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Overturned oil tanker explodes in Pakistan, killing 148
Victims had rushed to scene of highway accident to gather leaking fuel, an official saysAn overturned oil tanker burst into flames in Pakistan on Sunday, killing 148 people who had rushed to the scene of the highway accident to gather leaking fuel, an official said.Local news channels showed black smoke billowing skyward and horrific images of scores of burned bodies, as well as rescue officials speeding the injured to hospital and army helicopters ferrying the wounded. Related: 57 die as bus burns after collision with oil tanker in Pakistan Continue reading... [...]
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West Bengal: BJP MP George Baker attacked by TMC workers in Burdwan
BJP MP George Baker's convoy was attacked today in Burdwan allegedly by Trinamool Congress workers. [...]
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Chhattisgarh Police, CRPF launch Operation Prahar against Naxals in Sukma district
Chhattisgarh Police and CRPF launched a major operation code named Operation Prahar in Sukma district against Maoists. [...]
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Tubelight review – Salman Khan's stuttering charm offensive
Hoping to continue the personal rebranding begun in 2015’s Bajrangi Bhaijaan and seduce the Chinese audience at the same time, Salman Khan’s latest is a cold-eyed sentiment-wringerThree years ago, few could have predicted that Salman Khan – Bollywood’s somewhat incredible hulk, then mired in career controversy – would eventually devote himself to issuing humanitarian statements in film form. This curious turn into mid-career community service began with 2015’s summer mega-hit Bajrangi Bhaijaan, in which the star sought to build bridges between India and Pakistan; it continued through last year’s biopic Sultan, where an ageing action man pondered how best to use his muscle. In new release Tubelight, the charm offensive stutters: with its pitifully glib pleas for peace, this 1960s-set mushfest makes Culture Club’s low-barring The War Song sound as though it was written by AJP Taylor. Related: Salman Khan: 'I have no interest in doing Hollywood films' Continue reading... [...]
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Dozens killed in two separate attacks in Pakistan on eve of Eid
Suicide car bomber kills 12 in Quetta and twin blasts in Parachinar leave at least 25 deadAt least 37 people have been killed and more than 100 injured in two separate attacks in Pakistan, according to local officials.Early on Friday, a suicide car bomber killed 12 people in Quetta in the volatile south-west. Continue reading... [...]
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British accountant sentenced to 17 years in Myanmar jail in controversial court case
Niranjan Rasalingam had no lawyer and was at first unaware of his full sentence for role in ATM card scam that he deniesA court in Myanmar has sentenced a 30-year-old British man to 17 years in jail in a case that has attracted criticism after he was held for more than a year without charge.Niranjan Rasalingam, an accountant from Croydon, was arrested in 2014 alongside three Indian nationals on suspicion of stealing 25.2m kyats (£13,744) using cloned ATM cards in Yangon. Related: 'This is hell': British man held in Myanmar for 14 months without charge pleads for help Continue reading... [...]
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India's truck drivers – in pictures
Photographer Ozzie Hope hitchhiked through India with truck drivers to document the daily lives of those working in the second largest source of employment in India Continue reading... [...]
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How Afghan women refugees have become Delhi's unlikely plastic waste warriors
Afghan refugee women are not only battling traditional gender roles by going out to work, but they have also become unlikely warriors in the Indian capital's fight to curb plastic waste pollution. [...]
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Presidential poll: Meira Kumar to file nomination on June 27, thanks Opposition parties for nominating her
According to Congress sources, former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar will file her nomination on June 27. [...]
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Pakistan: 11 dead after car bomb near police chief's office in Quetta
Bomb was planted in a moving car, but officers were trying to determine whether it was a suicide attackA powerful car bombing near the office of the provincial police chief in southwestern Pakistan on Friday has killed 11 people and wounded 20, officials said.The explosion near the police chief’s office in Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan province, was powerful enough that it was heard across the city, shattering windows of nearby buildings, said police spokesman Shahzada Farhat. Related: Amnesty International: fans arrested in India for cheering Pakistan win ‘must be freed’ Continue reading... [...]
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NCP, Shiv Sena slam Venkaiah Naidu for 'loan waiver now a fashion' remark
Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu has sparked off a row by saying that loan waiver has become a fashion these days. Ally Shiv Sena and NCP from the Opposition have criticised the comment. [...]
