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Cathay Pacific ends skirts only rule

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HONG KONG — Hong Kong flag carrier Cathay Pacific has decided to end its 70-year-old skirts-only rule — that’s existent since the airline’s founding in 1946 — for female attendants after the flight attendants’ union won the right to wear trousers.

The current uniform for female cabin crew is an above-the-knee skirt with two slits at the back, black stockings, and black heels, which invites sexual harassment both on board planes and off.

“We welcome and appreciate the company’s decision on giving us an option in choosing uniforms,” said Pauline Mak, vice chair of the Hong Kong Dragon Airlines Flight Attendants Association.

She said many female colleagues had expressed concern over wearing short shirts while working, especially when putting passengers’ luggage into overhead compartments and also when taking public transport off duty.

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The news sees light of the day post Cathay Dragon reached an ‘understanding’ with employees that would allow all uniformed staff to choose between wearing trousers and skirts, reported the South China Morning Post.

According to the report, some 2,500 female Cathay Pacific cabin crew were in favour of wearing trousers. Cathay Pacific has about 7,000 female attendants out of a total cohort of 10,000.

With AFP Inputs

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Nepal, China sign sign power grid agreement

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BEIJING — Nepal Electricity Authority and State Grid Corporation of China have signed an agreement on feasibility study of Nepal-China Cross-border Power Grid Interconnection Project on Wednesday.

As per agreement, the two parties would conduct the feasibility study of 400kV Kerung-Rasuwagadhi-Galchhi-Ratamate transmission line.

The Chinese side will perform the lead role in the preparation of the DPR as requested by the NEA. And, a joint technical committee comprising representatives from both parties would prepare the DPR.

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It will hire a consultant to conduct the study and submit a report.

The transmission line will extend from Ratamate in Nepal to Shigatse in China. Only 80km out of the estimated 800-km transmission line lies inside the Nepali territory.

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