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'I want to empower Afghan women': the female prosecutor on a lonely mission
Zainab Fayez, the sole woman in Kandahar’s attorney-general’s office, wants others to join her in the justice sector to combat taboo and instil confidenceZainab Fayez, the only woman serving as a prosecutor in Afghanistan’s southern province of Kandahar, has resolved 50 cases of abuse against women, and helped detain 21 men accused of violence against women, including police officials, over the past year. But she still longs to see other women join her in the legal profession.“My aim is to see the next generation of Afghan women empowered,” said the 28-year-old, who has worked in Kandahar’s attorney-general’s office for the past two years. “In Kandahar, it is very hard for a woman to work alone in an office, which is predominantly occupied by male staff members and where women as workers are taboo. Related: 'Girls aren't less than boys': Kabul's female veterinarians hope to cure inequality | Fran McElhone Continue reading... [...]
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FIR filed against AAP's Okhla MLA Amanatullah Khan for allegedly assaulting Delhi chief secretary Anshu Prakash
FIR filed against AAP's Okhla MLA Amanatullah Khan for allegedly assaulting Delhi chief secretary Anshu Prakash [...]
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IAS officers launch crippling protest, accuse AAP legislators of assaulting chief secretary in CM’s presence
IAS officers launch crippling protest, accuse AAP legislators of assaulting chief secretary in CM’s presence [...]
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Uproar in Rajasthan Assembly over controversial viral video featuring Leader of Opposition Rameshwar Dudi
Uproar in Rajasthan Assembly over controversial viral video featuring Leader of Opposition Rameshwar Dudi [...]
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Tamil asylum seeker to be deported after UN committee withdraws torture concerns
Committee earlier requested a halt to Shantaruban’s removal from AustraliaA Tamil asylum seeker appears set for deportation to Sri Lanka after the UN committee against torture withdrew a request to Australia to halt his removal while it investigated the risk of him being tortured upon return.Shantaruban, currently held in immigration detention in Melbourne, has been in Australia since arriving by boat in 2012. A notice of intention to remove from Australia has been issued against him for Thursday 22 February. Related: Australia issues deportation order for Tamil asylum seeker despite torture fears I am dismayed … that the UN would accede to the Australian government’s request. Continue reading... [...]
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Investment of Rs 6.72 lakh crore promised on second day of Maharashtra summit
Investment of Rs 6.72 lakh crore promised on second day of Maharashtra summit [...]
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How Nirav Modi, Mehul Choksi took additional Letters of Undertaking to fund previous LoUs
How Nirav Modi, Mehul Choksi took additional Letters of Undertaking to fund previous LoUs [...]
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UK under pressure over Afghan asylum seekers amid civilian deaths
Home Office guidance recognises Afghanistan to be ‘least peaceful country in world after Syria’Calls for the Home Office to stop returning asylum seekers to Afghanistan have intensified after a report that showed that the number of civilian casualties in the country exceeded 10,000 for the fourth year running in 2017.In all, 3,438 civilians were killed last year and 7,015 were wounded, according to a report released last week by the UN assistance mission in Afghanistan (Unama). Continue reading... [...]
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World’s most controversial fruit depends on giant bats for pollination
While we debate whether the durian is the best or worst food on the planet, it turns out this wonderful oddity requires healthy populations of flying fox for survival. Durian. Depending on whom you talk to it’s either the most beloved or the most despised fruit on the planet. It suffers no moderation, no wishy-washiness. It is the king of fruits or the worst thing you’ve ever tasted. Due to its potent odour – delicate and sweet to its advocates and sewage-like to its detractors – durian has been banned from airplanes, subways, and hotels (though punishments appear light if non-existent). But a recent study in Ecology and Evolution finds there may be no durians at all without bats: big, threatened bats. The scientists found that flying foxes – bats in the Pteropus and Acerodon genus and the largest in the world – are likely vital pollinators for the polarising durian. “We already knew that flying foxes feed on durian flowers, but there was this unsubstantiated belief, even among some researchers, that flying foxes just destroyed the flowers,” said Sheema Abdul Aziz, the lead researcher on the project that was done as part of her PhD at the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle in France. “It doesn’t help that a durian flower only blooms for one night, then falls off the tree naturally, regardless of whether it’s been pollinated or not. When people see all the flowers on the ground in the morning, they think it’s the bats.” Related: ‘Guardian of the forest’ routinely culled in Madeira Continue reading... [...]
