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India's top judge denies victimising worker over alleged harassment
Woman claims she and family lost jobs after she rejected Ranjan Gogoi’s advancesThe chief justice of India’s supreme court, Ranjan Gogoi, has denied allegations that he made unwanted sexual advances towards a junior court assistant working from his home and that she was subsequently victimised.“This is unbelievable,” India’s most powerful judge told a special hearing of the court, which he called on Saturday so the allegations could be addressed. “I should not stoop low even in denying it.” Continue reading... [...]
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Afghan telecoms ministry hit by blast as attackers enter Kabul building
Officials report gunfire as unknown attackers battle security forces in Afghan capital Three suicide attackers stormed the Afghan ministry of communications on Saturday, killing five and injuring six, the day after the collapse of long-anticipated peace talks between the Taliban and a broad spectrum of their Afghan opponents.The complex assault also shattered weeks of relative calm in the Afghan capital. The militants targeted one of the tallest buildings in Kabul, at the centre of its busy commercial hub and next to the prestigious Serena hotel, that has been hit several times before in insurgent attacks. Related: 'I lost consciousness': woman whipped by the Taliban over burqa without veil | Haroon Janjua Continue reading... [...]
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JeM threatens to blow up 5 Firozpur railway stations
JeM threatens to blow up 5 Firozpur railway stations [...]
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50 lakh Indian men lost jobs between 2016-18, says Azim Premji University report
50 lakh Indian men lost jobs between 2016-18, says Azim Premji University report [...]
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India elections: man chops off finger after voting for wrong party
Pawan Kumar had voted for Modi party in confusion over symbols on machineA man has chopped off his index finger in desperation after voting for the wrong party in India’s general election.Pawan Kumar became confused by the symbols on the electronic voting machine and voted for Narendra Modi’s party instead of its regional rival in Uttar Pradesh state on Thursday, his brother said. Continue reading... [...]
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Modi govt made Kovind president because of his caste: Ashok Gehlot
Modi govt made Kovind president because of his caste: Ashok Gehlot [...]
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Kalank review – an opulent attempt to save the Bollywood melodrama
Abhishek Varman spares no expense in this tale of forbidden love – but heavenly visuals are marred by clunky storytellingWith the oddly titled Kalank (Blemish), we find Bollywood in something of a pickle. Since the runaway global success of the two-part Telugu epic Baahubali, Indian producers have followed a bigger-is-better credo, drumming up a succession of thunderous historical throwbacks such as Manikarnika, which summoned multitudes of extras but precious little poetry or wonder.Audiences have started to gravitate instead towards more personal stories and pithier genre fare, such as surprise-pregnancy comedy Badhaai Ho and horror Stree. Continue reading... [...]
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Bangladeshi teenager set on fire after accusing teacher of harassment
Nusrat Jahan Rafi was doused with kerosene and burned at her school, dying 10 days later of her injuriesA teenage Bangladeshi girl who reported being sexually harassed has died after being set on fire at school. Police and school authorities had ignored her complaints.The murder of 19-year-old Nusrat Jahan Rafi, who was doused with kerosene and set on fire at her school in Feni on 6 April, followed her allegations of sexual harassment against her headteacher two weeks before. Nusrat suffered 80% burns to her body and died 10 days later from her injuries. Related: Revealed: women making clothes for west face sexual abuse Continue reading... [...]
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'I lost consciousness': woman whipped by the Taliban over burqa without veil | Haroon Janjua
Aziza’s story reflects the growing number of violent public assaults on women deemed to be in breach of sharia law in Afghanistan One of four women who was recently subjected to a brutal public lashing by armed Taliban fighters in Afghanistan has spoken about her experience, amid an increase of violent punishments given to those violating its strict interpretation of religious law.Aziza, who like many other Afghan women only uses one name, was rounded up by the Taliban’s shadow police for being out of her house without her husband and not being fully veiled. She was beaten so badly she lost consciousness. Related: Afghan women still jailed alongside murderers for 'failing' virginity test | Fariba Housaini Continue reading... [...]
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Rahul Gandhi attacks Modi, says he "divided" country
Rahul Gandhi attacks Modi, says he "divided" country [...]
