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On 31 October in Asian history

ON 31 OCTOBER IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on October 31, 2019

1760: Birth of Katsushika Hokusai, Japanese painter, who died on May 10, 1849
http://www.katsushikahokusai.org/
http://www.andreas.com/hokusai.html
http://www.artcyclopedia.com/artists/hokusai_katsushika.html
http://www.google.fr/search?q=Katsushika+Hokusai&hl=fr&rlz=1G1ACAW_FRFR414&biw=1366&bih=594&tbm=isch&prmd=imvnso&source=lnms&ei=dbWtTtCUC6je4QS6idnWDg&sa=X&oi=mode_link&ct=mode&cd=2&ved=0CDAQ_AUoAQ

1806: Death of Utamaro Kitagawa, Japanese painter, born in1753
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Utamaro
https://www.google.fr/search?q=Utamaro+Kitagawa&hl=fr&rlz=1G1ACAW_FRFR414&prmd=imvnso&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=Dp2NULDVMYyHhQfzhoGYDQ&ved=0CAoQ_AUoAQ&biw=1140&bih=500

1814: Beginning of the Battle of Nalapani (up to November 30),  the first battle of Anglo-Nepalese War between the East India Company and Nepal  from 1814 to 1816.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Nalapani

1814-10-31 Nalapani

1817: Ayahito (Ninko), 120th Japanese Emperor is enthroned. He will die on 21 February 1846
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Ninko_of_Japan

1864: Birth of Li Yuanhong, Chinese general and political figure during the Qing dynasty and the republican era, twice president of the Republic of China, who died on June 3, 1928
http://www.gwpda.org/bio/l/li.html

1874: Engagement between Japan and China respecting Formosa (Taiwan) after a Japanese military intervention on Taiwan
http://www.taiwandocuments.org/1874treaty.htm

1875: Birth of Vallabhbhai Patel, political and social leader of India who played a major role in the country’s struggle for independence and guided its integration into a united, independent nation, who died on December 15, 1950.
http://www.14gaam.com/history-of-sardar-vallabhbhai-patel.htm

1876: A monster cyclone ravages India, resulting in over 200,000 human deaths

1883: Death of Swami Dayananda Saraswati, important Hindu religious scholar, founder of Arya Samaj, « Society of Nobles », a Hindu reform  movement, born on February 12, 1824
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dayananda_Saraswati

1887: Birth of Chiang Kai-shek, president of the Republic of China who died on April 5, 1975
http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/historic_figures/chiang_kaishek.shtml

1916: Death of Huang Xing, Chinese revolutionary leader, militarist, and statesman, the first army commander-in-chief of the Republic of China. One of the founders of the Kuomintang (KMT) and the Republic of China, born on October 25, 1874
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Huang_Xing

1922: Birth of King Norodom Sihanouk of Cambodia who abdicated in 2004 and died in 2012
http://www.thefamouspeople.com/profiles/norodom-sihanouk-5974.php
http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1E1-SihanoukN.html

SIHANOUK1

1925: Birth of Kotayya Pratyagatma, Indian film director who died on June 8, 2001
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0695581/

1929: Birth of Yoshiki Iwama, Japanese screenwriter who died on June 13, 1999
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0412534/

1929: Birth of Fumio Watanabe, Japanese actor, who died on August 4, 2004
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0913796/

1942: Birth of Eduardo Castrillo, Filipino sculptor
http://lifestyle.inquirer.net/138769/castrillo-as-master-artist
https://www.google.fr/search?q=eduardo+castrillo&rlz=1G1ACAW_FRFR414&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=JDlxUsfHBOrV0QXQrYGACQ&sqi=2&ved=0CAcQ_AUoAQ&biw=1188&bih=585

Eduardo Castrillo

1946: Peace talks resume in Nanjing between the Communists and the Nationalists

1948: In Indonesia, anti-Dutch leader Musso is killed while attempting to escape arrest
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Musso

1949: Birth of Kenichi Kato, Japanese actor
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0441369/

1952: Death of U Chit Hlaing, Burmese politician, born in 1879
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chit_Hlaing

NPG x150726; U Chit Hlaing

1955: Birth of Eduardo V. Manalo, Filipino religious leader, Executive Minister of Iglesia ni Cristo
http://theiglesianicristo.blogspot.fr/2015/06/brother-eduardo-v-manalo-brief-biography.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eduardo_V._Manalo

1956:Birth of Christopher de Leon, Filipino actor, director, producer, and politician
http://www.pinoystop.com/bio/celebrity-profile/762/christopher-de-leon-biography
http://waytofamous.com/9044-christopher-de-leon.html

1966: Birth of Annabella Lwin, Burmese singer-songwriter and Producer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Annabella_Lwin

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iv0e3WLjKEA

1967: Nguyen Van Thieu take oath of office as 1st President of South Vietnam 2nd Republic
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nguy%E1%BB%85n_V%C4%83n_Thi%E1%BB%87u#1967_presidential_election

1967-10-31-nguyen-van-thieu-president                 

1968: Dong Biwu succeeds Liu Shaoqi as acting president of the People’s Republic of China, up to January 17, 1975
http://en.chinaculture.org/focus/focus/cities/2011-06/07/content_416212.htm

1968: Citing progress with the Paris peace talks, US President Lyndon B. Johnson announces to the nation that he has ordered a complete cessation of « all air, naval, and artillery bombardment of North Vietnam » effective November 1

1970: South president Thieu vows to never accept a coalition government
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/thieu-vows-to-never-accept-a-coalition-government

1970: Birth of Nicky Wu, Taiwanese actor and martial arts expert
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicky_Wu
http://wiki.d-addicts.com/Nicky_Wu

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9kvY006YTYE

1975: After the Khmer Rouge victory in Cambodia, join communiqué between Khmer Republic and Thailand for a pacific coexistence between the two countries

1975: Death of SD Burman, Indian musician, born on October 1, 1906
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SD_Burman

1981: Birth of Selina (Jiaxuan) Ren, member of Taiwanese girl-group S.H.E
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Selina_Ren
http://yummycelebrities.com/2007/01/20/selina-ren-she/

1984: Indira Gandhi, PM since 1966 is assassinated by two of her Sikh security guards


http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/october/31/newsid_2464000/2464423.stm
http://www.nytimes.com/learning/general/onthisday/bday/1119.html
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/31st-october-1984-prime-minister-indira-gandhi-was-assassinated
http://www.sikhtimes.com/bios_111284a.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vw15MYS9Lhg 

1990: Death of Aya Koda, Japanese writer, born on September 1, 1904
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aya_K%C5%8Dda

2000: Death of Watanabe Kazuki Japanese musician, born on April 7, 1981)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kazuki_Watanabe_(musician)

2003: Death of Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer, one of the greatest Carnatic vocalists of the twentieth century, born on July 25, 1908
http://www.frontline.in/static/html/fl2023/stories/20031121006913100.htm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TM2NQGoCBQs

2003: Mahathir bin Mohamad resigns as Prime Minister of Malaysia and is replaced by Deputy Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, marking an end to Mahathir’s 22 years in power
http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/october/31/newsid_3722000/3722980.stm

2006: Death of Amrita Pritam, Pakistani-Indian author and poet, born on August 31 1919
http://www.theguardian.com/news/2005/nov/04/guardianobituaries.india
http://www.thefamouspeople.com/profiles/amrita-pritam-5432.php
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amrita_Pritam

Amrita Pritam

2008: Gen Toshio Tamogami, head of the Japanese air force is sacked after saying in an essay that the country was not an aggressor in World War II
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7702374.stm

2009: Death of Qian Xuesen, father of the Chinese nuclear bomb, born on  December 11, 1911
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2009/nov/01/qian-xuesen-obituary
http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/evanosnos/2009/11/the-two-lives-of-qian-xuesen.html

2009: Death of former South Korean spy chief Lee Hu-rak, who brokered the signing  of a historic 1972 peace document with North Korea following a secret trip to  Pyongyang. He was 85
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/Article.aspx?aid=2911987
http://www.latimes.com/local/obituaries/la-me-lee-hu-rak1-2009nov01-story.html

2010: Hundreds of Korean family members separated for  more than half a century by the Korean War embraced each other in tearful  reunions, a day after troops exchanged gunfire in the Demilitarized Zone  dividing the countries
http://edition.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/asiapcf/10/30/nkorea.skorea.reunions/
http://www.reuters.com/news/pictures/slideshow?articleId=USRTXU7J2#a=7

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aBzliVKI8ok

2010: NATO: Coalition Forces Kill Nearly 100 Afghan Insurgents. Five NATO  troops are injured in the fighting.

2012: Firebrand Japanese conservative Shintaro Ishihara, who resigned as governor of Tokyo, has become the leader of a small right-leaning party whose lawmakers have an average age of 73.5
http://english.sina.com/world/p/2012/1113/526180.html

2012: Myanmar rejects an offer by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to open talks aimed at quelling deadly communal violence there, according to the regional bloc’s chief.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/10/2012103161130375846.html

2014: Myanmar, government opens talks with Aung San Suu Kyi on peace, reconciliation and reforms
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Myanmar,-government-opens-talks-with-Aung-San-Suu-Kyi-on-peace,-reconciliation-and-reforms-32576.html

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
http://www.sify.com/news/30-years-later-a-prime-ministers-assassination-recalled-news-columns-ok4oaudcdjieg.html

2014: India’s technology capital Bangalore will be formally known as Engaluru, eight years after the state first proposed the name change
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-29845215

2015 : Osaka mayor Toru Hashimoto’s new national party holds its inaugural ceremony with 18 Diet members from the embattled Japan Innovation Party
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/10/01/national/politics-diplomacy/hashimoto-matsui-launch-new-national-party-focused-osaka/#.WBY_KuRSNC8

2017: Japan’s Democratic Party taps Upper House member Kohei Otsuka as new party president
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/10/31/national/politics-diplomacy/dp-taps-upper-house-member-kohei-otsuka-new-party-president/#.Wfi4ZGjWw2w
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/yukio-edano-stands-up-as-the-leader-of-japans-biggest-opposition

China home affairs

31 OCTOBER 2019

19th CPC Central Committee concludes fourth plenary session

The 19th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) concluded its fourth plenary session in Beijing on Thursday with the release of a communique
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/254/236/162/1572529382176.html?newsId=111158

1 OCTOBER 2019

China anniversary: Beijing celebrations mark 70 years of Communist rule

China has celebrated 70 years of Communist party rule and its rise to global superpower status with a military parade showcasing the country’s technology, and a promise from President Xi Jinping that “no force can shake the status of this great nation”
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/oct/01/china-celebrates-70-years-military-parade-xi-jinping-hong-kong
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-49808078
https://www.euronews.com/2019/10/01/china-s-national-day-military-parade-marks-70th-anniversary-of-communist-state

14  JUNE 2019

China rises but 30 years after Tiananmen, crackdown remains taboo

Beijing has not apologised or revealed death toll, but calls for accountability increase as its global profile grows
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/06/china-rises-30-years-tiananmen-crackdown-remains-taboo-190603075028075.html

2 JUNE 2019

Tiananmen Square: China minister defends 1989 crackdown

Chinese Defence Minister Wei Fenghe, speaking at the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore on Sunday, called the seven weeks of protests by students and workers demanding democratic changes and the eradication of corruption in 1989, political « turbulence »
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-48489002
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/06/china-defends-bloody-crackdown-tiananmen-protests-190602083719934.html

30 APRIL 2019

Xi Jinping urges China’s young people to be patriotic and loyal ahead of 100th anniversary of May Fourth Movement

Fresh from a week of intensive diplomacy, President Xi Jinping  turned his attention on Tuesday (April 30)  to public relations of another kind – galvanising China’s young people
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/xi-praises-a-student-protest-in-china-that-took-place-100-years-ago
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-04-30/xi-jinping-100-years-since-student-protests-in-china/11059206

19 APRIL 2019

Beijing’s « seventh generation » of leaders emerges onto stage

This includes officials born in the 1970s.  One of them will be responsible for taking over the reigns from  Xi Jinping.  The leader can remain party secretary until 2032 and president until 2033. Ten officials seem to have an advantage in running for top party positions.  Xi’s first requirement for future leaders is « political morality »
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Beijing%27s-%22seventh-generation%22-of-leaders-emerges-onto-stage-46812.html

13 APRIL 2019

Who rules China? Representation on the NPC and Central Committee

March Madness for China watchers is the ‘Two Sessions’: the annual meetings of the National People’s Congress (NPC) and the national committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference. Yet, from scripted press conferences to rubber stamp approvals, these institutions are often dismissed as political pageantry of little significance. Recent scholarship suggests otherwise
https://www.eastasiaforum.org/2019/04/13/who-rules-china-representation-on-the-npc-and-central-committee/

3 MARCH 2019

China wants to make the Communist Party ‘cool’ again with digital propaganda, but is it working?

Mr Xi has told media organisations to prioritise delivering news to mobile platforms like the hugely popular WeChat mobile app, which also allows independent users to set up news accounts
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-03-02/china-wants-to-make-the-communist-party-cool-again/10828154?section=world

12 FEBRUARY 2019

China has no use for democracy. It needs a strong leader like Xi Jinping right now: Chi Wang

Chi Wang says China has no ideological basis for the development of a system that prizes personal freedom, nor any history with the rule of law
https://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/united-states/article/2185438/china-has-no-use-democracy-it-needs-strong

15 JANUARY 2019

The Patriarchy Strikes Back in China

Attempts to crush feminists and labor activists linking up show what the Communist Party fears most
https://foreignpolicy.com/2019/01/15/the-patriarchy-strikes-back-in-china/

6 JANUARY 2019

China’s Xi Jinping begins his most important year at his weakest point

China’s economy has faltered in the face of US President Donald Trump’s ongoing trade war, and tensions with Washington have spread to political and military issues
https://edition.cnn.com/2019/01/05/asia/xi-jinping-2019-year-intl/index.html

19 NOVEMBER 2018

China under Xi Jinping

Xi Jinping is widely viewed as the strongest leader China has had since Deng Xiaoping or Mao Zedong. But six years into his perhaps indefinite tenure, what has Xi actually accomplished? And where might China be headed under his rule?
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2018/11/19/china-under-xi-jinping/

23 OCTOBER 2018

China opens world’s longest sea bridge from Hong Kong to mainland

Chinese President Xi Jinping presided over a ceremony in Zhuhai to open the 55-kilometre-long bridge, which links the city to the semi-autonomous regions of Hong Kong and Macau
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-45937924
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-10-23/china-worlds-longest-sea-bridge-hong-kong-macau/10420468
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/132/91/58/1540257442385.html?newsId=51455

8 OCTOBER 2018

Interpol chief Meng Hongwei under investigation for bribery, China says

Former Interpol chief Meng Hongwei is under investigation for suspected bribery, China’s Ministry of Public Security said in a statement on its website on Monday (Oct 8)
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/oct/08/china-accuses-detained-interpol-chief-meng-hongwei-of-bribery
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/10/08/china-claims-detained-former-interpol-chief-accepted-bribes/

5 OCTOBER 2018

Interpol chief Meng Hongwei goes missing on China visit

Police in France have opened an investigation into the whereabouts of the president of Interpol after his wife reported that he had gone missing after travelling home to his native China
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/10/interpol-chief-meng-hongwei-missing-china-visit-181005142103765.html
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/2167213/french-police-launch-hunt-missing-chinese-head-interpol-meng
https://www.foxnews.com/world/missing-interpol-president-deeply-rooted-in-chinas-security

30 AUGUST 2018

After Communist Party summer retreat, Xi Jinping is sticking to his policies

President has held at least four high-level meetings since the Beidaihe session wrapped up, but analysts say there are no signs of any big changes
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2161908/after-communist-party-summer-retreat-xi-jinping

2 JULY 2018

The Chinese Communist Party has 89.6m members

The Communist Party of China (CPC) had 89.56 million members with 4.57 million primary-level Party organizations at the end of 2017, the Organization Department of the CPC Central Committee announced Saturday
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/181/252/208/1530421848915.html

4 APRIL 2018

Bibles pulled from China’s online bookstores as Beijing releases white paper on religious policy

Bibles have reportedly been pulled from sale through online bookstores across China, sparking confusion and outrage from frustrated Chinese-Christians on social media amid a tenuous split between the Vatican and Beijing
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-04-04/bibles-allegedly-pulled-from-chinas-online-book-stores/9616560?section=world
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/04/04/china-cracks-sale-bible-amid-vatican-talks/

19 MARCH 2018

China’s new cabinet members endorsed

13th National People’s Congress (NPC), China’s national legislature, held the seventh plenary meeting of its first session Monday morning and endorsed the new lineup of the State Council. 
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/181/204/226/1521456648343.html
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/npc-2018-whos-who-in-chinas-cabinet

18 MARCH 2018

China’s parliament gives Premier Li second term

China’s parliament gave Premier Li Keqiang a second five-year term on Sunday (Mar 18), but he faces a tenure deeper in the shadow of the country’s powerful leader Xi Jinping
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china-s-parliament-gives-premier-li-second-term-10053894
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/76/175/135/1521366927159.html

17 MARCH 2018

Xi Jinping gets second term, with ally Wang Qishan as vice-president

China’s legislature formally endorsed Xi Jinping’s second five-year presidential term on Saturday, and voted in Wang Qishan as the country’s new vice-president
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2137615/wang-qishan-chinas-new-vice-president-after
http://www.france24.com/en/20180317-china-xi-jinping-reappointed-second-term-president
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-43440877

15 MARCH 2018

New vice-chairpersons of 13th CPPCC National Committee

A total of 24 people were elected vice-chairpersons of the 13th National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) at a plenary meeting of its first session on Wednesday
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/171/57/30/1521108753889.html

