March 11, 2019

Boy’s letter to Qantas boss for ‘CEO advice’ goes viral

Boy's letter to Qantas boss for 'CEO advice' goes viral Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Australian boy Alex Jacquot asked for advice from Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce Dreaming of starting an airline but don't know where to begin? One 10-year-old boy went straight to the top for advice. Alex Jacquot, from Australia, decided to write to the chief executive of Qantas to ask about founding a carrier. "Please take me seriously," he wrote in the letter to Alan Joyce. Now, in a widely shared response, Mr Joyce has offered to meet up with the budding entrepreneur to "compare notes". Skip Twitter post by @Qantas Our competitors don't normally ask us for advice, but when an airline leader reached out, we couldn't ignore it. Naturally, there was only one way to respond: CEO to CEO. pic.twitter.com/JTFpzn5a6Y — Qantas (@Qantas) March 11, 2019 Report End of Twitter post by @Qantas As the head of prospective airline "Oceania Express", Alex had asked f..
March 11, 2019

Lok Sabha election: Experts say social media rules ‘hard to enforce’

Lok Sabha election: Experts say social media rules 'hard to enforce' Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The election commission has spelled out guidelines for social media for the first time For the first time, India's politicians and political parties will have to ensure their social media accounts comply with official guidelines on "acceptable behaviour". That means these accounts cannot carry political ads or any other content that can "influence" voters. Critics say this will hard to enforce. India will hold elections from 11 April to 19 May. The guidelines were effective from Sunday, when the dates were announced. Only official handles of political parties and politicians would be impacted, said technology expert Prasanto K Roy. "But the thing with social media is that there are so many layers of plausible deniability. There are thousands and thousands of accounts that are not 'officially' connected with political parties, but help carry their me..
March 10, 2019

China orders airlines to halt Boeing 737 Max-8 flights

China orders airlines to halt Boeing 737 Max-8 flights Image copyright Getty Images Chinese airlines have been ordered to suspend Boeing 737 Max-8 flights after a deadly Ethiopian Airlines crash using the same model. Domestic airlines must halt commercial operations of all Boeing 737 Max-8 planes by 18:00 local time (10:00 GMT), the aviation regulator said. The Ethiopian Airlines flight crashed minutes after takeoff on Sunday, killing all 157 people on board. It was the second crash involving a 737 Max-8 in the past five months. In a statement, the Civil Aviation Administration of China said it would notify airlines as to when they could resume flying the Boeing jets.
March 10, 2019

Kim Jong-nam: Indonesian woman to be freed in murder case

Kim Jong-nam: Indonesian woman to be freed in murder case The Indonesian woman accused of killing Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, is to be freed as the murder charge against her is dropped. Siti Aisyah along with Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong had been accused of smearing toxic VX nerve agent on Mr Kim's face in Kuala Lumpur airport in 2017. Both have denied murder, saying they thought they were part of a TV prank. Ms Aisyah could have faced the death penalty if convicted. Mr Kim, the estranged half-brother of Kim Jong-un, had been waiting to board a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Macau on 13 February 2017 when two women approached him in the departure area. CCTV footage showed one of them placing her hands over his face, then both women leave the scene. He died on the way to hospital from what was later found to have been exposure to the nerve agent VX, one of the most toxic of all known chemical agents. This breaking news story is being updated and m..
March 10, 2019

Indian Election 2019: Has the government controlled inflation?

Indian Election 2019: Has the government controlled inflation? Claim: The opposition Congress party in India has criticised the BJP government's record on inflation, saying it has done nothing to keep it in check, despite what it calls a favourable global outlook. Verdict: Inflation - the rate of increase of prices for goods and services - has been kept lower under this government than the previous one. The drop in the global price of oil after 2014 has contributed along with a squeeze on incomes in the rural economy. In the first in a series of articles looking at claims and pledges by the main political parties ahead of India's election, Reality Check looks at the figures behind one of the ruling BJP's key policy commitments. India's prime minister Narendra Modi pledged to control prices and says that inflation is now the lowest it has been for decades. But the main opposition Congress party has been strongly critical of the government's record. "The BJP ca..
March 10, 2019

The Indian artist painting women’s breast stories

The Indian artist painting women's breast stories Image copyright Indu Harikumar Image caption Indu Harikumar's painting of herself Ask any woman and she will tell you that most men are obsessed with breasts. But ask Indian artist Indu Harikumar and she will tell you that most women are also obsessed with breasts: their own. For the past two months, she has been working on a crowdsourced art project called Identitty - or identity spelled with two Ts. The reason should be obvious! "About a year ago, I was having a conversation with someone on Instagram and we started talking about breasts. She was saying she is top heavy and talked about how men react when she enters a room. How they only see her big breasts. And I was saying how I have felt inadequate since the time I was a teen because I'm not busty," she recounts. "Our experiences were different, but they were also similar. So I asked her if it would make for an interesting project and she said yes. I then asked arou..
March 10, 2019

Fugitive Taliban leader Mullah Omar ‘lived close to US bases’

Fugitive Taliban leader Mullah Omar 'lived close to US bases' Image caption Mullah Omar, filmed in secret by a BBC crew in 1996, is believed to have died from illness in 2013 Fugitive Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar lived within walking distance of US bases in Afghanistan, a new book has claimed. Bette Dam's The Secret Life of Mullah Omar says the leader never hid in Pakistan as believed by the US. Instead, he lived in hiding just three miles from a major US Forward Operating Base in his home province of Zabul. Dutch journalist Ms Dam spent five years researching and interviewing Taliban members for her book. She managed to speak to Jabbar Omari, the man who effectively became Omar's bodyguard when he went into hiding after the ousting of the Taliban regime in 2001. Mr Omari hid the Taliban leader until his death from illness in 2013. Who was Mullah Mohammed Omar? Taliban admit covering up Mullah Omar's death Soon after the fall of the Taliban, Omar - on..
March 9, 2019

India and Pakistan: How the war was fought in TV studios

India and Pakistan: How the war was fought in TV studios Image copyright Getty Images Image caption An Indian man watches the news broadcasting images of the released Indian pilot As tensions between India and Pakistan escalated following a deadly suicide attack last month, there was another battle being played out on the airwaves. Television stations in both countries were accused of sensationalism and partiality. But how far did they take it? The BBC's Rajini Vaidyanathan in Delhi and Secunder Kermani in Islamabad take a look. It was drama that was almost made for television. The relationship between India and Pakistan - tense at the best of times - came to a head on 26 February when India announced it had launched airstrikes on militant camps in Pakistan's Balakot region as "retaliation" for a suicide attack that had killed 40 troops in Indian-administered Kashmir almost two weeks earlier. A day later, on 27 February, Pakistan shot down an Indian fighter jet and captured ..
March 9, 2019

North Koreans vote in ‘no-choice’ parliamentary elections

North Koreans vote in 'no-choice' parliamentary elections Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Dissent is not a choice North Koreans are voting to elect the country's rubber-stamp parliament, the second such election since Kim Jong-un took power. Voting for the Supreme People's Assembly (SPA) is mandatory and there's no choice of candidates. Any kind of dissent is unheard of. Turnout is always close to 100% and approval for the governing alliance is unanimous. North Korea is an isolated state, ruled by the Kim family dynasty. Citizens are required to show complete devotion to the family and its current leader. So how does it work?On election day, the entire population aged 17 or older must come out and vote. "As a sign of loyalty you're expected to turn up early, that means there'll likely be long queues," says North Korea analyst Fyodor Tertitsky, who is based in the South Korean capital Seoul. Once it's your turn, you receive a ballot ..
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