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Main Issues in South Asia, Thursday, September 19, 2019

INDIA 1.  India says it expects to gain control over Pakistani Kashmir one day. India’s foreign minister said on September 17 that the part of Kashmir controlled by Pakistan belongs to India and that he expected New Delhi to gain physical control over it one day. “Our position on PoK is, has always been and will […]
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19 September 2019 APAC Advisory – Thailand: Prayut as PM now secured

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha’s position as premier is now secured after two events yesterday. The first event was the parliamentary debate on his incomplete oath-taking in July. Prayut attended much of yesterday’s debate but dodged the opposition MPs’ demands to explain why he committed a key phrase in the oath-taking. When he spoke, he addressed […]
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18 September 2019 APAC Alert- India: IMD issues red alert, forecasts heavy rainfall in Mumbai

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) issued a red alert and forecasts heavy to very heavy rainfall in Mumbai and isolated areas across Palghar, Thane and Raigad districts. Besides Mumbai, heavy to moderate rains are likely in several cities in western Maharashtra, including Nashik, Pune and Aurangabad. Very heavy rains can also be expected in ghats […]
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18 September 2019 APAC Advisory – Myanmar: No ceasefire deal with Northern Alliance

 The Myanmar government peace negotiators and the Northern Alliance group of ethnic armies did not reach an agreement yesterday to end hostilities in northeast and western Myanmar. The parties, however, agreed to continue holding talks in October. Zaw Htay, director of the President’s Office, said the parties also agreed to establish liaison offices to […]
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18 September 2019 APAC Advisory – Indonesia: Parliament passes controversial KPK bill

 Despite widespread criticism from activists and experts, the House of Representatives passed the new Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) bill in a plenary session yesterday. Parliament passed a motion last week to debate amendments to the 2002 law that created the agency, leading to yesterday’s revisions that will place it under the oversight of an […]
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17 September 2019 APAC Alert – (Update) Hong Kong: Police union calls for use of live ammunition against protesters

A Hong Kong police union, dubbed Junior Police Officers’ Association, called for the use of live ammunition against pro-democracy demonstrators. The association, which represents 80% of the city’s 31,000-member police force, made the call yesterday after violent protests on September 14 and 15. During the protests on those days, some hardcore protesters threw Molotov cocktails […]
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17 September 2019 APAC Advisory -Indonesia: Infant dies and thousands hospitalized due to smog

 A four-month-old infant reportedly died of pneumonia and meningitis. The hospital authorities believe the death was caused by smog-related illnesses. “The haze particles can be the medium to spread the bacteria that can cause the infection,” said the director of Ar-Rasyid Hospital in South Sumatra. The infant had received some medical treatment from the […]
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16 September 2019 APAC Advisory -Indonesia: Another Papuan activist arrested

Indonesian police have arrested Papuan activist Steven Itlay, saying that with his arrest, they uncovered a plot to stage more riots in Papua and West Papua. Itlay is the head of the Mimika branch of the West Papua National Committee. The police said they were investigating Itlay’s involvement in riots in the region last month, […]
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16 September 2019 APAC Alert – (Update) Hong Kong: Violence returns in latest protest

 As of late last night, “radical protesters” were still “occupying Hardcourt Road in Admiralty, vandalizing Central Government offices and repeatedly throwing petrol bombs inside,” according to a statement issued by Hong Kong police. Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets yesterday despite a ban on the demonstration called by the Civil Human […]
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13 September 2019 APAC Alert – (Update) Hong Kong: MTR and airport targeted today; Sept. 15 demonstration banned

Today, Hong Kong activists will combine anti-government protests with lantern celebrations marking the Mid-Autumn Festival. The planned protests include another series of “stress tests” of the airport, which in recent weeks have seen approach roads blocked, street fires started and the trashing of a nearby MTR subway station. Protesters also jammed the airport arrivals hall […]
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