Putin’s new PM promises ‘real changes’ for Russians Jan 17, 2020 0 620 12345 Moscow: Russian President Vladimir Putin’s new prime minister promised “real changes” on Thursday as he was approved by lawmakers after the Kremlin announced sweeping reform plans. Putin tapped Mikhail Mishustin for the role as part of a series of bombshell announcements on Wednesday, which sparked speculation that Russia’s longtime leader could be preparing his own political future.The lower house State Duma voted overwhelmingly to approve Mishustin as premier, less than 24 hours after Russia’s political order was shaken by Putin’s announcement of constitutional reforms and the resignation of the government. No MPs voted against his candidacy, although Communist lawmakers abstained.Speaking before his approval, Mishustin called on parliament to work with him to urgently enact Putin’s programme.“People should already now be feeling real changes for the better,” Mishustin said. (AFP) Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Philippines says danger high despite volcano ‘lull’ Jan 17, 2020 0 102 Taliban propose brief Afghan ceasefire to the US, say sources Jan 17, 2020 0 84 THE ‘INTERCEPTOR’ — MALAYSIA’S LATEST WEAPON TO PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT Jan 17, 2020 0 1489 Secret mission saves Australia’s ‘dinosaur trees’ from bushfires AFP Sydney A secret operation by specialist firefighters has saved the world’s last stand of Wollemi Pines, a pre-historic species known as “dinosaur trees”, from Australia’s unprecedented bushfires, officials .. Japan reports case of mystery virus behind China outbreak Tokyo: Japan has confirmed a case of a mystery virus that first emerged in China and is from the same family as the deadly SARS pathogen, authorities said on Thursday. It appears to be only the second time the novel .. Former Philippine police chief indicted for drugs war corruption Manila: The former chief police enforcer of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s deadly war on drugs will be charged with corruption for allegedly protecting officers linked to the narcotics trade, the justice .. Alleged slap in face costs 300,000 dollars and a sheep in Afghanistan Kabul: A traditional council of elders in Afghanistan has told a former lawmaker to pay an Afghan minister 300,000 dollars in cash along with a sheep to compensate for an alleged slap in the face. A tribal leader and deputy .. India to invite Pakistani PM to October regional summit DPA New Delhi New Delhi will invite Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit when it hosts the event later this year, Indian officials said on Thursday. “India will be ..