14 MARCH 2018

Wang Yang elected chairman of China’s top political advisory body

Wang Yang was elected chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), the top political advisory body, Wednesday afternoon
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/28/235/75/1521018096117.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2137217/wang-yang-down-earth-liberal-taking-chinas-top-advisory

11 MARCH 2018

China’s Congress votes to abolish presidential term limits, allowing Xi Jinping to rule indefinitely

China’s Congress has passed a constitutional amendment that removes presidential term limits, allowing President Xi Jinping to remain in office indefinitely and confirming his status as the country’s most powerful leader since Mao Zedong died more than 40 years ago
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-03-11/china-abolishes-presidential-term-limits/9537166?section=world
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-43361276
http://www.euronews.com/2018/03/11/china-s-parliament-lifts-time-limit-on-presidency

27 FEBRUARY 2018

7 things you need to know about lifting term limits for Xi Jinping

At this point, there are more questions than answers about what this means for China, and for other countries. I will pose some of the major questions below and offer best guesses on the answers
https://www.brookings.edu/blog/order-from-chaos/2018/02/27/7-things-you-need-to-know-about-lifting-term-limits-for-xi-jinping/

25 FEBRUARY 2018

Chinese Communist Party proposes removal of two-term limit for president

China’s ruling Communist Party on Sunday set the stage for President Xi Jinping to stay in office indefinitely, with a proposal to remove a constitutional clause limiting presidential service to just two terms in office
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/china-proposes-removal-of-two-term-limit-for-president-15476
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/feb/25/xi-jinping-to-cement-his-power-with-plan-scrap-two-term-limit-china
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/36/130/32/1519553491398.html

26 JANUARY 2018

Ma Zhaoxu: China’s next man at the UN

Former foreign ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu will become China’s ambassador to the United Nations headquarters in New York, one of the country’s most prestigious overseas posts, according to diplomatic sources
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/world/2018/01/672_242839.html

27 DECEMBER 2017

The Chinese Dream’ and Xi Jinping’s power politics in 2017

China’s leader Xi Jinping ends 2017 in an unassailable position of power, having consolidated his grip over the Communist Party and state. Xi’s ultimate goal is to transform China into a global superpower
http://www.dw.com/en/the-chinese-dream-and-xi-jinpings-power-politics-in-2017/a-41941966

22 NOVEMBER 2017

China’s new military leaders

The new CMC membership is stacked with Xi’s favoured generals. While the two CMC deputies — Xu Qiliang and Zhang Youxia — share a long history with Xi, the remaining members either served in the former Nanjing Military Region, which encompassed Xi’s former Fujian and Zhejiang strongholds, or have been groomed for higher office since Xi assumed the CMC leadership
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/11/22/chinas-new-military-leaders/

29 OCTOBER 2017

Xi ally Li Qiang named Shanghai party boss — Xinhua

Li Qiang, an ally of Chinese President Xi Jinping, has been named the top Communist Party official in Shanghai, replacing Han Zheng who last week joined the elite Politburo Standing Committee, the official Xinhua News Agency said on Sunday
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/china/xi-ally-li-qiang-named-shanghai-party-boss-xinhua-1.2114840
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/chinas-leadership-changes-who-is-li-qiang-new-party-chief-of-shanghai

25 OCTOBER 2017

China congress: No heir apparent as Xi reveals top leadership

China has revealed its new senior leadership committee, breaking with tradition by not including a clear successor to President Xi Jinping (see the full list of new leaders)
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-41743804
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-10-25/meet-president-xi-jinping-new-leadership-team/9086372?section=world
http://www.chinadailyhk.com/articles/101/76/75/1508905872099.html
http://www.ecns.cn/2017/10-25/278369.shtml

24 OCTOBER 2017

What China’s elevation of President Xi Jinping to the Communist pantheon means for the superpower’s future

China’s Communist Party votes to enshrine President Xi Jinping’s ideology in its constitution, making him the country’s most powerful leader since chairman Mao Zedong
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/xi-jinping-china-communist-party-constitutional-amendment-ideology-enshrined-superpowers-future-mao-a8017111.html
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2017-10-24/xi-jinping-becomes-most-powerful-chinese-leader-since-mao-has-name-added-to-constitution/1711526
http://www.dw.com/en/chinas-communist-party-boosts-xi-jinpings-status/av-41092174

19 OCTOBER 2017

One-man rule? China’s Xi Jinping consolidates grip on power

Xi is already China’s most powerful leader in decades, but could he use the world’s biggest political party and its 89 million members to cement that grip and stay in power beyond the customary two terms? And to what end? A 42mn video debate
http://www.france24.com/en/20171018-debate-china-one-man-rule

18 OCTOBER 2017

Xi Jinping delivers report to CPC 19th congress, stressing socialism with Chinese characteristics in new era

Xi Jinping called on all members of the Communist Party of China (CPC) to « secure a decisive victory in building a moderately prosperous society in all respects and strive for the great success of socialism with Chinese characteristics for a new era
http://www.ecns.cn/2017/10-18/277457.shtml
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2115858/key-points-xis-speech-chinas-communist-party-congress
http://live.china.org.cn/2017/10/17/opening-ceremony-of-the-19th-cpc-national-congress/

29 SEPTEMBER 2017

Communist Party expels former high-flyer Sun Zhengcai in countdown to key congress

Former political star Sun Zhengcai has been expelled from China’s Communist Party and will face prosecution, state media reported on Friday – two months after his shock downfall and just weeks before a key five-yearly leadership reshuffle
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2113438/chinas-communist-party-expels-former-political-high
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170929_33/
http://chinaplus.cri.cn/news/china/9/20170929/33348.html

25 SEPTEMBER 2017

What is Xi Jinping thought?

At the next Congress, Xi Jinping’s thinking will be included in the party’s constitution, just like Mao Zedong’s was. But this thought seems only to be made of rhetoric, nationalism, and an emphasis on China’s greatness. Xi’s much-vaunted contribution to Chinese-style communism tends to stop reforms to maintain power in the hands of the party and his own
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/What-is-Xi-Jinping-thought-41877.html

16 AUGUST 2017

Xi loyalists grab the reins of pivotal projects

Chinese President Xi Jinping is giving close allies full control over two signature projects that promise to help him achieve total political supremacy: the Belt and Road Initiative and the remodeling of Beijing
https://asia.nikkei.com/Features/China-up-close/Xi-loyalists-grab-the-reins-of-pivotal-projects?page=1

7 AUGUST 2017

What to expect from Xi Jinping’s Communist Party congress power play

 When Xi Jinping took the helm of China’s ruling Communist Party in late 2012 he had few trusted allies by his side or loyal aides at his command
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2104492/how-chinas-leader-building-team-communist-party

30 JULY 2017

China marks army’s 90th anniversary in huge military parade

President Xi Jinping has overseen a large-scale military parade in a show of force to mark the 90th anniversary of the People’s Liberation Army. Xi urged the army to « unswervingly stick to » the Communist Party
https://www.scmp.com/video/china/2104637/xi-jinping-oversees-parade-celebrate-plas-90th-anniversary
http://www.aljazeera.com/video/news/2017/07/china-marks-armys-90th-anniversary-huge-military-parade-170730110920587.html
http://www.dw.com/en/chinas-xi-wants-world-class-army-to-beat-all-enemies/a-39890302

21 JULY 2017

Chinese Communist Party threatens to punish members if they are religious

The party remains concerned about the enduring issue. “Party members should be firm Marxist atheists, obey Party rules and stick to the Party’s faith,” one official writes. They should not be “allowed to seek value and belief in religion”
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Communist-Party-threatens-to-punish-members-if-they-are-religious-41348.html

27 JUNE 2017

China passes tough new national intelligence law

China’s legislature passed a new national intelligence law on Tuesday (June 27) after an unusually brief round of discussions, granting authorities new powers to monitor suspects, raid premises, seize vehicles and devices and operate overseas
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/china-passes-tough-new-national-intelligence-law

10 APRIL 2017

Beijing offers chinese spy-hunters cash rewards for amateur counter-espionage

China’s Ministry of State Security pledged to pay Chinese citizens 500,000 yuan (about 72,000 dollars) for providing the authorities with any information on espionage activities in the country
https://sputniknews.com/asia/201704101052495103-china-security-intelligence-foreign-spies-reward/
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2086308/whistle-blowers-wanted-beijingers-urged-report-foreign

3 APRIL 2017

New Party chiefs named in 4 Chinese provinces

The central leadership has named new Party chiefs in four provinces in the latest reshuffle of provincial leadership ahead of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China later this year
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2017-04/03/content_15595120.html

2 MARCH 2017

Is Xi Jinping’s political ambition bad for China?

It is an important year for Chinese President Xi Jinping, who is consolidating his influence for long-term control of the Communist Party. But China expert Willy Lam explains why Xi’s ambition may be bad for the country
http://www.dw.com/en/is-xi-jinpings-political-ambition-bad-for-china/a-37785583

7 NOVEMBER 2016

China’s finance minister Lou Jiwei steps down, former tax chief to take role

Finance Minister Lou Jiwei, who has been struggling in recent years to tackle the country’s huge debt problems, is stepping down as he approaches retirement age
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/economy/article/2043588/chinas-finance-minister-lou-jiwei-steps-down-former-tax-chief
http://www.atimes.com/article/finance-minister-lou-jiwei-among-three-replaced-reshuffle/

2 NOVEMBER 2016

China’s Xi condemns ‘cliques’ and ‘conspiracies’ within party

China’s President Xi Jinping condemned « cliques », « conspiracies » and « fraud » within upper echelons of the Communist Party and said there were urgent problems to be addressed, state media reported on Wednesday
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china-s-xi-condemns-cliques-and-conspiracies-within-party/3256568.html

27 OCTOBER 2016

President Xi Jinping named as Chinese Communist Party’s ‘core’ leader

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has formally named President Xi Jinping as the “core” of the party leadership, a title that carries deep political meaning and is set to shape the power play in the run-up to a leadership reshuffle next year
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2040675/chinese-communist-party-expands-xi-jinpings-political
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-10/27/content_15517241.html
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20161027_36/

4 OCTOBER 2016

Xi Jinping may delay picking China’s next leader, stoking speculation

The Chinese president, Xi Jinping, appears prepared to defy the Communist Party’s established script for transferring power and delay the designation of his successor until after a party congress next year, unsettling the party elite and stirring speculation that he wants to prolong his tenure
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/05/world/asia/china-president-xi-jinping-successor.html?smid=li-share

24 JULY 2016

China unveils world’s largest amphibious Aircraft

China has completed production of the world’s largest amphibian aircraft, AG600, that it plans to use to fight forest fires and perform marine rescue operations
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/246105739
http://english.chinamil.com.cn/news-channels/today-headlines/2016-07/24/content_7171059.htm

30 JUNE 2016

CPC has nearly 89 million members

The Communist Party of China (CPC) had 88.758 million members at the end of 2015, according to figures revealed by the Organization Department of the CPC Central Committee on Thursday
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-06/30/content_15456545.html

18 JUNE 2016

‘Rebel’ China village chief arrested for corruption

The chief of a village that became a symbol of resistance against corruption has been arrested for allegedly accepting bribes, Chinese authorities said Saturday, as a large police operation moved in to head off dissent
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/rebel-china-village-chief-arrested-corruption#sthash.7CMUpKsE.dpuf
http://www.dw.com/en/chinese-police-block-wukan-village-ahead-of-anti-corruption-protests/a-19340037
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160618_24/

16 MAY 2016

Beijing carefully ignores anniversary of violent Cultural Revolution

It has been 50 years since the spark that touched off China’s volatile period of mass collectives and student uprising. Beijing did not mark the occasion, and clamped down on social media discussions of the event
http://www.dw.com/en/beijing-carefully-ignores-anniversary-of-violent-cultural-revolution/a-19260230
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-36299692
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/05/china-cultural-revolution-50-media-blackout-160516050538313.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-36284297

21 APRIL 2016

 China’s Xi moves to take more direct command over military

Chinese President Xi Jinping has assumed a more direct role over the country’s powerful armed forces as head of its increasingly important joint operations, displaying both his strong personal authority and China’s determination to defend its interests.
https://www.yahoo.com/news/chinas-xi-moves-more-direct-command-over-military-034110933.html?nhp=1
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/chinas-xi-jinping-takes-commander-chief-military-title

25 MARCH 2016

20 arrested over letter asking for resignation of « Comrade Xi Jinping »

Chinese authorities have arrested 19 other people on charges of having participated in the publication of the open letter calling on President Xi Jinping to resign. The total number of detentions now stands at 20: Jia Jia the reporter, the first to be detained, appears less and less involved in the matter and his release is expected
http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-china-blog-35897905
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Open-letter-to-Xi-Jinping-reveals-divided-Party:-Resign,-for-your-own-good-and-the-good-of-the-nation-37011.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/03/china-widens-crackdown-xi-resignation-letter-160325182008794.html

14 DECEMBER 2015

China rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang’s trial ends amid scuffles

One of China’s most prominent human rights lawyers, Pu Zhiqiang, goes on trial over online comments critical of the ruling Communist Party, as police scuffled with supporters gathered outside the courthouse
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-35089858
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/1891126/chinese-rights-lawyer-pu-zhiqiang-rejects-charges

20 NOVEMBER 2015

Communist Party of China holds event to commemorate Hu Yaobang

The Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee held a symposium to commemorate what would have been the 100th birthday of its former general secretary Hu Yaobang on Friday at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing
http://atimes.com/2015/11/communist-party-of-china-holds-event-to-commemorate-hu-yaobang/
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/china-issues-book-commemorating-reformist-leader-hu-yaobang-062837877.html

26 OCTOBER 2015

Xi Jinping on What’s Wrong with Contemporary Chinese Culture

At the Beijing Forum on Literature and Art, President Xi Jinping spoke to a high-level audience of arts professionals about the role of arts and culture in China. The speech was given in Beijing and titled “Talks at the Forum on Literature and Art Work,”
http://www.chinafile.com/reporting-opinion/culture/xi-jinping-whats-wrong-contemporary-chinese-culture

23 OCTOBER 2015

Xi relies on ‘second red generation’ generals to maintain grip

Generals belonging to the so-called second red generation are increasingly dominant in the Chinese military, riding their parents’ coattails to power, following the purge of two top uniformed officers in President Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption campaign
http://asia.nikkei.com/Features/China-up-close/Xi-relies-on-second-red-generation-generals-to-maintain-grip

3 SEPTEMBER 2015

China military parade commemorates WW2 victory over Japan

With swarms of fighter jets and helicopters flying overhead, some 12,000 troops marched through the center of Beijing as China marked the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II with its biggest ever display of military might
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/09/02/asia/china-world-war-ii-military-parade/index.html
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/chinas-xi-jinpings-speech-commemoration-70th-anniversary-japanese-wwii-surrender
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-34125418

3 JULY 2015

Why the Communist Party’s new security law is bad news for China

From « social contradictions » to food safety, from environmental crisis to foreign religions, from the Internet to outer space, there is hardly any realm of the country’s activity that doesn’t fall under the rubric of national security risk in the new law
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/07/02/opinions/china-security-law-nicholas-bequelin/index.html

1 JULY 2015

China adopts new law on national security

China’s top legislature on Wednesday adopted a new national security law highlighting cyber security and demanding the establishment of a coordinated, efficient crisis management system.
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2015-07/01/c_134372812.htm

11 JUNE 2015

China jails former security chief Zhou Yongkang for life for bribery, corruption

China’s ex-security chief Zhou Yongkang has been jailed for life – the most senior politician to face corruption charges under Communist rule
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china-s-ex-security-chief/1908474.html
http://www.euronews.com/2015/06/11/china-s-crackdown-on-corruption-ex-security-chief-handed-life-sentence/
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-33095453

5 APRIL 2015

Late Chinese leader Zhao Ziyang can be laid to rest – a decade after death

The family of late liberal Communist Party chief Zhao Ziyang said on Sunday they had finally received approval for the burial of his ashes, a decade after his death
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1757115/late-chinese-leader-zhao-ziyang-can-be-laid-rest-decade-after-death

6 MARCH 2015

A Modern Cult of Personality? Xi Jinping Aspires To Be The Equal of Mao and Deng

Having been in office for just over two years, President Xi Jinping has already laid claim to being the third most powerful politician of post-liberation China, just after Chairman Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping
http://www.jamestown.org/single/?tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=43626&tx_ttnews%5BbackPid%5D=7&cHash=943c3fb1d23aefca0021f99432e34917#.VQH5Iu9_nmS

10 FEBRUARY 2015

Former Chinese propaganda chief Deng Liqun dies at 100

Former Chinese propaganda chief and communist hardliner Deng Liqun, a fierce critic of the economic reforms championed by late leader Deng Xiaoping, died Tuesday at the age of 100, state media reported.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/471418/former-chinese-propaganda-chief-deng-liqun-dies-at-100

30 JANUARY 2015

Chinese government attacks textbooks that promote Western values

For Education Minister Yuan Guiren, high schools and universities should shun or ban textbooks that promote « non-Chinese » values. Previously, President Xi Jinping had also attacked freedom of thought. Teachers who speak out are hounded, fired and even jailed
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Chinese-government-attacks-textbooks-that-promote-Western-values-33337.html
http://sinosphere.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/01/30/china-warns-against-western-values-in-imported-textbooks/?ref=asia&_r=0

26 JANUARY 2015

China: The Eclipse of the Politburo

Evidence suggests the Politburo Standing Committee is in decline, while the central party bureaucracy gains more clout.
http://thediplomat.com/2015/01/china-the-eclipse-of-the-politburo/

