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Higher blood-lead in pregnant BD women: Study

Powdered turmeric, agrochemicals, lead-soldered cans possible sources Dhaka, July 18 – Presence of higher blood lead level (BLL) has been found in pregnant women of rural areas in Bangladesh, said a recent icddr,b study done in collaboration with Stanford University, USA. Read More »

Japan: the land of the rising robots

By Todd Schneider, Gee Hee Hong and Anh Van Le Washington DC, Jul 13 2018 (IPS) – While automation will eliminate very few occupations entirely in the coming decades, it is likely to have an impact on portions of almost all jobs to some degree—depending on the type of work and the tasks involved. Read More »

As driving ban lifted, Saudi women in crosshairs of change

Riyadh, Jun 24 (AP/UNB) — Outside a sprawling mall in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, young single men and women walk through an open-air exhibit where Saudi women and traffic police explain the ins and outs of handling a car. Children take a lap around a makeshift course in tiny electric cars as clowns appear on a small stage, dancing for ... Read More »

Brigitte Nielsen, 54, has given birth to her fifth child

Los Angeles, Jun 24 (AP/UNB) — Brigitte Nielsen says she has given birth at age 54. The model, actress and reality star and her 39-year-old husband Mattia Dessi released a statement to People magazine Saturday saying their daughter Frida was born Friday in Los Angeles and weighed 5 pounds, 9 ounces (2.3 kilograms). Read More »

Clean your jewelry at home

Whether you’re a fan of trendy jewelry or prefer the finerthings in life, all accessory lovers can agree on one thing: Keeping jewelryclean can feel like an uphill battle. Between air pollution, tarnish and daily wear, jewelry issubjected to plenty of harsh elements, and figuring out the proper way to cleanit can be baffling. Read More »

Mother’s Day Sunday

Happy Mother’s Day. Around the world, Mother’s Day is celebrated in a variety of ways and on different dates throughout the year, though many countries observe the holiday on the same day as the United States. Read More »

Riyadh says it’s ready to lift female driving ban next month

Saudi Arabia is ready to lift of its female driving ban next month, an official said. The director general of the General Department of Traffic, Mohammed Al-Bassami, said in a government statement that all the necessary preparations to go ahead with the historic decision were in place. “All the requirements for women in the kingdom to start driving have been ... Read More »

Dubai bans shisha at Ramadan Iftars

Dubai has banned the smoking of shisha inside Iftar venues during the coming holy month of Ramadan. A newspaper cited a Dubai Municipality official as confirming the move following a similar ban last year. Shisha pipes will be banned at venues from the breaking of the fast at sunset until 9:00pm. Read More »

Women farmers bring healthy meals to local schools

Chulucanas, Peru, 26 (IPS/ Mariela Jara) — Getting children and adolescents to replace junk food with nutritious local organic foods is the aim of a group of women farmers in a rural area of Piura, on Peru’s north coast, as they struggle to overcome the impact of the El Nino climate phenomenon. Read More »

UAE rolls back tax on gold, diamonds, precious metals

The UAE Cabinet has adopted a law to roll back the application of a 5 per cent value added tax on the gold, diamond and precious metals market. State news agency WAM said the step was intended to maintain the country’s ranking on ease of doing business indicators and stimulate transactions in the three categories. The VAT reversed mechanism will ... Read More »

‘Don’t tell me how to dress’

When a Thai government official told women to dress carefully to prevent harassment at the Songkran festival, it brought back painful memories for model Cindy Sirinya Bishop. The Thai-American was just 17 when she was sexually harassed at the New Year celebrations. Dressed in a loose black t-shirt and three-quarter shorts, Ms Bishop found herself cornered by five men after ... Read More »

Hilsa still unbeatable on Pahela Baishakh menu

Dhaka – Despite a strong campaign over the last few years against keeping hilsa on Pahela Baishakh’s morning menu as an ‘artificial’ culture, the demand for the delicious fish among city dwellers looks still very high this year too, pushing up its prices disproportionately ahead of the Bangla New Year. -UNB Read More »