North Korean controversial officials to attend the Olympic closure in South Korea

North Korea (North Korea) will again send a high delegation to the closing of the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea (ROK). The delegation will be led by a controversial North Korean official, believed to be responsible for the tragedy of the sinking of a South Korean military ship in 2010.

The closing ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea will be held on Sunday (25/2). Just as it opened on 9 February, North Korea will also send delegates to the closing. But this time Kim Yo-Jong, North Korea's younger brother Kim Jong-Un, did not participate.

Spoken by South Korean Ministry of Unification in a statement, as reported by Reuters Thursday (22/2/2018) the North's high will be led by Kim Yong-Chol, who is Vice Chairman of the Central Commission of the North Korean Workers Party. The delegation will stay for three days in South Korea.

It is known that Kim Yong-Chol also heads the United Front Department, the North Korean authority's office responsible for handling inter-Korean affairs. Kim Yong-chol's own figure is actually quite controversial for South Korea.

Previously he was Head of General Reconnaissance Bureau or RGM which is a military intelligence agency of North Korea. South Korean authorities say Kim Yon-Chol is responsible for the tragedy of the sinking of the South Korean navy ship Cheonan in 2010. At least 46 South Korean sailors were killed in the tragedy.

South Korean Unification Minister Cho Myoung-Gyon says the torpedo attack that sank the South Korean military ship was carried out by North Korea. "Kim (Yong-Chol) is responsible for South Korean affairs, that's why we accept it because we believe it will help improve inter-Korean relations and resolve the issue of denuclearization," Cho told parliamentarians. Carousel.

South Korea and the United States actually put Kim Yong-Chol's name on the blacklist because he supports North Korea's missile and nuclear program. With blacklisted, he was banned from visiting South Korea. However, according to an official of the South Korean presidential office, South Korean authorities decided to accept Kim Yong-chol's presence for the good of the Olympics.

The South Korean official declared his authority to notify the US of Kim Yong-chol's presence.

Kim Yong-Chol, another North Korean official, Ri Son-Gwon will also be present at the closing of the Olympics. Ri, also involved in inter-Korean affairs, also accompanied Kim Yo-Jong's sister while attending the opening ceremony of the Olympics in early February. The eight-member North Korean delegation will come to South Korea via land and is scheduled to meet South Korean President Moon Jae-In. The time and location of the meeting has not yet been publicly disclosed.

(nvc / ita)

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Malaysia bans controversial Bollywood film 'Padmaavat'

Kuala Lumpur
 The Malaysian government banned the controversial Bollywood film 'Padmaavat' in his country. The film, starring the famous actress Bollywood, Deepika Padukone, is considered to give a negative picture of a Muslim sultan.

As reported by Reuters Friday (2/2/2018), the Malaysian government rejected the depiction of the character of Sultan Alauddin Khilji in the film. The film itself tells the figure of Padmavati who is the figure of Hindu Queen of the 14th century and the Muslim Sultan who invaded Hindustan.

"He (Sultan Alauddin Khilji-red) is described as an arrogant, cruel, inhuman, sly Sultan with many trickery, unreliable, and non-practicing Islam, "the Malaysian Interior Ministry said in a statement.

The Malaysian Ministry of Home Affairs asserts, the Film Censorship Board has decided the film is 'not approved for airing' in all cinemas in Malaysia. An appeal from the film's distributor has been rejected by the Malaysian Film Censorship Board on Tuesday (30/1) this week.

Bollywood films are very popular in Malaysia, which is about 7 percent of India's 32 million people.

The film 'Padmaavat' itself has long reaped controversy and protests in his native India. Controversy even emerged since the film was still in the shooting stage. Radical groups in India who protested the film called the film 'Padmaavat' has mistakenly described intimate scenes between Padmavati and Khilji, the two main characters. Producers have asserted that the film portrays Padmavati's honorable figure.

Despite the controversy, the film 'Padmaavat' is still allowed to air in India. This is because on January 23 last, the Indian Supreme Court rejected the lawsuit of the Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh government that requested the film was banned. The Supreme Court emphasized the action of banning films clearly violating the freedom of creativity.

