India in midst of picking new prez as reforms awaited

Indian lawmakers voted for a new president on Thursday, ending weeks of wrangling and opening a much-hyped political window billed as the best chance for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to launch a wave of reforms and reverse an economic slowdown. India’s markets are anticipating quick action to relax investment rules and cut subsidies once the […]

Nepalis hostages rescued safely in Afghanistan

Ten Nepali nationals, who were taken hostage last month in Bagram, Afghanistan, were rescued and brought to Kabul on Wednesday. Those rescued have been identified as Lil Bahadur Kafle, Janak Dhakal, Binesh Tamang, Shiva Kumar Rai, Dhan Bahadur Gurung, Subas Chandra Rai, Rajendra Rai, Ramananda Rai, Jitendra Gurung and Sasan Thapa. Acting on a request […]

‘Rape-law’ triggers fury

The ordeal of a 14-year-old girl who was kidnapped and raped repeatedly for three days has infuriated Jordanians, especially when her attacker agreed to marry her to avoid going to jail. In conservative Muslim societies like Jordan, rapists can walk free thanks to penal code Article 308, known as the “rape-law.” In April, the unidentified […]

Five million children worldwide are caught in forced labour, commercial sexual exploitation: ILO

A large gap remains between the ratification of Conventions on child labour and the actions countries take to deal with the problem, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) said in a report marking the tenth anniversary of the annual World Day Against Child Labour. The World Day against Child Labour, marked each year on 12 June, […]

World’s tallest tower, Tokyo Skytree, opens

The world’s tallest tower and Japan’s biggest new landmark, the Tokyo Skytree, opened to the public on Tuesday. Nearly 8,000 visitors were expected to take high-speed elevators up to the observation decks of the 634-meter (2,080-foot) tower to mark its opening. Some reportedly waited in line more than a week to get the coveted tickets […]

Indian train collision kills at least 24

Associated Press – A passenger train rammed into a parked freight train and caught fire before dawn Tuesday in southern India, killing at least 24 people and injuring dozens more. Rescuers worked for about six hours to pull some 70 survivors from the twisted and smoldering wreckage near the southwestern border of Andhra Pradesh state. At […]