Laos’ hydropower dams draw criticisms from neighbours

Sunday 26 October 2014Date: 24 October 2014 Source: Channel News Asia Type: News Keywords: Dam, hydropower, Mekong River VIENTIANE, Laos: Laos is building a series of hydropower dams as it wants to transform the country into the "battery of Southeast Asia". But this ambition has drawn criticisms from its neighbours due to concerns over the impact on fishing communities and the environment. Hydropower is a major export for Laos. Two-thirds of electricity generated in the country is sold to its neighbours, (...) Read more >>

Uzbekistan’s Bubbling Pot of Destabilization

Sunday 26 October 2014Date: 12 October 2014 Source: Global Research Type: News Keywords: Uzbekistan, political turmoil omething’s cooking in Uzbekistan, and it’s not just plov. The country’s political stability is on the line, as a power struggle is underway for control in a post-Karimov reality that is soon approaching. Karimov himself has been increasingly sidelined as of late, even being pressured to allow his own daughter, once thought to be his hand-picked successor, to go under house arrest. The rival (...) Read more >>

Kyrgyzstan Follows Russia Backwards on NGO Rights

Sunday 26 October 2014Date: 26 October 2014 Source: 24 Press Club Type: News Keywords: NGO law Moves to curb groups seen as too "political" reflect growing influence of Moscow. A bill currently going through Kyrgyzstan’s parliament could undermine an NGO sector that has thrived since independence in 1991, in contrast to the situation in other Central Asian states. The bill is currently at committee stage and is expected to be ready for full parliamentary debate in November. It is inspired by Russian (...) Read more >>

KYRGYZSTAN: Activists Protesting Energy Price Hikes Detained In Bishkek

Sunday 26 October 2014Date: 15 October 2014 Source: Radio Free Europe Type: News Keywords: Protest, energy prices Five activists of Kyrgyzstan’s Jany Muun (New Generation) movement have been detained in Bishkek while protesting energy price hikes on October 15. Some 50 activists rallied in downtown Bishkek on October 15 protesting recent increase of electricity price by 50 percent and demanding former energy minister Osmonbek Artykbaev to be held responsible. When the protesters started setting up a yurt in (...) Read more >>

SRI LANKA: Trade unions in Sri Lanka protest demanding Rs. 10,000 wage hike

Sunday 26 October 2014Date: 21 October 2014 Source: Colombo Page Type: News Keywords: Trade union, wage hike protest Oct 20, Colombo: Trade unions affiliated with the opposition political parties in Sri Lanka staged a massive protest demonstration on Monday to demand a Rs. 10,000 pay hike for the state sector workers. The protesters representing several trade unions including the National Trade Union Center gathered in front of the Fort Railway Station in downtown Colombo and marched towards the main road (...) Read more >>

INDIA: Farmer’s suicide showcased at Hudhud horror photo exhibition

Sunday 26 October 2014Date: 16 October 2014 Source: The Times of India Type: News Keywords: Farmer suicides HYDERABAD: Close on the heels of cyclone Hudhud that left Visakhapatnam in tatters and other parts of coastal Andhra Pradesh in ruins, the state government seems to be staring at a public relations embarrassment. Among the many pictures displayed at an exhibition depicting the destruction and deaths caused by Hudhud during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the port city was a picture of a man’s (...) Read more >>

PAKISTAN: Ignored by the state, flood victims learn to fend for themselves

Sunday 26 October 2014Date: 23 October 2014 Source: The Express Type: News Keywords: Fisherfolk, Pakistan floods KARACHI: As the risk of natural disasters increases in the region, experts believe that one of the ways to minimise the impact of such calamities is to ensure equal rights of ownership of land and natural resources. This was suggested by speakers at the launch of a documentary, titled ‘Indus floods 2010: lessons learnt’, organised by the Pakistan Institute of Labour, Education and (...) Read more >>

PAKISTAN: On World Foodless Day Farmers Demand for Food Sovereignty, Seed Sovereignty!

Sunday 26 October 2014Date: 17 October 2014 Source: Roots for Equity Type: Press Release Keywords: Food Sovereignty, World Food Day The Pakistan Kissan Mazdoor Tehreek’s Khyber Pakhtunkwa Chapter held its provincial assembly in Haripur, Khyber Pakhtunkwa. The theme was “*Apna Beej Ugae Gae, Companiyo ko Bhagaye Gae* (We Will Grow Our Own Seeds, and Chase Away Corporations)! No to the Draft Seed Act”. More than a 100 farmers gathered from various distrits to attend the Assembly which had been held on October 16, (...) Read more >>

PAKISTAN: When only 4 per cent of those killed by US drone strikes are named members of al-Qaeda, it’s hard to trust American foreign policy

Sunday 26 October 2014Date: 22 October 2014 Source: The Independent Type: News Keywords: Drone strikes, American foreign policy Responding to a question about drone strikes on BBC’s Hard Talk last year, US Secretary of State John Kerry laid out a clear message. “The only people we fire a drone at are confirmed terrorist targets at the highest level,” he said. “We don’t just fire a drone at somebody and think they’re a terrorist.” Earlier this month, the US completed its 400th drone strike in Pakistan, a (...) Read more >>

BANGLADESH: Environmentalists protest Indian move to build barrages on Ganges

Sunday 26 October 2014Date: 20 October 2014 Source: The Daily Star Type: News Keywords: Environment Environmentalists in Bangladesh strongly protested an Indian government plan to construct 16 barrages on the Ganges River in the upstream of the Farakka under a project called ’Ganges waterway’. Such a step would cause further disaster to the ecology of downstream Bangladesh and would also kill the Ganges, leaders of Bangladesh Poribesh Andolon said at a press conference today. A barrage in every 100 (...) Read more >>

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