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Massacre at Tula Toli: Rohingya recall horror of Myanmar army attack
Exclusive: Villagers who fled attack and crossed border into Bangladesh recall seeing their family and neighbours killedIt was the fast-flowing river that doomed the inhabitants of Tula Toli.Snaking around the remote village on three sides, the treacherous waters allowed Burmese soldiers to corner and hold people on the river’s sandy banks. Some were shot on the spot. Others drowned in the current as they tried to escape. Continue reading... [...]
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India army chief: we must prepare for simultaneous war with China and Pakistan
General says Himalayan standoff could become larger conflict with China, which Pakistan would then use to its advantageIndia’s army chief said on Wednesday the country should be prepared for a potential two-front war given China is flexing its muscles and there is little hope for reconciliation with Pakistan.General Bipin Rawat referred to a recent 10-week standoff with the Chinese army in the Himalayas that ended last week. He said the situation could gradually snowball into a larger conflict on India’s northern border. Rawat said Pakistan on the western front could take advantage of such a situation. Related: Xi Jinping says a dark shadow looms over the world after years of peace Warfare lies within the realm of reality. Continue reading... [...]
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Australia’s Rohingya call for international action on Myanmar refugee crisis
Refugee advocates say Australia should consider a special resettlement program as UN warns military attacks on ethnic minority risks becoming ethnic cleansingAustralia’s Rohingya community has rallied in Sydney and Melbourne, urging greater international intervention against military attacks on the ethnic minority in Myanmar, which the head of the United Nations has described as at risk of becoming ethnic cleansing.The Refugee Council of Australia has called on the federal government to consider a special resettlement program – similar to the successful one it ran for Syrian and Iraqi refugees – for Rohingya forcibly displaced. Related: Who are the Rohingya and what is happening in Myanmar? Related: Take away Aung San Suu Kyi’s Nobel peace prize. She no longer deserves it | George Monbiot Related: Aung San Suu Kyi says 'terrorists' are misinforming world about Myanmar violence Continue reading... [...]
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Indian girl allowed abortion amid claims doctors ‘afraid to help’ child rape victims
Supreme court approves termination for 13-year-old who fell pregnant after assault but case highlights concerns that medics do not understand relevant lawThe Indian supreme court has ruled that a 13-year-old rape victim in Mumbai who was left pregnant after the attack can have a termination. It follows a landmark ruling last month that said doctors should make greater effort to support victims of sexual assault regardless of the country’s abortion laws.On 25 August, the court ruled that precious time was lost, and added distress caused, to girls and their families when they were forced to bring their individual cases to court. Doctors have been criticised as being far too fearful when dealing with the victims of child rape. Related: Why is the rape crisis in rural India passing under the radar? | Priya Virmani Doctors are worried that someone may challenge their decision to terminate and they are not prepared to take that risk Continue reading... [...]
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1993 Mumbai blasts: Forget hanging, Abu Salem may not even spend his entire life in jail
Despite being held guilty of conspiracy under the stringent TADA, Abu Salem managed to escape the noose while co-conspirators Tahir Merchant and Feroze Khan were given death penalty. [...]
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Top Kashmiri separatist leader Yasin Malik arrested by NIA in Srinagar
Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik was arrested from Srinagar. [...]
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Rs 5 crore flood aid or a jibe? This time Nitish does not reject anything from Gujarat
Seven years back in 2010, Nitish had returned a similar cheque of the same amount from the Gujarat govt over a controversial advertisement, but this time the CM happily accepted the Rs 5 crore flood aid. [...]
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'Stop killing our children': Rohingya in Australia rally for intervention in Myanmar – video
Members of Australia’s Rohingya community rally outside the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Melbourne on Thursday as they plead with the federal government to do more to end the current violence. The community is urging greater international intervention against the military attacks on the ethnic minority in Myanmar, which has killed at least 400 people and forced more than 100,000 to flee to neighbouring Bangladesh. The head of the United Nations has described the situation as at risk of becoming ethnic cleansing.The Refugee Council of Australia has called on the federal government to consider a special resettlement program for Rohingya forcibly displaced Continue reading... [...]
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'It's better to die here': why don't Mumbaikars leave dangerous buildings?
Fifty six people have died in three building collapses over the past two months. But with rent control meaning tenants can pay as little as 12 pence a month – and little hope of a place in any replacement building – thousands simply refuse to go Amid the bustle of Mumbai’s western suburbs, in a dilapidated 60-year-old building, live Heena Tolani, her husband and two children. The staircase to her apartment is rickety, its wooden hand-rail held together with string. The road beneath is visible through gaps in the floor.Inside her home, bamboo sticks prop up the ceiling. Sections of roof have collapsed on at least three occasions. Most occupants belong to the lowest income groups, and choose the death threat over homelessness Related: Rebels with a cause: the female biker clubs reclaiming Delhi's public space Continue reading... [...]
