23 Jan '11, 1am

Hair can be worth big bucks: KUALA LUMPUR - HAIR sacrificed by devotees during Thaipusam is being ... - #Asia #News

KUALA LUMPUR - HAIR sacrificed by devotees during Thaipusam is being wasted as it is worth big bucks internationally. This was an observation made by several barbers from India, who were working at booths set up during Thaipusam at Batu Caves. 'Instead of throwing the hair away, local businessmen can make big bucks by selling it to international wig makers. In India, hair is worth between US$200 (S$257) and US$300 per kg said A. Kartikayan, 28, who hails from Tamil Nadu. Local barbers are unaware of the huge business potential. 'Every year, I collect all the shaved hair and throw it into the river. That's what I have been doing for the past nine years after Thaipusam,' said barber P. Siva-nanthan, 36. He estimates that over 100kg of hair is dumped in the river near the temple every year. -- THE STAR/ANN

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/SEAsia/Story/STI...

Tweets

Our reader Michael Dee strongly believes that S...

straitstimes.com 27 Jan '11, 10pm

I DISAGREE with the sentiments expressed in the article ('Why Singapore can't produce a Fortune 500 company'; last Saturda...

Sikh boy can switch camp: M'sia NS chief: TAPAH...

straitstimes.com 22 Jan '11, 9am

TAPAH - THE Sikh boy who claimed his hair was cut off while he was asleep at a National Service (NS) training camp has bee...

Baik punya "alasan" haha 'Can I marry my daught...

sg.news.yahoo.com 21 Jan '11, 4am

Kuala Lumpur (The Star/ANN) - The Public Complaints Bureau of Malaysia has had to handle some of the strangest matters - f...

An estimated $10.4 million worth of drugs were seized in Singapore in 2010, reported the Central Narcotics Bureau.

An estimated $10.4 million worth of drugs were ...

straitstimes.com 24 Jan '11, 8am

Heroin seized by the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) in October 2010. -- PHOTO: CNB AN ESTIMATED $10.4 million worth of dru...

Pls don't litter during Thaipusam. Very strict ...

channelnewsasia.com 18 Jan '11, 6am

SINGAPORE: The National Environment Agency (NEA) said it is stepping up its enforcement against littering at the Thaipusam...