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India to rename two dozen places in Tibet region under China as retaliation

India has initiated a retaliatory effort against China's renaming of locations in India's Arunachal Pradesh state. The Indian government intends to rename over two dozen places in China's Tibet Autonomous Region as a response.







(...) Kami Rita reached the 8,849-meter peak at 7:25 a.m. local time Sunday along with other climbers, said Mingma Sherpa of the expedition organizer Seven Summits Treks. He was reported in good health and already on the way down to lower camps.





The birthday of the historical Buddha or Shakyamuni Buddha, known as Vesak in several countries, celebrates the birth of the child who became Prince Siddhartha around the end of the 4th century B.C. 





The Himalayan republic is home to eight of the world's 10 highest peaks and welcomes hundreds of adventurers each spring, when temperatures are warm and winds are typically calm.

 
                      

Where is Aung San Suu Kyi?

Myanmar’s ousted leader was reportedly whisked out of jail during a heatwave.





The junta is keeping her hidden because they ‘can’t compete with her politically,’ experts say.



Myanmar: Military Forcibly Recruiting Rohingya, Says HRW

The Myanmar military has abducted and forcibly recruited more than 1,000 Rohingya Muslim men and boys from across Rakhine State since February





Nearly seven years after the Myanmar military killed thousands of Muslim Rohingyas, in what the UN called "textbook ethnic cleansing", it wants their help.





After surviving on salt and water for 21 days, noted climate activist and education reformer Sonam Wangchuk has ended his hunger strike to press for statehood for Ladakh and the protection of the fragile Himalayan ecology, but insisted that his fight will continue.






An auction of the villa of Myanmar's detained leader Aung San Suu Kyi has failed after no bids were made for it.






The authorities want to evict the community living on Ta Mok Lake, the largest in the Cambodian capital, to make way for a residential high-rise building




On 7 February, Obaidul Quader, Bangladeshi Minister for Road Transport and Bridges, told the media that Rohingya refugees from Myanmar will no longer be allowed to enter his country.





Of 20,000 people arrested, more than 5,000 are women suspected of political offenses.




An award-winning journalist and documentary filmmaker was sentenced to life in prison in Myanmar on Wednesday, according to media reports, marking yet another assault on press freedom by the country’s military since the 2021 coup.


China carves into Bhutan despite ongoing border talks

Recent satellite imagery, dated less than a month ago, has revealed an alarming acceleration in China’s illicit construction activities within the Beyul Khenpajong region of northeast Bhutan. The images captured the rapid development of Chinese townships along a river valley, encroaching upon an area of profound historical and cultural significance to Bhutan’s royal family.


Myanmar: Women And Children Suffer Amid Civil War

As Myanmar’s civil war approaches its third year, intensified fighting across the country this year between ruling junta forces and resistance fighters has destroyed villages and parts of towns, displacing hundreds of thousands of civilians, most of whom are women and children.



 

Impact of Buddhism extends beyond realm of faith in Bhutan

Buddhism had an influence that went beyond religion. Bhutan’s art, architecture, and even government were influenced by it, Bhutan 




Report reveals “catastrophic loss” to Himalayan glaciers “even at 2C”

With COP28 underway in Dubai, researchers say climate negotiations should pay more attention to mountain regions, particularly the Hindu Kush Himalayas, given the grave potential impacts on its sprawling population


Myanmar's Junta Cuts Off Aung San Suu Kyi From Son

Myanmar's military junta has blocked communication between detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and her family and her lawyers, according to her younger son.





Bhutan: the vibrant dance of Drametse Ngacham
n the small eastern Bhutan village of Drametse, twice a year, the Drametse Ngacham masked dance is performed in honour of Padmasambhava, an 8th-century Buddhist master, Bhutan Live reported.
The Cambodian government has been accused of using "direct and subtle threats" to evict thousands of families living near the Angkor Wat Unesco World Heritage Site.


UN ‘deeply concerned’ over reports women and children killed in Myanmar bombing
The United Nations says it is “deeply concerned” by reports that civilians, including women and children, were killed and injured in a bombing at a camp for internally displaced people in Myanmar.

Suu Kyi legal team files latest appeal for prison meeting

The request comes a week after the junta lifted a COVID-19-era ban on visits to inmates.

Myanmar junta arrested more than 1,300 people for online criticism

‘There is no freedom at all,’ says one person. Many of those arrested were first doxxed by junta supporters.


