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Indian film singer Yesudas to perform in Hong Kong

K.J. Yesudas is the epitome of the Indian film singer after his early years of hardship and prejudice, writes Hari Kumar.

30 Aug 2014 - 10:13PM
Indian film singer Yesudas to perform in Hong Kong

K.J. Yesudas is the epitome of the Indian film singer after his early years of hardship and prejudice, writes Hari Kumar.

My Take | Trolls highlight the dark underbelly of the internet

It has been around for less than three decades, but the internet has changed our lives vastly. But even as we laud the progress the worldwide web has bestowed on us, every now and then we are reminded of its dark underbelly.

16 Aug 2014 - 3:00AM
Trolls highlight the dark underbelly of the internet

It has been around for less than three decades, but the internet has changed our lives vastly. But even as we laud the progress the worldwide web has bestowed on us, every now and then we are reminded of its dark underbelly.

My Take | Push Up Drink was bound to be a bust with its breast boosting claim

It was a claim that was bound to go bust in the face of scientific evidence. A local company's assertion that its dietary supplement drink can help women develop a perfect heart-shaped chest has been deflated by experts, who say there is no scientific evidence to support this.

15 Aug 2014 - 3:40AM
Push Up Drink was bound to be a bust with its breast boosting claim

It was a claim that was bound to go bust in the face of scientific evidence. A local company's assertion that its dietary supplement drink can help women develop a perfect heart-shaped chest has been deflated by experts, who say there is no scientific evidence to support this.

My Take | Is Hong Kong unprepared for the Ebola crisis?

The suspected case of Ebola in Hong Kong turned out to be a false alarm, though the person in question came from one of the affected countries and displayed symptoms similar to the deadly disease, like vomiting and diarrhoea.

13 Aug 2014 - 4:19AM
Is Hong Kong unprepared for the Ebola crisis?

The suspected case of Ebola in Hong Kong turned out to be a false alarm, though the person in question came from one of the affected countries and displayed symptoms similar to the deadly disease, like vomiting and diarrhoea.

My Take | Hong Kong's women's rights body appears to have lost its way

When the UN General Assembly adopted the international treaty on discrimination against women in 1979, it was hailed as the bill of rights for women aimed at ending all acts of prejudice by persons, organisations or enterprise.

11 Aug 2014 - 4:08AM
Hong Kong's women's rights body appears to have lost its way

When the UN General Assembly adopted the international treaty on discrimination against women in 1979, it was hailed as the bill of rights for women aimed at ending all acts of prejudice by persons, organisations or enterprise.

My Take | Could cyberspace turn into empty space?

The way things are going, one shouldn't be surprised if cyberspace ends up as empty space soon. From one end it is leaking like a sieve.

9 Aug 2014 - 7:04AM
Could cyberspace turn into empty space?

The way things are going, one shouldn't be surprised if cyberspace ends up as empty space soon. From one end it is leaking like a sieve.

My Take | Ordinary Hong Kong people will be paying for minimum wage increase

Business owners in Hong Kong will have to find another HK$1.4 billion if the minimum wage goes up by HK$3 an hour. Wait a minute. You are saying the business owners will dip into their own pockets to find this money? You must be from some other planet if you think so.

8 Aug 2014 - 3:59AM
Ordinary Hong Kong people will be paying for minimum wage increase

Business owners in Hong Kong will have to find another HK$1.4 billion if the minimum wage goes up by HK$3 an hour. Wait a minute. You are saying the business owners will dip into their own pockets to find this money? You must be from some other planet if you think so.

My Take | Occupy Central issue putting police impartiality under threat

Hong Kong is a safe place to live, if nothing else. Our police force has kept crime rates relatively low and maintained law and order without an intimidating presence.

5 Aug 2014 - 6:35AM
Occupy Central issue putting police impartiality under threat

Hong Kong is a safe place to live, if nothing else. Our police force has kept crime rates relatively low and maintained law and order without an intimidating presence.

My Take | Marauding macaques: a monkey business we could do without

This is the last thing we need in Hong Kong right now. Soaring political temperature, skyrocketing rents, pollution - and now a rising population of monkeys has been added to the list.

8 Aug 2014 - 4:29PM
Marauding macaques: a monkey business we could do without

This is the last thing we need in Hong Kong right now. Soaring political temperature, skyrocketing rents, pollution - and now a rising population of monkeys has been added to the list.

My Take | Time to spend money on an Ebola vaccine

One suspected Ebola case in Hong Kong turned out to be a false alarm. But officials say they will still be on high alert.

2 Aug 2014 - 5:03AM
Time to spend money on an Ebola vaccine

One suspected Ebola case in Hong Kong turned out to be a false alarm. But officials say they will still be on high alert.

My Take | Titillation takes on a new taste in Hong Kong

A word of caution to those heading to a new eatery which opened yesterday. It's owned by the famous "Naked Chef".

