Sydney Muslims counter mainstream media with TV studio

Sydney : Members of Sydney's Muslim community have set up a new television studio to counter the mainstream media's treatment of Islam in Australia, a media report said on Tuesday.

From its base in western Sydney, the One Path Network films and edits videos for its YouTube channel, including interviews with local sheikhs, about Islamic teachings and current affairs, ABC reported.

"This is a time where there is a lot of pressure on the Muslim community," network head Malaz Majanni said.


Singapore ex-PM Lee's condition deteriorates

Singapore : Former Singapore prime minister Lee Kuan Yew's condition has deteriorated due to an infection, a statement issued by the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) said on Tuesday.

Lee was the first prime minister of Singapore from 1965 to 1990 heading the island-country for 35 years. Also one of the most influential political figure in Asia, he is widely recognised as the founding father's of modern day Singapore

Lee, 91, is on antibiotics and doctors are closely monitoring his condition, the Straits Times reported citing the statement.


Sri Lanka unveils proposals for constitutional reforms

Colombo : Sri Lankan authorities on Tuesday formally released a set of proposals for key constitutional reforms which were approved by the cabinet.

The gazette notification on the 19th Amendment to the Constitution has been published and the public are allowed to submit their concerns within two weeks, the Government Information Department said.

The notification will be open for public recommendations and will be presented to parliament for approval before it becomes a law, Xinhua news agency reported.


Fighting continues in Myanmar's Kokang region

Yangon : Fighting continued in Myanmar's conflict-hit Kokang region as the ethnic army launched a series of attacks on government forces.

The fighting took place in Kokang's capital city of Laukkai during the past couple of days, Xinhua reported on Tuesday, citing the state-run Myawaddy TV.

In the clashes, two security officers were killed and five others injured, the report said.

Heavy fighting first broke out between government forces and the rebel group Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA) in Kokang on February 9.


No Palestinian state if elected, says Netanyahu

Jerusalem: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has struck down hopes of a Palestinian state if he was re-elected in Tuesday's national elections, according to media reports on Monday.

Confirming that "there will be no Palestinian state", Netanyahu said: "I think that anyone who moves to establish a Palestinian state and evacuate territory gives territory away to radical Islamist attacks against Israel," Xinhua reported citing Israeli media.

Myanmar president, defence chief meet ethnic armed group

Yangon : Myanmar President U Thein Sein and Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Service Senior-General Min Aung Hlaing met separately with a special delegation of the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) in Nay Pyi Taw on Monday to discuss peace efforts in the country, an official of the Myanmar Peace Centre told Xinhua news agency in a telephone interview.


Kenyan high school bans mothers in mini skirts

Nairobi : The principal of a Kenyan high school in the western county of Vihiga has prohibited mothers wearing mini skirts or short dresses from entering the educational institution, media reported on Monday.

The school principal explained that short hemlines cause "embarrassment" for boys at the school, according to the Daily Nation newspaper.


Myanmar defence minister promises further probe into border bombing

Kuala Lumpur : Myanmar's Defence Minister Wai Lwin said on Monday that his government will conduct further investigations into the bombing incident across the Myanmar-China border which left five Chinese citizens dead and eight others injured last week.

Wai Lwin, who is attending a three-day Asean Defence Ministers' Meeting in Langkawi, Malaysia, said that the Myanmar government has expressed condolences to the victims of the bombing, Xinhua news agency reported.


Venezuelan president gets special legislative powers to counter US

Caracas : A day after launching major military exercises, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has been awarded special legislative powers in response to a decree issued by his US counterpart Barack Obama, Spanish news agency Efe reported.

During an address to thousands of lawmakers outside the presidential palace on Sunday, Maduro received parliament's authorisation to govern by decree.

The so-called "anti-imperialist" law was passed in the second and final discussion by the ruling majority.


Former Chinese army official, under investigation for graft, dead

Beijing : Xu Caihou, former vice chairman of China's Central Military Commission who was under investigation for one of the biggest corruption scandals in the country's armed forces, died of bladder cancer on Sunday, Xinhua news agency reported on Monday.

According to China's Criminal Procedure Law, military prosecutors decided not to sue Xu any more, but would deal with his illegal gains according to law, said a statement from the military procuratorate.