17 DECEMBER 2014

Mourners mark China leader Zhao Ziyang’s 10th death anniversary

Mourners have gathered to mark the 10th anniversary of the death of China’s purged former leader, Zhao Ziyang
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-30863571

29 DECEMBER 2014

China’s Xi calls for tighter ideological control in universities

Chinese President Xi Jinping has called for greater « ideological guidance » in China’s universities and urged the study of Marxism, state media reported on Monday, as the country tightens control on Western ideology
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/chinas-xi-calls-tighter-ideological-control-universities

8 DECEMBER 2014

Xi Jinping: the growing cult of China’s ‘Big Daddy Xi’

Xi Jinping completes two years as president in January and as he enters his third year in office a growing cult of personality is being built around the 61-year-old as he fights to stamp his authority onto the Chinese Communist Party.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/11279204/Xi-Jinping-the-growing-cult-of-Chinas-Big-Daddy-Xi.html

Zhou’s arrest affirms Xi’s grip on power: Experts

The arrest of former public security czar Zhou Yongkang and his expulsion from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) underscore President Xi Jinping’s tightening grip on power. It is also the Chinese leader’s biggest and boldest move yet in his two-year campaign to root out corruption across all ranks, experts said.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/zhous-arrest-affirms-xis-grip-power-experts

5 DECEMBER 2014

China arrests ex-security chief Zhou Yongkang

Ex-security chief Zhou Yongkang, the most senior Chinese official to be investigated for corruption, has been arrested and expelled from the Communist Party, state media report.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-30352458
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/11276723/China-arrests-former-security-chief-Zhou-Yongkang.html

3 NOVEMBER 2014

China stresses Communist party’s control over military

Anyone calling for China’s People’s Liberation Army to be loyal to the state rather than the Communist party has a « very black heart », military media said Monday, after President Xi Jinping stressed: « The party commands the gun »
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/441148/china-stresses-communist-party-control-over-military
http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2014/11/xi-emphasizes-partys-command-army/

23 OCTOBER 2014

Beijing embraces ‘rule of law with Chinese characteristics’

China’s Communist rulers declared Thursday that the country would embrace the « rule of law with Chinese characteristics », official media reported after a key party meeting touted as heralding legal reform.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/439164/beijing-embraces-rule-of-law-with-chinese-characteristics
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2014-10/23/content_15181985.html
http://english.people.com.cn/n/2014/1023/c90785-8799088.html

9 SEPTEMBER 2014

China’s ex-president drops down rankings: paper

Former Chinese leader Hu Jintao has slipped further down the Communist Party rankings, state-run media said Tuesday, as his successor Xi Jinping consolidates his authority in the one-party state
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/chinas-ex-president-drops-down-rankings-paper

25 AUGUST 2014

The Red Beatification of Xi Jinping

He is not yet one of the “saints” of the Chinese Communist Party along with Mao and Deng. But already, after less than two years in office, Xi Jinping is, to borrow a phrase from the Catholic Church, being “beatified” – given pre-sainthood status.
http://www.asiasentinel.com/politics/red-beatification-xi-jinping/

1 AUGUST 2014

Xi Jinping wants to be Mao but will not learn from the latter’s mistakes

Concentrating power in top leader of party, state and army has unleashed a flood of flattery and brought back the cult of personality that had been « abolished » after the death of the Great Helmsman. However, the new leader’s style and way of exercising power fails to heed the fact that when one rises above all others, one feels free to make blunders
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Xi-Jinping-wants-to-be-Mao-but-will-not-learn-from-the-latter’s-mistakes-31787.html

28 JULY 2014

Probes and propaganda: Xi’s double strategy to consolidate power

Under Xi Jinping, China’s government formed after the Communist Party’s 18th National Congress at the end of 2012 has adopted a double strategy to bring its control to the country’s 31 province-level governments. On the one hand, Beijing plays tough through the party’s inspection system; on the other hand, it exerts soft power softly through propaganda
http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20140728000004&cid=1101

1 JULY 2014

Xu Caihou’s Family Arrested: Was He Involved in Military Coup?

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) finally announced on June 30th that Xu caihou was expelled from the Communist Party for alleged corruption and his case handed to prosecutors for investigation. Following is earlier report on his case by http://www.ntd.tv/en/programs/news-politics/china-forbidden-news/20140630/117427-xu-caihous-family-arrested-was-he-involved-in-military-coup.html

30 JUNE 2014

Top China military official Gen Xu Caihou accused

One of China’s most senior military officials has been accused of accepting bribes and expelled from the Communist Party, state media report.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-28084886
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/418185/china-communist-party-expels-four-top-officials-over-graft

14 JUNE 2014

China official probed for ‘disciplinary violations’

Su Rong, vice-chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), is the highest-ranking official to come under investigation under President Xi Jinping, who has vowed to fight corruption
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/06/china-probes-top-politician-graft-2014614142225515823.html
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-official-probed-disciplinary-violations-media

4 JUNE 2014

China’s Tiananmen Square locked down by security forces on 25th anniversary

Authorities blanketed central Beijing with heavy security today on the 25th anniversary of the bloody military suppression of pro-democracy protests centred on Tiananmen Square, pre-empting any attempts to publicly commemorate one of the darkest chapters in recent Chinese history
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10873978/Chinas-Tiananmen-Square-locked-down-by-security-forces-on-25th-anniversary.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/413526/beijing-tightens-security-for-25th-anniversary-of-tiananmen-crackdown

3 JUNE 2014

China Defends Crackdown Ahead of Tiananmen Anniversary

China on Tuesday defended as « lawful » its detention of government critics ahead of this week’s 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown
http://www.voanews.com/content/china-cracks-down-on-critics-ahead-of-tiananmen-anniversary/1928154.html

6 MAY 2014

China detains series of dissidents ahead of 25th anniversary of Tiananmen massacre

Several dissidents disappear in Beijing and Guangzhou and a well-known lawyer is arrested on charges of « causing unrest » ahead of the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen protests
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10809825/China-detains-series-of-dissidents-ahead-of-25th-anniversary-of-Tiananmen-massacre.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/05/china-detains-prominent-human-rights-lawyer-2014569270309666.html

Six injured in knife attack at Chinese train station

At least six people have been injured in a knife attack at a station in Guangzhou, Chinese officials say
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-27289398
http://www.euronews.com/2014/05/06/china-knife-attack-wounds-six-in-guangzhou/

17 APRIL 2014

Xi Jinping ‘using purge of Chinese officials to fill key positions with allies’

Chinese President Xi Jinping plans to use a purge of senior officials suspected of corruption to put his own men and reform-minded bureaucrats into key positions across the Communist Party, the government and the military, sources said

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10772555/Xi-Jinping-using-purge-of-Chinese-officials-to-fill-key-positions-with-allies.html

14 APRIL 2014

Beijing: two more Zhou Yongkang cronies arrested

For experts and analysts, the government is trying to rid itself of former powerful « national security czar. » Zhao Miao and Yan Cunzhang, two of his associates, are the latest victims, both accused of corruption. For one observer, a « power struggle » is underway

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Beijing:-two-more-Zhou-Yongkang-cronies-arrested-30830.html

3 MARCH 2014

China Captures Remaining Suspects in Train Station Attack

China says it has captured the final three suspects in the stabbing rampage at a train station that killed 29 people and injured 143 others. Citing the Ministry for Public Security Monday, the official Xinhua news agency says the suspects who carried out the attack are part of a terrorist gang led by Abdurehim Kurban.
http://www.voanews.com/content/china-captures-remaining-suspects-in-train-station-attack/1862890.html
http://www.euronews.com/2014/03/03/china-ethnic-uighurs-say-they-are-being-harassed-after-train-station-knife-/

2 MARCH 2014

Xinjiang separatists behind deadly China rail attack: Xinhua

More than 10 assailants slashed scores of people with knives at a train station in southern China, drawing police fire, in what authorities called a terrorist assault by ethnic separatists based in the far west, state media said Sunday. Thirty-three people were killed and 130 wounded
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/china/national-news/2014/03/02/401858/China-blames.htm
http://edition.cnn.com/2014/03/02/world/asia/china-railway-attack/index.html?hpt=ias_c1

2 JANUARY 2014

Communist leaders battle to regain ‘street cred’

China’s normally reclusive leaders have been flocking onto the streets to court the masses after Xi Jinping, their commander-in-chief, scored a major propaganda coup by popping out for a bun lunch at a working man’s diner.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10546660/Communist-leaders-battle-to-regain-street-cred.html

 

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31 OCTOBER 2019

India strips Kashmir of special status and divides it in two

State taken under federal control and split into Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/oct/31/india-strips-kashmir-of-special-status-and-divides-it-in-two
https://www.oneindia.com/india/india-is-today-integrated-fully-what-changes-in-jk-and-ladakh-2969608.html?utm_source=articlepage-Slot1-1&utm_medium=dsktp&utm_campaign=similar-topic-slider
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-50233281

24 OCTOBER 2019

Ruling BJP headed for mixed results in state elections in India

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) returned to power in the western state of Maharashtra, but was falling short of a majority in the northern state of Haryana in a mixed set of results for a party that has seemed invincible
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/ruling-bjp-headed-for-mixed-results-in-state-elections-in-india
https://gulfnews.com/world/asia/india/congress-dubs-maharashtra-haryana-election-results-as-a-moral-defeat-for-bjp-1.1571931572426

13 OCTOBER 2019

Pope Francis elevates Kerala nun Mariam Thresia to sainthood at Vatican City

Mariam Thresia, who founded the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Family in Thrissur in May 1914, was raised to the highest position within the centuries-old institution during the ceremony at the St Peter’s Square
https://gulfnews.com/world/asia/india/catholics-celebrate-pope-francis-elevates-kerala-nun-mariam-thresia-to-sainthood-at-vatican-city-1.1570968047166
https://aleteia.org/2019/02/14/meet-indias-newest-recognized-saint/

2 OCTOBER 2019

India celebrates Gandhi Jayanti 150th birthday: PM Modi, President Kovind pay tribute to the Mahatma

It’s the 150th birth anniversary of The Mahatma and celebrations are being held across the country and the world. In pic: PM Modi and Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri pay homage to Mahatma Gandhi on 150th birth anniversary at the Rajghat, New Delhi
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20191002_43/
https://indianexpress.com/photos/india-news/mahatma-gandhi-jayanti-150-pm-narendra-modi-rajghat-6046875/

19 SEPTEMBER 2019

India builds detention camps for Assam ‘foreigners’

After excluding 2 million people from a citizenship list, Indian authorities in Assam are now building detention centers to incarcerate « stateless » people. DW reporter Murali Krishnan visited an under-construction camp
https://www.dw.com/en/india-builds-detention-camps-for-assam-foreigners/a-50497835

16 SEPTEMBER 2019

India arrests Kashmir leader Farooq Abdullah under controversial law as restore normal life to Kashmir, Supreme Court tells government

A senior pro-India Kashmiri politician was arrested under a controversial law that allows authorities to imprison someone for up to two years without charge or trial
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/09/india-arrests-kashmir-leader-abdullah-controversial-law-190916083339877.html
https://in.reuters.com/article/india-kashmir/restore-normal-life-to-kashmir-supreme-court-tells-government-idINKBN1W115Z?rpc=401&

12 SEPTEMBER 2019

India jailed thousands in Kashmir crackdown – official data

Authorities in India-administered Kashmir have arrested nearly 4,000 people since New Delhi took its limited autonomy last month, government data shows, the most clear evidence yet of the scale of one of the disputed region’s biggest crackdowns
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/india-jailed-thousands-in-kashmir-crackdown-official-data-29730

9 SEPTEMBER 2019

India imposes curfew after clashes in Kashmir

India imposed a curfew in several parts of the contested Kashmir region yesterday after clashes between security forces and Shi’ite Muslims taking part in a procession, officials and eyewitnesses said
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/india-imposes-curfew-after-clashes-in-kashmir
https://www.dw.com/en/india-tightens-kashmir-crackdown-with-curfew/a-50347136

7 SEPTEMBER 2019

India loses contact with spacecraft trying to land on Moon

India’s space agency has lost contact with the Chandrayaan-2 lunar lander, just as the probe was due to touch down on the moon. It is currently unclear if the mission has failed
https://www.dw.com/en/india-loses-contact-with-lunar-spacecraft/a-50334583
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-49615665

31 AUGUST 2019

India: almost 2m people left off Assam register of citizens

Almost 2 million people in north-east India face the threat of statelessness and detention after they were excluded from an official list designed to root out illegal immigrants
https://edition.cnn.com/2019/08/30/asia/assam-national-register-india-intl-hnk/index.html
https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2019/aug/31/india-almost-2m-people-left-off-assam-register-of-citizens

28 AUGUST 2019

Kashmir: India’s top court to hear challenge on special status loss

India’s Supreme Court has agreed to hear legal challenges to the Modi administration’s move to withdraw Kashmir’s special constitutional status and strip the Muslim-majority region of its autonomy
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/india-kashmir-article-370-supreme-court-challenge-modi-pakistan-a9082221.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-49493139

24 AUGUST 2019

Delegation of Indian opposition leaders turned away from Kashmir

A 12-member delegation of opposition leaders in the world’s largest democracy was turned away from the airport in Srinagar in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir after they landed there on Saturday (Aug 24) from Delhi
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/delegation-of-indian-opposition-leaders-turned-away-from-kashmir
https://www.thedailystar.net/india/rahul-gandhi-sent-back-delhi-arrival-at-srinagar-airport-1789867

16 AUGUST 2019

Protests erupt in India-administered Kashmir after Friday prayers

Protests erupted in Srinagar city of India-administered Kashmir on Friday as people took to the streets in large numbers against New Delhi’s decision of revoking its special status
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/protests-erupt-in-india-administered-kashmir-after-friday-prayers-29037

11 AUGUST 2019

Sonia Gandhi replaces son as leader of India’s opposition Congress party

India’s main opposition Congress party has selected former President Sonia Gandhi as its interim leader while it searches for a successor to her son Rahul Gandhi, who quit following a second straight election drubbing by Prime Minister Narendra Modi
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/08/sonia-gandhi-returns-lead-india-beleaguered-congress-party-190811085008139.html
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/08/11/asia-pacific/politics-diplomacy-asia-pacific/sonia-gandhi-replaces-son-leader-indias-opposition-congress-party/#.XVAvYegzY2w

10 AUGUST 2019

Article 370: Tear gas and gunfire at Kashmir protest

The BBC witnessed the police opening fire and using tear gas to disperse the crowd, despite the Indian government saying the protest never took place
https://www.bbc.com/news/av/49306816/article-370-tear-gas-and-gunfire-at-kashmir-protest
https://gulfnews.com/world/asia/india/thousands-protest-in-indian-kashmir-over-new-status-despite-clampdown-1.65724745

8 AUGUST 2019

Kashmir dispute: Hundreds detained as anger grows

Politicians, activists, business leaders and professors were reportedly among those being held in makeshift detention centres
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-49277021
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/w/over-500-arrested-in-india-since-kashmir-communications-blackout

6 AUGUST 2019

Sushma Swaraj: India’s popular former foreign minister dies

Ms Swaraj, who served as foreign minister for five years, suffered a cardiac arrest on Tuesday, the Press Trust of India said
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-49259772
https://gulfnews.com/world/asia/india/people-recall-the-kindness-of-former-indian-external-affairs-minister-sushma-swaraj-1.65683821

5 AUGUST 2019

India abolishes special status for Kashmir

India removed Kashmir’s special autonomous status from its constitution with a presidential decree on Monday. It also moved a bill to divide the Indian-administered part of Kashmir into two regions directly ruled by New Delhi
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/india-abolishes-special-status-for-kashmir-1.894616#3
https://www.dw.com/en/india-abolishes-kashmirs-autonomous-status/a-49892487
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-49231619

30 JULY 2019

Muslim practice of instant divorce made illegal in India after historic vote

The practice, which can only be implemented by men, has already been made illegal in more than 20 Muslim countries. India has followed suit after lawmakers voted 99 to 84 in favor of the new law
https://www.dw.com/en/muslim-practice-of-instant-divorce-made-illegal-in-india-after- https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/india-criminalises-islamic-instant-divorce-1.893092historic-vote/a-49816456

27 JULY 2019

India deploys 10,000 troops in insurgency-hit Kashmir

The Indian government is moving 10,000 paramilitary forces to the troubled northern state of Jammu and Kashmir to strengthen anti-insurgency operations, media reports said on Saturday (July 27)
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/india-deploys-10000-troops-in-insurgency-hit-kashmir

20 JULY 2019

Veteran Indian politician Sheila Dikshit dies at 81

Sheila Dikshit, an Indian politician who was New Delhi’s longest-serving chief minister, died after a prolonged illness. She was 81. Dikshit died Saturday at a hospital in New Delhi, where she had been admitted for treatment for a heart ailment
https://gulfnews.com/world/asia/india/sheila-dikshit-transformed-face-of-delhi-1.65340766
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/delhi/with-iron-fist-in-velvet-gloveshe-ran-both-her-govt-party/articleshow/70312256.cms

16 JULY 2019

Indian Muslims ready to give up claims on Babri mosque

Dubai: India’s more-than-a century-old flashpoint, the Ram temple-Babri mosque dispute, appears to be heading towards a resolution, Gulf News can exclusively reveal
https://gulfnews.com/world/asia/india/indian-muslims-ready-to-give-up-claims-on-babri-mosque-1.1563180589456

6 JULY 2019

Great expectations for Modi’s new term

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s resounding victory in the world’s largest democracy in the May 2019 election was expected, but not with the large margin he received
https://www.eastasiaforum.org/2019/07/05/great-expectations-for-modis-new-term/

