JAKARTA: With the shocking revelation around the Keppel scandal, questions have arisen why such practices persist after decades of anti-corruption movements globally, including in Indonesia, one of Singapore’s closest neighbours.
A local news report in Singapore also asked on Sunday (Jan 7) if a culture of corruption in Indonesia is contributing to Singapore businesses resorting to bribery or turning a blind eye when local partners engage in such practices.
When it comes to fighting corruption, it seems Indonesia can catch no break.
Efforts have been relentless. The slogan of KKN (corruption, collusion and nepotism) has been ringing hard for Indonesians since the fall of the Suharto regime in 1998.
In 2003, Indonesia established the Anti-corruption Commission (KPK). But the Commission has since continuously received resistance, particularly from House members looking to revise the law to curtail its powers.
Corruption remains a challenge. Hardly a day goes by without corruption cases m..
The Make in India team consisting of experts, graduates from IIT Delhi and other prestigious institutes, arrived at NBKR Engineering College in Kota here in Nellore district on Wednesday.
They were here as part of a national initiative to promote ‘maker’s culture’ and project-based learning approaches among the engineering students of different institutions across India.
DIYguru, India’s first DIY learning platform, and others have taken up this initiative of enhancing maker’s skills in the field of automotive design & engineering in partnership with Maker’s Asylum, Vecmocon, Polaris, Google, Amazon and BAJA Tutor.
At NBKR, the team conducted a workshop on all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), in which students were given an overview of the automotive industry, Make-In-India initiative’s involvement, BAJA and formula student competitions.
Students were given a hands-on overview on design of roll-cage for ATVs and shown effective ways of designing and manufacturing an ATV.
It is easy to feel that the past year has been somewhat… strange. In 2017, we saw the first year of Donald Trump as US president. He has become quite a ubiquitous figure, even in cultural affairs, where he acted as the accelerator of many trends in contemporary art.
At the beginning of the year, for instance, the actress Meryl Streep made a fierce plea against divisive tendencies all around the world, and the hosts of late-night shows in the US became a sort of non-parliamentary opposition.
"House of Cards" collapsed
Even the producers of "House of Cards" had to acknowledge that before the fifth season of the popular Netflix show began, the show and its fictitious US president, Francis Underwood, had been passed up by the real thing.
But shortly before filming of the sixth season began, the creators had to face quite a different problem: numerous male colleagues accused the star of the series, Kevin Spacey, of sexual assault.
The show will now continue without Spacey, while the alleg..
BTS attends the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
We all know about the growing popularity of South Korean cultural products in Asia, first with K-drama, and then K-pop – which reached a new peak in 2017 thanks to boy band BTS. What’s next? It's likely to be K-films.
In Hong Kong, for example, the South Korean film Train to Busan was the second-top earner in the box office in 2016, after the Marvel superhero movie Captain America: Civil War. Train to Busan, a zombie movie, earned about $93 million globally, including $8.5 million from Hong Kong, while its total production cost was only about $11 million.
And soon, there will be another test for K-films. A heavily computer graphic-assisted fantasy film called Along with the Gods: Two Worlds is scheduled to be released on 11 January for Hong Kong and Singapore audiences. The movie has already been performing well in other overseas ..
NEW DELHI – Culture and history have become new battlegrounds in India. Debates over the Taj Mahal’s position as a symbol of multicultural India have yet to be settled, yet the nation is already being torn apart further by another cultural controversy — this time, over a film.
The film, “Padmavati,” tells the story of an eponymous Rajput queen believed to have died, together with 16,000 other women of the Rajput warrior caste, by self-immolation in 1301 to avoid being captured alive by the invading Delhi Sultan Alauddin Khilji. Despite not even having been released, “Padmavati” has already inspired countless front-page stories and debates on the evening news, hysterical threats of violence and a ban in four states governed by India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party.
The historical accuracy of Padmavati’s story is dubious: No contemporary account of Khilji’s attack on Chittorgarh, including by historians accompanying his forces, mentions the queen. Yet Padmavati has been a figure of legen..
OXFORD, Miss. – Meredith Brown and Emma Scott, both of Oxford, and Daria Herasymova, an exchange student from Ukraine who attended Oxford High School, are three of 17 University of Mississippi students who will be interning in East and Southeast Asia this summer, thanks to a substantial grant from the Freeman Foundation of Stowe, Vermont.
Brown is a junior in the UM Patterson School of Accounting, where her major is accountancy, and she has a second major in Chinese. She has an internship with FedEx in Shanghai.
Scott is a freshman in the UM C..
NEW YORK — From Malta to Minneapolis, here’s a look at some destinations around the world that will be making news in 2018. They include designated culture capitals, places hosting sporting events and even a couple of cities — San Antonio, Texas, and New Orleans — celebrating their 300th birthdays.
Minneapolis hosts the Super Bowl on Feb. 4 in Minneapolis. The city is encouraging visitors to embrace winter with 10 days of “Bold North” events and activities leading up to the big game. On the other side of the world, the snowy mountains of Pyeong-chang, South Korea, host the Winter Olympic Games, Feb. 9-25.
Eleven cities in Russia — including Moscow and Sochi — host the FIFA World Cup, June 14 to July 15. The dates coincide with St. Petersburg’s “white nights,” the summer solstice season when city skies never get completely dark. FIFA reports strong ticket sales from the United States even though the U.S. national team failed to qualify for the games. Host cities include lesser-kn..
“The defining aesthetic of the Aughts and the years after is rather elusive when you think about it. Unlike Fifties fit-and-flare, Sixties Swing, Seventies sensual freedom, Eighties poufy excess and Nineties street and minimalism, there is no single stylistic sign of the times, but more of a collection of moments and trend frenzies that have hit hard, then faded, and in some cases come back again,” @jessiredale writes about how early millennium style will go down in fashion history. Head to WWD.com to read more defining moments of the early 2000s. #wwddecades #wwdfashion (?: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
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HO CHI MINH CITY, Dec. 27 (Xinhua) -- Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has approved an adjustment plan to build Ho Chi Minh City into a major urban hub with dynamic and sustainable development, playing a crucial role in Southeast Asia's development.
Covering 30,404 square km, the region will include the whole administrative boundaries of Ho Chi Minh City and seven neighboring localities, namely Ba Ria Vung Tau, Binh Duong, Binh Phuoc, Tay Ninh, Long An, Dong Nai and Tien Giang, Vietnam News Agency reported Wednesday.
Its population is forecast to reach about 24-25 million people by 2030, including 18-19 million in urban areas and 6-7 million in rural areas. It will have about 18-19 million workers.
The region is expected to become a center of economy, trade, finance, scientific research and services, hi-tech industry, agriculture, culture, education, training and healthcare in Vietnam and Southeast Asia.
It will be developed towards sustainability and c..
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