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Abu Salem uses mobile phone inside jail, alleges Dhananjay Munde, CM Fadnavis orders probe
Leader of Opposition Dhananjay Munde today alleged that gangster Abu Salem was using a mobile phone inside the jail premises. [...]
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BJP wants Vande Mataram compulsory, but its own minister can't sing even a line
During India Today's show Newsroom with Rahul Kanwal, UP's MoS Minority Welfare, Baldev Singh Aulakh, was left red faced after he failed to sing even a line of Vande Mataram. [...]
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Nepal outlaws custom of exiling women during their periods
Campaigners welcome introduction of jail sentences and fines for isolating women during menstruation but warn education is needed to end stigma Nepal has passed a law criminalising the practice of banishing women to huts during their periods.The ancient Hindu tradition of Chhaupadi, whereby women are confined to animal sheds during menstruation to keep “impurity” out of the home, was banned by the supreme court in 2005. Related: Nepal’s bleeding shame: menstruating women banished to cattle sheds | Kate Hodal Continue reading... [...]
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Narendra Modi's letter to Sheikh Hasina…
In the foreign policy aspect, Bangladesh has been referred to as the main development partner of India under the Narendra Modi government in Uday Mahurkar's book 'Marching With A Billion'. [...]
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After Jairam Ramesh, Mani Shankar Aiyar too worried about Congress future
After Jairam Ramesh, another senior Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar has raised concerns over lack of strategy in the party to tackle Narendra Modi and Amit Shah. [...]
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'They don't care': Indian government accused of prejudice by Chakma people
Families living on riverbanks of north-east India claim pleas for help following devastating floods have been ignored on religious and racial groundsThe Indian government has been accused of religious and racial discrimination after members of the Chakma ethnic group said their pleas for help following the devastating floods and landslides that swept the country’s north-east have fallen on deaf ears. Related: Routine abuse of Delhi's maids laid bare as class divide spills into violence | Amrit Dhillon Continue reading... [...]
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My Family, Partition and Me review – like Who Do You Think You Are? but better
The cataclysmic event is retold through the stories and families of those who escaped. Plus: Citizen Jane: Battle for the CityAssad has gone back to see his childhood home and he’s not finding the experience easy. “I can’t help crying,” he says. I know, Assad: I can’t drive past my old house. Too many ghosts, voices and smells from the past. Plus the new owners are bound to have done something wrong, like cut down my favourite tree or something. Related: ‘The wounds have never healed’: living through the terror of partition Related: Partition, 70 years on: Salman Rushdie, Kamila Shamsie and other writers reflect Continue reading... [...]
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Marauding elephant could be shot after killing 15 people in India
Wildlife officials say something must be done to end animal’s months-long rampage that has left villagers living in fear An elephant that has killed 15 people in eastern India over a months-long rampage could be shot within days if it is not brought under control, an official has said.Wildlife rangers and hunters assembled in Jharkhand on Wednesday after another victim was trampled to death on Tuesday evening, said the state’s chief forest and wildlife conservator, LR Singh. Continue reading... [...]
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Abuse in Pakistan: 'I’m more scared of harassment online than offline'
The country’s first cyber harassment helpline is providing legal and psychological support to women facing threats on social media platformsIn January 2016, Suman was on her way to take her university exams when she was approached by a motorbike. The man grabbed her, took her to an isolated location and poured acid on her face. Despite her shrieks for help, the area was deserted and no one came to her aid. Suman’s face burned, stinging and swelling to the point where her lips and eyes were no longer visible.The assailant – Suman’s brother-in-law – had a long history of harassing her. In the years before the attack, he had initiated unwanted sexual advances and implored her to marry him. In 2014, her brother-in-law had even pinned her down, taking compromising photos that he stored on a USB drive. Related: Wellbeing campaigner: society should shape business – not the other way round A lot of the calls have been from male members of the family calling on behalf of women, so we have to build more trust Related: Zakat requires Muslims to donate 2.5% of their wealth: could this end poverty? Related: A culture of impunity still exists around sexual violence in conflict | Fiona Lloyd-Davies Most cyber predators seek attention from their victims, and when they don’t get it they look for ways to harm them Continue reading... [...]
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How Amit Shah's 3 years as BJP president have been the party's best ever
Besides being BJP's master strategist, Amit Shah is known for his untiring work for the success of BJP. [...]
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'I can have you killed': Afghan woman fears husband after US denies asylum
Shakila Zareen’s asylum application was initially approved after her husband shot her, but it was later denied under Donald Trump’s new US migration policiesWhen Shakila Zareen learned that her husband planned to kill her, she fled to her mother’s house.A few hours later, she was alone in the living room when her husband and two other men scaled the compound walls. As they came through the door, Zareen turned to see her husband aim a hunting gun at her and pull the trigger. Related: The war America can't win: how the Taliban are regaining control in Afghanistan Related: ‘Oh god please let me die’: treating women who have set themselves on fire in Afghanistan Continue reading... [...]