3 JULY 2019

Rahul Gandhi quits as India opposition leader

In his resignation letter, which he tweeted on Wednesday he took responsibility for the party’s defeat in the recent general election
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-48855225

31 MAY 2019

India’s Modi begins second term as PM, Cabinet ministers sworn in

BJP president Amit Shah is the new Union Home Minister and former Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman the Finance and Corporate Affairs Minister. Former Home Minister Rajnath Singh takes over Defence and former Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar will take care of External Affairs
https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/narendra-modi-cabinet-ministers-and-portfolios/article27375561.ece?homepage=true
https://gulfnews.com/world/asia/india/cabinet-of-narendra-modi-2019-full-list-of-indian-ministers-portfolios-and-profiles-1.1559234073702

30 MAY 2019

Modi sworn in for second term as Indian prime minister

Narendra Modi has been sworn in for a second term as India’s prime minister after an overwhelming election victory for his Hindu nationalist party in a country of 1.3 billion people seeking swift economic change
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-48455829
https://www.dnaindia.com/india/pm-modi-swearing-in-live-updates-tributes-paid-to-mahatma-gandhi-vajpayee-at-national-war-memorial-2755127

 

26 MAY 2019

Narendra Modi to be sworn in as Prime Minister for second term on May 30

“The President (Ram Nath Kovind) will administer the Oath of Office and Secrecy to the Prime Minister and other members of Union Council of Ministers on 30.05.2019 at 07.00 p.m. at Rashtrapati Bhavan,” the communiqué issued by President’s press secretary Ashok Malik said.
https://zeenews.india.com/lok-sabha-general-elections-2019/narendra-modi-will-take-oath-as-prime-minister-on-may-30-at-7-pm-at-rashtrapati-bhavan-2206687.html
https://gulfnews.com/world/asia/india/narendra-modi-invited-to-form-government-by-indias-president-1.1558802690777

24 MAY 2019

India kills Kashmir’s ‘most wanted militant’ Zakir Musa

Zakir Musa, 25, was part of a new generation of young militants with large followings on social media and more affinity with global jihadist groups such as al-Qaida than with Pakistan, the traditional patron of anti-India fighters in the region
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/may/24/fears-of-unrest-after-india-kills-kashmirs-most-wanted-militant
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-48392851
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/india-kills-top-militant-in-disputed-kashmir-26944

23 MAY 2019

India elections: Rahul Gandhi concedes defeat, loses seat in family bastion

Rahul Gandhi, president of India’s main opposition Congress party, conceded on Thursday he had lost his seat in the famous family’s long-held home constituency
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/05/rahul-gandhi-loses-amethi-seat-biggest-upset-2019-polls-190523134545989.html
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/india-elections-rahul-gandhi-concedes-defeat-loses-seat-in-family-bastion

India election results 2019: Narendra Modi takes landslide win

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has secured another five-year term after winning a landslide general election victory
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-48347081
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/3011408/india-election-moment-truth-arrives-narendra-modi-and-bjp-vote

20 MAY 2019

Kashmir group seeks UN probe into torture by India troops

International rights groups accuse Indian troops of using systematic abuse and unjustified arrests to intimidate residents opposing India’s rule in disputed Kashmir. New Delhi denies its forces strategically use abuses to control the population
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/kashmir-group-seeks-un-probe-into-torture-by-india-troops-26780

15 APRIL 2019

Indian party leaders Yogi Adityanath and Mayawati banned from election trail over hate speech

India’s election watchdog on Monday banned two outspoken politicians from campaigning in the country’s national vote for making provocative speeches which it said could stir communal unrest
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/apr/15/indian-party-leaders-banned-from-election-trail-over-hate-speech
https://gulfnews.com/world/asia/india/indias-election-commission-bars-yogi-adityanath-and-mayawati-from-campaigning-1.1555320537072
http://www.newindianexpress.com/nation/2019/apr/15/after-yogi-mayawati-ec-bans-azam-maneka-from-campaigning-1964724.html

11 APRIL 2019

Who are the Naxalites and why do they boycott Indian elections?

A far-left guerrilla insurgency has exploited the grievances of marginalised tribes to wage a 50-year long battle against the state
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/who-are-the-naxalites-and-why-do-they-boycott-indian-elections-25761

5 APRIL 2019

Indian elections 2019: schedule, polls, dates and everything you need to know about the vote

Indians will begin electing a new Lok Sabha, or lower house of parliament, on April 11 in a mammoth exercise that will take more than a month to complete because of the size of the population and the country
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/indian-elections-2019-schedule-polls-dates-and-everything-you-need-to-know-about-the-vote-1.845503

2 APRIL 2019

Some 200 Hindu radicals beat nuns, devastate Catholic school in Tamil Nadu

Members of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh destroyed the Little Flower Higher Secondary School in Chinnasalem. Damages total US$ 145,000. Some women tried to strangle the nuns
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Some-200-Hindu-radicals-beat-nuns,-devastate-Catholic-school-in-Tamil-Nadu-46667.html

10 MARCH 2019

Indian Lok Sabha elections 2019: Seven phase elections to be held from 11 April-19 May, counting on 23 May

Lok Sabha elections will begin on April 11 and continue for over a month till May 19 across seven phases, followed by counting of votes on May 23, the Election Commission announced Sunday, kick-starting the countdown for a mega electoral battle where the BJP will pitch for a re-election of the Modi government amid the Opposition’s efforts for a united fight to unseat it
http://www.newindianexpress.com/nation/2019/mar/10/lok-sabha-elections-dates-announced-heres-a-ten-point-guide-to-the-election-commissions-briefing-1949316.html

14 FEBRUARY 2019

Kashmir attack: Bomb kills at least 40 soldiers in military convoy

At least 40 Indian paramilitary soldiers have been killed in a bomb attack by militants on their convoy in Indian-administered Kashmir
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-47240660
http://www.newindianexpress.com/nation/2019/feb/14/jammu-and-kashmir-18-crpf-jawans-killed-in-jaish-attack-worst-terror-strike-since-uri-1938819.html

31 JANUARY 2019

India’s jobless rate hits 45-year high, report says, in blow for Modi

An official survey that has been withheld by the government shows India’s unemployment rate rose to a 45-year high during 2017-2018, the Business Standard newspaper reported on Thursday (Jan 31), delivering a blow to Prime Minister Narendra Modi just months before what is expected to be a closely fought general election
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/indias-jobless-rate-hits-45-year-high-report-says-in-blow-for-modi
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-47068223
https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/national-sample-survey-offices-unemployment-data-confirm-crisis-on-the-ground-experts/article26141744.ece?homepage=true

28 JANUARY 2019

India politician jailed over Facebook picture of PM Narendra Modi with begging bowl

An Indian politician who posted a picture of Prime Minister Narendra Modi with a begging bowl on Facebook has been arrested, police said on Monday, in the latest example of what critics say is a clampdown on free speech
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/2184005/india-politician-jailed-over-facebook-picture-pm-narendra-modi
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/southasia/2019/01/indian-politician-jailed-facebook-post-pm-narendra-modi-190128131746935.html

8 JANUARY 2019

India’s lower house passes citizenship bill that excludes Muslims

India’s lower house of parliament has approved a bill that would grant residency and citizenship rights to non-Muslim immigrants, sparking protests that brought the country’s populous northeast to a near standstill
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/india-house-passes-citizenship-bill-excludes-muslims-190108145755215.html
https://www.thedailystar.net/world/south-asia/india-lok-sabha-passes-bill-give-citizenship-non-muslim-immigrants-1684675
https://indianexpress.com/article/north-east-india/assam/citizenship-amendment-bill-passed-in-lok-sabha-northeast-witness-violence-ridden-shutdown-5529184/

1 JANUARY 2019

Veteran Bollywood actor Kader Khan dies at 81, Bollywood loses a gem

Legendary actor, comedian, and screenwriter Kader Khan breathed his last on Tuesday after a prolonged illness at a hospital in Toronto in Canada, creating a huge void in the hearts of people who adored watching him on screen
http://zeenews.india.com/people/veteran-bollywood-actor-kader-khan-dies-at-81-bollywood-loses-a-gem-2167190.html
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/hindi/bollywood/news/writer-actor-kader-khan-passes-away/articleshow/67339985.cms

30 DECEMBER 2018

Veteran Indian film director Mrinal Sen dies at 95

A recipient of Padma Bhushan, India’s third highest civilian award, Sen is best known for films such ‘Neel Akasher Neechey’, ‘Bhuvan Shome’, ‘Ek Din Achanak’, ‘Padatik’ and ‘Mrigayaa’, was one of the most acclaimed filmmakers of the country and an ambassador of parallel cinema
https://gulfnews.com/world/asia/india/veteran-indian-film-director-mrinal-sen-dies-at-95-1.1546157365781
https://www.dnaindia.com/entertainment/photo-gallery-remembering-mrinal-sen-the-accidental-filmmaker-who-refused-to-accept-status-quo-2702197/the-accidental-filmmaker-2702199
https://www.thehindu.com/entertainment/movies/mrinal-sen-was-indian-cinemas-street-fighter/article25866137.ece?homepage=true

19 DECEMBER 2018

Indian journalist jailed for one year for criticising BJP government

An Indian journalist, Kishorechandra Wangkhem, was jailed for a year under the National Security Act (NSA) after he posted a video on Facebook criticising the current Indian government
https://gulfnews.com/world/asia/india/indian-journalist-jailed-for-one-year-for-criticising-bjp-government-1.61022753
https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/manipur-journalist-in-12-month-custody-for-targeting-bjp-pm-modi-1964694

17 DECEMBER 2018

Former Indian MP Sajjian Kumarjailed for life over 1984 Sikh massacre

Congress party’s Sajjan Kumar is most prominent figure to be convicted over mass murder
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/dec/17/sajjan-kumar-jailed-life-deadly-anti-sikh-riots-1984-india
https://gulfnews.com/world/asia/india/1984-anti-sikh-riots-case-court-sends-sajjan-kumar-to-jail-for-life-1.1545031702278

14 DECEMBER 2018

Indian court rejects graft probe into French jet deal

Court holds that there is no substance to the allegation that the government showed any « commercial favouritism » as the choice of IOP is not in government’s realm
https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/rafale-case-sc-refuses-to-intervene-in-the-jets-procurement-case/article25740682.ece?homepage=true
https://www.dw.com/en/indian-court-rejects-graft-probe-into-french-jet-deal/a-46733332

11 DECEMBER 2018

BJP loses three Indian states. For Prime Minister Modi, this is his worst setback

Elections were held in Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Telangana and Mizoram. Congress came in first in States that are key in the next Union general elections in 2019. Rural dissatisfaction played a crucial role
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/BJP-loses-three-Indian-states.-For-Prime-Minister-Modi%2C-this-is-his-worst-setback-45715.html
https://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-clear-message-to-narendra-modi-that-it-is-time-for-change-rahul-gandhi-on-assembly-poll-results-2695010
http://www.asianage.com/india/politics/111218/worst-electoral-setbacks-since-2014-assembly-losses-make-road-ahead-bumpier-for-bjp.html

9 DECEMBER 2018

Thousands of Hindu monks, activists rally in New Delhi demanding temple to be built at ruins of mosque

Thousands of Hindu monks and activists linked to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist party gathered in the Indian capital New Delhi on Sunday (Dec 9) to urge the government to build a temple at the ruins of a 16th century mosque
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/hindu-monks-activists-rally-in-new-delhi-demanding-temple-to-be-built-at-ruins-of
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/hindu-monks-activists-rally-in-new-delhi-demanding-temple-at-disputed-site-22321

29 NOVEMBER 2018

Kashmir sees its deadliest year in about a decade

According to rights groups, 535 people have been killed this year so far, which includes 246 separatist fighters, 144 Indian soldiers or police personnel and 145 civilians
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/11/kashmir-sees-deadliest-year-decade-181129152141686.html

26 NOVEMBER 2018

India marks 10 years since Mumbai terror attacks

India’s financial capital Mumbai on Monday marked the tenth anniversary of terror attacks that killed 166 people and injured hundreds more across the city. Several memorial services were held for the victims, survivors and their families at the sites of the attacks
https://www.dw.com/en/india-marks-10-years-since-mumbai-terror-attacks/a-46449000
http://www.asianage.com/india/all-india/261118/tributes-paid-to-martyrs-on-10th-anniversary-of-2611-attack.html

25 NOVEMBER 2018

Tens of thousands protest in India over Ayodhya issue

Ayodhya: Tens of thousands of Hindu hardliners rallied on Sunday to press their demand for a temple to be built at a disputed Indian holy site where an ancient mosque was razed in 1992
https://gulfnews.com/world/asia/india/tens-of-thousands-protest-in-india-over-ayodhya-issue-1.60566459
https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/vhp-dharam-sabha-in-ayodhya-ram-temple-construction-dates-to-announced-during-2019-kumbh-says-ramji-das/article25590930.ece?homepage=true
http://zeenews.india.com/india/time-for-patience-over-government-should-bring-law-for-ram-temple-rss-chief-mohan-bhagwat-2158532.html

21 NOVEMBER 2018

Jammu &Kashmir Assembly dissolved after rival alliances stake claim to form government

Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik has dissolved the state assembly as PDP supremo and former chief minister of the state and J&K’s People’s Conference leader Sajad Lone staked claim to form government in the state
http://www.asianage.com/india/politics/211118/mehbooba-mufti-stakes-claim-to-form-government-in-jammu-and-kashmir.html
https://gulfnews.com/world/asia/india/jammu-and-kashmir-assembly-assembly-dissolved-amid-claims-for-power-1.60503604

16 NOVEMBER 2018

Erasing Mughal History: BJP renames old cities

Renaming old cities increases polarization in Indian society and is a distraction from the government’s failures on real issues, experts say
http://www.atimes.com/article/erasing-mughal-history-bjp-renames-old-cities/?utm_source=The+Daily+Report&utm_campaign=87f91e4ff5-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_11_16_01_07&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1f8bca137f-87f91e4ff5-31591405

31 OCTOBER 2018

World tallest statue of India’s independence leader Sardar Patel unveiled amid protests

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday inaugurated a statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel with great pomp, and some potshots at those who have condemned the move
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/towering-statue-of-india-s-independence-leader-unveiled-amid-protests-21263
https://www.indiatoday.in/india/story/statue-of-unity-sardar-patel-statue-inauguration-1379543-2018-10-31
https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/politics/article/2171060/india-has-worlds-largest-statue-satisfying-modis-ego-still-tall

India court sentences 16 policemen to life for killing 42 Muslims in 1987 ‘Hashimpura massacre’

An Indian court on Wednesday (Oct 31) sentenced 16 police officers to life imprisonment for rounding up and massacring dozens of unarmed Muslims during historic riots in the country’s north decades ago
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/india-court-sentences-16-police-to-life-for-killing-42-muslims-in-hashimpura
https://gulfnews.com/news/asia/india/life-in-jail-for-16-policemen-in-1987-hashimpura-massacre-1.2296162

24 OCTOBER 2018

Indian PM Wins Seoul Peace Prize

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was named the winner of this year’s Seoul Peace Prize on Wednesday
http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2018/10/25/2018102501259.html
http://www.asiatimes.com.au/pm-of-india-awarded-the-2018-seoul-peace-prize/

16 OCTOBER 2018

Hindu nationalist-led state changes Muslim name of Indian city

Hindu nationalist government in Uttar Pradesh changes Muslim name of historic city from Allahabad to Prayagraj
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/oct/16/india-uttar-pradesh-allahabad-name-changed-prayagraj-muslim-hindu
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/10/india-bjp-muslim-allahabad-prayagraj-181016165504687.html

27 SEPTEMBER 2018

India’s Supreme Court strikes down sexist colonial-era law making adultery a criminal offence

India’s Supreme Court has struck down a colonial-era law that made adultery a criminal offence in certain situations, punishable by up to five years in prison
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/india-adultery-crime-supreme-court-colonial-law-raj-men-women-sexism-a8557781.html
https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/adultery-not-a-criminal-offence-as-sc-strikes-down-section-497-of-ipc/article25055245.ece?homepage=true
https://www.dailyo.in/variety/supreme-court-adultery-verdict-adultery-decriminalised-section-497-indian-penal-code/story/1/26920.html

23 SEPTEMBER 2018

India’s Modi launches ‘world’s largest’ health insurance scheme

The Indian government has launched one of the world’s largest publicly funded health insurance scheme, set to cover some 500 million poor people
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/09/india-modi-launches-world-largest-health-insurance-scheme-180923095218001.html
https://www.thestatesman.com/india/pm-modi-launches-ayushman-bharat-says-number-of-beneficiaries-equivalent-to-eus-population-1502688250.html
https://www.dw.com/en/india-launches-healthcare-plan-to-cover-500-million-people/a-45608242

29 AUGUST 2018

Nandamuri Harikrishna, TDP leader and actor, dies in road accident

Telugu film actor, senior leader of the Telugu Desam Party and former MP Nandamuri Harikrishna died in a road accident in the Nalgonda district of Telangana early on Wednesday
https://indianexpress.com/article/india/nandamuri-harikrishna-injured-in-accident-shifted-to-hospital-5330105/
https://gulfnews.com/news/asia/india/indian-actor-politician-harikrishna-dies-in-road-accident-1.2272493

16 AUGUST 2018

Former Indian prime minister Vajpayee dead at 93

Statesman and pragmatist, orator and poet, a man of peace and conviction. Atal Bihari Vajpayee was a towering nationalist who softened the often sharp edge of his party’s politics with sophisticated inclusiveness, earning him the sobriquet “ajaat shatru” or the man with no enemies
http://www.freepressjournal.in/india/atal-bihari-vajpayee-pragmatist-orator-and-statesman-who-went-beyond-bjps-nationalist-political-agenda/1336734
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-25123943
https://www.livemint.com/Politics/AHuMAy9aPpD6ldi3fTzGzM/Vajpayee-the-man-who-found-India-its-place-among-nations.html

15 AUGUST 2018

India will send manned flight into space by 2022, PM Modi declares in Independence Day speech

India will launch its first manned space mission by 2022 and roll out a health insurance scheme from September, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Wednesday in his last Independence Day speech ahead of next year’s general election
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/2159770/modi-says-india-will-send-manned-flight-space-2022
https://www.dw.com/en/indias-modi-announces-manned-space-mission-health-care-scheme-for-millions/a-45087034
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/08/15/asia/india-manned-space-flight-intl/index.html

7 AUGUST 2018

Karunanidhi, Indian political icon and DMK leader, dies at 94

Karunanidhi, five-time Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and DMK president for nearly 50 years, died at 6.10 p.m. on Tuesday after battling illness for 11 days at the Kauvery Hospital in Chennai. Affectionately called Kalaignar(artiste and man of letters) by followers, he was 94
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/08/07/asia/muthuvel-karunanidhi-intl/index.html
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-45093900
https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/kalaignar-m-karunanidhi-dravidian-stalwart-passes-away/article24624489.ece?homepage=true

30 JULY 2018

4 million people in India’s Assam state excluded from national register

India has stripped four million people of citizenship in the northeastern state of Assam under a controversial draft citizenship list that has sparked fears of deportation of largely Bengali-speaking Muslims
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/4-million-people-in-india-s-assam-state-excluded-from-national-register-19244
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/07/30/india-strips-four-million-people-citizenship-assam-modis-bjp/
https://www.livemint.com/Politics/JMtrayTccGZpeAgxTB7vDL/Over-4-million-people-left-out-of-final-draft-of-Assam-citiz.html

19 JUNE 2018

Mehbooba Mufti resigns as Jammu and Kashmir CM after BJP pulls out of alliance with PDP

Mehbooba Mufti on Tuesday resigned as the Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) pulled out of the alliance with the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the state
http://www.freepressjournal.in/india/mehbooba-mufti-resigns-as-jammu-and-kashmir-cm-after-bjp-pulls-out-of-alliance-with-pdp/1299802
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-44530254

29 MAY 2018

Narendra Modi’s four years in power: good or bad for India?

