Arakan

The land that is known as Arakan by the foreigners is called Rakhaing-pray by its own people, Rakhaing-thar (Arakanese) who were titled this name in honour of preservation on their national heritage and ethics or morality.

Myanmar police’s hunt for ‘stolen’ tiara begins following BBC’s advice’

May Myat Noe, Myanmar’s first international beauty queen was too young to enter Miss Asia Pacific World and was stripped of her title for borrowing money for $18 bras and complaining about a violation of her human rights, according to a senior official of the beauty contest Saturday.

May Myat Noe is still only 15 years old despite the fact the organizer’s website states that she is 18 years old, the minimum age required to enter the contest, said Y.C. Choi, the founder and president of Miss Asia Pacific World.

“Her birthday is Oct. 13, 1998,” he reluctantly acknowledged.

He, however, argued that he belatedly learned about her real age by checking her passport in early May, just days before the opening of the contest.

The top official also claimed that the teenage girl was mature enough to enter the beauty pageant as well as to undergo breast augmentation surgery.

“She is already mature. She is 173 cm tall and will not grow taller,” he argued.

“Our minimum required age is 18. (We demand the minimum age) might be (18 years old). It is not a must. Might be 18 years old.”

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A screenshot from the official website of Miss Asia Pacific World, http://www.missasiapacificworldstar.com

Contrary to his claims, the organization’s official website states that “All submissions should be female, single between the ages of 18-27 years old.”

When asked what prompted him to disqualify May Myat Noe as the winner of Miss Asia Pacific World 2014, Choi argued that she disgraced the organization by borrowing money to buy $18 bras after breast implants.

“Her breasts became bigger after undergoing the surgery on the weekend. She said a brassiere is $18 and she needed to buy one because her breasts became bigger,” he said, stressing that he urged her to wait until his staff member would bring five large bras to her on Monday.

“Nevertheless, she complained that she had no food to eat. And she borrowed money from a nurse because of 18,000 won($18). This was something we could not tolerate.”
Choi claimed that May Myat Noe borrowed money from the nurse twice even though she was accompanied by her mother, who he claims to have refused to pay a cut to her Myanmar agent and his organization even though her daughter earned about $30,000 for appearing in a TV commercial thanks to her title as a beauty pageant winner.

“Don’t you think threatening is necessary if one does not behave even after being educated?” he asked, adding that she did not live up to the organization’s expectations and irritated him by demanding schedules in advance.

“She argued that our organization had no specific plan for the three months and demanded that she live with her mother for the period,” he said.

May Myat Noe arrived in Korea on Aug. 19 with her mother upon Miss Asia Pacific World ‘s invitation for training.
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The Letter of Termination (Click to enlarge it)
Regarding her mother’s alleged “illegal attempt to get a three-month visa,” Choi replied that he rejected her demand to stay with her mother because she was unwilling to pay extra expenses incurred due to her mother’s extended stay.

The organizer says the Myanmar beauty queen was invited to stay in Korea for three months to prepare for her singing debut and was asked to share an apartment with former contestants, such as Diana Starkova, who became the winner of Miss Asia Pacific World 2011.

Starkova won the title in 2011 after the organizer dethroned Jung Eun-a of Korea, who had to step down one day after her coronation, and Florima Treiber of France who was also dethroned later for allegedly challenging the authorities of the organization.

In an interesting twist, Amy Willerton, who fled the competition in 2011 with representatives from Guyana and Costa Rica, for allegedly being offered votes in exchange for sex, won the Miss Universe Great Britain 2013.


Choi acknowledged that many mishaps, such as mistakenly announcing Jung as the winner, happened in 2011, but he claimed that all the accusations against his organization have been found to be groundless.

He went on to say that Starkova also received breast implants from the same doctor who operated on May Myat Noe.

“This is a big thing for all contestants because it is free and Korea is the world’s top destination for plastic surgery. Everyone wants it,” he said. “What is true is that she is lying and it is unprecedented.”

He went on to say that his organization and the Korean Association in Myanmar filed a police report in the Southeast Asian country for the stolen crown and sash upon BBC’s advice.

“BBC gave us the advice,” he said.

He had allegedly threatened to file a $3 billion lawsuit against the British broadcaster for falsely accusing his organization for being corrupt.

