November 15, 2018

Garima Arora: Indian chef cooks her way to a Michelin star

Garima Arora: Indian chef cooks her way to a Michelin star Image copyright Courtesy of Gaa, Bangkok Image caption Garima Arora has become the first Indian woman to win a Michelin star Chef Garima Arora has become the first Indian woman to win a Michelin star for her restaurant Gaa in Bangkok, Thailand. The BBC's Nikita Mandhani spoke to her about the journey that has brought her here. "It's still sinking in," says Ms Arora, who only began cooking at the age of 21 when she decided to move to Paris from her hometown Mumbai, to study at the world-famous Cordon Bleu culinary school. "It was nothing like I expected it to be. It was a lot of donkey-work," Ms Arora, now 30, says. "But I just wanted to be there so much and I learnt to cope up and made my way through." Image copyright Gaa, Bangkok Image caption A dish of pork rib at Garima Arora's restaurant, Gaa Even though her journey as a chef officially started when she was 21 (she was working as a journalist before that), ..
November 15, 2018

New Zealand launches balls checking booth for testicular cancer

New Zealand launches balls checking booth for testicular cancer Image copyright Testicular Cancer NZ Image caption If you're too shy to face a doctor, the Testimatic is just the thing for you Ever thought of getting a health check but worried about having to, well, drop your pants? Meet the Testimatic. That's a booth to allow New Zealand men to have their testicles checked without having to face a doctor. Testicular cancer is the number one cancer in young men in Western nations and the booth is being rolled out with fanfare at a big expo in Auckland. How does it work? Into the booth, down with the pants and a doctor will check you anonymously through a little hole. The booth is set up at this weekend's Big Boys Toys expo, a huge exhibition catering to all things men stereotypically are supposed to be into. So that's stuff like cars, gadgets, action sports, barbeque or construction machinery. Image copyright Reuters Image caption Have those balls checked or ch..
November 15, 2018

Monkey kills baby boy in India’s Agra

Monkey kills baby boy in India's Agra Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Monkeys in India face growing environmental as well as human pressures A 12-day-old boy has died after he was snatched from his mother and bitten by a monkey in northern India. The infant's mother was breastfeeding him at their home in the city of Agra when the animal entered the house and grabbed him. The monkey dropped the badly bitten child on a neighbour's roof after locals gave chase to the animal. The baby died of his injuries in a local hospital. Agra is home to India's most famous monument, the Taj Mahal. The baby's uncle, Dhirendra Kumar, told the BBC that the family was heartbroken. "There are too many monkeys in the area. We live in fear. We have told the administration so many times to help us but they haven't done anything. The mother of the baby is too distraught to even speak," he said. Pushpa Devi, the child's grandmother said the family would "never re..
November 15, 2018

Rohingya return to Myanmar: Confusion and fear in refugee camps

Rohingya return to Myanmar: Confusion and fear in refugee camps Image copyright AFP/ Getty Images Image caption Most Rohingya dread the idea of having to return to Myanmar Uncertainty over whether Bangladesh will start sending Rohingya refugees back to Myanmar has caused fear and confusion in refugee camps. Authorities had said they planned to move the first group on Thursday but it is unclear whether they will go ahead. The UN and rights groups have said no-one should be forced to return, as the situation in Myanmar is not safe. More than 700,000 Rohingya Muslims and others have fled to Bangladesh over the past year. They were escaping violence and a military operation in western Rakhine state. The UN has said senior Myanmar officials should be investigated and tried for genocide over the operation, which the army says was targeting militants. About 300,000 Rohingya had already fled Myanmar in earlier waves of communal violence. 'I would rather die'The refugees are most..
November 15, 2018

Philippines’ Duterte skipped Asean meetings to take ‘power naps’