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Myanmar government 'bulldozing Rohingya mass grave to hide evidence'
Rights group says site of massacre in Rakhine state is being flattened on government orders after exposés of two other mass gravesWARNING: this report includes a graphic image that readers may find disturbingThe government of Myanmar is bulldozing over the site of a Rohingya mass grave in an effort to destroy evidence of a massacre committed last year by the military, according to a rights monitoring group.The claim follows investigations conducted by the Associated Press and Reuters news agencies, which revealed evidence of other mass graves. Related: Squalor and disease await Rohingya babies born in Bangladesh camps Continue reading... [...]
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Afghan provincial governor defies president’s order to step down
Leader of Samangan province is second governor to defy Ghani, exposing his weaknessA second Afghan provincial governor has defied an attempt by the president, Ashraf Ghani, to remove him, deepening a political crisis that has underlined the weakness of the western-backed government in Kabul. Abdulkarim Khaddam, the governor of the northern province of Samangan, followed the leader of neighbouring Balkh province, Atta Mohammad Noor, in rejecting an order to step down, issued last week as part of a shakeup of regional governors. Related: Real patient or suicide bomber? The perils of being a Kabul ambulance driver Related: ‘Unspeakable numbers’: 10,000 civilians killed or injured in Afghanistan in 2017 Continue reading... [...]
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Indian investors offered dinner with Donald Trump Jr
Those buying flats in Trump Tower project near Delhi invited to dine with US president’s sonProspective investors in a Trump Tower project near Delhi are being offered a conversation and dinner with Donald Trump Jras part of a marketing campaign that has drawn criticism from corruption watchdogs.Full-page advertisements reading “Trump is here. Are you invited?”featured on the front page of three Indian national newspapers at the weekend ahead of a visit by the US president’s son to India this week. Continue reading... [...]
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Benazir Bhutto showed you can be a mother and prime minister – I know, I am her son
After Jacinda Ardern announced her pregnancy, some questioned how she would cope. They should look at Pakistan’s late leader The news about Jacinda Ardern struck a nerve with my sisters and I. It is indeed uplifting to see the world rejoice at her good fortune.While there are the detractors and naysayers, the barrage of good wishes, the #knitforJacinda campaign and countless other little gestures, has been overwhelmingly positive. Continue reading... [...]
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Nirav Modi case: Bank officials may have made close to Rs 823 crore in PNB fraud
Nirav Modi case: Bank officials may have made close to Rs 823 crore in PNB fraud [...]
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'Someone else would have committed suicide': Panneerselvam on Sasikala family's 'torture'
'Someone else would have committed suicide': Panneerselvam on Sasikala family's 'torture' [...]
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Pakistan court sentences man to death for rape and murder of girl, 7
Imran Ali, 24, convicted over death of Zainab Ansari, has also been linked to death of seven other girlsA Pakistani anti-terrorism court has sentenced a suspected serial killer to death for the rape and murder of a seven-year-old girl, a prosecutor said. The girl’s murder ignited nationwide protests over allegations of government inaction, and a media campaign led to his arrest after years of him being on the loose. Related: Protests in Pakistan over inaction on rape and murder of girl, seven Continue reading... [...]
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UP Police's encounter pays off, criminals queue up to surrender
UP Police's encounter pays off, criminals queue up to surrender [...]
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Indian jewellery tycoon hunted over claims he cheated bank of $1.8bn
Nirav Modi is thought to have left country before investigators began criminal case against himA worldwide search is under way for a billionaire Indian jeweller accused of cheating the state-owned Punjab National Bank (PNB) out of nearly $1.8bn.Nirav Modi, a third-generation jewellery tycoon whose clients have included Kate Winslet and Priyanka Chopra, is alleged to have colluded with bank employees to obtain huge unsecured loans over a seven-year period, according to a complaint filed by PNB. Related: India's top judges issue unprecedented warning over integrity of supreme court Related: 'Vijay Mallya can't avoid the law': Herts villagers on 'fugitive' billionaire neighbour Continue reading... [...]
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‘Unspeakable numbers’: 10,000 civilians killed or injured in Afghanistan in 2017
Casualties above 10,000 for the fourth consecutive year, despite small drop on 2016 figures, as UN describes ‘appalling human suffering’More than 10,000 civilians were killed or injured in the violent attacks in the war in Afghanistan last year, the United Nations has said. The annual report released on 15 February by the UN’s mission in Afghanistan (Unama) showed the figure had dropped by 9% in 2017, compared with the previous year. Related: Isis killings in Afghanistan leave aid agencies 'hanging on by fingernails' Continue reading... [...]
