Why German industry is looking past China to the rest of Asia

  Dr. Frederick Kliem is a visiting fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies and the Centre for Multilateralism Studies in Singapore.   Joe Kaeser, chief executive of manufacturing giant Siemens, is often referred to as Germany’s “CEO politician,” whose frequent public comments on domestic and international issues are intended to nudge the country’s political establishment in certain directions.   In October 2020, Kaeser joined Chancellor Angel Merkel and Economy and Energy Minister Peter Altmaier in a nationwide call for business to look beyond China in their Asia…

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Rights body’s fact-finding team probes alleged shooting of FPI members

To strengthen the disclosure of the incident, we hope all parties would be cooperative and transparent. We also pin such hopes on the police. Jakarta (ANTARA) – The National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) formed a team to study profoundly information developing in the public and obtain facts from parties over shooting of six Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) members, early Monday.   Komnas HAM commissioner for monitoring and investigation Choirul Anam noted in a written statement released on Monday that the rights body had received several explanations from the…

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Egon Zehnder Global Board Diversity Tracker shows slow and insufficient progress — urging measurable action

23.3% of board positions are now held by women, up only slightly from 20.4% in 2018. Black directors make up just 4.1% of all U.S. directors in the Russell 3000 index. In the UK, 37% of FTSE 100 companies surveyed don’t have a non-white corporate director. Only 24 out of the 5,000+ board seats in the Fortune 500 index are filled by openly LGBTQ+ individuals. New board appointments make up 13.5% of board appointments, up from 11.4% in 2018. Of that number, 30% percent were women, up from 27%.  …

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NU Chief recovers from COVID-19 following intensive medical treatment

Alhamdulillah (Thank God), he has recovered. Let us pray for the immediate recovery of our brothers, who still tested positive for COVID-19. Aamiin. Jakarta (ANTARA) – Chairman of the Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) Islamic organization KH Said Aqil Siroj made complete recovery from the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) after undergoing intensive medical treatment at a hospital in the past few days.   “Alhamdulillah (Thank God), he has recovered. Let us pray for the immediate recovery of our brothers, who still tested positive for COVID-19. Aamiin,” the NU Executive Board noted on its…

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Rapid test results indicate 220 polling officers reactive to COVID-19

Tasikmalaya, West Java (ANTARA) – The General Election Commission (KPU) of Tasikmalaya District, West Java, confirmed that results of rapid tests conducted on 36,078 polling officers of the upcoming simultaneous regional head elections (Pilkada) found 220 officials reactive to COVID-19.   “The results of yesterday’s rapid tests declared 220 officers reactive, and they have now been isolated,” Tasikmalaya General Election Office (KPU) Commissioner Isti’anah stated here on Tuesday.   Isti’anah noted that the Tasikmalaya KPU made it mandatory for all election administration officers to undergo rapid tests to confirm they…

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Indonesia advocates global partnership for UN peacekeeping mission

The COVID-19 pandemic has made the tasks of the UN peacekeeping forces more complex. The UN peacekeeping forces are currently also contributing to the handling of the pandemic. Jakarta (ANTARA) – Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi is endorsing global partnership to support the UN’s increasingly formidable peacekeeping mission in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.   “The COVID-19 pandemic has made the tasks of the UN peacekeeping forces more complex. The UN peacekeeping forces are currently also contributing to the handling of the pandemic,” Marsudi noted in the Foreign Ministry’s written…

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