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Laiza in the spotlight: Myanmar's rebel capital digs in – and switches on
Trapped between the Burmese army and the Chinese border, the stronghold of the Christian Kachin people is quietly gearing up for its first film festivalLaiza is a city under siege – sort of. On one side of this remote, mountainous but important settlement in Myanmar’s breakaway Kachin state lurks the dreaded Burmese army. On the other, marking the city limits, is the Chinese border. “People are worried,” says Dau Hku, an official with the rebel Kachin Independence Army (KIA), which controls Laiza as the de facto capital of its small and shifting breakaway territory. “Everyone knows we are within shelling range.”In theory, the Burmese army – known as the Tatmadaw – could attack the city at any moment, and in theory, Laizans would have nowhere to run. Most people aren’t officially allowed to cross the border into China. Photo by @yawnghtang3711 evening rooftop shower in Laiza #shower #blackandwhitephoto #kachin #burma #myanmar #microstate #laiza #everydaykachin #everydayasia An #refugee who had to run from the #Burmese #army wears a a RUN #hat at the #jeyang #IDP #camp outside of #laiza #kachinstate. Photo by @lahpaisengdiawng #everydaykachin #everydayasia #everydayrefugees Photo taken as part of a Trocaire / EU photo story telling workshop for IDP's. @trocaireonline Laiza diversion dam by Ja Brang Lu Photo taken as part of a Trocaire / EU photo story telling workshop for IDP's. @trocaireonline Continue reading... [...]
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'Mani Shankar Aiyar baith ja nahin to Amar Singh aa jayega': What happened 17 years ago?
Amar Singh today said that once he had beaten up Mani Shankar Aiyar in New Delhi. Mani Shankar Aiyar had allegedly used foul language for Mulayam Singh Yadav. [...]
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It's a date: Kulbhushan Jadhav to meet mother, wife in Pakistani prison on December 25
Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav, who is on death row in Pakistan, will be allowed to meet his mother and wife on December 25, Islamabad said. [...]
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Did Mani Shankar Aiyar go to Pakistan to put supari on me? PM Modi continues assault
Did you go to Pakistan to offer a supari on my head? PM Narendra Modi questioned at a rally in Gujarat as continued his frontal assault on suspended Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar who called him a 'neech kisam ka aadmi'. [...]
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'It was unbelievable horror': the Rohingya crisis – podcast
With nearly a million Rohingya driven out of Myanmar in what the UN has called textbook ‘ethnic cleansing’, Lucy Lamble hears about the situation on the ground in Bangladesh – and how the international community can helpHundreds of thousands of Rohingya have fled their homes in Myanmar’s Rakhine state in the wake of a brutal offensive by the Burmese army. Traumatised men, women and children with horrific stories have arrived in Bangladesh, and NGOs and the Dhaka government are struggling to cope.Lucy Lamble is joined by Dr Champa Patel, head of the Asia Programme at Chatham House, and Asif Saleh, senior director of communications, strategy and empowerment, from Brac, an NGO working in Bangladesh and beyond, to discuss the humanitarian situation in Cox’s Bazar and the politics of the crisis. Continue reading... [...]
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Pakistan? No, home is south London, Sadiq Khan tells BBC reporter
Mayor sets the record straight after being asked by a journalist whether his visit to Pakistan felt like ‘coming home’Sadiq Khan had a quick response when asked by a BBC reporter whether his visit to Pakistan was “like coming home”, replying: “No, home is south London, mate.”The mayor of London, on a visit to Pakistan and India, smiled when asked the question but was keen to set the record straight. Continue reading... [...]
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Govt says new FRDI Bill won't take away your money in the bank, but protect it better
The Centre said that the provisions of the Financial Resolution and Deposit Insurance (FRDI) Bill, 2017 are meant to protect the interests of depositors. Here is all you need to know. [...]
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Rajasthan 'love jihad' burning a love triangle gone wrong?
As per information, accused man's ex girlfriend was living with the victim [...]
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Did Indian drone enter Chinese airspace? Yes, but we told China, says India
An Indian drone on a routine training mission did enter Chinese airspace due to a technical fault, but soldiers on the ground informed their Chinese counterparts, sources in India said. [...]
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India expands payment scheme for Hindus to marry person of Dalit caste
Government is to scrap income ceiling for cash incentive but critics say slow uptake is due to millennia-old prejudice not economicsIndia’s government has expanded a scheme offering payment incentives to Hindus who marry members of the country’s poorest and most oppressed caste, the Dalits.A scheme introduced in 2013 offered 250,000 rupees (£2,900) to encourage Hindus from higher castes to marry members of the “untouchable” community, in the hope that it would help to remove the stigma of intercaste marriage and foster greater social cohesion. Related: Member of India's lowest caste expected to be elected president Continue reading... [...]
