March 19, 2019

India ‘asks banks to rescue Jet Airways’

India 'asks banks to rescue Jet Airways' Image copyright Reuters The Indian government has asked state-run banks to step in and save struggling carrier Jet Airlines, according to Reuters. India has urged the banks to swap debt for equity, and take stakes in Jet, the news agency said. With more than $1bn (£750m) in debt, the airline has had to delay payments to banks, employees, suppliers and even aircraft lessors. India wants to avoid job losses ahead of a general election, Reuters added. The government has been asking state-run banks including SBI and Punjab National Bank (PNB) as well as the 49% state-owned National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF) to take at least a third of the airline until new buyer can be found, the news agency said. Meanwhile, the airline's aircraft maintenance engineers' union has written to the Indian aviation regulator to say that that three months of salary is overdue, and flight safety "is at risk", the Press Trust of India re..
March 19, 2019

Woman in China nearly dies after injecting herself with fruit juice

Woman in China nearly dies after injecting herself with fruit juice Image copyright Fotogloria Image caption The woman was admitted to intensive care for five days A woman in China almost died after injecting herself with liquidised fruit in a bid to be healthy. The 51-year-old suffered liver, kidney, heart and lung damage and was put into intensive care for five days. There were over 20 kinds of fruit in the intravenous injection, an employee at the Affiliated Hospital of Xiangnan University in Hunan told the BBC. Social media users in China claim the case highlights the need for basic medical knowledge. After injecting herself with the mixture, the woman had itchy skin and a rising temperature. She was admitted to the intensive care unit of the hospital on 22 February, before being transferred to a general ward and later discharged. You might also like 'Lewis Hamilton of pigeons' fetches €1.25m Super bloom tourists cause 'safety crisis' Chinese uni trades ca..
March 19, 2019

Translation errors force Osaka metro websites offline

Translation errors force Osaka metro websites offline Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Passengers were told to take the 'Sakai muscle' line Osaka's metro network has shut down its foreign language sites after users noticed some odd translations. Among the errors on its English page was the literal translation of Sakaisuji line as "Sakai muscle". Many Japanese businesses are trying to make themselves accessible for foreign visitors, ahead of the rugby world cup this year and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Officials say they used the same Microsoft translation programme for all of the metro's non-Japanese pages. As well as being told to take the "muscle line", passengers were advised to alight at stations called "Before the Zoo" (Dobutsuen-mae), "Powerhouse Town" (Daikokucho), "Prince Bridge Now City" (Taishibashi-Imaichi) and "World Teahouse" (Tengachaya). "Third carriage", meanwhile, rather unsettlingly became "three eyes". Skip Twitter post by @memekan9999 大阪..
March 19, 2019

Human embryo smuggling: Malaysian arrested at India airport

Human embryo smuggling: Malaysian arrested at India airport Image copyright SPL Indian authorities are investigating a possible smuggling ring after discovering a live human embryo in a suitcase at Mumbai's airport. A Malaysian national was allegedly found with the embryo in a canister concealed in his luggage on 16 March. The man, who reportedly admitted this was not the first time he had smuggled embryos into India, then led officials to a high-end IVF clinic in the city. But the clinic has vehemently denied being involved, alleging a set-up. The Americans who 'adopt' other people's embryos 'Longest-frozen' embryo born 24 years on Frozen embryos give second chance to China mothers The man said he was taking the embryo to the clinic when questioned, Rebecca Gonsalves, representing the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI), which is investigating the case, told Mumbai's high court on Monday. According to the Times of India, a number of text mess..
March 19, 2019

