October 15, 2018

The Indian women abandoned because of mental illness

The Indian women abandoned because of mental illness Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Nearly 14% of Indians are mentally ill and at least 10% of those need immediate intervention. Mental illness is often neglected in India because of stigma and poor care. But women are the worst affected and are mostly abandoned by their families, writes Raksha Kumar. Ramaa (whose name was changed upon request) turned 45 on 20 August 2018. Her birthday is one of the few details she remembers from what she calls "her past life" - when she lived with her husband and two sons in the western city of Mumbai. "When people say they love their families and cannot live away from them, I just don't understand it," she says. Her marriage, she explains, was tumultuous and her sons were not very affectionate towards her. The forgotten women in an Indian mental health wardA few days before she turned 30, Ramaa's husband brought her to the Regional Mental Hospital in Thane, a suburb of Mumbai. ..
October 15, 2018

How New Zealand is trying to take on child poverty

How New Zealand is trying to take on child poverty Image copyright Getty Images Image caption It's home to glaciers, national parks and vineyards, but there's also a darker side to New Zealand It's a mountainous wonderland decorated with ancient glaciers, breathtaking national parks and sumptuous vineyards, but behind its glossy image New Zealand is failing many of its children. Rates of disadvantage have stayed stubbornly high and they are a stain that Jacinda Ardern, who became New Zealand's youngest female prime minister a year ago, is determined to cleanse. She has promised to halve child poverty over the next 10 years, insisting that her South Pacific nation should "aspire to be the best place in the world to be a child". It's a monumental task, but advocacy groups have been encouraged by what they've seen in the first year of the Ardern administration - a left-leaning, three-party coalition. "It is a bit of a shock and revelation to all of us as ..
October 15, 2018

Bryan Adams concert photograph shows off Delhi pollution

Bryan Adams concert photograph shows off Delhi pollution Image Copyright bryanadams bryanadams Report Canadian singer-songwriter Bryan Adams showed his love for his Indian fans on Sunday in a social media post that also brought attention to the country's pollution problem. He shared an image on Instagram of his shadow eerily cast into the dusty and smoky air above a concert crowd. The post said the music veteran had "never seen" the phenomenon before, describing it as "magical". Indian cities dominate global pollution rankings for poor air quality. The Indian capital is the sixth worst place in the world for pollution, according to World Health Organisation (WHO) data. Conditions in and around Delhi have deteriorated this week and are currently categorised as "poor". Delhi residents choke as dust blankets capital Delhi's air pollution is triggering a health crisis The Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP), an emergency government initiative to try and improve conditions, has..
October 15, 2018

‘It’s OK to be white’ bill defeated in Australian Senate

'It's OK to be white' bill defeated in Australian Senate Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Critics say the motion by Pauline Hanson, pictured in 2017, was a publicity stunt Australia's Senate has narrowly defeated a motion condemning "anti-white racism", by just three votes. Pauline Hanson, the leader of Australia's far-right One Nation party, wanted backing for her motion which stated "it is OK to be white". It also spoke of the "deplorable rise of anti-white racism and attacks on Western civilisation". Critics have dismissed it as another stunt by Ms Hanson, who last year hit the headlines for wearing a burka. Yet a number of ruling party politicians backed the motion. Among the 23 people who voted in favour was Australia's first parliamentarian of black African descent, Kenyan-born Lucy Gichuhi of the governing coalition. Others in government who supported the motion were the Deputy Senate Leader and Trade Minister Simon Birmingham, Indigenous..
October 15, 2018

China live-streamer detained for ‘insulting’ national anthem

China live-streamer detained for 'insulting' national anthem Image copyright Weibo Image caption Ms Yang has over one million followers on Weibo, arguably China's most popular social media platform A Chinese live-streaming celebrity has been detained for five days for "insulting" the country's national anthem. Yang Kaili, a 20-year-old with tens of millions of followers, had appeared on camera singing the anthem while flailing her arms around. The live-streaming platform, Huya, had earlier taken down her video and banned her channel. Ms Yang, who is also known as Li Ge, has since publicly apologised. The Shanghai Police Department said in a statement on Saturday that she had violated China's National Anthem Law. "The national anthem is a symbol of the country, all citizens should respect [it] and safeguard [its] dignity," it said. "Live-streaming platforms are not above the law - the law and moral standards similarly apply there." Under China's National A..
October 15, 2018

