Tuesday, 18 February 2020

Business

Clean cooking still a challenge in Nepal: World Bank

KATHMANDU: Despite progress in the quality of electricity access in recent years, clean cooking remains a challenge for Nepal, as firewood, which is polluting and causes a myriad of heath issues particularly for women and children, remains the most widely used source of cooking fuel, states a first-of-its-kind national survey ...

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Asian equities recover from 3-week lows

SHANGHAI: Asian equities posted a mild bounce on Friday from three-week lows hit the previous day, with persistent worries over the status of trade negotiations between China and the United States limiting the gains. MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS climbed 0.12%, recovering from Thursday’s drop of ...

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Free fuel to customers wearing bikini

SAMARA: The offer of free fuel to customers wearing bikini by a petrol pump in Russia was nothing less than a bombshell, and many men took up the dare to benefit themselves. While the owner of the Olvi petrol station in Samara must have female customers in mind while making ...

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Android camera flaw allowed apps to spy on users

MANCHESTER: Recently, a security flaw was made public that allowed the camera on your Android phone to spy on you. The vulnerability was found by security researchers at Checkmarx, and it allowed for an app with only storage permissions to take control of the camera app on your phone to ...

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Gold slips as US issues licenses for firms to deal with Huawei

LONDON: Gold fell, retreating from a two-week high hit earlier in the session, after the United States started issuing licenses for some companies to supply goods to Chinese firm Huawei, rekindling hopes for trade negotiations that had shown signs of turning more contentious. Spot gold dipped 0.15% to $1,469.87 per ...

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Pakistani bride wears tomato jewellery

KARACHI: Ditching the traditional choice of gold and diamond jewellery, this bride from Pakistan decided to go with accessories made of tomatoes on her special day. A video of her speaking to a television channel has gone viral on social media. The clip of the interview was tweeted by Pakistani ...

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Yahoo Japan agrees to merge with Line Corp

TOKYO: Yahoo Japan, which is controlled by SoftBank, agreed to merge with Japanese messaging app operator Line Corp., which is controlled by Naver Corp. The combined company would be worth around $30 billion. This will create Japan’s largest internet services company by revenue and gives it scale to better compete ...

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TikTok crossed Facebook and Instagram

LONDON: Social media app TikTok has just crossed 1.5 billion downloads worldwide, becoming the third most downloaded non-gaming app in 2019. The report comes from SensorTower’s latest analysis, which shows that TikTok has overthrown Facebook and is now behind WhatsApp and Messenger in terms of total downloads. However, this only ...

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Tesla supercharger station catches fire in New Jersey

SAN FRANCISCO: A Tesla Supercharger station in New Jersey caught fire due to unknown reasons and the Electric Vehicle (EV) maker is investigating the situation. The blaze broke out at a Tesla Supercharger station situated at a Wawa convenience store in Parsippany, New Jersey. Wawa is a chain of convenience ...

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Airbus wins $16b deal from Emirates for 50 aircraft

DUBAI: Airbus has won a $16bn (£12.3bn) order for 50 aircraft from Emirates as the Dubai-based airline continues its international expansion. The order for the A350-900 XWBs – extra wide body – is the first big contract announced at the 2019 Dubai Air Show. The A350’s wings are made in ...

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