August 23, 2019

Coke plans to pour $2 billion into India

Coca-Cola has said it will invest $2bn in India over the next five years in a bid to increase its market share in the country. Part of the investment will go towards expanding manufacturing capacity and the distribution network to meet increased demand. The world's largest soft drink company … [Read more...]

Sri Lanka government blocks more news websites

Sri Lanka has blocked five news websites because they committed character assassination and insulted people including key political leaders, officials said Monday. Media groups criticised the moves as undemocratic, and the US Embassy recently raised concerns about press freedom in Sri Lanka. … [Read more...]

China clamps down on social media blogs

Authorities in China are ramping up restrictions on internet use after official reports revealed that three people have been "punished for spreading false rumours" online. Authorities say they are carrying out inquiries into other suspected cases. The news comes just over a week after … [Read more...]

Bangkok floods – the worst is yet to come

Bangkok faces the highest flood levels yet and is preparing for the worst, according to Sukhumbhand Paripatra the governor of the Thai capital. Residents are urged to flee the rising floodwaters, which have already forced the closure of Bangkok's Don Muang airport and the evacuation of … [Read more...]

King of Bhutan marries commoner

Bhutan's King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuk has married his commoner bride, Jetsun Pema in a lavish ceremony at a monastic fortress in the Himalayan nation. During the Buddhist ritual the king, who is 31, came down from his throne to place a crown upon the head of 21-year-old student Jetsun … [Read more...]

Siberian province says it has “indisputable proof” of Yeti

A Russian region in Siberia says it has "indisputable proof" that its mountains are home to the Yeti. The local administration of the Kemerovo region in the south of Siberia said in a statement on its website that footprints and possibly even hair samples belonging to the yeti were found on the … [Read more...]

Three more Pakistan cricketers named at betting scam trial

The prosecution in the Pakistan cricketers betting scam trial claim that the agent Mazher Majeed, 36, told an undercover reporter he had players he could control in relation to fixing. Former captain Salman Butt, 26, and fast bowler Mohammad Asif, 28, deny conspiracy to accept corrupt payments … [Read more...]

India launches $35 touch screen tablet

India has launched what it says is the world's cheapest touch-screen tablet computer, priced at just $35. Costing a fraction of Apple's iPad, the subsidised Aakash is aimed at students. It supports web browsing and video conferencing, has a three-hour battery life and two USB ports, but there … [Read more...]

Bomb blast kills children in Afghanistan

A roadside bomb in Western Afghanistan has exploded as a bus drove killing at least 16 people, including 11 children. The bus was carrying a group back from an engagement party in Herat province. Four women and the driver were also killed, a spokesman for the provincial governor told the … [Read more...]

Mitsubishi hit by cyber attack

Japan's largest weapons maker, Mitsubishi has confirmed it has been hit by a cyber attack attempting to get data on missiles, submarines and nuclear power plants. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) said viruses were found on more than 80 of its servers and computers last month, but at this stage … [Read more...]

al-Qaeda leader Abu Hafs al-Shahri killed in Pakistan

A senior al-Qaeda leader in Pakistan, Abu Hafs al-Shahri, has been killed, say senior US officials. There has been no independent confirmation of the death, which officials said happened in the Waziristan tribal region. The US frequently carries out drone air strikes against suspected … [Read more...]

NATO admits killing BBC journalist in Afghanistan

The Nato-led International Security Assistance Force (Isaf) in Afghanistan has admitted it killed BBC reporter Ahmed Omed Khpulwak in July. Isaf said a US soldier mistook the BBC Pashto service journalist for an insurgent when troops responded to a militant attack in the town of Tarin Kowt in … [Read more...]

Bomb blast at Delhi high court leaves 11 dead

A bomb has gone off outside the high court in the Indian capital, Delhi, killing 11 people and injured at least 61. The bomb was apparently placed in a case near the first security checkpoint at the court, where people were queuing for passes, officials said. Investigators said they were … [Read more...]

Tropical storm Talas causes destruction in Japan

The death toll from tropical storm Talas, which swept across western Japan over the weekend has risen to 29, local authorities said Monday. Another 56 people are missing, according to a tally of casualties compiled from various prefectural police. The storm unleashed record rainfall that … [Read more...]

Mutant bird flu strain hits China and Vietnam

A deadly strain of avian ifluenza is on the march again. The United Nations, World Health Organization says the mutant strain - able to sidestep vaccines - could be spreading in Asia. The variant appeared in Vietnam and China and its risk to humans cannot be predicted, veterinary officials … [Read more...]