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Several of the general pages on India mention the amount of hassle that single women travellers receive in India.
One solution many women use is to wear a wedding ring. The quality of false stones these days (I think they are called CV's) are very good. With a ring prominent you can make up any story you like about how your six foot four husband is on the next train / arriving tomorrow etc.
Updated Jan 18, 2009
I learned recently that Zydan Marketing has changed its name to Le Grand Marketing or Legrand Marketing, to evade angry victims. Apparently, this company also tried to bill clients who paid by credit card twice or thrice, aside from shirking its duties. I cringe about the fact that they continue to operate unchallenged, brrr.
Written Oct 16, 2008
I am a doctor. Caution! I go in Thailand every year and I use antimalaric profilaxis. If you go in a town, may be you'll have no problem, but in countryside there are some risk. I am vaccinated almost against everything. Remember that insects carry not only malaria but dengue too, no vaccinations, only repellent against dengue and others maladies. So use repellent, wear long shirt in night and use antimalaric. Malaria kills. If you have fever, hadeache and pain in muscles don't use aspirin and similar. If this is a dengue, it will start an emorraghia. Sorry for my bad english. But really, not all phisician are expert in tropical disease. Vaccination, prevention. And you'll enjoy your trip everywhere without troble!
Written Oct 5, 2008
The phenomenon of the so-called traveling diarrhoea in the course of the travel is known already since centuries, a diarrhoea occur in the half of the tourists in the first fortnight of the travel averagely at least one times. Generally a mild disease cease automatically within five days usually,
The countries may assign in three groups according to the risk.
I. Areas with low hazard are North America, Australia, Japan and the EU, here the frequency under 10%.
II. 15-20% is the incidence of the illness in the earlier Soviet states, Israel, South Africa, China and Caribbean area.
III. The third group with a frequency above 20% consist of a big part of Africa, Southeast Asia, Middle East and Latin America.
In the development of the infections primarily the drinking water, the badly heat treated, warmed foods, fruits properly not washed and not peeled play an important role. Carefully also with the alcohol, since some pathogens hold their infectious ability in the ice-cubes, even the considerable alcoholic beverages (whisky, tequila) may cause disease to us. The shallow of the coastal seas are polluted often with stool , or with not cleaned sewage.
How should we defend ourselves?
Do not select primitive accomodations where you cannot observe your washing customs, - Do not walk barefoot, - Bath only on places designated for it, - Eat only well done, cooked foods, avoid salads, never eat raw seafood. - drink only hot drinks such as tea and coffee or bottled liquid, e.g. bottles or cans of soft drink. - never drink tap water, refuse ice in drinks. - always wash the vegetables, fruits bought on street or market in purified water then peel them. - eat, as prevention, living flora yoghurts containing probioticses. - always wash your hands before eating and after using the toilet.
Updated Jul 6, 2008
As a reminder to everyone, whenenver making a donation, it's best to be sure that your money is making it to the intended cause. There are many ways to donate money through international relief agencies. Donating through private individuals is more risky unless you know they are a recognized funds collector.
Obviously this advice is not limited to Asia only.
Written May 9, 2008
Better be safe than sorry!
With all that is going on in the world today, when heading out to a foreign country, (no matter where), it's always wise to check for general information and recommendations relating to "security risks" and "health concerns".
Updated May 3, 2008
Go to a doctor or health advisor. Each region requires a specific treatment, although the importance of this cannot be mentioned enough times. Go see your doctor. If you are not properly protected you may contract an illness which you carry back to your own country where you can be bittten by a native mosquito which will also become infected. This mosquito then lunches on a new host and the cycle continues.
Written Apr 17, 2008
Locals said that Ilyas is under pressure to give up support to the hashish
sellers. He is said to have come under pressure from Javed Karmazkhel, his
cousin and known militant commander, to abandon the hashish-smoking Taliban.
Ghulam Jan appears to be leaning on Karmazkhel to dissuade Ilyas. For now
there is a stalemate.
But this situation, government officials and tribesmen in Wana agree, is
unlikely to cause any rift between the mainstream Taliban and their
hashish-loving armed comrades. For their goal is one, when it comes to
For now the hashish shops are open, although barbers in nearby shops are
forbidden to shave beards or play music.
Article courtesy of www.dawn.com
South Waziristan (Urdu: جنوبی وزیرستان) is the southern part of Waziristan,
a mountainous region of northwest Pakistan, bordering Afghanistan
and covering some 11 585 km² (4,473 mi²).
Updated Nov 5, 2007
The row began, according to locals, when commander Ghulam Jan seized one
Gulab, a local drug peddler, who sold hashish from a room inside a
government school in Karikot near Wana, headquarters of South Waziristan.
Ilyas gathered a group of his supporting Taliban at Laman, about 15km to the
south of Wana. In line with tribal tradition, the armed men were feasted on
lamb and rice.
Their concern was common ? the threat to hashish shops in Waziristan. So a
message was given out to the ?other? Taliban: ?Lay off.?
Money was pooled, helped of course by owners of the hashish shops. Together,
they have bought two vehicles, including a pick-up truck, to provide a
security cover to the shops.
Locals said that Taliban against the closure are as good fighters as anybody
else. Some of them are veterans too, like Ilyas, who is in his mid-40s. They
have battled the Northern Alliance and are now fighting the US-led coalition
forces in what they believe is a jihad.
The commander of these rag-tag militants himself fought at Bagram against
the Taliban. A former sportsman at the South Waziristan Scouts, Iyas has
left his job to take up arms in support of the Taliban.
After a hard battle with their enemies, these Taliban like to sit together,
fill a cigarette and then take turns to have a puff.
So endemic and acceptable is this that according to eyewitnesses, commanders
or the amirs of these Taliban either condone the practice or simply look the
Updated Nov 5, 2007
Drug ban divides militants
By Ismail Khan
PESHAWAR, March 20: With their long flowing hair, beards and boots, they
could resemble the hippies of yesteryears. Except that these hippies from
the wild western borderland of Pakistan are gun-toting, rocket-carrying
militants ready to kill or be killed.
The hippies of the 60s were pacifists but these turban-wearing, young tribal
Taliban are as wild as their looks would suggest. But one thing they have in
common ? a love for hashish.
Welcome to the restive South Waziristan, the heartland of the tribal
militants, where a group of the local Taliban have not only taken up arms
against the government but also turned their guns against their own ilk for
threatening to close down hashish shops. They have done so in Karikot, Azam
Warsak, Shah Alam, Raghzai Ghwakhwa, Spin Tanai and Dabkot. Defiance of
their attempts has come not from the owners or operators of the shops, but
from some of the Taliban?s own ranks.
A militant commander, Ghulam Jan, recently warned hashish shop owners to
close down their business or face punishment as Islam prohibited the use and
sale of drugs. Worried, the shop owners gathered to ponder over the
situation and find a remedy. They were pleasantly surprised to find that
they were not alone.
Soon a group of about 200 hashish-loving Taliban gathered and nominated
their own commander, Ilyas, to fend off pressure against the drug, according
to locals. An official report, however, put the figure at more than 500.
Updated Nov 5, 2007
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