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Nakkheeran editor R Gopal released, Chennai court upholds freedom of press
Nakkheeran editor R Gopal released, Chennai court upholds freedom of press [...]
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Following criticism, TNSTC revokes suspension of bus driver who spoke against poor bus conditions
Following criticism, TNSTC revokes suspension of bus driver who spoke against poor bus conditions [...]
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Calvin Klein fragrance could be used to lure killer tiger
Officials in India say Obsession cologne may help trap animal that has killed nine peopleWildlife authorities in India trying to catch a tiger thought to have killed at least nine people say they are considering the use of an unconventional weapon: Calvin Klein’s Obsession cologne.The six-year-old tiger, given the name T1, has been accused of preying on people in Pandharkawada, a town in Maharashtra state. Related: Jaguars obsessed with Calvin Klein scent Continue reading... [...]
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India has #MeToo moment as claims of sexual misconduct reach government
Entertainment and media industries rocked by accusations against prominent men, including a minister India’s media and entertainment industries have been rocked by accusations of sexual misconduct against prominent men that activists are hailing as the belated arrival of the country’s #MeToo moment.Senior journalists are stepping aside, a film production studio has closed, and one of India’s bestselling authors has issued a public apology after a flood of women named men on social media whom they accused of behaving inappropriately. Related: Trump mocking Christine Blasey Ford shows how women are silenced | Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett Continue reading... [...]
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Afghan women still jailed alongside murderers for 'failing' virginity test | Fariba Housaini
Despite a public health policy outlawing the test, women continue to be subjected to this degrading ordeal, which can lead to arrest and imprisonmentSeven months ago, 18-year-old Bahara* was imprisoned for failing a test that she should never have had to undergo.Bahara had run away from home to meet a man she had been in a relationship with. They had never met, but were in contact through calls and messages. That night, when they met for the first time, he raped her. But when she reported the rape to the police, instead of support, she was taken to hospital to undergo a virginity test – a practice that was banned in Afghanistan in 2016.Fariba Housaini is a member of Sahar Speaks, a programme providing training, mentoring and publishing opportunities for Afghan female journalists Continue reading... [...]
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Shiv Sena demands triple talaq-like ordinance for Ram Mandir construction
Shiv Sena demands triple talaq-like ordinance for Ram Mandir construction [...]
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Fadnavis says announcement on drought in Maharashtra by October 31
Fadnavis says announcement on drought in Maharashtra by October 31 [...]
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Indian schoolgirls beaten for resisting boys' sexual advances
Six boys and one woman arrested in eastern Bihar state after attack at boarding schoolThirty-six Indian schoolgirls have been treated in hospital after they were attacked by a large crowd of teenage boys and their parents when they complained of sexual harassment.Six boys and one woman were arrested in the north-eastern state of Bihar after the attack at a girls’ boarding school. Continue reading... [...]
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Two policemen shot dead while conducting recce on gangster in Rajasthan
Two policemen shot dead while conducting recce on gangster in Rajasthan [...]
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20 dead in explosion-like limo accident in New York
20 dead in explosion-like limo accident in New York [...]
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Beheadings, roadside bombs and airstrikes: one day in Afghanistan
On the anniversary of the start of the war, an investigation into a 24-hour period shows how fiercely the conflict continuesThe first death happened soon after midnight, a policeman killed on night watch near the Tajik border. The bloodshed continued as the sun rose, and as night fell again. Continue reading... [...]
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J&K Governor chairs security review meeting ahead of urban local body polls
J&K Governor chairs security review meeting ahead of urban local body polls [...]
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EC announces election dates for 5 states, Congress cries foul | 5 points
EC announces election dates for 5 states, Congress cries foul | 5 points [...]
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Asaduddin Owaisi lauds Rajnath Singh's statement that Muslims haven't allowed radicalisation in community
Asaduddin Owaisi lauds Rajnath Singh's statement that Muslims haven't allowed radicalisation in community [...]
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Security arrangements questioned after tourist arrested with drone inside Taj Mahal
Security arrangements questioned after tourist arrested with drone inside Taj Mahal [...]
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3 cops arrested for protesting treatment of policemen accused of killing Apple executive Vivek Tiwari 
3 cops arrested for protesting treatment of policemen accused of killing Apple executive Vivek Tiwari  [...]
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Heavy price paid for war in Afghanistan | Letters
The 17-year war has been a costly disaster, deepening the country’s crisis and helping to spread violence across the region and beyond, say actors including Mark Rylance, MPs including Imran Hussain, and other campaignersThis weekend marks the 17th anniversary of the US coalition’s invasion of Afghanistan, triggering a war that has lasted four times as long as the first world war.Some 3,546 Nato soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan, 456 of whom were British, while a conservative estimate suggests 217,000 Afghans have died as a direct result of the fighting. Continue reading... [...]