China bans Mongolian-medium classes, cuts language hours in schools

The move completes the ban on Mongolian-medium education that sparked mass protests across the region in 2020.



Myanmar Supreme Court rejects Suu Kyi appeals of six graft cases

Former democracy icon is serving 27 years for defaming military and undermining state order.



Aung San Suu Kyi’s party concerned for health of Myanmar’s imprisoned former leader
The party of Myanmar’s deposed former leader Aung San Suu Kyi said Thursday they were concerned she is “not receiving adequate medical care” while in prison, amid reports her health is failing.

Aung San Suu Kyi’s appeal dismissed by junta’s high court

An appeal filed by lawyers for Aung San Suu Kyi has been rejected by the military junta’s Supreme Court – a decision that comes a month after a junta pardon reduced her total prison sentence from 33 years to 27 years.





'Congratulations India!' World leaders come together to wish Independence Day to Indian citizens

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that the bilateral relationship between the United States and India is deeper and more expansive than ever as he extended his wishes to Indians on Independence Day

Military reshuffling aims to keep Myanmar’s ruling junta in place for the long term

One observer says it’s the ‘military’s attempt to dominate and control all departments.’

Burmese mark anniversary of 8888 uprising with protests against military junta

The ruling regime tightened security and posted plainclothes officers in cities and towns.

Myanmar: Junta Announces Fourth Extension Of Emergency Rule

 Myanmar’s military junta extended a state of emergency on Monday on the eve of a deadline, delaying elections it had vowed to hold by the end of the year, according to media reports.



Myanmar’s ruling military junta has pardoned Aung San Suu Kyi on five charges for which she was previously convicted, reducing the lengthy sentences handed down to the deposed, democratically elected leader after generals seized control of the Southeast Asian nation.



Why Media Outlets Need To Publish More Articles On Myanmar-Bangladesh’s Rohingya Aid Issue

 More than 1.1 million Rohingya refugees are living in Bangladesh, and the UNHCR’s most recent news item, “Rohingya refugees face hunger and loss of hope after latest ration cuts,” raises questions regarding their nutritional status and food security. 


Myanmar Aung San Suu Kyi moved out of jail to house arrest

Myanmar's ousted civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been moved to house arrest after the military detained her following a coup in February 2021.



Myanmar's Junta could transfer Aung San Suu Kyi to house arrest

According to some sources, the Burmese coup junta may transfer former leader Aung San Suu Kyi from a prison in the capital Naypiydaw to house arrest, after the Nobel Peace Prize laureate was captured with other government representatives on 1 February 2021 and subsequently sentenced to more than 30 years in prison on bogus charges. 



In Myanmar, nearly 2 million people have been displaced by civil war, UN says

Junta troops are blocking humanitarian aid from reaching displaced civilians.


Myanmar’s Supreme Court scheduled hearings for this month to consider appeals from ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi against her conviction in cases that saw her receive a total of 33 years in prison, legal officials said Saturday.



Anniversary of Guru Rinpoche 2023 (Bhutan): Facts, Dates and History

Guru Rinpoche's Birth Anniversary is a celebration conducted in his honour.


Myanmar: Junta Blocks Lifesaving Cyclone Aid

Restrictions on Humanitarian Access, Supplies, Movement Threaten Millions

Himalayan glaciers to lose 75 per cent of ice cover by 2100, says report

The report added that at 1.5 degrees Celsius or 2C of warming above pre-industrial temperatures, glaciers across the entire region will lose 30% to 50% of their volume by 2100.

Do Rohingyas Want To Return To Their Homeland Myanmar From Bangladesh?

It has been discussed time and again that Myanmar has given only words of hope for a logical solution to the Rohingya crisis, but nothing has been done. Apart from this, Rohingyas will be repatriated in stages – such assurance was given to Bangladesh. But it never saw the light of day.


 

Myanmar’s junta has sentenced 156 civilians to death since coup

Military seeks to instill fear in those who oppose its rule.



Freed Prisoners in Myanmar Express Fear of Being Rearrested 


A handful of the more than 2,000 political prisoners recently freed by Myanmar’s post-coup junta have told VOA they remain under military surveillance and are afraid of being rearrested.



Nepali sets Everest record with 27 ascents, Briton makes most summits by a foreigner

A Nepali sherpa scaled Mount Everest for a record 27th time on Wednesday, beating his own record, a government official and his hiking company said. 



