November 29, 2018

India outrage as mall shames woman for breastfeeding

India outrage as mall shames woman for breastfeeding Image copyright Getty Images Image caption It's not uncommon to see women breastfeeding in public There has been outrage in India after the management of a mall in the eastern city of Kolkata told a shopper wanting to breastfeed her baby to do such "home chores" at home and "not in the mall". The mall authorities' comments were made on Facebook after the woman wrote a post on their wall complaining that there was no designated feeding area. The response angered many who said it amounted to shaming the new mother. Women breastfeeding in public is a common sight in India. Abhilasha Arup DasAdhikari first shared her experience on Tuesday. She wrote on the Facebook page of the South City Mall that there was no place to breastfeed and that the staff at the mall had suggested that she feed her baby in the toilet. She described the idea as "disgusting" and gave the mall a poor rating. India policewoman praised for breastfeedi..
November 29, 2018

Katarpur corridor: A road to peace between India and Pakistan?

Pakistan and India begin work on visa-free corridor to Sikh temple Image caption Gurcharan Singh welcomes the opportunity to unite Indians and Pakistanis Seventy-five-year-old Gurcharan Singh was just a child during Partition in 1947, when his family left their home in the city of Sialkot, in modern day Pakistan, to head to India. Now on a visit to the Sikh temple in the Pakistani village of Kartarpur, he was delighted that the two countries had agreed to construct a corridor allowing visa-free access to pilgrims from India. "Since Pakistan was created our community has wanted this," he told the BBC. "Two families,­ Indians and Pakistanis,­ are meeting again." The Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur is one of the holiest places in Sikhism. It's believed to have been built on the site where Guru Nanak, the founder of the religion, died in the 16th Century. Image caption The Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur, close to the Pakistan-Indian border, is one of the holiest sites in Sikhism The..
November 29, 2018

Trump threatens new car tariffs after GM closures

Trump threatens new car tariffs after GM closures Image copyright Getty Images Donald Trump has renewed threats to impose tariffs on imported cars after General Motors announced job cuts and plant closures. The US President tweeted that tariffs were "being studied" and that duties could have stopped the GM closures. Separately, the Trump administration warned it may raise tariffs on Chinese car imports. The fresh trade threats come as Mr Trump prepares to meet his counterparts at the G20 summit. The US president has lashed out at GM over its plan to cut more than 14,000 jobs and close factories in North America. In his latest attack, Mr Trump pointed to the 25% duty on imported pickup trucks and commercial vans from markets outside North America as supporting the industry. A similar tariff on car imports would mean "many more cars would be built here" and "GM would not be closing their plants in Ohio, Michigan & Maryland," he tweeted. Skip Twitter post by @realDonaldTrump The rea..
November 29, 2018

Queensland bushfires: The town spared an ‘uncharted’ catastrophe

Queensland bushfires: The town spared an 'uncharted' catastrophe Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionQueensland is battling more than 100 fires across the state The first ever "catastrophic" bushfire warning in Queensland, Australia, prompted a large-scale evacuation on Wednesday. The main town under threat was spared, but the intensity of fire conditions has caused concern. As the sky blackened and her horses whinnied in the smoke, Fayleen Zemlicoff debated the "very last minute" she could remain at home. Ferocious winds were flicking embers from a bushfire towards her. The smoke was so intense it was "like a volcano had gone off", she said. But she and her adult daughter, Anja, were trying frantically to load the horses into a vehicle. Unsettled, the animals were resisting. Ultimately the pair, along with three elderly relatives, made a choice to leave. Image copyright FAYLEEN ZEMLICOFF Image caption Fayleen Zemlicoff, pictured with daughter Anja, sa..
November 29, 2018

Mitsubishi Heavy ordered to compensate forced S Korean war workers

Mitsubishi Heavy ordered to compensate forced S Korean war workers Image copyright EPA Image caption Kim Sung-joo (C) was among the victims and relatives celebrating the victory in Seoul South Korea's top court has ordered a Japanese firm to compensate Koreans it used as forced labour in World War Two. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Limited has been ordered to pay up to 150m won ($133,000; £104,000) to 28 South Korean victims or their families. The court's ruling upholds two separate damages suits against the firm. About 150,000 Koreans were conscripted to work in factories and mines in Japan in the war, and issue from the era continue to sour diplomatic relations. The latest move follows a landmark case in October that found in favour of Koreans seeking compensation from Japan's Nippon Steel and Sumitomo Metal Corp for wartime forced labour. Mitsubishi Heavy said the court's ruling was "deeply regrettable", and that it would take appropriate measures, Reuters repor..
November 28, 2018