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will seek a second term in office in 2019. His four years at the helm have been mired in controversies, with the PM receiving praise as well as heavy criticism. Murali Krishnan reports
http://www.dw.com/en/narendra-modis-four-years-in-power-good-or-bad-for-india/a-43974581

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

 

Japan’s home policy and society

31 OCTOBER 2019

Japan’s Shuri Castle engulfed by fire

A major fire has broken out at a 500-year-old castle on Japan’s southern island of Okinawa. Authorities say much of the World Heritage-listed Shuri Castle has now been reduced to a charred skeleton
https://www.dw.com/en/japans-shuri-castle-engulfed-by-fire/a-51060707
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-10-31/shuri-castle-in-japan-all-but-destroyed-by-fire/11657502

22 OCTOBER 2019

Japan’s Naruhito declares himself emperor

The reign of Japan’s 126th emperor, Naruhito, has begun following a series of ancient ceremonies at the Imperial Palace. He succeeded his father, who became the first emperor to abdicate in over two centuries
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-50120563
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/157/77/168/1571737011173.html?newsId=110208
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/10/22/national/japanese-emperor-begins-ceremonies-proclaim-enthronement-world/#.XbAN7egzY2w

9 OCTOBER 2019

Japan’s Akira Yoshino, 2 others win Nobel Prize in Chemistry for Li-ion battery work

Akira Yoshino, honorary fellow at Asahi Kasei Corp., has won this year’s Nobel Prize in Chemistry, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced on Oct. 9 in Stockholm
https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20191009/p2a/00m/0na/013000c
http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201910090076.html

11 SEPTEMBER 2019

Japan’s Shinzo Abe shakes up Cabinet, brings in rising star

Japan’s Shinzo Abe on Wednesday (Sept 11) appointed new foreign and defence ministers and promoted a popular rising political star, in a Cabinet reshuffle that fuelled speculation over the Prime Minister’s successor
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/japans-shinzo-abe-shakes-up-cabinet-brings-in-rising-star
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20190911_49/
http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201909110039.html

25 AUGUST 2019

Abe becomes Japan’s longest-serving prime minister since WWII

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe became the Japan’s longest-serving prime minister since World War II on Saturday (Aug 25), surpassing Mr Eisaku Sato’s 2,798 days in office
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/abe-becomes-japans-longest-serving-prime-minister-since-wwii

21 JULY 2019

Japan’s ruling bloc secures upper house majority – exit polls

NHK public television said that Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party and its partner Komei were sure to win from 67 to 77 seats in the upper house, and that the two-thirds majority needed for constitutional revision could be within reach if the bloc is joined by supporters from another party
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/japan-s-ruling-bloc-secures-upper-house-majority-exit-polls-28408
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20190721_46/

1 MAY 2019

Naruhito formally invested as Japan’s new emperor

Japan’s new Emperor Naruhito formally ascended the Chrysanthemum Throne on Wednesday, a day after his father’s historic abdication, and vowed to stand with the people as the country begins a new imperial era
https://www.france24.com/en/20190501-naruhito-formally-invested-japan-new-emperor-akihito-abdicates
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20190501_24/
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0005710470

30 APRIL 2019

Japan’s emperor Akihito abdicates with message of love

Emperor Akihito has thanked the people of Japan for their support during his 30-year reign and said he hopes his successor’s time on the chrysanthemum throne will be “stable and fruitful”, as he becomes the country’s first monarch to abdicate in two centuries
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/apr/30/japan-emperor-akihito-abdicate
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20190430_34/
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0005708706

26 APRIL 2019

Akihito will be remembered as an emperor of the people

Akihito’s efforts over the past 30 years to democratise the imperial institution have been met with virtually unqualified success. According to an NHK survey conducted in 2009 on the 20th anniversary of Akihito’s ascent to the throne, 85 per cent of respondents either agreed wholeheartedly or in large part that the emperor was fulfilling his constitutional role. The results of a Mainichi Shimbun survey taken this year raised the ratio to 87 per cent. Questions relating to how close people felt to their emperor also elicited high scores
https://www.eastasiaforum.org/2019/04/26/akihito-will-be-remembered-as-an-emperor-of-the-people/

21 APRIL 2019

Japan PM Abe’s ruling bloc suffers rare losses in two by-elections

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling bloc suffered two rare losses in by-elections on Sunday (April 21) in an apparent warning from voters not to get complacent ahead of a national election for Parliament’s Upper House later this year
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/japan-pm-abes-ruling-bloc-suffers-rare-losses-in-two-by-elections
https://japantoday.com/category/politics/update1-japan’s-ruling-ldp-loses-2-out-of-2-lower-house-by-elections

18 APRIL 2019

Japanese Emperor performs ritual to report abdication to Shinto gods

Emperor Akihito prayed at a Japanese shrine Thursday in a ritual to report his upcoming abdication to the Shinto gods
https://japantoday.com/category/national/Emperor-performs-ritual-to-report-abdication
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/36/106/167/1555582231316.html?newsId=68246

10 APRIL 2019

Japan: Does the new Ainu bill truly symbolise progress?

On 15 February, the Cabinet of Japan approved a bill that officially recognises the Ainu as Indigenous people of northern Japan, many of which live in Hokkaido. Although Japan formally recognised the Ainu as an Indigenous group in 2008, concrete legal recognition has not been established until nown
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2019/04/japan-does-the-new-ainu-bill-truly-symbolise-progress/

1 APRIL 2019

Japan reveals Reiwa to be name of new imperial era ahead of Emperor Akihito’s abdication

The « Heisei » imperial era will end on April 30 when Emperor Akihito steps down. Japan’s government says the imperial era associated with his successor will be known as « Reiwa. »
https://www.dw.com/en/japan-to-welcome-reiwa-era-after-emperor-akihito-steps-down/a-48142022
http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201904010048.html
https://www.asiatimes.com/2019/04/article/japan-announces-era-of-peace-and-harmony/

29 MARCH 2019

How Japan’s Akihito redefined the role of emperor

As a new imperial era begins in Japan, Emperor Akihito has left behind a legacy of modernity and compassion. During his 30-year reign, he defied monarchial norms, drawing both criticism and praise
https://www.dw.com/en/how-japans-akihito-redefined-the-role-of-emperor/a-48119012

12 MARCH 2019

Tokyo begins ceremonies for emperor’s abdication

Akihito read a document to the imperial ancestors containing his decision to leave the Chrysanthemum Throne. There will be a total of nine ceremonies that will culminate in « taiirei seiden no gi », when the sovereign will become « emeritus emperor ». The last monarch to abdicate was Kokaku in 1817
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Tokyo-begins-ceremonies-for-emperors-abdication–46473.html
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20190312_17/

24 FEBRUARY 2019

Ceremony marks 30 years of Emperor’s reign

Emperor Akihito thanked the Japanese people Sunday for their support in carrying out his duties and expressed appreciation for their « strong wish for peace » that led the country to experience no war over the past 30 years under his reign
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20190224_20/
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0005565774
https://japantoday.com/category/national/Emperor-thanks-people-for-support-during-30-year-reign-urges-Japan-to-open-up-to-world

15 FEBRUARY 2019

Japan to recognise Indigenous Ainu people for first time

After suffering years of discrimination and forced assimilation, the Ainu people have finally been recognised as « indigenous » Japanese people, giving them the right to support for their communities and a boost to local economies
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/japan-to-recognise-indigenous-ainu-people-for-first-time
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/02/15/national/japan-recognize-indigenous-ainu-people-first-time/#.XGcjCDNKg2w

17 JANUARY 2019

Abe’s make-or-break year

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has an ambitious agenda for 2019, his seventh year in office. It includes a number of make-or-break issues that are fundamental to his political legacy. But the question remains: how much of his agenda is realistically achievable?
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2019/01/17/abes-make-or-break-year/

14 JANUARY 2019

Influential Japanese philosopher Takeshi Umehara dies at age 93

Influential Japanese philosopher Takeshi Umehara died of pneumonia at his home in Kyoto on Saturday. He was 93
https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20190114/p2a/00m/0na/014000c
https://alchetron.com/Takeshi-Umehara
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0005477809

13 JANUARY 2019

Veteran Japanese actress Etsuko Ichihara dies at 82

Etsuko Ichihara, a veteran Japanese actress known for her role in a popular long-running TV drama series, has died of heart failure at a Tokyo hospital, her office said Sunday. She was 82
https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20190113/p2g/00m/0fe/061000c
https://gigazine.net/gsc_news/en/20190113-etsuko-ichihara-passed-away/

2 JANUARY 2019

Tears as Japan’s Emperor Akihito gives last New Year’s address

Japan’s Emperor Akihito delivered his final New Year’s address on Wednesday (Jan 2) before his abdication later this year, telling tens of thousands of well-wishers he was praying for peace
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/tears-as-japans-emperor-akihito-gives-last-new-years-address
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-01-02/emperor-akihito-says-goodbye-in-last-new-years-day-appearance/10680618?section=world

26 DECEMBER 2018

Japan to resume commercial whaling after IWC withdrawal

Japan said Wednesday it is withdrawing from the International Whaling Commission and will resume commercial whaling next year, sparking criticism from activists and anti-whaling countries including Australia
https://gulfnews.com/world/asia/japan-to-resume-commercial-whaling-after-iwc-withdrawal-1.1545808548619
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/12/japan-announces-iwc-withdrawal-resume-commercial-whaling-181226022705898.html
https://www.dw.com/en/japan-withdraws-from-international-whaling-commission/a-46863848

8 DECEMBER 2018

Immigration shift in Japan makes way for 345,000 foreign workers

Japan has approved allowing in 345,150 blue-collar workers to fill a labour shortage, a major policy shift in a country where immigration has long been taboo
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/immigration-shift-in-japan-makes-way-for-345-000-foreign-workers
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-46492216
https://japantoday.com/category/national/Hope-anxiety-in-Japan-over-opening-up-to-more-foreign-workers

2 NOVEMBER 2018

In major policy shift, Japan’s goverment OKs draft bill to open door wider for foreign workers

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s cabinet approved draft legislation on Friday to open the door to more overseas blue-collar workers in sectors grappling with labour shortages, a controversial policy shift in immigration-shy Japan
https://japantoday.com/category/politics/In-major-policy-shift-gov’t-OKs-draft-bill-to-open-door-wider-for-foreign-workers
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20181103_02/

29 OCTOBER 2018

Japan’s princess Ayako gives up royal status as she marries a commoner in traditional Shinto ceremony

Princess Ayako, 28, the youngest daughter of a late cousin of Emperor Akihito, married Kei Moriya, a 32-year-old employee of Nippon Yusen, the shipping company
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/10/29/asia/princess-ayako-wedding-ceremony-intl/index.html
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20181029_22/
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/10/29/japans-princess-ayako-gives-royal-status-marries-commoner-traditional/

12 OCTOBER 2018

Japan plans to attract 500,000 foreign workers by 2025 as labour shortages bite

Japan on Friday unveiled a plan to attract more foreign blue-collar workers, as the world’s third-largest economy battles a crippling labour shortage caused by an ageing and shrinking population
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2168245/japan-plans-attract-500000-foreign-workers-2025-labour-shortages
http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201810120029.html
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/japan-foreigners-attract-work-visa-labour-shortage-10819956

11 OCTOBER 2018

Yasukuni chief priest forced to resign for criticising emperor

The chief priest at Tokyo’s controversial Shinto Yasukuni shrine was forced to resign for using « highly inappropriate language » to criticise Emperor Akihito. His successor will be selected on 26 October in a general meeting
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Yasukuni-chief-priest-forced-to-resign-for-criticising-emperor-45186.html
https://japantoday.com/category/politics/Yasukuni-Shrine-chief-priest-to-quit-for-criticizing-emperor

2 OCTOBER 2018

Japan’s new Cabinet: Key Abe allies stay on as 12 newcomers named, only one woman appointed

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe named 12 newcomers to his Cabinet on Tuesday (Oct 2), while favouring stability in keeping his ministers in the key portfolios of finance, foreign affairs, economy and trade
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/japans-new-cabinet-key-abe-allies-stay-on-as-12-newcomers-named-only-one-woman
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0004869601
http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201810020039.html

1 OCTOBER 2018

Japanese professor Tasuku Honjo wins Nobel in medicine, together with U.S. scientist, for work on cancer therapy

Japanese scientist Tasuku Honjo is awarded this year’s Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine, for his discovery of a protein that contributed to the development of an immunotherapeutic drug against cancer
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/10/01/national/science-health/japans-tasuku-honjo-u-s-national-james-p-allison-win-nobel-prize-physiology-medicine/#.W7JuaGgzY2w
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/us-japanese-pair-win-nobel-medicine-prize-for-cancer-therapy-

23 SEPTEMBER 2018

Hayabusa 2: Japanese space agency makes history by landing two rovers on an asteroid

Japan has successfully landed two small rovers on the surface of an asteroid in a history-making mission that could provide clues to the origin of the solar system
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-09-23/pictures-confirm-japans-hayabusa2-lands-rovers-on-asteroid/10295992?section=world
http://japan-forward.com/japan-makes-history-hayabusa2-spacecraft-lands-rovers-on-moving-asteroid/

20 SEPTEMBER 2018

Japan’s Abe re-elected as party head, to stay on as PM

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was re-elected as head of his ruling Liberal Democratic Party in a landslide Thursday, paving the way for up to three more years as the nation’s leader and a push toward a constitutional revision
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/222/61/149/1537455576045.html?newsId=48651
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20180920_30/
http://japan-forward.com/abe-wins-big-in-ldp-leadership-election-to-lead-japan-for-3-more-years/

11 AUGUST 2018

Thousands in Okinawa protest US Marine base relocation

Tens of thousands of Okinawans protested Saturday, vowing to block the central government’s planned relocation of a US military base from a heavily populated area to a remote location on the island
https://www.dw.com/en/thousands-in-okinawa-protest-us-marine-base-relocation/a-45046501
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/08/70000-rally-okinawa-military-base-relocation-180811123923792.html

6 JULY 2018

Japanese cult leader Shoko Asahara executed for Tokyo sarin attack

AUM Shinrikyo cult founder Shoko Asahara, 63, who orchestrated the 1995 Tokyo subway sarin gas attack and other murders and six former members of the cult were executed on the morning of July 6
https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20180706/p2a/00m/0na/003000c
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/07/05/asia/japan-aum-shinriyko-leader-executed-intl/index.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2018/jul/06/shoko-asahara-and-the-cult-behind-the-tokyo-sarin-attack-video-explainer

27 MAY 2018

Japan ex-PM Yasuhiro Nakasone turns 100, calls for change to post-war pacifist constitution in birthday message

Yasuhiro Nakasone has long advocated amending the US-drafted charter to clarify the ambiguous status of the military – a goal shared by incumbent premier Shinzo Abe
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2147989/japan-ex-pm-yasuhiro-nakasone-turns-100-calls-change-post-war
https://japantoday.com/category/politics/ex-pm-nakasone-turns-100-hopes-for-constitution-amendment

7 MAY 2018

In Japan, new opposition Democratic Party for the People formed

Two opposition parties with members from the now-defunct Democratic Party of Japan, which was in power between 2009 and 2012, reunited Monday in a desperate attempt to survive amid slumping approval ratings
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0004422077
https://japantoday.com/category/politics/New-opposition-Democratic-Party-for-the-People-formed
https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20180507/p2g/00m/0dm/069000c