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It's official. Presidential election between Oppn's Meira Kumar, BJP's Ram Nath Kovind on July 17
Former Lok Sabha speaker and Dalit leader Meira Kumar was selected by the opposition parties. [...]
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Before Tatas buy Air India, a look at 5 bad decisions that led to national carrier's downfall
Before the Narendra Modi government decides to sell Air India to Tata Sons or any other interested buyer, we take a look at some of the factors that led to the downfall of Maharajah. [...]
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Suicide car bomb causes multiple casualties in Afghanistan
Explosion at bank in southern Helmand province as civilians and officials queued to withdraw salaries leaves at least 15 deadAt least 15 people have been killed in suicide car bombing in the capital of Helmand province in Afghanistan.A powerful explosion struck a bank in Lashkar Gah city while civilian and military government employees were queueing to withdraw their salaries, officials said on Thursday. Related: Ramadan on the Afghan frontline: after heavy fighting, hunger and boredom Continue reading... [...]
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Ramadan on the Afghan frontline: after heavy fighting, hunger and boredom
Kunduz fell to the Taliban, but in recent months coalition forces have won ground. Now, four months into Ramadan, fasting in 40C heat has taken its tollFor most of his adult life Juma Khan, a husky Afghan policeman, enjoyed breaking the Ramadan fast with his family after returning home from duty.The evening Ramadan dinner, called iftar, is a moment shared not just by families, but by the entire country: at sunset, people gather over meals, always made with extra care, no matter how poor the family. Related: We foreigners in Kabul marvel at Afghan 'resilience'. But they have no other choice | Sune Engel Rasmussen Related: What is fuelling Islamic State's wave of Ramadan violence? Continue reading... [...]
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Amnesty International: fans arrested in India for cheering Pakistan win ‘must be freed’
• Nineteen men arrested in India following Pakistan’s Champions Trophy win• Fans face life imprisonment for sedition for chanting pro-Pakistan slogansNineteen cricket fans arrested in India for celebrating Pakistan’s win over India in the Champions Trophy “should be released immediately”, according to Amnesty International.On Monday police in Madhya Pradesh arrested 15 people in Burhanpur for allegedly committing “sedition” by shouting “pro-Pakistan” and “anti-India” slogans. Four further cricket fans were arrested in Karnataka allegedly for celebrating Pakistan’s 180-run win. Related: Hail the Unbelievables! How Pakistan found cricketing redemption Related: Unstoppable Pakistan crush India by 180 runs to win Champions Trophy final Continue reading... [...]
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One girl's mission: can Lakshmi find clean water in Bangalore? – video
Once known as the City of Lakes, urban sprawl has destroyed 85% of Bangalore’s fresh water and pollution has ruined much of the rest. Can Lakshmi and her mother find clean water today?This film is a collaboration with UBC’s International Reporting Program series Surviving the City. More stories in this series:Can former Farc guerrilas adjust to civilian life in Cali?Too fast, too soon: how China’s growth led to the Tianjin disaster Continue reading... [...]
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Ashish Khetan made adviser to Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal
According to sources, Kejriwal needed some one to supervise administrative work and former journalist Ashish Khetan came across as an appropriate candidate. [...]
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Malayalam actress attack: Main accused says he was hired by a megastar
Pulsar Suni, who is now in jail, confessed to his jail mate that he was hired by a Malayalam megastar to attack the actress. [...]
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Mumbai: Governor cannot be made a party to petition, Maharashtra Additional solicitor general tells Bombay HC
The Additional solicitor general of Maharashtra Anil Singh today raised an objection to Congress leader Ashok Chavan filing a case against the Maharashtra governor. [...]
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Indian government: pregnant women should shun meat, eggs and lustful thoughts of sex
Mother and Child Care leaflet also recommends expectant mothers ‘detach themselves from desire, anger, attachment’ India’s government is advising pregnant women to avoid all meat, eggs and lustful thoughts.Doctors say the advice is preposterous, and even dangerous, considering India’s already poor record with maternal health. Women are often the last to eat or receive health care in traditionally patriarchal Indian households. Related: 'I finally own something': wives of Indian rickshaw drivers steer the finances | Alia Dharssi “Pregnant women should detach themselves from desire, anger, attachment, hatred and lust.” Continue reading... [...]
