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Budget 2018: Why salaried income tax payers have a strong case for standard deduction
Budget 2018: Why salaried income tax payers have a strong case for standard deduction [...]
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Several people killed after gunmen attack luxury hotel in Kabul
Afghan special forces kill two of the four attackers and surround building as night fallsSeveral people were killed and at least six wounded when four gunmen attacked Kabul’s famous Intercontinental hotel on Saturday.The gang reportedly also took hostages from among staff and guests, and set the building ablaze. Related: Its dreams of a caliphate are gone. Now Isis has a deadly new strategy | Hassan Hassan Continue reading... [...]
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White House shutdown: Donald Trump's predecessors Obama, Clinton too ran out of funds
White House shutdown: Donald Trump's predecessors Obama, Clinton too ran out of funds [...]
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Kapil Mishra quotes AAP's 'internal survey' to say party won't win any of 20 seats
Kapil Mishra quotes AAP's 'internal survey' to say party won't win any of 20 seats [...]
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Survey says India Today most widely read magazine, India Today Hindi No. 2, Business Today No. 1 business magazine in India
Survey says India Today most widely read magazine, India Today Hindi No. 2, Business Today No. 1 business magazine in India [...]
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'Buy a flat, meet Trump Jr' offer criticised as 'ethics atrocity'
Trump Towers project in India lures investors with chance of meeting US president’s sonThe developers behind a Trump Towers project near Delhi are offering to fly the first 100 investors in the property to the US to meet Donald Trump Jr, the US president’s eldest son.The promotional materials for the project – the fifth in India to take the Trump name – claim the address in the Indian capital is “so powerful, a letter would reach you from any part of the world”. Related: Trump Towers Pune: project in sleepy Indian city faces investigation Continue reading... [...]
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Mother and daughter shot dead while immunising children from polio in Pakistan
Prime minister condemns attack by gunmen in south-western city of Quetta, where two policemen also died in separate incidentGunmen have shot and killed a mother and her daughter who were immunising children against polio in Pakistan’s south-western city of Quetta.The attack took place as hundreds of polio teams, many of them volunteers, were out working on a campaign against the disease, police official Naseebullah Khan said. Related: Trump policy set to hinder war on polio in Pakistan Continue reading... [...]
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Al-Qaida moves in to recruit from Islamic State and its affiliates
Switch of loyalties seen as a key indicator of resilience of Isis as it evolves after territorial collapseAl-Qaida has been trying to win over extremists from Islamic State, while the Isis “caliphate” collapses amid heavy losses of men, material, territory and prestige.The recruitment campaign started last summer, even before Isis had lost its final strongholds, underlining the importance al-Qaida attach to winning over fighters and resources from its rivals. Related: Mosul six months after Isis was ousted – then and now Related: 'We will get him': the long hunt for Isis leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi Continue reading... [...]
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When Arvind Kejriwal hosted Arun Jaitley after GST Council meet
When Arvind Kejriwal hosted Arun Jaitley after GST Council meet [...]
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Delhi fogged up: Visibility dips, trains delayed, air quality severe
Delhi fogged up: Visibility dips, trains delayed, air quality severe [...]
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Someone has to ask the Rohingya what they actually want | Kate Allen
Refugees in Bangladesh don’t want to be repatriated to live in a Myanmar transit campIn the last week I have spent time in Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh among the Rohingya refugees in the camps of Kutupalong and Balukhali. It has been a distressing experience to speak to so many people with so little left in their lives.I spoke to one mother of nine children, who said they fled their home in fear after her neighbours were killed. It took her eight gruelling days to get to safety. She is absolutely insistent that she won’t go back to Myanmar without the documents that establish her right to be there. Related: UN chief and rights groups raise concerns over Rohingya deal Continue reading... [...]
