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Amnesty India staff complain of harassment and discrimination
Campaigners demand external investigation after human rights organisation dismisses their claimsProminent Indian rights activists have withdrawn their support for Amnesty India amid allegations of caste discrimination and harassment within the organisation, the Guardian has learned.The allegations include claims that staff were humiliated, ill-treated and discriminated against because of their caste, a system of social hierarchy among Hindus. Related: Amnesty International has toxic working culture, report finds Continue reading... [...]
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Indian PM: Pakistan will pay ‘heavy price’ for Kashmir bombing
Narendra Modi warns of strong response after at least 40 army personnel die in suicide blastIndia’s prime minister has warned Pakistan it will pay a “heavy price” for a suicide bombing in Kashmir that killed at least 40 paramilitaries on Thursday, the deadliest attack in a 30-year guerrilla war in the region.Narendra Modi said the “blood of the people is boiling” after a car laden with explosives was detonated beside a convoy carrying 2,500 Indian security personnel on a major highway between the Kashmir and Jammu regions. Continue reading... [...]
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Adil's kitchen
Adil's kitchen [...]
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Love Commandos: guardians of forbidden romance accused of extortion
Sanjoy Sachdev helped scores of Indian couples marry across cultural lines, and against family wishes – but police are asking if he was a fraudIt was a world-famous charity dedicated to rescuing star-crossed Indian lovers. For the past nine years, using a network of secret safe-houses across India, Love Commandos sheltered thousands of young people seeking to marry outside their caste, religion or clan – and who feared their families might kill them for it.Sanjoy Sachdev, the organisation’s chairman, became one of India’s most celebrated activists. Bollywood star Aamir Khan interviewed him on television. International clothing brand Bjorn Borg raised money for his group. Filmmakers and journalists found the craggy, chain-smoking activist who could quote Robert Frost irresistible. Related: Founder of India's Love Commandos NGO held over extortion claims Continue reading... [...]
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Pakistan too condemns Pulwama terror attack, denies role in blast that killed 44 CRPF men
Pakistan too condemns Pulwama terror attack, denies role in blast that killed 44 CRPF men [...]
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Dozens of Indian paramilitaries killed in Kashmir car bombing
First suicide car bombing in disputed region in nearly 20 years leaves more than 30 deadDozens of Indian paramilitaries have been killed in the first suicide car bombing in the disputed region of Kashmir in nearly two decades.A lone militant is believed to have driven a vehicle laden with explosives close to a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) convoy and detonated it just after 3pm on Thursday on a busy highway outside the state capital of Srinagar. Continue reading... [...]
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The Guardian view on media freedom: it must be defended | Editorial
Killed, jailed and bullied, journalists are under growing pressure worldwide. Brave individuals such as Maria Ressa in the Philippines need our supportThe arrest in the Philippines of the courageous journalist Maria Ressa, founder and head of the news organisation Rappler, is a disgrace. It is also one she foresaw. Rodrigo Duterte and his supporters have shown little tolerance for anyone attempting to hold him to account, as Rappler has done, in particular over the “war on drugs” which has killed thousands. Ressa is accused of cyber-libel under a law introduced months after the alleged offence. She previously had to post bail over tax fraud charges which she said were trumped up to harass and intimidate Rappler. Its licence has been revoked and its political correspondent barred from presidential palace briefings.Ressa has called the campaign against Rappler a kind of back-handed compliment: it shows that the president sees it as a threat. Powerful interests at all levels, and those who bolster them, have reason to bully critics into silence. The Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi was one of 80 journalists killed last year, while hundreds more were locked up. A Ghanaian journalist who exposed football corruption was shot dead in January. Two Afghan journalists were murdered in their radio station last week. Many more are silenced by violence, threats, harassment or jail. In Myanmar, Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo have lost their appeal against seven-year sentences for reporting on a military-led massacre of Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine state. Continue reading... [...]
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Iran suicide bomber kills 27 in attack on border guards' bus
Sunni extremists say they were behind assault on group linked to Revolutionary GuardsA suicide bomber targeted a bus carrying personnel affiliated to Iran’s Revolutionary Guards on Wednesday, killing 27 people and wounding 20 others.A Sunni extremist group linked to al-Qaida and which operates in Pakistan reportedly claimed responsibility for the attack, which occurred in the south-east of Iran. Related: Iran's president calls Trump 'idiot' as crowds chant 'death to America' Continue reading... [...]
