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All north Indian cities fail to meet air quality standards, report finds
Greenpeace study estimates air pollution kills more than 1 million Indians each year and cuts country’s GDP by 3%Not a single city in northern India meets international air quality standards, according to a Greenpeace report that estimates air pollution kills more than 1 million Indians each year and takes 3% off the country’s GDP.The report released this week also shows that levels of the most dangerous airborne pollutants grew by 13% in India between 2010 and 2015 but fell at least 15% over the same period in China, the US and Europe. Related: Pollution in India – in pictures Continue reading... [...]
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US Congress takes first step towards abolishing Obamacare
US President-elect Donald Trump, who had vowed to abolish the Affordable Care Act, lauded Congress' efforts, tweeting, "The 'Unaffordable' Care Act will soon be history!" [...]
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'Humiliated' RBI staff to Urjit Patel: Bank's image 'dented beyond repair'
"Humiliated" RBI employees wrote to Governor Urjit Patel saying that the institution's image has been "dented beyond repair." The letter also protests the Finance Ministry's "blatant encroachment" of the RBI's turf. [...]
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900 pro-Jallikattu supporters assemble before Tamil actor Simbu's house for peaceful protest
The crowd of protesters mostly comprised college-goers who were upset with the ban on jallikattu. [...]
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Hillary Clinton email probe: FBI's handling of case under investigation
An American government watchdog will examine the US Justice Department's and the Federal Bureau of Investigation's actions before the election in connection to the investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server. [...]
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Three things I’ve learned about the real meaning of gender equality | Kirthi Jayakumar
When I started an NGO for gender equality, there was much I didn’t know. Here’s what I discoveredWhen I started the Red Elephant Foundation in 2013, six months after I turned 25, I was still wet behind the ears about gender equality. Growing up in Chennai, India, I lived through a mix of bullying, racism and abuse as a child and as a teen which I was sure would not have happened had the world been gender equal. Here are three things I’ve learned about gender equality since then. Continue reading... [...]
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Bangladesh cafe reopens six months after brutal terrorist attack
Holey Artisan Bakery in Dhaka opens doors in new location a few blocks away from old site where 20 hostages were killed last July The Bangladesh cafe besieged by militants who killed 20 hostages last year has quietly reopened a few blocks away from its old site, which remains taped off by investigating police.For Shahriar Ahmed and the 16 other staffers, some of whom were working during the horrifying siege, the reopening of Holey Artisan Bakery represents hope and a new beginning. Related: Dhaka cafe attack ends with 20 hostages among dead Continue reading... [...]
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US says 33 Afghanistan civilians died in special forces raid last year
Military says US troops were acting in self-defense amid clash with Taliban as Kunduz province official says civilian death toll was higherThe US military in Afghanistan has confirmed that dozens of civilians were killed during a special forces raid near the northern city of Kunduz last year, but ruled that the US troops had acted in self-defense.The investigation followed claims that civilian deaths resulted from airstrikes called in to support Afghan and US forces who came under fire in the province’s village of Buz-e Kandahari. The strikes targeted two senior Taliban commanders. Related: Taliban bombings kill at least 30 people near Afghan parliament Continue reading... [...]
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Defamation case over Veer Savarkar Bharat Ratna magazine article moves foward
The case was filed over a year ago after a leading weekly magazine's article questioned whether Veer Savarkar should be awarded the Bharat Ratna. [...]
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Dates for voting for 10 civic bodies in Maharashtra out, BJP-Sena discuss alliance for BMC polls
Ten municipal corporations, 25 zilla parishads and 283 panchayat samitis would go to polls on February 16 and 21, making this the biggest electoral battle in Maharashtra. [...]
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Christians in India increasingly under attack, study shows
Country rises to 15 on list of places where those practising faith most likely to be persecuted, with North Korea at No 1 The persecution of Christians in India has risen over the past year, pushing it up a league table of countries where the practice of the faith is a high-risk activity, according to a monitoring organisation.The world’s second most populous country has risen to No 15 on the 2017 World Watch List, up from 31 four years ago. The list, compiled by Open Doors, is headed by North Korea for the 16th year in a row. Related: India is being ruled by a Hindu Taliban | Anish Kapoor Related: Prince Charles: rising intolerance risks repeat of horrors of past Continue reading... [...]
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World Bank downgrades India's growth forecast to 7%
Financial institution blames recall of 1,000 and 500 rupee notes for ‘still robust’ lower rating, down 0.6% on earlier predictionThe World Bank has downgraded the Indian economy’s growth forecast as sharp falls in the country’s automobile and real estate sales flagged the short-term impact of the shock recall of India’s two most-used bank notes. The Washington-based financial institution predicted India’s economy would grow by a “still robust” 7% in the fiscal year to March 2017 – a 0.6% drop from its earlier forecast but still the fastest rate of any major economy in the world. Related: India withdraws 500 and 1,000 rupee notes in effort to fight corruption Continue reading... [...]
