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Supreme Court advisory on Babri dispute raises apprehension among Muslims
Muslim leader and social activist Nazir Ahmed said this issue was taken to the court as the talks were not giving any results since the past 60 years. [...]
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In fake currency hub Malda, there's a real collection of currency from 150 countries
Fifty-year-old Biswajit Gupta has collected coins and currency notes of 150 countries without ever travelling abroad. [...]
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Modi-Shah juggernaut forces Sharad Pawar's call for Opposition unity: Not good for country if Congress withers
Pawar is now of the view that the Modi-Shah aim of a 'Congress-mukt Bharat' is dangerous for the country. [...]
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China slams India over invitation to Dalai Lama at Buddhist meet in Nalanda
"China is strongly dissatisfied and firmly opposed to it," Hua said. [...]
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‘Crazy dream’: the former Delhi IT worker in the race to land on the moon
TeamIndus is one of four teams competing to win Google’s Lunar XPrize for the first ever private moon landing, worth $20m To this day, Rahul Narayan doesn’t know why he said yes, except that it was the very last day to sign up, and if he didn’t agree to it, then there would be no Indian teams in the running. He threw together a proposal and clicked submit.Perhaps it was the dullness of his day job in IT services, or a last-ditch effort to recapture some adolescent Star Trek-themed fantasy; but once the idea got into his head, it stuck. Related: 'I am not afraid': the Delhi student facing death threats for taking on India's right wing Continue reading... [...]
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Three US troops wounded after Afghan soldier opens fire
Afghan army spokesman calls shooting a ‘mistake’ that was not deliberateShooter was shot dead at base in southern Helmand provinceAn Afghan soldier opened fire on Sunday inside a base in the southern Helmand province, wounding three US soldiers before being shot dead, an Afghan official said.Colonel Mohammad Rasoul Zazai, an army spokesman, said the soldier had made a “mistake” and had not fired deliberately. A coalition-run Twitter account said an Afghan soldier shot and wounded three American soldiers, without providing further details. Related: Afghanistan civilian deaths may have been caused by US airstrike Continue reading... [...]
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Controversial Hindu priest chosen as Uttar Pradesh chief minister
Yogi Adityanath, who likened Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan to a terrorist and praised Donald Trump’s travel ban, to lead India’s most populous stateA firebrand Hindu priest who praised Donald Trump’s Muslim ban and once likened the Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan to a terrorist has been chosen to run India’s most populous state.The Bharatiya Janata party (BJP), which last weekend won a landslide victory in local elections in Uttar Pradesh state, announced after a party meeting on Saturday that Yogi Adityanath was its unanimous choice for chief minister. Continue reading... [...]
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Tamil Nadu: How Stalin, Panneerselvam and Chief Minister Palaniswami 'shared a stage' in Chennai
A first-of-its-kind 'Coffee With MLAs' event was organized at Chennai's Valluvar Kottam, but no lawmakers showed up. [...]
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BBC apologises for 'what is the right punishment for blasphemy?' tweet
Broadcaster says it never intended to imply blasphemy should be punished and said the tweet was poorly wordedBBC Asia has apologised after it posted the question “what is the right punishment for blasphemy?” on its Asian Network Twitter account.The tweet was intended to promote a debate about about blasphemy on social media in Pakistan with presenter Shazia Awan. Related: Pakistani activist fears he will be killed like father after blasphemy fatwa Apologies for poorly worded question from #AsianNetwork yday. Q was in context of Pak asking FB to help we shd have made that clear 1/2We never intend to imply Blasphemy should be punished. Provocative question that got it wrong 2/2Disgraceful that @bbcasiannetwork @ShaziaAwan would ask what 'punishment' should be for blasphemy. You know people get killed for it.@BBCNews We could inform the BBC's Asian Network there should be NO punishment for blasphemy. We're not living in the Middle Ages@bbcasiannetwork The fact that it appears that BBC Asian network has not roundly condemned punishment for blasphemy. One has to conclude you support it!! Continue reading... [...]
