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Qandeel Baloch: the life, death and impact of Pakistan’s working class icon
The life, death and impact of Pakistan’s working-class icon Qandeel Baloch, killed in 2016 after becoming a social media celebrity. This film tells Qandeel’s story through her own videos and media appearances. A young, fearless woman who collided with Pakistan’s mainstream media, Qandeel exposed the religious right and challenged middle-class morality. From her life before stardom in a rural village to her early days in entertainment as a model and actor, Qandeel gained attention by making provocative web videos. We get to know Qandeel through her family, admirers and those she interacted with and inspired. The film also analyses her life through the lens of class and power politics and connects it to women’s continuing struggle for self-expression in Pakistan Continue reading... [...]
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‘She feared  no one': the life and death of Qandeel Baloch
She was known as Pakistan’s Kim Kardashian, a social media star who courted controversy. One year on, why has no one stood trial for her killing?In April 2016, Qandeel Baloch was invited to appear on the comedy news show Ajeeb Saa. The format was a live debate with Abdul Qavi, a 50-year-old mullah frequently on television. Qavi joined via video link from Multan, the city in southern Punjab where he runs a religious school. Baloch, a 26-year-old social media celebrity dubbed “Pakistan’s Kim Kardashian”, sat in a studio in Karachi.It was a match made for controversy. The mullah was known for his Islamic erudition; Baloch for her revealing outfits, Instagram poses and pouting Facebook videos. Over the past two years, she had in turn amused and scandalised Pakistani society. She had also inspired thousands of young people, particularly women, who admired this “simple girl’s” transformation into one of the country’s biggest celebrities.She was a very simple girl, but she had big dreams. She was thirsty for fameHer posts were a subversion of her country’s cultural norms. She twerked, filmed herself in the bath, danced in a bikiniFor popularity, you need to take off clothes. To become popular and famous, you need to act strangeShe came to embody the lingering chasm between our social media and our social reality Continue reading... [...]
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Trai move to reduce interconnect usage charges to hurt industry: Report
The latest move by the TRAI to reduce the interconnect usage charges from the existing 14 paisa per minute to 6 paisa per minute would adversely impact the larger incumbents over the medium term, said rating agency ICRA. [...]
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Gangster Dawood Ibrahim is in Pakistan: Brother Iqbal Kaskar to Thane Police
Kaskar was repeatedly asked about the location of Dawood and finally he revealed that Dawood and his other family members stayed at a palatial mansion in Karachi, Pakistan. [...]
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UN General Assembly: Pakistani propaganda has a tough job these days
Pakistan PM is busy spewing venom against India in New York where he is leading his country's delegation to the UNGA while ministers and senior officials of his govt back home in Islamabad are complementing his efforts. [...]
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Political reporter beaten to death in north-east India
Shantanu Bhowmick attacked with sticks outside Agartala two weeks after high-profile murder of another journalistA reporter covering political unrest in India’s north-east was beaten to death during violent clashes, officials have said, two weeks after the high-profile murder of another prominent journalist.Shantanu Bhowmick was set upon with sticks as he reported on violence on Wednesday between warring political factions and police outside Agartala, the capital of remote Tripura state. Continue reading... [...]
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'A lot of fake news': Burmese back Aung San Suu Kyi on Rohingya crisis
Critics say opposition to military’s bloody crackdown on country’s Muslim minority is silenced by fear, suspicion and propagandaFact check: Aung San Suu Kyi’s speech on the Rohingya crisisHundreds of jubilant supporters of Aung San Suu Kyi gathered in Yangon on Tuesday to watch their country’s leader give her first public address on the Rohingya crisis.There was no doubt over the spectators’ allegiances; many watching the public broadcast of her televised address had plastered stickers reading “stand with Aung San Suu Kyi” on their faces. Red balloons – the colour of her National League for Democracy party – rose over City Hall as she spoke. Related: Massacre at Tula Toli: Rohingya recall horror of Myanmar army attack Related: Fact check: Aung San Suu Kyi's speech on the Rohingya crisis Continue reading... [...]
