Top Stories Archives - India Today News

'It feels like Groundhog Day': US Marines return to Helmand province
With the Taliban resurgent and the security situation deteriorating, elite US forces have been redeployed in southern AfghanistanWhen thousands of US Marines flooded into Helmand eight years ago, they demonstrated Barack Obama’s resolve to quash the Taliban once and for all and leave a peaceful province for Afghans to take over.Two years after the US flag was lowered, however, the Marines are back, in a sign that things turned out rather differently. Related: Afghanistan reels from Taliban's deadliest attack on army since 2001 I feel like an enduring dedication to this place was always needed Continue reading... [...]
11
Like
Save
Pakistan needles India on Kashmir again, Army Chief Bajwa backs terrorism in Valley
Pakistan's Army Chief said his country will always stand by Kashmiris in their struggle for the right of self-determination and recourse to basic human rights. [...]
10
Like
Save
BSF lets Pakistan national, who unintentionally crossed over into Indian territory, return home
The Border Security Force (BSF) today handed over a 15-year-old Pakistan national to the concerned Pakistan authorities after he crossed over to the Indian side by mistake. [...]
12
Like
Save
'Marine A' Alexander Blackman enjoys first hours of freedom
Blackman speaks following release from prison after serving half of seven-year term for manslaughter of wounded Taliban fighterAlexander Blackman, the Royal Marine sergeant convicted of killing a wounded Taliban fighter, has been enjoying his first hours of freedom but has made it clear he understands his sentence is not complete and has promised to fulfil the conditions of his early release.Blackman was freed from prison after serving half of his seven-year term imposed for manslaughter and was whisked away to a luxury country hideaway arranged by the Daily Mail, which backed his legal fight. Continue reading... [...]
14
Like
Save
No negotiation with Kashmiri separatists, Centre tells Supreme Court on violence in Kashmir Valley
Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi told Supreme Court it was ready to talk to recognised political parties in Jammu and Kashmir to resolve the crisis there but not with separatists. [...]
9
Like
Save
Bombay High Court pulls up Maharashtra Minister in hutment demolition case
The BMC has told the Bombay High Court that Maharashtra Minister Prakash Mehta prevented the civic body from carrying out the order for demolition of illegal encroachment in the central suburb of Mumbai. [...]
13
Like
Save
MCD win just the beginning, Delhi CM is next target, says Manoj Tiwari's mother
BJP MP Manoj Tiwari, who hails from Atarwalia was given the charge of Delhi state BJP president few months ahead of MCD polls, and he was instrumental is BJP's win in the MCD polls. [...]
15
Like
Save
Cruelty or keeping it in the family? What I learned from India's slaveowners | Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick
To eradicate slavery we need to understand what drives slaveholders – and, as my travels across India revealed, it’s not always just about moneyIt took hours to arrange my first conversation with Paratapa. He agreed to an interview for my research on contemporary slaveholders, but he wasn’t free until late evening. When he finally greeted me on his sprawling estate, I learned why. He balances the demands of his large farm in India with the presidency of a local agricultural bank that makes loans to farmers like him. I met Paratapa while travelling across India to interview men whose businesses rely on bonded labour, a form of modern-day slavery. During our conversation, it became clear that where I saw human rights and labour violations, he saw something else. He explained that, in his father’s and grandfather’s time, his family “used to keep bonded labourers, and they used to stay here, even their children and their wives”. Related: Raped, beaten, exploited: the 21st-century slavery propping up Sicilian farming Continue reading... [...]
14
Like
Save
Doctors treating world's heaviest woman resign over claims they lied about her weight loss
Eman Ahmed’s family accuse staff in India of lying about extent of her weight loss and say she has been ‘destroyed’ by treatmentPioneering lap-band surgery on the world’s heaviest woman in Mumbai has turned nasty. The operation was a success – but most of the doctors treating the woman have resigned after her family accused them of lying about her weight loss and ignoring a possible stroke.Eman Ahmed’s family say the 36-year-old, from Alexandria in Egypt, was born weighing 5kg (11lbs) and has lymphedema, a condition that causes body tissue to swell. She had a stroke aged 11 and has been unable to leave the house in 25 years.Thanks for bringing this to my notice. We will definitely help her. pic.twitter.com/l6RfC5bWE4 https://t.co/fWBYilbPIYShaimaa Selim u killed humanity with 1 swell blow may only God help u when u realise what u have done I will continue 2 treat & pray 4 Eman https://t.co/uoe5TSrvZU Related: Two-thirds of people in Mexico, Chile and Ecuador are obese, UN finds Continue reading... [...]
10
Like
Save
Trekker found after surviving 47 days lost in Himalayas
Liang Sheng-yueh, 21, from Taiwan was trapped in a remote Nepal valley with his girlfriend but she died three days before rescuers found themTwo Taiwanese trekkers who went missing in a remote area of Nepal seven weeks ago have been found – but only one survived the ordeal.Liu Chen-chun, 19, died just three days before the rescue team located the couple in the Dhading region of central Nepal, but her boyfriend managed to survive despite running out of food. Related: Sean Conway, Britain’s wildest adventurer: ‘This is such a cool island’ Continue reading... [...]
10
Like
Save
Is Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party changing tack on EVMs after MCD election drubbing?
At the meeting called by Arvind Kejriwal, the AAP leadership accepted that electronic voting machines (EVMs) were not the only reason for the MCD election debacle. [...]
13
Like
Save
BJP will beat mission-50 to win 60 seats in Himachal Pradesh: Anurag Thakur
BJP leader Anurag Thakur has claimed that the BJP will win 60 of 68 seats in Himachal Pradesh Assembly. Interestingly, the BJP has aimed at securing 50 seats in the Assembly poll slated later this year. [...]
12
Like
Save
Sukma attack: Why Naxals succeed attack after attack in Chhattisgarh
Chhattisgarh has been a hotbed of naxal violence for over a decade. The government has failed to find an effective way out to tackle what was described by a former Prime Minister as the single biggest threat to internal security of India. [...]
15
Like
Save
Indian film board clears Lipstick Under My Burkha for release
Tribunal overturns decision to ban ‘lady-oriented’ film exploring women’s sexuality – though length of sex scenes must be cutAn award-winning Hindi film that was blocked by India’s film censor for being too “lady-oriented” has been cleared for release by an appeals tribunal.Lipstick Under My Burkha, a drama that explores the sexual awakenings and personal struggles of four small-town Indian women, was initially denied classification in January, a decision the film’s director, Alankrita Shrivastava, described as “an assault on women’s rights”.Thank you for all your support for #LipstickUnderMyBurkha against this ridiculous regressiveness. We won't be silenced. #CensorTheCensors pic.twitter.com/sBSSbx5FRy Related: I’m fighting the ban on my film Lipstick Under My Burkha. Ordinary Indian women need a voice | Alankrita Shrivastava Continue reading... [...]
15
Like
Save
An eyebrow speaks a thousand words | Letters
Even the old Soviet Aeroflot had occasional human moments (Aeroflot official: No one wants overweight crew, 26 April). One of the most eloquent and, indeed, elegant flight attendants I have ever seen was on an Aeroflot flight from Tashkent to Leningrad in the 1980s. A tall, dignified, central Asian woman, she had conformed to Aeroflot stereotype by appearing impassive as she went about her work. As the plane made its approach to Leningrad airport, she was faced with a group of noisy, elderly American tourists who were ignoring the seatbelt signs. At one point she looked across at my wife and me and raised one eyebrow a couple of millimetres. It said more than words ever could and I have remembered it for 30 years.Rev Dr Peter PhillipsSwansea• Join the debate – email guardian.letters@theguardian.com Continue reading... [...]
15
Like
Save
'I am a criminal. What is my crime?': the human toll of abortion in Afghanistan
When Maryam had an abortion, her husband beat and humiliated her. Her story is not unusual in Afghanistan, yet illegal, unsafe terminations are on the riseAs a newlywed, Maryam’s husband promised to let her finish her university degree. Then she got pregnant, and everything changed. “For a week, I was in shock. If my husband’s family knew I was pregnant, they would never let me finish university,” Maryam said. Related: Trump funding cuts would imperil tens of thousands of women, activists warn The honour of these girls is more important than religionI think the midwives and doctors are making a big mistake. God will never forgive them Continue reading... [...]
13
Like
Save
Modi wave delivers capital punishment to Kejriwal: Top 7 takeaways from Delhi MCD election results
With the BJP registering yet another win, this time in Delhi, the Modi wave is here to stay. [...]
5
Like
Save
West Bengal: High tide lashes jetty in Hooghly, 3 killed
West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee announced a compensation of Rs 2 lakhs to each of the deceased's family. [...]
7
Like
Save
MCD election 2017 results: Will renew Delhi politics with positivity, says Manoj Tiwari
Tiwari lashed out at opposition parties for discriminatory politics. [...]
12
Like
Save
Lynching of a student sparks uproar in Pakistan against blasphemy laws
Mashal Khan was shot dead by a mob after a heated university discussion. But rarely has the country responded so forcefully for someone accused of blasphemyMashal Khan was never afraid to speak his mind. The 23-year-old journalism student was known for questioning his peers and speaking out against injustice and corruption.But on 13 April – a few days after a heated discussion at his university in Madan in north-western Pakistan – Khan was seized from his dorm room by a mob that stripped and beat him, then shot him dead. Continue reading... [...]
11
Like
Save
Alcohol ruling drives Indian bar-goers round bends
Business owners walk a fine line in ingenious efforts to skirt supreme court ban on sale of alcohol within 500 metres of highwaysLocals say the maze appeared around December. Outside the Aishwarya Restrobar in north Paravoor – one of the few places you could get a drink in Kerala, a dry state – there had suddenly sprung up a series of winding grey walls, forcing patrons to walk extra metres to the bar.And that may have been the point. An Indian supreme court judgment delivered in December and enforced since 1 April has banned the sale of alcohol within 500 metres of India’s state and national highways. Related: Karnataka leads the way as India's good samaritan law takes aim at road deaths | Vidhi Doshi Continue reading... [...]
9
Like
Save
Cambridge researches find waxworms that digest plastic. Could this be a new start?
Researchers at the Department of Biochemistry of University of Cambridge have found that waxworms can digest plastic at a high speed. Can pollution by plastic waste be controlled now? [...]
10
Like
Save
Suspected Maoist rebels kill 24 soldiers in India
At least 24 paramilitary commandos have been killed and six injured in one of the deadliest attacks on security forces in a long conflictSuspected Maoist rebels have killed at least 24 paramilitary commandos and wounded six in a remote part of central India in one of the deadliest attacks of a long-running internal conflict.The soldiers were guarding road workers in the Sukma district of Chhattisgarh state, a hotbed of insurgent violence, when they came under heavy fire. Continue reading... [...]
7
Like
Save
Afghan defence officials quit over Taliban attack as Pentagon chief flies in
Army chief of staff and defence minister resign over deadly assault, as James Mattis prepares to meet US and Afghan troopsAfghanistan’s top two defence officials have resigned after a Taliban attack killed more than 140 soldiers at an army base, as the US defence secretary, James Mattis, touched down on an unannounced visit to meet American troops and Afghan officials.“Defence minister Abdullah Habibi and army chief of staff Qadam Shah Shahim stepped down with immediate effect,” the presidential palace in Kabul tweeted. Continue reading... [...]
13
Like
Save
Rooting to go cashless, Yogi Adityanath invokes Krishna, Sudama story for inspiration
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath referred to the Krishna-Sudama story while urging people to go cashless. [...]
9
Like
Save
Radio Monsoon aims to ensure safety reigns among fishermen in south India | Nicola Slawson
With the rainy season approaching in Kerala state, a radio station is providing a low-tech forecast service to encourage 30,000 families to fish more safelyFor the fisherfolk of India’s southern state of Kerala, risking life and limb is part of everyday life.As fish stocks deplete in coastal waters because of overfishing and climate change, fishermen have no option but to venture ever further out to sea on small boats, flimsy canoes and catamarans. These modest craft are prone to accidents, especially during the monsoon season from June to August. The absence of navigational aids, radio communication or safety devices heightens the risks. Related: On the climate change frontline: the disappearing fishing villages of Bangladesh #GlobalWarning In June and from then on, it's do-or-die trips for us. The sea faces terrible storms Continue reading... [...]
14
Like
Save
'Getting rid of the beard is a challenge': the secret world of Asian drag queens
How do you tell the story of the ‘gaysian’ drag scene? With killer heels, pineapple hats and lots of duct tape. We go backstage at Miss Meena and the Masala QueensAn actor waits for his scene, loitering at the edge of the rehearsal studio, mug of tea in hand, dressed unremarkably in khaki T-shirt and grey shorts. But when he walks out into the room, something doesn’t compute. On his feet are a pair of fabulous red high heels, made of satin and mesh, with a killer gradient.This is a rehearsal for Miss Meena and the Masala Queens, the story of a drag queen who runs a once-successful Birmingham drag club, but the glitter is fading on her career. It’s told from a British Asian perspective and, as writer Harvey Virdi explains, sets out to challenge a few delusions: “You talk to people of a certain generation and they say, ‘There are no gay Punjabi boys, there are no gay Sikh boys.’” Miss Meena, we learn, has been ostracised by her family for 20 years. Continue reading... [...]
11
Like
Save
Afghanistan reels from Taliban's deadliest attack on army since 2001
Afghans call for government officials to resign after militants storm base at Mazar-i-Sharif and kill at least 140 soldiersAfghans are still reeling from the Taliban’s deadliest attack on the security forces since 2001, with the country’s leadership accused of fumbling the response to the atrocity.As many as a dozen militants stormed the largest army base in northern Afghanistan on Friday, killing at least 140 soldiers, many of them unarmed. Related: Taliban kill more than 140 Afghan soldiers at army base Related: Devastation and a war that rages on: visiting the valley hit by the Moab attack Continue reading... [...]
12
Like
Save