Asia Briefs: ESM Goh to speak at Jeju forum

ESM Goh to speak at Jeju forum

Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong will be delivering the keynote speech at the 11th Jeju Forum for Peace and Prosperity tomorrow, according to a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) yesterday.

Mr Goh, who is accompanied by officials from the Prime Minister's Office and the MFA, will be in South Korea until Friday.

One-third of ATMs in India not working

MUMBAI • A third of India's cash machines don't work, the central bank said, posing a challenge for the government as it strives to provide banking services to millions of poor citizens living in rural areas.

The Reserve Bank of India surveyed almost 4,000 ATMs across the country with a "sample size fairly representing geographies and bank categories", according to deputy governor S.S. Mundra.


Myanmar jade-mining area hit by landslide

YANGON • A landslide in Myanmar's northern jade-mining region has killed at least 12 people and many more are missing, officials said yesterday, the latest deadly accident to hit the shadowy but lucrative industry.

The area has suffered a string of deadly landslides over the past year, with a major incident in Hpakant last November killing more than 100 people.

Myanmar is the chief source of the world's finest jadeite, a near-translucent green stone that is prized in China, where it is known as the "stone of heaven".


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 25, 2016, with the headline 'Asia Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe