Malaysia urges India to play leadership role in taking Doha Development Agenda forward; West Java jolted by earthquake measuring 7.3 on Richter Scale
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  • During the two-day WTO Informal Ministerial meeting held at New Delhi from September 3-4, Malaysian International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Mustapa Mohamed urged India to play a leadership role in seeking compromises from major powers in taking the Doha Development Agenda process forward. Mustapa also called for accelerated efforts to deal with the current impasse1.

    West Java was jolted by an earthquake measuring 7.3 on the Richter scale on September 2. The epicentre of the quake was reportedly about 140 kilometers southwest of Tasikmalaya in West Java itself and had originated 30 kilometers below the seabed2. The death toll as a result of the quake reached over 703.

    Military officers from China and Myanmar met on August 31 to discuss the junta’s recent military offensive against the ethnic Kokang ceasefire group - the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA) in Kokang territory bordering China’s Yunnan province. The meeting was held a week after the capture of Laogai, Kokang’s capital, by Myanmarese troops, despite Chinese protests against a military action. Reports noted that Myanmarese authorities captured Laogai on the pretext that MNDAA was violating its 20-year old ceasefire agreement by involving in heroin and weapon smuggling activities4.