Asia Briefs: China reports H5N1 bird flu at farm

China reports H5N1 bird flu at farm

BEIJING/PARIS • China reported an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N1 bird flu at a farm in its north-west Qinghai province, the Paris-based World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Tuesday, citing a report from the Chinese Agriculture Ministry. It is the first case of the H5N1 strain of flu to be reported in a Chinese poultry farm since 2014, according to OIE's database.


PM Lee congratulates new Timor-Leste PM

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has written to congratulate Mr Taur Matan Ruak on his appointment as the Prime Minister of Timor-Leste, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

Mr Taur Matan Ruak, whose real name is Jose Maria Vasconcelos, was sworn in last Friday after elections in May that ended months of political deadlock.

"As fellow small states, Timor-Leste and Singapore share warm and longstanding relations, underpinned by close cooperation bilaterally and at multilateral fora," said PM Lee in his letter . "Singapore remains committed to helping Timor-Leste achieve its nation-building goals through the provision of capacity building assistance under the Singapore Cooperation Programme."

New India law to help women could backfire

MUMBAI • A new law to improve maternity benefits for women in India's workforce and encourage them to further their careers is likely to have the opposite effect, a survey showed.

The law will probably lead to job losses and discourage smaller businesses and start-ups from hiring women, the survey by TeamLease Services said on Tuesday.

An estimated 1.1 million to 1.8 million women will lose their jobs across 10 sectors in the financial year to March 2019 because of the law, the survey said.


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