February 18, 2019

Elin Ersson: Student fined for Afghan deportation protest

Elin Ersson: Student fined for Afghan deportation protest Image copyright AFP Image caption Swedish activist Elin Ersson caused disruption on a plane that stopped the migrant being sent home. A Swedish activist has been fined 3,000 krona ($324; £251) for trying to stop the deportation of an Afghan migrant. University student Elin Ersson booked what she thought was the same flight as the Afghan, refusing to sit down unless he was taken off the plane. The migrant in question was not on the flight after all, but another Afghan was onboard for deportation after serving a prison sentence. Since the protest in July 2018, both Afghans have been expelled from Sweden. Ersson, 21, broadcasted her protest on Facebook from the Turkish Airlines plane, which was bound for Istanbul, Turkey, from Gothenburg, Sweden. In the video, Ersson said she did not agree with Sweden's policy of sending back rejected asylum seekers. Image copyright facebook/elin.k.ersson Image caption Elin Ersson refused t..
February 18, 2019

Honda set to close UK car plant

Honda set to close Swindon car plant Image copyright Shutterstock Image caption The Swindon plant made 160,000 cars last year Honda is set to announce the closure of its Swindon car plant in 2022, with the loss of about 3,500 jobs. The Japanese company made 160,000 Honda Civics in Swindon last year, of which some 90% were exported to the EU. Honda has yet to make a formal announcement, and the Prime Minister's spokesman said Theresa May would not comment until an official confirmation. But local MP Justin Tomlinson said he had spoken to Honda, which confirmed it was consulting with "all staff". GettyHonda in numbers3,500total employees in Swindon 160,000Honda Civic cars built annually at the plant 90%of production exported to the EU and US 1989start of industrial operations Source: Honda Nissan £60m in doubt after investment U-turn Jaguar Land Rover posts £3.4bn loss "There is not expected to be any job losses, or changes in production until 2021," Mr Tomlinson said. What has be..
February 18, 2019

Zara advert gets China asking: Are freckles beautiful?

Zara advert gets China asking: Are freckles beautiful? Image copyright Zara/Sina Weibo Image caption Some asked whether Zara wanted to "uglify" the Chinese public by featuring a freckled model A fierce row has broken out in China - and it is all down to some freckles. Li Jingwen, professionally known as Jing Wen, has attracted considerable attention for her freckled appearance in a campaign for a new range of cosmetics for Spanish fashion retailer Zara. Chinese daily Global Times says that her freckles have made her appearance "iconic". But they have sparked debate in Chinese social media, as it is rare for Chinese people to have them. Some say her appearance in the campaign "uglifies" the Chinese people, but others have leapt to her defence, and are calling on more to be done in the country to help people embrace their natural beauty. 'I really hated them'Jing Wen, who is from the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, has become a recognisable face in the modelling world ov..
February 18, 2019

Kashmiris offered shelter amid threats

Indians open their homes to Kashmiris after violence Image copyright Rex Features Image caption People attend a vigil in front of the India Gate war memorial in Delhi Indians from across the country have taken to social media to offer shelter to people from Indian-administered Kashmir after a suicide bomber killed more than 40 paramilitary police in the north India state. The attack took place on the Srinagar-Jammu highway about 20km (12 miles) from the main city in Srinagar. A Pakistan-based group said a member in Kashmir carried out the attack but some people directed their anger at innocent Kashmiris living and working across India. There have been cases of Kashmiri students and businessmen being targeted across the country, with reports of some Indian students even demanding the expulsion of their Kashmiri peers from universities. In response, Indian social media has been flooded by locals using the hashtags #UnHateNow and #SafeHaven to open up their "homes and hearts" to Kashmiri..
February 18, 2019

Restoring faith to Japan’s sad forest

February 18, 2019

Google searches ‘hijacked’ to link Pakistan flag to toilet paper

Google searches 'hijacked' to link Pakistan flag to toilet paper Image caption An image search for "best toilet paper" still returns a page filled with images of Pakistan's flag Google searches for "best toilet paper in the world" appear to have been manipulated to return images of the Pakistan national flag. The results are believed to be the work of Indian protesters acting in response to the 14 February attack in Kashmir that left at least 40 soldiers dead. It is the deadliest militant attack on Indian forces in Kashmir since the insurgency against Indian rule began. Pakistan-based Islamist group Jaish-e-Mohammad said it was behind the attack. The flag-toilet paper connection emerged soon after the attack and was a trending topic on social media over the weekend. The number of people searching for the connection may have also influenced how Google returns results. Now a Google search returns news stories about the link but anyone searching images for the "best toile..
February 18, 2019

India vandals forced to fix Hampi monument pillar

India vandals forced to fix Hampi monument pillar Image caption In the video, three men are seen vandalising the monument Four men, who were earlier arrested for vandalising a Unesco World Heritage site in the southern Indian town of Hampi, were made to fix the pillar that they had pulled down. In a video clip that went viral earlier this month, three of them are seen shoving a pillar, causing it to break. A court ordered the men to fix the structure after fining them 70,000 rupees ($979; £758) each. Hampi is famous for its 16th Century ruins and is a popular tourist spot. "They took about four or five hours with the assistance of our workers to re-erect it," Muthaiah Kalimuthu, an official from the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), told BBC Hindi's Imran Qureshi. After it surfaced on social media, the video prompted widespread outrage. Image Copyright @s_maanju @s_maanju Report Image Copyright @s_maanju @s_maanju Report On 8 February, police arrested four men, including th..
February 18, 2019

Saudi Arabia ‘is Pakistan’s friend in need’

February 18, 2019

Pulwama attack: India warns of backlash against Kashmiri Muslims

Pulwama attack: India warns of backlash against Kashmiri Muslims Image copyright Hindustan Times Image caption Members of the All India Muslim Unity Front burning a Pakistani flag Kashmiri Muslims are being warned to stay vigilant, amid reports of threats and intimidation after last week's deadly attack on Indian forces. Isolated incidents of students from Kashmir being beaten up or evicted from their accommodation in northern Indian states were reported in local media. India's Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) offered help to students in need, but also warned of false reports. The suicide attack killed 46 troops, the deadliest in Kashmir for decades. The bomber used a vehicle packed with explosives to ram a convoy of 78 buses carrying Indian security forces on the heavily guarded Srinagar-Jammu highway about 20km (12 miles) from the capital, Srinagar. Pakistan-based militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad has said it carried out the attack and India has accused Pakistan of even..
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