Nepal bans online game PUBG on concerns over children

PUBG is also banned in the Indian state of Gujarat, where dozens of people have been arrested for playing. (AP)
Updated 12 April 2019
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Nepal bans online game PUBG on concerns over children

  • In PUBG, players parachute onto an island and scavenge for weapons and equipment to kill others and survive
  • Nepal’s telecommunication authority issued a circular to all Internet service providers to block the game

Katmandu: Nepal has banned the hugely popular but brutal online game “PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds” over concerns about its impact on children, officials said Friday.
In the multiplayer game, commonly known as PUBG, players parachute onto an island and scavenge for weapons and equipment to kill others and survive. The last player or team standing wins.
Nepal’s telecommunication authority issued a circular to all Internet service providers on Thursday to block PUBG on instruction from the Katmandu district court.
“We sought an order from the court to ban PUBG after floods of complaints from parents, guardians and school organizations to block the game citing psychological impact on teenagers and students,” senior police official Dhiraj Pratap Singh told AFP.
The survival-themed battle game, made by South Korean firm Bluehole Inc, has been downloaded more than 100 million times around the world since it was launched in 2017.
Parents and educators say the game incites violence and distracts students from their studies.
Saugat Joshi, 28, an occasional player said parents should instead speak to their children about better gaming habits.
“Banning is not a solution. Right now PUBG is viral but next year there might 10 others, we can’t ban everything,” Joshi said.
Last year, China announced new controls on the number of games that can be played online, limited new releases, and imposed rules on underage players to reduce their screen time.
PUBG is also banned in the Indian state of Gujarat, where dozens of people have been arrested for playing.
A minister in the coastal Indian state of Goa has described PUBG as “a demon in every house.”


US man drowns while proposing underwater in Tanzania

Steven Weber and Kenesha Antoine. (Social media)
Updated 22 September 2019

US man drowns while proposing underwater in Tanzania

  • It is unclear what went wrong during the proposal at Pemba Island, a popular honeymoon destination

NAIROBI: An American man has drowned while proposing to his girlfriend underwater at an idyllic island off the coast of Tanzania, a luxury resort said in a statement Sunday.
His girlfriend Kenesha Antoine posted on her Facebook page footage of Steven Weber proposing to her through the window of their underwater hotel room at the luxury Manta Resort in Zanzibar.
“You never emerged from those depths so you never got to hear my answer, ‘Yes! Yes! A million times, yes, I will marry you!!’,” she wrote Friday in a post confirming his death.
Her video shows Weber swimming up to the window, and pressing a handwritten note against it which read: “I can’t hold my breath long enough to tell you everything I love about you, but everything I love about you I love more every day. Will you please be my wife, marry me.”
He then pulled out a ring as Antoine squealed with joy while filming.
It is unclear what went wrong during the proposal at Pemba Island, a popular honeymoon destination.
“We never got to embrace and celebrate the beginning of the rest of our lives together, as the best day of our lives turned into the worst, in the cruelest twist of fate imaginable,” Antoine wrote.
“Knowing him, always quick with an off-color joke, he’s probably entertaining someone with a story about how he royally screwed up that proposal and died while being extra.”
Manta CEO Matthew Saus confirmed to AFP in an email Sunday that “a male guest tragically drowned while freediving alone outside the underwater room” on Thursday.
“The accident is currently under investigation by the local Zanzibar police authority.”
The couple were staying in the resort’s famed “Underwater Room,” a $1,700 (1,500 euro) a-night floating structure offshore in crystal clear waters, where the bed is surrounded by glass windows looking into the ocean.