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CM Shivraj should not make Dalits insecure, says Ramdas Athawale
CM Shivraj should not make Dalits insecure, says Ramdas Athawale [...]
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No DJs, loud music this festive season: Bombay High Court
No DJs, loud music this festive season: Bombay High Court [...]
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Irregularities worth Rs 97,000 crore under Akhilesh Yadav government: CAG
Irregularities worth Rs 97,000 crore under Akhilesh Yadav government: CAG [...]
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Climbdowns, cheese and crowdfunding: Imran Khan’s first month as PM
Pakistan’s former cricket captain is fast learning that holding office in the country brings heavy compromisesOn Monday morning, in the ramshackle suburb of Al-Asif Square in the southern Pakistani port city of Karachi, local headteacher Syed Mustafa was organising a party. The night before, the newly elected prime minister, Imran Khan had promised on national television to grant citizenship to the Pakistani-born children of the country’s roughly 2.5 million Afghan refugees. Mustafa set out the sweets while one of his colleagues put up a large Pakistani flag.But the celebrations were brief. On Tuesday, after strong push-back by nationalists, the military and his own coalition partners, the prime minister U-turned. “No decision had been made” on citizenship, Khan said in a speech to parliament. Related: Pakistan's Imran Khan skirts issue of Afghan refugees' citizenship Continue reading... [...]
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India and Pakistan meeting at UN to end three-year freeze
Foreign ministers to meet at sidelines of general assembly in sign of thaw in relationsThe foreign ministers of India and Pakistan are to meet on the sidelines of the UN general assembly next week in the first high-level contact between the neighbours in nearly three years.India’s external affairs minister, Sushma Swaraj, will meet her Pakistani counterpart, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, in New York during the assembly starting on Monday. Continue reading... [...]
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Canada accuses Myanmar of genocide against Rohingya
Lower house of parliament endorses UN findings of crimes against humanity by military and calls for prosecutionCanadian lawmakers have unanimously voted to declare Myanmar’s military actions against the Rohingya people a genocide.The House of Commons endorsed the findings of a UN fact-finding mission on Myanmar that found “crimes against humanity have been committed against the Rohingya” and that these acts were sanctioned by top Myanmar military commanders. Related: ‘Tied to trees and raped’: UN report details Rohingya horrors Continue reading... [...]
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Jeremy Hunt: Burmese generals must face justice over Rohingya
British foreign secretary speaks after meeting Myanmar’s de facto leader, Aung San Suu KyiThe Burmese generals responsible for atrocities against Rohingya Muslims must be punished for their crimes, Jeremy Hunt has said after a meeting with Myanmar’s de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi.The United Nations should look at all options, including a referral to the international criminal court, the British foreign secretary added. Related: Myanmar Rohingya crisis: ICC begins inquiry into atrocities Related: ‘Tied to trees and raped’: UN report details Rohingya horrors Continue reading... [...]
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Triple Talaq ordinance a political ploy of Modi, claim Muslim chiefs
Triple Talaq ordinance a political ploy of Modi, claim Muslim chiefs [...]
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Hindustan ka chowkidar chor hai: Rahul Gandhi calls PM Modi a thief in Rajasthan
Hindustan ka chowkidar chor hai: Rahul Gandhi calls PM Modi a thief in Rajasthan [...]
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Fact Check: No minister, cows do not exhale oxygen!
Fact Check: No minister, cows do not exhale oxygen! [...]
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Nosebleeds on Indian flight after crew forget to pressurise cabin
Jet Airways flight forced to deploy oxygen masks and make emergency landingDozens of passengers on an Indian flight have suffered nosebleeds and other minor injuries after the crew forgot to pressurise the cabin.The Jet Airways flight from Mumbai to Jaipur was forced to deploy oxygen masks and make an emergency landing on Thursday morning after an agonising 45 minutes for some passengers, about 30 of whom reportedly had headaches or nosebleeds.Panic situation due to technical fault in @jetairways 9W 0697 going from Mumbai to Jaipur. Flt return back to Mumbai after 45 mts. All passengers are safe including me. pic.twitter.com/lnOaFbcaps#jetairways #9w697 emergency landing at Mumbai. Stranded with no information. @jetairways @timesofindia @htTweets pic.twitter.com/iTVUAVQJbT@jetairways Flight 9W 697 made an emergency landing back in Mumbai. Airplane lost pressure immediately after taking off...scores of passengers including me bleeding from nose....no staff to help...no announcement on board to wear the oxygen mask.passengersafety completelyignored pic.twitter.com/vO9O95aMCP Continue reading... [...]