Bhutan: King Should Free Political Prisoners

(...) Bhutanese law defines those imprisoned for “offenses against the Tsa-Wa-Sum (king, country and people)” as “political prisoners.” Of the 37 known cases, the longest-serving have been in prison since 1990 and many were sentenced to life without parole.



Myanmar Junta Pardons Over 2,000 Political Prisoners

 Myanmar's junta pardoned more than 2,000 political prisoners to mark a Buddhist holiday on Wednesday, with families rushing to prisons for tearful reunions with loved ones jailed in a sweeping crackdown on dissent.



Bhutan wants a border deal with China: Will India accept?

The Himalayan nation of Bhutan is nestled between two Asian giants, China and India. But that unique geographical position also comes with a price.



Myanmar's junta-controlled Supreme Court to hear appeal by Aung San Suu Kyi

But those familiar with the cases against her are not optimistic that the verdicts will be reversed.


Myanmar military airstrike: More than 100 people feared dead

More than 100 people are feared to have been killed in Tuesday's airstrike by the Myanmar military, one of the deadliest so far in the civil war



Bhutan: Free Long-Term Political Prisoners

The Royal Government of Bhutan should quash the convictions of several dozen political prisoners who have been imprisoned for decades following unfair trials and alleged torture and release them, Human Rights Watch said today.



Thousands of people at risk of being displaced by hydropower in central Nepal

Just one river is due to have 36 hydropower projects, with local people saying the impacts of tunnelling the mountainside are already forcing them to leave their homes


Myanmar: Supreme Court Rejects Aung San Suu Kyi’s Appeal On Corruption Charges

 Myanmar’s Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s appeal of two corruption charges, sources close to the court told Radio Free Asia.



The Losar Festival In Sikkim Should Be On Your Calendar This Month 

(...) This major religious festival – also known as Gyalpo Lossar – will be celebrated this year from February 21 to 27, and will showcase culture, local traditions and food, as well as performances


Myanmar coup anniversary: 'Silent strike' marks two years of military rule

Protesters have urged the public to remain indoors and for businesses to close for Wednesday's anniversary. 



Mahatma Gandhi Death Anniversary: Check 10 Interesting and Unknown Facts about 'Father Of the Nation'

Gandhiji's Death Anniversary: On January 30, Gandhiji was shot dead by Nathuram Godse. That's why every year Martyr's Day is celebrated in India on 30 January



Republic Day: India celebrates with colourful parade

India celebrated its 74th Republic Day on Thursday with a colourful parade displaying military might and cultural diversity. 



Myanmar court extends Aung San Suu Kyi’s prison sentence to 33 years

       A court in military-run Myanmar has sentenced Aung San Suu Kyi to seven years 
in prison for corruption, a source familiar with the case told CNN, bringing an end to a string of secretive and highly-politicized proceedings against the ousted former leader.


Myanmar, UN Security Council to coup junta: free Aung San Suu Kyi

For the first time since the coup in February 2021, the UN Security Council yesterday passed a resolution on Myanmar. It demands a halt to violence in the ongoing civil war and calls on the ruling military junta to release all political prisoners, including democratic leader Aung San Suu Kyi.



Myanmar releases ex-U.K. ambassador, Australian aide to Suu Kyi from prison

Myanmar’s junta has released a wave of prisoners, including an Australian aide to former leader Aung San Suu Kyi and a former British ambassador to the Southeast Asian country, 
in what authorities described as an amnesty to mark a national holiday on Thursday



 Myanmar Junta Sentences Former NLD Lawmaker to 148-Years in Prison


Win Myint Hlaing, 52, is just one of hundreds of former members of the National League for Democracy government that are languishing in prison.



Aung San Suu Kyi will serve sentences for 2 charges concurrently, bringing her total prison time to 26 years.


Vietnam Wins Seat on UN Human Rights Council

That such a rights-abusing state could win election to the body speaks to structural
problems in the current international human rights regime.



Ten Teachings by Thich Nhat Hanh in Honor of His Continuation Day


A selection of wisdom and practices from the late Vietnamese Zen master and peace activist




He was jailed on charges of "inciting government employees to commit crimes" by a secret court in Yangon.




Toru Kubota, 26, was arrested in July at a protest in Myanmar's main city of Yangon.


Observers say the ruling is one of many politically motivated acts targeting the party.

UN chief highlights Mahatma Gandhi's values of 'peace' to defeat global challenges

 United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres on Sunday urged people to shun violence by following Mahatma Gandhi`s principles of Ahimsa (non-violence) on the occasion of his 153rd birth anniversary. Notably, Mahatma Gandhi`s birthday is celebrated as the International Day of Non-Violence.



