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Nepal bans PUBG citing negative impact on children

KATHMANDU Nepal has banned the hugely popular but brutal online game “PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds” over concerns about its impact on children, officials said Friday. In the multiplayer game, commonly known as PUBG, players parachute onto an island and scavenge for weapons and equipment to kill others and survive. The last player …

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Peak break: China to add ‘eco’ toilet on Mount Everest

BEIJING Climbers with pressing needs on Mount Everest will soon find an “eco-friendly” toilet at a Chinese campsite 7,028 metres (23,058 feet) above sea level in an ongoing campaign to deal with the peak’s waste problem. Decades of commercial mountaineering have turned Mount Everest into the world’s highest rubbish dump …

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World’s tiniest woman Jyoti Amge casts her vote in Nagpur

NAGPUR Heads turned when the world’s tiniest woman, actress and Guinness World Record holder Jyoti Amge – who stands just 63 cm tall – turned up to vote at a polling station in Nagpur on Thursday. Sporting a red-and-checks sleeveless dress, the 25-year-old woman at 2 feet, 1 inch, patiently stood in the queue and exercised her franchise. …

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Nepal expedition to remeasure height of Everest: Officials

KATHMANDU Nepal is sending a team of government-appointed climbers up Mount Everest to remeasure its height, officials said Monday, hoping to quash persistent speculation that the world’s tallest mountain has shrunk. Four government surveyors will depart Wednesday for Everest, which lies on the Himalayan range straddling the border of Nepal …

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Pakistani popcorn seller builds a homemade plane, seeks permission to fly

ISLAMABAD A popcorn seller in Pakistan is waiting for the country’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to allow him to fly his homemade plane after the police had stopped him from performing an unauthorized take-off. On April 4, the police had returned the plane they had confiscated from Muhammad Fayaz on March 31, after stopping him from taking …

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