Wednesday 12th December 2018

    • Tens of thousands gather in New Delhi in push for Ram temple Tens-of-thousands-gather-in-New-Delhi-in-push-for-Ram-temple

      Tens of thousands of Hindu protesters marched in New Delhi on Sunday, calling for a grand temple to be built on the ruins of a destroyed mosque in a flashpoint Indian city. Trident-waving devotees clad in saffron filled a huge parade ground in the capital city under tight security, where speakers warned Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi they would not let up until the temple was sanctioned. Some of Modi’s supporters feel the Hindu nationalist leader has not done enough to raise a shrine at a site in Ayodhya, a city believed by many to be the birthplace of...

    • Ebola in DRC now infecting newborn babies: UN Ebola-DRC-infecting-newborn-babies-UN

            The World Health Organization (WHO) says a worrying number of the newest Ebola cases amid the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)’s ongoing outbreak are in patients not usually known to catch the disease: babies. In an update published this week, the UN health agency reported 36 new confirmed Ebola cases, including seven in newborn babies and infants younger than two years old. Six cases were reported in children aged between two and 17 and one case was in a pregnant woman. While Ebola typically infects adults, as they are most likely to be exposed to...

    • Low-cost ‘four-hour’ bamboo house wins top prize The-CUBO-housing-units-can-be-manufactured-in -week,-built -just-four-hours2

                                    The CUBO housing units can be manufactured in a week, and built in just four hours     A 23-year-old designer has won a top £50,000 ($64,385) prize after creating a low-cost bamboo housing unit to address the Philippines’ slum crisis. Earl Patrick Forlales’ design takes just four hours to construct, and at £50 per sq metre it’s also affordable. He told the BBC World Service: “It’s a functional home on its own, but it’s more than just a house. “It’s designed to turn...

    • The architect transforming cities into ‘vertical forests’ The-architect-transforming-cities-into-vertical-forests4

      Architect Stefano Boeri has always been obsessed with trees. The Italian traces his fascination back to a novel he read as a child, “Il Barone Rampante” (“The Baron in the Trees”), in which a young boy climbs up into a world of trees and vows to never to return. “I think trees are individuals,” Boeri said in a phone interview. “Each has its own evolution, its own biography, its own shape.” Unsurprisingly, there is child-like wonder to the architect’s best-known building, Il Bosco Verticale, or the Vertical Forest. Built in his home city of Milan, the celebrated complex teems...

    • World’s ‘most excellent’ airlines for 2019 revealed by AirlineRatings . com excellence-airlines

       Virgin Australia: Taking fourth place, Virgin Australia also won an award for its Business Class offerings — described as “more first class than business,” One airline has literally gone to great lengths to prove it’s the best in the past 12 months, and it appears to have paid off. Singapore Airlines, which in October triumphantly relaunched the world’s longest nonstop scheduled passenger service, flying from Singapore to New York, has now capped a successful year with a new accolade. The carrier has pipped Air New Zealand to be named Airline of the Year by Australia-based aviation safety and product rating agency...

    • Deepika Padukone’s ‘golden dress’ trolled massively; haters call it a ‘Cadbury wrapper’ deepika-padukone

      New Delhi: Bollywood diva Deepika Padukone recently turned into a golden girl for Lux Golden Rose Awards 2017. She looked stunning in a gold Monisha Jaising number which made her stand out in the crowd of stars. However, trolls had a field day after Deepika shared her look on Instagram. Some called her dressing sense a ‘disaster’ others called pointed out at how messy her hair looks in the picture. Some even bashed her stylist Shaleena Nathani for choosing this outfit for the event. Trolls even compared Deepika’s gold dress to a ‘Cadbury wrapper’. Check out some of the...

    • Indonesia’s secret nudist community defying the law

      22 October Indoneisa-What is it like to be a nudist in a country that prizes modesty and where public nudity is strictly forbidden? Clara Rondonuwu of the BBC’s Indonesian service went to meet some members of the country’s nudist community to find out. There isn’t a single thread on Aditya’s body. As he speaks to me, droplets of hot oil splash on to his bare belly from the large frying pan of sand crabs, eggs and Chinese cabbage. “I love doing everyday things in the buff, including cooking my meals,” he says. “I take a great deal of pleasure...

    • How to make your honeymoon phase last a little longer

      28 September Mumbai(India)-The first few months of a relationship, aka the honeymoon phase, are some of the best months you will experience with your partner. But relationships have a way of becoming dull and monotonous as time passes. So we’ve rounded up 10 ways to extend the honeymoon phase a little, so you can enjoy the heady excitement some more.y

    • Earthquake of magnitude 8.1 strikes off Mexico’s Pacific coast

      8 September (Latin America)-A strong earthquake of magnitude 8.1 has struck off southern Mexico, killing at least five people. The epicentre was in the Pacific, about 87km (54 miles) south-west of the town of Pijijiapan and at a depth of 70km, the US Geological Survey said. A tsunami warning has been issued for Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama and Honduras. The quake was felt in Mexico City, with buildings swaying and people running into the street. The tremors there, about 1,000km from the epicentre, were reported to have lasted up to a minute. Two deaths were reported...

    • The world’s best amateur photographs on show

      Since its first edition back in 2010, the EyeEm Photography Festival and Awards has been quietly establishing itself in the industry calendar, attracting tens of thousands of applicants every year and revolutionizing the concept of a photography competition in the process. EyeEm — a photography app with over 10 million users around the world — has become one of the most important players in the increasingly democratized world of digital photography. The quality of work on show at the awards demonstrates not only the wealth of amateur talent out there, but also that, more than ever, an image is judged on its...