November 6, 2018

The old-world charm of India’s photo studios

The old-world charm of India's photo studios Image copyright Ketaki Sheth/PHOTOINK Image caption Prince Studio, Bhavnagar, Gujarat, 2016 In 2014, Ketaki Sheth, an award-winning Indian photographer, began shooting portraits of visitors to the Jagdish Photo Studio in Manori, a coastal village in the western state of Maharashtra. She says she stumbled across it - "wedged between a hardware store and a grain depot" - by chance. "I poked my head in and saw a bright blue stool against a diaphanous cascading red backdrop," she told the BBC by email. "That was it. I was hooked." Image copyright Ketaki Sheth/PHOTOINK Image caption Phototech Studio, Calicut, Kerala, 2016 She spent several weekends at Jagdish Photo Studio over the next six months - and as she photographed locals, she says she "felt the need to spread my wings to other parts of India and see what I could find." Racism and stereotypes in colonial India's 'Instagram'So in 2015, she began travelling to photo ..
November 6, 2018

Rebel Wilson ‘deeply sorry’ for plus-sized claims

Rebel Wilson 'deeply sorry' for plus-sized claims Image copyright Getty Images Rebel Wilson is "deeply sorry" after saying she was the "first ever plus-sized girl" to star in a romantic comedy. Rebel made the comments last week, and when people pointed out that the likes of Mo'Nique and Queen Latifah had led romcoms before she initially questioned whether they counted as plus-sized. The Australian actress now says she "neglected to show the proper respect". "What I said was not only wrong but also incredibly hurtful." Skip Twitter post by @RebelWilson In a couple of well-intentioned moments, hoping to lift my fellow plus sized women up, I neglected to show the proper respect to those who climbed this mountain before me like Mo’Nique, Queen Latifah, Melissa McCarthy, Ricki Lake and likely many others. — Rebel Wilson (@RebelWilson) November 5, 2018 Report End of Twitter post by @RebelWilson Rebel was talking to Ellen DeGeneres about her new film Isn't It Romantic wh..
November 6, 2018

Nepalese festival celebrates ‘day of the dogs’

Nepalese festival celebrates 'day of the dogs' Image copyright @pappu_the_pug_nepal Image caption The Nepalese festival Kukur Tihar celebrates dogs by blessing them with a red mark on their forehead Every dog has its day, and for canines in Nepal that phrase could not be more literal. The five-day Nepalese Hindu festival of Tihar started this week and the second day is known as Kukur Tihar or "day of the dogs". Dogs are celebrated and blessed with a Tika - a red mark applied to their forehead. The animals are also given flowers garlands and offered food as part of the festival. Image copyright @rainbomino Image caption Scooby the Japanese Spitz enjoyed being decorated with garlands of fresh marigold flowers Hindus believe that dog is the messenger of Yamaraj - the God of death - and by keeping the dogs in good humour they will be able to appease Yamaraj himself. Image copyright Sumnima Udas Image caption Sumnima Maudas said Kukur Tihar is one of her "favourite Nepalese fest..
November 6, 2018

Xinjiang: China’s Muslim camp spending ‘revealed’

Xinjiang: China's Muslim camp spending 'revealed' Image copyright AFP Image caption China is accused of detaining huge numbers of Uighurs and other Muslims in Xinjiang China massively increased security spending in 2017 in the far-western region of Xinjiang, where hundreds of thousands of Muslims are alleged to have been detained, a new report says. Spending in areas "that explain nearly all security-related facility construction" rose by 213% between 2016 and 2017, said the US-based Jamestown Foundation. Satellite data shows a spike in new security facilities in 2017. China says they are training centres. But according to budget data reviewed by German academic Adrian Zenz for the report, spending on vocational training in Xinjiang actually decreased by 7% in 2017. Spending on security-related construction, meanwhile, increased by nearly 20bn yuan ($2.9bn). Xinjiang's budget figures "reflect patterns of spending consistent with the construction and operation of hi..
November 6, 2018