Philippines drug war: Police found guilty of murdering Kian Delos Santos

Philippines drug war: Police found guilty of murdering Kian Delos Santos Image copyright NOEL CELIS Image caption The killing of Kian Delos Santos was one of the most high-profile deaths in the campaign Three Philippine police officers have been found guilty of the high-profile murder of a teenager, the first such convictions since President Rodrigo Duterte's "war on drugs" began. A court sentenced them to up to 40 years in prison each for the killing of 17-year-old Kian Delos Santos in 2017. President Duterte launched the anti-narcotics campaign in 2016, to deal with a rampant drug problem. Since then 5,000 dealers or users have been killed, according to police. President Duterte has been criticised by human rights groups for what is seen as sanctioning the extra-judicial killings and promising to pardon police officers convicted for "drug war" killings. "A shoot first, think later attitude can never be countenanced in a civilised society," said Thursday's ruling by Judge ..
November 28, 2018

John Jarratt: Wolf Creek actor to stand trial on rape charge

John Jarratt: Wolf Creek actor to stand trial on rape charge Image copyright Getty Images Image caption John Jarratt has denied a charge of rape Australian actor John Jarratt is to stand trial over an alleged rape in Sydney in 1976, a court has ruled. Mr Jarratt, best known for his role in horror film Wolf Creek, was charged by police in August. It is alleged that the actor, then aged 24, raped an 18-year-old woman at a house in a suburb of inner Sydney. Mr Jarratt, now 66, has pleaded not guilty. His lawyer told a court that it would be a "short, sharp" trial. The actor stood and nodded on Thursday when told by a magistrate that his trial would begin late next year, Australian media reported. Police began investigating the case last December after being contacted by the alleged victim. Mr Jarratt is a veteran actor of Australian film and television, appearing in numerous roles over more than four decades. He first played Mick Taylor in Wolf Creek in 2005 - a film about a killer who p..
November 28, 2018

Form an orderly queue: Recreating the perfect Instagram photo in New Zealand

Form an orderly queue: Recreating the perfect Instagram photo in New Zealand Image copyright Tomas Alfoldi Image caption Tomas Alfoldi queued for a photo at Roy's Peak You've seen the picture on social media, walked for miles, hiked up a mountain and you finally arrive at that perfect isolated spot - only to find a queue of people waiting to take the very same photo. An image of people queuing to take photos at the summit of Roy's Peak, in Wanaka, New Zealand, is proving very popular on Reddit, where it received more than 75,000 upvotes in 24 hours. Image copyright LUKAS STEFANKO A spokesperson for New Zealand's Department of Conservation said visitor numbers to the Peak had increased by 12% to 73,000 between 2016 and 2018, because the spot had become a "quintessential icon for the Wanaka region through social media". However, she added that queuing on the top to get the perfect photo is not obligatory: "It's just the way some people on any given day will so..
November 28, 2018

Huawei: Why has UK not blocked Chinese firm’s 5G kit?

Huawei: Why has UK not blocked Chinese firm's 5G kit? New Zealand government's move to prevent Huawei supplying a local mobile network with 5G equipment has raised questions about why the UK appears less concerned about use of the Chinese company's technology. A press release from Spark, the New Zealand company involved, said it had been deemed that the deployment posed "significant security risks" - a polite way of saying that Beijing might use the technology to spy on the country or disrupt its communications in a future dispute. The US and Australia had already closed the door on Huawei's involvement in their next-generation mobile networks. That means three members of the Five Eyes intelligence alliance have now acted against the Shenzhen-based company. And one other member, Canada, is carrying out a security review of its own. So, there's a prospect that the UK could soon be the sole holdout, allowing Huawei to play a key role in delivering the data that ..
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