6 APRIL 2018

Legendary Japanese animator Isao Takahata dies at age 82

Oscar-nominated Japanese anime director Isao Takahata, who co-founded Studio Ghibli and was best known for his work Grave of the Fireflies, has died aged 82, the studio said on Friday
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2140533/legendary-japanese-animator-isao-takahata-dies-age-82
https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20180406/p2g/00m/0et/044000c
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-43664515

25 MARCH 2018

Japan PM Shinzo Abe apologises amid cronyism scandal, vows to revise constitution

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, his ratings in a slump amid a scandal over suspected cronyism and a cover-up, has apologised again for causing anxiety and loss of confidence in his Government
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-03-25/japan-shinzo-abe-apologises-amid-cronyism-scandal/9585158?section=world
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2138810/japan-prime-minister-shinzo-abe-pledges-amend-pacifist

14 MARCH 2018

The Japanese will become adults at 18 in 2022

The Japanese government yesterday approved a bill to lower the adulthood age from 20 to 18, which would enable 18- and 19-year-olds to sign contracts and get married without the consent of their parents
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/The-Japanese-will-become-adults-at-18-in-2022-43356.html
https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20180314/p2a/00m/0na/017000c

12 MARCH 2018

Japan: Shinzo Abe’s political future in doubt as wife linked to cronyism scandal

A spiralling cronyism scandal linked to the Japanese prime minister and his wife has reached fever pitch after the finance ministry admitted to tampering with records to remove references to the pair
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/mar/12/japan-shinzo-abes-political-future-in-doubt-as-wife-linked-to-cronyism-scandal
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-03-12/japanese-pm-alleged-cronyism-documents-reportedly-altered/9540246?section=world
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0004299142

Survey: Abe Cabinet approval rating sinks to 48%

The approval rating for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Cabinet stood at 48 percent in a Yomiuri Shimbun survey, the first time the rating has dipped below 50 percent since the House of Representatives election in October last year
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0004298619

16 FEBRUARY 2018

Abe’s constitutional change no cause for fear

Many analysts believe that 2018 will be the year Abe makes a push to revise Article 9, which outlaws war and offensive forces. Abe is buoyed by the October 2017 electoral victory of his Liberal Democratic Party (LDP). But Abe’s ruling coalition may become an obstacle to his plans
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2018/02/16/abes-constitutional-change-no-cause-for-fear/#more-110389

10 FEBRUARY 2018

Ishimure, key figure in Minamata battle, dies at 90

Japanese activist Michiko Ishimure, who won acclaim for her literary works about Minamata mercury poisoning disease patients, died of complications from Parkinson’s disease here Feb. 10. She was 90
http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201802100053.html
http://apjjf.org/2016/13/Thornber.html

23 JANUARY 2018

Lacking manpower, Japanese firms court women

Japan’s population is aging and its workforce is shrinking, so more and more companies are wooing female workers with subsidised childcare and flexible hours, while promoting women to management positions. Find out more and hear from the women themselves in this episode of Spotlight
http://www.euronews.com/2018/01/23/lacking-manpower-japanese-firms-court-women

1 DECEMBER 2017

Japan’s Emperor Akihito will abdicate on April 30, 2019, government announces

Akihito, who will be succeeded by Crown Prince Naruhito, will be the first emperor to abdicate the Chrysanthemum Throne in about 200 years
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2122399/japans-emperor-akihito-will-abdicate-april-30-2019-government
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/12/01/national/emperors-abdication-date-confirmed-april-30-2019/#.WiGRgUriY2w

20 NOVEMBER 2017

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe refuses to relax immigration rules despite shrinking population

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has insisted his administration has “no intention” of loosening the country’s strict immigration policy despite warnings about its fast shrinking – and ageing – population
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/japan-immigration-shinzo-abe-refuse-relax-rules-prime-minister-policy-shrinking-population-foreign-a8065281.html
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/11/21/can-japan-accept-itself-as-a-nation-of-immigrants/

1st NOVEMBER 2017

Japan’s Shinzo Abe re-elected prime minister after big election win

Japan’s Shinzo Abe was re-elected prime minister on Wednesday after his ruling bloc’s big election win last month and days before a visit by US President Donald Trump that is expected to be dominated by concerns over a volatile North Korea
http://www.trtworld.com/asia/japan-s-shinzo-abe-re-elected-prime-minister-after-big-election-win-11854
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0004040759

31 OCTOBER 2017

Japan’s Democratic Party taps Upper House member Kohei Otsuka as new party president

The Democratic Party elected Upper House member Kohei Otsuka as new party president on Tuesday following the formal resignation of Seiji Maehara the previous day
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/10/31/national/politics-diplomacy/dp-taps-upper-house-member-kohei-otsuka-new-party-president/#.Wfi4ZGjWw2w
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/yukio-edano-stands-up-as-the-leader-of-japans-biggest-opposition

22 OCTOBER 2017

Coalition retains two-thirds majority in victory for Japan’s PM Abe

The ruling coalition regained a two-thirds majority in the Oct. 22 Lower House election, giving Prime Minister Shinzo Abe another victory in his bid to stay in power
http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201710230012.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/japanese-voters-brave-typhoon-to-cast-ballot-in-snap-election/2017/10/22/8c7aeab4-b5dd-11e7-9e58-e6288544af98_story.html?utm_term=.fe83ad906928
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/editors/3/proamendmentblocwins23majority/

3 OCTOBER 2017

In Japan, Yukio Edano’s liberal party officially launched

The new party formed by Yukio Edano of the Democratic Party submitted a notice of establishment to the internal affairs minister on Tuesday morning
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0003980928

28 SEPTEMBER 2017

Japan’s Lower House dissolved, new general election on October 22

Japan’s Lower House of the Diet has been dissolved for a snap election. Japan’s Cabinet has set the date for a snap general election on October 22nd. The campaign will begin on October 10th
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170928_23/
http://www.euronews.com/2017/09/28/abe-dissolves-japans-parliament-and-sets-oct-22-election-date

27 SEPTEMBER 2017

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike forms ‘Party of Hope’ before Japanese election

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike is set to reshape national politics with the formation of a new party and a new attack on the status quo
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2017-09-27/tokyo-governor-yuriko-koike-forms-party-of-hope-before-japanese-election/1704922
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0003969072

25 SEPTEMBER 2017

Japan’s Abe announces snap election amid worries over North Korea

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he would dissolve parliament’s lower house on Thursday for a snap election, seeking a mandate to stick to his tough stance towards a volatile North Korea and rebalance the social security system
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/japan-s-abe-triggers-snap-election-amid-north-korea-crisis-9247120
http://ippreview.com/index.php/Home/Blog/single/id/558.html

1st SEPTEMBER 2017

Japan’s main opposition party, the Democratic Party, selects former foreign minister Seiji Maehara as its new leader

Japan’s main opposition Democratic Party selected former foreign minister Seiji Maehara as its new leader on Friday amid its struggle to become a viable alternative to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party (LDP)
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2109305/japans-main-opposition-party-selects-former-foreign-minister
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/09/01/national/politics-diplomacy/maeharas-election-democratic-party-president-may-put-pressure-abe-coalition/#.Wam0uchJY2w

29 AUGUST 2017

Kim Jong-un’s latest provocation may strengthen Shinzo Abe’s hand at home because ‘it looks like he’s doing something’

In a break with a long-running cautious defence stance, members of Abe’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party have called for Japan to arm itself with long-range offensive weapons
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2108852/it-looks-hes-doing-something-kim-jong-uns-latest-provocation-may
http://www.dw.com/en/japanese-react-furiously-to-north-korean-missile-launch/a-40279925

28 AUGUST 2017

Tsutomu Hata, known for brief stint as prime minister, dies at 82

Former Prime Minister Tsutomu Hata, who served 14 terms in the Lower House, died Monday morning at the age of 82
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/08/28/national/politics-diplomacy/former-prime-minister-tsutomu-hata-dies-82/#.WaRYNChJY2w
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170828_19/

8 AUGUST 2017

 Haruo Nakajima, actor who played the original Godzilla, dies aged 88

 Haruo Nakajima, the actor who stomped in a rubber suit to portray the original 1954 Godzilla, helping to make the Japanese monster an iconic symbol of the nuclear era, has died. He was 88
http://www.scmp.com/article/2105925/haruo-nakajima-actor-who-played-original-godzilla-rubber-suit-dies-88
https://www.theguardian.com/film/2017/aug/08/haruo-nakajima-actor-who-played-the-original-godzilla-dies-aged-88
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170808_34/

3 AUGUST 2017

Japan’s new top diplomat Taro Kono is son of official who wrote landmark 1993 apology to ‘comfort women’

Newly appointed Foreign Minister Taro Kono is known as an outspoken, reform-minded politician unafraid of questioning the party line
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2105245/japans-new-top-diplomat-taro-kono-son-official-who-wrote
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/08/03/national/politics-diplomacy/new-foreign-minister-kono-reform-minded-challenger-party-lines/#.WYOGhbpuI2w
http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201708030024.html

28 JULY 2017

Japan defense minister quits amid plunging support for PM

Embattled Japanese Defense Minister Tomomi Inada on Friday said she was resigning, after a series of gaffes, missteps and a cover-up at her ministry that have contributed to a sharp plunge in public support for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/192/195/146/1501238500272.html
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170728_33/
https://japantoday.com/category/politics/Abe-apologizes-over-Inada’s-resignation-Kishida-to-run-Defense-Ministry

27 JULY 2017

Renho resigns as main opposition Democratic Party leader

Democratic Party leader Renho said Thursday she will step down as the head of Japan’s largest opposition party following its poor performance in the Tokyo metropolitan assembly election earlier this month
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170727_29/
https://japantoday.com/category/politics/Renho-resigns-as-main-opposition-Democratic-Party-leader

3 JULY 2017

Yuriko Koike: 10 things about the Tokyo governor who just trumped Japanese PM Shinzo Abe

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike’s new party and its allies scored a sweeping victory against Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) in Sunday’s Tokyo metropolitan assembly election
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/yuriko-koike-the-tokyo-governor-who-just-trumped-japanese-pm-shinzo-abe

2 JULY 2017

Japan PM’s party suffers historic defeat in Tokyo poll, popular governor wins

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party suffered an historic defeat in an election in the Japanese capital on Sunday, signalling trouble ahead for the premier, who has suffered from slumping support because of a favouritism scandal
https://www.voanews.com/a/japan-tokyo-election-poll/3925080.html
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/07/02/national/politics-diplomacy/koike-camp-dethrones-abes-ldp-historic-tokyo-assembly-election/#.WVkmjrpuI2w
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170703_03/

15 JUNE 2017

Japan passes controversial anti-terror law despite protests

Japan has passed a controversial law targeting conspiracies to commit terrorism and other serious crimes, despite a warning by the UN that it could be used to crack down on civil liberties
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/15/japan-passes-brutal-new-terror-law-which-opponents-fear-will-quash-freedoms
http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201706150014.html
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170615_10/

9 JUNE 2017

Japanese parliament passes law allowing Emperor Akihito to abdicate

Japan’s parliament passed a law on Friday that clears the way for its ageing Emperor Akihito to step down, in what would be the first imperial abdication in more than two centuries
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2097577/japanese-parliament-passes-law-allowing-emperor-akihito-abdicate
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2017-06-09/amid-a-shortage-of-royals-japan-enacts-law-for-emperor-akihito-to-abdicate/1677712

2 JUNE 2017

Japan lower house OKs bill allowing emperor to abdicate

Japan’s lower house of parliament passed a bill on Friday that allows ageing Emperor Akihito to step down and calls for a rare debate on the role of women in the male-dominated monarchy
http://www.dw.com/en/japan-passes-bill-allowing-emperor-akihito-to-abdicate/a-39089855
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2096661/japans-game-thrones-one-emperor-abdication-law-passed-and-calls

19 MAY 2017

Emperor Akihito: Japan’s government approves abdication bill

The Japanese government has approved legislation that will permit Emperor Akihito to abdicate the Chrysanthemum throne, becoming the first emperor to step down in more than two centuries
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/05/19/japan-cabinet-approves-bill-allow-emperor-akihito-abdicate/
http://www.euronews.com/2017/05/19/japan-emperor-akihito-abdication-bill-backed-by-cabinet
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/05/japan-cabinet-approves-bill-allowing-first-abdication-emperor-200-years/#yg9sKmVkFA3o4ZSj.97

3 MAY 2017

Abe declares 2020 as goal for new Constitution

In an unprecedented declaration, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Wednesday he hopes to see a revised Constitution take effect in 2020, revealing the clearest goal yet of his long-held ambition to amend the national charter, which has remained untouched since its inception seven decades ago
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/05/03/national/politics-diplomacy/abe-declares-2020-goal-new-constitution/#.WQoEKoVOI2w
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0003676123
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2017-05/03/content_15607817.html

5 APRIL 2017

The Rise of Women in Japanese Politics

Japanese women are making great strides in Japan’s political arena. Notable milestones include the emergence of a female leader in the Social Democratic Party of Japan (SDPJ)
http://ippreview.com/index.php/Home/Blog/single/id/392.html

5 MARCH 2017

New rules give Japan’s Shinzo Abe chance to lead until 2021

Japan’s ruling party on Sunday (March 5) extended term limits for its leaders, a change that gives Prime Minister Shinzo Abe a shot at becoming Japan’s longest-serving post-war leader
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/new-rules-give-japans-abe-chance-to-lead-until-2021
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/03/05/national/politics-diplomacy/rule-change-see-abe-become-japans-longest-serving-leader/#.WLxsZoWcHSE
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170305_17/

13 FEBRUARY 2017

Cult Japanese director Seijun Suzuki dies aged 93

 Celebrated Japanese film director Seijun Suzuki, best known for cult 1960s yakuza films Tokyo Drifter and Branded to Kill, has died at the age of 93. Suzuki died on 13 February, with the cause given as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in a statement from Nikkatsu film studios
https://www.theguardian.com/film/2017/feb/22/cult-japanese-director-seijun-suzuki-dies-aged-93

11 FEBRUARY 2017

Jiro Taniguchi, Japanese manga visionary who ‘bridged two worlds of cartoon art’, dies aged 69

Jiro Taniguchi, a legend in Japan’s comic art of manga, died in Tokyo on Saturday at the age of 69, leaving behind an international following for his exquisite line drawing of scenes from everyday life
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2070169/jiro-taniguchi-japanese-manga-visionary-who-bridged-two-worlds

4 FEBRUARY 2017

Does contemporary Japan need religion?

By Michael Hoffman the author of “In the Land of the Kami: A Journey into the Hearts of Japan” and “Other Worlds.”
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/02/04/national/media-national/contemporary-japan-need-religion/#.WJjz1eR-sdI

27 JANUARY 2017

Foreign workers in Japan hit 1 million for the first time

The number of foreign workers in Japan surpassed 1 million for the first time last year, as the labour-strapped country struggles to find enough Japanese workers
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/foreign-workers-japan-hit-1-million-first-time
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/01/27/national/foreign-workers-japan-hit-1-million-mark-first-time-last-autumn-ministry/#.WIvK9YWcE2w

11 JANUARY 2017

Japan’s Emperor Akihito ‘to abdicate on New Year’s Day 2019’

Japan’s emperor will abdicate and allow his eldest son to ascend the chrysanthemum throne on New Year’s Day 2019, media reports said, as the government prepares legal changes for the country’s first abdication for two centuries
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jan/11/japan-considers-changes-to-law-to-allow-emperor-to-abdicate-reports
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/01/11/national/era-name-new-emperor-may-announced-ahead-accession-sources/#.WHaKWIWcE2w

22 DECEMBER 2016

Japan’s 2016 births likely fell below 1 mln for 1st time

The number of annual births in Japan is set to fall below 1 million this year for the first time since data became available in 1899, reflecting a fast-ageing society and the high cost of childcare, Japanese media reported on Thursday
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/japans-2016-births-likely-fell-below-1-mln-1st-time

27 OCTOBER 2016

Emperor Hirohito’s younger brother, Prince Mikasa, dead at 100

The uncle of Emperor Akihito has died at age 100. The death of Prince Mikasa leaves only four heirs to Japan’s Chrysanthemum Throne, amid questions about the future of the 2,600-year-old monarchy
http://www.dw.com/en/emperor-hirohitos-younger-brother-prince-mikasa-dead-at-100/a-36167838
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20161027_24/

17 OCTOBER 2016

Japan begins discussions on emperor’s abdication

A six-member advisory panel holds its first meeting on Monday (Oct 17) to discuss a critical issue facing the Imperial system: Emperor Akihito’s wish to abdicate in a few years’ time due to his old age
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37675261
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/10/17/national/imperial-abdication-committee-holds-first-meeting/#.WAVKUYVOI2w

3 OCTOBER 2016

Japanese microbiologist Yoshinori Ohsumi wins Nobel in medicine for autophagy research

Japanese microbiologist Yoshinori Ohsumi on Monday won the 2016 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine for his work on cell autophagy, a process that helps the body remove unwanted proteins
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2016/10/03/nobel-prize-in-medicine-awarded-to-japans-yoshinori-ohsumi/?postshare=2341475489660323&tid=ss_in
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/10/03/world/japanese-microbiologist-yoshinori-ohsumi-wins-nobel-prize-in-medicine-for-autophagy-research/#.V_LLlYVOI2w
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/news/2016-10/03/content_15505130.html

18 SEPTEMBER 2016

Weak opposition is a cancer in Japan’s political system

For close to 40 years after 1955, the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) dominated Japan’s competitive party system. Opposition parties were not able to mount a successful challenge to LDP rule at the national level, but they had an important impact on policy and the political process. Japan had one dominant party but not a one-party system
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/09/18/weak-opposition-is-a-cancer-in-japans-political-system/

15 SEPTEMBER 2016

Half-Taiwanese Renho becomes first woman to lead Japan’s main opposition Democratic Party

 Japan’s Democratic Party selected acting leader Renho as its new leader Thursday, making the 48-year-old the first woman to head the nation’s main opposition party
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2019655/half-taiwanese-renho-becomes-first-woman-lead-japans-main
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160915_25/
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/sep/15/japanese-opposition-party-elects-first-female-leader

8  AUGUST 2016

In a moving video message, Japanese Emperor signals wish to abdicate in near future

In an unprecedented prerecorded video message aired Monday, Emperor Akihito expressed concern about how his advanced age is affecting the performance of his public duties. The speech was widely interpreted as conveying his wish to abdicate in the near future
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/aug/08/japans-emperor-akihito-health-abdication-rare-tv-address
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160808_29/

31 JULY 2016

Tokyo elects Yuriko Koike as first woman governor

Former environment minister Yuriko Koike of the Liberal Democratic Party was elected the capital’s first female governor on Sunday by a wide margin
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/tokyo-elects-yuriko-koike/3001534.html
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/07/31/national/politics-diplomacy/tokyo-elects-former-environment-minister-yuriko-koike-as-citys-first-female-governor/#.V55bO49OI2w
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160801_03/
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/1997374/yuriko-koike-promises-deliver-tokyo-you-have-never-seen-after

24 JULY 2016

Can Abe revise Japan’s peace constitution?

