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North Korea defectors sense job opportunities in coffee

North Korea defectors sense job opportunities in coffee

Seoul: Cho Kyung-ja (alias), a 33-year-old North Korean defector, is busy operating an espresso machine, preparing four cappuccinos, grinding, temping, frothing and sometimes wiping away beans that scatter here and there. As she lays the four cups down on a table, she shyly smiles as she says, “Excuse me. Here they are.” She returns to […]

Koreans greet new year with bell-ringing ceremonies nationwide

Koreans greet new year with bell-ringing ceremonies nationwide

Seoul: South Korea welcomed the new year with traditional bell-ringing ceremonies in Seoul and other cities nationwide at midnight Tuesday. The most attention-grabbing bell-ringing ceremony took place at Bosingak Belfry in Jongno, central Seoul, as several prominent celebrities rang the bell 33 times amid cheers from tens of thousands of citizens gathered to celebrate the […]

Pakistan launches healthcare program for transgender community

Pakistan launches healthcare program for transgender community

By Nasir Aija AsiaN Representative Islamabad: Prime Minister Imran Khan has launched a healthcare program for the transgender community of Pakistan, stressing on the need to correct the toxic views we hold about trans people. Addressing a ceremony here in the federal capital, the prime minister said: “We will take responsibility and extend Health Cards […]

Social media bring joy to orphan couple in Egypt, destitute patient in Malaysia

Social media bring joy to orphan couple in Egypt, destitute patient in Malaysia

By Habib Toumi Manama: Facebook and social media have helped an orphan couple in Egypt celebrate their wedding in great style and amid thousands of guests and a patient in Malaysia undergo a surgery for which he had no money. In Tanta, a large city about 100 kilometers north of Egypt’s capital Cairo, Ala, the […]

Christians mark Christmas in Bahrain with prayers, expressions of gratitude

Christians mark Christmas in Bahrain with prayers, expressions of gratitude

  By Habib Toumi Manama: Christians from several communities in Bahrain have celebrated Christmas Eve in a joyous spirit and amid expressions of gratitude for the tolerance they enjoy in the overwhelmingly Muslim country. Hundreds of Christians gathered at the various churches in Bahrain where they prayed for peace and serenity across the world while […]

Malaysia: Set realistic academic goals for children

Malaysia: Set realistic academic goals for children

By Nor Hayati Endan Kuala Lumpur: Schooling should be an enjoyable, and not stressful, experience for students. However, there have been many instances of children caving in to the pressure of meeting the high expectations pinned on them by their parents and teachers. In August this year, the media reported the case of a 13-year-old […]

Malaysia to enforce smoke, vape ban in eateries starting 2020

Malaysia to enforce smoke, vape ban in eateries starting 2020

Kuala Lumpur: Smoking and vaping will be strictly prohibited in all eateries across Malaysia from 2020 onwards, the health ministry has announced. Health deputy minister Dr Lee Boon Chye has warned that offenders would be slapped with a fine of RM250 ($60.40). “If stubborn (and) not paying up, a fine of up to RM10,000 can […]

Singapore Press Watch: Unexpected responses to fake law strictures

Singapore Press Watch: Unexpected responses to fake law strictures

  By Ivan Lim Contributor to AsiaN Singapore: The Singapore authorities’ invoking of a new law on fake news to call out two political commentators has met with unexpected responses: while one has complied with an order to post a correction, but not unequivocally, the other has refused to do so. The Office of the […]

South Korea to allow re-entry for voluntarily departing illegal foreigners

South Korea to allow re-entry for voluntarily departing illegal foreigners

Seoul:  The justice ministry on Tuesday decided to work out a system to permit illegal stayers to re-enter the country if they voluntarily depart the country by June next year. In addition, ways to give such stayers better stay status in the future will be mapped out. The efforts are part of measures to manage […]

Parliament passes children safety bills in plenary session

Parliament passes children safety bills in plenary session

Seoul: South Korea’s parliament passed uncontested bills, including those on children safety, in its morning plenary session Tuesday, without reviewing the budget bill and other contentious bills on electoral and prosecution reform. Among the 16 bills that were passed in the morning session were those on children’s road safety. The bills, each named after the […]

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