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#AintNoCinderella: Indian women mock politician who blamed stalking victim
Women share photos of themselves staying out after midnight after party official said woman chased in her car late at night had brought it on herselfIndian women have been posting images of themselves out after midnight with defiant messages after a male politician suggested a woman who was chased in her car by two men shouldn’t have been out “so late in the night”.Varnika Kundu said she was chased and almost kidnapped by two men while driving home in Chandigarh after midnight on Saturday. Related: Lipstick Under My Burkha's release hailed as victory for Indian women Continue reading... [...]
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UN calls on Nepal to investigate civil war case of gang-rape and torture by soldiers
Landmark move marks first time UN’s human rights group has intervened in an individual case, yet campaigners say Nepal’s government is unlikely to actThe UN human rights committee has urged Nepal to investigate the gang-rape of a woman during the country’s civil war in a landmark decision that is the first to deal with an individual case of sexual violence during the conflict.The UNHRC’s decision refers to the case of a woman known as Purna Maya, who was raped in 2004 by Nepalese soldiers. Maya, whose name has been changed to protect her, suffered serious injuries during the attack, including a severe haemorrhage of the uterus, which required its removal by surgery. Related: 'I just got trapped': Nepal tries to expand girls' horizons beyond marriage This brave woman, by pushing and pushing, has been able to show that the state has been wrong, that she is vindicated Continue reading... [...]
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Pakistani Taliban starts magazine for would-be female jihadists
Editorial urges women to invite ‘like-minded’ sisters to secret gatherings and to learn how to use weapons and grenadesThe Pakistani Taliban have published the first edition of a magazine aimed at convincing women to join them and practise jihad. The inaugural front cover of Sunnat-i-Khaula – which translates as “The Way of Khaula” and refers to a 7th-century female Muslim warrior – shows a woman veiled from head to toe. Continue reading... [...]
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British Museum first to showcase interactive display with wifi link
Smartphone technology used to bring to life story of woman who donated carving to Indian Buddhist shrine 2,000 years agoEven in a giant high-resolution image at the British Museum, the inscription on a slab of limestone carved almost 2,000 years for a major Buddhist shrine in India is barely visible. But with a tap on a smartphone screen, the life-size figure of a woman projected on to the gallery wall changes from black and white to colour, and steps forward to explain how she commissioned the beautiful carving to honour the Buddha and gain grace for herself and her family.Her name has not survived, but she was a female disciple of the monk Vathisara at the Great Shrine of Amaravati. As the recently translated inscription explains, she paid for the carving in 250AD. Her gift is the only surviving image of the shrine itself, despite the fact that at its height the Buddhist shrine was one of the largest and most important in the world. Continue reading... [...]
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Justice Dipak Misra to be next Chief Justice of India
According to reports, last month CJI Khehar had nominated him for the top judicial post. [...]
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75th anniversary of Quit India Movement: Sonia says, Modi govt encourages vigilantism
On the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the Quit India Movement on Tuesday, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi accused the Modi government of encouraging and empowering the "anti-social elements or self-appointed vigilantes". [...]
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Indian police sack couple for faking climb to Everest summit
Dinesh and Tarakeshwari Rathod doctored photographs to support claim they had reached world’s highest mountain peakTwo Indian police officers who falsely claimed to have reached the summit of Mount Everest last year have been sacked.Nepal’s government imposed a 10-year mountaineering ban on Dinesh and Tarakeshwari Rathod, a married couple, after finding they had doctored photos to support their claim. Continue reading... [...]
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Inside Zan TV: Afghanistan’s first all-female station
The channel employs 50 women to create its daily mix of news, politics and lifestyle shows. In a country still recovering from Taliban rule, Zan’s team are transforming attitudes – and ratings are soaringAfter a city-wide billboard campaign featuring a group of young women standing with arms folded, the women’s media network Zan TV launched in Kabul, Afghanistan, three months ago, with a panel discussion about the right to vote and a Facebook cover photo that read: “We mirror you all”. Zan, meaning “women” in Arabic, is the first TV station in Afghanistan to be made for and run entirely by women. It’s a radical initiative for a country where the television industry is run solely by men and where just 16 years ago, journalism and even access to education for women were banned. “We want women to have an active role in politics and society,” says Nasrine Nawa, 26, Zan’s director of news programming. “We’re empowering them to lead independent lives outside the home.”Nawa’s mission is to train the next generation of female Afghan journalists. Fifty women aged 17 to 28 work for Zan; half are qualified, half are learning on the job. “Many trained journalists are jobless because most TV stations won’t employ women, so we do. We also want to train young women who might not have access to education because of where they live or their family,” says Nawa. Zan also employs 10 men to train women in operating cameras and editing film. It posts jobs on its Facebook page, which had an average of 8,000 likes a day in May. Related: The female journalists defying taboos and braving death threats in Afghanistan | Sune Engel Rasmussen Related: Sesame Street's new Muppet takes on the Taliban (and the trolls) Continue reading... [...]