 Since the 10 July upper house election in Japan there has been widespread speculation that the government will move to formally revise the country’s constitution including the Article 9 ‘peace clause’. This now appears possible since the Abe-led Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), along with its junior coalition partner Komeito and sympathetic micro-sized right-leaning opposition parties, controls the two-thirds majorities in both houses needed to take constitutional amendments to a referendum
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/07/24/can-abe-revise-japans-peace-constitution/

13 JULY 2016

Japan’s Emperor Akihito plans to step down, according to report

The Japanese Emperor Akihito, who has spent much of his time on the throne trying to heal the wounds of the second world war, intends to abdicate in a few years’ time, public broadcaster NHK has reported, a step that would be unprecedented in modern Japan
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jul/13/japans-emperor-akihito-plans-step-down-reports
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160713_34/

10 JULY 2016

Ruling bloc scores big in Japanese Upper House, bringing Constitution closer to amendment bid

The Liberal Democratic Party-led ruling coalition scored a sweeping victory in the Upper House election Sunday that gave the Diet’s pro-revision forces the two-thirds majority needed to initiate Japan’s first constitutional referendum, early media projections showed
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0003069791
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/07/11/national/politics-diplomacy/ruling-bloc-wins-big-in-upper-house/#.V4K83Y9OLNN

19 JUNE 2016

Thousands protest US military presence on Okinawa

Thousands of demonstrators have rallied on the Japanese island of Okinawa against the heavy US military presence and violent crimes by American personnel that have angered residents for décades
http://www.dw.com/en/thousands-protest-us-military-presence-on-okinawa/a-19340871
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-06-19/okinawa-protesters-rally-against-us-military-presence-on-japanese-island/1591664
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/videos/20160619210321173/

15 JUNE 2016

Tokyo governor resigns amid allegations of lavish personal spending

The reports say Governor Yoichi Masuzoe submitted the resignation Wednesday morning. The resignation is said to take effect on June 21
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/06/tokyo-governor-resigns-amid-graft-allegations/
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160615_40/

7 JUNE 2016

Japan and its immigration policies are growing old

Japan is experiencing a serious demographic crunch. About 27 per cent of the Japanese population is over the age of 65 and there are 1.4 million fewer people today than there were in 2007
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/06/07/japan-and-its-immigration-policies-are-growing-old/

26 APRIL 2016

Japan eyes more foreign workers, stealthily challenging immigration taboo

Desperately seeking an antidote to a rapidly aging population, Japanese policymakers are exploring ways to bring in more foreign workers without calling it an « immigration Policy »
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/japan-eyes-more-foreign-workers-stealthily-challenging-immigration-taboo#sthash.KfGRsKus.dpuf

19 APRIL 2016

Japan plans final push to bring home its war dead

From the icy wastes of Siberia to the jungle-clad interior of the Solomon Islands, and from the deep waters of the Pacific Ocean to the border of India and modern-day Myanmar, more than 2.4 million Japanese who were killed during World War II remain unaccounted for
http://www.dw.com/en/japan-plans-final-push-to-bring-home-its-war-dead/a-19197835

28 MARCH 2016

Largest opposition party formed in Japan

The largest Japanese opposition party since the Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s administration formed in late 2012 was established here on Sunday, eyeing confrontation with the Abe-led ruling bloc in the summer’s upper house election.
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2016-03/27/content_15406848.html
http://www.japantoday.com/category/politics/view/new-opposition-party-launched-in-japan

4 MARCH 2016

Japan to suspend construction for US base relocation in Okinawa

Japan’s government will accept a court-mediated settlement plan and suspend construction work for the planned relocation of a US airbase in Okinawa and will begin a new round of talks with local authorities who want the base moved off the island
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/japan-suspend-construction-us-base-relocation-okinawa
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160304_29/

26 FEBRUARY 2016

Japan’s population shrinks for the first time on census record

Japan’s population declined in 2015 for the first time since the national census began in 1920, but Tokyo is still growing, according to preliminary figures released by the internal affairs ministry on Feb. 26.
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/social_affairs/AJ201602260079
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35666274

24 FEBRUARY 2016

DPJ, Japan Innovation Party to merge ahead of Upper House election

The Democratic Party of Japan and the Japan Innovation Party have agreed to merge in the latest–and boldest–move by the opposition camp to battle the ruling coalition in the Upper House election.
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/politics/AJ201602240068
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0002769609
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/02/24/national/politics-diplomacy/dpj-endorses-merger-ishin-no-new-party-form-next-month/#.Vs4zGDjMvIV

2 FEBRUARY 2016

Reforming Japan’s labour market

Japan’s labour market situation is improving. The unemployment rate of 3.1 per cent in October 2015 was the lowest for 20 years. And, although improvement has been slow, wage growth has een accelerating. But Japan’s labour market still faces several serious issues.
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/02/02/reforming-japans-labour-market/

31 JANUARY 2016

Labor shortage fuels record influx of foreign workers in Japan

Japan’s labor shortage has led to companies recruiting a record number of foreign workers, with 908,000 in the nation at the end of October 2015, labor ministry figures revealed Jan. 29
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/social_affairs/AJ201601300036

28 JANUARY 2016

Japan’s embattled economy minister Amari resigns over graft claims

Embattled economic minister Akira Amari on Thursday resigned over a graft scandal involving the misappropriation of funds within his office, dealing a hard blow to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Cabinet.
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/01/28/national/politics-diplomacy/amari-offers-step-economy-minister-graft-claims/#.VqqTvjjMvIV
http://www.dw.com/en/japanese-economy-minister-amari-quits-over-graft-claim/a-19009290

20 JANUARY 2016

The Battle for Okinawa

The Forgotten Island Has Its Say
https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/japan/2016-01-20/battle-okinawa?cid=nlc-twofa-20160121&sp_mid=50517250&sp_rid=Z29sZGZpZW1AZ21haWwuY29tS0&spMailingID=50517250&spUserID=MTA2MTUwMDgyNjY1S0&spJobID=842818660&spReportId=ODQyODE4NjYwS0

10 DECEMBER 2015

Japanese scientists receive Nobel prizes

Two Japanese scientists, Takaaki Kajita and Satoshi Omura, have received Nobel Prizes. Kajita, a winner in physics, and Omura, a laureate in physiology or medicine, attended the award ceremony in Sweden’s capital, Stockholm, on Thursday
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20151211_03.html

Japan needs immigrants to boost population or could lose to China – minister

Japan should craft an « integrated » immigration policy to cope with its shrinking population, or risk losing out to an ageing China in competition for vital foreign workers, the cabinet minister for administrative reform said on Thursday (December 10)http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/547517/news/pinoyabroad/japan-needs-immigrants-to-boost-population-or-could-lose-to-china-minister

 

30 NOVEMBER 2015

Manga fans around the world are mourning the death of famed Japanese artist Shigeru Mizuki

Known for having popularised horror manga globally, Mr Mizuki was best known for his series Gegege no Kitaro, about a young boy fighting monsters based on Japanese folklore. It was also made into an animated series that ran for several years
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-34971607http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/culturesports/20151201.htmlhttp://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/12/01/national/paris-seoul-death-manga-artist-mizuki-mourned/#.Vl4gyjgQVjo

26 NOVEMBER 2015

Setsuko Hara, star of Ozu’s ‘Tokyo Story,’ dies at age 95

Screen legend Setsuko Hara, who starred in several films by internationally acclaimed director Yasujiro Ozu before stunning the Japanese movie world by retiring at age 42, has died of pneumonia. She was 95
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/social_affairs/AJ201511260037

31 OCTOBER 2015

Hashimoto’s new national party inaugurated with 18 Diet members

Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto’s new national party held its inaugural ceremony here on Oct. 31 with 18 Diet members from the embattled Japan Innovation Party
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/politics/AJ201510310038

29 OCTOBER 2015

Japanese government. restarts landfill work in Okinawa

The Okinawan bureau of Japan’s Defense Ministry has restarted work to reclaim land for a new US military base in the prefecture, despite strong opposition from the governor and residents
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20151029_35.html

7 OCTOBER 2015

Abe Cabinet gets 9 first-time members; main ministers retained

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe appointed nine lawmakers to their first posts as Cabinet ministers in a reshuffle on Oct. 7 but retained most of the key figures of his administration
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/politics/AJ201510070043

6 OCTOBER 2015

Takaaki Kajita wins 2015 Nobel physics prize for breakthrough in neutrino research

Japanese physicist Takaaki Kajita was named a co-recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physics on Oct. 6 for the discovery of oscillations in atmospheric neutrinos, which indicate that the elusive subatomic particles have mass
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/social_affairs/AJ201510060089
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0002474816
http://www.nobelprize.org/mediaplayer/index.php?id=2565

17 SEPTEMBER 2015

Scuffles as Japan security bill approved by committee

A controversial bill to expand the role of Japan’s armed forces has cleared another hurdle in parliament, but sparked scuffles among lawmakers
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-34275968
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0002430527
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/politics/AJ201509170046

12 SEPTEMBER 2015

Japanese goverment resumes work on controversial U.S. base in Okinawa

The Japanese government on Saturday resumed work on a controversial new U.S. military base in southern Okinawa following a month-long suspension, officials said, even as talks with local officials opposed to the project remained deadlocked
http://www.japantoday.com/category/national/view/govt-resumes-work-on-controversial-u-s-base-in-okinawa

8 SEPTEMBER 2015

Abe re-elected unopposed as LDP president

 Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe won a rare second consecutive term on Tuesday as president of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), pledging to retain focus on reviving the world’s third-biggest economy and deepen debate on revising its pacifist constitution
http://www.japantoday.com/category/politics/view/abe-re-elected-unopposed-as-ldp-president

30 AUGUST 2015

Japanese protesters rally against controversial security bills that could see troops fighting abroad

Tens of thousands have rallied outside Japan’s parliament to protest against planned new laws that could see troops in the officially pacifist nation engage in combat for the first time since World War II
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2015-08-30/japanese-protesters-rally-against-controversial-security-bills-that-could-see-troops-fighting-abroad/1487272
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/politics/AJ201508300022

15 AUGUST 2015

Reflecting strong belief in peace, emperor refers to ‘deep remorse’ over war

Emperor Akihito broke new ground in his address to the memorial service for the war dead held Aug. 15 at Nippon Budokan hall in Tokyo’s Chiyoda Ward to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/social_affairs/AJ201508150055
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/16/world/asia/emperor-akihito-expresses-deep-remorse-for-japans-role-in-world-war-ii.html?ref=asia&_r=0

14 AUGUST 2015

Japan PM expresses Second World War remorse, but says next generation need not apologise

Shinzo Abe, the Japanese prime minister, expressed « profound grief » on Friday for the « immeasurable damage and suffering » the nation’s military caused before and during the Second World War, but emphasised that future generations should not have to keep saying sorry
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/japan/11802967/Japan-PM-expresses-Second-World-War-remorse-but-says-next-generation-need-not-apologise.html
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/08/14/asia/japan-wwii-abe-apology/index.html
http://japan.kantei.go.jp/97_abe/statement/201508/0814statement.html

8 AUGUST 2015

Most Japanese believe US should apologize for atomic bombings

The majority of Japanese (61%) believe the United States should apologize for the atomic bomb attacks it carried out on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, while 74% of respondents said that the attacks could not be justified by the war because the civilian death toll they inflicted was disproportionate
http://atimes.com/2015/08/most-japanese-believe-us-should-apologize-for-atomic-bombings/

6 AUGUST 2015

Hiroshima marks 70 years since atomic bomb

Hiroshima’s Peace Memorial Park has seen the entire Japanese political class and friends from abroad turn out for a memorial service for the city, one of only two to ever suffer an atomic Attack.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33792789
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/08/prayers-held-hiroshima-marks-70-years-bomb-150806055100557.html
http://www.euronews.com/2015/08/06/hiroshima-holds-70th-memorial-of-atomic-tragedy/

20 JULY 2015

Mitsubishi apologizes to WWII Japanese prisoners of war

As Japan prepares to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, one of its largest corporations has given a long-awaited apology for wartime atrocities.
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/07/19/asia/mitsubishi-japan-pow-apology/index.html
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2015-07-20/mitsubishi-apologises-for-using-us-prisoners-of-war-as-slave-labourers-during-world-war-ii/1471862

23 JUNE 2015

Japan PM Shinzo Abe jeered at Battle of Okinawa ceremony

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was heckled Tuesday at a ceremony to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the Battle of Okinawa, the bloodiest episode in the Pacific War, as anger flared over the U.S. military’s continuing presence
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33229432
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/06/23/national/history/japan-marks-70th-anniversary-since-guns-fell-silent-battle-okinawa/#.VYnNLO_ALmR
http://www.japantoday.com/category/politics/view/abe-heckled-at-ceremony-in-okinawa-on-70th-anniversary-of-battle

17 JUNE 2015

Japan lowers voting age to 18

Japan passed legislation to lower the voting age to 18 from its current 20 on Wednesday, allowing teenagers into polling booths for the first time
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/595408/japan-lowers-voting-age-to-18
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20150617_18.html

24 MAY 2015

 Most Japanese wary of security reform

Most Japanese neither support the passage of new defense legislation this Diet session nor feel that the government has adequately explained the proposed changes, a weekend poll by Nikkei Inc. and TV Tokyo shows.
http://asia.nikkei.com/Japan-Update/Most-Japanese-wary-of-security-reform

17 MAY 2015

Thousands protest against US airbase in Japan’s Okinawa

Thousands of people have protested in Okinawa against a controversial US marine airbase in the southern Japanese island, as a two-decade-long row over the relocation of the site deepens.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/05/thousands-protest-airbase-japan-okinawa-150517075100117.html
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/05/17/national/politics-diplomacy/thousands-protest-u-s-futenma-base-in-okinawa/#.VVj5VO_GMcD

30 APRIL 2015

Why US military bases divide Okinawa and mainland Japan

For the past 70 years, the bases have helped deter external attacks on Japan, including on Okinawa. But with over 25,000 US military personnel in Okinawa, and about 18 per cent of its land area being used by the US military, the presence of the bases endangers the lives and properties of the local people
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2015/04/30/why-us-military-bases-divide-okinawa-and-mainland-japan/

 

Wars, conflicts and strategy on 31 October in Asian history

WARS, CONFLICTS AND STRATEGY ON 31 OCTOBER IN ASIAN HISTORY

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1814: Beginning of the Battle of Nalapani (up to November 30),  the first battle of Anglo-Nepalese War between the East India Company and Nepal  from 1814 to 1816.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Nalapani

1814-10-31 Nalapani

1874: Agreement between Japan and China respecting Formosa (Taiwan) after a Japanese military intervention on Taiwan

1946: Peace talks resume in Nanjing between the Communists and the Nationalists

1948: In Indonesia, anti-Dutch leader Musso is killed while attempting to escape arrest
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Musso

1968: Citing progress with the Paris peace talks, US President Lyndon B. Johnson announces to the nation that he has ordered a complete cessation of « all air, naval, and artillery bombardment of North Vietnam » effective November 1

1970: South president Thieu vows to never accept a coalition government

1975: After the Khmer Rouge victory in Cambodia, join communiqué between Khmer Republic and Thailand for a pacific coexistence between the two countries

2008: Gen Toshio Tamogami, head of the Japanese air force is sacked after saying in an essay that the country was not an aggressor in World War II
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7702374.stm

2010: Hundreds of Korean family members separated for  more than half a century by the Korean War embraced each other in tearful  reunions, a day after troops exchanged gunfire in the Demilitarized Zone  dividing the countries
http://edition.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/asiapcf/10/30/nkorea.skorea.reunions/
http://www.reuters.com/news/pictures/slideshow?articleId=USRTXU7J2#a=7

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aBzliVKI8ok

2010: NATO: Coalition Forces Kill Nearly 100 Afghan Insurgents. Five NATO  troops are injured in the fighting.

