Under The Radar News 04.09.12

Posted on Monday, April 9, 2012 by Ai-Shan Lu

A weekly compilation of underreported events in Asia.

  • Indian Chief Ministers will reportedly meet on May 5 to deliberate whether to set up the National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC). In spite of some political opposition from several states, Home Minister P. Chidambaram is expecting a “good outcome” for the meeting.

  • According to the China Software Testing Center—a research institution affiliated to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technologynon-binding guidelines on the protection of personal online data are going to be issued this year. Under the guidelines, data collected with users' approval will be deleted in a timely manner to avoid possible abuse.

  • Vietnamese Chief Government Inspector Huynh Phong Tranh called for the government to safeguard people’s interests in the land revocation process. The Government Inspectorate reportedly discovered economic violations worth VND 30.72 trillion during the first quarter of 2012 as the agency inspected eleven state-owned groups, ministries and provinces.

  • The South Korean government will submit a bill to strengthen its management of sovereign waters encircling the Dokdo/Takeshima Island and Ieo Island ‘as early as’ June. The bill will reportedly include setting up maritime police bases with an aim to clamp down on seaborne invasion.

  • According to the Cambodian Minister of Industry, Mines and Energy, China National Heavy Machinery Corporation is constructing a 22 kilovolt electricity transmission line in eastern Cambodia.

  • Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) stated that an advance French remote sensing satellite, SPOT-6, will be launched during the second half of 2012 as an agreement that has been finalized between Antrix Corporation Limited, the commercial arm of ISRO, and Astrium SAS, a company under EADS, France.

  • Japan is considering providing the Republic of the Philippines with patrol vessels and a sea-ground communications system as part of its official development assistance
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