HERE0:4

Top Stories Archives - Page 2 of 57 - India Today News

Senior Taliban commander killed by US airstrike in Afghanistan, officials say
News came at the end of a week in which three American service members were killedA senior Taliban military commander has been killed in a US airstrike in Afghanistan, officials said on Sunday. The news came at the end of a week in which three American service members were killed. Related: British G4S employee killed in Kabul attack named as Luke Griffin Continue reading... [...]
7
Like
Save
Kerala DYFI organises secular tournament to prevent communal divide
Kerala DYFI organises secular tournament to prevent communal divide [...]
10
Like
Save
Election commission admits cameras faced blackout at EVM strongroom in MP
Election commission admits cameras faced blackout at EVM strongroom in MP [...]
7
Like
Save
J&K Sikh girl offers to donate kidney to save Muslim friend. Her family says no
J&K Sikh girl offers to donate kidney to save Muslim friend. Her family says no [...]
6
Like
Save
Do you have a PPF account? Here is why you should extend its tenure after 15 years lock-in period
Do you have a PPF account? Here is why you should extend its tenure after 15 years lock-in period [...]
12
Like
Save
Racist comparison announces PM Modi's arrival in Argentina for G20 summit
Racist comparison announces PM Modi's arrival in Argentina for G20 summit [...]
10
Like
Save
Sentinel Island's 'peace-loving’ tribe had centuries of reasons to fear missionary
From the exiled king of Belgium to the Primrose freighter in 1981, outsiders have regretted contact with the Sentinelese – as have the islanders themselves In 1981, a freighter called the Primrose ran aground on a coral reef in the Bay of Bengal. Winds were high and the surf around the hapless vessel was heaving. The rough conditions probably saved the lives of the 28 crew aboard.After a few days stuck in the reef, a watchman reported seeing a group emerge from the jungle on the island a few hundred metres away. The sailor’s relief at the sight of a possible rescue party ebbed as the men came into view: nearly naked, carrying spears and bows and arrows that they waved in the direction of the ship. Related: The lesson from this missionary’s death? Leave the Sentinelese alone | Ajay Saini Related: North Sentinel Island and the strange death of John Allen Chau – podcast Related: Sentinel Island: calls to leave body of American killed by tribespeople Continue reading... [...]
10
Like
Save
The Guardian view of ultracheap clothes: costly to society | Editorial
MPs are right to ask how a dress can be bought for £2.50 when it’s made in the UK, where the minimum wage is £7.83Britain spent around £40bn on clothes last year, but most of us are dimly and uncomfortably aware of the industry’s true costs. Only occasionally are we jolted into acknowledging them. Five years ago, the Rana Plaza factory complex in Bangladesh collapsed, killing 1,134 people. The death toll – and the fact that frightened workers had been ordered into a building with large cracks – shocked the world into a reluctant recognition that labourers earning a pittance for clothing western consumers are often doing so in unsafe circumstances.The outrage led to the Bangladesh Accord, a legally binding international agreement on fire and building safety backed by major western brands. It covers both independent inspections and remediation. Worker empowerment and trade union involvement are key components. The improvements have been dramatic, and its five-year term was extended to 2021. Continue reading... [...]
12
Like
Save
Indian woman who braved temple protest arrested for 'exposed thigh'
Rehana Fathima, who tried to enter shrine when ban on women was lifted, arrested for Facebook pictureAn Indian activist who made a failed attempt to become the first woman to enter a prominent Hindu temple this month has been arrested for “exposing her thigh” in a Facebook photo.Rehana Fathima, 32, has been suspended from her job and was remanded in custody over the picture, which showed her dressed as a pilgrim to the Sabarimala shrine in the south-western Indian state of Kerala.The hilltop temple has been the subject of weeks of protests after the Indian supreme court lifted a ban on women of menstruating age worshipping at the site. Bands of male and female demonstrators have formed cordons and hurled rocks at the women who have tried to reach the inner sanctum. None of the women have succeeded so far. Continue reading... [...]
11
Like
Save
Fact Check: Did Congress, BJP violate law by campaigning on Twitter on polling day?
[...]
9
Like
Save
Taliban carry out deadly attack on G4S compound in Kabul
At least 10 killed in assault carried out hours after Afghan president outlined peace plansGunmen have attacked a British security contractors’ compound in Kabul, killing at least 10 people and wounding 19 hours after the Afghan president, Ashraf Ghani, outlined plans for peace in the country. Related: At least 30 Afghan civilians killed in US air strike in Helmand province Continue reading... [...]
