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Mangroves and incomes flourish as Sri Lanka's women promote conservation – in pictures
A new project in Sri Lanka offers training and loans to women to start sustainable businesses as an alternative to cutting mangroves, and commits them to help replant degraded areas of the mangrove forests Continue reading... [...]
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‘Alarming’ number of child deaths push Afghan casualties to record high
Victims include 1,509 children – a third of the total – a grim indicator of growing insecurity as Taliban step up insurgencyCivilian casualties in Afghanistan reached a record high in the first half of 2016, the UN has said, with children in particular paying a heavy price as insurgent groups stepped up the fighting.The UN report, which comes two days after the deadliest attack in Kabul since 2001, cited ground combat between militants and Nato-backed Afghan forces as the leading cause of casualties. Related: Does bloody bombing in Kabul signal change of tactics for Islamic State? Continue reading... [...]
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An insider's guide to Jodhpur: blue buildings and green energy
Jodhpur in the Indian state of Rajasthan is home to solar power initiatives, the world’s best hotel and fried semolina balls so good they’re legendary. Priyanka Sacheti guides us through the serpentine bylanes of her cityBlue, hot, iridescent and friendly Continue reading... [...]
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Bollywood star Salman Khan acquitted of poaching charges
Actor was previously convicted of killing three endangered animals but higher court in Rajasthan has overturned the verdictThe Bollywood star Salman Khan has been acquitted of shooting and killing three endangered animals nearly two decades ago, a verdict that overturned a lower court’s ruling that would have sent the actor to jail.Khan and seven other people, including Bollywood actors, had been accused of killing a gazelle and two antelopes over two days in 1998 while filming a movie in Rajasthan state. Related: Bollywood box office takings down for first time in five years Continue reading... [...]
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At least 19 killed, 24 wounded in knife attack outside Tokyo
The police in Sagamihara, Kanagawa Prefecture, have arrested a suspect, Kyodo reported. [...]
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Bangladeshi child labourer 'tortured to death' at textile mill
Police hunt for mill managers after illegal underage worker Sagar Barman, nine, dies from internal injuries Police in Bangladesh have arrested a spinning mill worker for allegedly torturing a nine-year-old boy to death with an air compressor, the second such claim in less than a year, officers said.Sagar Barman, who worked at a textile mill in Rupganj town, just south of Dhaka, died of internal injuries in a hospital in the capital late on Sunday. His family alleges that eight workers were involved in forcing the compressor into the boy’s rectum and turning on the machine. Related: Rana Plaza collapse: 38 charged with murder over garment factory disaster Related: Bangladeshi organisation offers a lesson on ending child labour | Anna Leach Continue reading... [...]
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Bradford woman's death in Pakistan investigated after 'honour' killing claims
MP Naz Shah demands autopsy after Samia Shahid’s husband says he believes her family killed her for marrying ‘outsider’Police are investigating the death of a British woman in Pakistan after her husband claimed she was the victim of an “honour” killing for marrying a man from outside the family allegedly against her parents’ wishes.Samia Shahid, a beauty therapist from Bradford, died on Wednesday while visiting relatives in Pandori village near Mangla Dam in northern Punjab, the Foreign Office confirmed. Continue reading... [...]
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A toilet or safe drinking water? The stark choice facing many people in rural India | Priyanka Pulla
India’s ambitious sanitation drive has created a health hazard, with many toilets built cheek by jowl with family water supplies June in Odisha state’s Puri district, and the mercury is hitting 39C. The monsoon is still days away but, when it comes, the Mahanadi river could flood low-lying villages, as it often has done. One such village is Aaruha, a network of congested huts surrounded by vast rice fields.Chaibi Swain, 52, lives here with her husband, a rice farmer. Her home is little different to the rest of Aaruha’s low-rise dwellings, but it has a toilet, which puts her among a small minority in rural Odisha. Eight out of nine people in Odisha’s villages do not use toilets, instead defecating in the open, leaving them vulnerable to diseases. The Swains, with their tiny toilet, which empties into a leach pit – a hole in the ground used to compost faeces when there is no sewage system – are the face of progress. Related: Can $15m worth of toilets finally clean up the Ganges? Related: Snakebites, diarrhoea and violence: why India's women need toilets | Seren Boyd Continue reading... [...]
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Does bloody bombing in Kabul signal change of tactics for Islamic State?