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First of Chennai Six arrives back in UK from India
Billy Irving was one of six former soldiers jailed for weapons offences while working as guards on ship in Indian OceanA former British soldier said it felt “excellent to be home” as he became the first of the Chennai Six to arrive back in the UK, more than four years after they were jailed in India on weapons charges. Billy Irving was greeted by family and two bagpipers after touching down at Glasgow airport on Wednesday. Continue reading... [...]
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The stakes are high and public opinion is clear: We must say no to Adani | Fiona Stanley
In addition to the harmful impacts of coal on our health and climate, Adani has a disturbing record of workplace safety. We have to do what it takes to stop itWhy would a child and public health professional like me be so concerned by Adani’s proposed mega coal mine in Queensland? Should Queenslanders who are worried about employment get angry with doctors from interstate telling them what’s best? While the community may think that doctors just look after sick patients, there is a long and successful history of medical advocacy to improve the health of the whole community. We care deeply about the health, wellbeing and employment of all Australians. Related: Most Australians oppose Adani mine, poll shows, amid national protests Related: Breathless in Delhi: a taste of environmental Armageddon | Brigid Delaney's diary Related: Enough tiptoeing around. Let’s make this clear: coal kills people | Tim Hollo Continue reading... [...]
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1.5 lakh kar sevaks, 2,300 police constables and a mosque: How Babri fell on December 6, 1992
As the first dome of Babri Masjid collapsed, communal riots broke out in Ayodhya on December 6, 1992. [...]
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'No longer at the mercy of the madams': India's bank for sex workers | Amrit Dhillon
Across West Bengal, a bank run by and for sex workers ensures they keep their earnings safe and avoid the loan sharks – and means they can get an official IDAs a sex worker in Kolkata, Rita Roy had no access to her own money. The brothel madam kept her earnings “safe” – shoving the notes into her bra – and whenever Roy needed money, she would never get the full amount she asked for. Roy, 36, did not have a bank account. When she needed money to treat her father’s heart condition seven years ago, she was forced to visit a loan shark to borrow 2,000 rupees (£23). In one year, 13,000 rupees extra (£150) was due from the interest. Related: Indian village run by teenage girls offers hope for a life free from abuse Continue reading... [...]
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Sri Lankan bowler vomits in Delhi cricket match due to polluted air
Bowlers Suranga Lakmal and Lahiru Gamage are forced to take a break as harmful pollutants reach 12 times WHO safe limit A Sri Lankan player vomited on the field and was escorted off the ground as heavily polluted air continued to plague an international cricket test match in Delhi.Fast bowler Suranga Lakmal was seen doubled over and retching on Tuesday afternoon as levels of the most harmful pollutants hovered at about 300 in parts of the Indian capital – 12 times the World Health Organisation safe limit. Related: Pollution stops play at Delhi Test match as bowlers struggle to breathe You can't host sport events in Delhi from Diwali till end of Feb, at least. It is a fact. We had to accommodate our whole schedule to avoid it and others should also think about athletes health first #DelhiSmog Related: Delhi doctors declare pollution emergency as smog chokes city Continue reading... [...]
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The west can’t fix the climate crisis. Asia will have to do it | Chandran Nair
The future is about resources, not technology. The planet really needs developing nations to get it rightThe climate change talks in Bonn have now wrapped up with little firm action. Next year they move to Poland. But whatever is discussed or agreed in European cities over the coming years, the answers to climate change will not come from the west (beyond a few technological tweaks), but Asia. Related: ‘Planet at a crossroads’: climate summit makes progress but leaves much to do Related: China's great green wall grows in climate fight Continue reading... [...]
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New Indian envoy to China presents credentials to Xi Jinping
India's new envoy to China Gautam Bambawale had a brief conversation with Chinese President Xi Jinping after presenting his credentials. [...]
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Baby boy found to be alive after Delhi hospital declared him dead
Two doctors have been sacked after parents of premature baby pronounced dead find him wriggling in body bagPolice in Delhi have launched an investigation after a baby that had been pronounced dead by doctors was found to be moving in a body bag as his parents prepared to deliver funeral rites.Two doctors have been sacked from Delhi’s upmarket Max hospital in Shalimar Bagh, where the boy and his twin sister were born prematurely at 22 weeks last week. Continue reading... [...]
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Why will Tulip Siddiq not speak out on Bangladesh’s ‘disappeared’ innocents? | Michael Polak
Ahmad bin Quasem is among the hundreds abducted by state forces. The British MP whose aunt is Bangladesh’s prime minister can’t keep dodging the issueWe don’t often find the leader of another country popping in to listen to the maiden speech of a British member of parliament. Yet that was the privilege afforded to Tulip Siddiq, after she was elected to represent the people of Hampstead and Kilburn in 2015.Looking proudly on from the gallery was Sheikh Hasina Wazed, the prime minister of Bangladesh since 2009, under whose watch hundreds of political opponents have been “disappeared” – kidnapped by state security forces and ending up either dead or incarcerated with no recourse to justice. Related: We MPs do our best – I can sympathise with Tulip Siddiq’s lapse of judgment | Rupa Huq Continue reading... [...]
