ASIA TODAY Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi under house arrest due to heat wave

Today's news: 29 Maoist rebels killed in an operation in India. A year and a half of rain falls on Dubai in a few hours: airport paralyzed. In China, there is alarm over the water consumption of data centers and artificial intelligence. South Korea doubles the rice sent to 11 countries in food emergency.


The former leader of Myanmar and Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi has been transferred from prison to house arrest. This was announced by a spokesperson for the military government, explaining that it was a measure related to the extremely hot weather these days, and that it was taken for all high-ranking prisoners. Suu Kyi, 78, has been held by Myanmar's military since she overthrew her government in a coup in 2021.


At least 29 Maoist guerrillas They died yesterday in India in a shootout with security forces in a forest in the Kanker district of Chhattisgarh. Three officers were also injured, but their lives are not in danger. Extolling the operation in the midst of the election campaign, Home Minister Amit Shah declared that “under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, we are determined to rid the country of the scourge of Naxalism.”


Strong thunderstorms hit the United Arab Emirates, dumping the equivalent of more than a year and a half of rain on the desert city-state of dubai, flooding the main highways and the international airport. By the end of Tuesday, more than 142mm had drenched Dubai. In a normal year, 94.7 mm of rain is recorded at Dubai International Airport, the busiest international airport in the world. Emirates declared the suspension of check-in for passengers at Dubai International Airport from 8am to midnight today due to operational difficulties caused by incessant rain.


According to a new report from China Water Risk -a Hong Kong-based NGO-, China's water-thirsty data centers and the rapid growth of artificial intelligence (AI) could dramatically increase demand for the country's water resources. The organization estimates that the annual water consumption of data centers in China is around 1.3 billion cubic meters, enough for the residential use of 26 million people. By 2030, the figure could exceed 3 billion cubic meters, equivalent to the demand of a population larger than that of South Korea.


South Korea has sent this year's first batch of rice to countries suffering from food shortages, aiming to provide 11 nations 100,000 tons of rice, doubling a commitment already made since 2018. The shipping ceremony was held in Gunsan, with 15,000 tons of rice destined for Bangladesh for Rohingya refugees. Seoul plans to complete shipment of the remaining volumes by the end of June; The rice will reach eight African countries, as well as Afghanistan and Yemen.


According to official statistics, in the first two months of 2024 Kazakhstan broke all records in the production of computers and laptops, with a growth of almost 5%. However, there is no computer manufacturing company in the country, but rather the various parts imported from abroad are manufactured, which will be sold in the country and in Russia.


The former Protodeacon of the Russian Orthodox Church Andrej Kuraev, a well-known theologian and publicist, who was reduced to lay status by Patriarch Kirill in 2020 for his critical positions towards him, was reinstated in the ministry by the Patriarch of Constantinople, who judged “unfounded from the canonical point of view” the punishments decided by Moscow.

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