 2011

Dead heat election raises Taiwan stakes

With barely a month-and-half left before Taiwan’s crucial presidential election, the race is neck and neck between incumbent president Ma Ying-jeou and the leading opposition candidate, Tsai Ing-wen. Televised presidential debates that begin this weekend will likely add to the uncertainty. The only guarantee in  this exciting drama is that it is not over until the last voter casts his or her ballot on January 14, 2012.
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China/ML03Ad01.html

17 NOVEMBER 2011

US and China fret over Taiwan

Since Ma Ying-jeou assumed the presidency in Taiwan in May 2008, relations across the Taiwan Strait have  improved dramatically. In the past three-and-a-half years, 16 agreements have been signed on practical matters  that have largely benefited the people on both sides of the strait.
The presidential election in Taiwan is scheduled for January 14, 2012, and the race is extremely tight. Regardless of the outcome, the election will have significant impact on the cross-Strait situation and on United States interests
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China/MK18Ad01.html

10 NOVEMBER 2011

Taiwan says early-warning radar nearing completion

Taiwan said it has begun testing a billion-dollar early warning radar system, designed to give an  extra six minutes’ warning of any Chinese missile attack, which is nearing  completion. Deputy Defence Minister Chao Shih-chang said the installation the state-of-the-art, long-range radar system, supplied by US defence group Raytheon, has entered its final stage.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1164555/1/.html

6 NOVEMBER 2011

Arms deliveries to Taiwan are lagging: US draft study

The transfer of U.S. arms to Taiwan, the chief barrier to better U.S.-China ties, is moving at a snail’s pace, at least for several
eapons systems, a draft report to the U.S. Congress showed.
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/foreign-affairs/2011/11/06/322065/Arms-deliveries.htm

4  NOVEMBER 2011

Dark days for Taiwan’s spies

When Taiwan’s government last month announced budget cuts in military intelligence, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) insisted operations against mainland China would not be affected. It’s only administrative expenses being whittled down, said the MND, and if anything, Taiwan’s strength in intelligence warfare will be boosted. However, media paint a vastly different picture, suggesting Taiwan’s future leaders will be completely deaf and blind to secretive developments across the Taiwan Strait
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China/MK04Ad01.html

26 OCTOBER 2011

Taiwan’s Ma talks peace but gets an earful

Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou’s mention of a possible peace agreement with mainland China to end six decades of hostility across the Taiwan Strait has become a political bombshell
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China/MJ27Ad01.html

18 OCTOBER 2011

Peace talks possible in a decade: Ma

President Ma Ying-jeou said yesterday that his administration would “cautiously consider” whether Taiwan should negotiate a peace agreement with China within the next decade if three major premises are met, including a high level of consensus among nationals
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2011/10/18/320190/p1/Peace-talks.htm

13 OCTOBER 2011

Taiwan ex-president gets extra jail term

Taiwan’s ex-leader Chen Shui-bian – who is already in jail for corruption – was given an additional 18-year sentence on Thursday for his role in a financial scandal, a high court spokesman said. Chen, who was president between 2000 and 2008, is already serving a jail term of 17 years and  six months on two bribery convictions in sprawling corruption cases that saw his wife Wu Shu-chen get the same sentence.
http://www.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20111013-304869.html

27 SEPTEMBER 2011

Deficit decreases for 3rd year: gov’t

The deficit for the 2012 budget has decreased by 33.1 percent to NT$114.6 billion, the third consecutive decline, which shows the annual budget drafted by the cabinet for next year is well-planned and appropriate for the long-term development of Taiwan, Premier Wu Den-yih announced yesterday
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan-business/2011/09/27/317962/Deficit-decreases.htm

22 SEPTEMBER 2011

China hits out at US deal on Taiwan F-16 fighters

China has reacted angrily to a US deal to upgrade Taiwan’s ageing fleet of US-built F-16 fighter planes
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-15014358
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/foreign-affairs/2011/09/22/317461/MOFA-MND.htmhttp://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/china/2011-09/22/c_131154350.htm

25 JULY 2011

Taiwan’s Astonishing Abortion Rate

For every pregnancy leading to a Taiwanese woman giving birth, a remarkable three are estimated by a Taiwan pediatrician to have  been aborted, a figure that others believe isn’t too far from reality
http://www.asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3340&Itemid=192

3 JULY 2011

Ma Ying-jeou officially named KMT candidate

Incumbent President Ma Ying-jeou, who was yesterday officially declared the Kuomintang (KMT) running candidate for the 2012  presidential elections, expressed his hope to see Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng keep his post next year in the Legislative Yuan
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2011/07/03/308413/p1/Ma-officially.htm

21 JUNE 2011

Taiwan lifts historic ban on Chinese solo tourists

Taiwan lifts a decades-old ban on travel to the island by individual Chinese tourists, saying visitors would act as « peace ambassadors » for the former arch foe. Initially, Taiwan will allow 500 individual arrivals from the mainland per day, who it hopes will help maintain  across the Strait
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1136531/1/.html

16 MAY 2011

Taiwan to allow promotion of island’s independence

Taiwan’s parliament tentatively approves a measure that would allow local groups to support the island’s independence, as well as communism, in a further move to promote pluralistic democracy.
http://www.monstersandcritics.com/news/asiapacific/news/article_1639421.php/Taiwan-to-allow-promotion-of-island-s-independence

10 MAY 2011

Who’s influencing who across the strait?

In numerous interviews given to Western media before and after he took office in 2008, Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou said his cross-strait policies would make China more like Taiwan and not the other way around. He spoke of his government’s responsibility to further the democratic  development of all ethnic Chinese communities, and labeled Taiwan a beacon of democracy to Asia and the world.
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China/ME10Ad01.html

16 APRIL 2011

Taiwan set to lift 20-year sex trade ban

The world’s oldest profession will still come with some strict rules, however. It will be restricted to red-light districts, away  residential and religious zones. Brothels and sex workers will be required to apply for licences and prostitutes will have to undergo periodic health checks.
http://www.asianewsnet.net/home/news.php?id=18466&sec=1

3 FEBRUARY 2011

Malaysia to allow visa-free entry for Taiwanese

Taiwanese nationals will soon be allowed to visit Malaysia without a visa, a minister said Thursday, in a bid to increase the
number of tourists and boost foreign exchange earnings
http://news.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Malaysia/Story/A1Story20110203-261853.html

8 JANUARY 2011

Number of countries granting Taiwan visa-waiver privileges hits 97

President Ma Ying-jeou said yesterday that the number of countries that have granted visa-waiver privileges to Taiwanese passport  holders has increased to 97, indicating that the government’s “flexible diplomacy” strategy has borne fruit.
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/foreign-affairs/2011/01/08/286829/Number-of.htm

22 NOVEMBER 2010

Gender crisis looms in Taiwan

The traditional Chinese preference for male heirs is cited as one of the reasons for Taiwan’s growing gender imbalance. Its
male-female ratio at birth stands at 108.4 boys per 100 girls last year
http://www.asianewsnet.net/home/news.php?id=15621&sec=1

16 SEPTEMBER 2010

More Taiwanese favor status quo with mainland

More and more Taiwanese prefer to maintain the political status quo with China while fewer wish to see the two sides reunify,
despite vastly improved relations over the past two years.
http://www.asianewsnet.net/home/news.php?id=14343&sec=1

12 SEPTEMBER 2010

ECFA formally takes effect today

The landmark economic cooperation framework agreement (ECFA) between Taiwan and China and an intellectual property rights protection  pact across the Taiwan Strait formally take effect today, the Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) announced yesterday
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan-business/2010/09/11/272229/ECFA-formally.htm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-11275274

1 SEPTEMBER 2010

Taiwan eases Hong Kong and Macau visa process

Residents from Hong Kong and Macau can apply for visa to Taiwan for free via the Internet starting today, the National Immigration  Agency said. After citizens from the two Chinese cities received approval on their online visa applications, they can print the approval statements and give them to Customs officers when entering Taiwan along with their mainland China issued passports for clearance. Upon receiving the Customs clearance stamp, a print approval statement is in effect a 30-day visa.
http://news.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20100901-235070.html

16 MAY 2010

Taiwan hopes for full membership at World Health Organisation

Taiwan tells the World Health Organization (WHO) that it hopes to finally become a full WHO member in place of the observer status it  currently enjoys
http://www.monstersandcritics.com/news/asiapacific/news/article_1556119.php/Taiwan-hopes-for-full-membership-at-World-Health-Organisation

12 MARCH 2010

Taiwan justice minister resigns over death penalty

Taiwan’s justice minister has resigned after failing  to win support for her opposition to the death penalty. Wang Ching-feng had  said she would not give the go-ahead for any executions
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8563838.stm

31 JANUARY 2010

Taiwan’s Ma welcomes US arms

The United States has announced a US$6.4 billion package of weapons, including PAC-3 missiles, to be sold to Taiwan, drawing  strong protest from China. China reiterated yesterday its stern objection to US arms sales to Taiwan, and suspended all military exchanges with the United States. But President Ma Ying-jeou, who was in Los Angeles at the time of the announcement, said that with the weapons, Taiwan will be more confident of defending itself, which will facilitate the development of cross-strait ties, according to his spokesman Tony Wang
http://www.asianewsnet.net/news.php?id=9853&sec=1

3 JANUARY 2010

Mainland tourists to Taiwan hit mark

A total of 606,100 mainland tourists visited Taiwan in the past year, with each spending nearly $1,800 on the island, including accommodation and shopping, Shao Qiwei, chairman of the Beijing-based Association for Tourism Exchange Across the Taiwan Straits, said on Friday
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2010-01/02/content_9255795.htm

11 SEPTEMBER 2009

Taiwan’s Ex-President Sentenced to Life Term

A Taiwanese court sentenced former president Chen Shui-bian to life in prison after convicting him on graft charges Friday, a
spectacular fall from grace for a man who rode to power on promises to end decades of corruption and expand the island’s de facto independence
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/09/11/AR2009091103657.html

27 JULY 2009

Chinese President Congratulates Taiwan Leader

President Hu Jintao of China congratulated on Monday 27 July the Taiwanese leader Ma Ying-jeou after his election this weekend as  chief of Taiwan’s governing party, a victory that analysts said could bolster Mr. Ma’s efforts to pursue engagement and economic ties with China
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/28/world/asia/28taiwan.html?_r=1&ref=asia
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8170128.stm

3 MAY 2009

At last Taiwan has a feet in the World Health Organization

Common sense prevailed at last. After a dozen years of futile efforts, Taiwan has achieved a breakthrough: Acquiring observer’s status  at the forthcoming meeting of the World Health Assembly (WHA), the ruling body of the World Health Organization
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/editorial/taiwan-issues/2009/05/03/206595/A-victory.htm

India home affairs and society

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15 MAY 2018

India’s Karnataka Assembly election: BJP falls short of majority, Congress-JD(S) join hands

The BJP emerged as the single largest party but had fallen short of the simple majority, and the Congress and JDS together have enough seats to be able to form the next government. But this seems a few steps away from a done deal
http://www.freepressjournal.in/india/karnataka-assembly-election-bjp-falls-short-of-majority-congress-jds-join-hands/1277093
http://zeenews.india.com/karnataka/karnataka-results-victory-not-in-the-bag-yet-congress-and-jds-go-into-a-huddle-in-bengaluru-2108492.html

8 MAY 2018

Hindu nationalists disrupt Muslim prayers in India

In India, where religion pervades every cubic inch of public space, the question of whether Muslims have the right to pray in the open has turned into a contentious debate, stirred up by Hindu nationalist groups and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/hindu-nationalists-disrupt-muslim-prayers-in-india-1.728444

21 APRIL 2018

India approves death penalty for rape of girls under 12

India’s cabinet on Saturday approved the death penalty for rapists of girls below the age of 12, after Prime Minister Narendra Modi held an emergency meeting in response to nationwide outrage in the wake of a series of cases
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/india-approves-death-penalty-for-rape-of-girls-under-12-16906
http://www.dw.com/en/india-prescribes-death-penalty-for-child-rape/a-43480914
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/india-death-penalty-child-rape-sentencing-rapists-a8315716.html

20 APRIL 2018

Death of Justice Rajinder Sachar, Indian human rights fighter
http://indianexpress.com/article/india/rajindar-sachar-former-chief-justice-dekhi-high-court-dead-5145810/
http://www.atimes.com/remembering-an-indian-human-rights-hero/

8 APRIL 2018

A ‘Dalit Spring’ is on the horizon

The Bharat Bandh was a turning point in India’s caste struggles. But to fully understand the reasons why India’s Dalits finally decided to take to the streets – it is necessary to analyse the current Indian government’s aggressive policies and deep-seated hostile attitudes towards this underprivileged group
https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/dalit-spring-horizon-180407132053298.html

2 APRIL 2018

Violent protests by India’s lowest-caste Dalit against law changes leave at least 7 dead

At least seven people were killed when India’s lowest-caste Dalits took to the streets in widespread violent protests on Monday (April 2) against changes to a law that provides them with special protection
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/violent-protests-by-indias-low-caste-dalit-against-law-changes-leave-at-least-7-dead

1 APRIL 2018

At least 20 killed in fighting and anti-India protests in disputed Kashmir

Massive anti-India protests erupt in India-administered Kashmir after fierce fighting between rebels and Indian soldiers leave at least 13 rebels, three army soldiers and four civilians dead
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/at-least-20-killed-in-fighting-and-anti-india-protests-in-disputed-kashmir-16389
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/04/massive-anti-india-protests-erupt-southern-kashmir-180401091342157.html
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/12-militants-killed-in-multiple-operations-in-south-kashmir/article23405648.ece?homepage=true
http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-eight-militants-killed-in-three-separate-anti-terror-operations-in-restive-south-kashmir-2599946

16 MARCH 2018

Key regional party TDP quits India’s ruling coalition

An ally of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has walked out of the ruling coalition headed by the right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), alleging Modi « neglected » the southern state of Andhra Pradesh
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/03/key-regional-party-tdp-quits-india-ruling-coalition-180316105432725.html
http://www.newindianexpress.com/nation/2018/mar/16/centre-endlessly-waiting-for-andhra-pradesh-to-revert-on-special-package-arun-jaitley-1788298.html
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/andhra-pradesh/after-pulling-out-naidu-changes-strategy/article23274956.ece?homepage=true

14 MARCH 2018

A ‘long march’ by India’s farmers forces government to act

About 40,000 farmers camp in Mumbai, country’s financial hub, to demand land rights and support for the farm sector
https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/long-march-india-farmers-forces-government-act-180314124401687.html
http://www.sify.com/news/how-farmers-woke-up-the-maharashtra-government-news-columns-sdopgvdghgfjb.html

3 MARCH 2018

Modi’s BJP party wins key election in India’s northern state

Results announced for most of the 59-seat regional chamber showed that the BJP had won a majority in Tripura and would replace the Communist Party of India (Marxist), or CPI (M), to form a regional government on its own
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/03/03/554257/India-Modi-BJP-Tripura-victory
http://www.livemint.com/Politics/4g2uj5Eps4nHE4YCUVyeIO/BJP-demolishes-Left-citadel-in-Tripura-certain-to-be-part-o.html
http://www.dnaindia.com/india/column-tripura-election-2018-5-reasons-behind-bjp-s-historic-win-2590341

25 FEBRUARY 2018

Bollywood’s legendary leading lady Sridevi Kapoor dies of heart attack at age of 54

Sridevi Kapoor, one of the biggest names in Hindi cinema, has died after suffering a heart attack at the age 54. She was widely regarded as the first female superstar in India’s male-dominated movie industry
http://www.dw.com/en/bollywoods-legendary-leading-lady-sridevi-kapoor-dies-of-heart-attack-at-age-of-54/a-42730787
http://www.thehindu.com/entertainment/movies/sridevi/article22849650.ece
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-43186118
http://www.livemint.com/Consumer/J4ovZ8CbLWJ0NcTcpMP6ON/Sridevi-the-actor.html?utm_source=scroll&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=scroll

1 FEBRUARY 2018

India unveils ‘world’s largest’ public healthcare scheme

India has announced an ambitious health insurance scheme, which is designed to be a safety net for millions of people who struggle to afford medical care
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-42899402

31 JANUARY 2018

India slips to 42nd place on EIU Democracy Index; US at 21st

India has slipped to 42nd place on an annual Global Democracy Index amid “rise of conservative religious ideologies” and increase in vigilantism and violence against minorities as well as other dissenting voices
http://www.livemint.com/Politics/SBf9tTUhoG29zuJ3rKrqoO/India-slips-to-42nd-place-on-EIU-Democracy-Index-US-at-21st.html
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/india/india-slips-to-42nd-place-on-eiu-democracy-index-us-at-21st-1.2166402

24 JANUARY 2018

India: Rampage in Ahmedabad against controversial film

Hundreds of protesters went on a rampage vandalising malls and torching vehicles in the Indian city of Ahmedabad in a bid to stop the release of a controversial Bollywood film
https://www.trtworld.com/art-culture/right-wing-groups-in-india-step-up-violence-ahead-of-padmaavat-release-14569
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/padmaavaat-protest-mob-vandalises-malls-torch-vehicles-in-ahmedabad/article22500633.ece?homepage=true
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/2130408/bollywood-epic-padmavati-about-14th-century-hindu-queen-has

12 JANUARY 2018

Four on five judges of India’s top Suprem Court criticise its functioning in rare public spat

Four justices of India’s top court on Friday criticised its distribution of cases to judges and raised concerns about judicial appointments, in an unprecedented public airing of problems at one of the country’s most respected institutions
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/india/four-judges-of-india-s-top-court-criticise-its-functioning-in-rare-public-spat-1.2155914
http://www.newindianexpress.com/nation/2018/jan/12/supreme-court-not-in-order-democracy-at-stake-four-apex-court-judges-in-letter-to-cji-dipak-mishra-1751751.html
https://www.dailyo.in/politics/supreme-court-top-four-judges-press-conference-cji-dipak-misra-impeachment-medical-council-row/story/1/21701.html

28 DECEMBER 2017

Triple talaq is a criminal act in India now

The Lok Sabha pass a bill that criminalises instant divorce with three years of imprisonment for Muslim husbands
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/india/triple-talaq-is-a-criminal-act-in-india-now-1.2148699
http://www.livemint.com/Politics/N0NPC0t3glXEoxjbqZNwHP/Triple-talaq-bill-tabled-in-Lok-Sabha-after-Narendra-Modi-ap.html

16 DECEMBER 2017

India’s Rahul Gandhi takes over as president of opposition party

India’s Rahul Gandhi took over on Saturday as president of the main opposition Indian National Congress party (INC), becoming the sixth member of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty to head the party that has ruled the country for much of its independent history
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/india-s-rahul-gandhi-takes-over-as-president-of-opposition-party-13355
https://www.dailyo.in/politics/rahul-gandhi-acceptance-speech-new-congress-president-aicc-sonia-gujarat-elections/story/1/21189.html
http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-ray-of-hope-wishes-pour-in-from-politicos-for-rahul-gandhi-as-he-becomes-congress-president-2568170

11 DECEMBER 2017

India’s Rahul Gandhi appointed president of Congress party

In a long-awaited move, Gandhi, the great-grandson of India’s founding prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru, was elected unopposed to head the party. He will take the reins from his mother Sonia, the party’s longest-serving president, since 1998
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/india/rahul-gandhi-takes-helm-of-congress-party-to-challenge-modi-1.2139035
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-42079137
http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-from-reluctant-politician-to-congress-president-a-timeline-of-rahul-gandhi-s-political-journey-2566796

4 DECEMBER 2017

Bollywood icon Shashi Kapoor dies at 79

Bollywood icon Shashi Kapoor – a star of 1970s Indian cinema and a member of the Hindi film industry’s famous Kapoor family – died on Monday (Dec 4) aged 79 after a long illness
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/bollywood-icon-shashi-kapoor-dies-at-79-9468318
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-42233392
http://www.thehindu.com/entertainment/movies/shashi-kapoor-b-towns-ultimate-charmer-takes-final-bow/article21261699.ece?homepage=true
http://gulfnews.com/life-style/celebrity/desi-news/bollywood/veteran-indian-actor-shashi-kapoor-dies-1.2135198

22 NOVEMBER 2017

New journalist killing shocks India

Local Indian reporter Sudip Dutta Bhaumik has been shot and killed by a soldier on a military base. The National Union of Journalists said « democracy is being murdered every day. »
http://www.dw.com/en/india-shocked-at-journalists-murder-on-military-base/a-41476246
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/new-journalist-killing-shocks-india
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-42091884

20 NOVEMBER 2017

Indian politician offers $1.5M for beheading of Bollywood star over Hindu queen, Muslim ruler romance film

A member of India’s Hindu nationalist ruling party offered a $1.5 million bounty Sunday for anyone who beheads the lead actress and the director of a yet-to-be released Bollywood film that’s sparked controversy for depicting a romance between a Hindu queen and Muslim ruler
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/11/20/indian-politician-offers-1-5m-for-beheading-bollywood-star-over-hindu-queen-muslim-ruler-romance-film.html
http://indianexpress.com/article/india/padmavati-controversy-supreme-court-madhya-pradesh-shivraj-singh-chouhan-rajput-sanjay-leela-bhansali4946652/
http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/film-padmavati-has-united-royals-across-party-lines-in-politics/1/1093690.html

6 NOVEMBER 2017

Two Kashmiri activists awarded Rafto Prize for human rights

Two activists from Indian-administered Kashmir will be awarded Norway’s Rafto Prize for human rights on Saturday for their long-term struggle against violence in the disputed territory, the jury announced
https://www.trtworld.com/europe/two-kashmiri-activists-awarded-rafto-prize-for-human-rights-11944

23 OCTOBER 2017

India to open talks with all parties in disputed Jammu and Kashmir

The Indian government has announced it will commence talks in the disputed state of Jammu and Kashmir with all parties, including separatists who are calling for independence or a merger with Pakistan
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/23/india-to-open-talks-with-all-parties-in-disputed-jammu-and-kashmir
http://www.thestatesman.com/india/government-announces-sustained-dialogue-solve-kashmir-problem-1502515964.html
http://www.newindianexpress.com/nation/2017/oct/23/centre-appoints-former-ib-director-dineshwar-sharma-to-initiate-sustained-dialogue-in-jammu-and-kash-1680634.html

11 OCTOBER 2017

Sex with underage wife is rape, Indian supreme court rules

India’s supreme court has struck down a law allowing men to have sex with children as young as 15 provided the pair are married
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/11/sex-with-underage-wife-is-indian-supreme-court-rules
http://www.dw.com/en/indias-top-court-says-sex-with-child-bride-is-rape/a-40902473
http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-sc-says-girl-child-can-t-be-treated-as-commodity-calls-separate-marriage-laws-for-hindus-and-muslims-mockery-2552174

9 OCTOBRE 2017

India court commutes death sentence for deadly Gujarat riots

An Indian court has commuted the death sentences given by a lower court to 11 people after one of the many deadly riots that swept the western state of Gujarat 15 years ago in which more than 1,000 people died
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/india/death-sentence-for-11-in-train-burning-case-commuted-1.2102999
http://www.livemint.com/Politics/dcNf9VKC84zlq0mnxLQhPJ/Godhra-train-burning-case-Gujarat-high-court-commutes-death.html

2 OCTOBER 2017

Indian journalists form human chain to protest rising violence against them

Outraged by journalists being increasingly subjected to intimidation, threats, violence and even killings in various parts of the country, scores of journalists held a protest rally and march here on Monday to demand strong action ~ by the Centre as well as states ~ against perpetrators of such crimes
http://www.thestatesman.com/india/journalists-form-human-chain-protest-rising-violence-1502504053.html
http://indianexpress.com/videos/news-video/protest-at-chandigarh-press-club-for-violence-against-journalists/

24 SEPTEMBER 2017

Modi’s first three years: some wins but breakthroughs yet to come

It has been more than three years since Narendra Modi led the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) to a spectacular victory in the parliamentary elections in May 2014. But Modi’s term to date has been a mixed record
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/09/24/modis-first-three-years-some-wins-but-breakthroughs-yet-to-come/

17 SEPTEMBER 2017

India mourns death of hero Marshal Arjan Singh

Marshal of Indian Air Force (IAF) Arjan Singh died in New Delhi on Sunday. The 98-year-old war veteran, who died in a hospital after a heart attack, will be given a state funeral on Monday morning
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/india/nation-mourns-death-of-hero-marshal-arjan-singh-1.2091509
http://indianexpress.com/article/india/his-life-was-dedicated-to-mother-india-pm-modi-pays-rich-tribute-to-marshal-of-iaf-arjan-singh-4848155/
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/videos/news/state-funeral-for-marshal-arjan-singh-tomorrow/videoshow/60718537.cms?utm_source=Colombia&utm_medium=OrganicNative&utm_campaign=CTNCPV&utm_ctn=16582151-297447

7 SEPTEMBER 2017

Two handed death sentence for 1993 Mumbai blasts

An Indian court has sentenced to death two men convicted of involvement in a series of bombings that killed 257 people in Mumbai in 1993
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/09/handed-death-sentence-1993-mumbai-blasts-170907105826622.html
http://indianexpress.com/article/india/1993-mumbai-serial-blasts-death-for-taher-merchant-feroz-abdul-rashid-khan-abu-salem-sentenced-to-life-4832705/

5 SEPTEMBER 2017

Gauri Lankesh: Indian journalist shot dead in Bangalore

A prominent Indian journalist critical of Hindu nationalist politics has been shot dead in the southern state of Karnataka, police say
https://globalvoices.org/2017/09/06/gauri-lankesh-a-journalist-who-was-critical-of-indias-right-wing-is-gunned-down-outside-her-home/
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-41172115
http://www.dailyo.in/politics/gauri-lankesh-assassination-hindutva-journalist-killed-journalism-bjp-amit-malviya/story/1/19361.html

3 SEPTEMBER 2017

Narendra Modi appoints India’s first female defence minister

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi named a female legislator as the country’s new defence minister on Sunday (Sept 3), the first time a woman has been appointed to the key portfolio overseeing border tensions with China and Pakistan
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/narendra-modi-appoints-indias-first-female-defence-minister
https://www.voanews.com/a/indian-prime-minister-modi-drops-ministers-as-economy-slips/4013252.html

22 AUGUST 2017

India’s Supreme Court rules ‘triple talaq’ Muslim divorce law ‘unconstitutional’

India’s Supreme Court has ruled a controversial Muslim instant divorce law unconstitutional, a landmark victory for Muslim women who had long argued that it violated their right to equality
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-08-23/indias-supreme-court-rules-muslim-divorrce-law-unconstitutional/8832692?section=world
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-41008802

15 AUGUST 2017

Independence Day speech: Narendra Modi outlines vision for India

PM Narendra Modi, in his Independence Day speech, set a deadline of 2022 for building a New India free of caste differences, corruption and terrorism
http://www.livemint.com/Politics/WYdg9vJ2ULdjh0LULDp8nM/Independence-Day-2017-Narendra-Modi-calls-for-building-new.html
http://www.dnaindia.com/india/photo-gallery-in-pics-at-70-years-young-india-celebrates-independence-day-2530647

4 AUGUST 2017

Rahul Gandhi’s car attacked in Gujarat’s Banasakantha, Congress calls for statewide protests

Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi’s car was on Friday stoned and windows broken by hostile black-flag waving crowds shouting slogans in favour of Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his tour of flood-hit Dhanera town in north Gujarat’s Banaskantha district
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/india/rahul-s-car-attacked-in-gujarat-says-not-scared-of-cowards-1.2068956
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/rahul-gandhis-car-pelted-with-stones-on-visit-to-flood-hit-gujarat/article19428634.ece?homepage=true
http://indianexpress.com/article/india/rahul-gandhi-shown-black-flags-stone-thrown-at-his-car-in-gujarats-flood-hit-banasakantha-4782221/

1st AUGUST 2017

Indian Forces kill senior commander of Lashkar-e-Taiba militant group Abu Dujuna in Kashmir

Indian forces killed a top militant commander in Kashmir on Tuesday, triggering clashes in which one protester was killed and dozens injured
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/india/indian-forces-kill-elusive-let-s-kashmir-commander-1.2067518
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/encounter-breaks-out-in-pulwama/article19400523.ece?homepage=true
http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-after-neutralising-abu-dujana-security-forces-to-target-six-high-profile-terrorists-in-jammu-and-kashmir-2520043

25 JULY 2017

Ram Nath Kovind sworn in as India’s 14th President

Ram Nath Kovind was on Tuesday sworn in as the 14th President of India with Chief Justice JS Khehar administering the oath of office in Parliament’s Central Hall
http://www.dnaindia.com/india/photo-gallery-in-pictures-ram-nath-kovind-sworn-in-as-14th-president-of-india-2513245
http://indianexpress.com/article/india/ram-nath-kovind-takes-over-as-president-of-india-full-text-of-his-first-speech-4766306/
http://zeenews.india.com/video/india/watch-ram-nath-kovind-sworn-in-as-indias-14th-president-2026746.html

20 JULY 2017

Ram Nath Kovind, a Dalit, elected as India’s 14th president, who is he ?