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Bollywood star Shashi Kapoor dies at 79
A scion of the Kapoor film-making dynasty, the celebrated actor appeared in a string of Indian features and Merchant Ivory films Veteran Indian film industry stalwart Shashi Kapoor has died at the age of 79, it has been confirmed. His nephew Randhir told the Press Trust of India (PTI) that the actor had died in Mumbai on Monday after several years of kidney problems.Kapoor was a scion of the celebrated Indian film-making dynasty, the son of Mughal-E-Azam star Prithviraj Kapoor, and brother of Raj Kapoor. Shashi Kapoor’s own screen career started as a child actor in the 1940s and 50s, appearing in films such as Aag and Awaara, in both of which he played the younger version of his already established brother Raj. His first leading role was in the award-winning 1961 Dharmputra, directed by Yash Chopra, which was one of the first Indian features to deal with partition. Continue reading... [...]
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Kids are suffering: NGT raps Delhi govt for failing to submit action plan on air pollution
NGT slammed authorities for holding India-Sri Lanka cricket match at Feroz Shah Kotla stadium in Delhi despite hazardous air quality. [...]
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The Guardian view on Delhi’s pollution: when smog stops play | Editorial
Cricket is famous for the many things that can interrupt a game. But the halting of a Test match in Delhi because of smog is a wake-up call for IndiaCricket isn’t cricket without the occasional “rain stopped play” that has marked – not often enough for English taste – the Ashes test in Adelaide. But rain is not the only reason why cricket matches sometimes have to be halted. Snow, dazzling sunshine and a solar eclipse have all brought games to an early end. So have hedgehogs, pigs, snakes and cars on the pitch. But cricket’s love of the eccentric gave way to a truly disturbing interruption on Sunday when Delhi’s bad air pollution – which was 15 times the WHO’s recommended toxicity maximum – caused stops and starts to a test between India and Sri Lanka. With players forced to leave the game to vomit and Sri Lankans wearing anti-pollution masks on the field, this was a Delhi clean-up call. If India’s favourite sport can’t be played in the nation’s smog-laden capital, cricket in Delhi should be no-balled. Continue reading... [...]
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Pollution stops play at Delhi Test match as bowlers struggle to breathe
Sri Lanka say conditions in smog-hit Indian capital left players vomiting, and some of them took to field wearing face masks A cricket Test match between India and Sri Lanka was repeatedly interrupted on Sunday with claims players were “continuously vomiting” due to hazardous pollution levels in the Indian capital.Commentators said it was the first recorded instance of an international match being halted due to the toxic smog that afflicts much of north India year-round but worsens to hazardous levels during winter months. Related: 'Half my lung cancer patients are non-smokers': toxic air crisis chokes Delhi Continue reading... [...]
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Five years after the gang-rape and murder of Jyoti Singh, what has changed for women in India?
The Delhi student’s death sparked protest across the country, but campaigners, including Singh’s parents, say not enough has been done to keep women safeJyoti Singh stood by the side of the road, wrapped up from the chill of a Delhi winter evening, looking out for the headlights of a bus. It was about 9.30pm and she was on her way home from watching Life of Pi at the cinema in the Citywalk mall with a young male friend, Awindra Pandey.The date was 16 December 2012. She was 23 years old, a young woman making her way in the world, working nights in an IBM call centre to put herself through medical college to achieve her dream of becoming a physiotherapist. She had less than two weeks left to live.There was a huge public outcry to change the system… but hardly any change that has taken placeFor our government, rape is not a grave issue. They think these are trivial matters Related: Delhi police set up all-female motorbike squad to tackle crime against women Continue reading... [...]
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Narendra Modi in Gujarat LIVE: PM back to election campaign in Bharuch, Saurashtra
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is on a two-day tour of Gujarat as part of BJP's election campaign. [...]
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Bhopal gas tragedy: What had happened this day 33 years ago that killed thousands?
Three days after the assassination of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, a major tragedy struck Madhya Pradesh capital Bhopal, where thousands were killed in the world's worst industrial accident. [...]
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Arun Jaitley likely to present India's first post-GST budget on February 1
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley likely to present India's first post-GST budget on February 1, 2018. [...]
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‘This is the world’s cheapest place to scrap ships’ – but in Chittagong, it’s people who pay the price
Thousands of workers have been killed or maimed dismantling the world’s ships in Bangladesh, India and PakistanMohamed Edris’s life as he knew it in the Bangladeshi ship recycling yards ended at 11.30am on Saturday 11 April 2015. The 38-year-old metal cutter had been working with 100 others on the 19,600-tonne container ship Eurus London at the Ferdous Steel Corporation shipyard in Chittagong when catastrophe struck.His task had been to cut away the huge 40-tonne propeller with a blow torch. Alarm bells rang, he said, when he saw that a large metal platform had been placed below the propeller to stop it falling into the mud on the beach.I feel like a dead man. I have no hope. I will never be able to go back to work. I am in constant pain. Continue reading... [...]
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