January 7, 2019

India transgender gurus in landmark Hindu procession

India transgender gurus in landmark Hindu procession Image caption Allahabad saw a landmark religious procession led by transgender people The northern Indian city of Allahabad witnessed a historic procession on Sunday led by a Hindu congregation of transgender people. Photojournalist Ankit Srinivas reports. Thousands thronged the streets of Allahabad to seek blessings from transgender sadhus (holy people), ahead of the Kumbh Mela festival, which is set to begin in the city on 15 January and will continue until 4 March. It is one of Hinduism's holiest events and billed as the world's largest religious gathering. It has been taking place every few years over centuries. Four different northern cities, all along the banks of a holy river, take turns hosting it. Hindus believe that taking a dip in these rivers during the Kumbh will wash away their sins and help them attain salvation. So, tens of millions gather at the festival to do just that. India court legalises gay sex i..
January 7, 2019

Elon Musk breaks ground on first Tesla factory outside US

Elon Musk breaks ground on first Tesla factory outside US Image copyright Reuters Image caption Elon Musk and Shanghai's Mayor Ying Yong attend the Tesla Gigafactory groundbreaking ceremony in the city. Tesla boss Elon Musk has broken ground at a new factory in Shanghai, the electric carmaker's first manufacturing plant outside the US. The facility will produce Model 3 and Model Y cars as it pushes to grow its presence in the world's largest car market. The American automaker faces rising competition from local rivals in China. But the new factory would help Tesla avoid US tariffs on car imports into the country. In a series of tweets on Monday, Mr Musk said plant would build "affordable versions" of the Tesla Model 3 - the carmaker's mass market vehicle - and its proposed Model Y for the Greater China region. Skip Twitter post by @vincent13031925 Tesla CEO @elonmusk with Shanghai Mayor Ying Yong at Tesla Shanghai Gigafactory ground breaking ceremony. $TSLA #Te..
January 7, 2019

Yusaku Maezawa: Japanese billionaire tweets most retweeted tweet

Yusaku Maezawa: Japanese billionaire tweets most retweeted tweet Image copyright AFP Image caption Yusaku Maezawa pledged to share nearly $1m between 100 people who shared the tweet A Japanese billionaire has ousted a chicken nugget-seeking US teenager to become tweeter of the most retweeted tweet of all time. Yusaku Maezawa's tweet dated 5 January has now been shared more than four million times. That's half a million more than Carter Wilkinson's 2017 request for help to secure himself a year of free chicken nuggets from fast food chain Wendy's. But Mr Maezawa was offering some incentive to people to share his post. Skip Twitter post by @yousuck2020 ZOZOTOWN新春セールが史上最速で取扱高100億円を先ほど突破!!日頃の感謝を込め、僕個人から100名様に100万円【総額1億円のお年玉】を現金でプレゼントします。応募方法は、僕をフォローいただいた上、このツイートをRTするだけ。受付は1/7まで。当選者には僕から直接DMします! #月に行くならお年玉 pic.twitter.com/cKQfPPbOI3 — Yusaku Maezawa (MZ) 前澤友作 (@yousuck2020) January 5, 2019 Report End of Twitter post by @yousuck2020 The founder of Japanese online clot..
January 7, 2019

Sandra Oh celebrates ‘a moment of change’ for diversity at Golden Globes

Sandra Oh celebrates 'a moment of change' for diversity at Golden Globes Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Sandra Oh's win is being called momentous for Asian representation Sandra Oh has hailed the diversity at this year's Golden Globe Awards, after she won for Best Actress in a TV Drama, the first Asian woman to do so in almost 40 years. In a heartfelt speech, she praised the "faces of change" she saw in Hollywood, saying the "moment is real". She also thanked her parents in her native Korean, bowing to them. Asians celebrated her win on social media as a landmark moment for Asian representation in Hollywood. Skip Twitter post by @yoomsters I can't really tell you how incredible it was to hear Sandra Oh thank her parents, in front of the world, in Korean. I'm literally crying. Every time I see Sandra succeed in western media, I feel liberated, I feel seen, I feel like i have a future. Thank you Ms. Oh. #GoldenGlobes — Yoomi Park (@yoomsters) J..
January 7, 2019

