India designer sorry over ‘insulting’ sari remark

India designer sorry over ‘insulting’ sari remark

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Mukherjee is one of India’s most sought after fashion designers Indian designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee has apologised for saying that Indian women who do not know how to wear a sari, a traditional garment, should feel shame. He made the remark at an event at Harvard University last week. […]

Indian bank hit by $1.8bn fraud case

Indian bank hit by $1.8bn fraud case

Image copyright Getty Images India’s second largest state-run bank has uncovered a $1.8bn (£1.3bn) scam linked to a single Mumbai branch. The fraud amounts to nearly a third of Punjab National Bank’s (PNB) market value, and 50 times its profits for the last quarter of 2017. The bank said the fraudulent transactions appeared to benefit […]

The new scandal imperilling Barnaby Joyce

The new scandal imperilling Barnaby Joyce

Image copyright EPA Image caption Australian Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce is facing intense scrutiny Australia’s deputy prime minister, Barnaby Joyce, was briefly evicted from office last year over a dual citizenship eligibility saga. Now, two months after Mr Joyce’s return, a fresh scandal threatens to oust him again. Mr Joyce is facing damaging political […]

Maldives opposition MPs forcibly moved from parliament

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Maid left to ‘sleep outside with dog’ dies

Maid left to ‘sleep outside with dog’ dies

Image copyright Steven Sim Office A domestic worker in Malaysia has died after suspected abuse by her employer, including being made to “sleep outside with the dog,” a politician has said. The maid, known only as Adelina, came from Indonesia and worked for a family in Penang. Her employers are accused of not feeding Adelina […]

Oxfam executive ‘aware’ of Asia staff abuse claims

Oxfam executive ‘aware’ of Asia staff abuse claims

Image caption Lan Mercado took up her post as Oxfam’s Asia regional director for Asia in 2016 A senior figure in Oxfam says she is aware of sexual abuse claims involving its staff in Asia. Lan Mercado told the BBC the cases took place in the Philippines, Bangladesh and Nepal before she started as regional […]

Winter Olympics 2018: South Korea to pay for North’s delegation

Winter Olympics 2018: South Korea to pay for North’s delegation

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Expensive guests: North Korean cheerleaders at the Pyeongchang Olympics South Korea has approved a plan to pay the cost of hosting North Korea’s delegation to the Winter Olympics. The 2.86bn Korean won ($2.64m, £1.9m) will come from the South’s unification ministry budget. A group of more than 400 North […]

North Korea figure skaters delight crowds in Olympic debut

North Korea figure skaters delight crowds in Olympic debut

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The duo finished at 11th place in the short program North Korea’s figure skaters have made their debut at the Winter Olympics, showing off an “electric” routine that earned them a spot in the qualifying round. Ryom Tae-ok and Kim Ju-sik were greeted by cheers as they performed their […]

Pierce Brosnan asked to ‘explain’ India advert

Pierce Brosnan asked to ‘explain’ India advert

Image caption The ad first appeared in October 2016 Authorities in Indian capital Delhi say they have asked actor Pierce Brosnan to explain why he was in an ad for a local mouth freshener associated with an addictive form of chewing tobacco. He could be fined 5,000 rupees ($78; £56) or go to jail for […]

India man held over body-in-suitcase murder

India man held over body-in-suitcase murder

Image copyright Courtesy: Hindustan Times Image caption Mr Sakya was a tenant of the boy’s parents Police in India’s capital, Delhi, have arrested a man for allegedly killing a seven-year-old boy whose body he hid in a suitcase for 37 days. Police found the body on Tuesday in Avidesh Sakya’s home after neighbours complained of […]