Burma’s High Domestic Violence Rate; Vietnam Flight Control Sleeping; Arrest over Facebook Post in Malaysia; Canada Joins Chinese Bank; Abe's Troubles Deepen

Burma’s High Domestic Violence Rate; Vietnam Flight Control Sleeping; Arrest over Facebook Post in Malaysia; Canada Joins Chinese Bank; Abe's Troubles Deepen
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Asia Update: A quick roundup of the most important news from around the region.


One in five women in Burma have experienced domestic violence, according to the first Myanmar Demographic and Health Survey conducted by Burma’s Ministry of Health and Sports. – The Irrawaddy


Two flights were unable to contact air traffic controllers at an airport in northern Vietnam earlier this month after it was discovered that the first command was asleep and his assistant was absent, the country’s aviation watchdog confirmed on Tuesday. – Tuoi Tre News

After 51 years as a photojournalist, Nick Ut. whose “Napalm Girl” photograph garnered international attention when it was published in 1972, is retiring this month. – The Saigoneer.


Police arrested a man for an alleged offensive Facebook posting against the Sultan of Johor, Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar. – Malaysiakini


The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, or AIIB, has approved 13 new applications, bringing the bank's total approved membership to 70. Hong Kong is in, as are Afghanistan, Armenia, Fiji and Timor Leste. Canada is now the first north American country to get onboard. In Europe, Belgium, Hungary and Ireland have chosen to join as have Peru, Sudan, Venezuela and Ethiopia. – CCTV (China)


The embattled head of an Osaka school operator at the center of a murky real estate deal gave sworn testimony in the Diet on Thursday that he received a 1 million yen donation in Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s name to help fund a nationalist elementary school he was building. The Japan Times


Indonesian police killed a suspected radical and detained three on Thursday (23/03) during a counter-terrorism operation in an industrial area just hours away from the capital Jakarta. – Jakarta


The Philippine Navy sent one of its most capable warships to Benham Rise in the wake of reports that China showed interest in the territory that's been declared a part of the country's continental shelf. – Rappler

Two Malaysian sailors kidnapped by Abu Sayyaf bandits were rescued in Sulu yesterday after almost eight months in captivity. – The Philippine Star


The captain of the container ship that transported nine Singapore military vehicles to Hong Kong from Taiwan in November without a required licence was formally charged on Friday morning. – South China Morning Post

Hong Kong:

The Hong Kong Journalists Association has asked the High Court to hand down an order to grant digital media outlets access to report on the chief executive election on Sunday. – Hong Kong Free Press

China, South Korea:

A Chinese win over South Korea in the soccer World Cup qualifiers sent nationalist supporters into a frenzy in the central province of Hunan on Thursday, amid rising political tensions and boycotts of South Korean goods. – Radio Free Asia (United States)


Prominent Tamil write, who powerfully portrayed the lives and struggles of the urban middle-class life in his literary works, died, aged 86, on Thursday night. – The Hindu


Taiwan’s Cabinet has finalized plans to submit a special eight-year budget request of US$28.86 billion to the legislature for a major infrastructure project. – Taipei Times


A former soldier was sentenced to life in prison yesterday for gunning down Kem Ley as the government critic was sitting down for his morning newspapers at his favorite convenience store cafe in July. – The Cambodia Daily