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Aung San Suu Kyi says 'terrorists' are misinforming world about Myanmar violence
De facto leader responds to growing international criticism by attacking ‘fake news’ about the plight of Rohingya MuslimsAung San Suu Kyi has blamed “terrorists” for “a huge iceberg of misinformation” about violence in western Myanmar that has forced more than 140,000 Rohingya refugees into neighbouring Bangladesh.The de-facto leader of Myanmar is under growing pressure to halt “clearance operations” by security forces in Rakhine state that the United Nations secretary-general has warned could verge on ethnic cleansing. Related: Take away Aung San Suu Kyi’s Nobel peace prize. She no longer deserves it | George Monbiot The Rohingya are Muslims who live in majority-Buddhist Myanmar. They are often described as "the world's most persecuted minority".  Related: Who are the Rohingya and what is happening in Myanmar? Continue reading... [...]
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US military apologises to Afghans over offensive propaganda leaflet
Leaflets depicting a dog bearing a passage from the Qur’an is latest in series of perceived insults by coalition forces The US military in Afghanistan has apologised for distributing propaganda leaflets featuring a passage from the Qur’an superimposed on to the image of a dog, which could cause offence to Muslims.In a statement early on Wednesday, before the leaflet drop became widely known, the US military said the incident had been a mistake. Continue reading... [...]
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Identify Rohingyas living illegally, they may be terror threat: Centre asks states
The Home Ministry advisory comes a day after Union Minister Kiren Rijiju made it clear that all Rohingyas living illegally in India would be deported. [...]
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Gaya road rage: JD-U leader's son Rocky Yadav gets life sentence
Aditya Sachdeva, a teenager was shot dead by Rocky Yadav on May 7, last year when he was coming back to Gaya from Bodh Gaya after attending a birthday celebration. [...]
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Who are the Rohingya and what is happening in Myanmar?
Fresh outbreak of violence after decades of ethnic tensions has prompted tens of thousands of people to flee to BangladeshDescribed as the world’s most persecuted people, 1.1 million Rohingya people live in Myanmar. They live predominately in Rakhine state, where they have co-existed uneasily alongside Buddhists for decades. Related: 'We die or they die': Rohingya insurgency sparks fresh violence in Myanmar Continue reading... [...]
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Deadly exodus: 123,000 Rohingya flee Myanmar in  two weeks – in pictures
Aid agencies warn of a growing humanitarian crisis as persecution of the Muslim ethnic minority pushes 15,000 people into Bangladesh each day, with border relief camps already at capacity. The United Nations secretary-general, António Guterres, has appealed to Myanmar to end the violence Continue reading... [...]
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Archive: monsoon floods cut off Delhi’s four million population, 6 September 1978
6 September 1978 The city is in a state of emergency, with telephone lines down, bridges closed and the army deployedNew Delhi and its 4 million inhabitants were more or less cut off last night, except for air links, by the city’s worst flood in 100 years. A crowd, of Cup Final proportions, jammed the New Bridge to watch the swollen river Jamuna racing faster and rising higher at twice its normal width. New housing estates and some Government buildings are submerged already and there is the threat of more flooding to come. In West Bengal the floods drove 2 million people from their homes. At Haur railway station, angry flood victims blocked the track and held up the Ispat Express from Calcutta demanding food and boats to rescue their families from treetops. Related: Floods in drought season: is this the future for parts of India? | Raghu Karnad Continue reading... [...]
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Take away Aung San Suu Kyi’s Nobel peace prize. She no longer deserves it | George Monbiot
Once she was an inspiration. Now, silent on the plight of the Rohingya in Myanmar, she is complicit in crimes against humanityFew of us expect much from political leaders: to do otherwise is to invite despair. But to Aung San Suu Kyi we entrusted our hopes. To mention her name was to invoke patience and resilience in the face of suffering, courage and determination in the unyielding struggle for freedom. She was an inspiration to us all.She has denied the very identity of the people being attacked, asking the US ambassador not to use the term Rohingya Related: Aung San Suu Kyi: Myanmar's great hope fails to live up to expectations Continue reading... [...]
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India investigates hospital deaths of 30 children in second oxygen supply case
Police look into latest fatalities after government report blames the chief medical officer and doctors for deaths in Uttar PradeshIndian police are investigating whether 30 infants died for lack of oxygen in a northern state-run hospital, the second case within a month in which medical supply shortages have been blamed for the deaths of dozens of children. An underfunded, poorly managed public health system is in the spotlight after more than 60 children died in August in a public hospital in northern Uttar Pradesh, amid accusations that oxygen supplies ran out because of unpaid bills. Related: 'We stood helpless' - parents recall horror of Indian hospital where 64 died Continue reading... [...]
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Indian journalist critical of Hindu extremists shot dead in Bangalore
Gauri Lankesh was reportedly shot by three assailants as she was entering her home on Tuesday eveningA senior Indian journalist and activist has been shot dead outside her home in Bangalore.Gauri Lankesh, the editor of a Kannada-language tabloid that has frequently been critical of Hindu extremists, was reportedly killed on Tuesday evening. Continue reading... [...]