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Continuing shame of Guantánamo Bay | Letters
Tomorrow, Wednesday 11 January, human rights campaigners will mark the 15th year of Guantánamo Bay with a silent demonstration in Trafalgar Square from 12 noon. They will be dressed as sad clowns to signify that 15 years of indefinite detention without charge in Guantánamo is no joke.This demonstration also marks the failure of President Obama to fulfil his first pledge as president, eight years ago, to close Guantánamo. He consistently acknowledged that its existence is a stain on the US and on his presidency. To date, 55 prisoners remain there, isolated from the rest of the world. Of these, 19 have been approved for release and 26 are indefinitely imprisoned without charge. Seven prisoners face charges in a fake military commission court process that has nothing in common with justice. All these remaining prisoners should be shown compassion. They should be allowed to leave immediately before Donald Trump takes over. They are now old and infirm, many need walking aids or wheelchairs. They have suffered enough. Continue reading... [...]
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Taliban bombings kill at least 30 people near Afghan parliament
More than 70 others injured in twin explosions in Kabul that appears to target bus carrying government personnel Taliban militants have killed at least 30 people in a twin bombing near the Afghan parliament in Kabul, injuring more than 70 others, according to the ministry of public health.The attack during rush hour on Tuesday appeared to have targeted a bus carrying government personnel leaving a building close to the parliament. Related: Taliban ​facing financial crisis as civilian deaths deter donors Continue reading... [...]
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Myanmar sends envoy to Bangladesh as Rohingya crisis deepens
Kyaw Tin, deputy minister of foreign affairs, will make a three-day visit to the Bangladeshi capital of DhakaA special envoy of Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi will begin top-level talks in Bangladesh on Wednesday, as the United Nations said the Rohingya crisis prompted 65,000 people to flee Myanmar for Bangladesh in the past three months. Kyaw Tin, Myanmar’s deputy minister of foreign affairs, will make a three-day visit to the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka, in a rare diplomatic foray to tackle the biggest challenge facing Nobel Peace laureate Suu Kyi’s nine-month old administration. Related: Free speech curtailed in Aung San Suu Kyi's Myanmar as prosecutions soar Continue reading... [...]
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Knights of Malta condom scandal stretches from Myanmar to the Vatican
Split in lay order after senior official was dismissed over distribution of free prophylactics and the Holy See hierarchy sought to interveneThe Knights of Malta, the ancient Catholic lay order, is refusing to cooperate with a Vatican investigation into the sacking of a senior official over a condom scandal — and is warning its members to toe the line if they choose to speak with investigators.In a statement on Tuesday the Knights called Pope Francis’s investigation legally “irrelevant” and aimed at limiting its sovereignty. It insisted that the ouster of its grand chancellor, Albrecht von Boeselager, was an act of internal governance that in no way involved religious superiors. Related: The Guardian view on Pope Francis: championing humanity | Editorial Continue reading... [...]
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Indian police accused of raping women in restive Chhattisgarh state
Country’s human rights watchdog says it has identified 16 cases in which security forces ‘grossly violated’ victims’ rightsThe Indian government’s human rights watchdog has accused police of raping and beating at least 16 women from tribal communities in Chhattisgarh, a central state racked by a 50-year Maoist insurgency.The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) said there were 20 alleged attacks still to be investigated, but that in 16 cases the “human rights of the victims have been grossly violated by the security personnel”. Related: Bangalore police chief: no evidence of 'mass molestation' Continue reading... [...]
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Madhya Pradesh: Ex military man threatens self immolation after Katni SP transferred abruptly
Tiwari was unceremoniously transferred out of the district on Monday evening and city residents came out onto the streets on Tuesday demanding immediate revocation of the decision. [...]
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Ethnic violence in South Sudan, and a bid to prevent drowning in Bangladesh
The UN advises swift action to prevent genocide in South Sudan; saving lives in Bangladesh on a recycled surfboard; plus our 12 days of innovations seriesIf you are reading this on the web and would prefer to get it in your inbox every two weeks, register for the email editionAs the UN’s human rights chief warned that only swift action could avert genocide in South Sudan, Ben Quinn reported from the world’s youngest country on how ethnic violence is being stoked by hunger. On a visit to Malakal, Quinn discovered that a bookshop at the protection of civilians camp offers a welcome distraction from the harsh realities of life there.Karen McVeigh reported from Bangladesh on how superstition is a major obstacle to action against drowning, the leading cause of death in children under the age of 18. She also spoke to Mohammed Alamgir, a lifeguard at the resort town of Cox’s Bazar, who has so far saved 20 lives with a surfboard he developed from recycled materials – as shown in our video. A good move. A national campaign about driving safety is needed too. It’s law of the jungle out there with trucks at top of food chain. Continue reading... [...]
