16 September 2015

Airline grounds over 100 flight attendants for being ‘overweight'

Air India has permanently grounded about 130 flight attendants, most of them women, for exceeding body-mass index standards.

Critics condemned the move as “shockingly sexist.”
BMI is a measure of body fat versus height and weight. Earlier this year, Air India gave about 600 cabin crew members six months to get their weight under control or risk reassignment to jobs on the ground. All were placed on a program to alter diet and exercise and were monitored by airline staff.

Indian hospitals warned not to turn away dengue patients

A woman covers her face as a municipal worker fumigates a residential area to prevent mosquitoes from breeding in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015. New Delhi has been hit by an outbreak of the mosquito-borne disease, dengue fever. Nearly 1,900 cases have been recorded in the city's hospitals.
As India's capital struggles with its worst outbreak of dengue fever in five years, officials threatened Wednesday to cancel private hospitals' licenses if they turn away patients.
More than 11 people have died from the mosquito-borne disease in New Delhi this year and about 1,900 cases have been recorded at city hospitals.

Indian composer: Music for Prophet film done in good faith

In this Feb. 22, 2009 file photo, A.R. Rahman holds the Oscars for best original score and for best original song "Jai Ho" for his work on "Slumdog Millionaire" during the 81st Academy Awards in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. Indian music composer A.R. Rahman has said that he did not intend to offend anyone when he composed the music for an Iranian film on the Prophet Muhammad.Rahman was responding to a religious edict, or 'fatwa,' by a Muslim organization against him and the Iranian director of the film.
Oscar-winning composer A.R. Rahman has said that he did not intend to offend anyone when he composed the music for an Iranian film on the Prophet Muhammad.
Rahman, who is hugely popular in India, was responding to a religious edict, or 'fatwa,' by a Muslim organization against him and the Iranian director of the film, Majid Majidi.