December 5, 2018

Is the dystopian future of water shortages already here?

The Indian restaurants that serve only half a glass of water While many parts of India are going through a sustained water crisis, the western city of Pune is trying to deal with the problem in a rather unusual way, writes the BBC's Geeta Pandey. The dystopian future we worried about is already here. Many restaurants in the city of Pune have begun serving only half glasses of water to guests. At the pure vegetarian Kalinga restaurant, a couple have just been seated when a waiter approaches their table and asks if they want water. "I said yes and he gave me half a glass of water," says Gauripuja Mangeshkar. "I was wondering if I was being singled out, but then I saw that he had only poured half a glass for my husband too." For a moment, Ms Mangeshkar did wonder whether her glass was half full or half empty, but the reason why she was served less water was not really existential. Nearly 400 restaurants in Pune have adopted this measure to reduce water use, ever since the civic aut..
December 5, 2018

Malay jongs: The joy of tiny traditional sailing boats

December 5, 2018

K-pop’s EXP Edition: The world’s most controversial ‘Korean’ band

K-pop's EXP Edition: The world’s most controversial 'Korean' band Image copyright Immabb Do you need to be Korean to be a K-pop artist? That's the question Bora Kim wanted to answer when she created EXP Edition. What started as an academic assignment soon developed into the world's first non-Korean K-pop band. They've faced criticism, accusations of cultural appropriation and even death threats, but three years on, the band is still going strong. How have they done it? And... why? Making a bandGrowing up in South Korea, Bora Kim spent her high school days listening to K-pop - the pop/hip-hop, Korean/English blend that has become a cultural juggernaut and spawned a thousand "idols". But it was only when she went to the US in 2014 to study for a masters at the prestigious Columbia University in New York that she started to question the real meaning of K-pop. "When I was young I never imagined that people outside of Korea would consume Korean culture," sh..
December 5, 2018

Huawei executive arrested in Canada

Huawei executive arrested in Canada Image copyright Getty Images Canadian authorities have arrested Huawei's chief financial officer at the request of US law enforcement. Wanzhou Meng, the deputy chair of the Chinese telecommunications giant, was arrested in Vancouver on 1 December, a spokesman for Canada's Department of Justice said. She is being sought for extradition by the United States, he said. He declined to say more about the case, citing a publication ban requested by Ms Meng and ordered by the courts. Ms Meng is the daughter of Huawei's founder. She will face a bail hearing on Friday, the spokesman, Ian McLeod, said. Huawei could not immediately be reached for comment. US media have reported that the US is investigating Huawei for potential violations of US sanctions against Iran. US lawmakers have also repeatedly accused the company of being a threat to US national security, arguing that its technology could be used for spying by the Chinese government. The..
December 5, 2018

Rescue mission in Japan after ‘mishap’ involving two Marine aircraft

Rescue mission in Japan after 'mishap' involving two Marine aircraft A search and rescue operation is under way in Japan after an incident involving two US Marine Corps aircraft. The planes involved are a KC-130 and an F/A 18, carrying a total of seven personnel, US media quoted officials as saying. The Marine Corps tweeted that the incident occurred at about 02:00 on Thursday (17:00 GMT Wednesday). US media say the two planes crashed during midair refuelling but this has not been officially confirmed. There is no official word on where the incident took place. The Marine Corps said the planes "were conducting regularly scheduled training when the mishap occurred". Some media reports said the planes had taken off from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, which is near Hiroshima in the south-west of the country and that the incident happened off the coast. Japanese search and rescue aircraft have responded to the incident. The KC-130 is an extended-range tanker version of the C-..
December 5, 2018

Nepal eyes world record with Dead Sea of plastic bags

December 5, 2018

Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra unveils 75-ft long wedding veil

Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra unveils 75-ft long wedding veil Image copyright Priyanka Chopra's Instagram Image caption The 75ft long veil stole the show What's white, sheer and 75ft long? Priyanka Chopra's wedding veil. The Bollywood star, who married US singer Nick Jonas in Rajasthan state over the weekend, unveiled her intricately detailed wedding dress in an Instagram post on Wednesday. The Ralph Lauren-designed dress had more than two million mother-of-pearl sequins sewed into it, but it was the veil that stole the show. Jonas and Chopra got engaged in the summer after a whirlwind romance. Image Copyright priyankachopra priyankachopra Report Naturally, the internet had a lot to say about her veil, which was so large it needed a small team of men to carry it. Skip Twitter post by @foutted priyanka chopra's veil is bigger and brighter than my future — b.🎄❄️ (@foutted) December 4, 2018 Report End of Twitter post by @foutted Skip Twi..
December 5, 2018

Tsunami alert after New Caledonia quake

Tsunami alert after New Caledonia quake A 7.5 magnitude quake has struck close to New Caledonia in the Pacific, with a tsunami alert issued for coasts within 1,000km (620 miles). The quake struck at a depth of about 10km at 04:18 GMT, the US Geological Survey reports. The epicentre was recorded as 168km east-south-east of Tadine, a town on one of New Caledonia's Loyalty Islands. New Caledonia is part of the Pacific's "Ring of Fire", where many earthquakes occur. It is a special collectivity of France with a population of about 270,000. New Zealand's ministry of civil defence and emergency management tweeted that there was no tsunami threat to the nation's coasts. The USGS also recorded a series of aftershocks, two of them at 5.9 magnitude. The Ring of Fire refers to a string of volcanoes, earthquake sites and tectonic plates around the Pacific. It spreads across 40,000km (25,000 miles) from the southern tip of South America all the way to New Zealand. On Saturday, ..
December 4, 2018

Takeda gets shareholder approval for £46bn Shire takeover

Takeda gets shareholder approval for £46bn Shire takeover Image copyright Reuters Takeda Pharmaceutical has secured shareholder approval for a £46bn ($59bn) takeover of UK-listed drugmaker Shire, clearing the way for Japan's largest ever corporate acquisition. The takeover would make Takeda one of the world's top 10 drugmakers. The deal, which needs to be approved by Shire's shareholders, will also saddle the Japanese firm with debt. It follows a long-running battle that saw Takeda make multiple offers for Shire. The proposal received majority support at an extraordinary shareholder meeting in Osaka on Wednesday. A day earlier Kazuhisa Takeda, a member of the firm's founding family, spoke out against the deal over concerns with the level of debt it would add to Takeda. The takeover is part of Takeda's strategy to become a global pharmaceutical company. The firm wanted to buy Shire to strengthen its cancer, stomach and brain drug portfolios. But one of its..
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