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Delhi to put CCTV in classrooms for parents to monitor children
Move follows crimes including murder of boy aged seven and alleged rape of five-year-old girl The Delhi government has announced it will install CCTV cameras in every classroom in the region and give parents access to the feed through a mobile phone app.The plan comes after several high-profile crimes at schools in and around the area including the alleged rape of a five-year-old girl by a member of staff in September and the murder of a seven-year-old boy at a private school in Gurgaon during the same month.Reviewed the progress of installation of CCTV cameras in each class in all govt schools. Each parent will be given access to see his child studying in class on realtime basis on his phone. This will make the whole system transparent and accountable. It will ensure safety of kids Continue reading... [...]
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Bus fire in Kazakhstan kills 52 people
Officials say victims were from neighbouring Uzbekistan and died on a road widely used to transport migrant workersA bus caught fire in a remote part of Kazakhstan on Thursday, killing 52 citizens of neighbouring Uzbekistan, the Kazakh interior ministry has said. The bus was travelling along a road in Kazakhstan’s north-western Aktau region that links the Russian city of Samara to Shymkent, a city in southern Kazakhstan close to the Uzbek border. Continue reading... [...]
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J-K: BSF jawan killed in ceasefire violation by Pakistan in RS Pura sector
J-K: BSF jawan killed in ceasefire violation by Pakistan in RS Pura sector [...]
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Teach 'Manu Smriti Irani' a lesson: Jignesh Mevani urges Rohith Vemula's mother to contest 2019 polls
Teach 'Manu Smriti Irani' a lesson: Jignesh Mevani urges Rohith Vemula's mother to contest 2019 polls [...]
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In 30-minute meet with CJI Misra, 4 rebel judges demand transparency in allocation of cases
In 30-minute meet with CJI Misra, 4 rebel judges demand transparency in allocation of cases [...]
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Instagrammers are sucking the life and soul out of travel | Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett
My view of Sri Lanka was spoiled by the peachy backsides of tourists obsessed with their social media feedsA recent trip to Sri Lanka reminded me of that well known Buddhist proverb: “If you visit a temple but do not take a selfie, did it actually happen?” At these sacred sites, tourists are free to take photographs – as indeed I saw a delegation of enthusiastic monks doing at the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic in Kandy – but you are asked to please not pose with statues of the Buddha, or be photographed with your back to him. Naturally, I observed several western tourists, most of them young, ignoring this request. Related: Young women on Instagram and self-esteem: 'I absolutely feel insecure' Continue reading... [...]
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UN chief and rights groups raise concerns over Rohingya deal
First group of refugees to be sent back to Myanmar next week but critics say details are unclearConcerns are growing among United Nations agencies and humanitarian groups over an agreement between the Bangladesh and Myanmar governments to repatriate several hundred thousand Rohingya refugees within two years.Bangladesh state media reported on Wednesday that the first batch of Rohingya would be sent back to Myanmar next week. Rights groups said it remained unclear whether refugees would be forced to return against their will. Related: The Guardian view on returning the Rohingya: a bad deal, worsened by haste | Editorial Continue reading... [...]
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Pakistani humanist denied UK asylum after failing to identify Plato
Man who renounced Islam says he has received death threats from family members in PakistanA Pakistani man who renounced his Muslim faith and became a humanist has had his application for asylum in the UK rejected after failing to correctly answer questions about ancient Greek philosophers.The Home Office said Hamza bin Walayat’s failure to identify Plato and Aristotle as humanist philosophers indicated his knowledge of humanism was “rudimentary at best”. Related: Destitute UK asylum seekers get 80p rise in subsistence payments Related: MPs criticise error-hit 'hostile environment' for illegal immigrants Continue reading... [...]
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Saudi Arabia shoots down Yemeni ballistic missile, no casualties
Saudi Arabia shoots down Yemeni ballistic missile, no casualties [...]
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More of Modi-Netanyahu bonding in PM's home state Gujarat today: 10 points
More of Modi-Netanyahu bonding in PM's home state Gujarat today: 10 points [...]
