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MP editor suicide: Here's what we know so far
MP editor suicide: Here's what we know so far [...]
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2 Punjab AAP MLAs detained at Canadian airport, deported
2 Punjab AAP MLAs detained at Canadian airport, deported [...]
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Dalits need better leadership, Mayawati has betrayed them: Ex-BSP MP Pramod Kureel
Dalits need better leadership, Mayawati has betrayed them: Ex-BSP MP Pramod Kureel [...]
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What have I done for my words to be censored? | Kenan Malik
Access to my website has been censored, apparently in the name of maintaining peace and harmony‘The webpages hosted on your platform are extremely Blasphemous and are hurting the sentiments of many Muslims.” So claimed an email from the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to WordPress, the platform that hosts my website Pandaemonium.The email pointed to some of my articles about Charlie Hebdo, the French satirical magazine targeted by Islamist gunmen in a machine-gun attack that left 12 people dead in January 2015. The PTA ordered WordPress to block access to my website in Pakistan in order “to contribute towards maintaining peace and harmony in the world”. Which is why readers in Pakistan can no longer see it. Continue reading... [...]
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The Observer view on Imran Khan and the Pakistan elections | Observer editorial
Any new government lacking honest democratic credentials will be ill-equipped to confront the country’s challengesIt seems all but impossible to discuss this week’s national elections in Pakistan without resorting to cricketing metaphors. That’s because the candidate who is widely tipped to win, Imran Khan, is famous less for his political acumen than for his captaincy of the Pakistan team that won the Cricket World Cup in 1992. In British terms, this is the equivalent of the late, much-missed Bobby Moore running for prime minister.The Observer is the world's oldest Sunday newspaper, founded in 1791. It is published by Guardian News & Media and is editorially independent. Related: Imran Khan near victory in Pakistan election but some ask if he is playing fair Related: Pakistan elections: who is standing and what is at stake? Continue reading... [...]
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Arrests and intimidation fuel fears of ‘dirty’ election in Pakistan
Rights activists claim military is trying to swing Wednesday’s vote in favour of Imran KhanWidespread allegations that the military is working behind the scenes to swing Pakistan’s election this week in favour of cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan are threatening to sully what is only the country’s second democratic transition of power.The vote on Wednesday is expected to be a two-way race between Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PMLN), the party headed by former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, who is now in jail and has for decades had tense relations with the army. “The military has little desire to see the PMLN return to power,” said Michael Kugelman, a South Asia expert at the Wilson Center in Washington DC, “and it is willing to engineer actions behind the scenes that undercut the PMLN’s electoral prospects in a big way.” Related: Former Pakistan prime minister barred from re-election The last few months have amplified the deep imbalance in civil-military relations Continue reading... [...]
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India reminds foreign journalists to take prior permission for reporting from Kashmir
India reminds foreign journalists to take prior permission for reporting from Kashmir [...]
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'Amit Shah will uproot TMC from West Bengal,' says BJP leader Rahul Sinha
'Amit Shah will uproot TMC from West Bengal,' says BJP leader Rahul Sinha [...]
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Rajasthan: 19-year-old gets death penalty for raping infant under new law
Rajasthan: 19-year-old gets death penalty for raping infant under new law [...]
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India: suspected vigilantes kill Muslim man transporting cows
Five to seven people beat man to death on suspicion of cow smuggling, police saySuspected vigilantes killed a Muslim man transporting two cows in India on Saturday, just over a year after a similar attack highlighted the growing influence of pro-Hindu fringe groups. Police in the north-western state of Rajasthan said a group of five to seven people surrounded the man, identified only as Akbar, as he led the cows to his village in nearby Haryana state and thrashed him to death on suspicion of smuggling the animals. Related: Indian ‘cow protectors’ jailed for life over murder of Muslim man Continue reading... [...]
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'We had no plans for violence': Indian campaign against toxic smelter turned deadly
Fatima Babu’s decades-long campaign against a toxic copper smelter in Tamil Nadu says the cost of victory was too highFor 24 years, Fatima Babu struggled to galvanise the citizens of Tuticorin in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu against the toxic threat posed by the Sterlite Copper smelter. Often working thanklessly and sometimes alone, she filed lawsuits, organised workshops and gave interviews to raise awareness.The English professor-turned-activist hoped that people would eventually rally to the cause, but never in her wildest dreams did she imagine how quickly opinion could change or how violently the authorities would respond. Continue reading... [...]