Vietnamese Facebooker arrested for posting “anti-state video.”

The police have not clarified what offenses he allegedly committed

Aung San Suu Kyi sentenced to another 3 years in prison

Her adviser, Australian Sean Turnell, and 3 NLD Cabinet members also received 3 year sentences.

Htet Htet Khine was convicted on ‘incitement’ and ‘illegal association’ charges for her reporting.


‘I’ll be able to carry on the struggle for Myanmar’ from Canada

Myanmar beauty queen Han Lay was granted asylum in Canada after a week after her detention in Bangkok.



National League for Democracy member arrested and killed in Magway region

Thaw Zin Oo was tied up, tortured and shot in the back of the head.

Khmer Rouge Tribunal Upholds Genocide Conviction

A genocide conviction registered against Khieu Samphan, the 91-year-old former Khmer Rouge head of state, was upheld by a full bench of seven judges at the United Nations-backed war crimes tribunal in Phnom Penh on Thursday.



The shadow government envoy discusses expectations for the 77th General Assembly.


China is to start a feasibility study for the Tibet-Nepal Railway through the fragile Himalayas, but there are concerns that environmental impacts are not being considered.


Yesterday, a special court in military-ruled Myanmar sentenced a journalist associated with the British broadcaster BBC to three years in prison with hard labor for her reporting following the military coup of February 2021.




Sources say plainclothes officers beat the protesters before detaining them.


Myanmar Junta Sentences Former Ambassador to 1 Year in Prison

Vicky Bowman has been accused of violating a minor immigration regulation, but the true motivations of her arrest are clearly political.


Myanmar’s former leader now faces 20 years in prison with other cases still to be heard


Authorities have crushed least 15 protests by political prisoners since Myanmar coup

The crackdowns came in response to peaceful protests in solidarity with anti-junta activists.


Monks who peacefully protest junta rule face arrest and other forms of harassment.

Myanmar: No Justice, No Freedom for Rohingya 5 Years On

 Rohingya Muslims are still awaiting justice and protection of their rights five years after the Myanmar military began a sweeping campaign of massacresrapeand arson in northern Rakhine State on August 25, 2017, Human Rights Watch said today.


(...) Despite a government ban on sex-selection tests in 1994, campaigners say it remains rampant. Nobel laureate Amartya Sen has described India as "a country of missing women" and the UN estimates that nearly 400,000 female births - or 3% of all female births - are missed annually as a result of gender biased sex selection.



Refugees who met with Michelle Bachelet in southeastern Bangladesh said she told them Myanmar was unstable.


Myanmar: Six more years of prison time for Suu Kyi in more corruption cases

The trial was held behind closed doors, with no access for media or the public, and her lawyers were forbidden by a gag order from revealing information about the proceedings.



Independence Day marks India's freedom from the clutches of British colonialism for over two centuries. This Independence Day is especially significant as it commemorates 75 years of the country's independence.



As India marks its first 75 years, Gandhi is downplayed, even derided

Absent from the names? Mahatma Gandhi, the Indian pacifist who has been celebrated by many — including the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. — as an inspiration and an icon of nonviolent resistance.




The United States dropped the world's first atomic bomb on Hiroshima on Aug 6, 1945, destroying the city and killing 140,000 people.



The anniversary comes weeks after the execution of movement leader Ko Jimmy.

Hiroshima prays for peace, fears new arms race on atomic bombing anniversary


UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres joined the thousands packed into the Peace Park in the centre of Japan's Tokyo city to mark the anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing.


A photographer known for documenting anti-junta protests and other activities has died in custody after being detained by authorities in Myanmar’s embattled Sagaing region over the weekend, family members and friends said Monday.


Myanmar military extends emergency rule until 2023


Myanmar's military regime has extended its emergency rule until 2023 as the country remains riven by internal fighting following last year's coup.


NGOs: Thailand may be planning to deport Uyghurs to China

Thailand has moved dozens of Uyghurs from around the kingdom to a single facility in Bangkok, a security official confirmed Wednesday, raising fears among NGOs that the government may deport them to China after three detainees escaped earlier this month.


Myanmar Junta Executes Four

Myanmar’s military junta on July 25, 2022, reported the execution of four men in the country’s first death sentences carried out in over 30 years.