Ram Nath Kovind, a low-caste Dalit, has been elected as India’s president. Kovind was chosen for the post by the ruling BJP party in a largely symbolic move, which experts say is unlikely to improve the Dalit situation
http://www.dw.com/en/ram-nath-kovind-as-indias-dalit-president-symbolism-and-reality/a-39767055
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-40344572
http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-who-is-ram-nath-kovind-all-you-need-to-know-about-india-s-next-president-2508467

30 MAY 2017

Three India’s ruling BJP politicians charged over 1992 mosque demolition

An Indian court has charged a minister and two senior leaders from the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) with criminal conspiracy over the demolition of a historical mosque by Hindu extremists in 1992
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/india-bjp-narendra-modi-ayodhya-mosque-uttar-pradesh-hindu-muslim-destruction-charged-a7764026.html
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/babri-case-advani-joshi-bharti-charged-with-criminal-conspiracy/article18661463.ece?homepage=true

27 MAY 2017

Kashmir conflict: Top militant Sabzar Bhat killed

Eight militants, including the successor of slain Hizb-ul-Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani, were killed in two anti-militancy operations in the Kashmir Valley since Friday night
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/burhan-wanis-successor-killed-in-kashmir-encounter/article18589337.ece?homepage=true
http://zeenews.india.com/jammu-and-kashmir/rejection-in-love-prompted-sabzar-bhat-become-a-hizbul-terrorist-complete-details-inside-2009606.html
http://www.latimes.com/world/la-fg-india-kashmir-20170527-story.html

12 APRIL 2017

Kashmiri youth: The new face of violent resistance against Indian rule

The Indian government was forced to postpone by-elections in Kashmir due to violent protests. Clashes between protesters and security forces have continued for months, with experts pointing to a new resistance movement
http://www.dw.com/en/kashmiri-youth-the-new-face-of-violent-resistance-against-indian-rule/a-38402220

3 APRIL 2017

Kishori Amonkar: Legendary Indian singer dies

Legendary singer Kishori Amonkar passed away last night at the age of 84. In her career spanning over several decades, she sang playback for Hindi cinema only twice
http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/rip-kishori-amonkar-death-geet-gaya-patthharon-ne-drishti/1/920062.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-39487737

23 MARCH 2017

Tamil writer Ashokamitran passes away

His oeuvre includes now over 200 short stories, eight novels, some 15 novellas besides other prose writings
http://www.thehindu.com/books/tamil-writer-ashokamitran-passes-away/article17616921.ece?homepage=true

11 MARCH 2017

Modi party wins India’s biggest state, strengthens grip on power

Narendra Modi’s party won a landslide victory in India’s most populous state on Saturday (March 11) in a massive vote of confidence for the prime minister halfway into his first term
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/modi-party-wins-indias-biggest-state-strengthens-grip-on-power
http://indianexpress.com/elections/election-results-2017-narendra-modi-guides-bjp-to-massive-win-in-samajwadi-party-amarinder-singh-rahul-gandhi-bsp-mayawati-harish-rawat-goa-assembly-manipur-laxmikant-parsekar-aap-kejriwal-akhilesh-y/
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/india/modi-wins-landslide-election-victory-in-india-s-biggest-state-1.1992116

30 JANUARY 2017

Why India’s Hindu hardliners want to sideline Mahatma Gandhi

Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated on this day 69 years ago but his ideas of Hindu-Muslim unity still haunt India’s Hindu hardliners, writes BBC Hindi’s Rajesh Joshi
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-38794202

6 JANUARY 2017

Award-winning Indian actor Om Puri dies of heart Attack

Om Puri, the acclaimed Indian actor who appeared in hit films including Gandhi, City of Joy and East is East, died on Friday
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-38527232
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/2059973/award-winning-indian-actor-om-puri-dies-heart-attack

2 JANUARY 2017

Indian court bans politicians from using religion, caste to win votes

India’s top court on Monday prohibited politicians from using religion and caste to garner votes, a verdict that could force political parties to change their strategy in upcoming elections. « No politician can seek vote in the name of caste, creed or religion, » said Chief Justice T.S. Thakur in an order, adding that election process must be a « secular exercise »
http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-no-politician-can-seek-vote-in-the-name-of-caste-creed-or-religion-supreme-court-2288542
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-38487409

8 DECEMBER 2016

Muslim divorce practice ‘unconstitutional’ says Indian court

In a major boost for women’s rights, an Indian court on Thursday branded as “unconstitutional” the Islamic practice of divorcing a woman by saying the word “talaq” three times
http://www.atimes.com/article/muslim-divorce-practice-unconstitutional-says-indian-court/

6 DECEMBER 2016

India Jayalalitha death: Masses mourn ‘iron lady’

J Jayalalitha, one of India’s most influential and colourful politicians, has been buried in the presence of tens of thousands of mourners
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-38218232
http://indianexpress.com/article/india/jayalalithaa-funeral-aiadmk-chennai-chaos-national-mourning-rajaji-hall-marina-beach-tamil-nadu-mgr-memorial-4413871/
http://www.dw.com/en/south-india-mourns-jayalalithaas-death/a-36657407

30 NOVEMBER 2016

Indian court orders cinemas to play national anthem

All cinemas must play the national anthem before screening movies and audiences should stand for it, India’s highest court ruled Wednesday, drawing angry accusations of an assault on civil liberties
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/indian-court-orders-cinemas-play-national-anthem
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-38155630

19 NOVEMBER 2016

India has opposed a UN resolution calling for a moratorium on the death penalty

India has opposed a UN resolution calling for a moratorium on the death penalty, saying it goes against Indian law and the sovereign right of countries to determine their own laws and penalties
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/india/india-opposes-un-resolution-for-moratorium-on-death-penalty-1.1932108

12 OCTOBER 2016

Jayaram Jayalalitha: Ailing India chief minister gives up powers

The ailing chief minister of India’s southern Tamil Nadu state has handed over all her responsibilities to her deputy, the state governor has said
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-37627598
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-29392335

Militants killed as three-day Indian Kashmir gunbattle ends

A gunbattle which lasted almost three days in Indian Kashmir ended on Wednesday (Oct 12) with the killing of two militants holed up inside a government building, as the region reels from deadly unrest
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/militants-killed-as-three-day-indian-kashmir-gunbattle-ends/3200716.html
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/pampore-encounter-enters-third-day/article9210373.ece?homepage=true

6 OCTOBER 2016

How India’s Muslims view the Kashmir dispute

Jammu and Kashmir, India’s only Muslim-majority state, has drawn media focus in recent months due to the volatile situation there. Muslim intellectuals say greater autonomy should be given to resolve the imbroglio
http://www.dw.com/en/how-indias-muslims-view-the-kashmir-dispute/a-35981601

2 OCTOBER 2016

Kashmir attack: Militants target Baramulla Indian base

Militants have attacked an Indian army camp in Indian-administered Kashmir with gunfire and grenades, killing one border guard and wounding another
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-37536349
http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/terrorist-attack-near-46-rashtriya-rifles-army-camp-in-jk-3062041/

18 SEPTEMBER 2016

17 Indian soldiers killed in attack on Kashmir base

 Seventeen Indian soldiers and four suspected rebel fighters have been killed in an attack on an army headquarters in Indian-administered Kashmir, according to a statement by the army’s northern command
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/09/20-dead-attack-army-base-kashmir-160918055803596.html
http://www.asiatimes.com.au/jaish-e-mohammed-terrorists-attack-in-uri/
http://zeenews.india.com/news/india/uri-terror-attack-17-soldiers-killed-arms-recovered-had-pakistan-marking-jems-hand-indicated_1930818.html

4 SEPTEMBER 2016

Mother Teresa declared saint by Pope Francis at Vatican

Pope Francis declared Mother Teresa a saint on Sunday, honouring the tiny nun who cared for the world’s most destitute and holding her up as a model for a Catholic Church that goes to the peripheries to find poor, wounded souls
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-37269512
http://news.asiaone.com/news/world/crowds-flock-vatican-mother-teresa-sainthood-ceremony
http://edition.cnn.com/2016/09/04/europe/mother-teresa-canonization/index.html

29 AUGUST 2016

50 days later, curfew on Kashmir lifted

Authorities of India-administered Kashmir lifted the curfew as it entered its 51st day from all parts of the Valley except Pulwama district and some parts of Srinagar. The decision was taken at a high-level security meeting, sources said
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/247166191
http://zeenews.india.com/news/jammu-and-kashmir/curfew-lifted-in-kashmir-valley-rajnath-singh-to-head-all-party-team-on-sept-4_1923756.html

28 AUGUST 2016

With successful test, India becomes fourth country to launch scramjet engine ever

On Sunday, India achieved a huge milestone in its future space transportation efforts after it successfully test launched a scramjet engine
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/247144317
http://www.dnaindia.com/scitech/report-india-successfully-test-fires-scramjet-engine-joins-elite-club-of-nations-2249657

15 AUGUST 2016

Modi raps Pakistan in national address

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi took aim at supporters of « terrorism » in his Independence Day speech, ratcheting up criticism of Pakistan while avoiding direct mention of month-long protests in Indian-ruled Kashmir
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/modi-raps-pakistan-in-national-address
http://www.dw.com/en/indian-pm-modis-balochistan-comments-upset-pakistan/a-19475682

8 AUGUST 2016

Indian PM Narendra Modi criticises attacks on Dalits

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has criticised recent attacks against India’s low-caste Dalit community.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-37007490
http://www.thestatesman.com/news/india/modi-was-sleeping-for-last-2-years-mayawati-on-dalit-atrocities/158962.html
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/congress-stages-walkout-in-lok-sabha-over-attacks-on-dalits/article8959870.e

28 JULY 2016

India author and activist Mahasweta Devi dies aged 90

Mahasweta Devi, who was born to a poet father, Manish Ghatak, and a social worker-writer mother, Dharitri Devi, in Dhaka in 1926, never shied away from politics
http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/mahasweta-devi-author-writer-social-activist-death-2941143/
http://www.thehindu.com/books/mahasweta-devi-indefatigable-chronicler-of-the-oppressed/article8912250.ece?homepage=true
http://indianexpress.com/photos/picture-gallery-others/mahasweta-devi-a-voice-committed-to-empowerment-of-tribals-in-india-2940604/

26 JULY 2916

India parliament passes controversial child labour law

India’s parliament on Tuesday (Jul 26) passed a new labour law that allows children to work for their families despite concerns by activists that it will hurt their development.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/india-parliament-passes/2989198.html
http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-child-labour-bill-passed-in-parliament-admist-doubt-over-loopholes-2238402
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-36901465

20 JULY 2016

Kashmir newspapers ‘ban’ lifted

 Last week, the Kashmir government asked newspapers to stop publication for a few days, saying that the ban was a « temporary measure to address an extraordinary situation »
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-36842520

16 JULY 2016

Info blackout in Kashmir in bid to curb unrest

Authorities in Jammu and Kashmir seized newspapers and shut down cable television on Saturday, aiming to quell a flare-up of tensions in the region which has seen violent protests over the killing of a separatist commander by security forces
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/india/info-blackout-in-kashmir-in-bid-to-curb-unrest-1.1863298
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2016-07/15/content_15463859.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36815815

 9 JULY 2016

Hizbul Mujahideen top commander Burhan Wani is killed in encounter in Kashmir

Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani (22), the architect of the social-media driven psychological warfare in Kashmir, was killed along with two other militants in an encounter in Anantnag district on Friday evening
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/245676779
http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/burhan-wani-hizbul-poster-boy-killed-in-encounter/article8826275.ece

5 JULY 2016

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi expands cabinet, inducting 19 new faces

New Delhi: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday expanded the Union Council of Ministers by inducting 19 new faces
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/india/modi-expands-cabinet-adds-19-new-faces-1.1857866
http://www.thestatesman.com/news/latest-headlines/list-of-portfolios-of-narendra-modi-government-after-reshuffle/152409.html

22 JUNE 2016

India launches 20 satellites in record mission

India has once again proven its desire to become a key player in the global space industry. The country’s state-run space agency pulled off a massive 20-satellite launch in a single attempt
http://www.dw.com/en/india-launches-20-satellites-in-record-mission/a-19347663

17 JUNE 2016

A court in India has sentenced 11 people to life in prison for their roles in a notorious massacre during the 2002 anti-Muslim riots in Gujarat.

An Indian court jailed 11 Hindus for life on Friday for the murder of dozens of Muslims during riots in Gujarat in 2002 that shook India at a time Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the state’s chief minister.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-36557036
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/indian-court-jails-11-for/2881136.html

2 JUNE 2016

India court convicts 24 over 2002 Gujarat riots massacre

Fourteen years after an armed mob set ablaze the Gulberg Housing Society, massacring 69 people, including former Congress MP Ehsan Jafri, a special Gujarat court on Thursday convicted 24 people, including VHP leader Atul Vaidya, but rejected the serious prosecution charge of conspiracy
http://www.dw.com/en/india-court-convicts-24-over-2002-gujarat-riots-massacre/a-19299529
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-36423413
http://zeenews.india.com/news/gujarat/24-held-guilty-36-freed-in-gulberg-society-massacre-conspiracy-charges-against-all-dropped-zakia-jafri-calls-it-half-justice_1891181.html

23 MAY 2016

India successfully tests reusable space launch vehicle

India on Monday successfully launched the first technology demonstrator of indigenously made Reusable Launch Vehicle (RLV), capable of launching satellites into orbit around earth and reentering the atmosphere, from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh
http://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/science/india-successfully-launches-reusable-launch-vehicle/article8635448.ece?homepage=true

14 MAY 2016

Two journalist shootings reinforce India’s sad record

Gunmen have shot dead two journalists in eastern India in separate incidents within 24 hours. They are the latest killings of members of the media in what is Asia’s deadliest country for reporters
http://www.dw.com/en/two-journalist-shootings-reinforce-indias-sad-record/a-19257552

10 MAY 2016

Why are many Indian Muslims seen as untouchable?

Although untouchability among Hindus is widely documented and debated, its existence among India’s Muslims is rarely discussed
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-36220329

2 MAY 2016

Indian veteran RSS leader Balraj Madhok passes away

Rashtriya Swamyasewak Sangh (RSS) activist and former president of Bharatiya Jan Sangh (BJS) Balraj Madhok, aged 96, died on Monday
http://www.sify.com/news/veteran-rss-leader-balraj-madhok-passes-away-news-national-qfcmEcbidhhgg.html

25 APRIL 2016

Henri Tiphagne: Biggest challenge is ‘criminalization’ of human rights work in India

 Indian activist Henri Tiphagne is set to receive Amnesty International Germany’s human rights award in Berlin on Monday. DW spoke to him about his work and the obstacles faced by rights groups in India
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/japan-eyes-more-foreign-workers-stealthily-challenging-immigration-taboo

4 APRIL 2016

47 Indian policemen get life sentences for 1991 Sikh killings

A court in northern India has sentenced 47 policemen to life in prison over the massacre of Sikh pilgrims 25 years ago. The killings were committed during an insurgency by Sikh militants in the region.
http://www.dw.com/en/47-indian-policemen-get-life-sentences-for-1991-sikh-killings/a-19163431

15 MARCH 2016

Pope: Mother Teresa to be proclaimed saint on 4 September, in Rome

Francis’ decision came in today’s ordinary public consistory for the canonisation of the blessed. The life of the « little sister » devoted to the poorest of the poor went from a shack in a Kolkata slum to a Nobel Peace Prize and global reach of the Missionaries of Charity
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Pope:-Mother-Teresa-to-be-proclaimed-saint-on-4-September,-in-Rome-36952.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/03/vatican-announces-sainthood-mother-teresa-160315135935104.html

4 MARCH 2016

Loud and clear, Indian students send message of freedom

Freedom cries are back in the embattled campus of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), which has been at the centre of a nationalism debate after a few of its students were slapped with sedition charges
http://www.aljazeera.com/blogs/asia/2016/03/loud-clear-indian-students-send-message-freedom-160304162328179.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/03/india-student-leader-calls-freedom-moving-speech-160304073240045.html

22 JANUARY 2016

What is driving inequality in India?

While many Indians live on less than a dollar a day, the country boasts a relatively high number of millionaires. DW takes a look at the factors behind this gap between the rich and the poor.
http://www.dw.com/en/what-is-driving-inequality-in-india/a-18998489

21 FEBRUARY 2016

Unemployment down in urban centres, but persists in rural areas, says Survey

The unemployment rate in urban areas reduced from 4.5 per cent in 2004-05 to 3.4 per cent in 2011-12, new data from the National Sample Survey Office show. In rural areas, the rate has been stable at around 1.7 per cent during this period
http://www.thehindu.com/data/unemployment-down-in-urban-centres-but-persists-in-rural-areas-says-survey/article8264731.ece?homepage=true

20 FEBRUARY 2016

Patriot or traitor: Dark choice for Indian journalists

Some 800 journalists presented a petition to the Supreme Court in New Delhi this week demanding protection as well as an investigation into recent attacks against reporters
http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/listeningpost/2016/02/patriot-traitor-dark-choice-indian-journalists-160220042747985.html

18 FEBRUARY 2016

India protest march against ‘sedition’ arrest of student leader

Thousands of supporters of a student leader from a top Indian university have marched to protest against his arrest on sedition charges.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-35601414
http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-jnu-crackdown-thousands-march-streets-of-delhi-2179330

4 FEBRUARY 2016

The New Threat to Islam in India

Recent months have brought several reports of Indian Muslims being arrested and deported back from the Middle East or, as in January, arrested by Syrian forces while attempting to cross into ISIS-controlled territory. One Indian Muslim has now joined ISIS in Afghanistan.
http://thediplomat.com/2016/02/the-new-threat-to-islam-in-india/

28 JANUARY 2016

India: Volatile Peace In Assam – Analysis

As Assam recorded the lowest insurgency-related fatalities in 2015, since 1992, hopes of a lasting peace were regenerated. Nevertheless, enduring challenges have scuttled such hopes in the past, and many of these remain unaddressed
http://www.eurasiareview.com/28012016-india-volatile-peace-in-assam-analysis/

26 JANUARY 2016

Arunachal Pradesh comes under President’s rule, opposition cries ‘murder of democracy’

The Centre on Tuesday brought Arunachal Pradesh under President’s rule and kept the Assembly under suspended animation after more than a month of political turmoil and in the midst of a raging battle in the Supreme Court, a decision that came under strong attack from Congress and other parties which called it « murder » of democracy
http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-arunachal-pradesh-comes-under-president-s-rule-opposition-cries-murder-of-democracy-2170631

23 JANUARY 2016

India declassifies files on death of independence leader Bose

The declassfied files were published on a government website and hosted at the national archives. The move comes amid mounting public pressure on the government to shed light on the independence fighter’s death.
http://www.niticentral.com/2016/01/23/netaji-files-declassified-2-340202.html
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/narendra-modi-declassifies-netaji-files/article8145670.ece?homepage=true

22 JANUARY 2016

The Indian Republic & its virtues

 “India is the cradle of the human race, the birthplace of human speech, the mother of history, the grandmother of legend, and the great grandmother of tradition. Our most valuable and most instructive materials in the history of man are treasured up in India only.”
http://www.freepressjournal.in/the-indian-republic-its-virtues/764239

20 JANUARY 2016

Indian Director EVV Satyanarayana passes away

Popular Telugu film director E V V Satyanarayana, known for his comedy films, died of cardia arrest. He was 53
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/others/news-interviews/EVV-Satyanarayana-passes-away/articleshow/7339620.cms

13 JANUARY 2016

2016 will test India’s democratic Framework

 If India is to emerge as a global economic and political player, it is imperative that the elected state allow institutional frameworks to function effectively and safeguard the property rights, civil rights and political rights of all Indians. 2016 will be a crucial year, not only for the current government, but for India’s eroding faith in its democratic institutional framework
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/01/13/2016-will-test-indias-democratic-framework/

11 JANUARY 2016

Modi fails to live up to high hopes

In his first calendar year as Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi focused on economics. Through high profile trips abroad and ambitious proposals at home Modi maintained an air of energy and initiative, but the results were modest. Meantime, domestic politics became more polarised, contributing to two high profile election defeats for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in state elections.
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/01/11/modi-fails-to-live-up-to-high-hopes/

7 JANUARY

Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, Indian Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and prominent Muslim politician, dies

Sayeed took up the position for the second time in March last year after forming an alliance with the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) as a junior partner in the government. He previously led the state government between 2002 and 2005
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/01/indian-administered-kashmir-cm-dies-delhi-160107064607813.html
http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/lead/mufti-mohammad-sayeed-the-death-of-a-statesman/article8078096.ece?homepage=true

2 JANUARY 2016

Communist Party of India leader Ardhendu Bhushan Bardhan passes away

Comrade Bardhan, as the General Secretary of CPI, helped build Left unity. He was continuously elected as general secretary till the 21st Party Congress held in 2012 in Patna. His wisdom and socio-political experience were benefitted to the movement of the left, democratic and secular formations, the party said
http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/veteran-cpi-leader-a-b-bardhan-passes-away/
https://deadfamous.info/ardhendu-bhushan-bardhan-indian-politician-died-at-91

18 DECEMBER 2015

Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Nobel prize winner who dedicated life to the poor, to be made a saint

Mother Teresa of Calcutta, the Nobel laureate who dedicated her life to helping the poorest of the poor, will be made a saint of the Roman Catholic Church, the Vatican says
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2015-12-18/mother-teresa-of-calcutta-nobel-prize-winner-who-dedicated-life-to-the-poor-to-be-made-a-saint/1527862
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-35129463
http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/kolkata/missionaries-of-charity-delighted-over-paths-being-cleared-for-mother-teresas-sainthood/article8004437.ece?ref=relatedNews

26 NOVEMBER 2015

Is India becoming increasingly intolerant?   