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Peter Dutton refuses to say if Rohingya refugees being returned to Myanmar
Australian immigration minister does not comment on reports Muslim minority being paid to return to country where they face persecutionThe immigration minister, Peter Dutton, has refused to say if Australia is promising thousands of dollars to Rohingya refugees who agree to return to Myanmar, a country accused of carrying out ethnic cleansing against the Muslim minority.He told ABC’s 7.30 program Australia provided settlement packages for refugees in Australian-run detention centres to return to their country of origin, and some regions of Myanmar would be safe to return to, but he would not comment on “individual cases”. Related: Australia offers to pay Rohingya refugees to return to Myanmar Continue reading... [...]
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Mexicans dig through collapsed buildings as earthquake kills 225
One of the most desperate rescue efforts was at the Rebsamen primary and secondary school, where a wing of the three-story building collapsed into a massive pancake of concrete slabs. [...]
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Bhagalpur canal breach: Red-faced, Bihar govt orders probe
The wall broke up after being forcefully hit by the Ganga river waters when the pump was switched on for a trial run [...]
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NGT to Delhi govt: Inspect mosques to check noise levels
A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar asked the AAP government and the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) to take appropriate action against them in case of violation. [...]
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If Amber Rudd can’t explain why she defied the courts, she should go | Charles Falconer
The Home Office ignored judges on three occasions to deport asylum seeker Samim Bigzad. It’s hard to overstate the significance of thisAmber Rudd confused herself with a 16th-century monarch last week, seemingly believing she has a divine right to rule, irrespective of the law. Three times the courts told her to return Samim Bigzad, a 23-year-old asylum seeker who was cowering in a hotel room in Kabul, threatened with beheading by the Taliban. Three times she refused, thinking she knew best and the courts had got it wrong. It displayed a disdainful arrogance for the courts and the law. Unless she has an explanation, she has to go as home secretary. And the person who has a duty to see that the home secretary operates within the rule of law is the lord chancellor, David Lidington. This is as much a test of him as it is of her.The story of Samim Bigzad is chilling. He came to the UK from Afghanistan in 2015. His father was already here, and suffers from severe post-traumatic stress disorder. Samim initially entered illegally, but then claimed asylum. He had worked on US construction projects in Kabul, hence the Taliban threat.David Lidington must make it clear that this arrogant disdain for the law will not occur in the future Related: Asylum seeker thanks judges after return to UK from illegal deportation Continue reading... [...]
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The Australian government responds to Rohingya crisis – with emojis and cash! | First Dog on the Moon
What? Genocide? Really? How awful, is there a GoFundMe or a Facebook page?Sign up here to get an email whenever First Dog cartoons are publishedGet all your needs met at the First Dog shop if what you need is First Dog merchandise and prints Continue reading... [...]
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Fact check: Aung San Suu Kyi's speech on the Rohingya crisis
Address by de facto leader of Myanmar on forced displacement of hundreds of thousands of Muslims contained truths, half-truths and falsehoodsFollowing weeks of silence in the face of claims of ethnic cleansing against Myanmar’s Rohingya population, the country’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi has delivered a controversial speech. Related: Aung San Suu Kyi says Myanmar does not fear scrutiny over Rohingya crisis I think it is only fitting that I should remind you today that our government has not yet been in power for even 18 months.After several months of seemingly quiet and peace, on 25 August, 30 police outposts … were attacked by armed groups. It is not the intention of the Myanmar government to apportion blame or to abnegate responsibility. We condemn all human rights violations and unlawful violence. Related: Myanmar: satellite imagery confirms Rohingya village of Tula Toli razed Human rights violations and all other acts that impair stability and harmony and undermine the rule of law will be addressed in accordance with strict norms of justice.Those who have had to flee their homes are many – not just Muslims and Rakhines, but also small minority groups, such as the Daing-net, Mro [Kamee], Thet, Mramagyi and Hindus, of whose presence most of the world is totally unaware.Since 5 September, there have been no armed clashes and there have been no clearance operations.More than 50% of the villages of Muslims are intact.All people living in the Rakhine state have access to education and healthcare services without discrimination. Since December 2016, local and foreign media groups have been given access to areas previously off-limits in Rakhine. Even after the outbreaks on 25 August, we arranged for several media groups to visit the afflicted areas. There has been a call for the repatriation of refugees who have fled from Myanmar to Bangladesh. We are prepared to start the verification process at any time. Related: The west wanted Aung San Suu Kyi to be a saint. It’s no surprise she is not | Alan Davis There have been allegations and counter-allegations. We are now starting another round of humanitarian aid endeavour, which we hope will take care of all the peoples in the region. Continue reading... [...]