Choi underlined that his organization did not force May Myat Noe to undertake breast surgery and has not been involved in any major scandal over the past few years.

He also elaborated that his organization notified the termination of the Myanmar teenager’s contract on Aug. 26 and found that she disappeared with the tiara and sash next day.
On the price of the tiara, Choi claimed that the media is exaggerating the figures.
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A screenshot from http://nypost.com
“A main designer and students worked on the tiara for six weeks. We didn’t say it is price tagged at $100,000,” he said, noting that one of his sponsors gave it for free and the actual cost would be much less than reported.

As for the breast implants, he also noted that the doctor, who is his acquaintance, generously provided it without charging any fees.

The media bombarded the Myanmar teenager girl on the weekend for allegedly running off with a $100,000 tiara after being stripped of her title as Miss Asia Pacific World 2014.
The Associated Press and many other news outlets, including the Guardian, claimed that Myanmar’s first international beauty queen lost her title because of being rude and dishonest even though “sponsors picked up the $10,000 tab” for her breast enlargement operation.

May Myat Noe said in her facebook page that she will hold a press conference at the House of Memories in Yangon on Sept. 2.

Myanmar started sending contestants to international beauty competitions for the first time in decades in 2012.

Confessions of a Beauty Queen -in Rape-Country-Korea


http://www.koreaobserver.com/organizer-lied-about-myanmar-beauty-queens-age-dethroned-her-over-human-rights-complaints-23411/

Beauty queen 'on run with £120,000 tiara' after pageant dethrones her

Posted by Ven. Indobhasa Saturday, August 30, 2014 0 comments

Burmese beauty queen 'goes on the run with £120,000 tiara after Miss Asia Pacific World competition strips her of the title for being rude'
  • May Myat Noe, 18, was dethroned for 'lying' to pageant managers 
  • Organisers thought she would be 'more beautiful' so bought her a boob job
  • Now Miss Asia Pacific World competition demands she return £120,000 tiara
  • Organisers claim pageant winner has vanished and will not answer phone

Burmese model May Myat Noe, 18, was crowned winner of Miss Asia Pacific in May but has been dethroned
Burmese model May Myat Noe, 18, was crowned winner of Miss Asia Pacific in May but has been dethroned

A Burmese beauty queen has allegedly disappeared with a £120,000 jewelled tiara after being dethroned as Miss Asia Pacific World for 'being rude'.

May Myat Noe, 18, was crowned as the most beautiful woman in south-east Asia in May by the South Korean pageant, but the organisers wanted her to have breast enhancement surgery before they could get her a record deal.
David Kim, director of media for Miss Asia Pacific World, said Miss Noe had been a disappointment from the outset.

Following her victory, the organisers and sponsors wanted the 5ft 7in pageant winner to change her looks so she could become a singer.

Mr Kim said: 'We thought she should be more beautiful ... so as soon as she arrived we sent her to the hospital to operate on her breasts.'

Adding that the competition's sponsors paid £6,000 for her breast enhancement, Mr Kim said: 'It's our responsibility.

'If she has no good nose, then maybe, if she likes, we can operate on her nose. If it's breasts, then breasts.'

From there it went downhill. The pageant organisers say they paid for a 10-day trip for her and her mother to Seoul, South Korea, but that quickly turned into three months, incurring extra cost.

She 'lied' and 'never had respect for the main organisation, the national director, the manager, media or fans who made her the winner,' organisers said in a statement.

Miss Noe was given a flight back to Burmese capital Rangoon, but did not show up, with Malaysian news sites reporting that she got on an earlier plane.
The pageant organisers are now demanding she hand back the jewel-encrusted Swarovski tiara - worth between £60,000 and £120,000. 
Mr Kim said: 'Everyone knows she is no longer the queen, but she thinks as long as she keeps this crown she's the winner. She's not.' 

Organisers bought her a £6,000 boob job to make her 'more beautiful' after she won the beauty pageant

Organisers want Miss Noe to hand back the £120,000 Swarovski tiara she won, but claim she has vanished
Organisers bought her a £6,000 boob job to make her 'more beautiful' after she won the beauty pageant


Miss Noe's icture has been taken down off the competition's website and it says 'dethroned' next to her name

Miss Noe's icture has been taken down off the competition's website and it says 'dethroned' next to her name

Her picture has been taken down off the competition's website and it says 'dethroned' next to her name. 