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Kandy in the spotlight: war behind it, Sri Lanka's second city sees a tourist boom
The cultural capital of Kandy – controversial location for Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom – survived Sri Lanka’s civil war relatively intact. Now it’s thriving, thanks in no small part to an infamous relic: one of the Buddha’s teethOn a hill directly above Kandy there is a statue of Buddha in a seated posture, palms on his lap, signifying meditation. This is far from the most important shrine in this Buddhist-majority city, or indeed an unusual sight in Sri Lanka – the country is peppered with polished white or golden statues that are visible from afar, distinctive amid vegetation. Nonetheless, its proximity to Kandy makes it a good point from which to contemplate the city – and a highly Instagrammable one. On a scorching spring afternoon, western tourists snapped photos under the indifferent eye of Buddhist monks, while one could hear distant religious chants mixed with the sounds of 90s European dance hits at a party – a scene that pretty much represents the vertiginous change happening in Sri Lanka which, less than a decade after the traumatic civil war ended, is experiencing a tourism boom. Continue reading... [...]
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24-hour lynching helpline: Bombay High Court's notice to Mumbai Police ahead of Bakr-Eid
The PIL is in reference to the rising in number of cow vigilantism cases. [...]
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JuD's Hafiz Saeed launches his party Milli Muslim League, eyes 2018 Pakistan elections
Hafiz Saeed, the mastermind of 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, has appointed Saifullah Khalid, senior leader of the JuD, as the president of his political outfit. [...]
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Kashmir: Infiltration bid foiled in Machil sector, 5 terrorists killed
Operation is underway. [...]
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Steve McCurry's Afghanistan – in pictures
Afghanistan, published by Taschen later this month, is a retrospective portfolio of the Magnum photographer Steve McCurry’s most striking images of the country, from 1979 to 2016 Continue reading... [...]
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That’s no way to get the measure of a man | Brief letters
Iran and Israel | Partition | Rip-off Britain | Smallest mammals | EjaculateIt’s surprising that the Guardian’s litany of criticisms of Iran (Editorial, 5 August) did not include any reference to its hostility towards Israel the “Zionist entity”, whose existence it refuses to recognise and whose enemies it supports.Jeremy BeechamLabour, House of Lords• Disappointingly, none of the writers reflecting on Indian partition (Midnight’s grandchildren, Review, 5 August) seemed to question the need for  partition. Was it really necessary, as Jinnah believed, to divide India into two nations?Chris HughesLeicester Continue reading... [...]
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Insurgents kill up to 50 Afghan villagers in northern province
Unidentified militants, reported to be Taliban and Isis, kill up to 50 men, women and children in ‘brutal attack’ on village Insurgents have attacked a village in the northern Afghan province of Sar-e Pul, killing as many as 50 people, including women and children, according to officials. The militants attacked a security outpost in the Mirza Olang area of Sayaad district overnight, torching 30 houses, Zabihullah Amani, a spokesman for the provincial governor, said on Sunday. Continue reading... [...]
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India’s partition: ‘People in their final years are desperate to open up’
Long-hidden drawings and letters recalling a dark and fearful period are coming to light at last in IndiaSardari Lal Parasher recorded what he witnessed during partition in hundreds of feverish sketches. Then he buried the images in a trunk for the rest of his life.The artist, from western Punjab, was a survivor of the blunt, bloody cleaving of the Indian subcontinent in 1947. As the train that would carry him from Lahore to Indian territory pulled in, an attendant pulled bodies off it and hosed it down, staining the platform red. Continue reading... [...]
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Why Pakistan and India remain in denial 70 years on from partition
The division of British India was poorly planned and brutally carried out, as fear and revenge attacks led to a bloody sectarian ‘cleansing’On 3 June 1947, only six weeks before British India was carved up, a group of eight men sat around a table in New Delhi and agreed to partition the south Asian subcontinent.Photographs taken at that moment reveal the haunted and nervous faces of Jawaharlal Nehru, the Indian National Congress leader soon to become independent India’s first prime minister, Mohammad Ali Jinnah, head of the Muslim League and Pakistan’s first governor-general and Louis Mountbatten,the last British viceroy. Related: Partition, 70 years on: Salman Rushdie, Kamila Shamsie and other writers reflect There is still a mystery at the dark heart of partition. It remains a history layered with absence and silences Related: India, 70 years on from independence: a painful history but a bright future? | Letters Continue reading... [...]
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