30 Jul 2014 - 6:28AM
Titillation takes on a new taste in Hong Kong

A word of caution to those heading to a new eatery which opened yesterday. It's owned by the famous "Naked Chef".

My Take | Why the brutal war in Gaza can have no long-term winner

As millions of Muslims celebrate the Eid-ul-Fitr holiday, a pall of gloom hangs over a world that has been witnessing the killing of innocent civilians in Gaza by the Israeli army.

29 Jul 2014 - 5:24AM
Why the brutal war in Gaza can have no long-term winner

As millions of Muslims celebrate the Eid-ul-Fitr holiday, a pall of gloom hangs over a world that has been witnessing the killing of innocent civilians in Gaza by the Israeli army.

My Take | McDonald's delay over tainted meat scandal is hard to swallow

Not sure whether it was his penchant for investigative journalism or mere pangs of hunger which drove him there. But a colleague ventured into a local McDonald's outlet last week, only to be utterly disappointed.

28 Jul 2014 - 3:08AM
McDonald's delay over tainted meat scandal is hard to swallow

Not sure whether it was his penchant for investigative journalism or mere pangs of hunger which drove him there. But a colleague ventured into a local McDonald's outlet last week, only to be utterly disappointed.

My Take | Despite huge profits, Gilead Sciences defends price of its hepatitis drug

Champagne corks were doubtless popping in the California headquarters of Gilead Sciences on Thursday as its quarterly earnings were announced.

26 Jul 2014 - 6:05AM
Despite huge profits, Gilead Sciences defends price of its hepatitis drug

Champagne corks were doubtless popping in the California headquarters of Gilead Sciences on Thursday as its quarterly earnings were announced.

My Take | Taking an unusual holiday in the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq

There's nothing like going on a sightseeing trip to have a blast. Whatever your beliefs and convictions, this holds true. That's probably why the newly founded Islamic State, the caliphate declared in some parts of Iraq and Syria, is now into that business too.

25 Jul 2014 - 10:46AM
Taking an unusual holiday in the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq

There's nothing like going on a sightseeing trip to have a blast. Whatever your beliefs and convictions, this holds true. That's probably why the newly founded Islamic State, the caliphate declared in some parts of Iraq and Syria, is now into that business too.

MH17 crash a wake-up call to stop the supply of weapons to insurgents

The crash of a Malaysian passenger jet over eastern Ukraine has brought into focus the horrors of a conflict in which powerful countries play proxy games.

24 Jul 2014 - 1:40AM
MH17 crash a wake-up call to stop the supply of weapons to insurgents

The crash of a Malaysian passenger jet over eastern Ukraine has brought into focus the horrors of a conflict in which powerful countries play proxy games.

Panama TR4 fungus threatens to wipe out 90pc of world's bananas

If you are reading this at your breakfast table, with a bunch of bananas in front of you, you should consider yourself lucky. Because bananas may soon disappear from your life, say some scientists.

29 Apr 2014 - 1:19PM
Panama TR4 fungus threatens to wipe out 90pc of world's bananas

If you are reading this at your breakfast table, with a bunch of bananas in front of you, you should consider yourself lucky. Because bananas may soon disappear from your life, say some scientists.

In debate on price of new medicines, a middle ground needs finding

An announcement of a cure for a disease that affects millions across the globe is naturally greeted with relief and enthusiasm.

20 Apr 2014 - 5:53AM
In debate on price of new medicines, a middle ground needs finding

An announcement of a cure for a disease that affects millions across the globe is naturally greeted with relief and enthusiasm.

My Take | Vladimir Putin's strongman tactics make Barack Obama look weak

You can call him Vlad the bad, you can ridicule his penchant for bare-chested bravado and criticise his lack of tolerance towards any opposition. But Russian President Vladimir Putin is proving to be the top dog on the world stage as he moves in to snare Crimea.

14 Mar 2014 - 5:28AM
Vladimir Putin's strongman tactics make Barack Obama look weak

You can call him Vlad the bad, you can ridicule his penchant for bare-chested bravado and criticise his lack of tolerance towards any opposition. But Russian President Vladimir Putin is proving to be the top dog on the world stage as he moves in to snare Crimea.

Opinion | Culling animals for conservation fails the morality test

Going to the zoo on a Sunday with your children is usually a pleasant activity – unless you were in Copenhagen recently. The children who went there on a recent Sunday were witness to the carcass of a culled young male giraffe skinned in front of them.

20 Jul 2018 - 2:53PM
Culling animals for conservation fails the morality test

Going to the zoo on a Sunday with your children is usually a pleasant activity – unless you were in Copenhagen recently. The children who went there on a recent Sunday were witness to the carcass of a culled young male giraffe skinned in front of them.