New Zealand votes tipsy pigeon bird of the year

New Zealand votes tipsy pigeon bird of the year Image copyright Forest & Bird Image caption Bird & Forest presenting this year's winner: the kereru New Zealand has voted for its bird of the year 2018 and it's one known for being "drunk, clumsy and a bit of a clown", organisers say. The kereru has a liking for fermented fruits, which contain alcohol. And that means the birds can get quite tipsy at times, displaying clumsy antics and falling off trees. This year's campaign saw celebrity endorsements from actor Stephen Fry and comedian Bill Bailey, while one species even had a Tinder profile. Town alerts residents over 'tipsy' birds One in five British mammals faces extinction The kereru is one of the few native birds in New Zealand that is not endangered. What kind of bird is it?"They have quite a reputation of being large and clumsy and being a bit of a clown," Megan Hubscher of Bird & Forest, the conservationist group that runs the annual vote, told the BB..
October 15, 2018

MJ Akbar: India minister threatens to sue over #MeToo allegations

MJ Akbar: India minister threatens to sue over #MeToo allegations Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Akbar has strongly denied the allegations Indian junior foreign minister MJ Akbar has threatened legal action against women who have accused him of sexual harassment and assault. Mr Akbar, who returned from an official trip abroad on Monday, has called the allegations "false" and "baseless". The former prominent newspaper editor also added that he will not be stepping down from his post. Mr Akbar is the most high profile figure so far to be named in what is being called India's #MeToo movement. One of India's most influential editors, he has edited leading English-language newspapers such as The Telegraph and The Asian Age. The charges against him range from "predatory behaviour" to outright sexual assault. In a statement posted on Twitter on Sunday, Mr Akbar said that the allegations are politically motivated as the country prepares for a general election next ..
October 15, 2018

Air India flight attendant falls from plane

Air India flight attendant falls from plane Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Air India is India's national carrier An Air India flight attendant has been injured after falling from the door of a parked aeroplane at India's Mumbai airport. Harsha Lobo was preparing the flight for boarding to Delhi on Monday morning when the incident happen. Ms Lobo, 52, suffered a fracture and other injuries and has been taken to a hospital. Air India, the country's national carrier, said in a statement that it was investigating the incident. "In an unfortunate incident, one of our cabin crew (members), Harsha Lobo, fell down on the tarmac from the Boeing-777 aircraft door while closing it," the airline said. Doctors attended to Ms Lobo at the Mumbai airport before sending her to the hospital. Air India plane hits wall on take-off Jet Airways: Passengers hurt as pilots 'forget' cabin pressure Air India blames weather for bed bugs infestation "She is conscious and w..
October 15, 2018

US embassy in Australia apologises for Cookie Monster cat email

US embassy in Australia apologises for Cookie Monster cat email Image copyright US state department Image caption The email featured this image next to the words "cat pyjama-jam" The US embassy in Australia has apologised for an email invitation featuring a cat dressed in pyjamas that was mistakenly sent out by the US state department. The email, titled "meeting", went to an unknown number of recipients, US officials in Canberra confirmed. It was accompanied by a photo of a cat wearing a Cookie Monster outfit and holding a plate of biscuits. In a light-hearted apology, the embassy called the email a "training error". "Sorry to disappoint those of you who were hoping to attend this 'cat pyjama-jam' party, but such an event falls well outside our area of expertise," US mission to Australia spokesman Gavin Sundwall told the Australian Associated Press. "It was a training error made by one of our new staff testing out our email newsletter platform." The US embassy in New Zealand..
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