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Imran Khan near victory in Pakistan election but some ask if he is playing fair
Former cricket star galvanises support for PTI party with pledge to end corruptionOn a stage high above a hockey stadium to the north of Lahore, a compere shrieks into the microphone. Supporters of Imran Khan clamber onto rows of chairs. Then the 65-year-old cricket legend steps forward.With a general election due to be held on Wednesday, the leader of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) is just a bat swing away from a victory he has pursued relentlessly since relinquishing a glamorous London lifestyle of celebrity and nightclubs more than 20 years ago. Continue reading... [...]
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Pakistan elections: who is standing and what is at stake?
Voters in the world’s sixth most populous country are due to elect a new parliamentOn 25 July, Pakistan’s 106 million registered voters will have the chance to choose a new parliament and provincial assemblies. Parliament sits for a five-year term, and the majority party or a coalition chooses a prime minister. Continue reading... [...]
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Tamil Nadu governor's car meets with accident in Pudhukottai
Tamil Nadu governor's car meets with accident in Pudhukottai [...]
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Mobs are killing Muslims in India. Why is no one stopping them? | Rana Ayyub
A spiritual leader was lucky to escape with his life this week. Yet Narendra Modi’s ruling BJP keeps fanning the flamesOn 17 July the supreme court of India condemned the epidemic of mob lynching in India, and asked the Indian parliament to draft legislation that would stop people from taking the law into their own hands. Related: 'Fake news often goes viral': WhatsApp ads warn India after mob lynchings An elderly man was pulled by his beard​​ and dragged through ​a field, blood dripping from his face Continue reading... [...]
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Myanmar authorities planned genocide against Rohingya, rights group claims
Officials armed non-Rohingya civilians and suspended aid in months before Rakhine state, new research allegesAuthorities in Myanmar made preparations for attacks against the Rohingya with “genocidal intent” in the weeks before last year’s purge, a rights watchdog has claimed.A report by Fortify Rights, a Bangkok-based organisation, alleges that officials carefully planned a systematic assault on the Rohingya community. Continue reading... [...]
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Denis Ten: Olympic figure skater who won bronze stabbed to death
Athlete won Kazakhstan’s first-ever Olympic skating medal25-year-old was killed during an attempted robberyDenis Ten, the first Kazakh figure-skater to win an Olympic medal, has been killed at the age of 25.Kazakh news agency Kazinform reported that Ten died after being stabbed as two men attempted to steal his car mirrors in the country’s largest city, Almaty. He was taken to hospital but died around 3pm local time on Thursday. Kazakh authorities say they are treating his death as murder.The news of @Tenis_Den ‘s murder hits especially hard for me since I used to train with him. His commitment to his training was something I always admired. It’s hard to believe he is no longer with us and that he’ll no longer be able to share his talents with us. Continue reading... [...]
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WhatsApp to limit message forwarding after India mob lynchings
Facebook-owned messaging service wants to crack down on viral spread of hateful misinformationWhatsApps users will only be able to forward messages to 20 people, as the Facebook-owned messaging service attempts to crack down on the viral spread of hateful misinformation.In India, where false rumours about child abduction spread virally over WhatsApp, leading to several vigilante murders over the past year, the new limit will be even stricter: each message can be forwarded just five times. In that country, where according to Facebook “people forward more messages, photos, and videos than any other country in the world”, WhatsApp is also removing the “quick forward” feature, a button that appears next to photos, videos and links. The previous forwarding cap, rarely hit by users, was more than 250. Continue reading... [...]
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Denis Ten in action: figure skater who won Olympic bronze – video
Kazakhstan's first-ever Olympic skating medalist Denis Ten has died. The 25-year-old was killed during an attempted robbery in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Ten won a bronze at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi and acquired podium finishes in both the 2013 & 2015 world championships. At Pyeongchang earlier this year he finished 27th, after struggling with injuries throughout the season. Here are some clips of Denis Ten in action Continue reading... [...]
