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Air Asia announces big sale, offering tickets for as low as Rs 399

Air Asia announces big sale, offering tickets for as low as Rs 399

Finance
Air Asia has announced a new sale under which it claims to offer discounted airfares on both Indian and international routes. However, the sale is only meant for members of its loyalty programme called Big Members. The sale period is from November 12 to November 18, 2018. As per a statement issued by the company, tickets are available for as low as Rs 399 on domestic routes and Rs 1,999 on international routes. On the domestic routes, passengers can choose from 21 destinations where the low-cost carrier flies across the country, with a fleet of 19 A-320 aircraft. Among the cities are Bagdogra, Bengaluru, Bhubaneswar, Goa, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Imphal, Indore, Jaipur, Kochi, Kolkata, New Delhi, Pune, Ranchi, Srinagar and Visakhapatnam. Among the overseas routes passengers can choose from ...
Asia Bibi blasphemy case: Husband pleads for asylum

Asia Bibi blasphemy case: Husband pleads for asylum

World
The husband of a Pakistani Christian woman acquitted of blasphemy after eight years on death row has pleaded for asylum from the UK, US or Canada.Asia Bibi's husband, Ashiq Masih, said they were in great danger in Pakistan.The Supreme Court overturned Asia Bibi's conviction on Wednesday, saying the case against her was based on flimsy evidence.Her acquittal sparked violent protests, and the government has now agreed to try to stop her leaving the country.On Saturday, her lawyer, Saif Mulook, fled Pakistan, saying he feared for his life.Asia Noreen - commonly known as Asia Bibi - was convicted in 2010 of insulting the Prophet Muhammad during a row with neighbours.Several countries have offered her asylum.What does her husband say?...
Europe stocks sharply lower after US and Asia sell-off

Europe stocks sharply lower after US and Asia sell-off

Business
European stocks were sharply down in morning trade after concerns about a trade war and higher US bond yields stoked global investor concerns.In London, the FTSE 100 index of leading UK shares was down more than 1.7% at 7,020.Markets in Asia had plunged to a 19-month low after US shares suffered their worst losses in eight months.The global sell-off came as IMF head Christine Lagarde said stock market valuations have been "extremely high". In Paris, the Cac 40 share index was down 1.6% at 5,122 points, while in Frankfurt the Dax index fell nearly 1.5%.The FTSE 100 and the Cac 40 have fallen to their lowest levels since April, while the Dax is at its lowest since early 2017. ...
Asia Argento 'accused of sexual assault'

Asia Argento 'accused of sexual assault'

Entertainment
One of the leading figures in the #MeToo movement has reportedly been accused of sexual assault herself.Italian actress Asia Argento was one of the first to speak out against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein.The New York Times reports that legal documents, which the BBC has not seen, show she paid a former co-star $ 380,000 after he alleged she had assaulted him in a California hotel room in 2013.A lawyer for Ms Argento declined to comment on the allegations.Her accuser, Jimmy Bennett was just 17 at the time. The age of consent in California is 18.Ms Argento would have been 37 at the time of the encounter. What has #MeToo actually changed? Has #MeToo divided women? Mr Bennett says in the documents that the encounter traumatised h...
Ancient DNA reveals prehistoric population of Southeast Asia

Ancient DNA reveals prehistoric population of Southeast Asia

Science
July 6 (UPI) -- After analyzing ancient DNA samples, scientists now have a bit more clarity on how early humans first arrived in Southeast Asia. For decades, scientists have disagreed on how Southeast Asia was first populated. Some researchers believed an indigenous group of hunter-gatherers, called the Hòabìnhian, developed agricultural practices on their own, some 44,000 years ago. Others argued the hunter gatherers were replaced by rice growers who migrated from what's now China. Now, an analysis of 26 ancient DNA samples, collected from human remains in Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia, Laos and Japan, suggests both groups are mistaken. Some of tested DNA fragments were dated to 8,000 years ago. Until now, the oldest tested samples were 4,000 year...