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  • From Asia to Africa: Nepali, South Asian women trafficked to Kenya’s Bollywood-style dance bars
    Aug 09 2019 | 12:37 pm

    From Asia to Africa: Nepali, South Asian women trafficked to Kenya’s Bollywood-style dance bars

    By Nita Bhalla Mombasa: Nepali beautician Sheela didn’t think twice about ditching her salon job when she received a call offering seven times her salary to work as a cultural dancer at a nightclub in Kenya.

  • Sex workers give red light to leaving famed Amsterdam district
    Aug 04 2019 | 04:04 pm

    Sex workers give red light to leaving famed Amsterdam district

    Amsterdam: Bathed in red neon light, hundreds of prostitutes ply their trade from behind windows in the narrow canalside streets of Amsterdam – and that’s how they want it to stay.

  • Forced labour to high finance: Hong Kong investor’s unlikely journey
    Jul 29 2019 | 11:07 am

    Forced labour to high finance: Hong Kong investor’s unlikely journey

    Hong Kong: Exiled to the Gobi Desert at the age of 15, Weijian Shan’s days were marked by gnawing hunger and back-breaking forced labour. But his sense of hope was kept alive by an unlikely source — insecticide manuals. Now one of Asia’s top financiers and the head of Hong Kong-based private equity firm PAG, […]

  • Deaths rise as Nepal issues more permits for Mount Everest
    May 29 2019 | 06:23 pm

    Deaths rise as Nepal issues more permits for Mount Everest

    Kathmandu: Scaling Mount Everest was a dream few realized before Nepal opened its side of the mountain to commercial climbing a half-century ago. This year the government issued a record number of permits, leading to traffic jams on the world’s highest peak that likely contributed to the greatest death toll in four years.

  • Reality TV: Camera-toting sharks hunt seals in kelp forests
    Apr 03 2019 | 05:31 pm

    Reality TV: Camera-toting sharks hunt seals in kelp forests

    Cape Town: Great white sharks fitted with cameras on their dorsal fins have been filmed for the first time stalking prey in dense kelp forests long thought to be no-go zones for the top-level predators. The thrilling, shark’s-eye views show the massive carnivores manoeuvering effortlessly thought thick kelp fronds suspended in the water like giant […]

  • Hindus celebrate Maha Shivaratri festival
    Mar 04 2019 | 02:10 pm

    Hindus celebrate Maha Shivaratri festival

    Kathmandu: Hindus in Nepal celebrated their biggest festival Maha Shivaratri on Monday by offering prayers to Lord Shiva, who is regarded as the God of immense power and destruction.

  • Salvation House — where Hindus go to die
    Feb 14 2019 | 11:36 am

    Salvation House — where Hindus go to die

    Varanasi: They arrive in battered cars, on crutches and sometimes on a stretcher barely able to breathe — but salvation is close for thousands of Hindus who go to the holy city of Varanasi each year to die. Some end up in homes for the elderly overlooking the revered Ganges river where they eventually hope […]

  • Five-star hotels offer exclusive cuisine for Lunar New Year holidays
    Feb 08 2019 | 11:47 am

    Five-star hotels offer exclusive cuisine for Lunar New Year holidays

    By Shristi Kafle Kathmandu: Holiday makers arriving in Nepal to spend the Chinese Lunar New Year, or Spring Festival here and local foodies are being treated to a gourmet-fest as the majority of five-star hotels are offering exclusive Chinese cuisine.

  • Israeli-developed “multi-target toxin” treatment a complete cure for cancer?
    Feb 05 2019 | 02:17 pm

    Israeli-developed “multi-target toxin” treatment a complete cure for cancer?

    Jerusalem: A “multi-target toxin” treatment developed by an Israeli company has raised doubts about its claimed capability to completely cure cancer. Codeveloper and the company’s CEO Ilan Morad voiced his confidence about its effect and prospects in a recent interview with Xinhua.

  • ‘Naive, reckless’ tourists couchsurfing in war-torn Afghanistan
    Jan 16 2019 | 01:33 pm

    ‘Naive, reckless’ tourists couchsurfing in war-torn Afghanistan

    Kabul: Seeking an “authentic” experience as he backpacked through war-torn Afghanistan, Dutch tourist Ciaran Barr searched the Couchsurfing website for locals to stay with. He found an astonishing number of potential hosts. Despite the country’s decaying security nearly 2,000 Afghans — the vast majority of them men — have signed up to host guests on […]

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