Bill Gates brandishes poo to showcase reinvented toilet tech

Bill Gates brandishes poo to showcase reinvented toilet tech Image copyright AFP Image caption Mr Gates used the beaker of faeces to highlight bacteria and sanitation-related disease Billionaire philanthropist and Microsoft founder Bill Gates had his hands full on-stage in Beijing on Tuesday, showing a jar of human faeces. The stunt was part of his speech at the Reinvented Toilet Expo event - a showcase for new toilet technologies. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has spent more than $200m on researching the field across the last seven years. Twenty cutting-edge sanitation products were on display, intended to destroy harmful bacteria and prevent disease. "I have to say, a decade ago I never imagined that I'd know so much about poop," Mr Gates joked at the conference. "And I definitely never thought that Melinda would have to tell me to stop talking about toilets and faecal sludge at the dinner table." The entrepreneur was helping to launch the three-day event in China - wher..
November 6, 2018

Facebook used to ‘incite offline violence’ in Myanmar, says report

Facebook used to 'incite offline violence' in Myanmar, says report Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Facebook has been called the equivalent of the internet in Myanmar Facebook has said it agrees with a report that found it had failed to prevent its platform being used to "incite offline violence" in Myanmar. The independent report, commissioned by Facebook, said the platform had created an "enabling environment" for the proliferation of human rights abuse. It comes after widespread violence against the Rohingya minority which the UN has said may amount to genocide. The report said Facebook would have to "get it right" before 2020 elections. Facebook has more than 18 million users in Myanmar. For many, the social media site is their main or only way of getting and sharing news. The network said it had made progress in tackling its problems in Myanmar but that there was "more to do". The country where Facebook posts whipped up hate Facebook 'still hosts hate ..
November 6, 2018

Tencent to curb children’s online gaming time

Tencent to curb children's online gaming time Image copyright Getty Images Chinese tech giant Tencent Holdings is tightening checks on the age of people playing online games, as China tries to tackle gaming addition. Earlier this year, Tencent introduced a registration system for its hugely popular game Honour of Kings. The system, which checks players' identities and ages against a police database, will apply to all Tencent games by 2019, media reports said. It will mean children under 12 will only be able to play for an hour a day. Older children can play for up to two hours, but not during a night time curfew. 'Poison': China's most vilified online gameGaming becomes the latest addictionReal-name registrationChina is the world's largest gaming market, but the authorities are increasingly concerned about addiction and the impact gaming is having on children's eyesight. Under pressure from local regulators, Tencent introduced restrictions in July 2..
November 6, 2018

North Korea’s Kim Jong-un gets ‘first official portrait’

North Korea's Kim Jong-un gets 'first official portrait' Image copyright KCTV Image caption Cuba's Miguel Díaz-Canel and North Korea's Kim Jong-un North Korea has unveiled what's thought to be the first official painting of Kim Jong-un, lifting the leader to a new level of personality cult. While his predecessors' portraits are all across the country, Kim Jong-un has long been styled as a successor rather than a leader in his own right. His role has seen a gradual change over time though, very much helped by a string of international visits in 2018. The huge new picture was on display during a visit by Cuba's president. There's not been an official portrait before?Nope. If you remember seeing pictures of Mr Kim then those would have been photographs, not paintings, or unofficial fan art. The new larger-than-life artwork shows him smiling, looking slightly to his left, while wearing a Western style suit and tie. Image copyright KCNA Im..
November 6, 2018

Runaway train derailed in Australia after 50 minutes

Runaway train derailed in Australia after 50 minutes Image copyright BHP Image caption The train had been transporting iron ore from a mine in Western Australia A freight train was deliberately derailed after hurtling through Western Australia at high speed for 50 minutes without its driver. The 268-wagon train, owned by mining giant BHP, travelled for 92km (57 miles) with no-one on board in the outback Pilbara region on Monday. The company said it had derailed the train remotely from Perth. It has since suspended its rail operations. BHP said the incident had begun when the driver alighted to inspect a wagon. "While the driver was outside of the locomotive, the train commenced to run away," the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) said in a statement. No-one was injured when the train, carrying iron ore, was derailed at 05:30 local time (18:30 Sunday GMT), the ATSB said. It has begun an investigation. Working in an iron ore mine in Australia Driverless trucks make mining '..
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