No food, no money: conflict and chaos as South Sudan grapples with famine

The tape measure wound around the arm of two-year old Apiu tells its own story. Under the traffic light system for measuring undernutrition, green means healthy, amber is for “at risk”. Apiu is deep in the red zone: seriously malnourished. South Sudan is grappling with famine and severe hunger. Now, despite a heavy UN presence and the efforts of many of the world’s largest organisations, delivering life-saving aid is about to become more difficult. After rains failed last year across the Horn of Africa, now they have started to fall…

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5 South Indian Regional Cuisines You Need to Try if You Haven’t Already

For many years, South Indian cuisine was often painted with the same brush. That’s changed across the country as a combination of evolved diners and a plethora of restaurant openings showcases the differences between the cuisines of major South Indian states. But anyone who has travelled for food in India will know that flavours and ingredients change almost every 100 kms. It’s the same in almost all parts of South India. Almost every state’s culinary specialities are in fact a medley of some very distinct regional cuisines that have been…

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Education and conflict in South Sudan

Widening access to education had been an important achievement of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) government since it took power in South Sudan in 2005, following a peace deal with the Sudanese government in Khartoum.  In 2003-4, only 400,000 children, about a quarter of the school age population, were estimated to be in education, and successive EMIS reports showed growth, to over 1.3m in primary and secondary education in 2013.+ By 2016, enrolment had bounced back from the 2013 crisis, though with a different geographical distribution, and 1.318m primary and…

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Slogans, placards and food: South Korean protests a boon for restaurants

As protesters march through Gwanghwamun Square in downtown Seoul, the center stage of huge weekly demonstrations calling for South Korean President Park Geun-hye to step down, nearby restaurants hustle to prepare for a busy night. Many bars and restaurants in the area, home to government offices and near the presidential Blue House, have been doing roaring business well into the night when the protests are held every Saturday. The boom is a relief for neighborhood restaurants after a new anti-graft law in September limited the value of meals that could…

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Nissan starts selling made in India Datsun GO+ in South Africa

Japanese auto maker Nissan today said it has started selling of India-made entry level multi-purpose vehicle Datsun GO+ in South Africa. “Sales of the Datsun GO+, produced at the Renault-Nissan Alliance plant in Oragadam near Chennai, began on August 31, 2016 in South Africa,” Nissan India said in a statement. Commenting on the development, Nissan India Operations President Guillaume Sicard said: “Following on the success of the India-built Datsun GO’s launch into the small car segment in South Africa, the GO+ is another example of our Make in India models…

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G20 summit: PM Narendra Modi blasts Pakistan, says one nation in South Asia spreading agents of terror

Hangzhou: In an apparent reference to Pakistan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said, one single nation in South Asia is spreading agents of terror in the region. Speaking at the G20 Summit in China, PM Modi urged the international community to act in unity and take action against terrorism. He further called them to isolate and sanction supporters of terrorism. “We expect the international community to speak and act in unity, and to respond with urgency to fight this menace,” PM Modi said. “Those who sponsor and support terrorism…

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