Parliamentary voting begins in Indonesia

April 9, 2009 11:59 pm· Comments Off on Parliamentary voting begins in Indonesia 

JAKARTA, April 9 — Millions of Indonesians began voting Thursday in parliamentary elections expected to determine if President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono can gain enough support to seek a second term in office in the July presidential election.

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“Red Shirt” protest will only impact in short-term: Investment board

April 9, 2009 11:57 pm· Comments Off on “Red Shirt” protest will only impact in short-term: Investment board 

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BANGKOK, April 9 -– The ongoing rally by red-clad anti-government demonstrators will have a psychological impact on investors only in the short run, according to Thailand’s Board of Investment (BoI), the government agency tasked to attract international capital to the kingdom.

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Economy weighed down by slumping domestic demand, exports: minister

April 9, 2009 11:55 pm· Comments Off on Economy weighed down by slumping domestic demand, exports: minister 

SEOUL, April 9 — South Korea's economy is showing some positive signs but it is still too early to predict a quick recovery as exports and domestic demand remain in a slump, the nation's top economic policymaker said Thursday.

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Iran needs no nuclear weapons: MP

April 9, 2009 11:53 pm· Comments Off on Iran needs no nuclear weapons: MP 

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ISFAHAN, April 9 -– A Majlis deputy on Thursday defended Iran’s peaceful nuclear activities, saying the Islamic Republic needs no nuclear weapons.

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VP de Castro extends condolences to the families of the 8 government workers killed in chopper crash

April 9, 2009 11:52 pm· Comments Off on VP de Castro extends condolences to the families of the 8 government workers killed in chopper crash 

MANILA, April 9 — Vice President Noli de Castro on Holy Thursday extended his condolences to the families of the four Malacanang officials and four others on board the Bell 412 helicopter that crashed on Tuesday afternoon in Mt. Panatoan in barangay Tangawan, Kabayan, Benguet.

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82 NTCP projects supported for agribusiness development

April 9, 2009 11:48 pm· Comments Off on 82 NTCP projects supported for agribusiness development 

MANILA, April 9 — The Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR) has funded 82 projects on agriculture and fisheries through the National Technology Commercialization Program (NTCP), an endeavor closely supported by Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary Arthur C. Yap since its inception in 2005.

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Gov’t supports 82 NTCP projects for agribusiness development

April 9, 2009 11:47 pm· Comments Off on Gov’t supports 82 NTCP projects for agribusiness development 

MANILA, April 9 — The Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Agricultural Research (DA-BAR) has funded 82 projects on agriculture and fisheries through the National Technology Commercialization Program (NTCP).

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German firm praises Philippines for embracing renewable energy

April 9, 2009 11:46 pm· Comments Off on German firm praises Philippines for embracing renewable energy 

MANILA, April 9 — The Berlin-based Renewables Academy (RENAC) praised the Philippine government over the weekend for its commitment to developing renewable energy in the country.

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U. S. destroyer arrives after Somali pirates hold American captain

April 9, 2009 11:45 pm· Comments Off on U. S. destroyer arrives after Somali pirates hold American captain 

NAIROBI, April 9 — The USS Bainbridge on Thursday arrived where Somali pirates hijacked a Danish-owned, U.S.-operated cargo ship this week off the Horn of Africa, according to AP Radio.

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PGMA’s message to the victims of the presidential chopper crash

April 9, 2009 11:44 pm· Comments Off on PGMA’s message to the victims of the presidential chopper crash 

MANILA, April 9 — President Gloria Macapagal- Arroyo on Thursday said she will sorely miss the government officials and military personnel who died in the presidential chopper crash last Tuesday afternoon in Tinoc, Ifugao.

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