14
Like
Save
'We trusted this country': family of Pakistani teen killed in Texas shooting join lawsuit
Sabika Sheikh, 17, died in May attack – and family hope to make gun owners and those who ignore warning signs accountableSabika Sheikh’s excitement is palpable in the two-minute video, her brown eyes wide and her hands fluttering as she speaks.“Hi guys, I’m Sabika,” she says. Cheery and energetic, the young girl had made the video to describe the moment her parents told her she was a finalist to be a youth ambassador in a US state department-sponsored study exchange that would take her thousands of miles away from her home in Karachi, Pakistan’s largest city, for a year. Related: 'Those bastards need to pass gun control': families of California shooting victims speak out Related: 'A human rights crisis': US accused of failing to protect citizens from gun violence Related: Shootings with semiautomatic rifles more deadly than handguns, study says Continue reading... [...]
11
Like
Save
Footage shows 'prison-like units' built for Rohingya on Bangladesh island
Exclusive video shows grim living conditions on remote silt island of Bhasan CharExclusive footage obtained by the Guardian has revealed the stark concrete camps being built for the Rohingya on a sediment island in Bangladesh, as part of a controversial plan to relocate hundreds of thousands of refugees.The development of Bhasan Char island has remained highly secretive but footage filmed undercover for the Guardian reveals the living conditions that will greet 100,000 Rohingya refugees, who could be brought to the island by the beginning of next year. Related: What next for the Rohingya? Related: Plan to move Rohingya to remote island prompts fears of human catastrophe Continue reading... [...]
11
Like
Save
Briton among five G4S employees killed in Kabul attack
Taliban claim responsibility for bomb and gun attack on security firm’s compoundFive employees of the security firm G4S, one British and four Afghan, have been killed in a Taliban bomb and gun attack on the company’s compound in Kabul.Militants attacked the compound in the Afghan capital late on Wednesday, detonating a vehicle bomb outside the gate before attempting to force their way inside. Continue reading... [...]
11
Like
Save
AFP investigating Australian soldiers over alleged war crimes in Afghanistan
Federal police won’t reveal the identity of those subject to the investigationThe Australian federal police have confirmed they are investigating allegations of war crimes committed by Australian soldiers during the Afghanistan conflict.The AFP issued a statement saying: “In June 2018, the Australian federal police (AFP) received a referral to investigate allegations of war crimes committed by Australian soldiers during the Afghanistan conflict.” Continue reading... [...]
5
Like
Save
Concrete camps being built for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh – video
Footage obtained by the Guardian shows concrete camps being constructed for Rohingya refugees on a sediment island in Bangladesh, part of controversial plans to relocate hundreds of thousands of people. The video reveals the living conditions that 100,000 refugees will face, who could be brought to the island early next year Continue reading... [...]
10
Like
Save
North Sentinel Island and the strange death of John Allen Chau – podcast
The death of an American missionary on a remote Indian island has sparked a backlash in India. The Guardian’s Michael Safi describes how John Allen Chau was killed after trying to preach Christianity to one of the world’s last remaining indigenous societies who live in total isolation. Plus John Harris on the trouble with AirbnbJohn Allen Chau was last seen alive on the morning of 16 November. He had paid a group of fishermen to take him to the remote Indian island of North Sentinel, where a tribe is thought to have lived for more than 30,000 years with barely any outside contact. The Guardian’s Michael Safi has been following the case, which has drawn interest from across the globe and caused uproar in India. He traces the story of the Sentinelese and their contact with colonialists and anthropologists, which foreshadowed the events of this month. Continue reading... [...]
10
Like
Save
Sri Lanka's most senior military official in court over civil-war abductions
Ravindra Wijegunaratne, the chief of the defence staff, is accused of aiding the abduction of 11 people in the final stages of the warSri Lanka’s most senior military official has been jailed as a court investigates allegations he helped cover up the disappearance of 11 people during the final months of the country’s three-decade civil war.Ravindra Wijegunaratne, the chief of defence staff, avoided an arrest warrant for weeks before police detained him on Wednesday, after he was accused of trying to abduct a key witness in the case at the weekend. Related: ‘In my dreams I see my son’: Sri Lanka mourns its missing – in pictures Continue reading... [...]
15
Like
Save
The Pushkar connection of Nehru-Gandhi family
The Pushkar connection of Nehru-Gandhi family [...]
14
Like
Save
Kartarpur corridor: No talks on execution?
Kartarpur corridor: No talks on execution? [...]
8
Like
Save
At least 30 Afghan civilians killed in US air strike in Helmand province
The latest casualties come from a surge in air operations aimed at driving the Taliban into talks At least 30 Afghan civilians have been killed in US air strikes in the Afghan province of Helmand, officials and residents of the area said on Wednesday, the latest casualties from a surge in air operations aimed at driving the Taliban into talks. Afghanistan’s NATO-led force said Afghan government forces and US advisers came under fire from Taliban fighters in a compound in Garmsir district and called in an air strike. But the ground forces were not aware of any civilians in or near the compound. Helmand provincial governor Mohammad Yasin Khan said troops had called in air strikes against Taliban fighters in Garmsir, causing both civilian and Taliban casualties. Continue reading... [...]
