NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Authorities in Myanmar have asked India to return several police officers who sought refuge to avoid taking orders from a military junta that seized power in the Southeast Asian country last month, an official in northeast India said on Saturday. Around 30 Myanmar police and their family members came across the border seeking refuge in recent days, as the junta's suppression of protesters has turned increasingly violent, with dozens killed since the Feb. 1 coup. The senior-most official in Champhai, a district in the Indian state of Mizoram, told Reuters that she had received a letter from her counterpart in Myanmar's Falam district requesting the return of eight police "in order to uphold friendly relations." Deputy Commissioner Maria C.T. Zuali said on Saturday that she was "waiting for the direction" from the India's Ministry for Home Affairs in New Delhi. Although there have been instances recounted on social media of police joining the civil ... » Learn More about Myanmar asks India to return 8 police who fled across border
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A host of more affordable 5G smartphones should be coming in 2021. Image: IStock/alexsl via AFP Relaxnews. 5G going truly mainstream, ecological awareness, the conquest of space and the breakthrough of cryptomoney are some of the main trends awaiting the world of high-tech in 2021. 5G for everyone With the first commercial offers making their appearance over the last year or so in many regions and the majority of the next smartphones coming onto the market will be 5G compatible, a large part of the population is eager to take advantage of this new generation of ultra-fast mobile network. The 5G rollout will continue throughout various territories in more areas, not just main cities, and will have an impact on businesses with more augmented reality experiences and interactive shopping being available as a result. As more consumer devices enable 5G connectivity, this will mean a greater range of services available to users in their homes and as citizens of “smart cities.” ... » Learn More about What we’re betting on in tech for 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about significant changes when it comes to the role of managers in businesses. Image: Unsplash via AFP Relaxnews. Whether it’s managing workers remotely, rallying teams while lending an attentive ear to each individual, or juggling time spent in the office and time working remotely, COVID-19 has reshuffled the cards when it comes to the role of managers working in businesses worldwide. What if, in the coming year, lessons learned in the pandemic were taken onboard to make way for a more horizontal approach to management, drawing on the idea of permaculture in the workplace? Welcome to Episode 5 of ETX Studio’s “After Calendar” of incoming trends for 2021. “Before, managing was about motivating teams and moving forward together to achieve results. Today, you have to manage fragility. It’s new emotional territory in the workplace. At any time, you know that your troops can crack. And you yourself are shaken up by the context, the uncertainty. So ... » Learn More about 2021: The year of ‘perma-management’?
(Reuters) - Myanmar security forces used tear gas and stun grenades to break up a protest in Yangon on Saturday, just hours after a United Nations special envoy called on the Security Council to take action against the ruling junta for the killings of protesters. The Southeast Asian country has been plunged in turmoil since the military overthrew and detained elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Feb. 1, with daily protests and strikes that have choked business and paralysed administration. Sporadic protests were staged across Myanmar on Saturday and local media reported that police fired tear gas shells and stun grenades to break up a protest in the Sanchaung district of Yangon, the country's biggest city. There were no reports of casualties. More than 50 protesters have been killed since the coup, according to the United Nations - at least 38 on Wednesday alone. Protesters demand the release of Suu Kyi and the respect of November's election, which her party won in landslide, ... » Learn More about Myanmar forces fire tear gas, stun grenades on protest as U.N. envoy calls for action
REDEM protesters on their way to the Criminal Court on Saturday. (Photo from FB Free Youth) Four political rallies were taking place in Bangkok on Saturday afternoon and evening despite a fresh announcement by authorities banning gatherings. Gen Charlempol Srisawat, the commander of the Royal Thai Armed Forces Headquarters who was assigned to handle security-related emergencies, issued the announcement banning assemblies in order to reduce Covid risk, effective on Friday. Those convicted of violating the order could face up to two years in prison and/or a fine of up to 40,000 baht. The announcement, published in the Royal Gazette on Friday, came hours ahead of the planned protests, three of which were being held by groups allied with the pro-democracy Ratsadon group. The fourth rally was being staged by supporters of the monarchy. The announcement, more specific than previous order, named six provinces where the ban applies — Bangkok, Samut Prakan, Samut Songkhram, ... » Learn More about Four rallies go ahead despite new ban
Protesters attempt to contain tear gas fired by police trying to disperse them during a demonstration against the military coup in Yangon on Sunday. (AFP photo) Myanmar security forces shot dead at least six protesters Sunday in the bloodiest action so far to smother opposition to the military coup four weeks ago. The junta is battling to contain a massive street movement demanding it yield power and release ousted civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who was detained along with top political allies at the start of the month. Police and soldiers had already fired rubber bullets, tear gas and water cannon on demonstrations in recent weeks in an effort to bring the civil disobedience campaign to heel, with live rounds used in some isolated cases. Large numbers were again mobilised on Sunday morning to scatter crowds in several parts of the country, after online calls for protesters to once again flood the streets. Three men were killed and at least 20 others injured when security ... » Learn More about 6 dead as Myanmar junta intensifies crackdown on anti-coup protests
In contrast to the bloodshed of October's presidential polls, campaigning has been as peaceful as it has been enthusiastic ahead of Ivory Coast's election ABIDJAN - Ivory Coast was set to vote in a parliamentary ballot on Saturday in a key test of stability after presidential elections last year marked by violence. Grappling with a deep political crisis, President Alassane Ouattara has offered an olive branch to his former rival, Laurent Gbagbo, whose party has now lifted a decade-long boycott of elections. His Ivorian Popular Front (FPI) is the driving force of a centre-left coalition named Together for Democracy and Solidarity (EDS). More than 1,500 candidates are vying for the votes of roughly seven million people in a contest for the 255-seat National Assembly. In contrast to the bloodshed that marked the October 31 presidential polls, campaigning has been as peaceful as it has been enthusiastic. All the candidates have pledged support for peaceful elections and signed ... » Learn More about Ivory Coast heads into elections after political turmoil