If Isis was responsible for Saturday’s suicide attacks, it would be its first on civilians in Kabul and its largest ever in AfghanistanUntil Saturday, Kabul residents mostly knew of Islamic State’s operations in Afghanistan through reports of pockets of militants fighting under that name in some eastern districts. They had never felt their presence up close.On Saturday, that appears to have changed. According to the group’s news agency, Amaq, it was Isis who sent two suicide bombers into a crowd of peaceful, civilian protesters, killing at least 80 and wounding more than 200. The statement called the crowd “a Shia gathering”. Most of the protesters were members of the ethnic Hazara minority. Continue reading... [...]
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Aam Admi Party supporters' protest leaves Aam Admi stranded
Soon after Khan was arrested for allegedly molesting a woman, several AAP supporters gathered outside the Jamia Nagar Police station and blocked the traffic. [...]
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Court rejects Amanatullah Khan's bail plea, sends him to one day police custody
Khan, who allegedly mowed a woman, has been kept into police remand for further investigation. His bail plea will be heard again on Tuesday. [...]
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Renowned painter SH Raza laid to rest
Raza, credited for popularising Indian concepts and iconography, had built a towering legacy of modern art. [...]
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Afghanistan holds day of mourning after bomb kills at least 80
Interior ministry bans public gatherings in apparent attempt to avoid inter-communal strife after attack on Hazara marchAfghanistan has marked a national day of mourning a day after a suicide bomber killed at least 80 people who were taking part in a peaceful demonstration in Kabul. The attack was claimed by Islamic State.Authorities said 231 people were wounded, some seriously, in the bombing on Saturday afternoon at a march by members of the ethnic Hazara community, who are predominantly Shia Muslim. Most Afghans are Sunni, and Isis regards Shias as apostates. Continue reading... [...]
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Playground or graveyard? Fight breaks out over future of Osama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan
Military and local government at odds over what to do with the plot in Abbottabad where Bin Laden was killed by Navy SealsA dispute has broken out over the future of the site where Osama Bin Laden was shot dead in 2011, with authorities pushing rival plans for a graveyard or playground.The military has erected a wall around the 3,800 sq ft plot where the al-Qaida leader’s compound once stood in the garrison city of Abbottabad, and wants to convert it into a graveyard. Related: Osama Bin Laden's son vows to avenge al-Qaida leader's death Continue reading... [...]
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RSS must come clean on funds collected on Guru Purnima, says Digvijaya Singh
He also said that several organisations which owe affiliation to the RSS were unregistered and therefore it was difficult to track down the money collected. [...]
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Isis claims responsibility for Kabul fatal bomb attack on Hazara protesters
At least 80 dead and more than 230 wounded after attack on demonstration by minority group, which makes up 9% of populationAt least 80 people have been killed and hundreds injured after two suicide bombers struck a peaceful protest in Kabul by a Shia minority group. Responsibility for the attack, which appears to have targeted a demonstration by the Hazara minority, was claimed by Islamic State via the group’s news agency, Amaq. If true, it would mark the first attack by Isis in Kabul, and its largest ever in Afghanistan. Related: Hazara people march on Kabul in power line protest Related: Kabul’s expat bubble used to be like Boogie Nights – now it’s more like Panic Room Continue reading... [...]
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Latest film from superstar actor Rajinikanth sends India into a frenzy
Ticket sales broke records and workers have been given days off as hype around the movie Kabali engulfs the nationIt is the kind of reception Hollywood actors and moguls can only dream of. Workers given days off, jumbo jets repainted and prayer ceremonies held – all in honour of a film.The release of Kabali, the latest film featuring Indian superstar actor Rajinikanth, has prompted a cinema-going frenzy across India, with the film racking up £20m in film rights sales before it is even released. Related: Bollywood escape for Delhi's poor communities – in pictures Continue reading... [...]
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Finding Antonov-32: The task, the odds
While the Indian Navy is leading the Search And Rescue effort, given that it is an incident at sea, IAF and ICG are working in close cooperation. [...]
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Smriti Irani not targeted, HRD minister Javadekar tells India Today
Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar cleared the air on Smriti Irani's exit from Modi's Cabinet. [...]
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Angry mob torches bogies of South Bihar express after boy comes under the train
This evening a student Navneet while he was crossing the track came under a train and was killed. [...]