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'A pen can change the world': the duo behind the 'world's largest public library'
Nidhin Kundathil and Manoj Pandey are using stickers and posters to create what they hope will be the largest repository of literature in public spacesThere are thousands of street food carts in New Delhi. But only one has the opening lines of Riyazat Ullah Khan’s poem Wazoodiyat on the side:Where can the pauper keep his pain of existence?He has no container but a heart.Censorship is the thing that stops you doing what you want to do, and what writers want to talk about is what they do. Not what stops them doing it. Continue reading... [...]
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Facts on the Amritsar massacre | Letters
Mihir Bose responds to a letter about his recent article on the centenary of the killings at Jallianwala BaghZareer Masani (Letters, 16 April) has neither read my article properly nor got his own facts right. In the article (A century on, Amritsar is an atrocity Britain must confront, 13 April), I clearly mentioned that Indians killed five British civilians. What Masani does not mention was that this came after British troops, panicking as the mob threw stones, opened fire without warning, injuring between 20 and 30, of whom 15 died. It was this that led to further violence. I also mentioned that a female British missionary was assaulted. But again, Masani does not mention that General Dyer ordered that Indians crossing the street where she was attacked must crawl on all fours.Masani also claims that the British intended to grant India dominion status. Perhaps he has not read the war cabinet minutes of 14 August 1917 which promised India “gradual development of self-governing institutions”. Lord Curzon, who piloted this measure, had told the cabinet it was “the wildest of dreams” that India would ever become a self-governing dominion like the white dominions of Australia, Canada, New Zealand and South Africa. He was certain that in the “march towards the self-governing ideal, the political unity of India … would disappear altogether if the protecting power were withdrawn; and no language should be used that might … encourage such a belief”. Continue reading... [...]
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Tiktok: India bans video sharing app
Activist group launched case against Chinese-owned app which it said encouraged paedophiles and pornographyThe Indian government has ordered Google and Apple to take down the Chinese-owned Tiktok video app after a court expressed concerns over the spread of pornographic material.Tiktok has already been banned in neighbouring Bangladesh and hit with a large fine in the United States for illegally collecting information from children. Related: TikTok: the video app taking over the internet Related: TikTok video-sharing app fined for collection of children's data Continue reading... [...]
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Press only 1st button, will get electric shock on pressing 2nd, 3rd: Chhattisgarh minister to voters
Press only 1st button, will get electric shock on pressing 2nd, 3rd: Chhattisgarh minister [...]
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She’s fair. He’s dark. So Bareilly wife sets husband on fire
She’s fair. He’s dark. So Bareilly wife sets husband on fire [...]
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Amritsar massacre: 'open rebellion' in Punjab – archive, 17 April 1919
17 April 1919: Causes of the unrest said to be opposition to acts allowing political cases to be tried without juries, as well as hardships entailed after the first world warOn 13 April 1919, British troops fired on a large crowd of unarmed Indians in an open space known as the Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar in the Punjab region of India, killing several hundred people. Detailed reports of the shootings didn’t appear until Brigadier Reginald Dyer began giving evidence to the Hunter Commission, the inquiry established to investigate the incident, in November 1919. Related: Amritsar, 100 years on, remains an atrocity Britain cannot be allowed to forget | Mihir Bose Related: Apologising for Amritsar is pointless. Better redress is to never forget | William Dalrymple Continue reading... [...]
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UK-based TV station fined for anti-Ahmadi Muslim hate speech
Guest on Urdu-language Channel 44 show made serious allegations, says OfcomA UK-based TV station has been fined £75,000 by Ofcom after broadcasting hate speech about the Ahmadi community, amid growing fears that the religious group is facing persecution.Channel 44, an Urdu-language current affairs satellite channel, broadcast two episodes of a discussion programme featuring a guest who “made repeated, serious and unsubstantiated allegations about members of the Ahmadiyya community”, the broadcasting watchdog said. Continue reading... [...]
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800 years of wonder, Notre-Dame Cathedral saw it all | A brief history
800 years of wonder, Notre-Dame Cathedral saw it all | A brief history [...]
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Drugs, cash, booze & more: Sins our netas are committing in 2019 Lok Sabha election | A daily tracker
Drugs, cash, booze & more: Sins our netas are committing in Lok Sabha polls [...]
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RBI bids for Air India's iconic Nariman Point tower
RBI bids for Air India's iconic Nariman Point tower [...]
