Emirati women are moving into jobs previously the monopoly of men. Society now accepts and appreciates women’s role in all walks of life.CENTRAL ASIA
Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan have reached an agreement on 49 non-demarcated sections of the border, signaling another positive development in neighborly relations.SOUTH ASIA
Officials say they have discovered one of India’s largest-ever drug hauls concealed in a fizzy drinks factory. More than 20m tablets of the banned drug Mandrax, with an estimated street value of $450m (£365m), were seized in the western city of Udaipur in October. It is believed the drugs were bound for South Africa and Mozambique.SOUTHEAST ASIA
Amazon is ready to enlarge its presence in Asia. Months after it pumped $3 billion into its India business and a week after it quietly introduced its Prime service in China, plans for its entry into Southeast Asia next year have surfaced. The U.S. retail giant doesnít currently offer local services in Southeast Asia, but it is working to enter the region via a launch in Singapore. Amazon is covertly acquiring assets, including refrigerated trucks, and making new hires as part of an initiative led by head of ASEAN Steven Scrive, two sources close to the company told TechCrunch. The current plan is to launch selected services in Singapore within the first quarter of 2017, one source added.
The traditional map of the world, known as the Mercator map, may be the most often seen image of our planet but it is also considered highly inaccurate because Antarctica and Greenland are greatly distorted. Now, a Japanese artist and architect believes he has solved this 447 year old problem with an ’origami map’ that represents landmasses and seas as accurately as possible. To create the perfectly proportioned map, Hajime Narukawa divided the spherical globe into 96 triangles that are flattened and transferred to a tetrahedron. This allows the image to be ’unfolded’ into a rectangle while still maintaining an area’s proportions. Narukawa’s map was awarded the coveted Grand Award of Japan’s most well-known design award during the Good Design Award for 2016 – last year a personal mobility chair won and the year before it was a robotic arm.
The speed at which the first Aboriginal settlers spread across Australia has been underlined by the discovery of an ancient rock shelter north of Adelaide.The rock fissure in the Flinders Ranges contains tools and other artefacts that date back to around 49,000 years ago. That means Aboriginal people must have colonised large parts of the continent within a few millennia of their arrival.