S Korea plans a network of smart highways by 2020

Tuesday, 30 August 2016 12:58
Seoul: South Korea has announced plans to build a network of smart expressways adapted to electric vehicles and self-driven cars in the next three years (2020) to limit traffic congestion and pollution.The government will invest $33.1 billion and plans to…

Nepal's parliament endorses SEZ bill to attract investment

Tuesday, 30 August 2016 12:58
Kathmandu: Nepal's parliament on Tuesday passed a bill on Special Economic Zone (SEZ) to attract more foreign investment.The bill, endorsed on Monday, has made provision of full income tax exemption for five years for the industries operating inside the SEZ,…

One killed at Chinese embassy blast in Kyrgyzstan

Tuesday, 30 August 2016 12:51
Bishkek: At least one person was killed and three others were injured on Tuesday when a powerful explosion rocked the Chinese embassy in Kyrgyzstan's capital Bishkek.According to Xinhua news agency, a car rammed onto the gates of the embassy which…

Australian PM's approval rating slips as parliament resumes

Tuesday, 30 August 2016 08:39
Canberra: Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's voter popularity has fallen to a new low on Tuesday, while support for his Liberal National Party (LNP) coalition has also dropped since the July 2 general elections.The Newspoll, which surveyed more than 1,600…

Indonesia boosts vigilance on Zika virus

Tuesday, 30 August 2016 08:24
Jakarta: The Indonesian government has stepped up alertness on the possible spread of Zika virus into the country as the number of infection cases steeply rose in the neighbouring Singapore.Indonesia Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi made the statement on Monday after…

Nine killed in Cambodia bus-truck collision

Tuesday, 30 August 2016 08:18
Phnom Penh: Nine persons were killed and four others seriously injured in a collision between a truck and a mini-bus in Cambodia's Battambang province, an official said.The accident took place on Monday in Mong Russey district when the speeding truck…

Typhoon to hit Japan on Tuesday

Monday, 29 August 2016 17:19
Tokyo: Japanese authorities on Monday issued warnings of intense rainfall, winds and waves as a powerful typhoon is set to hit the country on Tuesday.According to the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA), Lionrock, this year's tenth typhoon in the Pacific described…

Kerry in Bangladesh

Monday, 29 August 2016 17:07
Dhaka: US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived here on Monday on a day's visit that is deemed "extraordinary" and "significant".Kerry landed at Dhaka's Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport and was greeted by Bangladesh Foreign Minister A.H. Mahmood Ali. US envoy…

China revises law on marine environment protection

Monday, 29 August 2016 17:09
Beijing: China's top legislature on Monday reviewed a draft amendment to the Marine Environment Protection Law, imposing more severe penalties for pollution.The draft, submitted by the State Council to the National People's Congress (NPC) Standing Committee's bi-monthly session, echoed the…

China's first driverless subway line to launch in 2017

Monday, 29 August 2016 16:45
Beijing: China's first driverless subway line in Beijing is expected to start operations by the end of 2017, authorities said on Monday.Operations on the line will be fully automatic, including train departures, door opening and closing, and cleaning, said the…