Thursday, June 22, 2006

Japan monitors North Korea

Japan dispatches ships and planes to monitor developments in North Korea as that country prepares to test a long range missile. Fukushiro Nukaga, the head of Japan's Defense Agency, told a parliamentary committee that Japan had deployed naval ships and patrol planes to monitor developments in North Korea as the country apparently prepares to test a long-range missile believed to be capable of reaching Alaska.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Australian Senate Overhaul

The Government's proposal will gut the Senate inquiry structure, allowing it to avoid embarrassing scrutiny of legislation and political controversies such as the children overboard scandal. The Prime Minister John Howard rejected claims it would entrench government power and allow the Coalition to avoid scrutiny.
From News Limited.

THE Howard Government is reaching for more control over the Senate by overhauling the committee system. The Labor leader, Kim Beazley, said: "The Senate has become a great institution of accountability and, like all instruments of accountability in this country, this government is trashing it. It's … an evil act."
From Fairfax Digital network

Friday, May 19, 2006

Multi Party Fiji

Fijian opposition (Labour) led by Mahendra Chaudhry decides to join Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase's United Fiji Party to form a multi-party multi-ethnic cabinet

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Typhoon Chanchu

Typhoon Chanchu, the strongest storm on record to have entered the South China Sea in May, makes landfall between the cities of Shantou, Guangdong and Xiamen, Fujian in China.

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Branch Stacking by Labor Party

George Seitz, a Labour Party Member of the state Legislative Assembly in Victoria, Australia, is accused of running an elaborate branch stacking operation to manipulate results in state and federal elections and pre-selections.

Friday, May 12, 2006

Volcano Eruption in Indonesia

Authorities in Indonesia issue a red alert for active volcano Mt. Merapi, evacuating 17,000 people in expectation of an eruption.

Faked Stem Cell Research

Cloning scientist Hwang Woo-Suk is indicted for fraud, embezzlement and violation of bioethics law in a scandal in South Korea over his faked stem cell research.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Baidu Baike Launch in China

Baidu Baike, a collaborative online encyclopedia, is launched in People's Republic of China by Baidu.com, modelled on Wikipedia but heavily self censored. Wikipedia is largely inaccessible without a proxy in China.

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Australian Miners Rescued

Two Australian miners are rescued after 14 days trapped in the Beaconsfield mine collapse in Tasmania.

Saturday, May 06, 2006

China New Satellites

The People's Republic of China plans to launch satellites for lunar surveying, probing the moon's surface, physiognomy, landform and geological structure.