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Opposed to China's CPEC that passes through PoK, India boycotts Belt and Road initiative
Refusing to be part of China's Belt and Road initiative, India today said that no country will agree to be part of a project that refuses to address its core territorial dispute. [...]
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Doctors working under Satyendar Jain giving fake reports to end my fast: Kapil Mishra
Former Delhi Water Minister Kapil Mishra today alleged that there was a conspiracy to make him end his hunger strike, which began on Wednesday. Doctors "working under" Health Minister Satyendar Jain were giving "fake reports," he alleged. [...]
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‘Widespread’ torture by police in Pakistan condemned by United Nations
UN urges Pakistan to ‘incorporate into its legislation a specific definition of torture’ to be applied without exceptionA UN committee has condemned the “widespread practice of torture” in Pakistan by police, the military and intelligence agencies in a report published on Friday, and called on Islamabad to implement urgent reforms to the law.“The police engage in the widespread practice of torture throughout the territory ... with a view to obtaining confessions from persons in custody,” the UN Committee against Torture wrote in its first report on the situation in the country, made public after months of investigation. Related: Boy, 10, killed in attempted blasphemy lynching in Pakistan Continue reading... [...]
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‘It only takes one terrorist’: the Buddhist monk who reviles Myanmar’s Muslims | Marella Oppenheim
Critics of Ashin Wirathu and his denim-clad disciples say the monk incites racial violence against Rohingya refugees. He claims he is merely protecting his peopleMyanmar army allegedly left Rohingya refugees with bullet wounds and burns“Aung San Suu Kyii would like to help the Bengali, but I block her,” says Ashin Wirathu with some pride.Branded the “Face of Buddhist Terror” by Time magazine, Wirathu has his own compound within the Masoeyein monastery in Mandalay. Before being offered a comfortable chair, visitors are greeted by a wall of bloody and gruesome photographs. Related: Myanmar army allegedly left Rohingya refugees with bullet wounds and burns Continue reading... [...]
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Indian train network makes history by employing transgender workers
An initiative offering jobs to a handful of members of Kerala’s hijra community aims to tackle prejudice and bring transgender people into the mainstreamThey used to beg on India’s train network, but this month, for the first time, transgender women will have proper jobs, serving passengers and selling tickets in the south Indian city of Kochi.In an effort to integrate trans people into Indian society, Kochi’s metro has hired 23 members of the hijra community, who will start working behind ticket counters and on housekeeping teams before the end of this month. Continue reading... [...]
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Churchill not entirely to blame for Bengal famine | Letters
Winston Churchill’s confidant, Frederick Lindemann, poorly advised the war leader, argues Charles SharpBruce Ross-Smith (Letters, 11 May) is unfair in blaming Churchill entirely for the Bengal famine. Most historians blame his confidant and adviser, Frederick Lindemann, for advocating the policy of redirecting food ships to the Atlantic from the India-Australia route. Churchill was probably unaware of the future consequences amid all the turmoil of war planning in 1942-43. Lindemann is a darker, more controversial figure. Had his interference in the development of radar succeeded, we would have lost the war. He was the primary advocate of the RAF’s role in area bombing and “de-housing”. Apart from the civilian casualties it caused, it diverted resources from tactical support by the RAF to the army and navy. Undoubtedly Churchill was a flawed character, but not a genocidal leader. Confronted by “the abyss of a new dark age”, Churchill’s oratory inspired resistance and formed a great alliance that defeated the far greater evils of Nazism and Japanese imperial expansion. He deserves a Nobel for that.Charles SharpLondon  • Join the debate – email guardian.letters@theguardian.com Continue reading... [...]
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Beyond Bollywood: where India's biggest movie hits really come from
The global success of fantasy epic Baahubali 2: The Conclusion underscores the power of the country’s billion-dollar ‘regional’ film industryThe global success of SS Rajamouli’s fantasy epic sequel Baahubali 2: The Conclusion has once again brought Indian cinema to the attention of the world. Its forerunner, the $31m-budgeted Baahubali: The Beginning (2015), grossed $100m worldwide but caused little more than a ripple outside India. Within the country, it made waves because the film, made in the south Indian Telugu and Tamil languages, saw the Hindi-dubbed version alone gross more than $20m. Related: Baahubali 2: The Conclusion review – joyous action epic soars Pan Nalin’s Angry Indian Goddesses, ​billed as India’s first female buddy movie, ​sold to 61 territories Continue reading... [...]
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Yogi Adityanath keeps his promise, meets martyr's family, gives Rs 6 lakh compensation
The UP CM had promised meeting the family after they insisted failing which they had refused cremation of the martyred jawan. [...]