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The Viceroy’s House version of India’s partition brings fake history to screen | Ian Jack
This Downton-in-Delhi tale takes breathtaking liberties with real-life horrors – and misreads the roles of Churchill and MountbattenImagine a film about the Holocaust where a character pulls open a drawer, pulls out a document and reveals that 6 million deaths aren’t the fault of Hitler but of … Mussolini. Related: Fatima Bhutto on Indian partition film Viceroy’s House: ‘I watched this servile pantomime and wept’ Detecting fake history needs curiosity – critical rather than passive consumption – otherwise it never gets found out Continue reading... [...]
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LIVE: Yogi Adityanath leads UP Chief Minister race, announcement shortly
The other contenders are: Union Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha, and the BJP's Uttar Pradesh president Keshav Prasad Maurya. [...]
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Donald Trump not safe in White House, says former Secret Service agent
A former Secret Service agent who guarded former US presidents Barack Obama and George W Bush, has said Donald Trump is not safe inside the White House. [...]
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Mumbai: CM Devendra Fadnavis says he will bring schemes for farmers instead of giving loan waivers
He also added that government will help farmers who pay regular loan installments. [...]
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Pakistan asks Facebook and Twitter to help identify blasphemers
Companies approached in effort to locate Pakistanis at home or abroad so they can be prosecuted or potentially extradited Pakistan has asked Facebook and Twitter to help identify Pakistanis suspected of blasphemy so it can prosecute them or pursue their extradition.Under the country’s strict blasphemy laws, anyone found to have insulted Islam or the prophet Muhammad can be sentenced to death. Continue reading... [...]
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Goa murder: 245 tourists died in four local districts in past 12 years
Relatives of foreigners whose deaths were classified as natural or accidental say some cases could be the result of foul playAn Irish-British dual national whom police believe was murdered in Goa was one of more than 245 foreigners to die in four districts of the Indian state in the past 12 years, according to police records obtained by the Guardian.A postmortem on the body of Danielle McLaughlin has revealed the 28-year-old had been sexually assaulted and strangled in the hours after leaving a party on Monday at Palolem beach, a popular spot in the south of the state. Related: CCTV captures final movements of Irish-British backpacker killed in Goa Continue reading... [...]
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Calls for criminal inquiry into Lib Dem donor over ‘links to Rolls-Royce scandal’
Sudhir Choudhrie, major party donor, and his son Bhanu were arrested in the UK in 2014 for allegedly acting as middlemen Anti-corruption campaigners have demanded a criminal investigation in India into a businessman and major Liberal Democrat donor over his alleged links to the Rolls-Royce bribery scandal.In a letter to India’s Central Bureau of Investigation, the lawyer and politician Prashant Bhushan asked that the country’s authorities launch an investigation into the role of Sudhir Choudhrie and other middlemen for the British engineering giant. Related: Rolls-Royce apologises in court after settling bribery case Continue reading... [...]
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BJP stole mandate like thief, they will now pay for it: Congress leader Digvijaya Singh on Goa government
Accusing BJP of 'stealing' people's mandate in Goa, Digvijaya Singh asked for a detailed discussion on the matter in the Upper House of Parliament. [...]
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Irish-British backpacker seen shortly before she was found dead in Goa – CCTV video
CCTV has emerged of some of the final movements of the County Donegal woman whose body was found naked and severely beaten in Goa on Tuesday. The footage, released on Thursday, shows Danielle McLaughlin walking with a man that police have identified as the accused murderer Vikat Bhagat Continue reading... [...]
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CCTV captures final movements of British backpacker killed in Goa
Video footage shows Danielle McLaughlin with murder suspect on eve of her death as new witnesses shed light on her last hoursCCTV footage has been released showing a dual Irish-British national on the day before her death in the Indian state of Goa, as new witnesses shed light on the 28-year-old’s final hours.The body of Danielle McLaughlin was found naked and severely beaten in a field between the popular Palolem and Agonda beaches in the south of the state on Tuesday morning. Related: Tributes paid to British backpacker found dead in Indian tourist resort Related: Two men in Scarlett Keeling murder case in India face court again Continue reading... [...]
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Wife hails decision to clear marine of murdering Taliban fighter – video
The wife of Alexander Blackman, the marine convicted of murder for shooting a seriously wounded Taliban fighter in Afghanistan, praises the appeal court decision to quash the original ruling. Claire Blackman speaks outside the Royal Courts of Justice on Wednesday after judges decided to replace the conviction with manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibilityJudges quash UK marine Alexander Blackman’s murder conviction Continue reading... [...]