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Pakistan asks Trump to help fund border fence with Afghanistan
It tells US president the 1,800-mile barrier will help end the Afghan war and reduce terrorismPakistan is building a fence along its border with Afghanistan, and it wants Donald Trump to pay for it – or at least some of it.The 1,800-mile barrier being constructed will help end “the prolonged agony” of the Afghan war and reduce terrorism inside Pakistan, said Nasir Khan Janjua, the national security adviser to Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, the prime minister. Related: 'Now is not the time': violence forces refugees to flee Afghanistan again Continue reading... [...]
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Why farmers in Madhya Pradesh are not likely to fall for Shivraj Singh Chouhan's sops
Why farmers in Madhya Pradesh are not likely to fall for Shivraj Singh Chouhan's sops [...]
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Maharashtra government slammed for awarding contract to firm chargesheeted in Girgaum fire
Maharashtra government slammed for awarding contract to firm chargesheeted in Girgaum fire [...]
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Rajasthan Congress slams Raje government for bajri price hike, says illegal market operating
Rajasthan Congress slams Raje government for bajri price hike, says illegal market operating [...]
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The story of Mr Sudhir: how to survive in Delhi's 'grey market'
When sociologist Richard Sennett was fleeced by an iPhone dealer in Delhi, the pair struck up a friendship that opened a window into the informality of modern citiesIn the south-east of Delhi, a vast T-shaped market has arisen on top of an underground parking garage. Nehru Place came into being because in the 1970s Delhi did not have enough commercial real estate to house its burgeoning small businesses. Original plans show the plaza above the parking garage as empty, and lined with low, four-storey buildings meant for offices rather than shops. Today, there remain traces of that intention. The boxy buildings lining the sides of Nehru Place form a downmarket version of Silicon Valley. Here, tech startups occupy cramped rooms next to computer repair shops and cut-rate travel agents. Mr Sudir's situation is familiar, if uncomfortable morally – ethical family values ​coupled to shady behaviour Related: Story of cities #26: Delhi's modernist dream proves a far-fetched fantasy Continue reading... [...]
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Indian minister urinates on wall amid drive to end public defecation
Tweeted image embarrasses Kalicharan Saraf, whose party wants to end public urinationAn Indian health minister has been pictured urinating on a wall amid a nationwide drive to end public defecation and promote cleanliness and hygiene. Kalicharan Saraf, the health minister for Rajasthan state, was pictured relieving himself on a wall in Jaipur in an image tweeted by a staffer from the opposition Congress party.#Rajasthan Health Minister #KaliCharanSaraf urinating at roadside under a govt which claims record work in #ODF @OfficeOfRG @SachinPilot @VasundharaBJP @PMOIndia @vidyarthee pic.twitter.com/5z3ce461bn Related: Death-trap toilets: the hidden dangers of Mumbai's poorest slums Continue reading... [...]
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Taliban publish letter calling on US to start Afghan peace talks
‘American people’ and ‘peace-loving congressmen’ urged to press Trump into negotiatingIn an unexpected overture at a time of increasing bloodshed in Afghanistan, the Taliban have published an open letter expressing a desire for peace talks and calling on the “American people” and “peace-loving congressmen” to pressurise the Donald Trump administration into negotiations.The letter, released by the Taliban spokesman, Zabiullah Mujahid, comes amid deteriorating conditions for US and Afghan coalition forces on the battlefield and after a month in which two Taliban assaults on Kabul killed 150 civilians. Related: New wave of Afghans seek a way out as fear grips Kabul Related: Why Trump's Afghanistan strategy risks the worst of both worlds Continue reading... [...]
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Sister of Bangladeshi student accused of Melbourne stabbing arrested in Dhaka
Police say Asmaul Husna, 22, attacked officers with a knife when they tried to question herThe sister of a Bangladeshi student accused of stabbing a man in an alleged terrorist attack in Melbourne has been arrested in Bangladesh’s capital after police said she attacked officers with a knife.A senior officer from the Dhaka metropolitan police said Asmaul Husna, 22, had been detained on Sunday after lashing out at police with knife when they arrived at her home to question her. Related: Woman charged over ‘Islamic State-inspired’ stabbing in Melbourne Related: New York attack: police in Bangladesh question Akayed Ullah's relatives Continue reading... [...]
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Maldives: Military throws MPs out of Parliament
Maldives: Military throws MPs out of Parliament [...]
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