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Saudi Arabia removes travel restrictions for women

Saudi Arabia removes travel restrictions for women

   Riyadh: Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the U.S. Princess Reema Bandar Al Saud has hailed the decision to allow Saudi women to apply for passports and travel abroad without the need for the approval of a custodian. The decision announced this week is seen as a great leap for the empowerment of Saudi women who […]

ASEAN, Australia unite to address human-trafficking issues

ASEAN, Australia unite to address human-trafficking issues

  Bangkok: Australia and Asean today launched an 80 million Australian dollars counter-trafficking initiative to reinforce regional cooperation in combating human trafficking. Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne said the new 10-year programme was another initiative to ensure stringent punishment and protection on the rights of victims of human trafficking in the region. “We (Australia) have […]

Sri Lanka building up a nutritious young generation thanks to local dairy industry

Sri Lanka building up a nutritious young generation thanks to local dairy industry

  Colombo: A national program in Sri Lanka to provide a packet of liquid milk to around 600,000 primary students is well underway. The program, under President Maithripala Sirisena’s concept of creating a ‘Nutritious young generation of a nation bountiful with milk,’ is coupled with a plan to make Sri Lanka self-sufficient in liquid milk […]

Nor ´Phoenix´ Diana breaks norms as Malaysia’s first hijab pro-wrestler

Nor ´Phoenix´ Diana breaks norms as Malaysia’s first hijab pro-wrestler

  Kuala Lumpur:  With her weight of 43 kilograms and height of 155 centimeters, Nor ´Phoenix´ Diana, is a regular looking young Malaysian woman. However, Nor is not as common when it comes to what she is doing. She is simply creating a new trend by becoming the first Malaysian Muslim woman to participate in […]

Social media in Pakistan proves its strength

Social media in Pakistan proves its strength

A controversial decision to make plastic wrapping over all checked in luggage mandatory at Pakistan airports was withdrawn less than one day after it was announced. The decision waded into controversy amid heavy criticism by frequent flyers concerned about delays and costs and environmentalists worried about the negative consequences of the massive use of plastic. […]

Kazakhstan Prime Minister launches ecological campaign

Kazakhstan Prime Minister launches ecological campaign

  Nur-Sultan: Kazakhstan Prime Minister Askar Mamin has launched ‘Together – Clean Kazakhstan’ ecological campaign. More than 1,200 people including members of the cabinet, representatives of government and public organizations, diplomats, local authorities and students participated in cleaning the Koyandy Water Reservoir, KAZINFORM reported. In a welcoming speech, the Prime Minister highlighted the significance of […]

400,000 illegals expected to leave Malaysia under amnesty offer

400,000 illegals expected to leave Malaysia under amnesty offer

  Kuala Lumpur: Some 400,000 illegal immigrants are expected to leave Malaysia by December 31 under the Back For Good (B4G) programme introduced by the Malaysian Government to allow them to return to their countries of origin voluntarily. Foreigners who have committed offenses or have overstayed in the country can from August 1 obtain valid […]

World needs 250 years to fill gender gap in parliaments: IPU President

World needs 250 years to fill gender gap in parliaments: IPU President

The world needs 250 years to fill the gender gap in its parliaments if the annual incremental increase persists at one percent, the President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) has warned. “We are going in the right direction regarding gender issues in parliaments,” Gabriela Cuevas Barron said. “However, we are not as optimistic as we […]

Culture ministry steps up opposition to new definition of gaming addiction by WHO

Culture ministry steps up opposition to new definition of gaming addiction by WHO

South Korea’s culture ministry on Monday clarified its objection to the World Health Organization’s move to classify gaming addiction as a disease. A ranking official at the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism said that his ministry will lodge an additional objection with the WHO about its move to include gaming disorder in its new […]

Peaceful, vibrant South Korea marches to its own beat

Peaceful, vibrant South Korea marches to its own beat

Seoul: The eerie silence spoke louder than the years of the ominous standoff across the borders of the world’s last divided country, Korea. We were a small group of journalists walking in the barbed wire corridor in the Civilian Control Line alongside the Han River, escorted by army staff who were pleasantly friendly and surprisingly […]

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