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Sri Lanka advertises for two hangmen as country resumes capital punishment
Death penalties to resume as part of Philippines-inspired campaign to be tough on drug crime Sri Lankan prison authorities are recruiting two hangmen after the president pledged to end a 43-year moratorium on capital punishment and execute condemned drug traffickers amid alarm over drug-related crime.Interviews of the candidates will be conducted next month and two will be hired, prison department spokesman Thushara Upuldeniya said Wednesday. Related: Sri Lanka to begin hangings within months, ending 43-year stay on executions Continue reading... [...]
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Shiv Sainiks want Aditya Thackeray to contest Lok Sabha. He is keen for state assembly
Shiv Sainiks want Aditya Thackeray to contest Lok Sabha. He is keen for state assembly [...]
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1993 Mumbai serial blasts accused Abu Bakar apprehended in major overseas operation
1993 Mumbai serial blasts accused Abu Bakar apprehended in major overseas operation [...]
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CBI slaps terror charges on shooters of rationalist Narendra Dabholkar
CBI slaps terror charges on shooters of rationalist Narendra Dabholkar [...]
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SIT probe rocks Karnataka assembly, Speaker compares himself with rape survivour
SIT probe rocks Karnataka assembly, Speaker compares himself with rape survivour [...]
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Fatal blaze at Delhi hotel raises fresh safety standards questions
Minister blames negligence for fire at budget hotel that has left at least 17 deadA fire has swept through a budget hotel in Delhi, killing at least 17 people and raising fresh questions about safety standards in the poorly regulated sector.Frequent raids by civic authorities to enforce building codes, fire safety measures and evacuation procedures have failed to curb violations in the rapidly expanding Indian capital, a city of more than 18 million people. Continue reading... [...]
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Slum golf: the sport that stormed the streets of Mumbai
When a group of young caddies who worked on a golf course were told they weren’t allowed to play because of ‘exclusivity’, they got creativeAnil Bajrang Mane grew up in a slum in Chembur, a suburb of Mumbai. His home – a single 10ft x 10ftroom – was right over the wall from the 10th hole of the members-only Bombay Presidency Golf Club, which sprawls across 100 acres of land: prime real estate in a city where the average population density is 31,700 people per sq km.When Mane was just 14, he dropped out of school to become a caddie on the other side of the wall. But it wasn’t until three years later, when he was 17, that he took his first swing, when a club member handed him a 7 iron and told him to have a go. The 150-yard shot changed his life, he says: he realised golf was his shot at fame and glory, the chance of a better life. Related: Cricket is fierce in Mumbai's field of dreams Continue reading... [...]
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Toxic alcohol 'laced with methanol' kills at least 99 people in India
Many victims in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand left writhing in pain after consuming liquorAt least 99 people have died and scores have been admitted to hospital in northern India after drinking toxic alcohol.News of the deaths in the states of and Uttarakhand has trickled out in over the past three days, with police suspecting the moonshine had been laced with methanol. Authorities said many victims had complained of dizziness and were taken to hospital writhing in pain. Related: Banning alcohol to protect girls? India is missing the mark | Pauline Oosterhoff Continue reading... [...]
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Indian minister posts speeded-up footage of new fast train
Video of Vande Bharat Express posted by Piyush Goyal was doctored to twice real speedIndia’s railways minister has been mocked for sharing a video of the country’s first locally built fast train – using footage that had been sped up to twice its normal speed.Piyush Goyal posted the video of the Vande Bharat Express on his official Twitter and Facebook accounts on Sunday.It’s a bird...It’s a plane...Watch India’s first semi-high speed train built under ‘Make in India’ initiative, Vande Bharat Express zooming past at lightening speed. pic.twitter.com/KbbaojAdjO Continue reading... [...]
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Rajeev Kumar tells CBI names of politicians who were dropped by SIT probing Saradha scam
Rajeev Kumar tells CBI names of politicians who were dropped by SIT probing Saradha scam [...]
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BJP dubs Congress mega roadshow in Lucknow as chor show
BJP dubs Congress mega roadshow in Lucknow as chor show [...]
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Citizenship Bill to be tabled in Rajya Sabha today amid protests in northeast
Citizenship Bill to be tabled in Rajya Sabha today amid protests in northeast [...]
