Ancient Greek tragedy tells timeless story of Syrian flight

BERLIN, January 15 (Reuters): A group of Syrian women are adapting the Euripides’ tragedy “Iphigenia”, using a a play set during an ancient war to bring Berlin audiences closer to the plight of women driven from their homeland by conflict.   The play, staged this month and next in Berlin’s historic Volksbuehne, is an adaptation […]

Scores injured as Indonesia stock exchange building lobby floor collapses

Scores injured as Indonesia stock exchange building lobby floor collapses

People help an injured person outside the Indonesia Stock Exchange building following the collapse of a mezzanine floor in the lobby in Jakarta on January 15. (REUTERS Photo)   JAKARTA, January 15 (Reuters): A mezzanine floor overlooking the main lobby of the Indonesian Stock Exchange building collapsed on Monday, injuring scores of people, many of […]

‘Suspicious transaction reports up due to demonetisation, tax surveillance’

New Delhi, January 15 (IANS): Global market intelligence, research, and advisory company BIS Research on Monday said policy measures of the Indian government like demonetisation have led to large scale increase in Suspicious Transaction Reports (STR).   In a statement issued here, BIS Research said, as per its latest report “Global Anti Money Laundering (AML) […]

News in brief

Sri Lanka reimposes women alcohol ban days after it was lifted COLOMBO, January 15 (Reuters): Sri Lanka reimposed a decades-old law banning the selling of alcohol to women and preventing women from working in liquor stores on Monday – just days after it was lifted. Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera revoked the 1979 ban last week. […]

Government needs to increase healthcare outlay in budget: Report

Mumbai, January 15 (PTI): Public sector accounts for only 30 per cent of the total healthcare expenditure in the country and investment in building and maintaining public health infrastructure needs priority in the forthcoming budget for FY 2018-19, a report says.   Public sector investment on healthcare accounts for less than 1.5% of GDP, which […]

Sri Lanka destroys $108 mn haul of cocaine

Sri Lanka destroys $108 mn haul of cocaine

Police officers carry a haul of seized cocaine sack to be destroyed under judicial supervision in Katunayake, Sri Lanka on January 15. (REUTERS Photo)   COLOMBO, January 15 (Reuters): Sri Lanka on Monday destroyed $108 million worth of cocaine in public, seized by authorities in the port of Colombo which is increasingly becoming a transit […]

Global economy on strong cyclical recovery: IMF

Hong Kong, January 15 (IANS): The global economy is getting stronger from cyclical recovery pointing to faster growth across regions, said a senior IMF official here on Monday. “The cyclical recovery in the global economy is going from strength to strength. The signs point to faster growth across all regions,” International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) First […]

A test of our humanity

Imlisanen Jamir   On Sunday, at St Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican, the Pope held a service to mark the ‘World Day of Migrants and Refugees.’   Now, considering the unsavoury positions that institutionalized religious structures have taken and influenced over the course of history, it is perfectly understandable for one to perceive statements from […]

People “forget” facts when buying unethical products

Varsha Saraogi Thomson Reuters Foundation   Consumers who knowingly buy products that have been made unethically – using child labour or endangered trees – may cope by forgetting the truth about their origins, researchers said.   In an online study by Ohio State University (OSU) in the United States, people who were asked to put […]

Tourism Should Be Regulated, Before It Is Too Late…

Roberto Savio Inter Press Service   This year, we will have 3 million tourists each day wandering the world. This massive phenomenon is without precedent in human history and is happening (as usual), with only one consideration in mind: money. We should pause and take a look at its social, cultural and environmental impact and […]

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