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Prime Now makes first foray into South East Asia

Amazon has taken its first foray into South East Asia, launching its Prime Now service in Singapore. The move is seen as the start of an aggressive expansion in the region, which has a population of about 600 million people. It is also the first time Amazon has gone head-to-head with Chinese rival Alibaba in Asia. Read More »

Electric vehicles form future of auto industry

Electric cars constitute less than 0.1 percent of the vehicle market today, but the market and regulatory forces all but ensure electric vehicles will be the future of the auto industry. According to the 2016 Global Electric Vehicle Outlook from the International Energy Agency, the global electric car stock has grown rapidly since 2010, from about 2,000 cars in 2005 ... Read More »

Wash your pillow covers now

If you wash your pillow covers once a week then you are not doing it enough, a leading hygiene expert has warned. In the UK recent research found that a mere 35 percent of adults changed their bed linen once a fortnight. But 10 percent admitted they slept in the same bedding for up to a month. Australian cleaning expert ... Read More »

Prince George photo marks fourth birthday

An official portrait of Prince George has been released to mark his fourth birthday. The picture, taken at Kensington Palace ahead of his birthday on Saturday, captures a smiling future king. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were “delighted” to share the photograph taken by royal photographer Chris Jackson, Kensington Palace said. Read More »

Saudi women arrested for wearing mini scart in public freed

A woman named Khulood was interrogated yesterday in Riyadh and handed over for prosecution. Her transgression? Wearing “indecent” clothing. But the same night, Saudi authorities released her without charge. A brief Snapchat video of Khulood appeared over the weekend with her in a short skirt and top which revealed her partial midriff as she walked through the Heritage Village of ... Read More »

Could slow fashion improve your health

You need to slow down, stat! We have trouble with the concept of slow, don’t we? Given the frenetic pace of modern life, it’s not surprising. We are feeding the lie that busier lives are better lives, and in doing so rushing recklessly towards stress-related sickness. According to this study, half of all working Aussies “experience high levels of occupational ... Read More »

World Pop Day: What we can learn from Bangladesh?

by Maitreyi Bordia Das Tuesday marked World Population Day and this year’s theme is “Family Planning: Empowering People, Developing Nations”. It is an opportune moment to reflect and continue the conversation on demographic trends that I started through my blog on fertility decline last month. Read More »

Promoting sustainable pop growth, key to raising HR standards

By Dr. Hanif Hassan Al Qassim Geneva, Switzerland, Jul 11 (IPS) – The world population has witnessed a remarkable growth during the recent decades. In 1965, it stood at 3.3 billion people. In 2017 –52 years later– the global population reached a staggering 7.5 billion people corresponding to more than a doubling of the Earth’s residents over the last half-century. Read More »

1997 Asian Crisis lessons lost

By Jomo Kwame Sundaram Kuala Lumpur (IPS) – After months of withstanding speculative attacks on its national currency, the Thai central bank let it ‘float’ on 2 July 1997, allowing its exchange rate to drop suddenly. Soon, currencies and stock markets throughout the region came under pressure as easily reversible short-term capital inflows took flight in herd-like fashion. By mid-July ... Read More »

Democracy must prevail, always

by Thorvaldur Gylfason Diversity is desirable in human affairs, as in nature. Most countries strive toward economic and political diversification. Economic diversification is a way of escaping dependence on a narrow economic base so as to spread risk. Political diversification is another side of the same story. Political diversification is a way of escaping dependence on a narrow political base ... Read More »

Overfed and underfed: Global food extremes

By Joseph Chamie New York, June 12 (IPS) – Global food extremes of chronic undernourishment and obesity have brought about a bipolar world of hundreds of millions of underfed and overfed people. Of the world’s population of 7.5 billion the proportions suffering from chronic undernourishment and those afflicted by obesity are similar, approximately 11 percent or together about 1.6 billion ... Read More »

10 organising hacks for every working woman

Whether it’s your personal closet, kitchen countertop or your office cubicle that needs a good decluttering, these organising hacks will make your life a lot more easier. An old CD rack/holder can serve as a letter slash note organiser on your work desk. All you need to do is use some sticky labels to categorise those notes in order and ... Read More »

An egg a day may spurt growth in kids, finds study

Eating an egg a day can significantly increase growth and reduce stunting by 47% in young children, finds a study. “Eggs can be affordable and easily accessible. They are a good source of nutrients for growth and development in young children and have the potential to contribute to reduced growth stunting around the world,” said lead author Lora Iannotti from ... Read More »

African Commission on HR tackles sexual orientation

The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights has taken on issues of sexual orientation and gender identity, topics that some may have considered too “controversial” but that fall squarely within the ambit of human rights. I represented Human Rights Watch at the commission’s 60th ordinary session in early in May in Niamey, Niger. Human rights defenders and organizations that ... Read More »

Taiwan top court rules in favour of gay marriage

Taiwan’s top judges have ruled in favour of gay marriage, paving the way for it to become the first place in Asia to legalise same-sex unions. The highest court ruled that current laws preventing members of the same sex from marrying violated their right to equality and were unconstitutional. It gave parliament two years to amend existing laws or pass ... Read More »

Indonesian men caned for gay sex

Two men have been caned 83 times each in the Indonesian province of Aceh after being caught having sex. The men stood on stage in white gowns praying while a team of hooded men lashed their backs with a cane. The pair, aged 20 and 23, were found in bed together by vigilantes who entered their private accommodation in March. ... Read More »

40 pc women remain indoors for lack of good transports

Around 56 percent women in the capital city are unwilling to go outside their respective homes for lack of good transport system, while 43.5 percent say they limit their free movement due to the absence of adequate facilities for them, says a new study. The study titled ‘Gender Responsive Urban Planning’ says underpass and overpass or foot-over bridges should be ... Read More »

35% working moms don’t want second child: Study

A new study by ASSOCHAM has found that 35% working mothers do not want a second child, citing job pressures, stress and cost of raising kids as the main reasons. As many as 35% working mothers in urban India avoid having a second child, a survey said on Friday, highlighting the need to devote more time and energy in taking ... Read More »

Gay porn arrests threaten privacy in Indonesia

An Indonesian police raid targeting gay men in Surabaya, Indonesia, on April 30, 2017, threatens the rights of the country’s already beleaguered lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community, Human Rights Watch said today. The police ordered 14 men to undergo HIV tests and arrested eight of those men on charges of violating the country’s draconian and discriminatory anti-pornography law. ... Read More »

US healkthcare act would harm millions

The American Health Care Act, if enacted, would be a devastating setback for access to health care for those who can least afford it. The attacks on Medicaid alone – cuts in funding, turning it over to the states, and ending expansion – will harm millions of low-income and older people and those living with disabilities by reducing coverage and ... Read More »

Lucky Akhand: The song remains the same

Enayetullah Khan ‘Abaar elo je shondhya/ Shudhu dujone……..’ It gets you every time, doesn’t it? It could just be the most touching, most enduring paean to a Bengali heart’s yearning. How it almost meanders through all the right sensibilities, delicately plucking at the pangs felt in the course of an urban existence. The urges and aspirations. It lends something quintessentially ... Read More »

The psychological importance of wasting time

Olivia Goldhill There will always be an endless list of chores to complete and work to do, and a culture of relentless productivity tells us to get to it right away and feel terribly guilty about any time wasted. But the truth is, a life spent dutifully responding to emails is a dull one indeed. And “wasted” time is, in ... Read More »