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India should follow China to find a way out of the woods on saving forest people | Gaurav Madan
While China has given more than 400 million people legal rights over forest land, vast swaths of forestry in India are being degraded, leaving locals without landThere was a time when the area leading up to the village of Usku Dadjo in the state of Jharkhand, east India, was dense forest. But because residents did not have the right to manage their land, the forest was steadily degraded by outsiders. Now, only sand and scrub remain.Last year, the community started to reclaim traditional lands using India’s groundbreaking 2006 Forest Rights Act. While the community has not yet received any response from the government, residents have put up signs asserting their right to the land. Related: Liberia must pass land rights bill or risk jeopardising peace, campaigners warn Related: Brazil's giant dams risk destroying heart of the Amazon, says Greenpeace Continue reading... [...]
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India begins search for military aircraft missing with 29 people on board
Massive rescue operation launched after Indian air force plane vanished over the Bay of Bengal shortly after takeoffIndia has launched a massive search and rescue operation for an Indian air force (IAF) plane that went missing with 29 people on board over the Bay of Bengal.With concern mounting hours after its disappearance, five surveillance aircraft and 13 navy and coastguard ships began searching on Friday for the plane, which vanished shortly after takeoff from the southern city of Chennai.Full scale Search & Rescue launched to look for IAF AN 32 overdue at Port Blair since 1130 hrs. Max assets being deployed at earliest. Continue reading... [...]
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Task force to probe malnourishment death of tribal infants in Odisha
Odisha government finally formed a task force to investigate the deaths of as many as 19 children due to malnourishment. [...]
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Rahul Gandhi meets Dalit family in Una, announces Rs 5 lakh as help
Rahul Gandhi today met the family of boys who were assaulted in Una, Gujarat and promised them financial help. [...]
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Suds and the city: the abandoned bathtubs of Gurgaon – in pictures
As the north Indian city’s real estate market has developed over the years, so has its residents’ dislike of bathing, apparently. Gurgaon resident Namrata Mehta documents the city’s discarded bathtubs on the website Broken Toilets Continue reading... [...]
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Myanmar military admits soldiers killed villagers during interrogation
Five men were found in a shallow grave days after being rounded up and led away in the northern Shan StateFive villagers have been killed by soldiers during an interrogation in Myanmar, a senior general said, in a rare admission by the country’s powerful military which promised to prosecute the perpetrators. Witnesses have told Reuters that soldiers rounded up dozens of men in a remote part of the northern Shan state – an area riven by a long-running ethnic insurgency – on 25 June and led five men away. The bodies of the five were found in a shallow grave a few days later. Related: Myanmar human rights group 'forced' to cancel launch of report on army torture Continue reading... [...]
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Confessions of a killer policeman | Raghu Karnad and Grace Jajo
In a state bloodied by decades of armed rebellion, Thounaojam Herojit became one of India’s most deadly policemen – killing more than a hundred people. This year, he became something rarer still: an executioner who wanted to tell the world about his crimesWhen he began to kill, Thounaojam Herojit never intended to tell his wife – let alone the whole country. After an execution, he would go home and wait by the corrugated tin gate for her to bring him a towel and bucket. He bathed, right there in the lane, as their children did, to keep the pollution of death from entering their house. Each time, he would ask her to wash his uniform, even though his clothes looked clean. Eventually she caught on.The worst days were ahead of Herojit – these were merely the most dangerous. He was a young police constable in Manipur, a province in the north-east of India bloodied by decades of separatist insurgency and state reprisal. But he was also a commando – part of an elite unit raised to fight the insurgents – and he was set to become their most effective executioner.The seven men stayed subdued, and the truck drove to a spot on the hillside – where Herojit shot them all deadThe UNLF was established in November 24, 1964, with the firm conviction that Indian colonial rule had been strangling the genuine development of our peoples … We have also begun striking at the occupation forces from time to time in order to awaken the masses to the real and ugly face of Indian colonialism and to propagate the revolutionary line that our national pride and independence can be regained through armed struggle only …The execution in front of witnesses got him suspended for ‘indiscipline and grave misconduct’. It lasted 10 days Related: Pictures point to Indian police killing unarmed man in Manipur Continue reading... [...]
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Social media gangsters unmasked: Vested interests can trigger false propaganda online
An India Today reporter has exposed rings of young IT professionals who can orchestrate malice and religious polarisation in the virtual world no matter if it tears apart lives, careers and reputations in the real. [...]
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