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'Manual scavenging': death toll of Indian sewer cleaners revealed
Eleven Indians have died this month while cleaning sewers or septic tanks without adequate safety gearAt least one Indian worker has died while cleaning sewers or septic tanks every five days since the beginning of 2017, according to the first official government statistics on the work, considered one of country’s deadliest jobs and most insidious form of caste discrimination.But activists and the National Commission for Safai Karamacharis (NCSK), the government agency that provided the data, say the real death rate is probably much higher – with many Indian authorities still undercounting the number of such workers in their state. Related: 'I'm born to do this': Condemned by caste, India's sewer cleaners risk death daily Continue reading... [...]
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Myanmar Rohingya crisis: ICC begins inquiry into atrocities
Chief prosecutor announces investigation into forced deportations to BangladeshThe chief prosecutor of the international criminal court (ICC) has announced she is launching a preliminary investigation into the deportations of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar into Bangladesh.Fatou Bensouda said in a written statement and video message on Tuesday that she had begun an inquiry – formally known as a preliminary examination – to establish whether there was enough evidence to merit a full investigation. Related: ‘Tied to trees and raped’: UN report details Rohingya horrors Continue reading... [...]
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Release of jailed former PM set to reignite Pakistan election controversy
Sentence of Nawaz Sharif and his daughter suspended while appeal against corruption conviction is heardA Pakistani court has ordered the release from prison of the former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam in a move likely to reignite controversy over the disputed general election and end a brief moment of calm in the country’s politics.The Islamabad high court suspended the Sharifs’ sentences while their appeal was heard against a corruption conviction in July for possessing unexplained wealth. Nawaz had been due to serve 11 years in prison, Maryam eight, and her husband, Muhammad Safdar Awan, one. All three are likely to be released on bail on Wednesday. Continue reading... [...]
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'Isis will be looking for targets': guns and fear mark Afghan Ashura
Shias in Kabul prepared for annual commemorations by scrambling to arm themselvesTwo months ago, Mohammed Murtaza Turkmeni gathered up his savings and bought his first Kalashnikov. He was born, educated and started a family against the backdrop of Afghanistan’s civil war, but until now the 27-year-old telecoms engineer had never fought or wanted to fight.This year, he didn’t feel he had a choice. He is one of hundreds of men from Kabul’s Shia population who have taken up arms to protect themselves and their community during Ashura, a ceremony that has been a frequent target for sectarian attacks from Pakistan to Iraq. Related: Pakistan's Imran Khan skirts issue of Afghan refugees' citizenship Continue reading... [...]
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Why triple talaq ordinance is aimed at assembly polls in 4 states
Why triple talaq ordinance is aimed at assembly polls in 4 states [...]
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Needles in strawberries leave Australia in a scare, police probe sabotage
Needles in strawberries leave Australia in a scare, police probe sabotage [...]
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‘Tied to trees and raped’: UN report details Rohingya horrors
UN investigators publish report detailing evidence for accusation of genocide against Burmese military• Warning: graphic information in this report may upset some readersHorrific accounts of murders, rapes, torture and indiscriminate shelling allegedly committed by the Burmese army against the Rohingya people and other minority groups have been laid out by UN investigators in an extensive new report detailing evidence for their accusation of genocide.The report from the fact-finding mission, presented to the UN human rights council (UNHRC) on Tuesday, said Myanmar’s military, known as the Tatmadaw, had committed “the gravest crimes under international law”. Related: 'We cannot go back': grim future facing Rohingya one year after attacks Commander-in-chief, Snr Gen Min Aung Hlaing Continue reading... [...]
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Pakistan's Imran Khan skirts issue of Afghan refugees' citizenship
After political backlash prime minister appears to row back on passports for child refugeesImran Khan, Pakistan’s prime minister, has appeared to drop his promise to grant citizenship to hundreds of thousands of Afghan refugees living on the margins of Pakistani society.On Sunday Khan announced that he would start work immediately to provide passports to the children of refugees born in the country. However, after a backlash from politicians and supporters of the country’s powerful military, he said on Tuesday that no decision had been made. Related: Pakistan's Imran Khan pledges citizenship for 1.5m Afghan refugees Continue reading... [...]
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Women of the World Nomad Games – in pictures
This year’s World Nomad Games, a celebration of nomadic heritage, took place in the Issyk-Kul province of Kyrgyzstan. Eleanor Moseman photographed female competitors who had travelled from all over central Asia and eastern Europe, and explored the difficulties and challenges they face as competitors Continue reading... [...]