India scientists dismiss Einstein theories

India scientists dismiss Einstein theories Image copyright Getty Images Image caption An Indian scientist has said Einstein's theories were "misleading" Indian scientists have hit out at speakers at a major science conference for making irrational claims. Some academics at the annual Indian Science Congress, inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, had dismissed the discoveries of Issac Newton and Albert Einstein. They had also said ancient Hindus had invented stem cell research. Hindu mythology and religion based theories have increasingly become part of the Indian Science Congress agenda. But academics said remarks at this year's ongoing summit were even more astounding than usual. The head of a southern Indian university cited an old Hindu text as proof that stem cell research was discovered in India thousands of years ago. Cows to planes: Indian ministers who rewrote scientific historyWhat you may not know about EinsteinG Nageshwar Rao, vice chancellor of Andhra U..
January 6, 2019

US-China officials to begin trade war talks in Beijing

US-China officials to begin trade war talks in Beijing Image copyright Getty Images US and Chinese officials will begin talks on Monday aimed at resolving their damaging trade dispute. Last year, both countries imposed billions of dollars of tariffs on one another's goods. The two-day talks mark the first formal meeting since the pair agreed to refrain from any further tariffs for 90 days. The meeting comes amid rising concern about the impact of trade tensions on the global economy. The US delegation will be led by Deputy US Trade Representative Jeffrey Gerrish. Ahead of the meeting in Beijing, US President Donald Trump said negotiations between the two sides were going "very well". "I think China wants to get it resolved. Their economy's not doing very well," he told reporters on Sunday. "I think that gives them a great incentive to negotiate." Trade war truce: A win for the US or China? How worrying is China's slowdown? US and China agree to suspend new tariffs..
January 6, 2019

Bluebottle jellyfish: Thousands of Queensland beachgoers stung

Bluebottle jellyfish: Thousands of Queensland beachgoers stung Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Bluebottle jellyfish stings can be painful Vast numbers of bluebottle jellyfish have swarmed beaches in Queensland, Australia, stinging thousands of people and forcing the closure of swim spots. Surf Life Saving Queensland said over 2,600 people received treatment at the weekend. Bluebottle stings are painful but typically not life-threatening. Unusually strong winds pushed the jellyfish colonies close to shore. About 13,000 stings were recorded in the past week - three times more than in the corresponding period last year. Most incidents took place in Queensland's heavily populated Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast regions. Skip Twitter post by @lifesavingqld #CLOSED #BLUEBOTTLE A wall of bluebottles is approaching #Rainbow beach. Lifesavers are closing the beach. Please stay out of the water. — Surf Life Saving QLD (@lifesavingqld) January 6, 2019 Report End of Twitter post by ..
January 6, 2019

Behind India’s construction boom: ‘We risk our lives to build your homes’

Behind India's construction boom: 'We risk our lives to build your homes' Image copyright Ankit Srinivas Image caption Ram Bhavan has been working as a construction worker for 10 years It was an early morning in November when Mir Hasan arrived at a construction site in Noida - a suburb of India's capital Delhi - to start his daily shift. He drank a bottle of water and began work right away - this was his routine every day. But a few hours later, he fell from the high-rise building and died. He should have had a harness, a good protective helmet, boots with a firm grip and an insurance policy against accidents. But he did not have any of these things, which construction firms are legally required to give workers. However, many firms do not follow the rules in order to save money, and end up neglecting the wellbeing of the very people who form the backbone of their business. Mir Hasan's death wasn't an isolated incident - more than five workers died in 201..
January 6, 2019

Saudi embassy says woman ‘still has her passport’

Saudi embassy says woman 'still has her passport' Image copyright Reuters Image caption Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun said her passport was seized at Bangkok airport A young Saudi woman reportedly trapped at Bangkok's main airport is being held for not having a return ticket, Saudi officials have said. Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, 18, says she is trying to flee her family, and that Saudi authorities took her passport on arrival in Thailand. But the Saudi embassy in Bangkok said she was being held for not having a return ticket. The statement also said she still had her passport. Ms Mohammed al-Qunun was on a trip to Kuwait with her family when she fled on a flight two days ago. She was trying to head to Australia via a connecting flight in Bangkok. She told the BBC that she had renounced Islam, and feared she would be forcibly returned to Saudi Arabia and killed by her family. The BBC's Jonathan Head in Bangkok says Ms Mohammed al-Qunun is frightened and confused. She say..
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