Mizzima: Affluent Burmese can opt for career as pilot

Mizzima: Affluent Burmese can opt for career as pilot

Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – Ambitious and well heeled Burmese people, who might be in search of a career in flying, can now apply at a flying school in the Philippines by paying 35,000 US dollars.

An official of the Myanmar Golden Bridge Co. Ltd, in Rangoon’s Yakin Suburban Township said they have linked up with “The Cyclone Flying School” in Lyzon City in Philippines, offering admission to young Burmese people, who have passed Matriculation, and are looking at a career as a pilot.

“The applicants are required to have healthy lungs as they will be flying at high altitudes and should not be colour-blind. We provide services linking the school and provide pick-up to and from airports, and paying the school fees,” said the company official.

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China to cut army by 700,000 troops

China to cut army by 700,000 troops

BEIJING, Sept 30 — China plans to cut back its army and boost the navy and air force, sources with ties to the People’s Liberation Army said, extending its military reach and risking greater regional tensions.

China, which celebrates the 60th founding of the People’s Republic tomorrow with a massive military parade, aims to cut its army by 700,000 troops over two to three years as part of its drive to modernise the world’s biggest military into a leaner high-tech force, the two sources said.

The PLA also plans to boost navy and air force personnel over that time, the sources said. Both requested anonymity to avoid repercussions for speaking to foreign reporters without authorisation.

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Indian doctors resign en masse over pay dispute

Indian doctors resign en masse over pay dispute

BANGALORE, Sept 30 — Over 3,500 doctors in Karnataka Tuesday resigned en masse in protest against the government’s refusal to accept their demand for salary hike, the Press Trust of India reported.

Rejecting the government’s appeal not to resign till talks are held on Oct 4 to resolve the issue, the doctors submitted their resignation letters to the health and family welfare department Director, Usha Vasunkar.

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Iran holds 10 policemen in jail abuse case

Iran holds 10 policemen in jail abuse case

TEHRAN, Sept 30 — Iran has so far detained ten policemen who worked at a jail where protesters were held and mistreated after a disputed election in June, a semi-official news agency reported today.

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in July ordered the closure of Kahrizak detention centre south of Tehran, following reports of abuse of people who were arrested in street unrest that followed the presidential poll.

At least three people died in custody there and widespread anger erupted as news spread of conditions in the jail. The authorities said in August the head of Kahrizak had been jailed, as well as three policemen who beat detainees.

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Cliff Richard returns, but no longer the same singer

Cliff Richard returns, but no longer the same singer

LONDON, Sept 30 — It seemed like a good idea to catch evergreen pop star Cliff Richard as he kicked off his big 50th anniversary reunion tour with his original band the Shadows, who went separate ways 20 years ago. But as Simone Signoret famously said, nostalgia ain’t what it used to be.

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Holding politicians to moral standards

Holding politicians to moral standards.

Does public opinion matter?

Pic. encodinglife.blogspot.com. Barbara Berlusconi, daughter of the prime minister of Italy, commented on her father’s womanising by saying: “… public officials cannot afford to differentiate between their public and private spheres”.

She went further to state that: “Politicians who are called upon to govern well, to make a community prosper, are also required to safeguard the values that it (the community) expresses, possibly elevate them”.

Silvio Berlusconi, too, apologised to his wife, and had publicly asked for his wife’s forgiveness as his behaviour had “wounded her dignity”. Yet two years later in 2009, the wife announced her intention to divorce the prime minister and her reason was, “he would tell me another lie” and “I cannot stop him from making himself ridiculous before the world”. She, too, “had for many years endured his behaviour “.

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ADB calls for ‘Asia-common’ currency to avert crisis

ADB calls for ‘Asia-common’ currency to avert crisis

SEOUL, Sept 30 — The president of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) called today for an “Asia-common” currency as another international reserve currency, as part of the region’s joint effort to prevent another global financial crisis.

“Asia could make the third international currency or Asia-common currency in the near future,” ADB president Haruhiko Kuroda  said at an international seminar on global crisis response.

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