Miss Noe was unavailable for comment and her phone was switched off, local reports said, but it is believed she will hold a press conference soon. 

Hla Nu Tun, who initially acted as her unofficial manager, said Miss Noe and the organisers had disagreed over who should oversee her career. Miss Noe's mother wanted control but so did the organisers, she said. 

Burma, which only recently emerged from a half-century military rule and self-imposed isolation, started sending contestants to international beauty pageants for the first time in decades in 2012. 

British model Amy Willerton took part in Miss Asia Pacific in 2011, but left the competition early, labelling it 'a shambles'. 


The beauty queen's plane back to Burma from Seoul was paid for by the pageant, but she took an earlier flight

The beauty queen's plane back to Burma from Seoul was paid for by the pageant, but she took an earlier flight


British model Amy Willerton took part in Miss Asia Pacific in 2011, but chose to leave the competition early

British model Amy Willerton took part in Miss Asia Pacific in 2011, but chose to leave the competition early

Burmese beauty queen 'vanishes with tiara' from pageant

Posted by Ven. Indobhasa Friday, August 29, 2014 0 comments

May Myat Noe, winner of Miss Asia Pacific World 2014.
May Myat Noe, winner of Miss Asia Pacific World 2014. Photograph: Khin Maung Win/AP

A Burmese beauty queen who was stripped of her title for allegedly being rude and dishonest has run off with the £60,000 jewelled crown from a South Korea-based pageant, according to organisers.

May Myat Noe is said to have vanished from the competition after officials were adamant that she have breast enhancement surgery.

Burma, which only recently emerged from a half-century military rule and self-imposed isolation, started sending contestants to international beauty contests again in 2012.
May Myat Noe was crowned Miss Asia Pacific World in Seoul in May 2014. But, according to David Kim, director of media for the Seoul-based pageant, the 18-year-old was a disappointment from the start.

Attempts to reach May Myat Noe for comment were unsuccessful on Friday and her Burmese phone was switched off. According to the online edition of Eleven Media, a Burmese newspaper, she was back in the country and would address a news conference soon, although it was not clear when.

Following her success, the organisers said they were arranging singing and video deals for her. But they also wanted to change the teenager's looks, Kim said.

"We thought she should be more beautiful ... so as soon as she arrived we sent her to the hospital to operate on her breasts," he said.

"It's our responsibility," he said, adding that sponsors picked up the tab, which came to the equivalent of £6,000, as they have for past winners. "If she has no good nose, then maybe, if she likes, we can operate on her nose. If it's breasts, then breasts."

Kim said that troubles started from there. The beauty queen took her mother with her to Seoul for what was supposed to be a 10-day visit, but that quickly turned into three months, incurring extra cost to the organisers, he said.

She "lied" and "never had respect for the main organisation, the national director, the manager, media or fans who made her the winner", organisers said in a statement.
May Myat Noe was notified this week that she would have to give up her title and the crown, Kim said. She was also given a plane ticket back to Rangoon, but never turned up, with Eleven Media reporting that she got on an earlier flight.

Kim said she had absconded with the bejewelled Swarovski tiara – valued between £60,000 and £120,000.

"Everyone knows she is no longer the queen, but she thinks as long as she keeps this crown she's the winner," he said. "She's not."
 
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/aug/29/burma-beauty-queen-tiara-breast-may-myat-noe

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A Myanmar beauty queen who was stripped of her title for allegedly being rude and dishonest has run off with the $100,000 jeweled crown, a South Korea-based pageant said Friday.

Myanmar, which only recently emerged from a half-century military rule and self-imposed isolation, started sending contestants to international beauty pageants for the first time in decades in 2012.

May Myat Noe was crowned Miss Asia Pacific World in Seoul in May 2014. But, according to David Kim, director of media for the Seoul-based pageant, the 18-year-old was a disappointment from the start.

Attempts to reach May Myat Noe for comment were unsuccessful Friday and her Myanmar phone was switched off. According to the online edition of Eleven Media, a Myanmar newspaper, she was back in the country and would address a news conference soon, although it wasn't clear when.

Following her success, the organizers said they were arranging singing and video deals for her. But they also wanted to change the 5'7" teen's looks, Kim said.

"We thought she should be more beautiful ... so as soon as she arrived we sent her to the hospital to operate on her breasts," he said.

