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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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NEPSE stabilises

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KATHMANDU- The Nepal Stock Exchange (Nepse) index has stabilised to some extent as compared to the first trading day on Sunday when it suffered a sharp dip.

The NEPSE index increased 0.9 points to close at 1131.73. Likewise, the sensitive index, which measures the performance of group ‘A’ stocks has also risen 0.06 points.

Over 2 million shares of a total of 156 companies were traded at more than Rs 637 million. Of the total 11 subgroups, four made gains, and the rest seven declined.

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Development bank surged 4.7 points, while non-life insurance 92.1 points, life-insurance 13.57 points and others 0.43 points.

But, banking dipped 0.27 points, while trade 1.18 points, hotel 2.04 points, hydropower 2.17 points, finance 1.82 points, production 9.21 points and microfinance 8.31 points.

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