Thai Water Project Clears Major Hurdle After China Shows Interest

BANGKOK — Thailand is moving forward on a controversial and long-pondered water diversion project after the plan drew interest from a major Chinese firm, a move that could give Beijing a new outpost for its sweeping Belt and Road Initiative. Under the leadership of Thailand’s powerful Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan, the country’s National Environment Board in September approved a crucial environmental impact assessment for the Yuam River water diversion project. The board had rejected assessments for the project twice before, most recently in December 2019. September’s about-face came weeks…

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Roundup: Indonesia Pushes For Mangrove Forest Conservation

Indonesia has been working for the restoration of mangrove forests in a number of areas in the country, so as to conserve the world’s largest coverage of mangrove forests. “We are replanting mangroves to protect against waves of sea waters, sea water intrusions, and also to protect the habitat of species in and around mangrove forests,” President Joko Widodo said, after a replanting activity, in which 180,000 hectares of mangrove forests will be rehabilitated. From Sept onwards, the Indonesian president has visited some areas in the country, including Cilacap district…

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Cambodia Lifts Ban On All Flights From Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines

Cambodia yesterday, lifted ban on all flights from Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines, after most of the kingdom’s population have been vaccinated against COVID-19, Health Minister, Mam Bunheng said, in a press statement. The decision to lift the ban was made by Cambodian Prime Minister, Samdech Techo Hun Sen, and it took effect immediately, he said. “It’s part of the country’s move to reopen social and economic activities gradually, in all areas, by adapting to the new normal and to reactivate air transport services,” Bunheng said. Cambodia banned all flights…

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TNI, health centre provide health service for Papua children

Indonesian soldiers of the mechanised infantry battalion 403/Wirasada Pratista border security task force collaborated with health workers from Ubrub public health centre (puskesmas) to provide health service for residents in Somografi Village, Web Sub-district, Keerom District, Papua. Task force commander Lieutenant Colonel Inf. Ade Pribadi Siregar stated the task force has a moral imperative to ensure that children living in the border areas are healthy and receive proper nurture, while carrying out its main duty to defend the national sovereignty. Meanwhile, the task force’s Somografi village post commander First Lieutenant…

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Georgetown program honors women graduate leaders

Georgetown Program intends to honor its first women graduates who have accomplished the academic program for the empowerment of women to better meet leadership’s requirements. “The ceremony, to be organized by Qiyadat Global in partnership with Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, will honor over 200 graduates from more than 20 countries,” a press release of Saudi Press Agency (SPA) received here, Sunday said. The honoring ceremony will take place in Riyadh on Monday (Oct 25). Hundreds of graduates had completed a rigorous academic program addressing leadership skills in decision-making,…

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5.4-magnitude quake hits Bengkulu’s Enggano Island

A 5.4-magnitude earthquake hit Enggano Island in Bengkulu Province on Sunday morning, the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) reported. The epicenter of the earthquake which struck at 06.34 a.m. local time was located 71 kilometers northwest of Enggano at a depth of 11 kilometers, the agency said on its official website. The agency said the earthquake did not have the potential to cause a tsunami. However, it asked local residents to stay alert for aftershocks. No injury or casualty was reported.   Source: Antara News

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