Bollywood actor Aamir Khan faces backlash over what he describes as growing intolerance and insecurity in India. Is he right ? A TV debate
http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/insidestory/2015/11/india-intolerant-151126163400696.html

17 NOVEMBER 2015

Ashok Singhal: Controversial Indian VHP leader dies

Mr Singhal was the international president of Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) – an affiliate of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) – for more than 20 years. The VHP is a close ally of Mr Modi’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-34830451

10 NOVEMBER 2015

India’s Modi attacked by party colleagues after big poll loss

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is facing a mutiny from senior members of his Bharatiya Janata Party for the first time in his premiership after a humiliating election defeat in the pivotal state of Bihar exposed deep rifts over his leadership
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/india-s-modi-attacked-by/2251362.html

8 NOVEMBER 2015

Huge blow for Indian PM Narendra Modi as he concedes defeat in Bihar key state election

Narendra Modi conceded defeat Sunday in a key election in Bihar, one of India’s poorest and largest states, in a major blow for the prime minister who fronted a no-holds barred campaign
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/1876771/huge-blow-indian-pm-narendra-modi-he-concedes-defeat-key-state
http://www.sify.com/news/bihar-assembly-elections-2015—full-results-news-national-pliw2Jbagjagc.html
http://www.business-standard.com/article/elections/bjp-gets-a-taste-of-voter-intolerance-115110900038_1.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-34760794

29 OCTOBER 2015

PM Bhargava: India scientist to return award in protest at ‘intolerance’

One of India’s top scientists has said he will return a prestigious government award to protest against the « growing intolerance in the country »
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-34664597

28 OCTOBER 2015

Indian filmmakers return awards in protest at ‘intolerance’

A group of 10 Indian filmmakers has returned national awards in protest at what they say is a rising climate of intolerance. The group, including prominent directors Dibakar Banerjee and Anant Patwardhan, made the announcement at a press conference in Mumbai
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-34657716
http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/dibakar-banerjee-nine-other-filmmakers-return-national-award-to-protest-rising-intolerance/
http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/mumbai/ftii-protest-filmmakers-return-national-awards/article7814594.ece?homepage=true

25 OCTOBER 2015

Persistent anti-Muslim violence in India (1992-2015): Gainers and losers

The gruesome lynching of a Muslim by an excited Hindu mob on September 28, 2015 has been the latest in the series of incidents of anti-Muslim violence in India. Like the demolition of the Babri Masjid, this incident too is likely to have far-reaching consequences for the Indian polity. It also sent a wrong message to Pakistan, which has had worsening relations with India following the emergence of the Hindu nationalist Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2014
http://atimes.com/2015/10/persistent-anti-muslim-violence-in-india-1992-2015-gainers-and-losers/

24 OCTOBER 2015

Indian govt approves induction of women fighter pilots in IAF

The first women fighter pilots would be selected from the batch which is undergoing training at the Air Force Academy, the Indian Defence Ministry said
http://atimes.com/2015/10/indian-govt-approves-induction-of-women-fighter-pilots-in-iaf/

23 OCTOBER 2015

India literary council condemns attacks on writers

India’s Sahitya Akademi, which bestows literary honours, has condemned recent attacks on writers and rationalists. It came as 100 writers protested outside the council, demanding it take measures to protect freedom of speech
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-34612800
http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/sahitya-akademi-condemns-mm-kalburgis-murder-appeals-to-writers-to-take-back-awards/
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/sahitya-akademi-condemns-kalburgi-murder-appeals-to-take-back-awards/article7797189.ece?homepage=true

17 OCTOBER 2015

Indian Writers Return Awards to Protest Government Silence on Violence

 In the last month, 35 leading Indian authors and poets have returned coveted awards from the National Academy of Letters in a collective revolt against what Salman Rushdie this week called the “thuggish violence” creeping into Indian life under the Hindu nationalist government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/18/world/asia/india-writers-return-awards-to-protest-government-silence-on-violence.html?ref=asia&_r=1

16 OCTOBER 2015

Indian Supreme Court rejects Modi govt’s judicial reform move, revives collegium system of appointing judges

The Supreme Court Friday struck down a law giving Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government a bigger say in the appointment of top judges, calling the new system harmful to judicial independence in the world’s largest democracy, agencies report
http://atimes.com/2015/10/supreme-court-scuttles-modis-judicial-reform-move/

11 SEPTEMBER 2015

Indian court convicts 12 men for 2006 Mumbai train bombings

Nine years after seven RDX bombs kept in Mumbai suburban trains exploded killing 188 people and injuring 829, a MCOCA court in Mumbai convicted 12 people in the serial blasts case
http://atimes.com/2015/09/12-convicted-one-acquitted-in-711-mumbai-train-blasts-case/
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-34218396

28 AUGUST 2015

India celebrates ‘victory’ in 1965 war with Pakistan

India has begun more than three weeks of celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of what it claims was victory in the 1965 war with Pakistan
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-34083174

27 AUGUST 2015

Indian army deployed to riot-hit areas of Gujarat

Thousands of troops patrolled Gujarat Thursday after at least nine people, including a police officer, died in the worst caste-based violence to hit Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state in more than a decade
http://www.france24.com/en/20150827-india-deploys-troops-after-deadly-caste-riots
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/08/indian-army-deployed-riot-hit-areas-gujarat-150827052532462.html

26 AUGUST 2015

Patel row: Army out, PM Modi appeals for calm as 9 killed in Gujarat clashes

At least seven people were killed in clashes between police and protesters in Gujarat on Wednesday after a huge rally by the Patidars demanding a change in the reservation quota of the state
http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/patidar-agitation-to-intensify-police-indulging-in-violence-hardik-patel/
http://www.sify.com/news/images-patels-on-warpath-as-quota-politics-gets-deadly-in-gujarat-imagegallery-0-national-pi0uqPfjdahce.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-34059789

27 JULY 2015

Abdul Kalam, former Indian president and top scientist, dies aged 83

India’s former president and top scientist Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam, who played a lead role in the country’s nuclear weapons tests, has died aged 83
http://asiantribune.com/node/87529
http://www.thehindu.com/specials/in-depth/apj-abdul-kalam-19312015/article7470874.ece?ref=relatedNews
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Dr-APJ-Abdul-Kalam-former-President-of-India-dies-in-Shillong/articleshow/48240877.cms

12 JULY 2015

1.6 million children in India left out of school system

A recent United Nations survey has shown that about 1.6 million young children in India are being left out of the school system. Girls are the most disadvantaged as most parents prefer to prepare them for marriage, rather than a career
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/1-6-million-children-in/1977978.html

11 JUNE 2015

India: Amnesty urges journalist death probe

Jagendra Singh died on Monday, a week after he was allegedly set on fire by a group of men in Uttar Pradesh state
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/journalist-set-on-fire-in-india-after-facebook-post-making-allegations-against-local-politician-10307785.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-33090032
http://www.thenewsminute.com/article/they-hounded-and-killed-him-son-recounts-how-journalist-father-was-set-fire

28 MAY 2015

India’s Mysore crowns new maharaja Yaduveer Wadiyar

A 23-year-old economics graduate from the University of Massachusetts has been crowned the new maharaja of Mysore, titular head of the 600-year-old Wadiyar dynasty in southern India.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-32911649
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/575835/boston-graduate-crowned-maharaja-of-indian-royal-dynasty

25 MAY 2015

 After one year, has Narendra Modi lived up to expectations? Some analysis

Is a year in power long enough to evaluate the performance of a new government? Possibly difficult in a country with many unresolved social and economic issues like India, but it is a good time for some stock-taking.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-32790929
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2015/05/india-year-change-political-guard-150524092615437.html
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/TOI-rating-With-77-5-Modi-govt-gets-distinction-in-its-first-year/articleshow/47422949.cms

1 MAY 2015

India rejects US ‘freedoms’ report

India has criticised a US congressional panel claim that minorities in the country have been subjected to « violent attacks » after Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led BJP came to power
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-32545270

11 MARCH 2015

Manmohan Singh: India ex-PM summoned in coal scandal

A court in India has summoned former PM Manmohan Singh over a corruption scandal involving coal mining licences.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-31828527
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/coal-scam-former-prime-minister-manmohan-singh-industrial-kumar-mangalam-birla-and-four-others-summed-as-accused-by-a-special-court/article6981525.ece?homepage=true
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/12/world/asia/manmohan-singh-summoned-to-court-in-indian-coal-corruption-case.html?ref=asia&_r=0

1 MARCH 2015

India’s ruling Hindu party shares power in Muslim-majority Kashmir

India’s ruling Hindu nationalist party was Sunday sworn into government in the country’s only Muslim-majority state for the first time after an historic power-sharing deal with a bitter regional rival.
http://www2.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/485825/india-ruling-hindu-party-shares-power-in-muslim-majority-kashmir
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/jammu-now-closer-to-kashmir/article6948801.ece?homepage=true

26 FEBRUARY 2015

India parliament disrupted over Mother Teresa remarks

The Rajya Sabha was briefly adjourned on Thursday after opposition members denounced comments by the leader of a Hindu group who said Roman Catholic missionary Mother Teresa had tried to convert people to Christianity
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/india-parliament-disrupted-over-mother-teresa-remarks
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/11432266/Hindu-nationalist-denounces-Mother-Teresa-for-ulterior-motives.html

24 FEBRUARY 2015

India’s ruling party BJP to govern Muslim-majority Kashmir for the first time

India’s ruling Hindu nationalist party will for the first time govern the country’s only Muslim-majority state of Kashmir under a power-sharing deal with another party, officials said Tuesday
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-31598836
http://www.straitstimes.com/news/asia/south-asia/story/indias-ruling-party-bjp-govern-muslim-majority-kashmir-the-first-time-201

17 FEBRUARY 2015

India PM slams religious violence after church attacks

India’s Hindu nationalist Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday promised a crackdown on religious violence and freedom of worship for all faiths after a series of attacks on churches.
http://www2.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/477550/india-pm-slams-religious-violence-after-church-attacks
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-31499978
http://www.sify.com/news/full-text-pm-modis-speech-on-religious-tolerance-news-national-pcrqsjegfehbj.html

10 FEBRUARY 2015

Delhi election: Arvind Kejriwal’s party routs Modi’s BJP

An anti-corruption party has won a stunning victory in the Delhi state elections in a huge setback for India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-31294500
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/02/india-ruling-party-heading-defeat-dehli-150210042226101.html
http://www.thehindu.com/elections/delhi2015/10inthpredelhielectionpackage/article6879029.ece?ref=relatedNews

4 JANUARY 2015

India Has World’s Third-Largest Number of Billionaires

For the first time India has more billionaires than any other country outside the U.S. and China, according to an annual list of the world’s richest individuals released this week
http://blogs.wsj.com/indiarealtime/2015/02/04/india-has-worlds-third-largest-number-of-billionaires/?mod=WSJBlog&mod=irt

30 JANUARY 2015

Indian police rescue hundreds of child slaves as young as six

Indian police have rescued hundreds of child slaves as young as six during days of raids on workshops in the central city of Hyderabad, a senior officer said Friday
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/indian-police-rescue-hundreds-child-slaves-young-six

22 JANUARY 2015

Muslim population in India rose by 24% during 2001-11

New Delhi: Muslim population in India has grown by 24 percent between 2001 and 2011 against national average of 18 per cent with the community’s representation rising to 14.2 percent from 13.4 percent of total population
http://zeenews.india.com/news/india/muslim-population-in-india-rose-by-24-during-2001-11_1534536.html?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=%2AAfPak%20Daily%20Brief&utm_campaign=2014_The%20South%20Asia%20Daily
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Muslim-population-grows-24-slower-than-previous-decade/articleshow/45972687.cms?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=%2AAfPak%20Daily%20Brief&utm_campaign=2014_The%20South%20Asia%20Daily

1 JANUARY 2015

BJP’s push for ban on religious conversion sparks fierce debate

The Hindu nationalist party’s president, Mr Amit Shah, together with Home Minister Rajnath Singh and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, is among those who have called for nationwide legislation to outlaw such practices, which often see people of a certain faith publicly pressured to abandon it
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/bjps-push-ban-religious-conversion-sparks-fierce-debate

30 DECEMBER 2014

In India, a court on Tuesday discharged BJP president Amit Shah from three killing cases

A special CBI court on Tuesday discharged BJP president Amit Shah from the alleged fake encounter killing cases of Sohrabuddin Sheikh and his wife Kauser Bi, and Tulsiram Prajapati.
http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/amit-shah-gets-relief-in-sohrabuddin-encounter-case-court-drops-charges-against-him/
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/amit-shah-discharged-from-sohrabuddin-case/article6738447.ece?homepage=true

25 DECEMBER 1014

Thousands flee deadly violence in India’s Assam

More than 2,000 people have fled their homes in the restive Indian state of Assam after separatist rebels killed dozens of villagers, some of them children, an official said
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/thousands-flee-deadly-violence-indias-assam
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/12/india-army-hunts-rebels-after-assam-massacre-20141225105838655329.html

23 DECEMBER 2014

Regional party wins most seats in key Kashmir vote

The regional People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has won most seats in elections in Indian-administered Kashmir, but not enough to form a government.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-30575235
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/12/india-ruling-party-makes-kashmir-poll-gains-2014122311251790223.html

21 DECEMBER 2014

Mass conversion in India PM’s home state sparks anger

Hardline Hindu groups came under fire Sunday after some 200 Christians were converted in the Indian prime minister’s home state, amid increasing concern at the right-wing government’s perceived pro-Hindu tilt.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/451360/mass-conversion-in-india-pm-home-state-sparks-anger

18 DECEMBER 2014

India’s biggest space rocket lifts off

India successfully launched its biggest ever rocket, including an unmanned capsule which could one day send astronauts into space, as the country ramps up its ambitious space programme.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/12/india-biggest-space-rocket-lifts-off-201412188632762877.html
http://www.ndtv.com/video/player/news/gslv-mark-iii-india-s-largest-rocket-blasts-off-successfully/348922?utm_source=taboola
http://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/science/countdown-begins-for-gslv-markiii-launch/article6701651.ece?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=%2AAfPak%20Daily%20Brief&utm_campaign=2014_The%20South%20Asia%20Daily%2012-18

10 DECEMBER 2014

 Malala and Kailash Satyarthi receive joint Nobel award

 Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai and Indian child rights campaigner Kailash Satyarthi have received the Nobel Peace Prize awards.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30411049
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/12/malala-satyarthi-receive-peace-prize-20141210125127564166.html

Furor over ‘conversion’ of Muslims in India

India’s opposition politicians have protested inside parliament against the alleged mass conversion of about 200 Muslims to Hinduism in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/12/furor-over-conversion-muslims-india-rss-bjp-2014121092810267146.html

5 NOVEMBER 204

Will Narendra Modi change India?

He is a powerful speaker and draws huge crowds. He talks about himself in the third person. He’s the most energetic leader India has had in years, burning the midnight oil and campaigning for his party with equal fervour.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-29739689

3 NOVEMBER 2014

Sadashiv Amrapurkar: Bollywood actor dies

Veteran Bollywood actor Sadashiv Amrapurkar who is known for his stellar performances in villainous roles in movies like Sadak, Ishq and Ardh Satya, died on Monday morning at the Kokilaben Dhirbubhai Ambani Hospital in Mumbai.
http://www.dawn.com/news/1142199/veteran-bollywood-actor-sadashiv-amrapurkar-passes-away-at-64
http://indianexpress.com/photos/entertainment-gallery/remembering-sadashiv-amrapurkar-bollywoods-most-memorable-villain/8/

31 OCTOBER 2014

India pays low-key Gandhi tribute 30 years after assassination

No ministers of India’s new government attended the event honouring Gandhi, gunned down by Sikh bodyguards on October 31, 1984, in retaliation for ordering an attack on a revered Sikh shrine to clear out militants holed up in the complex
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/india-pays-low-key-gandhi-tribute-30-years-after-assassination
http://www.sify.com/news/30-years-later-a-prime-ministers-assassination-recalled-news-columns-ok4oaudcdjieg.html

Bengaluru: India’s Bangalore city changes name

India’s technology capital Bangalore will be formally known as Bengaluru from Saturday, eight years after the state first proposed the name change.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-29845215

20 OCTOBER 2014

BJP ousts Congress in two states

In Maharashtra, the BJP won 123 of 288 seats from Wednesday’s assembly elections, needing another 22 to easily form the government. In Haryana, the party won an absolute majority on its own for the first time.
http://www.dawn.com/news/1139115/bjp-ousts-congress-in-two-states
http://www.firstpost.com/politics/assembly-polls-122-seats-maharashtra-47-haryana-gives-bjp-big-win-1764457.html

13 OCTOBER 2014

India: Anger As Minister Says Christian, Muslim Dalits Should Be Denied Job Quotas

Christian and Muslim leaders lashed out Monday after India’s minister for social justice said the government would not be granting job reservation rights to “untouchables” who converted.
http://www.eurasiareview.com/13102014-india-anger-minister-says-christian-muslim-dalits-denied-job-quotas/

11 OCTOBER 2014

Anti-slavery fighter Kailash Satyarthi has saved 80,000 children

The 60-year-old activist has been campaigning against child trafficking in India for over 30 years, presenting child slavery not as a welfare problem but as a human rights issue that feeds illiteracy and poverty.
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/95d12402-5091-11e4-9822-00144feab7de.html?siteedition=intl
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia-pacific/

27 SEPTEMBER 2014

Top India politician Jayalalitha jailed for corruption

One of India’s most colourful and controversial politicians, Jayaram Jayalalitha, has been sentenced to jail for four years on corruption charges in a case that has lasted for 18 years.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-29390682
http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/j-jayalalithaa-sentenced-to-4-yrs-in-jail-rs-100-crore-fine/
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-29392335

24 SEPTEMBER 2014

India’s first Mars satellite ‘Mangalyaan’ enters orbit

An Indian spacecraft has reached Mars and entered the planet’s orbit, in a historic feat crowning India as the first country to execute such a mission in its maiden attempt.
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-28268186
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/09/india-triumphs-with-first-mission-mars-201492424235943945.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/interactive/2014/09/india-mission-mars-orbiter-infographic-2014923164346339601.html

4 SEPTEMBER 2014

India puts states on alert after al Qaeda announces India wing

The communally-sensitive states of Jammu and Kashmir, Gujarat, Assam and Uttar Pradesh were put on increased alert on Thursday, a day after after al Qaeda announced the formation of a wing in India and its neighbourhood.
http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/states-on-alert-after-al-qaeda-announces-india-wing/article1-1259905.aspx?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=%2AAfPak%20Daily%20Brief&utm_campaign=2014_The%20South%20Asia%20Daily%2009.04.14
http://edition.cnn.com/2014/09/04/world/asia/al-qaeda-india/index.html?hpt=ias_c2
http://www.ndtv.com/article/india/what-s-in-the-55-minute-al-qaeda-video-announcing-india-branch-586669?pfrom=home-lateststories&utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=%2AAfPak%20Daily%20Brief&utm_campaign=2014_The%20South%20Asia%20Daily%2009.04.14

India has highest number of suicides in the world: WHO

India accounted for the highest estimated number of suicides in the world in 2012, according to a WHO report published today which found that one person commits suicide every 40 seconds globally
http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/india-has-highest-number-of-suicides-in-the-world-who-114090400879_1.html

27 AUGUST 2014

Modi’s ‘man with the golden touch’ has dark past

When Prime Minister Narendra Modi powered to a decisive victory in May’s national elections, the focus was not just on him but also on his closest aide Amit Anilchandra Shah, a portly, bespectacled politician with two murder cases against him
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/modis-man-golden-touch-has-dark-past

20 AUGUST 2014

India yoga guru BKS Iyengar dies

Mr Iyengar was credited with his own brand of yoga, and taught author Aldous Huxley and violinist Yehudi Menuhin, among other celebrities.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-28862979

12 JULY 2012

India’s Modi makes landmark visit to disputed Kashmir

Narendra Modi accused Pakistan on Tuesday of waging a « proxy war » in Kashmir as he became the first Indian prime minister in nine years to visit Kargil, scene of a deadly 1999 conflict with Pakistan
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/426307/india-modi-makes-landmark-visit-to-disputed-kashmir
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/08/india-pm-visits-disputed-kashmir-zone-201481271111197409.html

11 JULY 2014

Tributes pour in for Indian actress Zohra Sehgal

Tributes have poured in for celebrated Indian actress Zohra Sehgal who has died in the capital, Delhi, aged 102
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-28259073

7 JULY 2014

 India rejects ban on Islamic courts

India’s Supreme Court has rejected a nine-year-old petition seeking ban on Islamic Sharia courts in the country but maintained that such courts were not legal and their decree could not be enforced
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/07/india-rejects-ban-islamic-courts-2014779525449676.html

26 JUNE 2014

Delhi court summons Sonia, Rahul in National Herald case

Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi have been asked by a Delhi court to appear before it on August 7 on the basis of a complaint filed by BJP leader Subramanian Swamy, alleging that they had fraudulently acquired Associated Journal Ltd. (AJL)
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/delhi-court-summons-sonia-rahul-in-national-herald-case/article6151487.ece?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=%2AAfPak%20Daily%20Brief&utm_campaign=2014_The%20South%20Asia%20Daily%206-26
http://www.ndtv.com/article/india/sonia-gandhi-rahul-gandhi-summoned-to-delhi-court-next-month-548377?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=%2AAfPak%20Daily%20Brief&utm_campaign=2014_The%20South%20Asia%20Daily%206-26

12 JUNE 2014

India Rebuffs ‘Simplistic’ UN Criticism Over Sex Crimes

India has rebuffed accusations by a U.N. investigator that sex crimes are rife in the world’s biggest democracy, calling her analysis “simplistic” and full of “sweeping generalizations”
http://www.voanews.com/content/india-rebuffs-simplistic-un-criticism-over-sex-crimes/1935339.html

6 JUNE 2014

India Sikh groups clash at Golden Temple

Several people have been injured after Sikh groups brandishing swords clashed at India’s Golden Temple as special prayers were held to mark the deadly military offensive there in 1984
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-27727812

4 JUNE 2014

India police rescue ‘trafficked’ children

About 500 children rescued after police in Kerala state raid orphanages who fail to provide documents for children
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/06/india-police-rescue-trafficked-children-20146461313675499.html

29 MAY 2014

India gang rapes: Outrage over police ‘discrimination’

There is outrage over police inaction in a village in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh where two teenage girls were gang raped and hanged from a tree
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-27631241
http://www.france24.com/en/20140529-indian-teens-found-hanging-gang-raped-budaun-uttar-pradesh/
http://www.euronews.com/2014/05/29/teenage-girls-gang-raped-and-hanged-in-india/

26 MAY 2014

Modi sworn in as India’s prime minister

Narendra Modi has taken the oath of office as India’s prime minister at the start of a new era hailed by his Pakistani counterpart as an opportunity to end decades of regional instability.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/05/modi-sworn-as-india-prime-minister-2014526124620254451.html
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/modi-sworn-india-prime-minister
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-27572807

21 MAY 2014

Will the Indian National Congress survive?

http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2014/05/21/will-the-indian-national-congress-survive/

19 MAY 2014

India’s Congress party stands behind Gandhis

Sonia and Rahul Gandhi, leaders of India’s defeated Congress party, offered to resign on Monday after last week’s election debacle, but colleagues rejected their gesture, a senior party figure has said.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/05/india-congress-party-stands-behind-gandhis-2014519144744315736.html

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/congress-closes-ranks-behind-gandhis-after-poll-rout

17 MAY 2014

India election results 2014: five reasons why Narendra Modi won

Some of the factors that played into the BJP’s decisive victory over India’s dynastic Congress party:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/10836541/India-election-results-2014-five-reasons-why-Narendra-Modi-won.html

16 MAY 2014

BJP, allies win Indian elections

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) swept the Indian election on Friday with a landslide win of 283 seats, making it the largest single majority party in nearly 30 years
http://eciresults.nic.in/?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=%2AAfPak%20Daily%20Brief&utm_campaign=2014_The%20South%20Asia%20Daily%2005.16.14
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/17/world/asia/india-elections.html?ref=asia&utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=%2AMorning%20Brief&utm_campaign=2014_MorningBrief%2005%2016%2014&_r=0
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/05/india-modi-leads-bjp-historic-poll-win-2014516143751892711.html

6 MAY 2014

Endgame for the Gandhis?

Corruption, lackluster candidates, falling GDP growth combine to hobble a tired dynasty

http://www.asiasentinel.com/politics/endgame-for-gandhis/

22 APRIL 2014

‘Rampant discrimination’ in India’s schools

Marginalised students, including Dalits and Muslims, being denied right to education by school authorities, report says

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2014/04/discrimination-india-schools-2014422123039276470.html

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/406089/india-children-uffer-discrimination-in-classroom

15 APRIL 2014

India’s Supreme Court creates official third sex for eunuchs and transgenders

After two thousand years of persecution, India’s two million eunuchs to be formally recognised as third sex and listed as ‘backward’ caste entitled to reserved government jobs and university places
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/10767555/Indias-Supreme-Court-creates-official-third-sex-for-eunuchs-and-transgenders.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-27031180

India-born poet Vijay Seshadri wins 2014 Pulitzer Prize

India-born poet Vijay Seshadri has won the prestigious 2014 Pulitzer Prize in the poetry category for his collection of poems « 3 Sections. »

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/India-born-poet-Vijay-Seshadri-wins-2014-Pulitzer-Prize/articleshow/33760078.cms

12 APRIL 2014

Women who have sex before marriage should be hanged, says senior politician in India’s Socialist Party

Abu Azmi, the Socialist Party’s Maharashtra unit chief, says that women who have sex before marriage should be hanged, while the Party’s leader says he will scrap a law giving the death penalty to rapists if he’s elected prime minister

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/10762531/Women-who-have-sex-before-marriage-should-be-hanged-says-senior-politician-in-Indias-Socialist-Party.html

10 APRIL 2014

India election 2014: Narendra Modi reveals he is married

Narendra Modi’s family confirms for the first time he has a wife and says the BJP leader was forced into a child marriage at 17 years old

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/10758070/India-election-2014-Narendra-Modi-reveals-he-is-married.html

7 APRIL 2014

India Begins World’s Largest Election

India’s general election has begun with voters casting ballots in two remote northeastern states. Billed as the world’s largest democratic exercise, the staggered election involving some 815 million voters will conclude in five weeks. Opinion polls say the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party is likely to emerge the winner on its promise of economic revival.

http://www.voanews.com/content/india-set-to-begin-mammoth-elections/1887569.html

http://www.france24.com/en/20140407-india-vote-video-congress-bjp-aap/

http://www.fairobserver.com/article/indias-elections-mainstream-privilege-northeast-23084

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-26883201?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=%2AMorning%20Brief&utm_campaign=MB%2004.07.14

4 APRIL 2014

An Indian judge on Friday ordered three men to hang after they were convicted of two gang-rapes, the first death sentences to be handed down for multiple sex attacks since the law was toughened last year
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/403474/india-court-orders-first-death-sentences-for-multiple-rapes
http://www.bbc.com/news/26887723

25 MARCH 2014

Indian engineer dies in honour killing

The parents of an IT engineer who married her low caste boyfriend lured her home with the promise of a family wedding reception and then allegedly strangled her

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/10722153/Indian-engineer-dies-in-honour-killing.html

20 MARCH 2014

Noted Indian author Khushwant Singh dies

Khushwant Singh, one of India’s best known writers who won fame for a book on partition of the subcontinent as well as his once-daring descriptions of sex, has died aged 99 at his New Delhi home
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2014/03/journalist-khushwant-singh-dies-201432075235300829.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-26661491

5 MARCH 2014

India’s Massive Parliamentary Elections to Begin April 7

India says it will begin its multi-stage parliamentary election in April, with opinion polls suggesting that an opposition, Hindu nationalist block could upset the longtime ruling Congress Party. In total, nine rounds of voting will be held, with the final round being held May 12. A final result is not expected until May 16

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/schedule-set-for-lok-sabha-poll-battle/article5752607.ece?homepage=true

http://www.voanews.com/content/indias-massive-parliamentary-elections-to-begin-april-7/1864439.html

28 FEBRUARY 2014

India’s governance — worse than China’s?