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India fast-tracks Kashmir hydro projects that could affect Pakistan water supplies
The schemes could prove a flashpoint between the nuclear-armed neighbours at a time when relations are tenseIndia has fast-tracked hydropower projects worth $15bn in Kashmir in recent months, three federal and state officials said, ignoring warnings from Islamabad that power stations on rivers flowing into Pakistan will disrupt water supplies. The swift approval of projects that had languished for years came after Prime Minister Narendra Modi suggested last year that sharing the waterways could be conditional on Pakistan clamping down on anti-India militants that New Delhi says it shelters. Related: India blames Pakistan for deadly 'sneak attack' on soldiers in Kashmir Continue reading... [...]
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Captain Amarinder Singh's Pakistani friend Aroosa Alam bats for India-Pakistan peace
Captain Amarinder Singh's Pakistani friend Aroosa Alam was in Chandigarh to witness his oath taking ceremony as Punjab chief minister for the second time. [...]
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What's stopping BJP from naming next Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister? Several reasons, say party insiders
What is stopping the BJP from announcing the name of the next chief minister of Uttar Pradesh is a question that many have asked since the party's landslide win in the state on March 11. [...]
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Holi hangover: 15 Gwalior cops suspended after viral video shows them drinking inside police station
15 Gwalior policemen have been suspended after a video showing them drinking inside police station went viral. [...]
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Blair era 'mistaken identity' rendition case goes to high court
Lawyers for man held for 10 years following 2004 SAS anti-terror raid in Baghdad fight for damagesThe fallout from one of Britain’s Blair-era extraordinary rendition operations continued to inch its way through the high court this week, in a case involving MI6, the SAS and allegations of a high-level cover-up of a blunder.Lawyers representing one of the victims bringing a damages claim against the government allege that he became caught up in the rendition programme as a consequence of mistaken identity. Related: Men allegedly tortured by UK troops plan to go to court over report Related: Why can’t Britain apologise to these victims of rendition? | Cori Crider Continue reading... [...]
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Alexander Blackman's company was out of control, claims former comrade
Oliver Lee says it was wrong to treat the marine who shot and killed a wounded Taliban fighter as a ‘single rotten apple’British marines who fought alongside Alexander Blackman were out of control and “gung-ho”, abusing Afghan citizens, treating local allies with contempt and showing little regard for the rules of engagement, a former senior officer has claimed.In an extraordinary attack on his former comrades, Oliver Lee, who was the youngest marine colonel since the second world war, said it was wrong to treat Blackman as a “single rotten apple”. Related: Judges quash UK marine Alexander Blackman's murder conviction Continue reading... [...]
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Polio's last stand: frantic effort to eradicate Pakistan's 'badge of shame'
Health experts aim for zero transmission by targetting children at bus stations and border crossings with vaccinationsPakistan and Afghanistan close to defeating Polio - in picturesAt a busy toll plaza in Kohat, Pakistan, a three-member vaccination team is working fast. Flanked by armed military personnel, the vaccinators approach a white van as it pulls away from the scattered stream of traffic, cars rattling east toward Islamabad and west to the nearby border with Afghanistan. One worker leans toward the driver to ask a question as another reaches into a cooler to prepare the vaccine. Among the crush of passengers in the van, they identify one child who has not yet been vaccinated. No child in the future will be crippled by this disease“An enormous exodus of people was unfortunate .. but it gave us the opportunity to reach 265,000 kids”What we’ve seen is our female vaccinators are driving every single operational gain that is being made Related: Suspicion slows dangerous work to eradicate polio in Pakistan Continue reading... [...]
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Alexander Blackman shoots wounded Taliban fighter – transcript
Transcript of audio from two clips in which marines drag the prisoner to the edge of a field before Blackman shoots him deadThis is a transcript of audio taken from two video clips that record the incident in which Alexander Blackman shot dead a wounded Taliban fighter. The Royal Marines dragged the unidentified prisoner to the edge of a field after he had been hit by cannon fire from an Apache attack helicopter. Related: Judges quash UK marine Alexander Blackman's murder conviction Continue reading... [...]
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