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Women to join Taliban delegation for first time in Afghan peace talks
Move follows calls for female representation in discussions aimed at ending 17-year warWomen will be included for the first time in the Taliban delegation for talks this month with US officials and Afghan representatives in Qatar on the future of Afghanistan, the movement’s main spokesman has said.For a group known for its strictly conservative attitude to women’s rights, the move represents a step towards addressing demands that women be included in the talks, aimed at ending more than 17 years of war in Afghanistan. Related: 'The Taliban took years of my life': the Afghan women living in the shadow of war Continue reading... [...]
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'Dirt and filth': Russia attacks film about Red Army in Afghanistan
Portrayal of Soviet withdrawal from country distorts historical facts, claims politicianA row has broken out in Russia over a film about the Soviet Union’s withdrawal from Afghanistan, after politicians and former servicemen criticised its unflattering depiction of Red Army soldiers as unpatriotic.Leaving Afghanistan, directed by Pavel Lungin, is based on the experiences of Nikolay Kovalyov, a veteran of the Afghan war who went on to lead Russia’s FSB spy agency. It tells the story of a group of Red Army soldiers whose departure from Afghanistan is delayed after they are ordered to free a Soviet general’s son taken captive by mujahideen fighters. Lungin told Variety magazine last year that the film depicts the “senselessness and cruelty of war”. Continue reading... [...]
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The two MPs of British descent who do not have to stand in Indian election
Anglo-Indian George Baker, who occupies one of two reserved seats that are a relic of colonial rule, speaks to Michael SafiWinning a seat in India’s parliament can take months of gruelling campaigning across vast electorates, often in stifling heat. Unless you are George Baker.The award-winning actor from eastern India is one of just two members of the country’s 545-seat lower house whose name will not appear on any ballot in India’s six-week election season, which kicked off on Thursday. Related: In India’s election race, Modi is not the strongman the world assumes | Ruchir Sharma Continue reading... [...]
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Red dawn: the Sindoor Jatra festival in Nepal
Every year, Nepal becomes awash with vermillion powder as Hindus celebrate Sindoor Jatra to welcome the arrival of spring and Nepalese new year Continue reading... [...]
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Delving deeper into the Amritsar massacre | Letters
Dr Zareer Masani takes issue with an article by Mihir Bose, Judy Stober says it is a delusion that Britain has been a world leader in establishing a just and tolerant society, but Randhir Singh Bains thinks there is little point in apologising for the 1919 massacreMay I point out several factual errors in Mihir Bose’s article on the 1919 Amritsar massacre (A century on, Amritsar is an atrocity Britain must confront, 13 April)?Gandhi never described British rule as “satanic” then or ever. The Liberal-led coalition government in London did indeed intend dominion status for India and introduced liberal reforms to that end the same year. The repressive Rowlatt Act never came into force. Continue reading... [...]
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India: high-profile candidates banned from election trail over hate speech
BJP star campaigner and regional Dalit leader among four barred for caste and religion commentsA star campaigner for India’s Hindu nationalist ruling party has been banned from the election trail for 72 hours over hate speech targeting Muslims, one of four candidates to receive suspensions on Monday as the country’s election season turned acrimonious.A cabinet minister, a high-profile candidate and a regional leader from a party representing Dalits, the “lowest” caste of Hindus, were also banned from campaigning on Monday for breaching election-time rules against making provocative comments about caste or religion.Up to 900m Indians will vote over the next six weeks in a democratic contest that dwarfs any other. More than 11m polling officials and security personnel are involved, and for security reasons, the contest is broken down into seven phases, which allows teams of federal police — who are considered more impartial than their local counterparts — to monitor each one of the country’s 800,000 polling stations. Related: What's at stake as India's 900m voters head for the polls? We will ensure implementation of NRC in the entire country. We will remove every single infiltrator from the country, except Buddha, Hindus and Sikhs: Shri @AmitShah #NaMoForNewIndia Continue reading... [...]
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Ahead of polls, MLA hostel searched in Chennai
Ahead of polls, MLA hostel searched in Chennai [...]
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Melbourne nightclub shooting leaves 1 dead, 3 injured
Melbourne nightclub shooting leaves 1 dead, 3 injured [...]
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