Later in early January, the Indian Film Certification Center Board (CBFC), which regulates censorship and film certification, allowed 'Padmaavat' to air in cinemas beginning January 25. CBFC allows the controversial film to air with a number of cuts in scenes. Not only that, CBFC also requested that the title of the film be changed from 'Padmavati' to 'Padmavat' and 'Padmaavat'.

To protest the decision, hundreds of people staged a massive rally in India, malls and vehicle burning. Despite the protests, India's 'Padmaavat' movie show has reportedly gained a profit of 1.43 billion or equivalent to Rp 299 billion within seven days.

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Riots Rampage in India ahead of Controversial Film Show

Riots erupted in various cities of India, a day before the premiere of a controversial film that tells the legend of a Hindu queen. Angry protestors set fire to cars and destroy cinemas.

Massa burns buses in a suburb of Delhi and in Uttar Pradesh, protesters are walking on railroad tracks, blocking train travel, to protest the filming of " Padmaavat. "In other cities, cinemas and shopping centers were damaged, including in Jammu, where a ticket booth was burned. The film "Padmavaat" tells the story of a Hindu queen from the 14th century.

Hindu extremists have been protesting against the film for months. They accuse director Sanjay Leela Bhansali of distorting history for portraying Muslim leaders as Hindu Queen Padmavati's lover. Bhansali dismissed the allegations, which many historians say is unfounded, due to little evidence and the fact that Padmavati ever existed. Earlier this year, the group damaged the location of the filming and attacked the director.

The title of the film was changed earlier from Padmavati to Padmaavat, to accommodate criticism that the film would damage the image of Rajputs, a warrior caste in northern India. In the region, Padmavati is a symbol of pride and honor. [ps/jm]

Cekcok on Controversial Route, Taiwan Block 176 China Flight

Taiwan blocked 176 Chinese airline flights to its territory. The blocking comes after two Chinese airlines set new routes considered controversial.

Earlier this January, two Chinese airlines, China Eastern Airlines and Xiamen Air, set four new flight routes between mainland China and Taiwan. Taiwan did not agree because they feel not consulted about the new route determination.

As reported by AFP Friday (19/1/2018), Taiwan authorities repeatedly requested that the determination of the four new routes was canceled. But the Taiwanese protests were ignored. The Taiwanese authorities call the new route 'frivolity' and endanger the safety of flights, also politically motivated.

China Eastern Airlines and Xiamen Air also requested 176 additional flights between Taiwan and China during the Chinese New Year holiday in mid-February. This week, for the first time, Taiwan authorities took decisive action on this issue.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Taiwan (CAA) refused to grant permission for the additional flight. The reason, the two Chinese airlines have been using new routes are controversial. However, it is known that the additional flights filed by the two Chinese airlines were not through the controversial new route.

"The demand for the two airlines was not approved at this time, as they operate other flights on the M503 route and other routes launched without the general consent of both parties, "said a CAA official who did not want to be named by AFP.

The M503 is an old route that has been introduced since 2015, which at that time also triggered criticism from Taiwan. Taiwan's criticism made China shift the route closer to its territory and use the route only for the north-to-south route.

In a statement, Chinese authorities call the new route's designation aimed at reducing the density of the airspace above the strait that separates China and Taiwan. The Civil Aviation Authority of China (CAAC) said the route will only be used by civil aviation. China also promised to maintain technical communications with Taiwan regarding the use of this route.

CAAC added that the M503 route will also be used for south-to-north route flights, contrary to previous agreements.

The Taiwan military has confirmed it will intercept, warn and expel any aircraft passing through Taiwan airspace without permission and threaten the country's security.

(nvc / ita)

Russian President Invites US President to Conduct Controversial Dialogue

In the New Year's telegram to US President Donald Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin said a constructive dialogue between the two countries is crucial to world stability.

The Kremlin said on Saturday (30/12) that Putin emphasized in his Happy New Year to Trump for Russia and America to develop pragmatic cooperation with a long-term perspective based on "equality and mutual respect."

Putin argues that "the development of constructive Russian-American dialogue is essential to strengthening strategic stability in the world and finding the optimal answer to challenges and threats worldwide. "

The relationship between Moscow and Washington fell to the post-Cold War level after the annexation of the Crimea by Russia in 2014 and accusations of Russian interference in last year's US presidential election. [gp]