ANN Desk (Asia)

The central news desk in Bangkok

NEW DELHI (dataLEADS/ ANN) - Sri Lanka is investigating thousands of missing-persons cases who disappeared during the fight against separatist Tamil Tiger rebels, which ended in May 2009. As many as 65,000 people, mostly from the ethnic Tamil minority, are still missing in the country. 

JAKARTA (The Jakarta Post/ANN News Desk) - Pertamina profits drop as global crude oil prices fall. 

​THIMPHU (Kuensel/ANN) - The EU project aims at improving the environment and operational capacity for civil society engagement in sustainable development and good governance. 

KATHMANDU (The Kathmandu Post/ANN News Desk) - Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal says in resignation speech that some of his greatest accomplishments was mending Nepal's relationship with India and China. 

THIMPHU (Kuensel/ANN) – Much has been written and talked about Bhutan’s endeavour to become organic by 2020. The discussion that was held to assess where Bhutan is in becoming one was timely and revealing.

SEOUL (The Korea Herald/ANN News Desk) - North Korea appears to have rejected a US offer to open up diplomatic talks. 

SEOUL (The Korea Herald/ANN) - Analysts suggest Russia’s decision to court North Korea is part of a wider plan to disrupt US influence in the region, much like Russia’s strategy in Syria. 

JAKARTA (The Jakarta Post/ANN News Desk) - Police are the likely target of a twin suicide bomb at a busy Jakarta bus station on Wednesday evening. 

PETALING JAYA (The Star/ANN News Desk) - Malaysian student, Tan Zhi Jie, describes his experiences at the Manchester bombing on Monday. 

THIMPHU (Kuensel/ANN) - Agriculture and forests ministry developed and launched the National Framework for Organic Farming in Bhutan in 2007 with a vision to become organic by 2020.