The United Nations' highest court is ruling Friday on whether to proceed with a landmark case that accuses Myanmar's rulers of genocide against the country's mainly Muslim Rohingya minority


The sources cited above said the Cabinet went ahead with the decision despite the panel chiefs advising the government to "not throttle the work already done, including gathering of evidence".


Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi Testifies in Election Fraud Trial

A conviction could lead to her party being dissolved and unable to participate in a new election the military has promised will take place in 2023.





The military intentionally targeted Buddhist monasteries, churches and mosques, sources say.




The government has been targeting lawyers defending clients including politicians and democracy activists

Nepal Plans to Lower Age at Marriage

The minimum age was set higher to ensure that girls finish school, become independent and make informed choices. Will the proposed change reverse the gains achieved?


NLD slams junta transfer of Suu Kyi to prison in Myanmar capital

The party says the 77-year-old is at risk from poor conditions and lack of access to health care.

Myanmar's ousted leader Suu Kyi sent to solitary confinement

Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar's former de facto leader who was ousted during the February 2021 military coup, has been sent to solitary confinement at a prison in capital Nay Pyi Taw, the media reported



The AAPP figure compares to higher figures released by a think tank.


Rohingya refugees are stuck in limbo a decade after violence forced them to flee

More than 130,000 Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar’s Rakhine state remain stuck in makeshift camps that are often short of food and opportunity, unable to return to their homes after sectarian violence with Buddhists forced them to flee a decade ago.



Thailand: Allow Newly Arrived Rohingya Access to Asylum

The Thai government should provide recently rescued Rohingya asylum seekers with assistance and immediate access to procedures to determine their refugee status, Human Rights Watch said today.



‘Illegal occupation of our ter‘Illegal occupation of our territory,’ India says as China constructs second bridge across Pangong Lakeritory,’ India says as China constructs second bridge across Pangong Lake

(...)  “Both these bridges are in areas that have continued to be under illegal occupation of China since the 1960s. We’ve never accepted such illegal occupation of our territory, nor have we accepted the unjustified Chinese claim or such construction activities,” India’s  Ministry of External   



As of March 11, army tribunals in the Yangon region had sentenced more than 150 people to death or life in jail.

New civilian death toll since coup ‘unprecedented’ in Myanmar’s history

A research institute says more than 5,600 civilians have been killed since February 2021.

Vietnamese blogger sent back to jail after three years in mental hospital

Political prisoners at another facility are meanwhile confined to their cells for refusing to work.



Climate disasters are disrupting subsistence agriculture in western Nepal, where malnutrition and infant mortality are already high

How Narendra Modi is remaking India into a Hindu state

The prime minister and his party are laying waste to the secular underpinnings of the constitution



Nepali Sherpa woman climbs Mt Everest for 10th time, breaks own record

A Nepali Sherpa broke her own record as the most successful female climber of Mount Everest by reaching the summit of the world's highest peak Thursday.



Tenzing Norgay was born in Tsa-chu, Nepal in 1914. His original name was Namgyal Wangdi which was changed on the advice of the head Lama and founder of the Rongbuk Monastery.





Kong Sam An was arrested in September 2020 and sentenced for ‘treason,’ a charge his supporters say is baseless.

Dozens of reporters are jailed in Myanmar, named fifth worst abuser of the media in a global index.


Myanmar’s Suu Kyi charged with bribery as new trial opens

Suu Kyi's supporters and human rights groups have said the cases against her are an attempt to discredit her and legitimise the military's seizure of power, eliminating the possibility of her taking part in a possible 2023 election.

Brahmaputra Dams Made By China Reduce Water Level

At a time when the entire human race is crying out for protection of the environment and ecological balance, which are largely lost due to the actions of careless people, capitalists and anti-environmental organizations and their thoughtless activities...




Seam Pluk, president of the National Heart Party, is accused of submitting fraudulent party registration documents.




A court in military-ruled Myanmar has found former leader Aung San Suu Kyi guilty of corruption, the latest verdict in a series of secret trials.



Nearly 40 Buddhist clergy killed and 40 jailed since Myanmar coup

Nearly 40 Buddhist clergy have been killed, and 40 others jailed, since Myanmar’s military took control of the country in a coup last year, according to data compiled by RFA’s Myanmar Service.


Vietnamese journalist serving 5-year sentence loses appeal

Authorities neglected to inform Le Trong Hung’s wife that the trial even happened.




The earth is you. You are the earth. When you realize there is no separation, says the late Thich Nhat Hanh, you fall completely in love with this beautiful planet.





About 100 structures have been fully or partially destroyed during the chaos that followed the 2021 coup.