India may be the world’s most populous democracy. But the quality of its governance is very poor, and much worse than China’s on many scores

http://asiancenturyinstitute.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=526:india-s-governance-worse-than-chinas&catid=11:politics&Itemid=113

20 FEBRUARY 2014

India’s top court halts release of Rajiv Gandhi killers

India’s top court on Thursday blocked the release of three of former premier Rajiv Gandhi’s killers after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh denounced their freeing as against all principles of justice
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/396079/india-top-court-halts-release-of-rajiv-gandhi-killers
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-26269476

19 FEBRUARY 2014

India Tamil Nadu chief minister orders release of Rajiv Gandhi’s killers

The chief minister of an Indian state Wednesday ordered the release of all seven people jailed for plotting the assassination of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi, meaning they could walk free in three days.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/india-minister-orders-release-rajiv-gandhis-killers
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-26252797

18 FEBRUARY 2014

Indian court suspends Gandhi killers death sentence

India’s Supreme Court commuted the death sentence Tuesday for three killers of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi, citing delays in the case 23 years after he was assassinated by Tamil separatists.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/10645435/Indian-court-suspends-Gandhi-killers-death-sentence.html

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2014/02/killers-ex-indian-pm-get-reprieve-201421851649339534.html

India creates new state despite protests

India’s lower house of parliament has passed a decree to create the country’s 29th state amid chaotic scenes and uproar in from opponents of the bill.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/02/india-creates-new-state-despite-protests-20142181550649855.html

14 FEBRUARY 2014

Delhi chief minister quits after corruption bill blocked

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, whose Aam Aadmi party sent shockwaves through India’s political establishment in local elections last year, quits to protest blocking of anti-corruption bill after fewer than 50 days in office
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/10639605/Delhi-chief-minister-quits-after-corruption-bill-blocked.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-26192983

5 FEBRUAY 2014

India: 11 non-Congress, non-BJP parties join hands in Parliament

In indications of emergence of a Third Front ahead of Lok Sabha polls, 11 non-Congress and non-BJP parties on Wednesday formally joined hands as a block in Parliament to pitch for pro-people, anti-communal and federal agenda
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/11-non-Congress-non-BJP-parties-join-hands-in-Parliament/articleshow/29902370.cms?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=%2AAfPak%20Daily%20Brief&utm_campaign=South%20Asia%20Daily%20Brief%202-5-14
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/third-front-parties-come-together-in-parliament/article5656930.ece?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=%2AAfPak%20Daily%20Brief&utm_campaign=South%20Asia%20Daily%20Brief%202-5-14

23 JANUARY 2014

India: Woman gang-raped on orders of ‘kangaroo court’

Police in India’s West Bengal state have arrested 13 men in connection with a gang rape of a woman, allegedly on orders of village elders who objected to her relationship with a man.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-25855325

http://www.euronews.com/2014/01/23/india-women-sentenced-to-rape-by-village-elders-/

21 JANUARY 2014

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal has called off his sit-in protest to demand police reforms

Kejriwal told a crowd that two policeman he wanted suspended for misconduct would be sent on leave, but he failed to secure his main demand that the city’s police force be put under his government’s control
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/delhi-chief-minister/962540.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/01/dehli-minister-ends-protest-against-police-2014121142642983138.html
http://www.ndtv.com/article/india/protesters-from-arvind-kejriwal-s-aap-break-barricades-throw-stones-at-cops-473665?curl=1390323140

16 JANUARY 2014

India’s Rahul Gandhi to lead Congress poll campaign

India’s governing Congress Party has named Rahul Gandhi to lead its general election campaign this year
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-25767998
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/india-s-sonia-gandhi/956824.html

5 JANUARY 2014

India launches satellite from space centre

India has successfully launched its first rocket using domestically produced booster technology after several previous missions had failed
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/01/india-launches-satellite-from-space-centre-201415143713101654.html
http://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/science/gslvd5-with-indigenous-cryogenic-engine-launched-successfully/article5541607.ece?homepage=true

3 JANUARY 2014

Manmohan says Modi as PM will be disaster, blames him for presiding over riots

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today made it clear that he will not seek a third term as PM if the UPA returns to power and threw his weight behind Rahul Gandhi, virtually setting the stage for the declaration of the Congress vice president as the party’s PM nominee for the General Elections.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/manmohan-says-modi-as-pm-will-be-disaster-blames-him-for-presiding-over-riots/1214983/

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/01/indian-pm-step-down-after-may-elections-201413739119928.html

1 JANUARY 2014

New protests after suicide of 16-year-old gang-raped twice in Calcutta

There were angry demonstrations in Calcutta on Wednesday following the death of a 16-year-old girl who set herself on fire after suffering two gang-rapes and a campaign of intimidation to force her to drop charges against her assailants.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/10545883/New-protests-after-suicide-of-16-year-old-gang-raped-twice-in-Calcutta.html

 

Thailand home affairs and society

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15 MAY 2018

Bangkok Post editor ‘forced to step down’ over critical coverage of Thai military junta government

The editor of the Bangkok Post newspaper said he has been forced to step down after refusing to curtail critical coverage of the ruling military government
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2146253/bangkok-post-editor-forced-step-down-over-critical-coverage
http://www.khaosodenglish.com/politics/2018/05/15/editor-removed-for-mismanagement-not-junta-pressure-bangkok-post/

21 APRIL 2018

Thai junta history book claims it established ‘true democracy’

Thai military junta has come under fire for a history textbook which claims that its non-elected government has established “true democracy” in the Southeast Asian kingdom and has eliminated corruption
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2018/04/thai-history-book-lampooned-for-saying-military-junta-established-true-democracy/#VSMS0KUudzTsTXoU.99

10 MARCH 2018

Hundreds join anti-junta rally in Thailand as calls for democracy grow

Hundreds of pro-democracy Thais rallied in Bangkok on Saturday (March 10) to rail against the ruling junta with T-shirts, signs and speeches, as activists grow bolder in their defiance of a ban on protests
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/hundreds-join-anti-junta-rally-in-bangkok-as-calls-for-democracy-grow-10033098
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/hundreds-join-anti-junta-rally-in-thailand-as-calls-for-democracy-grow
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/politics/30340662

2 MARCH 2018

Dozens of new political parties register in run-up to Thai poll

Nearly 40 new Thai political parties submitted names and logos on the opening day of party registration in Bangkok on Friday, an early step in the junta-ruled kingdom’s halting return to democracy
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/dozens-new-political-parties-register-run-thai-poll
http://www.khaosodenglish.com/featured/2018/03/02/new-parties-want-defend-monarchy-reconcile-nation-fight-corruption/

16 FEBRUARY 2018

Thai junta charges 50 anti-government activists

Thailand’s military government has filed criminal charges against 50 activists over a recent protest in which they demanded the army give up power and restore civilian rule through elections
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2018/02/16/thai-junta-charges-50-anti-government-activists.html
https://www.voanews.com/a/thailand-anti-government-activists-charges/4257516.html
http://www.khaosodenglish.com/politics/2018/02/16/veteran-activists-targeted-prosecution-protests/

26 JANUARY 2018

Thailand: Election delay inevitable as NLA passes MPs bill

The National Legislative Assembly (NLA) late on Thursday passed the MPs election bill with a clause that delays it coming into effect for 90 days after its promulgation
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/breakingnews/30337200

22 JANUARY 2018

Bomb in Thailand’s southern province kills 3, wounds at least 18 says security official

A bomb has gone off in a market in Thailand’s southern Yala province on Monday (January 22), killing 3 people and injuring 18 said a spokesman for the Internal Security Operations Command (ISOC)
http://www.euronews.com/2018/01/22/bomb-in-thailand-s-southern-province-kills-3-wounds-at-least-18-says-security-official
https://sputniknews.com/asia/201801221060950574-thailand-market-blast/

9 JANUARY 2018

Thailand in 2018: no neat exit strategy for junta

What will 2018 bring for Thai politics? In late 2017, clues began to emerge about how the National Council of Peace and Order (NCPO) would prepare its departure from power in 2018. A number of scenarios have been speculated
http://www.newmandala.org/thailand-2018-no-good-exit-strategy-junta/

11 DECEMBER 2017

EU resumes official contacts with Thai junta

The EU on Monday agreed to resume political contacts « at all levels » with Thailand, more than three years after suspending them in protest at the military coup in Bangkok
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/politics/30333724
https://asia.nikkei.com/Politics-Economy/Policy-Politics/EU-to-resume-political-dealings-with-Thailand-following-election-promise?page=1

29 OCTOBER 2017

Thailand enshrines ashes of King Bhumibol Adulyadej

The king’s ashes were enshrined in two royal temples and Thailand’s Grand Palace, where he had lain in state since he died aged 88 last October
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-41795352
https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/general/1350747/royal-relics-and-ashes-of-the-late-king-bhumibol-enshrined

26 OCTOBER 2017

Thailand begins royal cremation for late King Bhumibol Adulyadej

The cremation of the revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej officially began on Thursday (Oct 26) with Buddhist religious rites and ceremonial candle-lighting by saffron-robed monks
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/200000-thais-gather-around-grand-palace-as-funeral-rites-for-king-bhumibol-begin
http://www.france24.com/en/20171026-thailand-bid-spectacular-final-farewell-late-king-bhumibol-cremation
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-41748220

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qcqDZxt-1wo

2 OCTOBER 2017

Trump hails ‘very strong’ ties with Thailand

Donald Trump welcomed Thai junta leader chief Prayut Chan-O-Cha to the White House on Monday, trying to turn the page after coups rocked one of America’s oldest alliances
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/trump-hails-very-strong-ties-thailand
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/politics/30328384
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/cartoon/20139

27 SEPTEMBER 2017

Former Thai PM Yingluck sentenced in absentia to 5 years’ jail for negligence

Thailand’s ousted prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra was handed a five-year prison sentence on Wednesday (Sep 27) after the country’s highest court found her guilty of negligence in the management of a rice subsidy scheme
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/former-thai-pm-yingluck-sentenced-in-absentia-to-5-years-jail-9255530
http://www.dw.com/en/yingluck-sentencing-the-downfall-of-thailands-shinawatra-family/g-40707831

8 SEPTEMBER 2017

Thai military maneuvers to stay on top

King’s Guard secures senior positions as junta tightens grip on power
https://asia.nikkei.com/Politics-Economy/Policy-Politics/Thai-military-maneuvers-to-stay-on-top

31 AUGUST 2017

Thailand Former PM Abhisit and vice PM Suthep cleared for 2010 crackdown on red-shirt

The Supreme Court has upheld the decisions of two lower courts to dismiss the case against former prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and his deputy Suthep Thaugsuban for the 2010 deadly military crackdown on Red Shirts
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/1316327/abhisit-suthep-cleared-for-2010-crackdown-on-red-shirts
http://www.khaosodenglish.com/politics/2017/08/31/supreme-court-turns-murder-case-abhisit-suthep/
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/politics/30325450

25 AUGUST 2017

Arrest warrant for Thailand’s ex-PM Yingluck Shinawatra after court no-show

Thailand’s Supreme Court has issued an arrest warrant after ex-PM Yingluck Shinawatra failed to appear for the verdict in the case regarding her rice subsidy scheme. Hundreds of her supporters had gathered outside
http://www.dw.com/en/hunt-for-thailands-ex-pm-yingluck-shinawatra-after-court-no-show/a-40231366
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30324907
http://www.euronews.com/2017/08/25/former-thai-pm-yingluck-shinawatra-misses-court-appearance

2 AUGUST 2017

Case thrown out against former Thai PM Somchai in rare win for anti-junta camp

A Thai court dismissed a case against former prime minister Somchai Wongsawat, a brother-in-law of deposed former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, in a rare victory for the pro-Thaksin, anti-junta movement
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/case-thrown-out-against-former-thai-pm-somchai-rare-win-anti-junta-camp
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2105107/two-former-thai-prime-ministers-acquitted-abusing-power
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/13/137/138/1501661314184.html

24 JULY 2017

Thai court jails 6 ex-party leaders for invading Government House in 2008

The Appeals Court on Monday ruled in favour of the Court of First Stance and jailed six ex-leaders of the now-defunct People’s Alliance for Democracy for invading Government House in 2008 during protests against the then government
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/thai-court-jails-6-ex-party-leaders-invading-governme

20 JULY 2017

Thai opposition ‘red shirt’ leader Jatuporn Prompan jailed for defaming former PM Abhisit

Thailand’s Supreme Court jailed a firebrand opposition leader for a year on Thursday (July 20) for defaming a former prime minister, overturning two previous court rulings, in 2012 and 2014, that dismissed the charge against him
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/thai-opposition-red-shirt-leader-jatuporn-prompan-jailed-for-defaming-former-pm-abhisit
https://www.voanews.com/a/thailand-red-shirts-jatuporn-prompan-defamation/3951913.html

19 JULY 2017

Thai army general gets 27 years jail for human trafficking

An army general, two politicians, and police officers were among the 46 people found guilty by a judge in the biggest human trafficking trial in Thailand’s history
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/07/thai-court-deliver-verdict-people-smuggling-case-170719024750630.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-40652012

10  JULY 2017

Thailand approves long-delayed US$5.2 billion rail link to China

Thailand’s military government on Tuesday approved US$5.2 billion to build the first stretch of a high-speed railway that will ultimately link Bangkok to southern China, a massive joint infrastructure project with Beijing that has been dogged by delays
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2102217/thailand-approves-long-delayed-us52bn-rail-link-china
https://www.irrawaddy.com/news/asia/thailand-greenlights-first-phase-5-5-bln-railway-project-china.html

22 JUNE 2017

Thailand passes bill to extend military’s authority for 20 years beyond elections

Thailand’s military-installed parliament on Thursday passed a bill that allows the ruling junta to continue to impose its policies after it holds elections and officially relinquishes power
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2099595/thailand-passes-bill-extend-militarys-authority-20-years
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/thai-parliament-approves-bill-which-critics-say-will-prolong-military-role
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/news/national/30318833

4 MAY 2017

Thai rights lawyer faces up to 150 years in prison for royal insult

A prominent Thai human rights lawyer faces a prison term of up to 150 years if convicted on 10 counts of royal defamation under Thailand’s harsh royal insult law, the legal watchdog Thai Lawyers for Human Rights said on Thursday
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2017-05/04/content_15608195.html
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/05/thailand-missing-lawyer-appears-court-faces-150-years-jail-royal-insult/#rFZRpC6HZwYpOcO9.97

3 APRIL 2017

Journalists who report criticism of military in Thailand should be killed: Senior official

A senior official from Thailand’s National Reform Council has suggested that journalists be given the death sentence if they issue reports critical of the military
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/05/journalists-report-criticism-military-killed-thai-official/#j1BoAZHQqKwjy2EW.97
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/news/national/30314094

20 APRIL 2017

Two killed in bomb blast in Thailand’s restive South

More than a dozen grenade and bomb attacks in southern Thailand killed two suspected insurgents whose explosives detonated unexpectedly, officials said Thursday
http://www.khaosodenglish.com/politics/2017/04/20/police-attacks-kill-2-suspected-insurgents-south/
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/04/killed-bomb-blast-thailand-restive-south-170420044946161.html

11 APRIL 2017

Thai junta rejects conditional peace talks with Muslim insurgents

Thailand’s military junta on Tuesday rejected a conditional offer from the main Muslim separatist group fighting in southern Thailand to enter into formal peace talks
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2086773/thai-junta-rejects-conditional-peace-talks-muslim
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/news/national/30312077

7 APRIL 2017

Wave of attacks strike southern Thailand

Bomb blasts were among 23 coordinated attacks that rocked Muslim-majority southern Thailand early on Friday, a security officer said, just hours after King Maha Vajiralongkorn signed a new constitution as a step towards ending military rule
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2017-04/07/content_15597311.html

6 APRIL 2017

Thai king signs new constitution, giving more powers to the junta

Thailand’s king signed a new military-backed constitution on Thursday that strengthens the army’s hand in government and puts the country on the path to polls after three years of junta rule
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2085435/thai-king-signs-new-constitution-giving-more-powers-junta
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/04/thai-king-endorses-constitution-20th-1932-170406114524734.html
http://www.khaosodenglish.com/politics/2017/04/06/first-look-major-changes-new-thai-constitution/
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/apr/06/thailand-king-signs-constitution-path-polls-election
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/news/national/30311501

1st APRIL 2017

Former Thailand PM Thaksin shuns Junta’s reconciliation effort

Ousted former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra on Friday accused the junta of bullying him over a US$500 million tax bill and said it should count him out of reconciliation efforts
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/04/thailand-former-pm-thaksin-shuns-juntas-reconciliation-effort/#bepXLppCTPysojBX.97
http://www.elevenmyanmar.com/asean/8605

19 MARCH 2017

Thai police say they have found plot to assassinate PM

Thai police said on Sunday (Mar 19) they had uncovered a plot to assassinate the country’s prime minister after seizing a weapons cache belonging to a fugitive anti-junta activist
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/thai-police-say-they-have-found-plot-to-assassinate-pm/3608634.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/1217649/red-shirt-weapons-plot-aimed-to-kill-pm

22 FEBRUARY 2017

Thai army claims pact with separatists

Thailand’s army has reached a breakthrough pact with a Muslim separatist group to create a safety zone in restive southern provinces, the lead negotiator said on Wednesday, but analysts queried if it could succeed without support from other groups
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2017-02/22/content_15575765.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/security/1203013/army-claims-breakthrough-safe-zone-deal

14 FEBRUARY 2017

Thailand’s new king shows his strength

From requiring constitutional changes to pushing for unity in the divided country and reshaping the royal household, Thailand’s new king is putting an assertive stamp on his rule
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2070740/thailands-new-king-shows-his-strength

4 FEBRUARY 2017

Thailand’s New King Is Making a Power Grab

Seeking more power, Thailand’s King Vajiralongkorn is moving the country away from being a constitutional monarchy
http://thediplomat.com/2017/02/thailands-new-king-is-making-a-power-grab/

18 JANUARY 2017

Thai south Muslims mourn death of rebel ‘spiritual leader’

Muslims across Thailand’s restive « Deep South » are mourning the death of Sapae-ing Basor, the spiritual leader of a near 13-year rebellion against Bangkok’s rule that has claimed more than 6,800 lives
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/thai-south-muslims-mourn-death-of-rebel-spiritual-leader
http://www.khaosodenglish.com/politics/2017/01/16/death-separatist-leader-prompts-hope-fear-peace-prospects/

13 JANUARY 2017

Thai parliament approves king’s constitutional changes request, likely delaying élections

Thailand’s military-backed parliament voted overwhelmingly on Friday to make amendments to the constitution as suggested by the new king’s office, a move likely to delay a general election scheduled for the end of the year
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/thai-parliament-approves-king-s-constitutional-changes-request/3435906.html

10 JANUARY 2017

New Thai King requests constitutional changes to ‘ensure his royal powers’

Thailand’s PM says the new King is requesting changes to the draft constitution to ensure his royal powers but they have « nothing to do with the rights and freedoms of the people »
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2017-01-10/new-thai-king-requests-constitutional-changes-to-ensure-his-royal-powers-prime-minister/1643520
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/thai-kings-office-seeks-changes-draft-constitution
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170110_35/

2 JANUARY 2017

Thai army chief vows no more coups as fresh doubt cast on 2017 election pledge

They may have successfully seized power 12 times in the last eight decades but Thailand’s army chief has said military coups are officially a thing of the past
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2058708/thai-army-chief-vows-no-more-coups-fresh-doubt-cast-2017

1 JANUARY 2017

Thai King urges unity in first New Year speech

King Maha Vajiralongkorn called for unity in his first New Year address since taking over from his late father, who was widely seen as a unifying force during decades of turbulence
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/01/thai-king-urges-unity-first-new-year-speech/

1 DECEMBER 2016

New era for Thai monarchy as crown prince proclaimed King Rama X

Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn was proclaimed king of Thailand late Thursday, in a statement read on all television channels, ascending the throne 50 days after his father’s death
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-38168912
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20161202_04/
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2050883/new-era-thai-monarchy-crown-prince-set-be-proclaimed-king

31 OCTOBER 2016

Thailand ‘making preparations’ for Dec 1 succession

Thailand is making preparations for Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn to ascend the throne on Dec 1, two senior military sources with knowledge of the matter said
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/thailand-making-preparations-dec-1-succession

21 OCTOBER 2016

Ex Thai PM Yingluck Shinawatra told to pay $997 million over subsidy scheme

Former Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has confirmed that she has been ordered by the ruling junta to pay 35 billion-baht ($997 million) in damages for a rice subsidy plan, but has pledged to fight the charge
http://aa.com.tr/en/asia-pacific/ex-thai-pm-told-to-pay-997-million-over-subsidy-scheme/669333

15 OCTOBER 2016

Thailand picks ex-PM Prem as caretaker after king’s death

There was no official statement on Saturday about the appointment of Prem Tinsulanonda, but as head of the advisory council to the king, he automatically becomes the caretaker until a new monarch is crowned, according to the country’s constitution
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/10/thailand-picks-pm-caretaker-king-death-161015130301947.html
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hULd_Vl9t6Q

13 OCTOBER 2016

Thai king Bhumibol Adulyadej dies after 70-year reign

Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej has died aged 88, ending seven decades on the throne during which he became a unifying father figure and rare source of stability in a country that has weathered more than a dozen coups since he came to power in 1946 aged just 18
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/oct/13/thai-king-bhumibol-adulyadej-dies-after-70-year-reign
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/politics/article/2027797/thailands-king-dead-nation-plunges-mourning-and-uncertainty
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/king-bhumibol-adulyadej-1927-2016/2921452.html

11 OCTOBER 2016

Thai ‘Red Shirt’ leader Jatuporn Prompan back behind bars after TV show appearance

Court rules that Jatuporn Prompan breached bail conditions by being sarcastic about the work of the country’s military junta during a TV show
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2027018/thai-red-shirt-leader-back-behind-bars-after-tv-show

6 OCTOBER 2016

Thai university commemorates 40th anniversary of massacre

A group of mourners comprising Buddhist monks, activists and others gathered Thursday to mark the 40th anniversary of one of the darkest days in Thailand’s history, when police killed scores of university students at a peaceful protest, and ghoulish vigilantes defiled the dead
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/10/thai-uni-40th-anniversary-massacre/
http://www.khaosodenglish.com/life/arts/2016/10/06/thammasat-massacre-relived-40-years-arts-culture/

2 OCTOBER 2016

Thailand introduces new anti-corruption court

Thailand is set to open a specialised corruption court after Prayauth Chan-ocha, prime minister, promised to eradicate corruption in the country within 20 years
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/10/thailand-introduces-anti-corruption-court-161002162235702.html

28 SEPTEMBER 2016

Thailand authorities shut down Amnesty International torture talk with threats of arrest

Human rights group Amnesty International has cancelled the official launch of a report on torture in Thailand after the military Government threatened to arrest one of its speakers
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-09-28/thailand-shuts-down-amnesty-torture-event-with-arrest-threats/7885664?section=world
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/sep/28/amnesty-thailand-torture-report-launch-cancelled-police-warning

17 SEPTEMBER 2016

Thai government a failure: Analysts

Analysts yesterday slammed the post-coup junta-backed government over its two-year performance report card, giving it a « fail » grade as it did not address some key issues and lacked concrete achievements and vision
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/thai-govt-failure-analysts

1  SEPTEMBER 2016

Thailand’s government to resume peace talks with Muslim insurgents

Thailand’s military government said on Thursday (Sept 1) that peace talks with Muslim separatists operating in the far south of the country would resume in Malaysia, but no agreement would be signed unless the insurgents observed a ceasefire
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/thailands-government-resume-peace-talks-muslim-insurgents
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/security/1075789/southern-peace-talks-to-resume-on-friday

12 AUGUST 2016

Bombs in Thai resort towns kill four, injure 19, including foreigners

A string of bomb attacks hit popular tourist towns across Thailand, leaving four dead and many wounded, with authorities on Friday (Aug 12) ruling out terrorism despite suspicions insurgents in the kingdom’s deep south are responsible
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/four-dead-as-blasts-hit/3036348.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2002682/bombs-thai-resort-town-hua-hin-kill-one-injure-19-including
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37059508

7 AUGUST 2016

Voters in Thailand Endorse Military’s Proposed Constitution

In its first test at the polls, Thailand’s military government won overwhelming approval Sunday of a new constitution that aims to reduce the power of political parties and extend the influence of the military
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/08/world/asia/thailand-constitution-referendum.html?ribbon-ad-idx=3&rref=world/asia&module=Ribbon&version=context&region=Header&action=click&contentCollection=Asia%20Pacific&pgtype=article
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36972396
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/1055413/yes-camp-overwhelms-charter-referendum

27 JULY 2016

Former PM Abhisit says ‘no’ to draft charter

Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva says he will not accept the draft constitution, revealing for the first time his personal stand on the issue.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/1045905/abhisit-says-no-to-draft-charter
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/ex-premier-abhisit-turns-thai-juntas-draft-charter

21 JULY 2016

As constitutional referendum nears thailand intensifies censorship

Thailand’s military-backed government has authorized the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) to shut down TV and radio stations which are found guilty of broadcasting programs that threaten national security. Furthermore, the junta gave NBTC officials immunity from legal accountability
https://globalvoices.org/2016/07/21/as-constitutional-referendum-nears-thailand-intensifies-censorship/

29 JUNE 2016

US to remove Thailand from list of worst human trafficking offenders in 2016 report

The United States has decided to remove Thailand from its list of worst human trafficking offenders, officials said, a move that could help smooth relations with Bangkok’s military-run Government
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-06-29/us-to-upgrade-thailand-in-annual-human-trafficking-report/7555004?section=world
http://www.straitstimes.com/world/united-states/us-to-remove-thailand-from-list-of-worst-human-trafficking-offenders-sources

16 JUNE 2016

The King is (nearly) dead: long live the King?