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The Guardian view on returning the Rohingya: a bad deal, worsened by haste | Editorial
Myanmar and Bangladesh have agreed to repatriate the 650,000 refugees who have fled violence in Rakhine state within two years. Many are concerned – and rightly soThe 650,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees who have fled what the UN human rights chief has called “a textbook case of ethnic cleansing” must have the right to return to their homes in northern Rakhine state, Myanmar. To say otherwise would be to concede to those who forced them out – the security forces and militias who have raped and beaten civilians, burned houses and killed even infants. Authorities say the campaign is directed against militants who attacked police, but the civilian toll speaks for itself. Despite this, some of the Rohingya now living in wretched conditions across the border in Bangladesh have said they wish to go back.It is equally clear that refugees must not be forced to return. Many more of them, according to NGOs supporting them, are determined never to go back or are terrified of doing so without guarantees of their security, property, livelihoods and freedom of movement. Some were persuaded to return after escaping previous waves of violence, only to find their lives in peril again. Previous episodes of displacement and return “do not inspire confidence”, the House of Commons international development committee has warned, noting the failure to consult refugees and expressing its grave concerns about plans to send them back. Continue reading... [...]
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MPs criticise UK over Myanmar's treatment of Rohingya
Report slams lack of action over ethnic cleansing and asks why more sexual violence experts have not been sent to areaInternational plans for the potential return of 100,000 Rohingya to Myanmar without a clear understanding of their legal status, destination or willingness to return represent a grave risk, a select committee has warned. In a tough report questioning the UK government’s strategy towards the military regime in Myanmar, the all-party international development select committee challenged ministers to “reflect on why so much evidence of discrimination, marginalisation and abuse of the Rohingya people in Myanmar was seemingly ignored for so long, rather than translated into effective action by the international community”. Related: World's awkward silence over Rohingya genocide warnings The Rohingya are Muslims who live in majority-Buddhist Myanmar. They are often described as "the world's most persecuted minority".  Continue reading... [...]
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Pakistan frees anti-US cleric from prison on health grounds
Release of 93-year-old Sufi Mohammad, a former chief of pro-Taliban group, could increase US-Pakistani tensionsA radical anti-US cleric imprisoned in Pakistan since 2009 has been released from jail on health grounds, his lawyer and prison authorities have said.Sufi Mohammad, 93, is a former chief of the Tehreek-e-Nafaz-e-Shariat-e-Mohammadi (TNSM), a banned pro-Taliban group. He became widely known after he went to Afghanistan with thousands of other armed volunteers to help the Taliban fight against Americans after the 2001 US-led invasion. He was captured upon his return to Pakistan. Related: Pakistan summons US ambassador over Trump's 'lies and deceit' tweet Continue reading... [...]
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Two Indian families opt to keep sons who were swapped at birth
A mother’s suspicions led to a meeting, a DNA test and finally the truth – but by then it was too late to swap backSalma Parbin knew. Her husband would not believe her for three months. The hospital would take two years to admit it. But within days of giving birth in March 2015, she knew: the baby she was cradling was not hers.The way her husband, Sahabuddin Ahmed, recounts the story – which has become national news in India – the truth about the child should have been obvious. Indeed, it had been staring back at them. Continue reading... [...]
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Hinting at Kejriwal, Anna Hazare says he will ensure his aides don't join politics in future
Hinting at Kejriwal, Anna Hazare says he will ensure his aides don't join politics in future [...]
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At least 20 dead, 60 wounded as clashes shut Libyan capital airport
At least 20 dead, 60 wounded as clashes shut Libyan capital airport [...]
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Why is Britain keeping quiet about Pakistan’s assault on free speech? | Jon Boone
The Foreign Office should be protesting about the kidnap and torture of social media activists, not pandering to the generalsIn recent times Pakistani social media activists of a liberal, secular persuasion have been abducted by agents of the state, tortured then released after a few weeks. Invariably they then give up the blogging business: they stop criticising the country’s military establishment, or the militant religious groups long backed by the army as proxy warriors.Last month saw another abduction of a peace activist in Lahore. A Marxist professor was found dead in Karachi yesterday. Related: Pakistani journalist who criticised military tells of attempted abduction Public disapproval from the UK would impose some cost at least on a deep state running amok Continue reading... [...]
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