Thay didn’t speak about peace. He was peace. He didn’t speak about contentment. He radiated contentment. He didn’t speak about love. He embodied love. To be in his presence was a tangible, visceral experience of love.







Bangladesh authorities have, in recent months, intensified their restrictions on Rohingya refugees’ livelihoods, movement, and education, Human Rights Watch said Monday



More than 130 journalists arrested in Myanmar, media group says

A total of 135 journalists have been arrested in Myanmar since the Feb. 1, 2021, military coup that overthrew civilian rule in that country, according to a local press freedoms group.



Myanmar’s Magway region suffers under military’s March offensive

As many as a dozen civilians were killed and 700 homes burned by junta troops last month.



The move is a violation of the country's election law, says a Candelight Party official.






The new documentary tells Thich Nhat Hanh’s life story using original photographic and film archives.






A planned highway poses threats to apex predators in Nepal, a recent study has found. Government guidelines for wildlife-friendly infrastructure may ease the issue.



Suu Kyi is being tried in the capital, Naypyitaw, in several cases involving charges of corruption, election fraud and violating a state secrets law



Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing’s comments came on the anniversary of the bloodiest crackdown on those protesting last February’s coup.



Nepal artist breathes life into sacred painting tradition
(...) The 40-year-old is applying the final strokes to his paubha painting, a devotional art form known for its minute detail, intense colours and the strict purification rituals traditionally required of its practitioners. 



One rights activist says the moves are ‘more of the ongoing persecution of journalists.’



Vietnamese Journalist Jailed for 5 Years Over ‘Anti-State’ Posts


Vietnamese independent journalist Le Van Dung was sentenced to five years in prison by a Hanoi court on March 23 after being charged with conducting propaganda against the communist regime through social media posts.





Bangladesh: Officials Threaten Rohingya for Setting Up Schools


 Bangladesh officials are threatening to confiscate Rohingya refugees’ identity documents and forcibly relocate them to a remote, flood-prone island if they violate an arbitrary ban on refugee-led schools,...

The US Says Myanmar Committed Genocide in Assaults on Rohingya

The declaration is long overdue, but accountability for Myanmar’s military remains a long way off.



India, Japan urge Myanmar to end violence and return to democracy

Expressing concern over the situation in Myanmar, India and Japan called for an immediate cessation of violence throughout Myanmar and a return to the path of democracy




Sikkim CM Greets People On Auspicious Occasion Of ‘Losar’


The Sikkim Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang-Golay extended his best wishes to the people on the auspicious occasion of ‘Losar’.




Authorities in Yangon posing as activists online arrest dozens


Sources say police used social media to detain a record number of protesters last month.


Rohingya refugees reject return to Myanmar without assurances

They say the junta is trying to placate the international community amid an international genocide hearing.

Civilians nationwide take to the streets to convey ‘the people’s message of revolution.’

Human Rights Watch has accused Vietnamese authorities of harassing and detaining more than 170 activists in the past two decades, in a new report.





Research group says more than half of the arsons took place in Sagaing region.

Reporters group says the government could be trying to regulate Telegram groups and other social media content.



As we are celebrating the 150th Birth Anniversary of Sri Aurobindo this year, a High Level Committee was constituted by the government to commemorate the event.




Bhutan Earns First Oscar Nomination for ‘Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom,’ Up for Best International Feature Film This Year


The film was shot entirely on one camera with solar-powered batteries. Plus, a Tibet museum opens in Dharamsala, and Spirit Rock’s Executive Director steps down.







New arrests bring total detained over Myanmar’s ‘Silent Strike’ to more than 200


But opponents of the military junta remain defiant: ‘The revolution will not be stopped,’ one said.





India announces diplomatic boycott, calls China’s move to politicize Olympic “regrettable”


India effectively announced a diplomatic boycott of the Winter Olympics following China’s domestic torch relay ceremony, which featured and highlighted a Galwan PLA soldier as one of the torchbearers. India called the move “regrettable” that China chose to politicize the Olympics.






Myanmar piles on 11th corruption charge against Suu Kyi


The Global New Light of Myanmar newspaper reported that Suu Kyi was being charged under the Anti-Corruption Law covering bribery, which carries a maximum prison term of 15 years.






Plum Village shares eulogy for Thich Nhat Hanh, images from funeral procession


“We would like to express our deep love and gratitude as we make the vow to carry your teachings, compassion, and insight far into the future,” the eulogy reads.