Sunday, July 1, 2012 - 09:19 p.m.
GAUHATI, India — Officials say the death toll from monsoon rains in northeastern India has risen to 62 and more than 2,000 villages have been inundated as rivers have breached their banks.
Assam state agriculture minister Nilomoni Sen Deka said Sunday that more than a week of heavy monsoon rains caused the massive Brahmaputra river to exceed danger levels. He said floods and landslides have killed 62 people so far.
Sunday, July 1, 2012 - 08:52 p.m.
LONDON — He says he was one of late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il's favorite propaganda artists, singing the praises of the Dear Leader in dozens of poems. But these days Jang Jin-sung says he prefers to tell the truth about North Korea.
The former state poet, who defected to South Korea in 2004, now writes to tell the world about what he calls the brutality of everyday life in the North.
Sunday, July 1, 2012 - 05:28 p.m.
MANILA — Guinness World Records has declared that a huge crocodile blamed for deadly attacks in the southern Philippines is the largest in captivity in the world.
The giant reptile has brought pride, fear, tourism revenues and attention to the previously little-known town where it was captured last year.
Sunday, July 1, 2012 - 04:37 p.m.
HANOI, Vietnam — A group of Vietnamese marched through the capital's streets shouting "Down with China!" in a rare protest Sunday following growing tensions over disputed territory in the South China Sea.
About 200 people chanted in the rain, some waving flags and holding signs, as they walked through central Hanoi toward the Chinese Embassy. Police stopped traffic and did not attempt to quash the event, but the area near the embassy was cordoned off.
Sunday, July 1, 2012 - 03:33 p.m.
THE Low Pressure Area spotted in Mindanao was estimated based on satellite and surface data as of 8 a.m. Sunday at 580 kilometers east of Hinatuan City, Surigao Del Sur.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said this weather disturbance will affect Eastern Visayas and Eastern Mindanao.
Sunday, July 1, 2012 - 03:01 p.m.
THE Department of Health (DOH) reiterated its call for the swift passage of the Sin Tax Reform bill to help the government address the number of people with tobacco-related illnesses.
In a recent forum on the bill, DOH-National Center for Health Promotion Supervising Health Program Officer Luz Tagunicar said the department is fully supportive of the bill as it would lead to higher revenues.
Sunday, July 1, 2012 - 02:42 p.m.
MANILA (Updated 2:42 p.m.) -- Thirty-one officials of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) were removed from service for failure to stop illegal logging in forested areas of Davao and Caraga regions.
Environment Secretary Ramon Paje, who ordered the relief on Saturday, said these officials have not done enough to implement the nationwide logging ban because his office still receive reports of log confiscations in thousands of pieces.
Sunday, July 1, 2012 - 01:18 p.m.
THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) has set its rules and regulations on the voting process for persons with disabilities (PWDs).
Under Resolution 9485, the poll body has ordered the establishment of accessible polling places for PWDs in time for the May 2013 midterm polls.
Sunday, July 1, 2012 - 12:51 p.m.
MANILA -- Thirty-two new countries have passed the mandatory certification process of the amended Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipino Act or Republic Act (RA) 10022.
"The POEA Governing Board resolves to include in the list of compliant countries, including partially-compliant, without prejudice to negotiations for the protection of the rights of household service workers and/or other categories of workers," reads Resolution no. 8 of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) Governing Board.
Sunday, July 1, 2012 - 12:45 p.m.
FORMER Ombudsman Simeon Marcelo has turned down his nomination to become the next Chief Justice following the ouster of Renato Corona by the Senate impeachment court over concealed cash assets in late May.
In a text message, Marcelo said “there are already enough qualified nominees,” for the post, which reached over 60 as of last week. The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC), which vets applicants for the position, will terminate the acceptance of nominations on Monday.