January 2012

  • Nigerian Menace
31 Jan 2012 - 5:24pm
KUALA LUMPUR:  Claims that Nigerians could obtain Malaysian visas as easily as purchasing a pack of cigarettes from the 7-Eleven store are ‘widely exaggerated’, says Deputy Foreign Minister A.Kohilan Pillay. "I don't think it is that easy for our immigration and embassy to let people into Malaysia. Definitely not as easy as getting...
  • rum
30 Jan 2012 - 6:38pm
KATHMANDU: Nepal's top Maoist politician, who led a 10-year insurgency in the Himalayan country which left 16,000 people dead, was accused Monday of selling out after moving into a lavish mansion here. Pushpa Kamal Dahal, who goes by the nom-de-guerre Prachanda (The Fierce One), is a former Communist guerrilla who rose from humble village...
  • rec
28 Jan 2012 - 3:40pm
NEW YORK: In today's brave new world of MP3 players, compact discs are dying, cassettes are Stone Age, and old-fashioned vinyl records... they're back!   It might seem that nothing short of a wind-up gramophone could be more out of place today than the nostalgia-laden, crackly-sounding 33 and 45 RPM disc.   ...
  • nep
27 Jan 2012 - 2:01pm
KATHMANDU: It is said that the medieval era never really ended in Nepal, its historic towns and architectural jewels blessed by an unbroken continuity of life and ritual that links the present with the past. The lasting image for tourists flying out of Kathmandu is of the multi-roofed pagodas of palaces and temples and the 16th century...
  • envi
26 Jan 2012 - 2:11pm
MANILA: The worldwide fishing industry could benefit from a $50 billion boost annually if stocks were allowed time to recover, the UN said Wednesday.   Already 32 per cent of the world's fish stocks have been depleted by years of overfishing and poor coastal management, according to a UN Environment Programme report released here.   ...
  • coff
25 Jan 2012 - 3:13pm
JAKARTA: As well-heeled Indonesians sip lattes in the air conditioned comfort of Starbucks, outside on the bustling, traffic-jammed streets of this city the myriad poor turn to "Starbikes" for their fix.   In every large city the ubiquitous coffee vendors on wheels ride the streets or cluster around human traffic, dispensing cups of instant...
  • tie
23 Jan 2012 - 5:06pm
PARIS: Now that older men have ditched it to look cool, the stylish young are reclaiming the necktie as their own, with the once-derided accessory making a stealthy comeback on the menswear runways.   "I never wear one," Antoine Arnault, the 34-year-old son of luxury tycoon Bernard Arnault told AFP on the sidelines of the first ever menswear...
  • The dragon
23 Jan 2012 - 12:49am
Enter the dragon - a mythical being that is highly revered in the Orient. Symbolising prosperity and divine power, the year of the dragon is definitely hoped by the Chinese to bring much blessings and good fortune. If the run up to the celebrations is anything to go by, confidence among the community and the rest of the country is...
  • shopi
20 Jan 2012 - 5:00pm
MADRID: Plans to allow round-the-clock shopping in Madrid to fight Spain's economic downturn are worrying small shopkeepers, who say they will be unable to compete with large chains and department stores.   The conservative Popular Party government in power in the Madrid region wants to allow shops to stay open 24 hours a day and will put the...
  • rolls
20 Jan 2012 - 2:10pm
HONG KONG: It's meant to bring riches and power befitting an emperor, but if Western luxury brands have their way the Year of the Dragon will cost their wealthy Chinese customers a fortune instead.   Monday is the start of the Year of the Dragon, the most favourable and revered sign in the 12-year Chinese zodiac.   ...