In The New Mandala, Llewellyn McCann explores what the royal succession will mean for Thai elite politics.
http://www.newmandala.org/the-king-is-nearly-dead-will-it-be-long-live-the-king/

9 JUNE 2016

Thais celebrate 70 years of revered King Bhumibol’s reign but ongoing health concerns add to anxiety about succession

After seven decades on the throne, King Bhumibol is seen by many Thais as a pillar of stability, and accorded semi-divine status. But the kingdom marks his platinum jubilee on Thursday amid anxiety over his health and at a critical political juncture
http://www.euronews.com/2016/06/09/celebrations-in-bangkok-for-70-years-of-thai-king-bhumibol-s-reign/
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160609_27/
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36486536

22 MAY 2016

Largest anti-coup rally as Thais mark 2 years of army takeover

Hundreds of protesters on Sunday marked the second anniversary of Thailand’s latest coup with song, dance, speeches and pro-democracy banners, in the largest show of dissent since the military toppled an elected government
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/largest-anti-coup-rally-thais-mark-2-years-army-takeover
http://www.khaosodenglish.com/detail.php?newsid=1463919585&section=11

31 MARCH 2016

Thai junta grants police powers to Military

On the order of junta chief Prayuth Chan-ocha, a wide range of powers usually reserved for civilian police were bestowed to members of the military Tuesday night, ostensibly to carry out the junta’s policy of rooting out underworld influences and unduly “influential people” in the economy and society
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/03/thai-soldiers-police-like-powers/
http://www.khaosodenglish.com/detail.php?newsid=1459332070&section=11

Thailand bans journalist Pravit Rojanaphruk from travelling to UN event

Thailand’s Government has banned an outspoken journalist from travelling to Finland to celebrate World Press Freedom Day in May
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-03-31/thailand-bans-journalist-pravit-rojanaphruk-from-travelling-to-un-event/1564576

28 FEBRUARY 2016

Thaksin Shinawatra: Let Thailand return to democracy (A long TV interview)

In this episode of Talk to Al Jazeera, Thaksin Shinawatra, who has largely remained silent since the coup forced him from office, talks to Wayne Hay about the challenges facing the country and what lies ahead.
http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/talktojazeera/2016/02/thaksin-shinawatra-thailand-return-democracy-160227132654355.html

14 FEBRUARY 2016

Junta Threatens to Summon Critics of Charter Draft

Anyone who criticizes the new constitution drafted recently by a junta-appointed body risks being summoned for a “discussion” with the military junta, a spokesman warned yesterday.
http://www.khaosodenglish.com/detail.php?newsid=1455080816&section=11

12 FEBRUARY 2016

Thai deputy PM sets July 31 date for constitution referendum, promises 2017 election

The deputy prime minister of Thailand’s military government says a referendum on a new constitution will be held on July 31 and will be followed by a general election before the end of next year, whether or not the new charter is approved.
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/02/thai-deputy-pm-sets-july-31-date-for-constitution-referendum-promises-2017-election/

10 FEBRUARY 2016

The effects of Thailand’s proposed electoral system

The post(s) are designed to explain the proposed electoral system and its implementation. The posts do not endorse any electoral system or represent the views of anyone else.
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/02/the-effects-of-thailands-proposed-electoral-system/

2 FEBRUARY 2016

Longtime Political Cartoonist ‘Stephff’ Loses Work Permit & Visa in Thailand

A longtime political cartoonist for a major English-language newspaper said today he has been denied his media visa, working permit and press card, effectively making it illegal for him to work in Thailand as a journalist.
http://www.khaosodenglish.com/detail.php?newsid=1454405787
http://www.khaosodenglish.com/detail.php?newsid=1454474948&section=11

29 JANUARY 2016

Thailand’s draft constitution unveiled, elections pushed back

Thailand has published a draft constitution, but the official in charge of drawing it up said he feared it would not resolve long-running troubles and critics said it would produce weak civilian government under the sway of the military
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-01-29/thailands-draft-constitution-unveiled-elections-pushed-back/1541564
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/845072/devil-in-the-charter-details
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/politics/Thumbs-down-for-charter-30278120.html

26 JANUARY 2016

Thai junta chief vows 2017 elections even if charter rejected

Thailand’s junta chief on Tuesday vowed to hold a general election in the summer of 2017 even if a new constitution penned by regime appointees is rejected in a public referendum
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/thai-junta-chief-vows-2017-elections-even-if-charter-rejected
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/839968/election-on-course-regardless-of-referendum-outcome

9 JANUARY 2016

Thailand adopts tough penalties for child pornography

Thailand has brought in tougher new measures to deal with the spread of child pornography in the country, a move it hopes will protect vulnerable children
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/01/thailand-adopts-tough-penalties-child-pornography-160109141825392.html

3 JANUARY 2016

Drawing and crossing the line in ThaIland

Thailand’s political cartoonists are in the business of cutting very close to the bone, but now more than ever they must watch their step
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/special-reports/814008/drawing-and-crossing-the-line

14 DECEMBER 2015

Ailing Thai King makes rare public appearance

Thailand’s revered but ailing King Bhumibol Adulyadej made a rare public appearance Monday, his first since September, amid growing concern about his health
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/ailing-thai-king-makes-rare-public-appearance-153746159.html
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/thailand-s-88-year-old-ki/2346710.html

13 NOVEMBER 2015

Reporters Without Borders’ Bashes Junta on Press Freedom

“Media Hounded by Junta Since 2014 Coup,” a special report released Thursday by Paris-based Reporters Without Borders, describes junta chairman Prayuth Chan-ocha as a “predator of press freedom” who has systematically rolled back rights and expressionhttp://www.khaosodenglish.com/detail.php?newsid=1447415140&section=11

10 NOVEMBER 2015

When’s the next coup? Thailand’s zero civilian control over the military

“I WANT this to be the last coup. However, the power of the army would not be reduced. This is because the army has always taken care of this country,” Thailand’s latest coup maker General Prayut Chan-ocha told Channel News Asia earlier this year. His happy, democratic dream, however, seems unlikely, as Thailand’s coup-laden history suggests
http://asiancorrespondent.com/2015/11/whens-the-next-coup-thailands-zero-civilian-control-over-military/

21 OCTOBER 2015

The Islamization of Thailand – Analysis

The perceived relative homogeneity of Thai culture and society is being challenged on multiple fronts today. So much has been said about the socio-economic division within Thai society. However very little is said, publicly anyway, about the growing influence upon Thai society, that Thailand’s Muslim population is now projecting at many levels
http://www.eurasiareview.com/21102015-the-islamization-of-thailand-analysis/

28 SEPTEMBER 2015

Bangkok blast: Thailand’s police say they consider case solved, receive cash awards again

Thailand’s police have said they consider the Erawan Shrine blast case solved, as they awarded themselves with cash, but will continue to investigate a potential domestic political angle to the bomb blast that killed 20 people on Aug 17 at the popular shrine in Bangkok
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/thailand-police-consider-bombing-case-solved-receive-cash-rewards

20 SEPTEMBER 2015

Thai activists plan to defy junta ban with more marches

A group of pro-democracy activists says they plan more marches after staging the largest political demonstration in Thailand’s capital since a military government took power in May 2014
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/thai-activists-plan-to/2139496.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/1859885/fugitive-thaksin-tells-thailands-red-shirt-opposition-play

14 SEPTEMBER 2015

Thai journalist detained for ‘attitude adjustment’

A prominent Thai journalist has been detained by the junta for so-called « attitude adjustment », a military official said Monday, the latest deployment of the controversial tool used to stamp down on dissent
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/thai-journalist-detained-attitude-adjustment-175022230.html
http://asiancorrespondent.com/135563/reporter-detained-in-thailand-for-criticizing-junta/
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/breakingnews/Sansern-claims-Pravit-summoned-as-individual-not-j-30268785.html

12 SEPTEMBER 2015

‘Uighur’ suspect wanted over Bangkok blast: Thai police

Thai police on Saturday said an arrest warrant had been issued for an ethnic « Uighur » man over last month’s deadly Bangkok blast, for the first time identifying a suspect as a member of the Chinese minority group
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/uighur-suspect-wanted-over-bangkok-blast-thai-police

10 SEPTEMBER 2015

In Thailand, Pheu Thai Party urges NCPO to release critics of the junta

Key members of the Pheu Thai Party have called for the immediate release of former energy minister Pichai Naripthapan, who was detained for « attitude adjustment » at an undisclosed location on Wednesday
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/politics/Pheu-Thai-urges-NCPO-to-release-critics-of-the-jun-30268558.html

6 SEPTEMBER 2015

Thailand constitution: Junta-appointed council rejects controversial charter; elections likely to be delayed

A council appointed by Thailand’s military rulers rejects a controversial new constitution drafted after last year’s coup, a move likely to extend the military’s time in power and delay elections
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2015-09-06/thailand-constitution-juntaappointed-council-rejects-controversial-charter-elections-likely-to-be-de/1489956
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-34149523

5 SEPTEMBER 2015

Prayut uses S44 to strip Thaksin of rank

Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha has invoked Section 44 of the 2014 interim charter to strip Thaksin Shinawatra of his police rank, effective on Sunday
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/681896/prayut-uses-s44-to-strip-thaksin-of-rank

25 AUGUST 2015

Thai army, Muslim rebels hold closed-door peace talks in Malaysia

A Thai Army delegation was in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday (Aug 25) to conduct the third covert peace talks with representatives of insurgent groups in southern Thailand
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/thai-army-muslim-rebels/2075844.html

17 AUGUST 2015

Deadly bomb blast rocks Thailand’s capital

A bomb has exploded close to a shrine in the centre of Thailand’s capital, Bangkok, killing at least 19 people and injuring more than 100.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33963280
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/security/658688/19-killed-123-hurt-as-bomb-blast-rocks-bangkok-tourist-attraction
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/08/17/asia/thailand-bangkok-bomb/index.html

30 JUNE 2015

OHCHR urges Thailand to release 14 students

The United Nations Human Rights Office for South East Asia Tuesday urged the Thai government to immediately drop criminal charges against students who have been arrested in Bangkok for peacefully demonstrating in public and release them from custody
http://www.asianewsnet.net/OHCHR-urges-Thailand-to-release-14-students-77350.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/605884/government-condemned-over-arrests
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/politics/The-law-is-the-law-PM-30263485.html

28 MAY 2015

Thai court jails 6 ‘yellow shirt’ leaders over 2008 protests

Six prominent Thai anti-government protest leaders were sentenced to two years in jail on Thursday for storming the prime minister’s office during a 2008 rally – and then released on bail to allow for appeals
http://asiancorrespondent.com/133205/thai-court-jails-6-yellow-shirt-leaders-over-2008-protests/
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/thai-protest-leaders-handed-prison-terms-and-freed-bail

22 MAY 2015

Arrests mark first anniversary of Thailand coup as protesters rally against junta

Police arrested several anti-junta activists yesterday for small protests marking a year since Thailand’s generals seized power from the elected government, as the coup’s leader said the country « may have collapsed » without his intervention
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1807434/arrests-mark-first-anniversary-thailand-coup-protesters-rally-against
http://www.khaosodenglish.com/detail.php?newsid=1432296651&section=00

19 MAY 2015

 Thai cabinet agrees to hold referendum on new constitution

The Thai cabinet agreed on Tuesday (May 19) that a referendum should be held on the new constitution and the military’s blueprint for restoring democracy, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha said, a move likely to delay any return to democratic rule
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/thai-cabinet-agrees-to/1856772.html

15 MAY 2015

Migrant boat re-enters Malaysian waters after refusing offer to land: Thai officials

The Royal Thai Navy airdropped food and water to hundreds of desperate Rohingya migrants stranded on a stricken boat off southern Thailand — then fixed the vessel’s engine so it could continue on to Malaysian waters
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/05/15/asia/thailand-malaysia-rohingya-refugees/index.html
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/rohingya-migrant-boat-leaves-thai-waters-governor

12 MAY 2015

Thai govt restarting peace talks in restive South

PM Prayut Chan-o-cha’s government has confirmed it is in the process of restarting peace talks with separatists in the deep South
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/politics/Govt-restarting-peace-talks-in-the-far-South-30259957.html

5 MAY 2015

Thailand’s king makes rare appearance

Thailand’s revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej made a rare public appearance Tuesday to mark the 65th anniversary of his coronation
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2015-05/05/content_15259521.html
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/ailing-thai-king-makes-rare-public-appearance-0

4 MAY 2015

In Thailand, Red shirts petition UN over Peace TV ban

Red shirt leader Weng Tojirakarn and news anchors from the now-defunct Peace TV submitted a petition to the United Nations on Monday to protest the revocation of its broadcasting licence
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/551231/red-shirts-petition-un-over-peace-tv-ban

3 MAY 2015

Thai Junta Urged to End Press Censorship on 2015 World Media Day

Four media organizations in Thailand have released a joint statement calling on the ruling military junta to cease restricting freedom of the press on the occasion of World Media Freedom Day
http://www.khaosodenglish.com/detail.php?newsid=1430648233&section=11

3 APRIL 2015

Thai junta chief threatens to shut down critical media

Thailand’s junta chief Friday vowed to shut down critical media outlets as he faced a growing international backlash against his decision to replace martial law with new powers retaining his absolute authority
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/thai-junta-chief-threatens-shut-down-critical-media

1 APRIL 2015

Thai junta lifts martial law, but retains broad powers

Thailand’s ruling junta said on Wednesday it had lifted martial law imposed just before a coup 10 months ago, but it invoked a security clause in the country’s interim constitution that will mean the military will retain broad powers
http://www.france24.com/en/20150402-thailand-junta-replaces-martial-law-with-absolute-power/
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/thai-junta-lifts-martial/1761978.html
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/human-rights-groups/1761314.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/515247/martial-law-is-over

25 MARCH 2015

Thai prime minister threatens to ‘execute’ journalists

Thailand’s military leader has lashed out at journalists saying he would « probably just execute » those who did « not report the truth », in the latest outburst aimed at Thailand’s media
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/03/thai-prime-minister-threatens-journalists-150325153930665.html
http://www.irrawaddy.org/asia/thai-pm-warns-media-says-has-power-to-execute-reporters.html

11 MARCH 2015

New Thai Constitution Enacted By 4 Sept: Govt

Thailand’s 20th constitution will be inaugurated by His Majesty the King on 4 September 2015, government officials announced on Wednesday
http://www.khaosodenglish.com/detail.php?newsid=1426141101&section=11

24 FEBRUARY 2015

Thai anti-graft body indicts 250 former MPs over charter change

Thailand’s anti-graft agency indicted 250 former lawmakers on Tuesday, a member of the body said, in a ruling that will further erode the influence of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/thai-anti-graft-body-indicts-250-former-mps-over-charter-change
http://www2.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/482705/nacc-votes-to-impeach-abhisit-suthep

19 FEBRUARY 2015

Thai ex-PM Yingluck indicted over rice subsidy scheme

Former Thai premier Yingluck Shinawatra was formally indicted over a bungled rice subsidy scheme Thursday in the latest legal move against her polarising family that could see her jailed for up to a decade
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/thai-ex-pm-yingluck-indicted-over-rice-subsidy-scheme
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-31529663

28 JANUARY 2015

Thai Red Shirt leader sentenced to two years in jail

Leader of the opposition Red Shirt movement Jatuporn Prompan imprisonment for defaming ex-prime minister.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/01/thai-red-shirt-leader-sentenced-years-jail-150128083158482.html
http://www.nst.com.my/node/71149

23 JANUARY 2015

Impeachment and trial for former Thai Premier Yingluck Shinawatra

190 MPs out of 219vote in favor of impeachment. The prosecutor orders indictment for corruption and negligence. Former Prime Minister charged with subsidies for rice production, leaving a billion dollar deficit in state coffers. For supporters the move aims to eliminate her from political life
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30928835
http://www.euronews.com/2015/01/23/thailand-army-calls-on-people-to-respect-shinawatra-impeachment/

23 JANUARY 2015

Impeachment and trial for former Thai Premier Yingluck Shinawatra

190 MPs out of 219vote in favor of impeachment. The prosecutor orders indictment for corruption and negligence. Former Prime Minister charged with subsidies for rice production, leaving a billion dollar deficit in state coffers. For supporters the move aims to eliminate her from political life
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30928835
http://www.euronews.com/2015/01/23/thailand-army-calls-on-people-to-respect-shinawatra-impeachment/

9 JANUARY 2015

Thai ex-PM Yingluck Shinawatra’s impeachment hearing begins

Thailand’s ousted Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is facing an impeachment hearing, proceedings that could see her banned from politics for five years and reignite the country’s bitter divisions
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2015/01/thai-pm-impeachment-hearing-begin-201518222314755235.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/455691/yingluck-denies-all-charges
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/ousted-thai-pms-impeachment-poses-dilemma-junta

6 JANUARY 2015

Thai navy eyes procuring submarines following shelved bid

Thailand’s commanding naval admirals are once again reviving stalled efforts to procure submarines and have resolved recently to bring their efforts to fruition
http://english.chinamil.com.cn/news-channels/international-military-news/2015-01/06/content_6299697.htm

2 JANUARY 2015

Thai PM puts hurry up on defence budgets

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is pushing the military to more quickly draft its spending plans for the 2016 fiscal year and submit them within the month.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/general/453695/pm-puts-hurry-up-on-defence-budgets

26 DECEMBER 2014

Thai Constitution Drafters Pave Way For Unelected PM

Thailand’s junta-appointed Constitutional Drafting Committee (CDC) has announced that the new charter will not require the Prime Minister to be an elected member of parliament.
http://www.khaosodenglish.com/detail.php?newsid=1419578744&section=11
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/politics/CDC-allays-fears-on-outsider-PM-30250807.html

16 DECEMBER 2014

The making of pseudo-democracy

The further the constitution drafting goes, the uglier the expected outcome becomes. Under the guidance of the military government, the drafting is far from being democratic or fair
http://asiapacific.anu.edu.au/newmandala/2014/12/16/thailands-2015-constitution-the-making-of-pseudo-democracy/

12 DECEMBER 2014

Thailand crown prince’s wife resigns from royalty

The wife of Thailand’s Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn, Srirasmi, has resigned her royal position, the palace has announced.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30458296
http://www.asiasentinel.com/politics/succession-tug-of-war-over-ousted-thai-princess/

2 DECEMBER 2014

The Thai government recognises Malaysia’s role as the facilitator for peace efforts in southern Thailand, said Najib Razak
http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2014/12/02/Thai-PM-gives-assurance/
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asean/446530/thailand-malaysia-set-peace-talks-conditions

1 DECEMBER 2014

Thailand’s junta unlikely to relax grip yet

As an ailing King Bhumibol Adulyadej approaches his 87th birthday this Friday, Thailand’s military regime is giving more indications that it intends to stay in power longer than previously stated. As the inevitable royal succession looms for a country that venerates the King, the army has to all intents and purposes ruled out lifting martial law any time soon http://www.asianewsnet.net/Thailands-junta-unlikely-to-relax-grip-yet-68335.html

20 NOVEMBER 2014

More held in military-led Thailand after flashing ‘Hunger Games’ salute

The central figure in « The Hunger Games, » the hit sci-fi series about an oppressed people’s struggle against a totalitarian regime, is being evoked for real, now, in Thailand among university students expressing their opposition to that southeast Asian nation’s military rulers.
http://edition.cnn.com/2014/11/20/world/asia/thailand-hunger-games-salute/index.html?hpt=ias_c1 http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/21/world/asia/thailand-protesters-hunger-games-salute.html?ref=asia&_r=0

5 NOVEMBER 2014

Thai junta appoints charter drafting committee

Thailand’s military-installed government has appointed a committee to draft the country’s new constitution amid speculation that it will seek to bar former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra and his allies from politics.
http://asiancorrespondent.com/127998/thai-junta-appoints-charter-drafting-committee/

3 NOVEMBER 2014

Thai PM orders media to stop ‘presenting news’ on Thaksin

Thailand’s junta leader on Monday threatened to tighten controls of the media unless they stop « presenting news » about former premier Thaksin Shinawatra, after photographs of the billionaire cuddling a panda went viral
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/thai-pm-orders-media-stop-presenting-news-thaksin

9 OCTOBER 2014

Thailand’s Coup and the Threat of the King’s Death

The Thai Army’s claim that it is politically neutral, is seeking to find a peaceful solution to the country’s crisis and that it genuinely wishes to broker reconciliation between different political factions is simply fraudulent.
http://www.asiasentinel.com/politics/thailand-coup-threat-kings-death/

6 OCTOBER 2014

Thailand’s coup government forms reform council

A committee appointed by Thailand’s military has selected a 250-member advisory group to help write a new national constitution.
http://asiancorrespondent.com/127245/thailands-coup-government-forms-reform-council/

25 SEPTEMBER 2014

Thai Assembly Votes Itself the Power to Impeach Politicians, Sideline Critics

Thailand’s military-dominated legislature gave itself the power to impeach political office holders on Thursday, edging a step closer to rooting out the influence of controversial former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.
http://www.voanews.com/content/reu-thai-assembly-votes-itself-the-powe-to-impeach-politicains-sideline-critics/2462002.html

15 SEPTEMBER 2014

Thai king discharged after more than month in hospital

Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the world’s longest-reigning monarch, was discharged on Monday in what the palace said was a healthy condition after nearly five weeks of treatment at a Bangkok hospital for stomach inflammation
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/thai-king-discharged-after-more-month-hospital

3 SEPTEMBER 2014

UN voices ‘serious concern’ on human rights in Thailand

The United Nations said Wednesday it was « seriously concerned » about growing restrictions on human rights activists in Thailand after a string of curbs on freedom of expression in the junta-ruled nation.
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/politics/UN-voices-serious-concern-on-human-rights-in-Thail-30242420.html

2 SEPTEMBER 2014

Thai junta blocks rights meeting in Bangkok

Three independent agencies cancelled their scheduled forum on « Access to Justice in Thailand: Currently Unavailable » on Tuesday under pressure from the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/430103/ncpo-forces-rights-groups-to-cancel-forum
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/thai-junta-blocks-rights-meeting-bangkok

28 AUGUST 2014

Criminal Court declines to hear murder case against Abhisit and Suthep

The Criminal Court yesterday 28 rejected the murder lawsuit against former prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and his former deputy Suthep Thaugsuban on the grounds that it did not have jurisdiction in the case
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/politics/Criminal-Court-declines-to-hear-murder-case-agains-30242017.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/429172/criminal-court-rules-it-has-no-jurisdiction-in-abhisit-suthep-murder-case

25 AUGUST 2014

Thailand coup leader Prayuth sworn in as PM

Prayuth, 60, was officially sworn in during a ceremony in Bangkok after being endorsed by King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
http://www.euronews.com/2014/08/25/thailand-coup-leader-prayuth-sworn-in-as-pm/
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-28923989

21 AUGUST 2014

Thailand army chief, General Prayut Chan-O-Cha, appointed prime minister

Thailand’s junta-picked national assembly has chosen coup leader, General Prayut Chan-O-Cha, as prime minister in a one-horse race that entrenches the military’s hold on power
http://www.news.com.au/world/thailand-army-chief-general-prayut-chanocha-appointed-prime-minister/story-fndir2ev-1227032107221
http://www.euronews.com/2014/08/21/thailand-s-army-chief-named-as-country-s-pm/

8 AUGUST 2014

Thai junta-led assembly in debut meet as army extends grip

Thailand’s new military-stacked National Legislative Assembly convened for the first time on Friday, electing a president in a key step towards crafting a new constitution likely to embed the army’s political influence
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/thai-junta-led-assembly-debut-meet-army-extends-grip

Thailand ‘key to growing China-Asean cooperation’

China sees the upcoming Asean Economic Community (AEC) as an opportunity for further cooperation with the region, and says Thailand can play a leading role in the strengthening of these ties.
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/business/Thailand-key-to-growing-China-Asean-cooperation-30240582.html

NCPO to seek extradition of lese majeste suspects

The ruling junta will seek the extradition of Thais living overseas for allegedly offending the monarchy, General Prayuth Chan-ocha said
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/politics/NCPO-to-seek-extradition-of-lese-majeste-suspects-30240608.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/425727/prayuth-warns-lese-majeste-targets

1 AUGUST 2014

Thai king appoints 200 National Legislative Assembly members

The King has issued a royal command to appoint 200 members of the National Legislative Assembly. More than half of them are either former or active military officers as expected
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/politics/His-Majesty-appoints-200-National-Legislative-Asse-30239991.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-28598995
http://asiancorrespondent.com/125281/infographic-thailands-junta-appointed-national-legislative-assembly/

23 JULY 2014

A first look at Thailand’s new interim constitution who gives absolute power to the junta

Two months after Thailand’s military has staged a coup on May 22, 2014, the country has now adopted a new interim constitution. Army chief and junta leader General Prayuth Chan-Ocha got His Majesty’s endorsement of the country’s 19th constitution.
http://asiancorrespondent.com/125027/a-first-look-at-thailands-new-interim-constitution/
http://asiancorrespondent.com/125032/thai-interim-constitution-gives-absolute-power-to-the-junta/

22 JULY 2014

Thai King has endorsed interim charter

Gen Prayuth informed the meeting of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) on Tuesday of the royal endorsement of the temporary constitution.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/421777/king-has-endorsed-interim-constitution-says-coup-leader-prayuth
http://lawdrafter.blogspot.com.au/2014/07/translation-of-constitution-of-kingdom.html?m=1

20 JULY 2014

Thai journalists concerned about junta’s move to clamp down

The Thai Journalists Association (TJA) expressed concern yesterday at the ruling junta’s order issued on Friday night barring all media from criticising its work
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/politics/Journalists-concerned-about-juntas-move-to-clamp-d-30238973.html
http://asiancorrespondent.com/124926/thai-junta-to-media-criticize-us-and-we-will-shut-you-down/

17 JULY 2014

Thai junta allows ex-PM Yingluck Shinawatra to leave country

Deposed premier permitted to leave Thailand for first time since 22 May coup because she has stayed out of politics, junta says
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jul/17/thai-junta-allows-deposed-prime-minister-leave-country

28 JUNE 2014

Thailand’s military rulers plan elections for October 2015

Thailand’s military junta will install an interim constitution next month, and elections will be held around October 2015, its leader announced yesterday
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/thailand/10932302/Thailands-military-rulers-plan-elections-for-October-2015.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-28069578

27 JUNE 2014

Wealthy Thais vent anger over sanction with EU goods boycott

Wealthy Thais who have welcomed military rule are now calling for what may prove a more wrenching change: a boycott of their beloved European cars, wines and boutiques
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/0f6e80b8-fdde-11e3-bd0e-00144feab7de.html?siteedition=intl#axzz35rreYz6u