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Facebook bans Rohingya group's posts as minority faces 'ethnic cleansing'
As hundreds of thousands flee a brutal campaign by the Myanmar military, the social media company labels an insurgent group a ‘dangerous organization’ Amid international accusations that Myanmar’s military is engaging in “ethnic cleansing” of the Rohingya Muslim minority, Facebook designated a Rohingya insurgent group a “dangerous organization” and ordered moderators to delete any content “by or praising” it.The decision, which the company said was made after an internal assessment of the group, came shortly before activists began complaining that the company was censoring posts about the brutal military campaign against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar. Related: The west wanted Aung San Suu Kyi to be a saint. It’s no surprise she is not | Alan Davis Related: Myanmar: satellite imagery confirms Rohingya village of Tula Toli razed Continue reading... [...]
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Caravan of Love takes its peace message to Indian families touched by hate
As tide of caste or religious violence rises, one activist is taking his message of peace around India, meeting families of people killed in hate crimesA police escort is a must when travelling in the Karwan-e-Mohabbat, or “Caravan of Love”.Its leader, Harsh Mander, can see the irony. The caravan – an air-conditioned coach emblazoned with a banner proclaiming a message of love – is traversing seven Indian states in two weeks with a “call to conscience” for India’s Hindu majority. Continue reading... [...]
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Aung San Suu Kyi award suspended by UK union over Myanmar crisis
Unison one of a number of institutions in Britain to withdraw honours in response to humanitarian crisisOne of Britain’s largest trade unions has suspended an award given to Aung San Suu Kyi during her time as a political prisoner, as international criticism mounts over her tepid response to Myanmar’s humanitarian crisis.The move comes as a number of British institutions say they are reviewing or removing honours bestowed on Aung San Suu Kyi during her campaign for democracy under Myanmar’s oppressive military junta. Related: Aung San Suu Kyi says Myanmar does not fear scrutiny over Rohingya crisis Related: Aung San Suu Kyi: damned by her silence | Observer profile Continue reading... [...]
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UK to suspend training of Burmese military over treatment of Rohingya
Theresa May says all engagement with Myanmar’s military will end until action against civilians in Rakhine state stopsTheresa May has announced that the UK will suspend the training of Burmese military amid concerns about the treatment of the Muslim Rohingya population.Speaking at the UN general assembly in New York, she said the UK would end all engagement with the Burmese military until military action against civilians in Rakhine state had stopped. Continue reading... [...]
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Strong 7.4 quake hits Mexico on anniversary of deadly 1985 tremor
A major earthquake of magnitude 7.4 hit southern Mexico just days after a powerful 8.1 quake killed nearly 100 people. [...]
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Australia offers to pay Rohingya refugees to return to Myanmar
Exclusive: Rohingya sent to detention island in Papua New Guinea pressured to return to Myanmar, where thousands have fled ethnic persecutionAustralia is promising thousands of dollars to Rohingya refugees who agree to return to Myanmar, a country that has been accused of ethnic cleansing against the Muslim minority.Asylum seekers in the Australian-run detention centre on Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island, have been pressured by officials to return to their home countries, even if they face violence. Related: Myanmar: footage reveals scorched-earth campaign against Rohingya Related: Manus Island: judge approves $70m compensation for detainees Continue reading... [...]
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Myanmar: satellite imagery confirms Rohingya village of Tula Toli razed
Exclusive: Photographs of burned houses corroborates Guardian report on destruction of homes by the army New satellite images taken above the Myanmar village of Tula Toli have revealed the charred remains of the settlement, confirming a Guardian report earlier this month that detailed its demolition based on eyewitness accounts.More than a dozen Rohingya from Tula Toli described a blood-soaked operation by Myanmar’s armed forces on 30 August that killed scores of civilians, emptied the village and set their wood-built homes ablaze. Related: Aung San Suu Kyi breaks silence over Myanmar's Rohingya crisis: 'We too are concerned' Related: Massacre at Tula Toli: Rohingya recall horror of Myanmar army attack Continue reading... [...]