On 31 October in South Asian history

 

ON 31 OCTOBER IN SOUTH ASIAN HISTORY

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1814: Beginning of the Battle of Nalapani (up to November 30),  the first battle of Anglo-Nepalese War between the East India Company and Nepal  from 1814 to 1816.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Nalapani

1814-10-31 Nalapani

1875: Birth of Vallabhbhai Patel, political and social leader of India who played a major role in the country’s struggle for independence and guided its integration into a united, independent nation, who died on December 15, 1950.
http://www.14gaam.com/history-of-sardar-vallabhbhai-patel.htm

1876: A monster cyclone ravages India, resulting in over 200,000 human deaths

1883: Death of Swami Dayananda Saraswati, important Hindu religious scholar, founder of Arya Samaj, « Society of Nobles », a Hindu reform  movement, born on February 12, 1824
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dayananda_Saraswati

1925: Birth of Kotayya Pratyagatma, Indian film director who died on June 8, 2001
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0695581/

1975: Death of SD Burman, Indian musician, born on October 1, 1906
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SD_Burman

1984: Indira Gandhi, PM since 1966 is assassinated by two of her Sikh security guards


http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/october/31/newsid_2464000/2464423.stm
http://www.nytimes.com/learning/general/onthisday/bday/1119.html
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/31st-october-1984-prime-minister-indira-gandhi-was-assassinated
http://www.sikhtimes.com/bios_111284a.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vw15MYS9Lhg 

1984-10-31-gandhi-assassinee-pf

2003: Death of Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer, one of the greatest Carnatic vocalists of the twentieth century, born on July 25, 1908
https://www.frontline.in/static/html/fl2023/stories/20031121006913100.htm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TM2NQGoCBQs

2006: Death of Amrita Pritam, Pakistani-Indian author and poet, born on August 31 1919
http://www.theguardian.com/news/2005/nov/04/guardianobituaries.india
http://www.thefamouspeople.com/profiles/amrita-pritam-5432.php
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amrita_Pritam

Amrita Pritam

2010: NATO: Coalition Forces Kill Nearly 100 Afghan Insurgents. Five NATO  troops are injured in the fighting.

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
http://www.sify.com/news/30-years-later-a-prime-ministers-assassination-recalled-news-columns-ok4oaudcdjieg.html

2014: India’s technology capital Bangalore will be formally known as Engaluru, eight years after the state first proposed the name change
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-29845215

On 31 October in Southeast Asian history

1967-10-31-nguyen-van-thieu-president

ON 31 OCTOBER IN SOUTHEAST ASIAN HISTORY

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1922: Birth of King Norodom Sihanouk of Cambodia who abdicated in 2004
http://www.thefamouspeople.com/profiles/norodom-sihanouk-5974.php
http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1E1-SihanoukN.html

SIHANOUK1

1942: Birth of Eduardo Castrillo, Filipino sculptor
http://lifestyle.inquirer.net/138769/castrillo-as-master-artist
https://www.google.fr/search?q=eduardo+castrillo&rlz=1G1ACAW_FRFR414&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=JDlxUsfHBOrV0QXQrYGACQ&sqi=2&ved=0CAcQ_AUoAQ&biw=1188&bih=585

Eduardo Castrillo

1948: In Indonesia, anti-Dutch leader Musso is killed while attempting to escape arrest
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Musso

1952: Death of U Chit Hlaing, Burmese politician, born in 1879
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chit_Hlaing

NPG x150726; U Chit Hlaing

1955: Birth of Eduardo V. Manalo, Filipino religious leader, Executive Minister of Iglesia ni Cristo
http://theiglesianicristo.blogspot.fr/2015/06/brother-eduardo-v-manalo-brief-biography.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eduardo_V._Manalo

1956:Birth of Christopher de Leon, Filipino actor, director, producer, and politician
http://www.pinoystop.com/bio/celebrity-profile/762/christopher-de-leon-biography
http://waytofamous.com/9044-christopher-de-leon.html

1966: Birth of Annabella Lwin, Burmese singer-songwriter and Producer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Annabella_Lwin

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iv0e3WLjKEA

1967: Nguyen Van Thieu take oath of office as 1st President of South Vietnam 2nd Republic
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nguy%E1%BB%85n_V%C4%83n_Thi%E1%BB%87u#1967_presidential_election

1967-10-31-nguyen-van-thieu-president         
1968: Citing progress with the Paris peace talks, US President Lyndon B. Johnson announces to the nation that he has ordered a complete cessation of « all air, naval, and artillery bombardment of North Vietnam » effective November 1

1970: South president Thieu vows to never accept a coalition government

1975: After the Khmer Rouge victory in Cambodia, join communiqué between Khmer Republic and Thailand for a pacific coexistence between the two countries

2003: Mahathir bin Mohamad resigns as Prime Minister of Malaysia and is replaced by Deputy Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, marking an end to Mahathir’s 22 years in power
http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/october/31/newsid_3722000/3722980.stm

2012: Myanmar rejects an offer by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to open talks aimed at quelling deadly communal violence there, according to the regional bloc’s chief.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/10/2012103161130375846.html

2014: Myanmar, government opens talks with Aung San Suu Kyi on peace, reconciliation and reforms
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Myanmar,-government-opens-talks-with-Aung-San-Suu-Kyi-on-peace,-reconciliation-and-reforms-32576.html

On 31 October in Japan’s history

ON 31 OCTOBER IN JAPAN’S HISTORY

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1760: Birth of Katsushika Hokusai, Japanese painter, who died on May 10, 1849
http://www.katsushikahokusai.org/
http://www.andreas.com/hokusai.html
http://www.artcyclopedia.com/artists/hokusai_katsushika.html
http://www.google.fr/search?q=Katsushika+Hokusai&hl=fr&rlz=1G1ACAW_FRFR414&biw=1366&bih=594&tbm=isch&prmd=imvnso&source=lnms&ei=dbWtTtCUC6je4QS6idnWDg&sa=X&oi=mode_link&ct=mode&cd=2&ved=0CDAQ_AUoAQ

1806: Death of Utamaro Kitagawa, Japanese painter, born in1753
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Utamaro
https://www.google.fr/search?q=Utamaro+Kitagawa&hl=fr&rlz=1G1ACAW_FRFR414&prmd=imvnso&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=Dp2NULDVMYyHhQfzhoGYDQ&ved=0CAoQ_AUoAQ&biw=1140&bih=500

1817: Ayahito (Ninko), 120th Japanese Emperor is enthroned. He will die on 21 February 1846
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Ninko_of_Japan

1874: Engagement between Japan and China respecting Formosa (Taiwan) after a Japanese military intervention on Taiwan
http://www.taiwandocuments.org/1874treaty.htm

 1929: Birth of Yoshiki Iwama, Japanese screenwriter who died on June 13, 1999
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0412534/

1929: Birth of Fumio Watanabe, Japanese actor, who died on August 4, 2004
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0913796/

1949: Birth of Kenichi Kato, Japanese actor
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0441369/

1953: The movie “Gate of Hell” (Jigokumon), Palme d’Or award at the 1954 Cannes Film Festival, is released in Japan
http://hkmoviesarebest-areyouserious.blogspot.com/2008/04/jigokumon-gate-of-hell.html

1990: Death of Aya Koda, Japanese writer, born on September 1, 1904
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aya_K%C5%8Dda

2000: Death of Watanabe Kazuki Japanese musician, born on April 7, 1981)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kazuki_Watanabe_(musician)

2008: Gen Toshio Tamogami, head of the Japanese air force is sacked after saying in an essay that the country was not an aggressor in World War II
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7702374.stm

2012: Firebrand Japanese conservative Shintaro Ishihara, who resigned as governor of Tokyo, has become the leader of a small right-leaning party whose lawmakers have an average age of 73.5
http://english.sina.com/world/p/2012/1113/526180.html
http://www.europe-solidaire.org/spip.php?page=article_impr&id_article=26775

2015 : Osaka mayor Toru Hashimoto’s new national party holds its inaugural ceremony with 18 Diet members from the embattled Japan Innovation Party
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/10/01/national/politics-diplomacy/hashimoto-matsui-launch-new-national-party-focused-osaka/#.WBY_KuRSNC8

2017: Japan’s Democratic Party taps Upper House member Kohei Otsuka as new party president
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/10/31/national/politics-diplomacy/dp-taps-upper-house-member-kohei-otsuka-new-party-president/#.Wfi4ZGjWw2w
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/yukio-edano-stands-up-as-the-leader-of-japans-biggest-opposition

 

On 31 October in Chinese history, Hong Kong and Taiwan

ON 31 OCTOBER IN CHINESE HISTORY, HONG KONG AND TAIWAN

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1864: Birth of Li Yuanhong, Chinese general and political figure during the Qing dynasty and the republican era, twice president of the Republic of China, who died on June 3, 1928
http://www.gwpda.org/bio/l/li.html

1874: Agreement between Japan and China respecting Formosa (Taiwan) after a Japanese military intervention on Taiwan
http://www.taiwandocuments.org/1874treaty.htm

1887: Birth of Chiang Kai-shek, president of the Republic of China who died on April 5, 1975
http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/historic_figures/chiang_kaishek.shtml

1916: Death of Huang Xing, Chinese revolutionary leader, militarist, and statesman, the first army commander-in-chief of the Republic of China. One of the founders of the Kuomintang (KMT) and the Republic of China, born on October 25, 1874
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Huang_Xing

1946: Peace talks resume in Nanjing between the Communists and the Nationalists

1968: Dong Biwu succeeds Liu Shaoqi as acting president of the People’s Republic of China, up to January 17, 1975
http://en.chinaculture.org/focus/focus/cities/2011-06/07/content_416212.htm

1970: Birth of Nicky Wu, Taiwanese actor and martial arts expert
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicky_Wu
http://wiki.d-addicts.com/Nicky_Wu

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9kvY006YTYE

1981: Birth of Selina (Jiaxuan) Ren, member of Taiwanese girl-group S.H.E
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Selina_Ren
http://yummycelebrities.com/2007/01/20/selina-ren-she/

2009: Death of Qian Xuesen, father of the Chinese nuclear bomb, born on  December 11, 1911
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2009/nov/01/qian-xuesen-obituary
http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/evanosnos/2009/11/the-two-lives-of-qian-xuesen.html

On 29 October in Asian history

ON 29 OCTOBER IN ASIAN HISTORY

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1504: Birth of Shin Saimdang, Korean painter and poet who died on May 17, 1551
http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Shin_Saimdang

Shin Saimdang Chochungdo

1784: The Dutch United East India Company (Verenigge Oos tindichu Company (VOC) defeats Bugis forces in Riau (now in Indonesia). After  that, sultan of Riau dies without a successor; VOC takes complete control of Johore and Riau by treaty and VOC builds fort on Bintan
http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/malaysia/history-dutch.htm

1866: Birth of Antonio Luna, Filipino revolutionary general, killed on June 5, 1899
http://sentimentsofmoonlightbutterfly.blogspirit.com/archive/2006/04/30/the-veiled-heroism-of-antonio-luna-and-his-inaudible-outcrie.html
https://kahimyang.com/kauswagan/articles/1322/today-in-philippine-history-october-29-1866-antonio-luna-was-born-in-binondo-manila

Antonio Luna

1877: Birth of Narcisa de Leon, Filipino film producer, who died on February 6, 1966
https://kahimyang.com/kauswagan/articles/1483/today-in-philippine-history-october-29-1877-narcisa-de-leon-was-born-in-san-miguel-bulacan
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Narcisa_de_Leon

1889: Birth of Li Dazhao, one of the founders of the Chinese communist Party, executed on 28 April 1927
http://www.china.org.cn/china/18th_cpc_congress/2012-10/29/content_26823462.htm
http://www.infoplease.com/encyclopedia/people/li-dazhao.html
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/10333.html

Li Dazhao 1930

1935: Birth of Takahata Isao, animated film director
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isao_Takahata

1936: Birth of Akiko Kojima, Japanese model, first Asian Miss Universe 1959
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akiko_Kojima

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLfurUktnpI

1940: Death of Phan Bội Châu, Vietnamese poet and activist, born on December 26, 1867 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phan_B%E1%BB%99i_Ch%C3%A2u

1945: Dutch East India (Indonesia), Sukarno and Hatta arrive in Surabaya by plane. Sukarno and General Mallaby agree on a truce. Poor communications and general chaos prevent Sukarno from enforcing the truce

1951: Jean de Raymond, French representative in Cambodia is assassinated in Phnom-Penh
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/42710921

1953: Non official trade agreement between China and Japan. By the way, 25,000 Japanese citizens held in China return to home

1954: Birth of Tomoko Ai, Japanese actress
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0014420/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terror_of_Mechagodzilla


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t71P_aDTzzA

1956: Birth of Etsuko Shihomi, Japanese actress
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0793399/


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0QdFUbhfAeA

1959: Death of the king of Laos Sisavang Vong. He is succeeded by his son Sri Savang Vatthana, born on July 14, 1885
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sisavang_Vong
http://history.info/on-this-day/1959-sisavang-vong-king-of-laos-who-had-around-15-wives-and-50-children/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IwfgjU-b0Jg

1965: Birth of Masahiro Takashima, Japanese actor
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Masahiro_Takashima
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0847392/
http://www.jdorama.com/artiste.912.htm


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RVsvXG0_1zM

1971: As a result of the vietnamization of the war by president Nixon, the total number of American troops still in Vietnam drops to a record low of 196,700, the lowest level since January 1966

1975: Birth of Kelly Lin, Taiwanese actress
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kelly_Lin

Kelly Lin

1977: Death of Maeda Seison, Japanese painter, born on January 27, 1885
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maeda_Seison
https://www.google.fr/search?q=Maeda+Seison&hl=fr&rlz=1G1ACAW_FRFR414&prmd=imvns&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=IUKMUKyBM4jJhAeHqoDoDg&ved=0CAoQ_AUoAQ&biw=1140&bih=500

1977: Death of Chen Wangdao, communist intellectual, president of Fudan university (1949-1977), born in 1891
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chen_Wangdao
http://jerome459.blogspot.fr/2011/05/first-to-translate-communist-manifesto.html
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/10343.html

1978: Birth of Kumiko Higa, Japanese actress
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1321017/

kumiko Higa

1981: Birth of Reema Sen, Indian actress
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reema_Sen

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZ_pSM63l0w&feature=fvst

1981: Birth of Angelika de la Cruz, Filipina actress
http://www.pinoystop.com/bio/celebrity-profile/517/angelika-dela-cruz-biography#chitika_close_button

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_rKF8Zgf16c

1982: Birth of Ariel Lin, Taiwanese actress and singer
http://women.stareastasia.com/ariel-lin/
http://yummycelebrities.com/2006/11/13/ariel-lin-yi-chen/


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qmV6yEc4wg

1986: Birth of Sarita Pérez de Tagle, Filipina actress and model
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1735222/

1987: Birth of Makoto Ogawa, Japanese singer
http://helloproject.wikia.com/wiki/Ogawa_Makoto

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mvPHajxdJDs

1988: Pakistan’s general Rahimuddin Khan resigns from his post as governor of Sindh, following the effort by president Ghulam Ishaq Khan to limit the powers Rahimuddin had accumulated
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rahimuddin_Khan

1988: Death of Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay, Indian activist, born on April 3, 1903
http://kractivist.wordpress.com/2013/04/03/kamaladevi-chattopadhyay-the-indefatigable-freedom-fighter-and-champion-of-womenrights/
http://www.iloveindia.com/indian-heroes/kamaladevi-chattopadhyay.html

1991: Death of Chinese painter Huang Junbi, born in 1898
http://www.google.fr/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CCMQFjAAahUKEwjutszKz-XIAhXEfhoKHZIBA9w&url=http%3A%2F%2Farchives.lib.ntnu.edu.tw%2Fdoc%2Fc4_1_4_eng.pdf&usg=AFQjCNHURI1hY6lQcT_kYTKv6whXnvxNeQ&sig2=AycUJG7ZqsYqfcr7gJC23w
http://www.blouinartinfo.com/artists/88834–huang-junbi

huang Junbi boating at sunset

1999: Super-cyclone wreaks havoc in India
http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/october/29/newsid_3691000/3691573.stm
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/29th-october-1999-a-super-cyclone-strikes-odisha

2001: In Japan, for the first time since 1945, the Japanese diet approves a law which authorizes the sending of Japanese forces out of the archipelago to fight international terrorism

2004: In Cambodia, coronation of king Norodom Sihamoni, born on May 14, 1953

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/3963945.stm
http://english.people.com.cn/200410/30/eng20041030_162203.html

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/special-reports/when-sihamoni-became-king

 

2005: Delhi bombings kill more than 60
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/29_October_2005_Delhi_bombings

2006: In Bangladesh, prime minister Khaleda Zia is forced to quit and president Lajuddin Ahmed assumes this function up to January 2007

2006: Sri Lanka government negotiations in Geneva with Tamil separatists fail

2009: Death  of Bei Shizhang, Chinese biologist and educator who was born on October 10,1903
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bei_Shizhang

2009: The Philippine government and separatists fighting for a Muslim homeland in the country’s south sign an agreement to protect schools and hospitals, and avoid civilian suffering
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2009/10/200910285955811606.html

2013: India and Pakistan agree to observe calm along the Sialkot-Jammu working boundary after days of skirmishes which have been the worst in a decade
http://dawn.com/news/1052702/india-pakistan-agree-to-maintain-ceasefire-at-working-boundary

2014: A special tribunal in Bangladesh sentences the head of the country’s Jamaat-e-Islami party to death for his role in the deaths of thousands during the nation’s independence war against Pakistan in 1971
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/10/jamaat-chief-sentenced-death-bangladesh-201410296842621834.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-29813571

2015 : China announces that it will end one-child policy and allow two children for each couple
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/10/china-child-policy-151029110647826.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-34674444

 

Holidays and observances

Cambodia: Coronation Day