24 JUNE 2014

Ex-minister forms Thai opposition group from exile

Former Interior Minister Charupong Reuangsuwan said Tuesday in an open letter read on YouTube and posted on Facebook that the Organization of Free Thais for Human Rights and Democracy rejects the junta’s legitimacy
http://asiancorrespondent.com/124104/ex-minister-forms-thai-opposition-group-from-exile/
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27991023

23 JUNE 2014

EU suspends cooperation with Thailand over military coup

The European Union on Monday condemned the military takeover in Thailand, saying it was suspending all official visits to the country and shelving important agreements to back up calls for an urgent return to democratic rule.
http://www.france24.com/en/20140623-eu-suspends-cooperation-with-thailand-over-military-coup/
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/416929/eu-cuts-back-thailand-ties

20 JUNE 2014

Thai government condemned in annual US human trafficking report

US downgrades Thailand to lowest ranking in human trafficking index for ‘systematic failure’ to prosecute slavers
http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2014/jun/20/thai-government-us-human-trafficking-report
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/416486/washington-downgrades-thailand-over-human-trafficking

18 JUNE 2014

Thailand launches 24-hour hotline over misbehaving Buddhist monks

Misbehaving monks face censure after Thai religious authorities said they had launched a 24-hour hotline for the public to report unruly acts by Buddhist monks
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/thailand-launches-24-hour-hotline-over-misbehaving-buddhist-monks
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/thailand/10908910/Thailand-launches-monk-bad-behaviour-hotline.html

17 JUNE 2014

Cambodia slams Thailand over post-coup worker exodus

Some 188,000 Cambodians — who help keep major Thai industries afloat but often lack official work permits — have streamed across the border since the junta warned last week that illegal foreign workers face arrest and deportation
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/415941/cambodia-slams-thailand-over-post-coup-worker-exodus
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27888009

15 JUNE 2014

More than 110,000 Cambodian migrants flee Thailand after coup

On Wednesday Thailand’s military regime, which seized power in a coup on May 22, had threatened to arrest and deport all illegal foreign workers.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/more-110000-cambodian-migrants-flee-thailand-after-coup

13 JUNE 2014

Thailand Curfew lifted nationwide

The junta on Friday announced the end of a curfew in other parts of the country minutes after coup leader Prayuth Chan-ocha pledged for a quick end of the nighttime ban
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/415205/curfew-lifted-across-thailand

11 JUNE 2014

Thailand votes against international forced labour protocol

Perpetrators of forced labour, which is estimated to affect 21 million people globally, will be punished in most countries under a UN treaty agreed on Wednesday, though Thailand voted against the treaty and nearly all Gulf countries – including Qatar – abstained
http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2014/jun/13/thailand-votes-against-forced-labour-protocol

6 JUNE 2014

Thai junta arrests anti-coup activist Sombat

Sombat Boonngamanong, who spearheaded an online campaign to stage illegal flashmob rallies against the military takeover, was arrested late on Thursday in eastern Chonburi province
http://asiancorrespondent.com/123554/thai-junta-arrests-anti-coup-activist-sombat/
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/06/thai-anti-coup-leader-captured-army-20146624958782826.html

1 JUNE 2014

Thousands of police deployed as ‘Red Shirts’ protest in Bangkok

Thailand’s ruling junta deployed thousands of security forces on the streets of Bangkok on Sunday to thwart a round of small-scale protests planned by the country’s “Red Shirts” denouncing the May 22 military coup
http://www.france24.com/en/20140601-thousands-police-deployed-red-shirts-protest-bangkok-thailand/
http://www.euronews.com/2014/06/01/thailand-anti-coup-protesters-scuffle-with-troops/

30 MAY 2014

Thai coup leader rules out polls for a year

The head of Thailand’s military regime has ruled out elections for at least a year and promised that soldiers would head back to their barracks once the country’s unresolved political issues have been addressed
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/05/thai-coup-leader-rules-out-polls-year-201453016932350430.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/thailand/10866048/Thailand-junta-chief-says-elections-may-not-be-for-another-year.html

27 MAY 2014

Thai minister arrested for condemning military coup

Armed troops detained a Thai Cabinet minister who emerged from hiding on Tuesday to condemn last week’s military coup and urge a return to civilian rule.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/thailand/10858097/Thai-minister-arrested-for-condemning-military-coup.html

http://www.voanews.com/content/reu-thai-military-rulers-get-to-work/1923239.html

26 MAY 2014

Thai king endorses army chief as new leader

General Prayuth Chan-ocha told journalists on Monday morning that the much revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej, 86, had officially backed him as the leader of the military council now running the country.
http://www.euronews.com/2014/05/26/thailand-king-endorses-leader-of-military-coup/25 MAY 2014
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/05/thai-military-ruler-receives-royal-backing-201452642650311570.html
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/26/thai-king-endorses-army-chief-leader-military-coup

25 MAY 2014

Thai Junta dissolves Senate, set to form legislative assembly

Junta chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha, who is also the acting prime minister, has dissolved the Senate, the only remaining legislative body, and is set to assume legislative power, according to an order issued by the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) last night
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/junta-dissolves-senate-set-form-legislative-assembly
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/thailand/10855398/Thailands-military-junta-warns-it-will-not-tolerate-any-further-dissent.html

Yingluck goes home from barracks

The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) released former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra from an army camp on Sunday night, an army source said

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/411741/yingluck-goes-home-from-barracks

24 MAY 2014

Thai Coup Leaders Tighten Grip, US Reacts

The U.S. military has canceled training and readiness exercises with Thailand, as well as a visit to the Asian nation by U.S. Pacific Fleet Commander originally scheduled for June, the Pentagon said
http://www.voanews.com/content/thais-march-against-coup/1921616.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/05/reports-army-detains-ex-thai-pm-2014523134254225975.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/thailand/10853546/Thai-leaders-detention-gives-them-time-to-think-army-claims.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/coup/411568/prayuth-takes-total-control

23 MAY 2014

Thai military detains politicians and activists

Thailand’s military has detained more than 150 politicians and activists and banned them from leaving the country, a day after the army chief seized power in a coup declared necessary to « restore order and normality » in the politically divided nation.
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/23/thai-military-detains-politicians-activists
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/thailand/10852060/Thai-army-detains-former-PM-Yingluck-after-military-coup.html
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Bangkok,-Army-summons-ex-premier:-Travel-bans-and-threats-of-arrest-for-politicians-31155.html
http://www.france24.com/en/20140523-thai-junta-summons-deposed-leaders-coup/

 Timeline: Thailand’s coups

http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/88970d60-e1b0-11e3-9999-00144feabdc0.html?siteedition=intl#axzz32YCqH4z5

22 MAY 2014

Thai military seizes power, suspends constitution

Thailand’s army chief announced a coup d’état on Thursday, declaring that it was “necessary” to restore stability and order after six months of political deadlock and turmoil
http://www.france24.com/en/thailand-military-coup-general-prayuth-political-deadlock-turmoil/
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/411226/prayuth-coup-is-necessary
http://www.euronews.com/2014/05/22/thai-army-seizes-power-and-imposes-curfew/

21 MAY 2014

Who Wins in Thailand’s Military Crackdown?

Thailand’s military gingerly but decisively declared martial law in the dawn hours of May 20, closing television stations and ordering Bangkok’s 10 million-odd citizens to stay calm. A military spokesman denied the crackdown was a coup as armed troops scattered throughout the city.

http://www.asiasentinel.com/politics/who-wins-thailand-military-crackdown/

20 MAY 2014

Thai Army Declares Martial Law, But Says It’s Not a Coup

Thailand’s military says martial law will stay in place until peace and order are restored, following months of sometimes deadly anti-government protests
http://www.voanews.com/content/thai-army-declares-martial-law-but-says-its-not-a-coup/1918780.html
http://www.france24.com/en/20140520-thailand-army-martial-law/
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/05/cloneofthailand-army-declares-martial-law-201451-201452017300819831.html

16 MAY 2014

Thai Senate ducks call to pick unelected PM

Thai opposition protesters suffered a setback Friday in their long-running battle to topple the government as the upper house of parliament shunned their call to pick an unelected premier
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/410167/thai-senate-ducks-call-to-pick-unelected-pm

15 MAY 2014

Thai election commission wants July 20 polls postponed

Thailand’s election commission has called for planned July 20 polls to be postponed, after anti-government protesters invaded a meeting between its officials and the caretaker government on Thursday morning

http://www.asianewsnet.net/Thai-election-commission-wants-July-20-polls-postp-60405.html

13 MAY 2014

Thai separatists’ launch series of attacks

Suspected Muslim separatists in southern Thailand have launched a wave of more than 30 attacks including shootings, bombings and arson, police said, killing one person and injuring more than 10.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/05/separatists-launch-series-attacks-201451291754228995.html

10 MAY 2014

Supporters of ousted Thai PM hold first big rally

Thousands of Thai government supporters are holding a large rally just outside Bangkok, their first since the prime minister was ousted earlier this week

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27354521

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/409107/reds-renew-civil-war-warning

http://www.asianewsnet.net/Final-fight-to-topple-Thai-govt-60166.html

9 MAY 2014

Thailand police fire tear gas at protesters in Bangkok

Thai police have fired water cannons and tear gas at protesters in Bangkok, two days after a court ousted Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27337006
http://www.euronews.com/2014/05/09/thailand-protests-over-interim-government-gather-force/

8 MAY 2014

Thailand: NACC decides to impeach Yingluck

The National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) resolved on Thursday to bring impeachment proceedings against former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra over the rice-pledging scheme, with criminal charges
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/408766/nacc-decides-to-impeach-yingluck-in-the-senate
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27325898
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/thai-graft-agency-rules-against-ex-pm-red-shirts-head-bangkok

7 MAY 2014

Court Orders Thai Leader Removed From Office

The Constitutional Court ruled that Ms. Yingluck abused her power when she transferred a civil servant to another post more than three years ago. The court ordered her to step down immediately along with all members of her cabinet who were in office at the time of the transfer.
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/08/world/asia/court-orders-thai-leader-removed-from-office.html?hp&_r=0
http://www.euronews.com/2014/05/07/thai-prime-minister-yingluck-shinawatra-forced-to-quit-after-court-ruling/
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/408561/yingluck-removed-niwatthamrong-acting-pm

6 MAY 2014

Thai PM Yingluck Shinawatra in court over abuse of power claims

Thailand’s prime minister, Yingluck Shinawatra, has defended herself against abuse of power allegations in a crucial court case that is one of several legal challenges that could remove her from office
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/06/thai-prime-minister-yingluck-shinawatra-court-abuse-power
http://www.euronews.com/2014/05/06/thai-pm-in-court-over-abuse-of-power/
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/thailand/10811285/Thai-prime-minister-likely-to-be-removed-from-office.html

5 MAY 2014

Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej marks 64th anniversary of coronation

World’s longest-reigning monarch and father figure for Thais makes rare public appearance aged 86 in coastal town of Thailand’s coastal town of Hua Hin

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/thailand/10808819/Thailands-King-Bhumibol-Adulyadej-marks-64th-anniversary-of-coronation.html

http://www.euronews.com/2014/05/05/thailand-celebrates-coronation-of-king-bhumibol-crowned-64-years-ago/

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/408182/king-attends-coronation-day-ceremony

3 MAY 2014

Abhisit urges delay in July polls to allow time for reforms

Thai opposition leader Abhisit Vejjajiva on Saturday urged that a general election planned for July be delayed by up to six months to allow time for reforms aimed at ending a protracted political crisis that threatens to explode
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/abhisit-urges-delay-july-polls-allow-time-reforms
http://www.voanews.com/content/thai-opposition-leader-calls-again-for-pm-resignation/1906759.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27266426

30 APRIL 2014

Thailand to Hold General Election July 20

Thailand’s Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and her country’s Election Commission have agreed to hold a new vote July 20. It is unclear whether the country’s opposition, which is involved in a prolonged standoff with Ms. Yingluck, will participate in the general election
http://www.voanews.com/content/thailand-to-hold-general-election-july-20/1904233.html
http://www.euronews.com/2014/04/30/new-thai-general-election-to-take-place-on-july-20/

17 APRIL 2014

Two Journalists in Thailand Face Charges Due to Pulitzer Prize Report

An excerpt from a Pulitzer Prize report posted online by a website in Thailand has led to a criminal court case against two journalists in the country. They are accused of defaming the Thai navy for its alleged involvement in trafficking of some refugees from Burma.
http://www.voanews.com/content/thailand-charges-journalists-with-defamation-for-rohingya-story/1895237.html
http://asiancorrespondent.com/121777/phuket-journalists-on-trial-for-quoting-pulitzer-prize-winning-rohingya-trafficking-report/

15 APRIL 2014

Divorce rate up 27 per cent over past decade

While many Thai families continue to celebrate Songkran and enjoyed National Family Day yesterday, the Public Health Ministry highlighted the fragile state of some families after revealing the divorce rate had risen 27 per cent over the past nine years
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/national/Divorce-rate-up-27-per-cent-over-past-decade-30231495.html

30 MARCH 2014

Thailand Votes in Upper House Election

Thais voted Sunday to choose legislators for the upper house of parliament in a test for Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s beleaguered government

http://www.voanews.com/content/thailand-votes-in-upper-house-election/1882275.html

21 MARCH 2014

Thai court rules general election invalid

The vote was unconstitutional because it did not take place on the same day across the country, the court said
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-26677772
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/401087/election-commission-says-no-new-vote-for-months
http://www.voanews.com/content/thai-court-nullifies-election/1876018.html

18 MARCH 2014

Thai government lifts Bangkok emergency as tension eases

Thailand’s government lifted a state of emergency in Bangkok and surrounding provinces two months after imposing it to curb anti-government protests, as the security situation has improved due to the dwindling number of demonstrators
http://www.euronews.com/2014/03/18/thailand-bangkok-state-of-emergency-lifted/
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/thai-government-lift-bangkok-emergency-tension-eases

13 MARCH 2014

Economic Implications of Thailand’s Unrest

http://cogitasia.com/economic-implications-of-thailands-unrest/

2 MARCH 2014

Thai poll re-runs pass peacefully as Red Shirts gather

Thailand’s first poll re-runs passed peacefully Sunday following a widely disrupted general election, as pro-government « Red Shirts » stepped up rallies in support of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s battered administration.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/thai-poll-re-runs-pass-peacefully-red-shirts-gather
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/03/thailand-re-runs-polls-amid-shrinking-rallies-2014325323924990.html

1 MARCH 2014

Bangkok shutdown ends but not protests

At least four major intersections in downtown Bangkok will be returned to the public as Suthep Thaugsuban, leader of Thailand’s anti-government People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC), declared late last night that all his rally sites would be consolidated into just one site centred at Lumpini Park
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Bangkok-shutdown-ends-but-not-protests-57577.html
http://www.voanews.com/content/thai-protesters-scale-back-demonstrations/1861920.html

24 FEBRUARY 2014

Thai army chief rules out intervention

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra leaves Bangkok for unknown destination, as political unrest claims another life
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/02/thai-army-chief-rules-out-intervention-20142246282235291.html
http://www.france24.com/en/20140224-thai-army-chief-urges-dialogue-rare-tv-address-thaksin-prayuth-chan-ocha/
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/thai-army-chief-cautions-nation-may-collapse-violence-escalates

23 FEBRUARY 2014

Grenade kills two in Bangkok amid fears over political violence

Two people were killed — including a child — in a grenade attack Sunday in a main Bangkok shopping district, drawing the Thai prime minister’s denunciation of « terrorist acts » as fears over violence mount after a near four-month political crisis.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/396585/grenade-kills-two-in-bangkok-amid-fears-over-political-violence
http://www.france24.com/en/20140223-bomb-bangkok-anti-government-protests-yingluck-shinawatra/

22 FEBRURY 2014

Gunmen kill girl, wound dozens at Thai anti-govt rally

A five-year-old girl was killed and 30 other people were wounded after gunmen sprayed bullets on an anti-government rally in eastern Thailand
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/gunmen-kill-girl-wound-dozens-thai-anti-govt-rally
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-26311828

20 FEBRUARY 2014

Thai Prime Minister denies corruption allegations over rice program

Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has denied allegations that she failed to heed warnings of possible corruption in a rice subsidy program whose recent problems have stoked anger among farmers in the country’s rural heartland.

http://edition.cnn.com/2014/02/20/world/asia/thailand-protests/index.html?hpt=ias_c1

19 FEBRUARY 2014

Thai court bans use of force against peaceful protests

A Thai court ordered the government on Wednesday not to use force against peaceful protests, as demonstrators vowed to intensify efforts to unseat the premier a day after street clashes left five dead and dozens wounded

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/thai-court-bans-use-of/1005212.html

18 FEBRUARY 2014

Thailand: 4 dead, dozens injured in Bangkok clashes

One policeman and three civilians died and at least 57 people were injured when police and anti-government protesters clashed in Bangkok earlier today.
http://edition.cnn.com/2014/02/17/world/asia/thailand-protests/index.html?hpt=ias_c1
http://www.france24.com/en/20140218-thailand-violent-clashes-bangkok-police-protesters/
http://www.nbcnews.com/news/asia/thai-pm-corruption-charges-violence-rages-bangkok-n32516

17 FEBRUARY 2014

Protesters surround Thai Government House

Thousands of protesters seeking to oust Thai prime minister, Yingluck Shinawatra, surrounded the government’s headquarters in Bangkok on Monday, while hundreds of farmers have breached razor-wire barricades outside her temporary office in another part of the capital.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/02/protesters-surround-thai-government-house-201421751444165334.html

14 FEBRUARY 2014

Thai police retake protest camps in Bangkok

Hundreds of riot police have moved through parts of the Thai capital to retake areas occupied by protesters who have been demanding the resignation of the government for the past three months.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/02/thai-police-retake-protest-camps-bangkok-20142145210548224.html
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AS_THAILAND_POLITICS?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2014-02-14-07-09-50&utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=%2AMorning%20Brief&utm_campaign=MB%2002.14.14

12 FEBRUARY 2014

Thai court rejects bid to nullify election

Opposition party had petitioned to annul vote and disband Shinawatra’s party, after polls were disrupted by violence.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/02/thai-court-rejects-bid-nullify-election-201421294733345671.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/394664/court-rejects-petition-to-void-feb-2-election

10 FEBRUARY 2014

Thai police arrest senior protest leader

Sonthiyarn Cheunruethainaitham, former managing director of news company Tnews, arrested a hotel in northern Bangkok
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/feb/10/thai-police-arrest-senior-protest-leader-bangkok
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2014-02-10/thai-police-arrest-first-antigovernment-protest-leader/1262482

4 FEBRUARY 2014

Democrats ask to have Pheu Thai dissolved

The Democrat Party yesterday lodged a complaint with the Constitutional Court against Pheu Thai Party, calling for dissolution of the ruling party for pushing the February 2 election to be held despite an Election Commission recommendation to delay the poll.

http://www.nationmultimedia.com/politics/Democrats-ask-to-have-Pheu-Thai-dissolved-30226091.html

3 FEBRUARY 2014

Democrat Party to seek court annulment of Thailand election

The Democrat Party is collecting evidence to seek a Constitution Court ruling to invalidate snap election held yesterday, said party deputy leader Ong-art Klampaiboon.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/democrat-party-seek-court-annulment-thailand-election
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-26012474

2 FEBRUARY 2014

Thailand election disrupted by protests

Protests have disrupted Thailand’s general election, halting voting in parts of Bangkok and the south, but officials say that 89% of polling stations operated normally.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-26003995
http://www.euronews.com/2014/02/02/thailand-election-polling-disrupted-but-no-major-violence/
http://www.france24.com/en/20140202-thailand-vote-polls-general-elections-protests/

1 FEBRUARY 2014

Bangkok rocked by gunfire and bombs as protests grow on eve of poll

Gunfire and explosions rocked Bangkok following clashes between pro-government « red shirts » and protesters, leading to fears of further violence as Thais head to the polls.
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/feb/01/bangkok-bombs-protests-grow-eve-poll
http://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2014/feb/01/thailand-unrest-violence-election-demonstrations-video

26 JANUARY 2014

Thai protest leader shot dead in Bangkok

Suthin Tharathin, a prominent protester, shot in head as he spoke at an anti-government demonstration in Thai capital.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/01/thai-protester-shot-dead-while-giving-speech-20141268467963102.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-25900604

22 JANUARY 2014

Thai ‘red-shirt’ leader shot as emergency rule begins

Kwanchai Praipana, a local radio presenter who played a large role in Bangkok protests in 2010, was wounded at his home in Udon Thani in the north
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-25827976
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/01/thai-pro-government-protest-leader-shot-2014122539123402.html

21 JANUARY 2014

State of emergency declared for Bangkok

The Thai government has imposed a 60-day state of emergency in the capital, Bangkok, and the surrounding provinces, from Wednesday, to cope with unrest
http://edition.cnn.com/2014/01/21/world/asia/thailand-emergency/index.html?hpt=ias_c1
http://www.euronews.com/2014/01/21/thai-government-impose-60-day-state-of-emergency-in-bangkok/

19 JANUARY 2014

28 hurt as explosions rock anti-government protest site in Thailand

Two explosions shook an anti-government demonstration site in Thailand’s capital on Sunday, wounding at least 28 people in the latest violence to hit Bangkok as the nation’s increasingly bloody political crisis drags on
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jan/19/thailand-bombings-political-violence-bangkok
http://www.euronews.com/2014/01/19/thailand-many-hurt-in-blasts-at-anti-government-protest-camp/

17 JANUARY 2014

Thailand crisis: Blast targets Bangkok protest rally

A blast at an anti-government rally in Thailand’s capital, Bangkok, has injured more than 30 people, amid an ongoing political crisis.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-25772589
http://www.euronews.com/2014/01/17/thailand-blast-injures-anti-government-protesters/

16 JANUARY 2014

Yingluck to be probed, ex-ministers charged on rice scheme

The anti-graft agency will investigate caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s role in the rice pledging scheme after bringing formal charges of corruption against two of her cabinet ministers
http://www.bangkokpost.com/business/news/389909/yingluck-to-be-probed-ex-ministers-charged-on-rice-scheme
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/thai-anti-graft-panel-probe-pm-yingluck

13 JANUARY 2014

Protesters ‘shutdown’ Bangkok in bid to unseat PM

Anti-government protesters blockaded key intersections in Bangkok Monday, aiming to paralyse Thailand’s capital and increase mounting pressure on Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to resign.
http://www.france24.com/en/20140113-thailand-protest-bangkok-shinawatra/
http://www.euronews.com/2014/01/13/bangkok-shutdown-as-anti-government-protest-takes-hold/

Is Thailand ready for Asean Economic Community?