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Pakistani ice-cream seller unaware of £14m in his bank account
‘Penniless billionaire’ Abdul Qadir’s identity believed to have been used by money launderersA Pakistani ice-cream salesman who lives in a slum is facing meltdown after he learned that for more than a year he was the unwitting owner of a bank account containing 2.3bn rupees (£14m).Officials from the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) brought Muhammad Abdul Qadir in for questioning about the fortune last month as they investigated a massive money-laundering scam involving dozens of fake bank accounts. Related: Release of jailed former PM set to reignite Pakistan election controversy Continue reading... [...]
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Centre, BJP-ruled states cut fuel prices, Congress calls it panic reaction
Centre, BJP-ruled states cut fuel prices, Congress calls it panic reaction [...]
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Delhi air hostess death: Evidence shows cruelty, says Supreme Court
Delhi air hostess death: Evidence shows cruelty, says Supreme Court [...]
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Vivek Tiwari case: Policeman suspended for supporting accused constable on social media
Vivek Tiwari case: Policeman suspended for supporting accused constable on social media [...]
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Two men arrested in India over alleged rape on shore of Ganges
Footage shared on social media allegedly shows woman being attacked as she bathed in riverTwo men have been arrested in the Indian state of Bihar for allegedly raping a woman who was bathing in the Ganges, in a case that has provoked widespread disgust in a country used to appalling incidents of sexual violence.Police said the suspects took turns to assault the 45-year-woman, who had been bathing in an area called Simar Ghat on Sunday morning, and filmed her ordeal. The footage was then widely shared on social media. Continue reading... [...]
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Gandhi 1914-1948 by Ramachandra Guha review – the Mahatma as a liberal icon
The second volume of Guha’s major biography presents a familiar Gandhi, if in more detail, and erases his radicalismIn a well-known piece of whimsy, Jorge Luis Borges describes a map so detailed as to match in size the territory it represents. The map is mistaken for the land itself until bits wear out, exposing the reality underneath. The faithfulness of representation, Borges seems to be saying, can betray its subject by concealing and so displacing it. I was reminded of this warning when reading the thousand-plus pages of Ramachandra Guha’s account of Gandhi’s Indian career, which follows an equally lengthy volume devoted to his early years in Britain and South Africa.Guha trained as an economist and his early work was on environmental issues and cricket, subjects he wrote about with elegance and originality. Turning to India’s political past in more recent years, his lucid writing has made him into a celebrity historian there. He is a prominent voice for tolerance, his biographical volumes dedicated to making Gandhi into a liberal icon for a new generation. This is an urgent enterprise in contemporary India, whose caste and religious politics Guha sees as being violently illiberal in character.Gandhi spoke of protecting truth at the cost of life, and made its sacrifice the very essence of non-violence Continue reading... [...]
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Shivraj Singh Chouhan approaches EC, accuses Congress of disturbing atmosphere in MP
Shivraj Singh Chouhan approaches EC, accuses Congress of disturbing atmosphere in MP [...]
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Bhima Koregaon case: Maharashtra govt moves SC against Gautam Navlakha's release
Bhima Koregaon case: Maharashtra govt moves SC against Gautam Navlakha's release [...]
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Rafale, LCA Tejas will do away with aircraft shortage: IAF to PM Modi
Rafale, LCA Tejas will do away with aircraft shortage: IAF to PM Modi [...]
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National Portrait Gallery unveils Malala Yousafzai picture
Nobel prize winner says she hopes portrait will remind people of girls’ fight for changeMalala Yousafzai has expressed hope that a new portrait of her unveiled at the National Portrait Gallery will remind visitors that girls across the world are fighting for change.The gallery on Tuesday revealed one of two portraits of Yousafzai, an activist for girls’ education and the youngest Nobel prize winner. One has gone on display in London, while the other will travel in 2020 to Yousafzai’s adopted home city of Birmingham. Continue reading... [...]
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Closed circuit: segregation on the Myanmar train to nowhere
More than 700,000 Rohingya have fled violent clashes and ethnic cleansing in Myanmar’s Rakhine state since August last year. Photographer Hardy Amo makes the train journey through the scattered camps and villages where Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims once lived side by sideThe train leaves Sittwe, the capital of Myanmar’s western Rakhine state, and slowly begins the 11-mile journey to the village of Zaw Pu Gyar, edging across a stretch of countryside where Buddhists and Muslims once lived peacefully as neighbours.But this is a land now marked by segregation and carrying the scars of brutal clashes between the two communities. Tensions have remained high since the violent riots of 2012, when the Muslims were expelled from the capital and pushed into makeshift settlements. Continue reading... [...]
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