"It's our responsibility," he said, adding that sponsors picked up the $10,000 tab, as they have for past winners. "If she has no good nose, then maybe, if she likes, we can operate on her nose. If it's breasts, then breasts."

Kim said that troubles started from there. The beauty queen brought her mother with her to Seoul for what was supposed to be a 10-day visit, but that quickly turned into three months, incurring extra cost to the organizers, he said.

She "lied" and "never had respect for the main organization, the national director, the manager, media or fans who made her the winner," organizers said in a statement.

May Myat Noe was notified earlier this week that she would have to give up her title and the crown, Kim said. She was also given an airplane ticket back to Yangon, but never showed up, with Eleven Media reporting that she got on an earlier flight.

Kim said she absconded with the bejeweled Swarovski tiara — valued anywhere between $100,000 and $200,000.

"Everyone knows she is no longer the queen, but she thinks as long as she keeps this crown she's the winner," he said. "She's not."
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https://sg.news.yahoo.com/dethroned-myanmar-beauty-queen-takes-crown-055600555.html

by Dyah Swastantika 

After releasing the video of the beheading of American photographer James Foley, the Islamic State terrorist group – formerly known as ISIS – has begun psychologically terrorizing Indonesia.

The group has pledged to destroy the Borobudur Temple in the country’s Central Java Province, although its motive was not stated in detail.

The 1,200-year-old Borobudur temple, which is home to hundreds of Buddhist statues, is the largest Buddhist temple in the world.  Indonesia is home to the largest population of Muslims in the world.

The threat was revealed through a post on the Facebook page “We Are the Islamic State,” which is believed to be the Islamic State’s official page.
ISIS threatens to destroy world's largest Buddhist temple
The army commander of Central Java, Major General Sunindyo, said that anyone in the country would feel awful if the threat was actually carried out and has asked all citizens to work together to prevent the IS’s plan from becoming a reality.

Security forces have been tasked with keeping Borobudur safe. The community has also been “invited to take part in maintaining the temple,” according to Sunindyo.
 
http://www.globalresearch.ca/isis-threatens-to-destroy-worlds-largest-buddhist-temple-in-indonesia/5397377
 

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Applications are invited for Honjo international scholarships available for foreign students to attend a graduate school at a Japanese university April 1, 2015. Up to 15 to 20 scholarships will be awarded. The period of the Honjo international scholarship is set in accordance with the shortest period of time required to complete the intended degree. The student, once awarded the scholarship will be able to choose the option as follows: ¥200,000 per month for 1 or 2 years, ¥180,000 per month for 3 years and ¥150,000 per month for 4 or 5 years. Applications should be submitted till November 30, 2014.

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 Scholarship Open for International Students: International students (except from Japan) can apply for these Honjo international scholarships.

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Selection Criteria: Not known

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University of Sydney is inviting application for postgraduate research scholarships in Complex Systems and Modelling. Applicants must have strong skills in mathematical and computational modelling, as evidenced by strong academic performance in these areas. Domestic and international students are eligible to apply. The scholarship stipend is valued at $35,000 per annum (tax exempt for full time study load) for 3 years, with a possible 6 months extension, subject to satisfactory progress. The application deadline is 24 October 2014.
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Scholarship Open for Students of Following Countries: Southeast Asia grants are open for the nationals of Brunei, Cambodia, East Timor, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar (Burma), Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

Scholarship Description: Two types of grants will be available: Language Training Grant and Postgraduate Study Grant. The language training grant supports the study of a foreign Southeast Asian national or local language through a non-degree course with a tutor duly accredited by a university or a recognized language training institute in the region. The purpose of the grant is to equip Southeast Asian graduate students with proficiency in a Southeast Asian (national or local) language other than their own for individual research. Postgraduate Study Grant: The grant aims to encourage the study of a Southeast Asian country other than one’s own or a comparative study across the region by MA or PhD graduate students and postdoctoral researchers.
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Duration of award(s): The grant will support language training up to six months during the one-year grant period beginning 1 April 2015.