Much has been said about the AEC (Asean Economic Community) and its far-reaching implications for Thailand. During the past two years, the country has been the most active within Asean as far as the AEC campaign is concerned. As much as 8 billion baht (US242 million) in various forms were spent to « raise awareness and preparedness of Thailand and the Thai people for the AEC. »

http://www.asianewsnet.net/Is-Thailand-ready-for-Asean-Economic-Community-56056.html

11 JANUARY 2014

Thailand: Seven hurt as gunmen fire on Bangkok protest

At least seven people have been injured when unknown gunmen opened fire on anti-government demonstrators in the protest-hit Thai capital, Bangkok.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-25694630
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jan/11/gunmen-open-fire-bangkok-protesters-thailand

6 JANUARY 2014

Army silence sparks coup panic

The military has emerged as the key player and is under tremendous pressure from all sides in the face of the fierce political conflict that many fear will escalate next week

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/388268/army-silence-sparks-coup-panic

4 JANUARY 2014

Thai ruling party launches election bid amid protests

Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s party on Saturday kicked off campaigning for February elections in the face of an opposition boycott and protester plans to « shut down » Bangkok in a bid to derail the vote.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/387921/thai-ruling-party-launches-election-bid-amid-protests
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/politics/Election-on-track-EC-30223479.html

28 DECEMBER 2013

Gunmen kill 1 protester, injure 3 in Thai anti-government protest

Gunmen opened fire on peaceful protesters in Thailand early Saturday, killing one and wounding three, national security chief Paradon Patthanathabut said.

http://edition.cnn.com/2013/12/28/world/asia/thailand-protests/index.html?hpt=ias_c1

27 DECEMBER 2013

Thai Army Chief Calls for Restraint, Does Not Rule Out Coup

Thailand Army Chief General Prayuth Chan-ocah called Friday for restraint from both sides, and did not explicitly rule out the possibility of a military coup.

http://www.voanews.com/content/thai-army-chief-calls-for-restraint-does-not-rule-out-coup/1818442.html

26 DECEMBER 2013

Thailand protests: Yingluck government rejects election delay

Thailand’s government has rejected calls to delay February’s election, amid increasingly violent protests in which a policeman has been shot dead.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-25519328
http://www.theguardian.com/global/2013/dec/26/thailand-police-battle-protesters-disrupt-elections

25 DECEMBER 2013

Thai premier proposes reform council

Thailand’s prime minister has proposed the formation of a reform council to mollify a protest movement seeking to topple her government, but demonstrators immediately rejected the idea.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/12/thai-premier-proposes-reform-council-2013122594053492224.html
http://www.euronews.com/2013/12/25/thailand-clashes-as-government-compromise-is-rejected/

22 DECEMBER 2013

Thailand protesters call on government to step down

Tens of thousands of people take to the streets of the Thai capital Bangkok to step up efforts to oust the government and force political reforms
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/thailand/10533360/Thailand-protesters-call-on-government-to-step-down.html

21 DECEMBER 2013

Thai opposition to boycott 2 February elections

Thailand’s main opposition Democrat Party has announced it will boycott snap elections set for 2 February
http://www.euronews.com/2013/12/21/thai-opposition-party-to-boycott-election/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-25475644

17 DECEMBER 2013

Thai ex-PM Abhisit re-elected as opposition party chief

Thailand’s opposition Democrat Party re-elected former Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva as its leader Tuesday ahead of a crucial decision over whether to boycott upcoming elections.
http://asiancorrespondent.com/117312/thai-ex-pm-abhisit-re-elected-as-opposition-party-chief/

14 DECEMBER 2013

Thai military chief rebuffs protesters’ intervention plea

Thailand’s military chief on Saturday shrugged off an opposition rally leader’s appeal to intervene in support of protester efforts to topple the government and install an unelected ‘people’s council’.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/thai-military-chief-rebuffs-protesters-intervention-plea
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/384843/military-refuses-to-pick-a-side

12 DECEMBER 2013

Ex-Thai PM Abhisit indicted for murder over rally crackdown

Former Thai prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has been indicted for murder in connection with a deadly military crackdown on mass opposition protests in Bangkok three years ago, prosecutors said.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/thailand/10512614/Former-Thai-PM-indicted-for-murder.html
http://www.euronews.com/2013/12/12/former-thai-prime-minister-charged-with-murder/

Officially neutral Thai military agrees to meet protest chief

The heads of Thailand’s powerful military agreed on Thursday to a weekend meeting with the leader of the movement seeking to overthrow Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, deepening uncertainty about the country’s immediate political future.

http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/12/12/21877722-officially-neutral-thai-military-agrees-to-meet-protest-chief?lite

10 DECEMBER 2013

Thai PM refuses to step down

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has said she will not resign ahead of national elections set for February 2, despite opposition demands she step down as the caretaker head of government.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/12/thai-pm-refuses-step-down-2013121061341347174.html
http://www.euronews.com/2013/12/10/thai-pm-refuses-to-go-protests-continue/

9 DECEMBER 2013

Thai PM Yingluck dissolves parliament and calls election

Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has dissolved parliament and called an election after sustained protests in the capital, Bangkok.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-25252795
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/12/thai-prime-minister-calls-early-elections-20131299023402197.html
http://www.voanews.com/content/thai-pm-dissolves-parliament-calls-for-snap-elections/1806301.html

8 DECEMBER 2013

Thai crisis deepens as main opposition party quits Parliament

Thailand’s main opposition party resigned from Parliament on Sunday to protest what it called « the illegitimacy » of an elected government with which it can no longer work. The move deepens the country’s latest political crisis one day before new street demonstrations that many fear could turn violent.
http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/12/08/21818217-thai-crisis-deepens-as-main-opposition-party-quits-parliament?lite
http://www.euronews.com/2013/12/08/thai-pm-shinawatra-backs-down-on-bill-but-won-t-resign/
http://www.voanews.com/content/thai-pm-offers-referendum-on-resignation/1806008.html

7 DECEMBER 2013

Thai leader offers talks with protesters

Thailand’s prime minister vowed to resign and hold elections if it would help end the country’s most severe political crisis in years as Bangkok braced for a fresh outbreak of protests next week.
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/db1aefbc-5f5a-11e3-aec4-00144feabdc0.html?siteedition=intl#axzz2mpGsBpDe

5 DECEMBER 2013

Thailand King makes unity call in birthday message

King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand has urged people to support each other for the sake of the country, in his address to the nation on his birthday.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/383407/king-makes-unity-call-in-birthday-message
http://www.euronews.com/2013/12/05/thai-king-urges-people-to-do-their-duty-declines-comment-on-crisis/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-25221607

3 DECEMBER 2013

Thai tensions ease as police lift barricades

Anti-government protesters in Thailand have crossed heavily fortified barriers and reached the gates of the prime minister’s office without resistance from the police.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/12/thai-tensions-eased-as-police-lift-barricades-201312343638888713.html

2 DECEMBER 2013

Thai protests: police fire rubber bullets as protests turn more violent

Thai police fired rubber bullets to quell violent demonstrations aimed at the overthrow of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Monday, as the government sought to arrest the leader of the protests for “insurrection”.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/thailand/10488334/Thai-protests-police-fire-rubber-bullets-as-protests-turn-more-violent.html
http://www.euronews.com/2013/12/02/thailand-clashes-continue-in-bangkok-as-protesters-try-to-storm-government-/
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/12/protests-rage-despite-thai-pm-peace-plea-2013122142637548430.html

1 DECEMBER 2013

Thailand clashes: PM forced to flee as violent demonstrations escalate

A Thai government supporter was shot and killed early on Sunday at protests in Bangkok, raising the death toll to two as protesters invaded a police compound and forced the evacuation of the prime minister, Yingluck Shinawatra, to a secret location.
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/dec/01/thailand-protest-yingluck-shinawatra-violence
http://www.voanews.com/content/thai-protests-intensify-in-bangkok/1801123.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-25174822
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/12/thai-protests-escalate-amid-violence-201312143057996852.html

30 NOVEMBER 2013

Shots fired as Thai protesters clash

At least one person has been shot dead as Thai government supporters and foes clashed for the first time in a week of demonstrations against the government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/11/bangkok-protesters-besiege-telecoms-offices-2013113051823894499.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/382474/one-killed-as-v-day-eve-violence-erupts

29 NOVEMBER 2013

Thai Protesters Storm Army Headquarters

Thai protesters briefly stormed into army headquarters in Bangkok in a bid to get the military to join their efforts to topple the government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra
http://www.euronews.com/2013/11/29/thai-protesters-occupy-barracks-and-ask-the-army-to-choose-sides/
http://www.voanews.com/content/thai-protesters-storm-army-headquarters/1800045.html

28 NOVEMBER 2013

Thai PM appeals to protesters after surviving no-confidence vote

Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has urged anti-government demonstrators to end street protests, after surviving a no-confidence vote in parliament.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-25118083
http://www.euronews.com/2013/11/28/thai-pm-wins-vote-of-confidence-amid-widespread-anti-government-protests/
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/11/thai-pm-calls-end-opposition-protests-2013112810656678221.html

25 NOVEMBER 2013

Thai prime minister invokes security law after protesters occupy ministries

The Thai prime minister, Yingluck Shinawatra, invoked an emergency security law across much of Bangkok on Monday, after protesters forced their way inside the finance ministry and through the gates of the foreign ministry compound.
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/25/thai-prime-minister-evokes-security-law-protesters-occupy-ministries
http://www.euronews.com/2013/11/25/protesters-occupy-government-ministries-in-thailand/
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/thailand/10471914/Thailand-plunged-into-crisis-as-protesters-occupy-ministries.html

24 NOVEMBER 2013

Tens of thousands join anti-government rally

Anti-government protesters estimated in the hundreds of thousands have joined Sunday’s rally at the Democracy Monument with organisers still hoping the number will swell to one million.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/381488/tens-of-thousands-protest-in-bangkok-anti-government-rally
http://www.voanews.com/content/reu-thai-capital-hit-by-biggest-protests-since-deadly-2010-unrest/1796627.html

11 NOVEMBER 2013

UN rules for Cambodia in Thai border row

Thailand must withdraw all military and police forces from the area surrounding a 900-year-old Hindu temple on the far side of its border with Cambodia, UN judges have said in a ruling that could exacerbate tensions between the two countries.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/11/un-rule-thai-cambodian-border-row-201311116485209849.html
http://www.voanews.com/content/un-awards-disputed-temple-site-to-cambodia/1787655.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/379318/icj-delivers-win-win-ruling

Thailand senate rejects controversial amnesty bill

Thailand’s senate has rejected an amnesty bill which could have led to the return to the country of the former prime minister, Thaksin Shinawatra.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24903958
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/11/thai-senate-rejects-disputed-amnesty-bill-20131111163039304410.html

6 NOVEMBER 2013

Amnesty bill would kill 25,355 graft cases: NACC

The National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) yesterday issued a statement opposing the amnesty bill on grounds that it would absolve thousands of graft violations, including hundreds against top politicians.

http://www.nationmultimedia.com/politics/Amnesty-bill-would-kill-25355-graft-cases-NACC-30218832.html

1 NOVEMBER 2013

Thai amnesty bill passes lower house

Thailand’s lower house of parliament has passed a political amnesty bill that critics say could allow the return of former PM Thaksin Shinawatra.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24768110
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/11/thai-mps-pass-political-amnesty-bill-201311142120256401.html
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/political-tension-flares-thailand-over-amnesty-bill

29 OCTOBER 2013

Myanmar workers in Thailand earning under minimum wage

Many Myanmar migrants working in Thailand are earning less than the minimum wage of BHT 300 a day (US$ 10), according to the Education and Development Foundation.
http://www.elevenmyanmar.com/national/3882-myanmar-workers-in-thailand-earning-under-minimum-wage

28 OCTOBER 2013

Ex-Thai PM Abhisit faces indictment over protest crackdown

Thailand’s attorney general has decided to prosecute former premier Abhisit Vejjajiva and his ex-deputy on murder charges related to a bloody crackdown on anti-government protests in 2010, officials said Monday
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/ex-thai-pm-abhisit-faces-indictment-over-protest-crackdown
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/376830/abhisit-and-suthep-indicted-on-rally-crackdowns

27 OCTOBER 2013

Thai parliament postpones amnesty bill readings

The House of Representatives is expected to deliberate the Amnesty Bill in the second and third readings in mid-November at the earliest, chief government whip Aumnuay Khlangpha said . Meanwhile, Aumnuay’s deputy Paijit Sreewarakan said the ruling Pheu Thai Party would order its members of parliament (MPs) to vote in support of the draft law instead of allowing them to vote freely
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Thai-parliament-postpones-amnesty-bill-readings–53276.html

24 OCTOBER 2013

Supreme Patriarch dies at 100



The nation and the entire Buddhist community are mourning the loss of His Holiness the Supreme Patriarch of Thailand, Somdet Phra Nyanasamvara Suvaddhana Mahathera, who passed away at Chulalongkorn Hospital

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/376239/supreme-patriarch-dies-at-100

19 OCTOBER 2013

Thailand extends ISA till Nov 30

The Thai government has decided to extend the enforcement of the Internal Security Act in three Bangkok districts until November 30, the day after the parliamentary session ends, National Security Council secretary-general Paradorn Pattanatabutr said.

http://www.asianewsnet.net/Thailand-extends-ISA-till-Nov-30-52993.html

16 OCTOBER 2013

Ruling on Thai-Cambodian Temple Row Expected Next Month

The United Nations’ top court is set to deliver its verdict on a long running dispute between Cambodia and Thailand over an ancient temple site. The International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague will decide on Nov. 11 which country should administer a 4.6-square kilometer (1.8-square mile) tract of land surrounding the 11th century Preah Vihear temple.
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/cambodia/verdict-10162013160957.html

11 OCTOBER 2013

With Li Visit, Thailand, China Move to Strengthen Ties

Thailand and China have moved to further strengthen bilateral economic ties during an official visit by China’s Premier Li Keqiang, who kicked off the trip by addressing parliament on Friday.
http://www.voanews.com/content/with-li-visit-thailand-china-move-to-strengthen-ties/1768013.html

27 AUGUST 2013

Reconciliation Talks in Thailand Will Be Litmus Test of Parties’ Sincerity

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is pushing forward a reconciliation forum on September 2 in an effort to address the political divisiveness in Thailand in recent years. The government has invited key figures from the ruling Pheu Thai party, the opposition Democrat Party, and foreign leaders to participate in the forum. While the Thai private sector and international community welcome the initiative, politicians will have to act beyond their own interests to make the reconciliation talks meaningful.

http://cogitasia.com/reconciliation-talks-in-thailand-will-be-litmus-test-of-parties-sincerity/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+cogitasia%2FZCwV+%28cogitASIA+Posts%29&goback=%2Egde_134242_member_268964409#%21

12 AUGUST 2013

Chavalit urges all parties to back reconciliation forum

Former prime minister Chavalit Yongchaiyudh on Monday revealed that Yingluck Shinawatra had personally called him to invite him to take part in her proposed reconciliation forum, and urged opposing groups to get involved with discussions on how to heal the political divide in Thailand.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/364267/chavalit-yongchaiyudh-backs-government-reconciliation-drive

7 AUGUST 2013

Protest in Thailand as parliament debates amnesty bill

Thousands of anti-government protesters gathered outside Thailand’s parliament on Wednesday as lawmakers began debating a political amnesty bill that it is speculated could help ousted and exiled premier Thaksin Shinawatra return home a free man.
http://www.france24.com/en/20130807-protest-thailand-parliament-debates-amnesty-bill-thaksin-shinawatra
http://www.voanews.com/content/thai-parliament-debates-controversial-amnesty-bill-despite-protests/1725098.html

5 AUGUST 2013

Key Muslim leader shot dead in Thailand

A Muslim leader seen as a major figure in efforts to end bloody fighting in Thailand’s south has been shot dead, raising concern about the future of peace talks. Imam Yacob Raimanee of the Pattani Central Mosque – the main house of Islamic worship in one of several violence-plagued southern provinces – was gunned down on Monday afternoon in the town of Pattani, police said.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/08/20138516387558762.html

1 AUGUST 2013

Thousands cheer Thai king as he leaves hospital after long stay

Thailand’s revered but frail king left the hospital where he has lived for almost four years on Thursday, as thousands of flag-waving well-wishers cheered him on his way to his coastal palace.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/362584/king-and-queen-leave-siriraj-hospital-for-klai-kangwon-palace-in-hua-hin
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/thousands-cheer-thai-king-he-leaves-hospital-after-long-stay

26 JULY 2013

Thaksin calls on Thais to unite

Ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra on Friday called on Thais to reconcile their differences for the sake of the country as he celebrated his 64th birthday in Beijing.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/361734/allies-flock-to-hk-to-give-ex-pm-birthday-wishes

12 JULY 2013

Thailand agrees Muslim rebel Ramadan ceasefire

The Thai government and Muslim separatists in the south of the country have announced they will stop fighting each other during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.                  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-23288378

3 JULY 2013

Monk had 10 bank accounts with daily transactions of Bt2m

The Anti-Money Laundering Office (AMLO) has found 10 bank accounts under the name of Luang Pu Nenkham, who calls himself the abbot of Si Sa Ket’s « Wat Pa Khanti Dhamma » monastery, as well as records of transactions totalling up to Bt20 million per day. http://www.nationmultimedia.com/national/Monk-had-10-bank-accounts-with-daily-transactions–30209598.html

30 JUNE 2013

Thailand’s latest Cabinet reshuffle: 3 initial observations

On Sunday June 30, Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej endorsed the changes to what is now the fifth Cabinet of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra at nearly the halfway point of her tenure ever since she took over office in 2011. Currently, the government is under alot of fire: http://asiancorrespondent.com/110057/thailands-latest-cabinet-reshuffle-three-initial-takeaways/

21 JUNE 2013

European diplomats urge tourist safety moves on Phuket

European ambassadors on Friday 21 urged authorities on a Thai resort island work to ensure foreign tourists are safe from crime, corruption and dangerous road and swimming conditions. http://asiancorrespondent.com/109700/european-diplomats-urge-tourist-safety-moves-on-phuket/

20 JUNE 2013

Suu Kyi Blasts Proposed Law on Marriage Restrictions

Myanmar’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has criticized a proposed law by a group of nationalist Buddhist monks restricting Muslim men and those of other faiths from marrying Buddhist women, saying it was discriminatory and violated human rights                                                                                                                                                     http://www.rfa.org/english/news/myanmar/marriage-06202013231513.html

17 JUNE 2013

Thailand cracks down on monks living it up with luxuries

Thailand’s national Buddhism body has announced it is monitoring monks for any inappropriate behavior following complaints prompted by a video showing Buddhist monks flying on a private jet                                                                                             http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/17/thailand-cracks-down-monks-luxuries           http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/thailand/10124885/Thai-Buddhist-monks-criticised-over-private-jet.html

White mask rallies spread in Thailand

Anti-government protesters gathered in many provinces yesterday despite opposition from red-shirt supporters of the government                                                                                                                                                http://www.asianewsnet.net/White-mask-rallies-spread-in-Thailand-48010.html

14 JUNE 013

Thai rebels say peace could be years away

Rebels from Thailand’s restive south Friday said securing lasting peace could take years, acknowledging some insurgents were trying to undermine ongoing talks through continued violence. http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/thai-rebels-say-peace/710578.html

6 JUNE 2013

The Search for a Solution in Thailand’s Deep South

With negotiations apparently stalled between the Thai Government and Barisan Revolusi Patani (BRN), one of the Muslim rebel groups operating in Thailand’s deep south, one must start considering how long before a solution to this lingering insurgency problem can be found                                                                                                               http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5477&Itemid=392

5 JUNE 2013

Thailand denies entry to Cambodia opposition leader Sam Rainsy

Thailand has denied entry to Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy over concerns he would engage in political campaigning in the neighboring Southeast Asian nation.                                                                                                                                                                   http://asiancorrespondent.com/108704/thailand-denies-entry-to-cambodia-opposition-leader-sam-rainsy/

29 APRIL 2013

Thai ‘Yellow Shirt’ activists trial postponed

A Thai court has postponed the trial of nearly 100 Thai royalist activists who were facing charges for their roles in 2008 rallies that paralysed Thailand’s main airports stranding thousands of tourists                                                                                                      http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/04/201342995251949888.html

28 MARCH 2013

Thailand opens peace talks with Muslim separatist rebels

Peace talks facilitated by Malaysia aim to end almost a decade of violence in Muslim-dominated provinces of southern Thailand http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/mar/28/thailand-peace-talks-muslim-rebels                                                                                                                       http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21963399

21 MARCH 2013

A step toward peace in southern Thailand

On 28 February in Kula Lumpur, Thailand’s government signed an agreement to initiate peace talks between the Thai National Security Council and Barisan Revolusi Nasional-Coordinate (BRN-C), one of the major separatist groups in southern Thailand. http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/03/21/a-step-toward-peace-in-southern-thailand/

3 MARCH 2013

Bangkok governor gets second term

Sukhumbhand Paribatra of the royalist pro-establishment Democrat party overcame a rival from the ruling Puea Thai party, which is backed by « Red Shirt » supporters of ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra. http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1257637/1/.html                                   http://asiancorrespondent.com/100111/against-expectations-sukhumbhand-wins-second-term-as-bangkok-governor/

28 FEBRUARY 2013

Thailand and Muslim separatists agree to peace talks

Senior Thai government officials signed the deal on Thursday with members of the Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN) in the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur, where they agreed to launch a « dialogue process » in the southern border provinces. They gave no date for future meetings.                                                                                                                                                        http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/feb/28/thailand-muslim-separatists-peace-talks                                                                                                                                       http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/02/201322822925178206.html            http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/thailand/9899300/Thailand-signs-breakthrough-deal-with-Muslim-rebels.html

27 FEBRUARY 2013

Murder of environmentalist ‘highlights Thailand’s failure to protect activists’

An international rights group is pressing Thailand to investigate the recent murder of an environmentalist who exposed the dumping of toxic waste, and condemned the government’s « fundamental failure » to protect activists fighting for social and environmental change in the kingdom. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/feb/27/murder-environmentalist-thailand-failure

19 FEBRUARY 2013

Thai GDP growth rises to 6.4% for 2012

Thailand’s economy grew a robust 3.6 percent in the fourth quarter from the previous three months, taking the 2012 pace to 6.4 percent…               http://asiancorrespondent.com/97956/thai-gdp-growth-rises-to-6-4-for-2012/

15 FEBRUARY 2013

In Thailand, 30,000 children are boxing to help their poor family

http://www.buffalogirlsthemovie.com/#!videos/ck0q

13 FEBRUARY 2013

Thai army repels mass attack in restive south

Scores of heavily armed gunmen stormed a military base in unrest-plagued southern Thailand, in a major assault that left at least 16 attackers dead, a military spokesman said.                                                                                                                                              http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/02/20132131188370718.html            http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/02/13/16946868-muslim-insurgents-launch-raid-on-thai-military-base-16-militants-slain?lite                                                                                                                                                                                                   http://www.voanews.com/content/thai-army-urges-curfew-after-insurgents-attack-base/1602719.html

18 JANUARY 2013

Justice or politics

Some say former PM Abhisit is rightfully being charged for supressing the red shirts; other see the case as business as usual. http://thediplomat.com/2013/01/19/justice-or-ruse-in-thailand/

13 JANUARY 2013

Stop the intimidation, media body tells Army

The Thai Journalists Association called on the military yesterday to stop intimidating the media, while urging media practitioners to abide by their code of conduct after dozens of uniformed officers protested twice at ASTV Manager’s offices. http://www.nationmultimedia.com/politics/Stop-the-intimidation-media-body-tells-Army-30197810.html

4 JANUARY 2013

3,380 killed in nine years of violence

A total of 3,380 people have been killed and 8,388 wounded in terror attacks since the resumption of insurgent violence in the deep South nine years ago today, according to figures released yesterday by the Southern Border Provinces Administrative Centre                                                                                                                                               http://www.nationmultimedia.com/national/3380-killed-in-nine-years-of-violence-30197241.html

13 DECEMBER 1012

Former Thai PM charged with murder

Abhisit Vejjajiva, the former prime minister of Thailand, has been charged with murder over the death of a civilian during a crackdown on anti-government rallies two years ago, his party says.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/12/2012121373047610790.html http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/thailand/9742326/Former-Thai-prime-minister-charged-with-murder.html

5 DECEMBER 2012

Thais celebrate 85th birthday of revered king

In a rare public appearance, Thailand’s king has called for unity and stability in the divided nation during a speech to mark his 85th birthday
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/12/20121258351621627.html http://asiancorrespondent.com/93031/thais-celebrate-85th-birthday-of-revered-king/

15 NOVEMBER 2012

Thailand Defence pact with US ‘only reaffirms ties’

The 2012 Joint Vision Statement for the Thai-US Defence Alliance, to be signed during the visit of US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta today, posed no legal difficulties in terms of the Constitution and would have no impact on strategic ties with China, Defence Minister Sukampol Suwannathat said
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/politics/Defence-pact-with-US-only-reaffirms-ties-30194375.html

14 NOVEMBER 2012

US defence pact ‘won’t affect’ Thai neutrality

Security experts said this week that Thailand would not lose its neutrality after the decision to sign a new defence agreement with the United States during the upcoming visit of President Barack Obama, but the country must be careful not to be seen as moving too close to the American orbit.
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/national/US-defence-pact-wont-affect-Thai-neutrality-30194293.html

14 NOVEMBER 2012

Expanding Military to Military Engagement: China and Thailand

As U.S. Defense Secretary Panetta turns north from Australia on his way to Thailand and Cambodia today, he should carefully consider the trends in China’s military to military relationship with Thailand. http://cogitasia.com/expanding-military-to-military-engagement-china-and-thailand/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+cogitasia%2FZCwV+%28cogitASIA+Posts%29

12 OCTOBER 2012

Thai military resists political pressure

Thailand recently released its autumn list of senior military officer promotions and reassignments, an annual exercise that determines the balance of power among competitive factions inside the armed forces. While many analysts expected self-exiled former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra to push for his known military allies to take key positions, Royal Thai Army (RTA) Commander-in-Chief Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha appears at first blush to have maintained the upper hand.
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/NJ13Ae01.html

12 SEPTEMBER 2012

Suspected insurgents surrender in Thailand’s south

Officials say about 100 suspected insurgents have surrendered to authorities in Thailand’s restive south, including the alleged leader of a 2004 attack that reignited longstanding violence in the region. http://asiancorrespondent.com/89109/suspected-insurgents-surrender-in-thailands-south/

18 JULY 2012

Cambodia, Thailand pull troops from temple flashpoint

Cambodia and Thailand pulled hundreds of soldiers out of a disputed border area on Wednesday, a year after a ruling by the UN’s highest court, replacing them with police and security guards.The International Court of Justice (ICJ) on July 18 last year ordered the neighbours to demilitarise a strip of land adjacent to the Preah Vihear temple which was the scene of deadly clashes in 2011 http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1214288/1/.html http://www.rfa.org/english/video?param=value&storyId=Cambodia-Preah-Vihear http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/07/201271845840265105.html

25 JUNE 2012

Thai Red Shirts stage mass protests

Tens of thousands of supporters of Thailand’s « Red Shirt » protest movement have staged a mass rally in Bangkok, police said, amid renewed political tensions in the troubled country.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/06/20126250407414477.html

31 MAY 2012

Thai parliament chaos over reconciliation debate

The Thai parliament was thrown into chaos for a second day Thursday, as lawmakers clashed over plans to push through a reconciliation debate that threatens to widen the country’s bitter divides
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120531-349734.html

25 MAY 2012

Return of the king

Dressed in a military uniform, His Majesty the King yesterday May 25 left Siriraj Hospital for his first personal short trip out of Bangkok in recent years, bringing much delight to the whole nation
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/national/Return-of-the-king-30182861.html

15 APRIL 2012

Hun Sen attacked for ‘excess generosity’

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has been criticised for being overly generous to red-shirt supporters of former Thai premier Thaksin Shinawatra, who is in Cambodia this weekend.
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/politics/Hun-Sen-attacked-for-excess-generosity-30179979.html

31 MARCH 2012

Bombs kill 10, injure more than 100 in southern Thailand

Pattani, Thailand – At least 10 people were killed and more than 100 wounded as three bombs detonated in Thailand’s strife-torn far south Saturday, the authorities said
http://news.monstersandcritics.com/asiapacific/news/article_1696036.php/Bombs-kill-10-injure-more-than-100-in-southern-Thailand
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/03/20123317429173143.html

25 FEBRUARY 2012

Thai parliament votes to amend military-backed constitution

Thailand’s parliament voted Saturday to pave the way for a rewrite of the military-backed 2007 constitution.  After a two-day debate, both houses voted to permit a redrafting of the charter written after the September 2006 coup toppled former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra http://news.monstersandcritics.com/asiapacific/news/article_1692783.php/Thai-parliament-votes-to-amend-military-backed-constitution

17 FEBRUARY 2012

Thailand’s Thaksin prepares for war

Newly appointed Thai Minister of Defense Air Chief Marshal Sukampon Suwannathat is quietly planning to activate a new « war room », or secretive unofficial command center, to direct mass pro-government « red-shirt » demonstrations planned for the coming months, according to senior Thai military sources familiar with the situation
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/NB18Ae03.html
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Korea/NB18Dg01.html

14 FEBRUARY 2012

Bangkok bomb attack fuels Israel-Iran tension

An Iranian man blew off his own leg and wounded four people when he lobbed a grenade in the Thai capital Tuesday, with Israel blaming the blasts on Iran. The attack comes just one day after attempted bomb attacks against Israeli diplomats
http://www.france24.com/en/20120214-bomber-wounded-attempt-attack-bangkok-police-iranian-thailand http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/15/world/asia/explosions-in-bangkok-injures-suspected-iranian-national.html?_r=1&ref=asia

