Maya Khan’s Antics Bring on Lawsuit, India’s Middle Class to be Worth a Trillion | Jan. 23 – 27, 2012
Life moves fast. News moves faster. Bangladeshi entrepreneurs design a socially responsible toilet, San Francisco International offers travelers a yoga room and attacks hit a Pakistani military academy.
Thrones For All A Bangladeshi team of entrepreneurs took home first prize at the annual Queen’s Entrepreneurs’ Competition in Toronto, Canada, for their design of a sustainable, safe toilet. Toilet +’s entry prototype demonstrated the use of technology to create a hygienic , disaster resistant toilet that would benefit the rural poor. [OpenPR.com]
Vigil-”auntie” Pakistani journalist Maya Khan ventured into moral policing last week, harassing couples on a morning TV show about the validity of their relationships (i.e. whether they were married). Her actions caused an Internet uproar, and now four nongovernment organizationss are taking Samaa TV to court in a civil suit. [New York Times]
Cha-Ching As America’s middle class shrinks, it seems India’s is rapidly expanding. Within the next 10 years, India’s population is expected to hit 1.36 billion, of which the middle class will comprise 570 million. According to PricewaterhouseCoopers, this will make that middle class a $1 trillion industry for consumer-oriented industries. [Economic Times]
Yo, Got a Mat? Delayed flight? If you’re departing from San Francisco International airport, you can relax. The newly-opened yoga room there will serve Virgin America and American Airlines passengers in Terminal 2. Open from 4:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. and offering yoga mats, dimmed lighting and a sound-blocking glass wall, the room seems like the perfect place to recharge. [TIME NewsFeed]
Abbottabad News Nine rockets were fired at Pakistan’s military academy in Abbottabad, some 500 yards from where Osama bin Laden was found and killed last year. The attack came hours after a visit from General Ashfaq Kayani. Though no one was injured, three rockets hit and damaged one of the institution’s walls. It is unclear who launched the rockets, but an investigation is underway. [Telegraph]
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