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Australia imports $12bn worth of goods at risk of being made by slaves – report
Electronics, clothes, fish, cocoa and even trafficked human organs at risk of being a product of modern slavery, Global Slavery Index reveals Australia imports nearly US$12bn worth of goods “at risk” of being made using slavery each year, including more than $6bn in computer products and $4bn in garments from China, as well as fish, cocoa and even human organs from around the world, the latest Global Slavery Index reports. The estimated number of slaves in Australia has more than trebled – from 4,300 to 15,000 – not a reflection of an increase in the number of people enslaved in the country but rather a more sophisticated measurement of the size of the global problem. Related: Modern slavery laws must fully decriminalise sex work, advocates say Continue reading... [...]
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IAF pilot who died in crash was flying jet that should have been decommissioned
IAF pilot who died in crash was flying jet that should have been decommissioned [...]
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Buses to stay off roads in Maharashtra to protest rising maintenance costs
Buses to stay off roads in Maharashtra to protest rising maintenance costs [...]
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Indian state to employ eunuchs as guards at care homes after spate of sexual assaults
Audit of more than 100 safe houses in Bihar state accused operators of systematically abusing girls being housed there A state government in eastern India says it will start employing transgender people and eunuchs as security guards in girls’ and women’s care homes after a spate of widely reported sexual assaults at the centres. Related: India: 17 men charged with raping 12-year-old girl over months Continue reading... [...]
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US watchdog uncovers violence against pro-union workers at Indian factory
Shahi Exports, which makes clothes for top brands such as H&M and Benetton, accused by Worker Rights ConsortiumAt Shahi Exports, India’s largest apparel exporter, several union supporters were this spring circulating a petition that asked management to provide cleaner water and increase pay. Shahi managers responded, an independent monitoring group found, by making death threats to several pro-union workers and directing other employees to beat them. Related: Johnson & Johnson ordered to pay $4.7bn over talc cancer claims If we had left it to the brands, the union would be dead, its leaders blacklisted, the workforce terrorized into silence Related: M&S one of UK retailers yet to renew safety deal in Bangladesh factories Continue reading... [...]
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Maharashtra government being run from Delhi, says Raj Thackeray
Maharashtra government being run from Delhi, says Raj Thackeray [...]
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India: 17 men charged with raping 12-year-old girl over months
Police allege girl was sedated and raped in apartment block multiple times since JanuarySeventeen men have appeared in court in the south Indian city of Chennai charged with repeatedly raping a 12-year-old girl over the course of seven months.The case is generating intense anger, including from the city’s legal fraternity, some of whom were part of a mob that allegedly attacked some of the accused before they appeared in court on Tuesday. Related: India’s abuse of women is the biggest human rights violation on Earth | Deepa Narayan #WATCH: Dramatic visuals from Mahila Court in Chennai where lawyers thrash the 18 accused, who sexually harassed an 11-year-old girl for over a period of 7 months. #TamilNadu pic.twitter.com/8ASDOlm7gW Related: The India I grew up in has gone. These rapes show a damaged, divided nation | Anuradha Roy Continue reading... [...]
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Hungama: the UK club night taking queer culture to Bollywood
With a name meaning a cheeky kind of chaos in Urdu, Hungama in east London mixes Indian pop with hip-hop – and adds drag queens and a stripper’s poleThe founder of Hungama, Ryan Lanji, has a clear aim for his queer club night: true diversity. Creating an event full of Bollywood imagery that lovingly reflects on Indian culture, he deliberately fused it with hip-hop to reflect his – and many other people’s – diasporic experiences growing up with both musical genres. It also reflects people’s potentially fraught experience of embracing their gender identity or sexuality.South Asian communities, even in the UK, often struggle to understand homosexuality and gender fluidity, and Lanji wants to tackle this problem by being radically diverse. “I really worried about who should be a part of it and who shouldn’t. In the end, I just invited everyone,” he says, describing the night as “a mosaic” of different lifestyles, genders and sexualities. Continue reading... [...]
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'Death by dowry' claim by bereaved Indian family | Amrit Dhillon
Reported suicide is alleged to be part of alarming trend that sees 20 women die every day as a result of harassment over a dowry – either murdered, or compelled to take their own livesBefore leaving Delhi for a work trip earlier this year, a man paid a visit to his local police station. He was so afraid his daughter’s life was in danger that he wrote a letter, which he left with the police. In it, he accused his son-in-law and his relatives of abusing and tormenting her over their demands for dowry. If anything happens, he wrote, then this family are responsible. Continue reading... [...]
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