14
Like
Save
India has no plans to recover body of US missionary killed by tribe
‘We have decided not to disturb the Sentinelese,’ says anthropologist involved in John Allen Chau caseIndian authorities say they have no plans to recover the body of John Allen Chau, an American missionary who was killed by members of an isolated tribe on a remote island.An anthropologist involved in the case told the Guardian authorities had concluded that for now it was impossible to retrieve the remains of Chau without provoking further conflict with the Sentinelese, the small tribe who populate North Sentinel Island. Continue reading... [...]
12
Like
Save
The Guardian view on the World Chess Championship: not just a popularity contest | Editorial
The game has regained its popularity thanks to the rise of Asian giants and the world wide webThe World Chess Championship match between the title-holder, Norwegian Magnus Carlsen, and his American challenger, Fabiano Caruana will finally be decided tomorrow, after a three-week struggle in which all 12 games of long-form chess they have played has been drawn. They now embark on a series of “rapidplay” games – lasting about an hour, roughly a sixth of the time it normally takes. If they are still locked together after four such contests, the two grandmasters play a series of up to five mini-matches of roughly 10-minute blitz games to try and determine the winner. Then, if the scores are still level they play a single so-called Armageddon game, in which if the player with the black pieces can manage to draw the game – white goes first and has a time advantage so this is easier said than done – he wins the title. Armageddon would be a first for the world championship and an extraordinary way to decide it.The match has divided chess aficionados. Grandmaster chess at this level is so rarefied – the pair are the top players in the world – that they can cancel each other out. Some observers have found that a little dull, pining for the heroic days of chess when players still made errors, theory wasn’t quite so exhaustive and computer analysis hadn’t superseded the human brain in determining what grandmasters like to refer to as the “truth” of a position. But others have gloried in the high standard of the play, the brilliance of the defensive resources employed by both players and the fact that at least half of the 12 classical games were spiritedly fought and could, with lesser defenders, have produced a decisive result. Continue reading... [...]
6
Like
Save
Powdered polio vaccine brings hope to Nigeria and Pakistan
New method of freeze-drying IPV maintains its potency in hot conditionsA polio vaccine that can be stored as a dried powder at room temperature could offer a new way to help eradicate the disease, according to researchers.While existing vaccines have led to polio being eliminated in many countries around the world, including the UK, the highly contagious virus still circulates in the populations of countries including Nigeria and Pakistan, where it can cause paralysis or even death. Related: Polio double vaccine gives better protection, study finds Continue reading... [...]
15
Like
Save
Bangladesh to eject safety inspectors brought in after Rana Plaza disaster
Closing Dhaka office will limit international ability to inspect clothing supply chains for brands like H&M, Esprit and PrimarkAn international inspection regime put in place after the collapse of a Bangladesh garment factory killed more than 1,100 people will be forced to leave the country on Friday, with activists warning of “profound and lasting” consequences for worker safety.A restraining order imposed by the Bangladesh high court will come into force on 30 November, forcing the Accord for Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh to close its Dhaka office, limiting its ability to inspect thousands of factories supplying clothes for brands including H&M, Esprit and Primark. Related: Rana Plaza, five years on: safety of workers hangs in balance in Bangladesh | Michael Safi and Dominic Rushe Continue reading... [...]
5
Like
Save
Seers oppose UP govt's proposal to erect Lord Ram's statue on the banks of Sarayu
Seers oppose UP govt's proposal to erect Lord Ram's statue on the banks of Sarayu [...]
14
Like
Save
UK pledges £35m to Afghanistan as food crisis worsens
Severe food insecurity is predicted to affect almost half of the country’s rural population by early next yearThe UK government has announced £35m of new funding to help the growing crisis in Afghanistan as a new report warns that almost half of the rural population – 10.6 million people – are likely to be affected by severe food insecurity.The report, by independent multi-agency body the IPC, highlighted the spread of conflict and the ongoing drought which has displaced over 250,000 people, impacting Afghan incomes and leading to widespread malnutrition among children. Coupled with high food prices, there is significant cause to believe that extensive suffering could lead the country deeper into a humanitarian crisis. In a country where 20 million people rely on farming, the drought has caused a 45% drop in agricultural output this year, according to the Afghan Ministry of Agriculture. Continue reading... [...]
7
Like
Save
Three members of US military killed in Afghanistan explosion
Improvised explosive device also injures three US troopsUS civilian contractor also wounded in blast in GhazniThree US military service members were killed and three wounded when an improvised explosive device detonated on Tuesday near the central Afghan city of Ghazni, the Nato-led Resolute Support mission said in a statement. Related: Afghanistan suicide bomber kills scores of Muslim scholars Continue reading... [...]
11
Like
Save