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Myanmar army allegedly left Rohingya refugees with bullet wounds and burns
Shocking photographic evidence showing children among the injured adds weight to claims that military committed atrocities against Rohingya peoplePhotographs have emerged that show Rohingya refugees, some of them children, bearing bullet wounds and burn scars apparently sustained during a Myanmar army crackdown.The new evidence, documented by humanitarian agencies and rights organisations, adds credence to claims that Myanmar’s military committed atrocities against ethnic Rohingya communities during a counterinsurgency campaign that ended this year. Related: Plan to move Rohingya to remote island prompts fears of human catastrophe Continue reading... [...]
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Turnbull considers Nato request for more Australian troops in Afghanistan
Additional personnel needed to deal with resurgent Taliban and continuing threat from Islamic State fighters Malcolm Turnbull says he is weighing up a Nato request to send more Australian troops to Afghanistan.The prime minister, who visited the region ahead of Anzac Day, confirmed he has been asked for additional personnel to help deal with a resurgent Taliban and the continuing threat from Islamic State fighters. Related: Malcolm Turnbull visits Afghanistan and Iraq ahead of Anzac Day Related: Afghanistan reels from Taliban's deadliest attack on army since 2001 Continue reading... [...]
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#JusticeForSonika vs #VoiceForVikram: Social media war breaks out as Bengal film world gets split down the middle!
Social media war breaks out with between those seeking justice for deceased model Sonika Chauhan and friends of Vikram Chatterjee seeking a fair trial for the actor who's facing charges of reckless driving. [...]
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On NDA government's three years celebrations, Congress plans to highlight its failures
Congress has zeroed-in on few issues that party will raise during its campaign on completion of three years of Modi government. [...]
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Pakistan says Sharif-Jindal meeting last month was part of back-channel diplomacy
On April 27, Sajjan Jindal, who is brother of steel tycoon Naveen Jindal and managing director of the JSW Steel, had met with Nawaz Sharif at his Murree's residence in what was then described as a secret meeting. [...]
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‘If a man can do it, why can't I?’: turning the tables on India's instant divorce law | Amrit Dhillon
As India debates the validity of a law allowing men to divorce by uttering three words, one woman is blazing a trail by using the practice against her husbandAs dusk was falling, Amreen Begum’s husband bundled her into his auto-rickshaw together with their two young children. He dumped them beside some wheat fields outside Meerut, a city 70km north-east of India’s capital, New Delhi. “He didn’t even bother going the extra 2km up to my parents’ home,” says Begum. Related: India's Muslim women fight to end triple talaq law that yields instant divorce | Amrit Dhillon Related: 'I was so scared … I was tortured': Indian women lift the lid on married life | Vidhi Doshi Continue reading... [...]
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India wedding deaths: 24 guests killed after wall collapses
Rescuers describe horrific scene after concrete wall falls onto people taking shelter from storm in Bharatpur, RajasthanA wall has fallen onto an Indian wedding party during a storm, killing at least 24 people including four children and injuring many more, police said on Thursday.The concrete wall fell on guests who were sheltering from heavy rain in a tin shack on Wednesday night, police superintendent Anil Tank said. Related: Indian solar power prices hit record low, undercutting fossil fuels Continue reading... [...]
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Indian solar power prices hit record low, undercutting fossil fuels
Plummeting wholesale prices put the country on track to meet renewable energy targets set out in the Paris agreementWholesale solar power prices have reached another record low in India, faster than analysts predicted and further undercutting the price of fossil fuel-generated power in the country.The tumbling price of solar energy also increases the likelihood that India will meet – and by its own predictions, exceed – the renewable energy targets it set at the Paris climate accords in December 2015. Related: India plans nearly 60% of electricity capacity from non-fossil fuels by 2027 Another milestone towards PM @narendramodi's vision of clean affordable power for all: Bhadla Solar Park achieves tariff of Rs. 2.62/unit Continue reading... [...]
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Churchill’s unmerited Nobel for literature | Letters
His hatred of the peoples of the Indian subcontinent is a matter of record, writes Bruce Ross-SmithWinston Churchill’s 1953 Nobel literature citation read “for his mastery of historical and biographical description as well as for brilliant oratory defending exalted human values” (Novelist politicians, 9 May). As historian David Reynolds has detailed, the six volumes of Churchill’s history of the second world war were built upon selective memory forged out of ego, not least the “great man’s” fleeting memory of the 1943 Bengal famine, in which more than 3.5 million people perished, to a large extent as a direct consequence of Churchill’s policies and actions. His hatred of the peoples of the Indian subcontinent is a matter of record. His gifts as a writer were not profound but he was good at booms and bangs. Not then, one of the Nobel committee’s better choices for the literature prize. And certainly not, had it been offered, for the peace prize.Bruce Ross-SmithOxford• Join the debate – email guardian.letters@theguardian.com Continue reading... [...]
