Everest region launches emergency online medical service for trekkers

Perched amidst the world’s highest mountains at 5380m, Everest Base Camp in Nepal is one of the world’s most legendary trekking destinations. Every year, some 40,000 people make the arduous trek from Lukla through the valleys of Solukhumbu to the impromptu tent village where mountaineering groups make their final preparations for attempts on the summit of the world’s highest… Read More Everest region launches emergency online medical service for trekkers

Miyagi to remove ‘sexist’ tourism video after a month of complaints  

The Miyagi Prefectural Government said Monday it will remove an online tourism promotional video that has been criticized as sexually suggestive. The prefecture plans to withdraw the video after a tourism event scheduled for Saturday in Sendai amid unabated complaints from viewers and female members of the prefectural assembly despite an earlier decision to keep… Read More Miyagi to remove ‘sexist’ tourism video after a month of complaints  

Koreans living in Japan worry about backlash

OSAKA – Ethnic Koreans living in Japan are nervously watching growing tensions over North Korea and are wary of a possible backlash against their community as Pyongyang ramps up its saber-rattling. While public antipathy toward Koreans does not appear to have escalated in reaction to the North’s latest nuclear test and missile launches, the community… Read More Koreans living in Japan worry about backlash

BBC reporter in Rakhine: ‘A Muslim village was burning

Image copyrightJHEAD/BBCImage captionJonathan Head tweeted this image of the fires in Gawdu Zara village in Rakhine About 164,000 Rohingya Muslims have poured into Bangladesh from Myanmar’s Rakhine state since violence erupted two weeks ago. They say the military and Rakhine Buddhists are destroying their villages to drive them out after attacks by Rohingya militants on… Read More BBC reporter in Rakhine: ‘A Muslim village was burning

Rohingya refugees, caught in crosshairs, flood into Bangladesh

About 123,000 Rohingya refugees have fled to Bangladesh since violence erupted in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine state on Aug. 25. “Those who have made it to Bangladesh are in poor condition,” said U.N. refugee agency spokeswoman Duniya Aslam Khan in Geneva. “Most have walked for days from their villages – hiding in jungles, crossing mountains and rivers… Read More Rohingya refugees, caught in crosshairs, flood into Bangladesh

Hydropower debt, delays hits Indo-Bhutan relation

While the Doklam stand-off brought a spotlight on India-Bhutan ties, other issues like hydropower project construction needed greater focus, said senior Bhutanese experts and officials, flagging concerns during a two-day conference here that ended on Wednesday. “Hydropower projects are critical for the Bhutanese economy, and are at the core of Bhutan’s plans for self-reliance ever… Read More Hydropower debt, delays hits Indo-Bhutan relation