October 2015

Myanmar butts into pope’s conversations
(Saturday, 10 October 2015 )

YANGON (AsiaNews): A couple of days before departing for Rome, Charles Cardinal Bo, from Yangon, was asked by government officials not to use the word Rohingya when speaking about the Rohingya people with Pope Frances.

It was reported by Muzzimi News that officials from the Ministry of Religious Affairs in the Union of Myanmar...

Communist Party seeks more grassroots influence
(Saturday, 10 October 2015 )

BEIJING (SE): New, and what has proven to be controversial legislation covering the operation of both local and foreign non-government organisations (NGO) in China, was expected to be passed into law in the early days of August, but to date remains in a state of limbo.

The large number of complaints coming from foreign representatives has been cited as one reason for the delay in promulgating the new law and it was...

Hong Kong’s historic saltpans receive heritage award
(Saturday, 10 October 2015 )

BANGKOK (SE): The historic saltpans on Yim Tin Tsai Island off the coast of Sai Kung have been listed in the 2015 Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards by UNESCO (United Nations Organisation for Education, Science and Culture).

The conservation work carried out on the saltpans to restore them to functioning condition was coordinated by members of the Chan family, who are descendants of early residents of the island....

Anniversary Mass at Occupy epicentre
(Saturday, 10 October 2015 )

HONG KONG (SE): On the first anniversary of the launch of Occupy Central, a Mass was offered outside the government headquarters on the spot described as being the epicentre of the 79-day rally.

The Mass was celebrated on the same site at which people had gathered for the Eucharist on the opening day of the demonstration and then each Sunday during the 79-day sit-in.

Father...

The indelible marks of Occupy Central
(Saturday, 10 October 2015 )

HONG KONG (SE): The 79-day sit-in, which was declared open by Benny Tai Yiu-ting after police tear gassed the throngs in the streets of Admiralty and Wan Chai on September 28 last year, occupied the main traffic arteries of Admiralty and Causeway Bay, causing disruption in the Central Business District.

Another group also occupied the intersection of Argyle Street and Nathan Road in Mong Kok, severely upsetting...