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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Fashionistas furious over Berlusconi link

Fashionistas furious over Berlusconi link

930_milanMILAN (Reuters) – Italian fashionistas on Wednesday hit back at foreign media reports that their latest creations were for “bimbos” inspired by the sex scandals surrounding Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s private life.

In reviews of Milan’s spring/summer 2010 womenswear fashion shows on Monday, the Financial Times and International Herald Tribune had linked the abundance of short and sexy dresses this past week to the 73-year-old prime minister.

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Let’s talk about sex

Let’s talk about sex

SINGAPORE, Sept 30 — Young people in the Asia Pacific region need to get over taboos on talking about sex, with a survey showing most don’t know much about contraception while a third do not discuss it with their partner.

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President Yudhoyono instructed to celebrate “batik party” to show off the world after Unesco’s recognition of Indonesia cultural heritage

President Yudhoyono instructed to celebrate “batik party”

to show off the world after

Unesco’s recognition of Indonesia cultural heritage

Indonesia’s president is pressing the country’s 234 million people to wear batik clothes to celebrate a triumph over Malaysia in a poisonous feud over cultural heritage. The UN cultural organisation Unesco is set this week to add Indonesia’s method of making the cloth – through a laborious process of wax-dipping and dying – to its list of the world’s Intangible Cultural Heritage.

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Working mums’ kids likely to lead unhealthier lives: study

Working mums’ kids likely to lead unhealthier lives: study

SYDNEY (Reuters Life!) – Children whose mothers work are less likely to eat healthily or exercise as often as children with stay-at-home mums, according to a British study that is likely to raise the hackles of working mothers.

The UK Millennium Cohort Study looked at the dietary habits and physical activity of more than 12,500 children from the age of nine months to the age of five.

It found that, regardless of ethnicity, maternal education or job level, children whose mothers worked part or fulltime were less likely to eat fruits or vegetables at meals or as snacks.

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Skinny friends may make you eat more

 Skinny friends may make you eat more

NEW YORK, Sept 30 — That friend who stays thin despite eating anything and everything is not just annoying. He or she might also wreck your diet, according to new research.

Researchers from the University of British Columbia in Kelowna, Canada, found that when college students watched a movie and ate snacks with a companion, the students typically followed a thin friend’s lead when she overindulged.

However study participants used more self-control when snacking with a heavier companion who overate.

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Najib shows his funny side to Forbes

Najib shows his funny side to Forbes

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 30 —Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak went on a humour offensive last night as he sought to win over potential investors from around the world who had gathered for the annual Forbes CEO Conference here.

Najib showed that apart from his political acumen, he was no slouch either when it came to comedy delivery as he bantered with Forbes magazine CEO and editor-in-chief Steve Forbes in an open dialogue.

Forbes had kicked off the conversation by asking what is the prime minister’s stand on Malaysian English versus American English.

“We speak English but we also understand American,” replied Najib to much laughter and clapping.

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Secularism is the concept that government or other entities should exist separately from religion and/or religious beliefs.

In one sense, secularism may assert the right to be free from religious rule and teachings, and freedom from the government imposition of religion upon the people, within a state that is neutral on matters of belief, and gives no state privileges or subsidies to religions. (See also Separation of church and state and Laïcité.) In another sense, it refers to the view that human activities and decisions, especially political ones, should be based on evidence and fact unbiased by religious influence.[1] (See also public reason.)

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