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Aung San Suu Kyi breaks silence on Rohingya crisis: 'Myanmar does not fear scrutiny'
Leader and her government ‘burying their heads in the sand over the horrors unfolding in Rakhine’, says AmnestyAung San Suu Kyi has broken her silence on the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar, saying she does not “fear international scrutiny” and the government was still assessing allegations of atrocities.In her first public address since a bloody army crackdown on the Rohingya Muslim minority that has been branded “ethnic cleansing” by the United Nations, the Nobel laureate stressed the short time her government had been in power. Related: Myanmar: satellite imagery confirms Rohingya village of Tula Toli razed Related: Aung San Suu Kyi: what has happened to Myanmar's icon of morality? When Aung San Suu Kyi was elected to parliament in 2012 there were high hopes that the Nobel peace prize winner would help heal Myanmar's entrenched ethnic divides.   Continue reading... [...]
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Indian PM inaugurates Sardar Sarovar dam in face of activist anger
Narendra Modi hits out at ‘misinformation campaign’ as environmentalists warn that 40,000 families’ homes are at riskA mega-dam that became one of India’s greatest environmental controversies during the three decades it was under construction has been formally declared complete by the prime minister, Narendra Modi.Activists have warned that 40,000 families across hundreds of villages will lose their homes as a result of the construction of the final stage of the dam and are yet to be adequately compensated. Continue reading... [...]
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We saved Rs 3 lakh crore worth loans in road sector alone: Nitin Gadkari
Lamenting the lack of bank's support for the funding of road projects and delays in financial closures, Gadkari said his ministry would seek new avenues for funding. [...]
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Governor Vidyasagar Rao discusses Tamil Nadu political crisis with President Kovind
Tamil Nadu Governor Vidyasagar Rao is being constantly urged by Opposition parties and AIADMK dissenters to convene a floor test, so as to put the EPS government's strength to test. [...]
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Memo to Trump and the SAS – send the Afghans fewer bullets and more books | Caroline Moorehead
A remarkable experiment under way in west Kabul is defying the threat of Isis to deliver radical education to hundreds of young Afghans. Its lessons are vitalIn the spring of 2002, I went to Afghanistan to write about the refugees returning home from Pakistan over the Khyber Pass after years of exile since the civil wars of the 80s and 90s. In the ruins of west Kabul I came across a teacher, who was with his 38 pupils, their parents and the looms on which they made carpets. They had all travelled back with him in the brightly painted buses laid on by the UN. His name was Aziz Royesh and he was a Hazara, from the third-largest of Afghanistan’s ethnic groups and unlike the other two, the Pashtun and the Tajik, Shia rather than Sunni. With money raised largely in the UK, Aziz found a derelict house, restored its rooms and set to work. It was the start of a remarkable experiment. Related: Are old photos of ‘westernised’ Afghan women driving Trump’s foreign policy? | Rossalyn Warren Related: After Trump’s U-turn, Afghans’ suffering now has no end | Lucy Morgan Edwards Continue reading... [...]
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'Girls aren't less than boys': Kabul's female veterinarians hope to cure inequality | Fran McElhone
A trio of vets in Afghanistan are braving bomb blasts and discrimination to head up an animal welfare practice and inspire a new generation of womenUnpredictable and indiscriminate bomb blasts don’t deter the three women heading up Afghanistan’s only large-scale animal shelter and veterinary clinic, in Kabul. Neither do the attitudes of the people who told them they couldn’t, or shouldn’t, be vets.Afghanistan is one of the lowest-ranked countries in the world for gender equality. In this strictly patriarchal society, women are still traditionally married off soon after school age and remain housewives for the rest of their lives. They may face imprisonment for running away from home and many are still behind bars for “moral crimes”. Related: Afghanistan's women risk their lives to demand equal rights and protection | Sune Engel Rasmussen Continue reading... [...]
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Nawaz Sharif's party clinches victory in Pakistan local election
Kulsoom Nawaz, the wife of Pakistan’s former prime minister, wins byelection in Lahore with a much reduced majority in wake of corruption scandalPakistan’s ruling party has clinched a win in an unusually close race in a normally unassailable stronghold – an indication of damage to the reputation of Nawaz Sharif, the ex-prime minister recently ousted on corruption charges.The local byelection on Sunday in Lahore was for a parliamentary seat vacated by Sharif when he was disqualified in July pitted Sharif’s wife, Kulsoom Nawaz, against 43 contenders, and saw a surge of radical Islamist candidates. Related: Ousted Pakistani prime minister’s daughter fights for family legacy Related: Nawaz Sharif has gone. But Pakistan’s high-level corruption survives | Tariq Ali Continue reading... [...]
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