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Afghanistan‘s Generation Z – a photo essay
Afghanistan’s Generation Z has grown up in a 17-year window overshadowed by war and a heavy international presence and now faces an uncertain future and the possibility of stark changeThe start of 2019 has brought for Afghanistan a tantalising hope of peace, as the Taliban sat down for talks first with Americans in Qatar and with senior members of the Afghan elite in Moscow. Donald Trump has told Americans his administration had accelerated talks for a political settlement in Afghanistan and would be able to reduce US troops there as negotiations advance to end America’s longest war.No one knows what form a new government may take or how much control the Taliban might have under any deal, but for young people who were babies when the Taliban were driven from power by a US-led campaign in 2001, the prospect of peace with the hardline Islamists brings a daunting mix of hope and fear.Peace means a lot to me so I can carry on with my artistry but without peace there is no hope for a better futureThere should be access to music for everyone and women’s rights must be protectedWe are thirsty for peace. We want peace so people can run their businesses and live comfortablyI want the Taliban to change their policy and not behave like beforeWe’ve witnessed a lot of conflicts, it’s enough, we don’t want to be witnesses for any more tragedy”Afghan females have had a lot of achievements in sports. I am optimistic that the Taliban will accept these achievementsWe want to see an end to the current conflict. We are hopeful for a lasting peace between the government and the TalibanI’m not very much optimistic about peace in this country. I don’t think the Taliban will make a deal with the governmentWe want peace for the sake of our country’s welfare. We don’t want any more suicide attacks and explosionsWe’re afraid that if the Taliban come then we will not be able to hold our shows. If American troops go, peace will comePeace requires everyone to lay down their arms and think about the education and prosperity in the countryWe will only welcome the Taliban if they accept democracy and its values in the country Continue reading... [...]
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'Spare innocent men anguish': India ruling aims to end false rape claims
Judges have moved to ensure that women driven by revenge and self-interest will no longer be able to make spurious allegations when relationships endTheir romance began at work. She asked him out for coffee with her friends. He took her out for lunch. Dinners and walks in New Delhi’s Lodhi Gardens followed. Then, for 18 months, they were in a sexual relationship.But last year, when Pavan Gupta* turned 24, his parents began pressuring him to marry. When they introduced him to a girl he liked, Gupta ended his relationship with his girlfriend, Geeta Jain, telling her he could not disappoint his parents. “I liked her but I didn’t want to spend the rest of my life with her. I always told her I was an only child and would have to go along with my parents’ choice,” says Gupta. Related: Dowries a major contributor to India's gender imbalance, researchers find Continue reading... [...]
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Myanmar army shelling villages in Rakhine state, rights group told
Crackdown part of intensifying military action in country’s northern state over past monthMyanmar soldiers are shelling villages, detaining civilians and blocking aid as part of a new crackdown in Rakhine state by some of the army units implicated in atrocities against the Rohingya, a rights group says.Villagers and local activists in the northern Myanmar state have told Amnesty International that artillery or mortar shells are being fired in the vicinity of townships and people are returning to abandoned communities to find properties looted and damaged. Related: 'We cannot go back': grim future facing Rohingya one year after attacks Related: ICC says it can prosecute Myanmar for alleged Rohingya crimes Continue reading... [...]
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CBI brings Kolkata top cop Rajeev Kumar, ex-TMC MP Kunal Ghosh face-to-face in marathon grilling session
CBI brings Kolkata top cop Rajeev Kumar, ex-TMC MP Kunal Ghosh face-to-face in marathon grilling session [...]
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Meghalaya CM Conrad Sangma reaches Delhi to seek support against Citizenship Bill
Meghalaya CM Conrad Sangma reaches Delhi to seek support against Citizenship Bill [...]
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To the Mountains by Abdullah Anas and Tam Hussein – review
Despite his partiality, Abdullah Anas offers some useful insights into al-Qaida’s rootsWhere should we start if we are to tell the story of the violent Islamist extremism that still threatens us today? The question is an important one and its answer has significance that goes well beyond chronology.Some commentators in the west, usually to the right of the political spectrum, will start in the 7th century AD with the life and teachings of the Prophet Muhammad or with the first texts of Islam. The implication is obvious: that there is something inherent in the Islamic faith that engenders or at least encourages violence.He makes clear that the CIA had no role in directly training, funding or equipping this tiny force Continue reading... [...]
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Asia Bibi: Pakistani authorities barring her from leaving, friend says
Labourer whose blasphemy death sentence was overturned has been transferred to KarachiPakistani authorities have moved Asia Bibi, a Christian woman recently acquitted of blasphemy charges, to a new “secure area” and are barring her from leaving the country, a close friend and rights campaigner has claimed.Bibi, who spent eight years on death row, was transferred from a location near the capital to a house in the southern port city of Karachi, her friend Aman Ullah told the Associated Press. She and her husband are locked in a single room in a house where the door opens only “at food times”, he added. Related: Imran Khan’s treatment of Asia Bibi is a dangerous betrayal | Samira Shackle Related: Pakistan court to hear appeal against Asia Bibi blasphemy acquittal Continue reading... [...]
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Worried about Nitin Gadkari as he is being shown as alternative PM face, says Sharad Pawar
Worried about Nitin Gadkari as he is being shown as alternative PM face, says Sharad Pawar [...]
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