Philippines' Duterte skipped Asean meetings to take 'power naps' Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Duterte has openly admitted that he is tired and ready to quit Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte missed several meetings at a regional summit because he was taking "power naps", said the presidential office. A spokesman said Mr Duterte missed four scheduled events on Wednesday because he was "catching up on sleep". Mr Duterte and other world leaders are in Singapore attending the Association of South East Asian Nations (Asean) meeting. The 73-year-old defended his actions, saying: "What's wrong with my nap?" Mr Duterte has previously missed events at other international summits as well as in the Philippines. His health has been a constant source of speculation over the year, and he revealed in October that he had had a cancer scare. 'In top physical shape'Spokesman Salvador Panelo said the president had "worked late and had only less than thre..
November 14, 2018

Suneung: The day silence falls over South Korea

Suneung: The day silence falls over South Korea Image copyright Getty Images All across South Korea, at exactly 08:40 local time (23:40 GMT Wednesday) on Thursday, more than half a million students take the exam for which they have been preparing for their entire lives. The infamous Suneung, an abbreviation for College Scholastic Ability Test (CSAT) in Korean, is an eight-hour marathon of back-to-back exams, which not only dictates whether the students will go to university, but can affect their job prospects, income, where they will live and even future relationships. This year is 18-year-old Ko Eun-suh's first time. "For us, Suneung is a very important gateway to the future. In Korea, going to university is very important. That's why we spend 12 years preparing for this one day. I know people who've taken this exam up to five times." Image caption Full of textbooks and revision notes, Ko Eun-suh's bedroom doubles as a study Every year in November, Suneung bring..
November 14, 2018

US hotel in Japan refuses Cuba ambassador

US hotel in Japan refuses Cuba ambassador Image copyright Reuters A US-owned hotel in Japan has been criticised by Japanese authorities after it denied the Cuban ambassador a room over fears it would violate US sanctions on Cuba. The Hilton Fukuoka Sea Hawk told Ambassador Carlos Pereria he could not stay last month because it could not accommodate Cuban government guests. That prompted a Cuban complaint. Japanese officials in the city have since told the hotel it was illegal to refuse rooms based on nationality. The Cuban embassy booked the room through a travel agency, which informed the hotel of the guests' identity, the Asahi Shimbun newspaper reported. However when Mr Pereira arrived in the south-western city on a trip to visit Cubans playing for the city's baseball team he was told he could not stay. What's changed in US-Cuba relations under Trump? Four takeaways from Trump's Cuba policy In its subsequent complaint, the Cuban argued that applying US law in J..
November 14, 2018

Paraplegic athlete ‘forced to urinate in bottle’ on flight

Paraplegic athlete 'forced to urinate in bottle' on flight Image copyright DARREN BELLING Image caption Darren Belling (R), pictured with a friend, says he was left humiliated An Australian paraplegic athlete says he was forced to urinate into a bottle on a flyDubai flight after being told he could not access the toilets. Darren Belling, 52, flew to Finland in October to represent Australia in the World Para Ice Hockey Championships. During a seven-hour flight from Dubai to Helsinki, Mr Belling said he was told by the airline that it had no wheelchair on board. FlyDubai said in a statement they are unable to provide onboard wheelchairs. Mr Belling said he had asked flight attendants for a wheelchair about three hours into the journey. "They said 'we don't carry on-board wheelchairs', and told me just to hold on for the seven-hour flight," he said. Paraplegic man drags himself through airport Four airports failing disabled passengers BBC reporter condemns plan..
November 14, 2018

BTS: K-pop band’s management apologises for Nazi-inspired hat

BTS: K-pop band's management apologises for Nazi-inspired hat Image copyright Reuters Image caption BTS, speaking here at the UN, are the world's biggest K-pop band The management of K-pop stars BTS have apologised after a photo emerged of a band member wearing a hat with a badge resembling Nazi insignia. It comes immediately after a furore over a different band member wearing a T-shirt with a picture of an atomic bomb on it. Bit Hit Entertainment said both incidents were "in no way intentional" and not the fault of the band members. BTS have a huge following online and many fans consider them role models. "We would like to offer our sincere apologies for inadvertently inflicting pain and distress to anyone affected by totalitarian regimes in the past... [and] those affected by the use of atomic weapons," said Big Hit Entertainment, the agency representing the band. BTS are arguably the world's most popular K-pop group. Thousands had criticised them for the fashion faux..
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