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ICJ stay on Kulbhushan Jadhav death sentence: Pakistan says it's reviewing international court's verdict
Nearly 24 hours after the International Court of Justice (ICJ) stayed execution of Indian citizen Kulbhushan Jadhav, Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif held a meeting with army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa to discuss the issue. [...]
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No vulgarity allowed during temple festival, rules Madras High Court
Justice K Kalyanasundaram gave the order while considering petitions from various people seeking approvals for such events during various festivals. [...]
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Pakistan military finally accepts Dawn leaks inquiry committee report, withdraws its earlier tweet
The Dawn leaks case refers to a front page story by the Daily Dawn's columnist Cyril Almeida's last October, quoting government sources, on rift between Pakistan's civilian and military establishment over crackdown on Pakistan's terrorist groups active in India and Afghanistan. [...]
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Kashmir Valley receives two-and-a-half lakh tourists in first quarter
The figure is much lesser than that of the same period of 2016, which witnessed three-and-a-half lakh tourists visiting the Valley. [...]
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AAP party funding under IT lens, probe reveals political motives behind donations
Sources said the Income Tax Department has concluded that the Rs 2 crore received by the AAP and declared as donation in the party fund would be treated as income [...]
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Marine A: killing Taliban fighter was 'moment of madness'
Former Royal Marine Alexander Blackman says he still cannot explain why he killed wounded combatant Alexander Blackman, the Royal Marine sergeant convicted of killing a wounded Taliban fighter, has described his crime as a “moment of madness” but is not ruling out the possibility of collaborating in a Hollywood film of the saga. Blackman, better known by his codename, Marine A, said he could not explain why he had shot dead the prisoner though he had spent a lot of time trying to pinpoint his reasons. Related: 'Marine A' Alexander Blackman enjoys first hours of freedom Continue reading... [...]
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Taliban teachers: how militants are infiltrating Afghan schools
Educators face pressure to give good marks to young fighters while others are swapping chalk for Kalashnikovs after lessonsWhen Afghan teachers are lobbied to give good marks to mediocre students, the pressure does not necessarily come from disgruntled parents. Often it comes from the Taliban.In areas of eastern Afghanistan, militants intimidate teachers to let older boys who fight with the Taliban pass exams despite lacklustre performances, according to education experts working in the region. Continue reading... [...]
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Nepalis call for Everest age limit after death of 85-year-old climber
Alpine association says tighter restrictions needed after Min Bahadur Sherchan died as he prepared to ascend mountainNepal’s biggest alpine association will push the country’s government to implement an age limit on who can climb the world’s tallest mountain after the death of an 85-year-old at Everest base camp at the weekend, the second fatality in the past week.The body of Min Bahadur Sherchan, at one time the oldest man to reach the summit of Mount Everest, was airlifted from base camp on Saturday afternoon after a suspected heart attack. Related: On Everest: meet the people scaling the world's highest peak Continue reading... [...]
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Google Maps to help settle Afghanistan-Pakistan border dispute
Neighbouring countries to carry out geological survey using GPS and Google Maps after deadly clashes in disputed areaPakistan and Afghanistan plan to use Google Maps to help settle a border dispute that led to deadly clashes last week, officials from both sides have said. At least eight civilians were killed on both sides in fighting that began when a Pakistani census team accompanied by soldiers visited disputed villages along the southern border on Friday. Continue reading... [...]
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Head of Isis in Afghanistan confirmed killed in joint US operation
Abdul Hasib had been reported killed but a statement from local US commander confirms his deathThe head of Islamic State in Afghanistan, Abdul Hasib, has been killed by Afghan and US special forces in the eastern province of Nangarhar, according to officials. Hasib, appointed last year after his predecessor Hafiz Saeed Khan died in a US drone strike, is believed to have ordered a series of high profile attacks including one on 8 March on the main military hospital in Kabul, a statement said. Related: Isis faces exodus of foreign fighters as its 'caliphate' crumbles Continue reading... [...]
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Blues and moos: Indian state launches cow ambulance service
NGO funds five ambulances in Uttar Pradesh state as growing zeal to safeguard cows has also resulted in rising violenceIn a country where poorer people often have to carry their injured relatives to hospital, the launch of a new private ambulance service in India was cheered by some politicians.But these new ambulances, equipped with sirens and a doctor on board, will exclusively serve injured cows, in the latest of a series of high-profile schemes to improve the wellbeing of the animals, which are revered by most Hindus. Related: On patrol with the Hindu vigilantes who would kill to protect India's cows Related: Muslim man dies in India after attack by Hindu 'cow protectors' Related: Inside the Indian village where a mob killed a man for eating beef Continue reading... [...]
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