Sunday, November 23, 2014

India tea workers kill owner in pay dispute in West Bengal

BBC News - India tea workers kill owner in pay dispute in West Bengal
The owner of the Sonali tea estate in West Bengal was dragged out of talks on the payment of arrears. He died after being beaten up and stabbed by a crowd.
Police say the owner had come to pacify angry workers who had reportedly not been paid for two or three months.
Correspondents say many workers in India's tea plantations are malnourished and poorly paid.





Monday, November 17, 2014

Japan's economy makes surprise fall into recession

BBC News - Japan's economy makes surprise fall into recession
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is widely expected to call a snap election to seek a mandate to delay an increase in the sales tax to 10%, scheduled for 2015.
The tax increase was legislated by the previous government in 2012 to curb Japan's huge public debt, which is the highest among developed nations.


Putin Gets G20 Scolding

Friday, November 14, 2014

China Covertly Providing Oil To North Korea

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Thai police ban Scot's book for 'insulting' royal family

BBC News - Thai police ban Scot's book for 'insulting' royal family
A Kingdom In Crisis, by Andrew MacGregor Marshall, was released last week by British publishers Zed Books.
Thai police chief General Somyot Poompanmoung said its contents "might affect national security and order".
Anyone violating the ban faces a maximum three years in jail, a fine of 60,000 baht (£1,160), or both.


Thursday, November 13, 2014

India wins US support for massive food stockpiling scheme

India wins US support for massive food stockpiling scheme | South China Morning Post
Under the pact with Washington, India will lift a veto on a global agreement on streamlining customs rules that is likely to add US$1 trillion to the world economy as well as 21 million jobs - 18 million of them in developing countries.
Modi, elected in May, had pulled the plug on the World Trade Organisation agreement four months ago because he objected to a related deal on food security.
Washington, which was the principal opponent of India's food scheme on the grounds that it distorted trade, hailed yesterday's deal. Trade Representative Michael Froman said it would "give new momentum to multilateral efforts at the WTO" and predicted the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) struck by the WTO last year in Bali, Indonesia, would now win quick ratification.
Yet, at a conference call to brief reporters on the deal, Froman declined to answer questions on what concessions India had given in return.
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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

US and China strike deal on carbon cuts


US President Barack Obama looks on as Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks during a joint press conference in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing
US President Barack Obama looks on as Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks during a joint press conference in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing Photograph: GREG BAKER/AFP/Getty Images

The United States and China have unveiled a secretly negotiated deal to reduce their greenhouse gas output, with China agreeing to cap emissions for the first time and the US committing to deep reductions by 2025. MORE