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65,000 Rohingya flee from Myanmar to Bangladesh following crackdown: UN
Exodus began after Myanmar’s army launched clearance operations while searching for insurgents behind deadly raids on police border posts At least 65,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh from Myanmar – a third of them over the past week – since the army launched a crackdown in the north of Rakhine state.The figure, released by the UN, marks a sharp escalation in the numbers fleeing a military campaign which rights groups say has been marred by abuses so severe they could amount to crimes against humanity. Related: Burmese military killed seven of my children, says Rohingya refugee Continue reading... [...]
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Disappearances spark fears of crackdown on leftwing dissent in Pakistan
Four prominent online campaigners with anti-military views believed abducted since FridayFour social media activists with outspoken, secular and anti-military views have gone missing in Pakistan in recent days, sparking fears of a crackdown on leftwing dissenters.Pakistan’s intelligence agencies have a history of illegal detentions and of not notifying relatives about where they are or why they are being held. However, such “forced disappearances” are usually directed against those suspected of involvement in terrorism or violent separatism. Continue reading... [...]
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Once a trophy hunting concession, now a snow leopard sanctuary
Snow leopards are showing up on camera traps in places they’d never been seen before – thanks to an innovative programme in Kyrgyzstan. Sometimes wildlife champions come as high as heads of state. Since taking office in 2011 the current president of Kyrgyzstan, Almazbek Atambayev, has turned the former Soviet Republic into a centre point for snow leopard conservation and research. Perhaps the best symbol of Atambayev’s commitment to snow leopards are recent camera trap photos showing the elusive, high-altitude predator roaming Shamshy Wildlife Reserve. Just two years ago, Shamshy was a concession for high-paying trophy hunters looking to bag an ibex. Today, it’s protecting those prey animals that snow leopards depend on. “We are certain about the presence of at least one, perhaps two snow leopards,” Koustubh Sharma, the Senior Regional Ecologist at the Snow Leopard Trust, said. “The second snow leopard we are not sure about given a slightly blurry image.” The only way to adequately protect snow leopards in these remote mountains is to directly involve local communities. Related: Has hope become the most endangered species in conservation? Continue reading... [...]
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PM's support to prohibition forces BJP to change stand, will support Nitish over human chain formation
BJP's u-turn on prohibition is being seen as result of PM Narendra Modi and Bihar CM Nitish Kumar's camaraderie. [...]
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Demonetisation: Manufacturing industry lost 30% jobs and 55% revenue, says AIMO
AIMO conducted a detailed survey on the situation towards job cuts and its progress ahead. [...]
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Wrestling drama Dangal beats Bollywood box office records
Film starring Indian actor Aamir Khan based on true story of two female champions earns £41.7m in three weeksA film about two female wrestlers helmed by the Indian megastar Aamir Khan has become the highest-grossing Bollywood film of all time, earning more than £41m in three weeks. Dangal, directed by Nitesh Tiwari, is based on the true story of wrestling champions Geeta and Babita Phogat, sisters who achieved firsts for Indian wrestling at the Commonwealth and Olympic Games. Dangal is a Hindi word used to describe a wrestling competition. Related: Dangal review – crowdpleasing wrestling drama keeps its eye on the big picture Related: Pink review – subtle drama that grapples with India's rape culture Continue reading... [...]
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Eyewitness:  Bangalore, India
Photographs from the Eyewitness series Continue reading... [...]
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When I first started my period my mother said I had become untouchable
In Nepal, menstruation is associated with stigmatising traditions and restrictions for women. I’m calling for an end to the – sometimes deadly – sufferingI was 13 years old with a red ribbon cascading on my oiled hair when I got my first period. I thought I had dysentery. When I asked my mother about it, she slammed a bunch of rags in my hand and said “nani ta nachune bhais” – my daughter, you become untouchable [you are menstruating]. She pulled me inside my brother’s room. I remember it was dark and creepy.Then came a list of restrictions: “Do not touch the kitchen and worshiping area”, and “Stay away from your father and other relatives”. I had to stay alone in brother’s room for a week. What hurt the most was not able to see my father or any male members of my family during those days.The practice of isolating women during their period exists across the country in differing forms Related: 11 ways to stop periods from disrupting girls' education Related: Having a period is unaffordable in Kenya, yet no one wants to talk about it Continue reading... [...]
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Free speech curtailed in Aung San Suu Kyi's Myanmar as prosecutions soar
Dozens of people have been charged or jailed for allegedly defaming the regime that the Nobel laureate leads, raising fears of continued oppressionFor decades, the punishment for speaking out against Myanmar’s rulers was simple and guaranteed: a very long stretch behind bars.The new democratic government led by Aung San Suu Kyi, which took power last April, insisted that era was over. Related: Is Rohingya persecution caused by business interests rather than religion? Continue reading... [...]
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