My Take | New apps will keep us up at night

Technology getting too invasive is a complaint that has been around for a while. The weird gadgets that were unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show that just concluded in Las Vegas do little to belie this refrain. What else can you say when they put technology right into your mouth, through a toothbrush which collects and sends data about the way you brush to your smartphone?

13 Jan 2014 - 6:19PM
New apps will keep us up at night

Technology getting too invasive is a complaint that has been around for a while. The weird gadgets that were unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show that just concluded in Las Vegas do little to belie this refrain. What else can you say when they put technology right into your mouth, through a toothbrush which collects and sends data about the way you brush to your smartphone?

Send world's squabbling leaders into space for out-of-the-box solutions
My Take | Why whistle-blowers like Edward Snowden must use drastic measures

When the FBI was formally launched in the 1930s, its brief was to fight crime. But under J. Edgar Hoover it stretched much further beyond that until finally a US Senate investigation was ordered in 1975 to rein in its powers.

10 Jan 2014 - 8:36AM
Why whistle-blowers like Edward Snowden must use drastic measures

When the FBI was formally launched in the 1930s, its brief was to fight crime. But under J. Edgar Hoover it stretched much further beyond that until finally a US Senate investigation was ordered in 1975 to rein in its powers.

My Take | Tricky choice for would-be tourists

It is getting tricky choosing a holiday destination for this coming Lunar New Year. The top destinations that Hongkongers flock to are all not exactly welcoming places right now.

9 Jan 2014 - 4:59AM
Tricky choice for would-be tourists

It is getting tricky choosing a holiday destination for this coming Lunar New Year. The top destinations that Hongkongers flock to are all not exactly welcoming places right now.

My Take | Have men indeed become obsolete?

With Janet Yellen as the US Federal Reserve chief and Christine Lagarde as IMF boss, the banking world will hopefully become more genteel. The confirmation of Yellen to the post of Fed chair has also brought hope to some that the glass ceiling for women will be truly broken in the financial world.

8 Jan 2014 - 5:34AM
Have men indeed become obsolete?

With Janet Yellen as the US Federal Reserve chief and Christine Lagarde as IMF boss, the banking world will hopefully become more genteel. The confirmation of Yellen to the post of Fed chair has also brought hope to some that the glass ceiling for women will be truly broken in the financial world.

My Take | Curse of the city's text-mad zombies

How many studies do we need before we accept something is true? Yet another study came out last week - this time by Virginia Tech researchers who wired up the subjects and their cars with video cams and sensors - to say texting while driving is dangerous. Duh!

7 Jan 2014 - 3:16AM
Curse of the city's text-mad zombies

How many studies do we need before we accept something is true? Yet another study came out last week - this time by Virginia Tech researchers who wired up the subjects and their cars with video cams and sensors - to say texting while driving is dangerous. Duh!

My Take | When media steers clear of a car crash

An expensive car belonging to a well-connected family crashes late in the night. The news is sketchy but triggers some chatter on the internet. A few weeks later the real picture emerges, despite an apparent effort by some people to keep the incident under wraps and very few media reports on it.

6 Jan 2014 - 5:37AM
When media steers clear of a car crash

An expensive car belonging to a well-connected family crashes late in the night. The news is sketchy but triggers some chatter on the internet. A few weeks later the real picture emerges, despite an apparent effort by some people to keep the incident under wraps and very few media reports on it.

My Take | Obama must look at bigger picture in weighing calls to pardon Snowden

A poignant picture emerged from South Africa during US President Barack Obama’s first state visit to the country. The world’s most powerful leader was photographed, standing alone and looking out from a tiny prison cell where Nelson Mandela spent more than two decades of his life.

4 Jan 2014 - 12:42PM
Obama must look at bigger picture in weighing calls to pardon Snowden

A poignant picture emerged from South Africa during US President Barack Obama’s first state visit to the country. The world’s most powerful leader was photographed, standing alone and looking out from a tiny prison cell where Nelson Mandela spent more than two decades of his life.

My Take | Nothing funny about NSA's jokers

The next time your Microsoft Word document file crashes and that irritating window pops up, asking you whether to send a crash report, read it carefully.

3 Jan 2014 - 3:41AM
Nothing funny about NSA's jokers

The next time your Microsoft Word document file crashes and that irritating window pops up, asking you whether to send a crash report, read it carefully.

My Take | Film directors stoke controversy, then make money

The film world and the financial world are not getting along well these days. Days before Feng Xiaogang’s big budget movie Personal Tailor was released in China, some institutional investors dumped the shares of producer Huayi Brothers Media, sparking a run on its shares.

1 Jan 2014 - 10:09PM
Film directors stoke controversy, then make money

The film world and the financial world are not getting along well these days. Days before Feng Xiaogang’s big budget movie Personal Tailor was released in China, some institutional investors dumped the shares of producer Huayi Brothers Media, sparking a run on its shares.

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