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Five weirdest things encountered in a foreign country that would be totally normal for locals

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Here are five anecdotes from travelers encountering the weirdest things other cultures do seemingly standard stuff. Well, let us see how funny some of these differences can be, especially when you look at them from both perspectives:-

(source: Reddit)

  1. In the country of Samoa, in the evening time around 7:00 in most villages, dozens of men go out to stand out in the road in front of their homes and blow on conches to mark the quiet prayer time. It is illegal to be anywhere walking in the village, to be loud, etc, for the length of the 5-10 min of prayer.So if you were already walking around in the village, what would you do? You will have sat down right there and start praying. (username:crappenheimers)

2.  Similarly in Costa Rica, If you want to go somewhere you have to know the landmarks around that area as there are no addresses. So in case you have to reach a hotel, the diresctions will be like, 7 km from Burger King. It  becomes a trouble sometimes for the tourists but thats how they function.(username: VicVictory)

3. In one more case, In a US military installation, when the national anthem plays. Everyone just freezes, faces the nearest flag, and salutes. Once it’s over we all resume our lives.(username: TheGuyWithThePie)

4. This one is an epic one as in South Africa they call traffic lights ‘robots’. So if you have to ask “How can i get to the grocery store?”, the reply would be ,”just drive straight till the next robot and take a right”. (username:hett)

5. And at last in the Middle East, men holding hands is a common sight,despite the extreme social taboo against homosexuality in most parts of the Middle East (it’s also usually a capital offence), men holding hands is a perfectly normal and acceptable sign of friendship, rather than the signifier of a romantic relationship that it would be in the West.(username:dog_not_god)

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Here’s How E-Commerce Can Become a Driver of Growth Across South Asia

Small and medium enterprises in the region reported that removing regulatory and logistical challenges to e-commerce would increase their exports

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A survey of over 2,200 firms in South Asia showed that the top concerns on cross-border e-commerce sales included e-commerce related logistics, e-commerce and digital regulations, and connectivity and information technology infrastructure. Pixabay

E-commerce can become a driver of growth across South Asia and boost trade between the region’s countries, but its potential remains largely untapped, a new World Bank report said on Monday.

The report, titled “Unleashing E-Commerce for South Asian Integration” launched in the Capital, said that although e-commerce has grown significantly in South Asia, online sales accounted for a mere 1.6 and 0.7 per cent of total retail sales in India and Bangladesh — compared to 15 per cent in China and nearly 14 per cent globally.

“E-commerce can boost a range of economic indicators across South Asia, from entrepreneurship and job growth to higher GDP rates and overall productivity,” said Sanjay Kathuria, World Bank Lead Economist and co-author of the report.

“By unleashing its online trade potential, South Asia can better integrate into international value chains, increase its market access, and strengthen commercial linkages between countries across the region,” He added.

Increasing the use of e-commerce by consumers and firms in South Asia could potentially help increase competition and firm productivity, and encourage diversification of production and exports.

A survey of over 2,200 firms in South Asia showed that the top concerns on cross-border e-commerce sales included e-commerce related logistics, e-commerce and digital regulations, and connectivity and information technology infrastructure.

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E-commerce can become a driver of growth across South Asia and boost trade between the region’s countries, but its potential remains largely untapped, a new World Bank report said on Monday. Pixabay

“These barriers are significantly higher when trading with other South Asian countries. The main international e-partners of firms in South Asia are China, the UK, and the US and not other South Asian countries,” the findings showed.

Small and medium enterprises in the region reported that removing regulatory and logistical challenges to e-commerce would increase their exports, employment, and productivity by as much as 20-30 percent.

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“Some practical steps to strengthen online transactions include leveraging the reputation of large e-commerce platforms to offer consumer protection, return and redress, and data security as an initial substitute for robust contractual and consumer protection mechanisms, and permitting cross-border e-commerce payments,” said Arti Grover, World Bank Senior Economist and co-author of the report. (IANS)