What does it cover?
The Language Training Grant covers accommodation and living expenses, foreign travel, and tutor’s fee. The maximum amounts for grant expenses are as follows:
-Masters Degree: Accommodation and Living Expenses: $350 per month; Foreign Travel: Actual cost; Tutor’s Fee: $250 per month
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Postgraduate Study Grant covers research and accommodation and living expenses. The maximum amounts for grant expenses are as follows:
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Selection Criteria: For Language Training Grant, the Selection Committee values applications that demonstrate the necessity of the language for research. For Postgraduate Study Grant, The Selection Committee values proposals that further the development of Southeast Asian studies either through comparative study or the study of a country other than one’s own and promote mutual understanding in the region. The Committee also considers the originality of the proposal, its methodological soundness, the applicant’s motivation in pursuing research, and the over-all organization and coherence of the proposal.

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How to Apply: Applications must be postmarked or e-mailed to grants-at-seasrepfoundation.org no later than 9 January 2015. SEASREP will not accept applications by fax.

Scholarship Application Deadline: The deadline for applications is 9th January 2015.
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A Study on the Anandacandra Stone Inscription 

 By Dr Saw Mra Aung

The Anandacandra Stone Inscription is named after its engraver, a powerful devoted Buddhist Rakhine king who reigned in the latter part of Vesali Period, which is believed to have been contemporary with Srikhetra, which flourished between the 4th and the 9th centuries A.D. It is now kept on the 40- foot high Mound of the Shitthaung Temple about half a mile north of the Mound of MraukU Palace. At the southern tip of the mound, there is a flight of stair-case, which is 8 feet in width and 35 feet in length, leading from the foot of the mound up to the first levelled ground about 16 feet high above the foot. The Anandacandra Stone Inscription is housed in a shed on the left side of the top of the stair-case. It contains a long list of the names of ancient Rakhine kings who had ruled in Rakhine from many years before the birth of Christ up to the 9th year after the accession of King Anandacandra who ruled at the beginning of the 8th century A.D. Two distinctions of it are that it is engraved in three types of ancient Indian scripts belonging
to three different eras and that it bears the regal years of the all the kings recorded.

The Anandacandra Stone Inscription is an elongated fine-grained sandstone monolith measuring 9 feet and 7 inches in height and 2 feet and 4 inches in width. It is said that King Minbagyi (AD.1531-1553) of MraukU Dynasty shifted it to the Mound of the Shitthaung Temple from Letkhat Hill south of the Mound of Vesali Palace about 5 miles north of MraukU. The eastern, western and northern faces of it are inscribed in Sanskrit with three different North Indian scripts belonging to three different eras which are separated from each other by a lapse of 200 years. The scripts written on the eastern face are considered the earliest. Although there are about 100 lines, most of them are damaged and consequently illegible. Very few lines are legible. Paleographically, these scripts are tentatively assigned between the 3rd and the 6th centuries A.D. There are four lines written in the scripts belonging to the A.D. 6th century in the upper part of the northern face. Under these lines are found 69 lines in scripts which are thought to belong to the 10th century A.D. Most of them are erased due to weathering. But the remnant scripts suggest that they might be the proto-Bengali scripts. On the western face are found 71 lines written in proto-Nagari script. As these scripts remain nearly intact, they are clearly legible. This face records the names of ancient Rakhine kings with their regnal years and the eulogy on King Anandacandra in 65 verses and a line in prose. (Although the engravers of the scripts on the eastern and northern faces are unknown, it is known according to the stone inscription that those on the western face were inscribed by King Anandacandra. The times of the accession of King Anandacandra and of engraving the Anandacandra Stone Inscription were estimated by modern scholars on the scrutiny of the scripts used on this face. So it is to be noted that the age of the Anandacandra Stone Inscription mentioned in this article is referred to as the time of engraving the western face).

It is found that Dr. Johnston, a professor of the Oriental Studies Department from Oxford University and Dr. Sircar, a director from the Department of Indian Archaeology, were the scholars who read this stone inscription(the scripts on the western face) most comprehensively and thoroughly. It is estimated that Dr. Johnston must have read it between 1935 and 1942. However, he did not read the original stone inscription but just the rubbings of it. When he died in 1942, the draft of his translation remained. It was edited by G.H. Luce and then contributed to the Bull. S.O.A.S. Vol. XI. With the title “Some Sanskrit Inscriptions of Arakan”. Regarding the time of inscribing the stone inscription, Dr. Johnston, having meticulously studied the scripts on the western face, remarks thus:

