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No plan to join army backed government: Suu Kyi YANGON: Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi said on Friday that she had no plan to become a minister in the military-backed government if she wins a seat in weekend by-elections. "I have no intention of leaving the parliament to which I have tried so hard to get into," she said when asked if she would take a government position. Under the constitution, ministers must give up their seats in parliament.             Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2012   ...

YANGON: More than two decades after its stolen election win, Aung San Suu Kyi's opposition party is set for a dramatic political comeback in Myanmar polls which could herald an easing of sanctions. The Nobel laureate, who spent most of the past 22 years locked up by the generals, is widely expected to win a seat in a parliament dominated by the military and its political allies in by-elections to be held on Sunday. Victory for the ...
DHAKA: The son of a former Bangladesh prime minister went on trial in absentia on Wednesday over charges he was involved in a 2004 attack that killed at least 20 people and injured the current prime minister. Tareque Rahman, 46, the influential eldest son of Khaleda Zia, refused a court summons to return to Bangladesh from his home in London to attend the trial in Dhaka. Rahman is accused of criminal conspiracy in a plot to kill ...
Afghan women jailed in KABUL: Hundreds of Afghan women are languishing in prison having been accused or convicted of so-called "moral crimes", including "running away" and having sex outside marriage, campaign group Human Rights Watch said on Wednesday. The report released in Kabul, I Had to Run Away, said that President Hamid Karzai's Western-backed government had failed to fulfill its obligations under international human rights laws. "It is shocking that 10 years after the overthrow of the Taliban, women and girls ...
NEW DELHI: The leaders of BRICS countries gather on Thursday for their fourth summit, with the emerging market bloc struggling to convert its growing economic strength into collective diplomatic clout. Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa represent 40 percent of humanity, but their grouping faces persistent questions over whether it can unite on key issues given the different priorities of its members. While trade between them is booming, it still represents a small fraction of world ...
MUMBAI: A strike by jewellers to protest against a government levy entered its tenth day in most parts of India, bringing imports to a near standstill from the world's biggest buyer of bullion in the peak wedding season. "We have called for an indefinite strike... we have sent our demand back to the government," said S.L. Jain, president of Chandni Chowk Jewellers' Association. "This has hampered our business." The government has not yet acceded to the rollback ...
SINGAPORE:Myanmaris inviting the international energy community this week to take part in its most lucrative export industry, hoping recent political reforms will create a flood of foreign investment. The reclusive Southeast Asian nation will host a two-day conference, starting on Wednesday, which organisers say is the first major oil industry gathering since the country's transition to a civilian government last year. The meeting comes just days before crucial parliamentary by-elections that will be contested by opposition leader ...

 



 
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