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‘Would that all journeys were on foot’: writers on the joy of walking
Will Self, Fran Lebowitz, Helen Garner and others share their love letters to urban pedestrianismWhat is Walking the City week?Vision Zero: has the drive to eliminate road deaths lost its way?For Walking the City week – exploring all aspects of urban walking, good and bad – writers tell us where they walk and why.Will Self watches the world go by at Charing Cross in London; Fran Lebowitz finds areas of midtown New York off-limits because Donald Trump lives there; Helen Garner says her quotidian route through her Melbourne suburb is not beautiful or meaningful to anyone but her.If you know your way around, you can always find a vista that’s been overlookedI was walking up Madison Avenue and noticed that the people walking towards me were kind of stopped. It was very oddRiders zoom up behind me with sharp little warning chimes. I’m breathing hard and feeling powerfulSunshine, wide pavements – it was blissThe biggest problem I have to contend with when walking is truly my own annoyanceI walk in whatever I like, refusing to defer to the convention that women dress modestlyThere’s something uniquely tranquil about walking along the bank of the river TyneCairo can feel like a pressure cooker at street levelThe better we know an area, the less time we spend at the pavement’s edge Related: It's fascinating, the things you see when you’re out on foot | David Sedaris Continue reading... [...]
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RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat dispels criticisms, says women have own group
RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat dispels criticisms, says women have own group [...]
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Pakistan's Imran Khan pledges citizenship for 1.5m Afghan refugees
PM’s offer reverses decades of hostility in official policy but analysts question motivesImran Khan has pledged to grant citizenship to 1.5 million Afghan refugees who have lived on the margins of Pakistan’s society for decades.According to the UN, Pakistan has the largest refugee population in the world, mostly made up of 2.7 million refugees from Afghanistan. Many fled the Soviet invasion in 1979, while others came across the border due to violence and economic turmoil. Continue reading... [...]
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Eastern Star review – heroism and journalism in heart of Burmese revolution
Tara theatre, LondonA survivor of the 1988 uprising meets the ex-reporter to whom he leaked information – for which action he was jailed – in this vital, fascinating dramaPlays in which two men seek the truth of a previous encounter are not uncommon. But one of the many differences between Michael Frayn’s Copenhagen and Guy Slater’s fascinating new play is that Eastern Star is based on verifiable testimony. It is, indeed, written with the support of a key participant, Christopher Gunness, who in 2013 returned to Myanmar to take part in a reunion for survivors of what was then Burma’s 1988 student revolution. Even if Slater’s play sometimes feels like a history lesson, it is one that tells a vitally important story. Going back to Myanmar, Gunness has a fraught encounter with a former friend, U Nay Min, in which the two men relive their pasts. In 1988, Gunness was a young BBC World Service reporter who was fed crucial information about the uprising against the military junta by U Nay Min, who had the code name Eastern Star. Where Gunness was acclaimed for his broadcasts and went on to enjoy a career as a UN diplomat, his Burmese source suffered 16 years of harsh imprisonment. What the play explores is not only Gunness’s survivor guilt, but his realisation of his role in U Nay Min’s incarceration. Continue reading... [...]
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'It's a revolution': Indian officials deliver public services at people's doorsteps
A home visit scheme aims to spare people the queues – and the bribes – often associated with a trip to a government officeFor weeks, Sudesh Kumar had been having a sinking feeling. His driving licence was about to expire. He knew the misery that lay ahead: taking time off his property rental business to queue for hours in the muggy heat, facing the chaos in the squalid government office, and finally capitulating to the tout who promised to push through his application – for a price.This time, it turned out to be as easy as ordering pizza. Continue reading... [...]
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4-year-old child raped in Hyderabad, school employee arrested
4-year-old child raped in Hyderabad, school employee arrested [...]
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Why government is not cutting petrol, diesel prices
Why government is not cutting petrol, diesel prices [...]
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'Sacrilege': Varanasi priests warn Ganges luxury cruises could contaminate river
Hindu holy men say if mutton or alcohol are served on trips along city’s ghats, it could pollute sacred riverPlans for a new luxury cruise liner on the Ganges river in the holy Hindu city of Varanasi have run into trouble, with priests worried that alcohol and meat will be served to foreign tourists onboard, contravening Hindu custom.Nordic Cruiseline is due to start the sunrise and sunset trips later this month that will take visitors along all 84 sets of steps – known as ghats – that lead down to the water. Related: Linking India’s rivers: critics rally to protest ‘illegal and unnecessary’ plans Continue reading... [...]
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