“…The Anandacandra Stone Inscription is in close affinity with the Yasovamadeva Stone Inscription at Nalanda in terms of the shape of the scripts and the rhyming system, which can be exactly assumed to have been inscribed at the beginning of the 8th century A.D. The most striking difference between the two inscriptions is that the letter “jha” in the Nalanda Stone Inscription is just in the process of the change but that in the Anandacandra Stone Inscription is already changed. So the latter must have been engraved a few years after the former…”.   Read More>>>>>

China planes 'violated Taiwanese airspace'

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China planes 'violated Taiwanese airspace'
Taiwan's Indigenous Defence Fighters (IDF) fly in formation at Ching Chuan Kang Air Base (CCK) on 17 July 2014 Taiwan's Indigenous Defence Fighters (pictured in a file image here) were scrambled in response

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Two Chinese military aircraft violated Taiwan's airspace on Monday, officials said, causing Taiwan to scramble jets. 

Taiwan said Chinese Y-8 maritime patrol planes entered the island's ADIZ (air defence identification zone) in both the morning and the afternoon.

Taiwan scrambled planes which "followed them closely to make sure they left", an air force spokesman said.

The alleged incident came days after the US accused a Chinese plane of dangerous manoeuvres near its aircraft.

Washington said the Chinese aircraft came within 10 metres of a US Navy patrol plane over international waters off Hainan Island on 19 August.

China described the claims as "groundless", saying the pilot's conduct was "professional".
A Chinese fighter jet that the Obama administration on Friday said conducted a "dangerous intercept" of a US Navy surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft off the coast of China in international airspace (19 August 2014) The US has released photographs of the Chinese Su-27 aircraft which it says was responsible for carrying out the dangerous manoeuvres 
 
In the latest incident, Taiwan said the two Chinese planes violated its airspace twice each as they flew towards the South China Sea and back.

Mirage 2000-5s and Indigenous Defence Fighters were scrambled in response, officials said.
In a statement to Reuters news agency, China's defence ministry said its planes had carried out a "routine flight" in "relevant airspace". There was no "abnormality", the statement said.
Beijing considers Taiwan part of China but the two have been governed separately since the end of the Chinese civil war in 1949.

Economic ties have improved significantly in recent years but on a political level the two remain far apart.

China, meanwhile, has in recent years been taking a more assertive stance over its territorial claims in both the East China and South China seas, sparking a rise in regional tensions.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-28935996

At least five dead in South Korea flash floods

In a photo taken on 25 August, 2014, South Korean rescue workers attempt to secure a bus submerged by floodwaters in the south-eastern town of Changwon A bus was washed away by floods, killing one and leaving four more people missing

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Flash floods brought on by heavy rain in southern South Korea have killed at least five people, officials say.

One person was killed and four others are missing after a bus was swept away by floods near the southern city of Changwon, Yonhap news agency reported.

In Busan, South Korea's second-largest city, four people were killed after heavy rain battered parts of the city.

Victims included two people who drowned in their car after driving through a submerged city underpass.

An engineer is also believed to be missing after checking basement power lines in a flooded building.
In a photo taken on 25 August, 2014, South Korean rescue workers attempt to secure a bus submerged by floodwaters in the south-eastern town of Changwon More rain is forecast for the south of the country, weather officials say
Monday's heavy rain also disrupted train services in Busan, and a nuclear power plant was forced to halt operations after a cooling facility became flooded, AFP news agency reported.
Weather officials said that more heavy rain was forecast.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-28933389?OCID=fbasia&ocid=socialflow_facebook

PhD Scholarships 2015
 
The Doctoral Program in Buddhist Studies at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich, Germany offers two PhD scholarships for dissertation projects related to Buddhism.

Deadline for applications: 15 October 2014
Start of scholarship: Spring semester 2015 or later
Duration of scholarship: 3 or 4 years

Scholarship amount: 1000 € per month + insurance + support for rent + 460€ per year
Scholarship donor: German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
The selection process comprises two stages: Applications are sent to the Doctoral Program in Buddhist Studies in Munich. The program will select promising candidates, who then have to submit their materials to the DAAD. Subsequently, an election committee chosen by the DAAD decides upon the successful candidates. It is expected that the successful candidates will be chosen and informed by February or March 2015.