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Tamil Nadu Speaker Dhanapal rejects Stalin's demand for debate on horse trading
It was a very interesting scene in Tamil Nadu Assembly today when Opposition leader MK Stalin wanted a debate on alleged horse trading but Speaker Dhanapal quoted from the speeches of DMK leaders from the past to reject his demand. [...]
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Ram Nath Kovind is BJP nominee for President: 5 other times Amit Shah-led party surprised us
While political corridors were abuzz with speculations on who will be the BJP's pick for the country's top post, names of veteran leaders such as LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and even Sushma Swaraj were doing the rounds as probable candidates. [...]
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KPS Gill obituary
My friend Kanwar Pal Singh Gill, who has died aged 82, was a controversial police chief in India, credited with bringing the Punjab insurgency under control in the early 1990s – his admirers called him India’s Top Cop – but criticised for alleged human rights violations.He was born in Ludhiana, Punjab, but after independence was brought up in Simla (now Shimla) in the Himalayan foothills. His father, Rachpal Singh Gill, was a high-ranking government engineer. His mother, Amrit Kaur, a homemaker, died when he was a schoolboy. His father then married a young doctor, Satwant Kaur. Continue reading... [...]
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The Guardian view on Bangladesh: the people deserve better | Editorial
Bangladesh’s sterile, poisonous politics do a disservice to its peopleBangladesh’s impressive run in the Champions Trophy, though terminated by a thrashing from India in the semi-final last week, highlighted the cricket team’s striking progress and won deserved applause. This relatively young nation – which only won independence from Pakistan in 1971 – usually gets little credit for its triumphs against the odds. Those obstacles have been numerous, including the legacy of colonialism and the war of independence, and the challenges of safeguarding the world’s eighth-largest population when it is crammed into a delta: at least 150 people are thought to have died in floods and landslides last week. Yet the country has slashed cyclone deaths through better shelters and warning systems, and made impressive strides on health, literacy and poverty alleviation.Its greatest enemy has arguably been the folly of its own politicians who remain locked in a vicious and sterile feud which has claimed too many lives and squandered opportunities to strengthen the country. Since 1991, leadership has swung between the Awami League and the Bangladesh Nationalist party, each led by dynastic leaders, Sheikh Hasina and Khaleda Zia. The last elections, in 2014, were scarred by widespread violence and have been followed by further attacks on the opposition. Few believe that politics have not played a part in the legal cases against Ms Zia and her son and heir apparent, Tarique Rahman. Earlier this month the former prime minister Moudud Ahmed and his wife, the poet Hasna Jasimuddin Moudud, were evicted from their home after it was seized by court order. Mr Ahmed, 77, is not only a BNP party elder – but also a lawyer who defended Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Sheikh Hasina’s father and the country’s founding leader, when what was then West Pakistan charged him with sedition pre-independence. It says much about how Bangladesh’s leaders have wasted its original hopes as they obsess over divisions and ignore common interests. Continue reading... [...]
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Suicide bombers attack Afghan police HQ, killing or wounding dozens
Up to five attackers targeted the building in Gardez in latest assault by the TalibanDozens of people have been killed or wounded after up to five suicide bombers attacked a police headquarters in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday, officials said. The attack, claimed by the Taliban, began at around 6:30am (2am GMT) when one bomber detonated a car packed with explosives at the gate of the police headquarters in Gardez city, the capital of Paktia province, said Najib Danish, a spokesman for the interior ministry. Related: Why deadly Kabul bombing is crisis for all of Afghanistan | Emma Graham-Harrison Continue reading... [...]
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Declare presidential candidate, then seek Sena support, Uddhav tells Amit Shah
The Shiv Sena is learnt to have told Amit Shah that the Bharatiya Janata Party should first decide on a name and then seek support. [...]
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Presidential election 2017: Amit Shah meets Uddhav Thackeray to discuss NDA's candidate
The meeting comes a day after the BJP chief, who is on a three-day visit to strengthen the party organisation in the state, said his party would consult its allies before finalising the NDA's presidential candidate. [...]
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