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    Image problem: Madrasas resist Modi portraits

    Asia focus, Narendra Kaushik, Published on 22/01/2018

    » Maulana Altaf Hussain Mazahiri is an angry man. The target of his outrage is the government in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand, which has issued an order that a portrait of Prime Minister Narendra Modi be displayed in the school he runs.


    Home cooking

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 22/01/2018

    » We arrive at Brae early for our scheduled morning meeting with owner and chef Dan Hunter. That gives us time to chill out amid the natural Victoria farmland, take a deep breath of fresh air and adjust to the chilly breezes that ripple across from the country town of Birregurra.


    Green but greying

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 22/01/2018

    » Visit a rice farm anywhere in Asia these days and you will see a life that has hardly changed in decades. Transplanting paddy sprouts into muddy soil, swatting itch-inducing stalks with a sharp sickle and lifting heavy rice sacks into a rickety truck are all part of the backbreaking routine.


    Seeds of innovation

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 22/01/2018

    » Amid rising energy and fertiliser prices, climate change and ageing farmer populations in Asia, rice farmers need to apply innovations to maximise profits and continue earning a sustainable living.


    Hang Seng rise makes Hong Kong's richest even richer

    Asia focus, Published on 22/01/2018

    » The collective wealth of Hong Kong's 50 richest people has soared by a record US$60 billion to $307 billion, led by Li Ka-shing for the 20th consecutive year. The real estate tycoon added $5.7 billion to his wealth, raising his total fortune to $36 billion, Forbes magazine reported last week.


    'Fake news' and political bullies

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 22/01/2018

    » Press freedom in Southeast Asia is taking it on the chin again. In Myanmar, Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe face up to 14 years in jail for reporting on the genocide in Rakhine state, which apparently is an "official secret". In the Philippines, President Rodrigo Duterte is itching to shut down a news website that has been critical of his government.


    China's Hong Kong dilemma

    Asia focus, Minxin Pei, Published on 03/07/2017

    » Amid the celebrations of the 20th anniversary of the return of Hong Kong to Chinese rule on July 1, Beijing has been declaring that, contrary to dire predictions, the former British colony has thrived, and that the "one country, two systems" model designed by Deng Xiaoping, China's late paramount leader, has been a resounding success.

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