The sultan of oil-rich Brunei announced that tough Islamic criminal punishments would be introduced tomorrow, pushing ahead with plans that have sparked rare domestic criticism of the fabulously wealthy ruler and international condemnation.
Brunei authorities have detained an Indonesian national with links to Southeast Asian militant group Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) for alleged "terrorist-related activities" in the oil-rich sultanate, a media report said Thursday.
The Sultan of Brunei on Tuesday announced the phased introduction of tough Islamic punishments including death by stoning for crimes such as adultery, in the monarchy`s latest step towards conservatism.
Eyeing greater cooperation with South East Asian countries on economic and security issues, India announced a separate Mission for ASEAN region to be set up in Jakarta with a full-time resident Ambassador.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday called for collective action, cooperation and collaboration in Asia to overcome the challenges posed global economic uncertainty and political turmoil in parts of the world.
Aiming to give fillip to India`s Look East policy, Manmohan Singh is expected to announce new initiatives to take forward ties with the ASEAN by setting up a mission and appointing an ambassador for the 10-member grouping.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh embarks on a two-nation visit to Brunei and Indonesia to strengthen the strategic partnership with Southeast Asia and signalling that India is not just looking east, but also acting east.
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will meet the new Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott during his trip to Brunei this week during which a nuclear deal and negotiations on a free trade agreement are expected to figure.