India’s aviation regulator wants pilots to train in a simulator that replicates the deadly Lion Air crash

Pilots flying Boeing’s 737 MAX jets in India should be trained in a simulator that replicates the suspected scenario that led to the Lion Air crash, the country’s aviation regulator said in a statement on Thursday.
An Indonesian Lion Air 737 MAX passenger jet flying to Jakarta from Bali crashed on October 29, killing all 189 people on board.
While India’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) recommended more training, it said Jet Airways and SpiceJet, which operate 737…

Hong Kong urged to investigate local partners of illegal recruiters arrested in the Philippines

Experts and domestic workers are calling for Hong Kong authorities to investigate the local partners of three suspected illegal recruiters who were arrested in the Philippines last week.
Arlene Tabunot, Aaron Coronado and Robert Coronado were detained in their home country after eight victims filed formal complaints with Philippine authorities. A pre-trial hearing took place on Tuesday in Manila.
The case in the Philippines specifically refers to illegal recruitment – but there is more to…

Cambodia frees 32 surrogate mothers after they vow to keep their babies

Thirty-two Cambodian women who were charged with human trafficking for serving as surrogate mothers have been provisionally released from detention after agreeing to keep the babies rather than giving them up as originally planned, officials said on Wednesday.
Bun Samkhan, a spokeswoman for the National Committee for Counter-Trafficking, said the women, who were charged in July with violating surrogacy and human trafficking laws, were released on bail in three groups, the last 17 on Wednesday….

Philippine taxes on sugary drinks could avert thousands of deaths, WHO study says

The Philippines could avert 24,000 premature deaths linked to diseases such as diabetes, stroke and heart failure in the next two decades after it adopted taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Wednesday.
The taxes levied this year could cut consumption and avoid nearly 6,000 deaths related to diabetes, 8,000 from stroke and more than 10,000 from heart diseases over 20 years, a WHO research study showed. “The new sugar-sweetened beverage tax may…

‘Huge discovery’ as scientists develop 10-minute universal cancer test that could transform diagnosis

Scientists have developed a universal cancer test that can detect traces of the disease in a patient’s bloodstream.
The cheap and simple test uses a colour-changing fluid to reveal the presence of malignant cells anywhere in the body and provides results in less than 10 minutes. While the test is still in development, it draws on a radical new approach to cancer detection that could make routine screening for the disease a simple procedure for doctors.
“A major advantage of this…

Singapore’s prime minister personally sues critic for sharing article on Facebook

Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong is suing a vocal critic of his government for defamation for sharing an article on Facebook that suggested he was involved in Malaysia’s multibillion dollar 1MDB financial scandal, according to local media.
He resorted to legal action only after Leong Sze Hian, a financial adviser, failed to comply with a letter sent by the prime minister’s lawyers demanding a public apology and damages over the November 7 post, The Straits Times…

PSD2 interfaces: bank exemptions depend on transparency

Banks, credit card providers, and other account servicing payment service providers (ASPSPs) seeking an exemption from a central component of payment services regulation will need to make a number of disclosures to regulators to support their case, according to new guidelines.

Lion Air may cancel billions in Boeing orders, as airline’s co-founder Rusdi Kirana rages over US plane maker’s bid to avoid crash blame

Indonesia’s Lion Air is reviewing aeroplane purchases from Boeing and has not ruled out cancelling orders as relations worsen over responsibility for a 737 jetliner crash that killed 189 people in late October.
Co-founder Rusdi Kirana is furious over what he regards as attempts by Boeing to deflect attention from recent design changes and blame Lion Air for the crash, while the airline faces scrutiny over its maintenance record and pilots’ actions. Kirana is examining the…