12 JANUARY 2012

Better-armed, better-trained Thai insurgents

Long seen as locked in a low-intensity stalemate, the Malay Muslim separatist conflict in southern Thailand appears to be escalating towards a new and more violent phase
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/NA12Ae01.html

23 NOVEMBER 2011

Thailand lese majeste man jailed for 20 years

The court found Ampon Tangnoppakul, nicknamed ‘grandpa’ and ‘Uncle SMS’ by the local press, guilty of sending messages insulting the monarchy to the mobile phone of the secretary of former prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva last year during anti-government protests
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-15850068
http://www.monstersandcritics.com/news/asiapacific/news/article_1676944.php/Thai-court-sentences-grandpa-to-20-years-for-insulting-monarchy

21 NOVEMBER 2011

Thai Justice minister rules out Thaksin pardon

Justice Minister Pracha Promnok insisted yesterday that former prime minister Thaksin Shina-watra would not benefit from the draft Royal Decree seeking pardons for inmates on the occasion of His Majesty the King’s birthday.
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/politics/Justice-minister-rules-out-Thaksin-pardon-30170289.html

16 NOVEMBER 2011

Thai cabinet ‘endorses Thaksin amnesty plan’

A controversial amnesty decree has been endorsed by Thailand’s cabinet that could pave the way for the return of Thaksin Shinawatra, the country’s fugitive former prime minister, according to local media reports.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2011/11/2011111672939589176.html
http://www.monstersandcritics.com/news/asiapacific/news/article_1675541.php/LEAD-Thai-cabinet-okays-amnesty-that-would-cover-fugitive-ex-premier

16 SEPTEMBER 2011

Clashes in southern Thailand claim 4,846 dead in last eight years

There have been 11,704 violent incidents documented in Narathiwat, Pattani and Yala provinces since January 2004, claiming 4,846 dead
and 7,995 injured, according to Deep South Watch, a network of academics and civil society groups that monitors the southern unrest.
http://www.monstersandcritics.com/news/asiapacific/news/article_1663347.php/Clashes-in-southern-Thailand-claim-4-846-dead-in-last-eight-years

10 AUGUST 2011

 Thailand’s New Yingluck Cabinet

The cabinet that Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra  unveiled appears to be a mixture of outsiders, people with intimate ties to her
brother, Thaksin Shinawatra, and old hands in Thai politics – and no members of  the Red Shirt faction that played a key role in bringing her Pheu Thai Party to  power
http://www.asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3376&Itemid=185

5 JULY 2011 Official balloting outcome[

The Election Commission on Tuesday announced the  official count of votes cast on Sunday. The voter turnout was 75 per cent and  Pheu Thai Party was declared victory grabbing 265 of 500 House seats,  comprising 61 party-list seats via proportionate vote and 204 constituency
seats via direct vote.
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/2011/07/05/national/Official-balloting-outcome-30159554.html

3 JULY 2011

Thai opposition party wins election by  landslide

Thailand’s prime minister has conceded defeat in the  country’s elections, paving the way for Yingluck Shinawatra, the leader of the
opposition and the sister of the ousted former prime minister Thaksin  Shinawatra, to form the next government. With almost all the votes counted,  Puea Thai had won a clear majority with 263 seats out of 500, well ahead of the  ruling Democrats with 161, according to the Election Commission, which  estimated turnout at 74 per cent
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-14004755
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2011/07/2011739048966149.html
http://www.france24.com/en/20110703-yingluck-shinawatra-profile-shadow-brother-thaksin-thailand
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/specials/nationvdo/showvdo.php?id=4381&cateid=13
http://www.asianewsnet.net/home/news.php?id=19733&sec=1
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/election

 

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Afghan relics rescued from ruins, restored in Japan

A mural and clay figure unearthed at a Buddhist archaeological site in Afghanistan have been restored after they were brought to Japan because of poor security in the country
http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201805130007.html
https://www.google.fr/search?q=mural+painting+from+Mes+Aynak&tbm=isch&source=iu&ictx=1&fir=ahs6UMg5zsBXsM%253A%252CoHPGVBsINplKtM%252C_&usg=__wukgHL26AHL5FP1YeJcFg-q-THc%3D&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiygqv5lYfbAhXBbhQKHZAqAUkQ9QEwAHoECAAQNA#imgrc=ahs6UMg5zsBXsM:

 

Wars, conflicts and strategy on 15 May in Asian history

WARS, CONFLICTS AND STRATEGY ON 15 MAY IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on May 15, 2018

1817: Ambonese uprising against Dutch authority (modern Indonesia), under Thomas Matulesia (aka Kapitan Pattimura)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pattimura
https://books.google.fr/books?id=UbZiAAAAQBAJ&pg=PA110&lpg=PA110&dq=1817+Ambonese+uprising+against+Dutch+authority&source=bl&ots=YmGull14-E&sig=XXOfPXrgnpH9tT4Wlj0MMmjfCMY&hl=fr&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjphJCBqdrMAhWDshQKHUGNDFwQ6AEITjAI#v=onepage&q=1817%20Ambonese%20uprising%20against%20Dutch%20authority&f=false

1868: A last uprise of the shogunate forces take place at the site of today’s Ueno park in Tokyo. Two thousand adherents of the old Tokugawa order were devastatingly crushed by imperial troops under the leadership of Saigo Takamori, the head of the Satsuma forces, in the bloody battle of Ueno
http://wiki.samurai-archives.com/index.php?title=Battle_of_Ueno

1904: During the Russo-Japanese War, the Russian minelayer Amur lays a minefield about 15 miles off Port Arthur and sinks Japan’s battleships Hatsuse, 15,000 tons, with 496 crew and Yashima
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_battleship_Hatsuse

1932: In what is called the May 15 Incident, in an attempted coup d’état, the Japanese Prime Minister Inukai Tsuyoshi is killed by eleven young navy officers
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/May_15_incident
http://www.ndl.go.jp/portrait/e/datas/17.html

1962: Responding to communist attacks in Laos, American President Kennedy orders an immediate build up of US troops in Thailand

1972: The island of Okinawa and Senkaku (claimed by China under the name of Diaoyutai), under US military governance since 1945, are reverted to Japanese control
http://japan.stripes.com/news/remembering-reversion#sthash.DGPwUx2Y.dpbs
http://japan.kantei.go.jp/noda/statement/201205/15okinawa_e.html
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/4527.html

1988: After more than eight years of fighting in Afghanistan, the Soviet army begins its withdrawal
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/soviets-begin-withdrawal-from-afghanistan
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/4428.html

1989: Visit of Soviet Union leader Gorbatchev to China, first of a Soviet head of state since 1959. Full normalization of the relations between the two countries
http://www.nytimes.com/1989/05/16/world/gorbachev-meets-deng-in-beijing-protest-goes-on.html
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/4810.html

1991: Jiang Zemin starts the first visit of a Chinese leader to the Soviet Union since the reconciliation between the two countries
http://articles.latimes.com/1991-05-18/news/mn-1671_1_soviet-official
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/4494.html

1991-06 Jiang à Moscou

1997: The United States government acknowledges the existence of the « Secret War » in Laos and dedicates the Laos Memorial in honor of Hmong and other « Secret War » vétérans

2011: Pakistan’s parliament demand an end to US drone strikes on its territory, as well as an independent probe into the May 2 raid by US forces that killed Osama bin Laden, the al-Qaeda leader, in Abbottabad
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2011/05/201151461340733845.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/14/world/asia/14pakistan.html?_r=1&ref=asia

 

On 15 May in South Asian history

ON 15 MAY IN SOUTH ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on May 15, 2018

1817: Birth of Debendranath Tagore, Indian religious reformer, who died on December 19, 1905
http://www.thefamouspeople.com/profiles/debendranath-tagore-5816.php
http://www.thebrahmosamaj.net/founders/debendranath.html

1907: Birth of Sukhdev Thapar, Indian freedom fighters, who died on 23 March 1931
http://www.mapsofindia.com/who-is-who/history/sukhdev.html

1923: Birth of Johnny Walker, Indian actor who died on 29 July 2003
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnny_Walker_(actor)

1967: Birth of Madhuri Dixit, Indian actress
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madhuri_Dixit
http://madhuridixit-nene.com/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0RkPxC1XHg

1988: After more than eight years of fighting in Afghanistan, the Soviet army begins its withdrawal
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/soviets-begin-withdrawal-from-afghanistan
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/4428.htm

1991: Nepal premier Bhattarai resigns
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Krishna_Prasad_Bhattarai

1996: In India, the BJP arrives first in the legislative elections with 160 seats. A. B. Vajpayee is charged to form a government (he will give up on May 28)
http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/elections-1996-bjp-will-add-substantially-to-its-1991-lok-sabha-tally-opinion-poll-shows/1/281179.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_general_election,_1996

2011: Pakistan’s parliament demand an end to US drone strikes on its territory, as well as an independent probe into the May 2 raid by US forces that killed Osama bin Laden, the al-Qaeda leader, in Abbottabad
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2011/05/201151461340733845.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/14/world/asia/14pakistan.html?_r=1&ref=asia

 

 

On 15 May in Southeast Asian history

1998 manifs

ON 15 MAY IN SOUTHEAST ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on May 15, 2018

1817: Ambonese uprising against Dutch authority (modern Indonesia), under Thomas Matulesia (aka Kapitan Pattimura)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pattimura
https://books.google.fr/books?id=UbZiAAAAQBAJ&pg=PA110&lpg=PA110&dq=1817+Ambonese+uprising+against+Dutch+authority&source=bl&ots=YmGull14-E&sig=XXOfPXrgnpH9tT4Wlj0MMmjfCMY&hl=fr&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjphJCBqdrMAhWDshQKHUGNDFwQ6AEITjAI#v=onepage&q=1817%20Ambonese%20uprising%20against%20Dutch%20authority&f=false

1851: Mongkut, born on 18 October 1804, king of Siam since 1st April is crowned as Rama IV. He died on 1st October 1868
http://tudtu.tripod.com/rama4.html

1893 : Birth of Jose Nepomuceno, father of the Philippine cinema who died on December 1, 1959
http://pelikulaatbp.blogspot.fr/2008/09/jose-nepomuceno-father-of-rp-movies.html
https://kahimyang.com/kauswagan/articles/1129/today-in-philippine-history-may-15-1893-jose-nepomuceno-was-born-in-manila http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1046277/
http://su.diva-portal.org/smash/get/diva2:200615/FULLTEXT01.pdf

1942: Birth of Yusuf Kalla, vice-president of Indonesia and chairman of Golkar Party (2004-2009)http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jusuf_Kalla

1946: Birth of Nguyen Van Ly, Vietnamese dissident priest
http://www.freedom-now.org/campaign/father-thadeus-nguyen-van-ly/

1962: Responding to communist attacks in Laos, American President Kennedy orders an immediate build up of US troops in Thailand

1966: Death of Titien Sumarni, Indonesian actress, born on December 28, 1932
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Titien_Sumarni

1966: After a policy dispute, Prime Minister Nguyen Cao Ky of South Vietnam’s ruling junta launches a military attack on the forces of General Ton That Dinh, forcing him to abandon his command
http://www.vietnamwar.net/Ky.htm
http://nguyentin.tripod.com/ttdinh-2.htm

1987: Birth of Jennylyn Mercado, Filipina actress and singer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jennylyn_Mercado

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5tAHshDqNuo

1997: The United States government acknowledges the existence of the « Secret War » in Laos and dedicates the Laos Memorial in honor of Hmong and other « Secret War » veterans

1998: In Indonesia, around 470 are killed in arsons on malls set by demonstrators. The strong Fosgoro faction in the Golkar asks President Suharto to resign
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/May_1998_riots_of_Indonesia

1998 manifs

2013: Taiwan recalls its envoy to the Philippines and announces it has frozen the hiring of Philippine workers to protest against the killing of a Taiwanese fisherman, rejecting an apology over the incident as inadequate.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/05/201351544057410475.ht

2014: At least five Vietnamese people and 16 others described as Chinese have been killed in the latest incident of rioting as tension between Beijing and Vietnam escalates over the disputed territory in the South China Sea
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/05/dozens-killed-vietnam-anti-china-protests-201451524632499784.html
http://www.euronews.com/2014/05/15/vietnam-mobs-set-fire-to-foreign-factories-in-anti-china-protest/
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/15/chinese-nationals-vietnam-riots-cambodia

 2014: Three people are killed and more than 20 others injured in an attack on an anti-government protest camp in the Thai capital
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27419558
http://www.euronews.com/2014/05/15/thailand-interim-pm-flees-meeting-at-least-3-killed-in-bangkok-protests/

2015: Pich Tum Kravel, Cambodian Actor, Arts Patron, dies at 71
http://www.akp.gov.kh/?p=62422
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/pich-tum-kravel-actor-and-arts-patron-dies-at-71-83811/

On 15 May in Japan’s history

ON 15 MAY IN JAPAN’S HISTORY

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Updated on May 15, 2018

1036: Death of Go-Ichijo, 68th emperor of Japan (1016-1036), born on 12 October 1008
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Go-Ichij%C5%8D

1585: Death of Niwa Nagahide, Japanese warlord, born on 16 October 1535
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Niwa_Nagahide

1868: A last uprise of the shogunate forces take place at the site of today’s Ueno park in Tokyo. Two thousand adherents of the old Tokugawa order were devastatingly crushed by imperial troops under the leadership of Saigo Takamori, the head of the Satsuma forces, in the bloody battle of Ueno
http://wiki.samurai-archives.com/index.php?title=Battle_of_Ueno

1904: During the Russo-Japanese War, the Russian minelayer Amur lays a minefield about 15 miles off Port Arthur and sinks Japan’s battleships Hatsuse, 15,000 tons, with 496 crew and Yashima
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_battleship_Hatsuse

1911: Three hundred three Chinese and five Japanese immigrants are killed in the Torreón massacre when the forces of the Mexican Revolution take the city of Torreón
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Torre%C3%B3n_massacre
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/15225039

1911-05-15 Massacre à Torreon Mexique

1922: Birth of Jakucho Setouchi, Japanese writer and Buddhist nun
http://www.booksfromjapan.jp/authors/item/909-jakucho-setouchi

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yy02WyAn1p8

1932: In what is called the May 15 Incident, in an attempted coup d’état, the Japanese Prime Minister Inukai Tsuyoshi is killed by eleven young navy officers
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/May_15_incident
http://www.ndl.go.jp/portrait/e/datas/17.html

1972: The island of Okinawa and Senkaku, under US military governance since 1945, are reverted to Japanese control
http://japan.stripes.com/news/remembering-reversion#sthash.DGPwUx2Y.dpbs
http://japan.kantei.go.jp/noda/statement/201205/15okinawa_e.html
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/4527.html

1982: Birth of Tatsuya Fujiwara, Japanese actor
http://wiki.d-addicts.com/Fujiwara_Tatsuya

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sEKVAzKiIvw

2014: Death of Norifumi Suzuki, Japanese director and screenwriter, born on November 26, 1933
http://www.wikiwand.com/en/Norifumi_Suzuki#
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0840651/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4urEFOXPpIo

 

 

On 15 May in Chinese history, Hong Kong and Taiwan

ON 15 MAY IN CHINESE HISTORY, HONG KONG AND TAIWAN

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Updated on May 15, 2018

221: Liu Bei, Chinese warlord, proclaims himself emperor of Shu Han kingdom, the successor of the Han dynasty
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liu_Bei#Establishing_the_Shu_regime
https://www.travelchinaguide.com/intro/history/three_kingdoms/liubei.htm
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shu_Han

221-05-15 Liu Bei se proclame empereur

1904: During the Russo-Japanese War, the Russian minelayer Amur lays a minefield about 15 miles off Port Arthur and sinks Japan’s battleships Hatsuse, 15,000 tons, with 496 crew and Yashima
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_battleship_Hatsuse

1911: Three hundred three Chinese and five Japanese immigrants are killed in the Torreón massacre when the forces of the Mexican Revolution take the city of Torreón
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Torre%C3%B3n_massacre
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/15225039

1911-05-15 Massacre à Torreon Mexique

1938: Death of Cao Kun, Chinese military leader of the Zhili clique in the Beiyang Army, born on December 12, 1862
http://www.wikiwand.com/en/Cao_Kun

1967: In China, during the Cultural Revolution, the Foreign ministry is occupied by leftists who started to attack Prime Minister Zhou Enlai

1972: The island of Okinawa and Senkaku (claimed by China under the name of Diaoyutai), under US military governance since 1945, are reverted to Japanese control
http://japan.stripes.com/news/remembering-reversion#sthash.DGPwUx2Y.dpbs
http://japan.kantei.go.jp/noda/statement/201205/15okinawa_e.html
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/4527.html

1989: Visit of Soviet Union leader Gorbatchev to China, first of a Soviet head of state since 1959. Full normalization of the relations between the two countries
http://www.nytimes.com/1989/05/16/world/gorbachev-meets-deng-in-beijing-protest-goes-on.html
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/4810.htm

1991: Jiang Zemin starts the first visit of a Chinese leader to the Soviet Union since the reconciliation between the two countries
http://articles.latimes.com/1991-05-18/news/mn-1671_1_soviet-official
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/4494.html

1991-06 Jiang à Moscou

1999 : Edmund Ho Hau Wah is elected by the Selection Committee for the Chief Executive for the Macau Special Administrative Region (SAR). He will be formally sworn in at the establishment of the Macau Special Administrative Region on 20 December
http://wong_a.tripod.com/1exe.htm
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/4468.html

2013: Taiwan recalls its envoy to the Philippines and announces it has frozen the hiring of Philippine workers to protest against the killing of a Taiwanese fisherman, rejecting an apology over the incident as inadequate
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/05/201351544057410475.ht

 

On 15 May in Asian history

ON 15 MAY IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on May 15, 2018

221: Liu Bei, Chinese warlord, proclaims himself emperor of Shu Han kingdom, the successor of the Han dynasty
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liu_Bei#Establishing_the_Shu_regime
https://www.travelchinaguide.com/intro/history/three_kingdoms/liubei.htm
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shu_Han

221-05-15 Liu Bei se proclame empereur

1036: Death of Go-Ichijo, 68th emperor of Japan (1016-1036), born on 12 October 1008
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Go-Ichij%C5%8D

1585: Death of Niwa Nagahide, Japanese warlord, born on 16 October 1535
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Niwa_Nagahide

1817: Ambonese uprising against Dutch authority (modern Indonesia), under Thomas Matulesia (aka Kapitan Pattimura)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pattimura
https://books.google.fr/books?id=UbZiAAAAQBAJ&pg=PA110&lpg=PA110&dq=1817+Ambonese+uprising+against+Dutch+authority&source=bl&ots=YmGull14-E&sig=XXOfPXrgnpH9tT4Wlj0MMmjfCMY&hl=fr&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjphJCBqdrMAhWDshQKHUGNDFwQ6AEITjAI#v=onepage&q=1817%20Ambonese%20uprising%20against%20Dutch%20authority&f=false

1817: Birth of Debendranath Tagore, Indian religious reformer, who died on December 19, 1905
http://www.thefamouspeople.com/profiles/debendranath-tagore-5816.php
http://www.thebrahmosamaj.net/founders/debendranath.html

1851: Mongkut, born on 18 October 1804, king of Siam since 1st April is crowned as Rama IV. He died on 1st October 1868
http://tudtu.tripod.com/rama4.html

1868: A last uprise of the shogunate forces take place at the site of today’s Ueno park in Tokyo. Two thousand adherents of the old Tokugawa order were devastatingly crushed by imperial troops under the leadership of Saigo Takamori, the head of the Satsuma forces, in the bloody battle of Ueno
http://wiki.samurai-archives.com/index.php?title=Battle_of_Ueno

1893 : Birth of Jose Nepomuceno, father of the Philippine cinema who died on December 1, 1959
http://pelikulaatbp.blogspot.fr/2008/09/jose-nepomuceno-father-of-rp-movies.html
https://kahimyang.com/kauswagan/articles/1129/today-in-philippine-history-may-15-1893-jose-nepomuceno-was-born-in-manila
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1046277/
http://su.diva-portal.org/smash/get/diva2:200615/FULLTEXT01.pdf

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZVkLlnvUW84

1904: During the Russo-Japanese War, the Russian minelayer Amur lays a minefield about 15 miles off Port Arthur and sinks Japan’s battleships Hatsuse, 15,000 tons, with 496 crew and Yashima
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_battleship_Hatsuse

1907: Birth of Sukhdev Thapar, Indian freedom fighters, who died on 23 March 1931
http://www.mapsofindia.com/who-is-who/history/sukhdev.html

1911: Three hundred three Chinese and five Japanese immigrants are killed in the Torreón massacre when the forces of the Mexican Revolution take the city of Torreón
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Torre%C3%B3n_massacre
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/15225039

1911-05-15 Massacre à Torreon Mexique

1922: Birth of Jakucho Setouchi, Japanese writer and Buddhist nun
http://www.booksfromjapan.jp/authors/item/909-jakucho-setouchi

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yy02WyAn1p8

1923: Birth of Johnny Walker, Indian actor who died on 29 July 2003
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnny_Walker_(actor)

1932: In what is called the May 15 Incident, in an attempted coup d’état, the Japanese Prime Minister Inukai Tsuyoshi is killed by eleven young navy officers
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/May_15_incident
http://www.ndl.go.jp/portrait/e/datas/17.html

1938: Death of Cao Kun, Chinese military leader of the Zhili clique in the Beiyang Army, born on December 12, 1862
http://www.wikiwand.com/en/Cao_Kun

1942: Birth of Yusuf Kalla, vice-president of Indonesia and chairman of Golkar Party (2004-2009)http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jusuf_Kalla

1946: Birth of Nguyen Van Ly, Vietnamese dissident priest
http://www.freedom-now.org/campaign/father-thadeus-nguyen-van-ly/

1962: Responding to communist attacks in Laos, American President Kennedy orders an immediate build up of US troops in Thailand

1966: Death of Titien Sumarni, Indonesian actress, born on December 28, 1932
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Titien_Sumarni

1966: After a policy dispute, Prime Minister Nguyen Cao Ky of South Vietnam’s ruling junta launches a military attack on the forces of General Ton That Dinh, forcing him to abandon his command
http://www.vietnamwar.net/Ky.htm
http://nguyentin.tripod.com/ttdinh-2.htm

1967: In China, during the Cultural Revolution, the Foreign ministry is occupied by leftists who started to attack Prime Minister Zhou Enlai

1967: Birth of Madhuri Dixit, Indian actress
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madhuri_Dixit
http://madhuridixit-nene.com/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0RkPxC1XHg

1972: The island of Okinawa and Senkaku (claimed by China under the name of Diaoyutai), under US military governance since 1945, are reverted to Japanese control
http://japan.stripes.com/news/remembering-reversion#sthash.DGPwUx2Y.dpbs
http://japan.kantei.go.jp/noda/statement/201205/15okinawa_e.html
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/4527.html

1982: Birth of Tatsuya Fujiwara, Japanese actor
http://wiki.d-addicts.com/Fujiwara_Tatsuya

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sEKVAzKiIvw

1987: Birth of Jennylyn Mercado, Filipina actress and singer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jennylyn_Mercado

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5tAHshDqNuo

1988: After more than eight years of fighting in Afghanistan, the Soviet army begins its withdrawal
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/soviets-begin-withdrawal-from-afghanistan
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/4428.html

1989: Visit of Soviet Union leader Gorbatchev to China, first of a Soviet head of state since 1959. Full normalization of the relations between the two countries
http://www.nytimes.com/1989/05/16/world/gorbachev-meets-deng-in-beijing-protest-goes-on.html
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/4810.html

1991: Nepal premier Bhattarai resigns
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Krishna_Prasad_Bhattarai

1991: Jiang Zemin starts the first visit of a Chinese leader to the Soviet Union since the reconciliation between the two countries
http://articles.latimes.com/1991-05-18/news/mn-1671_1_soviet-official
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/4494.html

1991-06 Jiang à Moscou

1996: In India, the BJP arrives first in the legislative elections with 160 seats. A. B. Vajpayee is charged to form a government (he will give up on May 28)
http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/elections-1996-bjp-will-add-substantially-to-its-1991-lok-sabha-tally-opinion-poll-shows/1/281179.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_general_election,_1996

1997: The United States government acknowledges the existence of the « Secret War » in Laos and dedicates the Laos Memorial in honor of Hmong and other « Secret War » veterans

1998: In Indonesia, around 470 are killed in arsons on malls set by demonstrators. The strong Fosgoro faction in the Golkar asks President Suharto to resign
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/May_1998_riots_of_Indonesia

1998 manifs

1999 : Edmund Ho Hau Wah is elected by the Selection Committee for the Chief Executive for the Macau Special Administrative Region (SAR). He will be formally sworn in at the establishment of the Macau Special Administrative Region on 20 December
http://wong_a.tripod.com/1exe.htm
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/4468.html

2011: Pakistan’s parliament demand an end to US drone strikes on its territory, as well as an independent probe into the May 2 raid by US forces that killed Osama bin Laden, the al-Qaeda leader, in Abbottabad
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2011/05/201151461340733845.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/14/world/asia/14pakistan.html?_r=1&ref=asia

2013: Taiwan has recalled its envoy to the Philippines and announced it has frozen the hiring of Philippine workers to protest against the killing of a Taiwanese fisherman, rejecting an apology over the incident as inadequate
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/05/201351544057410475.ht

2014: At least five Vietnamese people and 16 others described as Chinese have been killed in the latest incident of rioting as tension between Beijing and Vietnam escalates over the disputed territory in the South China Sea
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/05/dozens-killed-vietnam-anti-china-protests-201451524632499784.html
http://www.euronews.com/2014/05/15/vietnam-mobs-set-fire-to-foreign-factories-in-anti-china-protest/
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/15/chinese-nationals-vietnam-riots-cambodia

2014: Death of Norifumi Suzuki, Japanese director and screenwriter, born on November 26, 1933
http://www.wikiwand.com/en/Norifumi_Suzuki#
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0840651/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4urEFOXPpIo

2014: Three people are killed and more than 20 others injured in an attack on an anti-government protest camp in the Thai capital
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27419558
http://www.euronews.com/2014/05/15/thailand-interim-pm-flees-meeting-at-least-3-killed-in-bangkok-protests/

2015: Pich Tum Kravel, Cambodian Actor, Arts Patron, dies at 71
http://www.akp.gov.kh/?p=62422