Asia Briefs: Clearance operations end in Rakhine state

Clearance operations end in Rakhine state

YANGON • Myanmar's military has ended a clearance operation in the country's troubled Rakhine state, ending a four-month sweep that the United Nations said may amount to crimes against humanity, and possibly ethnic cleansing.

The security operation started when nine policemen were killed in attacks on security posts near the Bangladesh border on Oct 9 last year. Almost 69,000 Rohingya have since fled Myanmar for Bangladesh, according to UN estimates.

"The situation in northern Rakhine has now stabilised. The clearance operations undertaken by the military have ceased, the curfew has been eased and there remains only a police presence to maintain the peace," said national security adviser Thaung Tun.


2 quakes rock Aceh in quick succession

JAKARTA • Two earthquakes yesterday rocked an area of Indonesia's Aceh province which was devastated by a quake last December, damaging houses and causing injuries, the Associated Press reported. The quakes, measured at magnitude 5.1 and 5.6 by the United States Geological Survey, hit in quick succession.

Two houses collapsed in Pidie Jaya near the epicentre and at least nine people were injured in Trianggadeng district, AP said, citing the Indonesian Red Cross.

Indonesia's meteorology and geophysics agency said there was no potential for a tsunami from the quakes.

India revives plan to build passenger jet

NEW DELHI • India is reviving a 30-year-old plan to build its first passenger aircraft as it struggles to join an exclusive club of Asian nations that have created their own jets. A 14-seat aircraft, Saras, is undergoing preliminary tests. The development of the twin-turboprop plane suffered a setback in 2009 when a test flight ended in a fiery crash, killing all three crew members on board.

India may need a few hundred small planes that can each carry fewer than 30 people over the next five to seven years for Prime Minister Narendra Modi to succeed in his plan to boost air links in remote areas of the country, according to Sydney-based Capa Centre for Aviation.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 17, 2017, with the headline 'Asia Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe