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Sri Lanka: president's dissolution of parliament illegal, top court rules
Ruling a blow for Maithripala Sirisena, who wants to replace PM with country’s former leaderSri Lanka’s supreme court has rejected an attempt by the president to dismiss parliament and hold snap elections, leaving the country without a prime minister or cabinet and extending a political crisis that has paralysed the nation for more than six weeks.The court in Colombo ruled that Maithripala Sirisena’s order to dismiss parliament, issued on 9 November, was unconstitutional. Continue reading... [...]
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Navjot Sidhu meets Captain Amarinder Singh, defuses differences
Navjot Sidhu meets Captain Amarinder Singh, defuses differences [...]
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Hindu country remark by Meghalaya HC judge evokes strong reactions
Hindu country remark by Meghalaya HC judge evokes strong reactions [...]
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The untold story of how India's sex workers prevented an Aids epidemic
Beating Aids is India’s greatest public health achievement. A new book says it wouldn’t have happened without womenIn 2002, a major report predicted an Aids catastrophe in India. The country would have 20-25m Aids cases by 2010. People were being infected at the rate of about 1,000 a day. Aids orphans numbered 2 million. This scourge would ravage families, society, and the economy. India was going to be the Aids capital of the world.But 2010 came and went. India averted an Aids epidemic. That victory – India’s biggest public health achievement – has remained uncelebrated. But a new book by one of the major HIV campaigners of that time finally honours the people he says were crucial in guiding India away from its seemingly inescapable destiny: the country’s sex workers. Related: Indian sex workers vent fury over law they fear will promote harassment Continue reading... [...]
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Facebook among firms named on Myanmar human rights 'dirty list'
Forty-nine companies accused of human rights and environmental abusesFacebook is among a number of companies from the US, UK, France, Switzerland and China named on a “dirty list” of corporations accused of involvement in human rights and environmental violations in Myanmar, or of doing business with the country’s military, which is accused of genocide.A list of 49 companies, compiled by the pressure group Burma Campaign UK, reveals the global breadth of international organisations that have continued to provide arms, infrastructure, technology, engineering and expertise to the Burmese military, or supported projects that have been accused of causing environmental destruction, such as hydroelectric dams and jade mines. Related: From peace icon to pariah: Aung San Suu Kyi's fall from grace Continue reading... [...]
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Cow and happiness ministers ousted in Indian state elections
Voters in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh ditch holders of two unique ministerial jobsIndia’s only dedicated “cow minister” has been dumped in state elections, ending a controversial tenure during which hundreds of the sacred animals starved to death or were poisoned in state-run shelters.Otaram Dewasi, the first head of Rajasthan’s cow ministry, was turfed out on Tuesday when the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) was thumped in the western desert state and two other key regional polls. Related: Modi's BJP suffers heavy election defeats in Hindi heartland Continue reading... [...]
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SEE: Congress blue makes spectacular comeback on Indian political map
SEE: Congress blue makes spectacular comeback on Indian political map [...]
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Talaq, talaq, talaq: Shashi Tharoor echoes voter sentiment after assembly election results
Talaq, talaq, talaq: Shashi Tharoor echoes voter sentiment after assembly election results [...]
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Modi's BJP suffers heavy election defeats in Hindi heartland
Congress wins in Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh and leads in Madhya Pradesh six months before national voteThe party of Indian prime minister Narendra Modi has suffered heavy election defeats in two states, with another on a knife edge, in a bruising day of results that exposed the party’s vulnerability less than six months before the country goes to the polls.The main opposition Congress party decisively won state elections in Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh and has a narrow lead in Madhya Pradesh, where votes were still being counted on Tuesday evening. Continue reading... [...]
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'I struggle without him': wife of jailed Reuters reporter marks grim milestone
Imprisoned in Myanmar after investigating the Rohingya crisis, Wa Lone has met his infant daughter just twice in the 12 months he has been behind barsIn late October, in a meeting room inside Yangon’s famously brutal Insein Prison, Reuters reporter Wa Lone met his three-month-old daughter, Thet Htar Angel, for the first time. The moment he took the infant into his arms a warm, white substance trickled from her mouth on to his shirt. The baby had vomited on him. Wa Lone, desperate for the feeling of fatherhood, seemed pleased.“When I tried to clean it up, he said: ‘Don’t do that. I want to keep it on the shirt,’” Wa Lone’s wife, Pan Ei Mon, told the Guardian during an interview in Myanmar’s main city. “When I came to visit him the next week, he was wearing the same shirt, and the stain was still there.” Related: 'A blow to press freedom': world reacts to jailing of Reuters journalists in Myanmar He has not been able to give the warmth of his heart to his daughter Related: Jailed reporters' wives 'devastated' by Aung San Suu Kyi response Continue reading... [...]
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MPs voice fears over £1.28bn aid fund amid claims of links to torture
Lack of accountability in security programme fuels allegations that UK taxpayers are unknowingly complicit in rights abusesMPs have expressed concern over the government’s flagship £1.28bn global security programme, saying a lack of transparency and accountability lends weight to allegations from rights groups and watchdogs that taxpayers are unwittingly complicit in human rights abuses.Campaigners at Reprieve have accused the government of failing to release full details of a new “rule of law” initiative in Pakistan, granted £9.3m in foreign aid and an undisclosed amount in non-aid funding. The failure to release a human rights assessment of the initiative for 2018-19 raised “the appalling prospect that British taxpayers are unknowingly complicit in torture and death sentences”, it said. Related: UK Foreign Office ranks among world's worst on revealing how aid is spent Continue reading... [...]
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Rajasthan result a thriller. Pilot says Congress in touch with anti-BJP winners
Rajasthan result a thriller. Pilot says Congress in touch with anti-BJP winners [...]
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Taj Mahal ticket price rises by 400% for Indian visitors
Hike is latest attempt to limit footfall after experts say flow of people causing irreversible damage The ticket price for Indian visitors to the Taj Mahal has been raised by 400%, in the latest attempt to lower tourist numbers and reduce damage to the country’s top tourist site.Indians make up the majority of the Taj Mahal’s 10,000-15,000 average daily visitors. Nearly 6.5 million people marvelled at the white marble 17th-century masterpiece in 2016. Related: Taj Mahal gets a facelift – and slaps on a mudpack Continue reading... [...]
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Tycoon Vijay Mallya can be extradited to India, UK judge rules
UB Group chair wanted in home country over debts incurred by defunct airlineVijay Mallya, the multimillionaire former owner of the Force India Formula One team and self-proclaimed “King of the Good Times”, can be extradited to India to face allegations of fraud.Mallya, 62, chairman of the Indian brewery giant UB Group, is wanted in his home country in relation to £1bn of unpaid debts incurred by his now-defunct Kingfisher Airline. Mallya, who was once known as the “Branson of Bangalore” for his business and sport empire, denied any wrongdoing. He has been fighting to remain in the UK, where he lives in a £11.5m mansion in the sleepy Hertfordshire village of Tewin. Related: Indian multimillionaire ordered to give back pay to superyacht crew Continue reading... [...]
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Over 85,000 cheated homebuyers plan protest to demand action against errant builders
Over 85,000 cheated homebuyers plan protest to demand action against errant builders [...]
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Isha Ambani wedding: Beyoncé and Hillary Clinton jet to India for celebration
Days of lavish celebrations are taking place to mark the marriage of the daughter of India’s richest manCelebrities including Beyoncé, Arianna Huffington, Sachin Tendulkar and Hillary Clinton have arrived in the Indian state of Rajasthan for the wedding of the daughter of country’s richest man.Dozens of chartered planes flew into Udaipur for celebrations to mark the wedding of Isha Ambani and Anand Piramal, which has been dubbed locally “the big, fat Indian wedding”. Related: Priyanka Chopra: 'She was not going to be another pretty girl' #Beyonce turns up the heat at #IshaAmbani and #AnandPiramal’s pre-wedding celebrations. pic.twitter.com/HtjtGAmJLV Continue reading... [...]
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Twitter CEO accused of ignoring plight of Rohingya in tweets promoting Myanmar
Jack Dorsey rhapsodised about 10-day meditation retreat and encouraged his 4 million followers to visitThe CEO of Twitter has faced fierce criticism for promoting Myanmar as a tourist destination in a series of tweets despite hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing human rights abuses that the UN says amounts to genocide.Jack Dorsey told his 4 million followers he had travelled to northern Myanmar last month for a 10-day silent meditation retreat, before encouraging them to visit.For my birthday this year, I did a 10-day silent vipassana meditation, this time in Pyin Oo Lwin, Myanmar . We went into silence on the night of my birthday, the 19th. Here’s what I know Myanmar is an absolutely beautiful country. The people are full of joy and the food is amazing. I visited the cities of Yangon, Mandalay, and Bagan. We visited and meditated at many monasteries around the country. pic.twitter.com/wMp3cmkfwiI’ve interviewed dozens of #Rohingya #refugees who shared horrific details of atrocities committed against them by #Myanmar’s military. It was only in Oct that the head of a UN fact finding mission said genocide was ongoing in #Rakhine. This thread left me utterly speechless. https://t.co/j78ttbq5pF Continue reading... [...]
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India: Hindus demand building of temple on disputed Ayodhya site
Modi government urged to build temple at site of mosque razed by Hindu mob in 1992Dozens of Hindu monks and tens of thousands of followers have urged the Indian government to help build a temple on the ruins of a 16th-century mosque.Causing a frenzy in a crowd of more than 200,000 people, Hindu seers made a series of fiery speeches laced with religious overtones on Sunday to demand action paving the way for a temple in the northern town of Ayodhya. Related: Ayodhya verdict: Muslims and Hindus ordered to share religious site Related: Ayodhya: a history of violence Continue reading... [...]
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Afghan football officials suspended over sexual and physical abuse allegations
• Country’s attorney general acts against six Afghan FA members• Allegations relate to abuse of the Afghanistan women’s teamThe Afghanistan attorney general, Farid Hamidi, has suspended six members of the Afghanistan Football Federation, including the president, Keramuddin Karim, after reviewing allegations of sexual and physical abuse of the Afghanistan women’s national team by AFF staff. Related: Fifa examining claims of sexual and physical abuse on Afghanistan women’s team Continue reading... [...]
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Telangana election: Ditch Owaisi and get our support, BJP tells TRS 2 days before results
Telangana election: Ditch Owaisi and get our support, BJP tells TRS 2 days before results [...]
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Kannur International Airport inaugurated, first flight takes off for Abu Dhabi
Kannur International Airport inaugurated, first flight takes off for Abu Dhabi [...]
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Rohingya survivors: 'why do they want to destroy us?' – in pictures
In Cox’s Bazar, photographer Renaud Philippe met Rohingya Muslims who managed to flee the Myanmar military’s brutal crackdown. ‘The Rohingya Crisis: A People in Exile’ exhibition runs until 19 Jan at the Guardian’s London offices Continue reading... [...]
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Don't underestimate power of Modi, says BJP as exit polls predict gain for Congress
Don't underestimate power of Modi, says BJP as exit polls predict gain for Congress [...]
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Rajasthan assembly election: EVM snag keeps Union minister Arjun Meghwal in queue for 3 hours
Rajasthan assembly election: EVM snag keeps Union minister Arjun Meghwal in queue for 3 hours [...]
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Illegal portions of Nirav Modi bungalow to be demolished soon
Illegal portions of Nirav Modi bungalow to be demolished soon [...]
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New York magazine deletes article calling Priyanka Chopra a 'scam artist'
Magazine apologises for piece, attacked as racist, about actor’s marriage to Nick JonasNew York magazine has deleted an article that labelled the actor Priyanka Chopra a “global scam artist” who had conned musician Nick Jonas into marrying her after it was widely panned, especially by Indian readers.The piece, published on the magazine’s the Cut website, a spinoff aimed at female readers, painted Chopra, 36, as a calculating figure whose relationship with Jonas was influenced more by a desire to further her career than love.For a publication that “shows women’s what they are made of” @TheCut has a lot to answer for . The article on @priyankachopra was sexist , racist and disgusting. Also it’s written by a woman which is so sad. It reeks of envy and bitterness. @mRiah shame on you! https://t.co/bmbbX7LrATThis is wildly inappropriate and totally disgusting. Very disappointed that The Cut would give anyone a platform to spew such bullshit. https://t.co/iYKaifKJP6ah yes, Priyanka Chopra, former Miss World, beloved by a billion, only brown actor to win mainstream recognition and roles in the US is definitely the one running a scam and taking advantage of-*checks notes*-that guy from Camp Rock Continue reading... [...]
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Amit Shah isn't God, his prediction of BJP ruling for 50 years an exaggeration: MNF
Amit Shah isn't God, his prediction of BJP ruling for 50 years an exaggeration: MNF [...]
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When terrorists attacked Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi site in Ayodhya
When terrorists attacked Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi site in Ayodhya [...]
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