The prerequisites for application are non-German citizenship (foreign applicants should not have lived in Germany for more than fifteen months at the time of their application), a Master of Arts or Magister Artium degree or equivalent, excellent knowledge of at least one Buddhist source language, outstanding qualifications in the subject, and fluency in English. A basic knowledge of German is also desirable, though not a prerequisite, but willingness to learn German/improve German language skills will be expected. It is desirable that, at the time of the application, the last final examination has taken place no more than six years ago.

Details about the application

http://www.en.buddhismus-studien.uni-muenchen.de/currentissues/phd_scholarships2015/index.html
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Syria ready to cooperate with U.N. to fight terror

Posted by Ven. Indobhasa Monday, August 25, 2014 0 comments

(CNN) -- The Syrian regime says it's ready to accept support from the United States and others working under the U.N. umbrella to fight "terrorists."

The comments, by Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem, were made Monday as ISIS fighters seized control of a strategically important air base in the country.

The war-racked nation has been losing control of the northeastern region to ISIS militants.
Moallem, however, warned against any unilateral action or strikes in Syrian territory without permission.

"Any effort to fight terrorism should be done in coordination with Syrian government," Moallem said.

The U.S. military and intelligence communities are gathering intelligence on the locations of ISIS leadership and its troops in Syria, two U.S. officials told CNN on Friday. The information could be used in the coming days if President Barack Obama were to authorize airstrikes against the militants in Syria.

Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby said on Monday, while speaking in general terms, that in order to conduct operations over Syria "you certainly want to get as much of a view on the ground as you can. You want as much situational awareness as you can."
"Satellites can provide you good visibility, but you always want closer eyes on target if you can," Kirby added.

Obama has authorized reconnaissance flights over Syria, which could begin at any point, a U.S. official told CNN on Monday.

When asked by CNN's Wolf Blitzer about how much coordination the United States would need to do with Syria to strike ISIS, Kirby said, "Not getting into the hypothetical operations, there's no intention to coordinate with Syrian authorities."

Air base seizure

The Islamic extremist group, which has taken over large areas of Syria and Iraq, wrested the Al-Tabqa air base from the Syrian military on Sunday, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based group that monitors the conflict.

Syrian state television reported that the Syrian military had evacuated the air base in Raqqa province to regroup and was still carrying out strikes against ISIS fighters in the area.
In Iraq, ISIS claimed responsibility for three suicide car bombs that killed at least 20 people in the northern city of Kirkuk on Sunday.

ISIS said in a statement posted Monday that the bombs were a response to secular Kurdish gangs that joined the war on ISIS and their involvement in the bombing and targeting of Sunni areas.

The statement said that two of those who carried out the suicide attacks were German nationals, identified as Abu Yasser al-Almany and Abu Ibrahim al-Almany.
When contacted by CNN, the German Foreign Ministry declined comment on the ISIS statement.

ISIS, which refers to itself as the Islamic State, is part of the complex web of groups fighting in the long-running Syrian conflict -- a war that the U.N. estimates has killed more than 191,000 people.

The spread of ISIS
Rebels have been battling the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad since March 2011, and the civil war has turned the country into a haven for jihadists.

ISIS has thrived amid the chaos, gaining global notoriety for its brutal tactics, including the beheading of American journalist James Foley last week.

After its break with al Qaeda this year, ISIS has grown in strength and reach. Its dramatic, murderous advance in northern and western Iraq this year provoked U.S. airstrikes aimed at helping Kurdish and Iraqi forces.

U.S. and Kurdish officials say ISIS is now under pressure in Iraq. But the extremist group continues to win significant victories in Syria.

Planes moved before base fell
Al-Tabqa air base is the last major military base in Raqqa province, which borders Turkey, to fall into ISIS' hands. The group now is now understood to have effective control over the entire province, aside from a few villages in the south.

The warplanes from the base had already been taken to other locations before ISIS took control, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.

It said ISIS fighters were seen carrying the heads of Syrian regime soldiers. Both sides were reported to have suffered heavy losses in the battle for the base.

ISIS controls major cities in Iraq and Syria, as well as oil fields, main roads and border crossings. It also has under its control more military hardware than some national armies after seizing both Iraqi and Syrian military bases and armories.

Senior U.S. defense officials said last week that they hadn't ruled out extending airstrikes against ISIS into Syria.

http://edition.cnn.com/2014/08/25/world/meast/syria-isis/index.html
 

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