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Fake news images add fuel to fire in Myanmar, after more than 400 deaths
Images from other conflicts, some decades old, are being used as propaganda in the struggle between Rohingya Muslims and the military in Rakhine stateMisleading images claiming to depict violence in Myanmar and being being shared on social media are sowing distrust and undermining the work of human rights group, say campaigners.As real attacks have escalated, graphic images, in some cases relating to atrocities elsewhere, are being posted alongside claims of violence both by the Rohingya people, and against them. Related: Myanmar blocks all UN aid to civilians at heart of Rohingya crisis Correction: My earlier twit regretfully included pics that wrongfully depicted massacre taking place in #Rohingya against #Muslims by error. Related: Fears mount of Myanmar atrocities as fleeing Rohingya families drown Continue reading... [...]
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Afghan civilians count cost of renewed US air campaign
As rate of airstrike casualties rises, Donald Trump’s expansion of conflict could strain relations between Kabul and WashingtonWhen thousands of additional US soldiers are deployed to Afghanistan as part of Donald Trump’s expansion of America’s longest war, many of them will experience the conflict at a distance from fighters jets and helicopters.The US has stepped up its use of airstrikes in Afghanistan and is pouring vast resources into strengthening Afghan airpower. But while airstrikes may be effective in killing insurgents, increasing their use also leads to more civilian deaths. Continue reading... [...]
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Modi in Myanmar: Beyond photo-ops, India would like to win over a key ally in the East
In his first bilateral visit to Myanmar, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has a golden opportunity to rebuild ties with a neglected neighbour. [...]
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PM Narendra Modi heads to Myanmar as Rohingya refugee crisis worsens
PM Modi's promises to 'Act East' and cement ties with India's eastern neighbour have slipped even as China has strengthened its influence. [...]
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PM raised terrorism at BRICS ahead of India-China meet: Foreign Secretary Jaishankar
Terrorism was an issue that India wanted raised and addressed at the BRICS platform, which was bigger than raising it bilaterally with just one country, Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar said. [...]
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More than 120,000 Rohingya flee Myanmar violence, UN says
Military operation pushing 15,000 Muslim ethnic minorities into Bangladesh every day, raising fears of border camp crisisMore than 120,000 Rohingya people have fled Myanmar for Bangladesh in the last two weeks after a rise in violence against the Muslim ethnic minority, according to the United Nations. The situation has raised fears of a humanitarian crisis in overstretched border camps, with another 400,000 stateless Rohingya people estimated to be trapped in conflict zones in western Myanmar since more “clearance operations” by security forces in Rakhine state began last month. Continue reading... [...]
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Dark is beautiful: the battle to end the world's obsession with lighter skin
Skin colour bias has spawned a global, multibillion-dollar industry in cosmetic creams and invasive procedures. Mary-Rose Abraham talks to consumers and campaigners in India about the dangers this poses – and how to stop it“It starts when children are young: the moment a child is born, relatives start comparing siblings’ skin colour. It starts in your own family – but people don’t want to talk about it openly.”Kavitha Emmanuel is the founder of Women of Worth, an Indian NGO that is standing up to bias toward lighter skin. The Dark Is Beautiful campaign, launched in 2009, is not “anti-white”, she says, but about inclusivity – beauty beyond colour. It carries celebrity endorsement, most notably from the Bollywood actor Nandita Das, and provides a forum for people to share their personal stories of skin colour bias.This is not bias, this is racism. There is a whiteness travelling from the US to shopping malls in other countriesI was so surprised when I came to India that your chances of getting married depend on your skin colour Related: 'A violence no autopsy can reveal': the deadly cost of India's campus prejudice When the patient stops using the cream, the skin reacts and develops rashes – so they start again. It's a vicious cycle Related: 'Race fraud': how a college quota scandal exposed Brazil's historic racial tensions Related: Can an advert for tea really change India's sexist attitudes? Continue reading... [...]
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The Guardian view on the slaughter in Myanmar: a crime against humanity | Editorial
The brutal, bloody, and ultimately pointless mistreatment of a Muslim minority shames Aung San Suu KyiThe Rohingya are a Muslim people living in the north-west of predominantly Buddhist Myanmar, which borders mainly Muslim Bangladesh. In Myanmar they are seen as Muslims, and in Bangladesh as foreigners. Neither country claims or even wants them. Neither will allow them citizenship, though these families have lived in Burma for centuries at least. Now the military in Myanmar will not even tolerate their existence, and in recent weeks the almost genocidal pressure on their villages has greatly increased, sending tens of thousands trying to flee across a guarded border into an uncertain future. The army appears to be trying to starve out the population from areas where the armed resistance is most active, sending an unprecedented flood of refugees across the border. It has blocked UN agencies from delivering food, water or medicine to the affected areas, leaving an estimated 250,000 people without regular access to food.There is very little for the refugees if they do get out alive. The Bangladeshi authorities are extremely reluctant to recognise that they are fleeing from persecution, even if local people have responded with great generosity. Related: Myanmar blocks all UN aid to civilians at heart of Rohingya crisis Continue reading... [...]
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North Korea not done after nuclear test: South says Pyongyang may launch ICBM
A day after North Korea conducted its sixth nuclear test, the South warned that Pyongyang could go on to fire an intercontinental ballistic missile. [...]
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