Kalimantan City in â€˜Mass Circumcision Opâ€™
SEMINYAK ~ A city in Kalimantan is offering more than 1,000 boys a free circumcision as part of celebrations for the 58th anniversary of its foundation, state media reported.
Health officials in Kotabaru, South Kalimantan province, said the circumcisions were a gift of better health to hundreds of boys whose families may not be able to afford the procedure, the Antara news agency reported.
“We hope the mass circumcision … can help the people in maintaining their health because free medical services do not include small operations,” local health department chief Cipta Waspada said.
Prince Charles Pays off Royal Debt
LONDON ~ Heir to the throne Prince Charles paid off a family debt this week incurred more than 350 years ago – but was spared the accumulated interest that could have run into tens of thousands of pounds.
Charles handed over Â£453.15 (US$885) that King Charles II failed to pay to the Clothiers Company in Worcester, central England, in 1651.
The king had commissioned uniforms for his troops to fight the republican forces of Oliver Cromwell at the Battle of Worcester the same year.
‘Marry or Be Fired’, Iranian Firm Warns
TEHRAN ~ A major Iranian state-owned company has told its single employees to get married by September or face losing their jobs, the press reported on Tuesday.
“One of the economic entities in the south of the country has asked its single employees to start creating a family,” the hardline Kayhan daily reported.
“Unfortunately some of our colleagues did not fulfill their commitments and are still single,” a company directive reportedly said.
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