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Brunei: Oil Rich Country of South-East Asia

Brunei is a country of vast and dense forests having mangrove swamps and varied flora and fauna. It was a strong and powerful nation ruled by the Sultanate until 14 to 16th century and was then taken over by the European powers that plundered its natural wealth reserves and weakened its economy. Later it waged a war with Spain in which Brunei emerged victorious. However, some areas of Brunei were invaded by the neighboring Malaysia, as a result Brunei is currently left with a small landmass. In 1959, it was declared a self-governing state while the security issues came under the control of United Kingdom and till date it has not joined the Malaysian Federation. By far the biggest city in Brunei is its capital, Bandar Seri Begawan and the most famous citizen is the Prince of Brunei, Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah who is also among the richest persons in the world.

Country Facts:

    · National Name: Negara Brunei Darussalam
    · Capital: Bandar Seri Begawan
    · Total area: 5,765 sq km (2,226 sq miles)
    · Population: 390,000 (UN, 2007)
    · Currency: Brunei dollar
    · Languages: Malay, English, Chinese
    · Ethnicity/ Races: Malay 67%, Chinese 15%, indigenous 6%, other 12%
    · Religions: Islam, Buddhism, Christianity
    · GDP (Per Capita): $51,000 (2007 EST)
    · Life Expectancy: 75 years (men), 80 years (women) (UN)
    · Literacy: 92.7% (2006 est.)

Geoghraphy and Climate of Brunei:
Brunei has an Equatorial climate with opulence of natural reserves and a wide terrain coupled with dense Borneo rainforests. Hilly lowlands, rugged mountain ranges and swampy coastal tidal plains characterize the topography of this country.
Summers are swelteringly hot and humid at a temperature that rises to maximum of 41 degree Celsius while the winters are relatively cooler and drier at around 12 to 24 degree Celsius. Its capital city, Bandar Seri Begawan has a humid subtropical climate. Borneo forests in Brunei are also home to the fast vanishing Borneo Rhino.

Culture and Cuisine of Brunei:
Brunei's culture is mainly derived from the Old Malay World from Malay Archipelago, known as the Malay Civilisation. Brunei's culture is influenced by various cultural elements of foreign civilisations. The influence of Animism, Hinduism, Islam and the West can be seen in this country. Islam is rooted deeply into the culture of Brunei hence it became a way of life and adopted as the state's ideology and philosophy.

Bruneian cuisine is similar to that of Malaysia. The majority of the dishes are rich in spices and eaten with rice or noodles. Bruneian cuisine offers wide variety of barbequed fish, chicken wings, satay, kueh melayu, chicken wings, satay, kueh melayu.
Other specialty of Bruneian cuisine is Ambuyat or 'edible glue'. It is made from Grilled fish, a spicy mango sauce and select vegetables.

Tourist Attractions of Brunei:
Brunei Darussalam is one of the frequently visited tourist destinations in the Asian continent. There are many popular tourist spots that give the glimpse of Bruneian history and natural beauty. These various places in Brunei offer glimpses of this historic nation that was once a mighty empire but now only a pictorial version remains after being ravaged by colonial forces.

Major Sight-seeing Places in Brunei include:

    · Bandar Seri Begawan
    · Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque
    · Kampung Ayer
    · Brunei Museum, Malay
    · Technology Museum
    · Kota Batu, Arts and Handicrafts Center
    · Istana Nurul Iman
    · House of Twelve Roofs
    · Yayasan Sultan Hj Hassanal Bolkiah
    · The Royal Regalia Building
    · Brunei History Center

EU to cut aid to Indonesia in 2014

May 1, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Jakarta, May 1 (Xinhua-ANI): A senior European Union (EU) official said here on Tuesday that EU will cut aid to Indonesia in the fields of education, good governance, climate change, and trade investment in 2014, a local media reported.

EU cautious on fully liftting sanction on Myanmar

April 28, 2012 at 2:02 PM

Brunei, Apr 28 (Xinhua-ANI): Europen Union (EU) foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton is travelling to Myanmar on Saturday and open an EU office in Yangon, a further move after the bloc suspended most sanctions on the country earlier this month. However, its members seems still divided on whether to fully and permanently lift the sanctions.

Tobacco companies resorting to slick presentation to lure kids

April 26, 2012 at 10:12 PM

London, April 26 (ANI): A new research has revealed that tobacco companies are designing cigarette packs to resemble bottles of perfume or with lids that flip open like a lighter to lure young people into smoking.


China's claims to South China Sea threaten neighbours, says Philippines

April 24, 2012 at 3:32 PM

Manila, April 24 (ANI): The Philippines has warned that aggressive Chinese claims on the South China Sea pose a threat to its neighbours, and has called on other countries to take a stand on this issue.

China needs 'consistent policy' on South China Sea: ICG report

April 23, 2012 at 5:00 PM

London, Apr 23 (ANI): A new report by the International Crisis Group (ICG) says China needs a "consistent policy" on the South China Sea if it is to resolve disputes.

Cambodia to host ASEAN security meetings

April 20, 2012 at 4:37 PM

Phnom Penh (Cambodia), April 20 (Xinhua-ANI): Cambodia will host regional security meetings next week among the 10-member the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and eight dialogue partners.

Close ASEAN cooperation urged to promote growth

April 3, 2012 at 7:45 PM

Phnom Penh, April 3 (IANS) Cambodia, the current ASEAN chair, has called for stronger financial cooperation among its member countries to promote economic growth.

China, ASEAN to 'work hard' for 'maintaining peace, stability' in South China Sea

April 2, 2012 at 4:00 PM

Beijing, Apr 2 (ANI): China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) should work hard to boost practical cooperation and maintain peace and stability in the South China Sea, according to a joint statement due to be issued by China and Cambodia.

U.S., Oz to broaden military ties amid Pentagon's focus on South East Asia

March 27, 2012 at 1:44 PM

Washington, Mar 27(ANI): The United States and Australia are planning to augment military ties, including possible drone attacks from a coral atoll in the Indian Ocean and increased U.S. naval access to Australian ports.

Tamara Ecclestone's boyfriend found to be an ex-convict

March 17, 2012 at 8:50 PM

London, Mar 17 (ANI): Tamara Ecclestone was shocked to discover that not only is her boyfriend Omar Khyami not a stockbroker but he's also an ex-convict who received an 18-month jail sentence for handling stolen watches, and has a conviction for violence.

Tamara Ecclestone's boyfriend found to be an ex-convict

March 17, 2012 at 2:48 PM

London, Mar 17 (ANI): Tamara Ecclestone was shocked to discover that not only is her boyfriend Omar Khyami not a stockbroker but he's also an ex-convict who received an 18-month jail sentence for handling stolen watches, and has a conviction for violence.

Forth edition of Indo-ASEAN meets today in Delhi

February 13, 2012 at 4:58 PM

In a bid to strengthen mutual relationship between India and Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), a two-day meeting of higher delegates is set to begin today in New Delhi.....

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