Mukesh Ambani: India’s richest man helps his brother avoid jail

Mukesh Ambani: India's richest man helps his brother avoid jail Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mukesh Ambani, left, sits next to his wife Nita Ambani, and Anil Ambani on the right India's richest man Mukesh Ambani has paid a debt payment owed by his brother, saving him from spending time in prison. Anil Ambani faced a prison sentence after a deal between his firm Reliance Communications (RCom) and telecoms giant Ericsson collapsed. That left his firm owing Ericsson 5.5bn rupees ($80m; £60m), which it failed to pay by a court deadline. The move marks a new twist a long-running feud between the brothers. RCom failed to comply with an India Supreme Court order to pay Ericsson the money by 15 December last year. The court found him guilty of contempt, giving him another four weeks to pay or go to prison. On Monday, RCom said the debt had been paid. "My sincere and heartfelt thanks to my respected elder brother, Mukesh, and (his wife) Nita, for standing by me during ..
March 19, 2019

World’s most expensive cities revealed

World's most expensive cities revealed Image copyright Getty Images Paris has come top of a ranking of the world's most expensive cities, alongside Hong Kong and Singapore. It's the first time three cities have shared the top spot in the 30-year history of the annual Economist Intelligence Unit survey, which compares prices in 133 cities globally. The French capital - which was ranked second most expensive last year - is the only eurozone city in the top ten. The survey compares the cost of common items, such as bread, in 133 cities. It then tracks whether prices have gone up or down by comparing them to the cost of living in New York, which is used as a benchmark. Haircut comparisonsReport author Roxana Slavcheva said Paris had been among the top ten most expensive cities since 2003 and was "extremely expensive" to live in. "Only alcohol, transport and tobacco offer value for money compared with other European cities," she said. The average cost of a women's ha..
March 19, 2019

Christchurch shootings: Ardern vows never to say suspect’s name

Christchurch shootings: Ardern vows never to say suspect's name Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionJacinda Ardern told parliament she would never use the Christchurch shooter's name New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has vowed to never speak the name of the suspect in the Christchurch attacks. "He sought many things from his act of terror, but one was notoriety - that is why you will never hear me mention his name," Ms Ardern told parliament. Last Friday's shootings at two mosques left 50 people dead and dozens wounded. Australian Brenton Tarrant, 28, a self-described white supremacist, has since been charged with murder. "I implore you: Speak the names of those who were lost rather than the name of the man who took them," she said in Wellington, four days after the massacre in the southern city of Christchurch. "He is a terrorist. He is a criminal. He is an extremist. But he will, when I speak, be nameless," she said. Who were the C..
March 18, 2019

Christchurch shooting: Australia PM calls for social media crackdown

Christchurch shooting: Australia PM calls for social media crackdown Image copyright Getty Images Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has called for global restrictions on social media following the Christchurch mosque attacks. Facebook and other firms have been criticised for failing to block a live-stream of the attack. In a letter to Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who chairs the G20, Mr Morrison asked for leaders to discuss the issue at the upcoming G20 meeting. On Friday, twin shootings at mosques in Christchurch killed 50 people. The gunman filmed the attack and the live-stream on Facebook lasted for 17 minutes. Despite the original video being taken down, it was quickly replicated and shared widely on other platforms, including YouTube and Twitter. Facebook has said it deleted more than 1.5 million copies of the video in the first day after the incident. It said 1.2 million of those copies were blocked while being uploaded. Who were the Christchurch victims? So..
March 18, 2019

Airbnb host jailed for killing guest over unpaid bill

Airbnb host jailed for killing guest over unpaid bill Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Ramis Jonuzi was killed because he could not afford to pay for his room in an Airbnb property An Airbnb host in Australia has been jailed for 11 years for killing a guest who could not afford to pay. A jury convicted Jason Colton, 42, of the manslaughter of Ramis Jonuzi in October 2017. He pleaded guilty to manslaughter, but denied murder. A court heard two housemates had held the 36-year-old down, while Colton beat and strangled him for not paying the A$210 (£113, $149) he owed. A judge described the attack as "cowardly, vicious and unprovoked". Mr Januzi, a 36-year-old bricklayer, had packed his bags and was about to leave the home when he was attacked. Justice Elizabeth Hollingworth said Colton instigated the violence. "You lunged at him, grabbed him by the collar, spun him around, and threw him against the wall," said the judge according to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Colt..
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