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Bengaluru municipal body removes 21,000 plastic banners, flexes after court order
Bengaluru municipal body removes 21,000 plastic banners, flexes after court order [...]
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Cops heart kanwariyas in a one-sided love story
Cops heart kanwariyas in a one-sided love story [...]
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The Guardian view on Shahidul Alam: Bangladesh should let him go | Editorial
The acclaimed photographer and activist is one of many targeted under a draconian law. He should be freed, and the legislation changedThe work of renowned photographer and social activist Shahidul Alam has appeared in publications worldwide, including the Guardian. Now attention is on the 63-year-old himself. Police in Bangladesh have arrested him over “provocative comments” on Facebook; he was seized just after giving an interview about protests that have convulsed the country. As Mr Alam observed, demonstrations initially about road safety were fuelled by anger over issues including corruption and gagging of the media by the ruling Awami League. The resulting crackdown has seen police use teargas and rubber bullets on the streets – and the notorious section 57 of the information and communication technology act against Mr Alam. It has been employed against scores of citizens, and more than 20 journalists recently, for perfectly normal criticism or discussion of leaders. Even the government concedes it should go; unfortunately, the proposed replacement is in some ways worse.Britain and others should press for proper reform of the law, as well as urging the authorities to release Mr Alam, drop the charges and thoroughly investigate allegations of mistreatment in custody; friends of the photographer said he was unable to walk by himself into court and told them he had been assaulted. Governments and international bodies have a special duty to press this case. Mr Alam’s contribution to photography has been truly global: he founded Drik, Bangladesh’s first picture library and its Majority World agency, promoting photographers from Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East; has trained hundreds of photographers in South Asia; and indeed is a visiting professor at the University of Sunderland. Charging such a high-profile figure is surely intended to have a chilling effect. To defend Mr Alam is to defend the right of journalists, and citizens in general, to speak out in Bangladesh. Continue reading... [...]
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Razia Mir obituary
My mother, Razia Mir, who has died aged 75, had a 40-year career as a doctor in Glasgow and London after leaving rural Pakistan.Razia would often recount the culture shock of living and working in 1960s Scotland, where she encountered much prejudice in her early years as a junior doctor. She was often told to “go home” by staff and patients, and would reply, at first in innocence and then with a dry sense of humour, that she would be “finishing her shift soon”. Continue reading... [...]
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2 dead in stampede at Karunanidhi funeral
2 dead in stampede at Karunanidhi funeral [...]
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Karunanidhi's casket reads: The man who never rested rests here
Karunanidhi's casket reads: The man who never rested rests here [...]
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Over 21,000 Indians stayed in US illegally in 2017 after their visas expired
Over 21,000 Indians stayed in US illegally in 2017 after their visas expired [...]
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More than 400,000 tea estate workers in India go on strike over pay
Workers on tea plantations across West Bengal state down tools for three days in bid for 20% pay riseHundreds of thousands of tea plantation workers in eastern India went on a three-day strike on Tuesday demanding a 20% increase in their daily wage, amounting to 50 cents (39p), from the government and estate owners.The strike in the Himalayan foothills of West Bengal state, close to the picturesque Darjeeling hill station, stopped work at most tea estates in the region. Related: How poverty wages for tea pickers fuel India's trade in child slavery Continue reading... [...]
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Delhi's women shelters to be inspected after abuse allegations
Indian minister for women admits ‘no attention’ was paid to alleged abuse in sheltersEvery shelter for vulnerable women and girls across Delhi will be inspected after accusations of sexual abuse at several Indian care homes and admission from the country’s minister for women that “many more” cases are likely to exist.The widening scandal, including allegations that one care home in Bihar state had a room that functioned as an abortion clinic for when its abused occupants became pregnant, has so far led to the suspension of more than 20 government officials and at least 14 arrests. Related: Indian state to employ eunuchs as guards at care homes after spate of sexual assaults Related: 'Her pain should be our pain': the woman tackling Delhi's rape crisis Related: Treated 'worse than animals': thousands of Indian women feared trapped in ashrams Continue reading... [...]
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Race to contain destructive march of armyworm as pest spreads to India
Voracious caterpillar that cost Africa billions of pounds in lost crops now threatens food security across Asia, scientists warnA crop-chomping caterpillar that has devastated food stocks across Africa has now arrived in southern India, and scientists warn the insect could spread throughout Asia to become a major threat to global food security.The voracious fall armyworm, which was first spotted on the African continent two years ago and has since cost billions of pounds in crop losses, is best known for gnawing on maize but eats an additional 186 plant species, including sorghum and soya beans. Related: Armyworms: The hungry caterpillar threatening a global food crisis Related: Invasion of maize-eating caterpillars worsens hunger crisis in Africa Continue reading... [...]
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'No madam can scare me': maid turned comedian mocks India's elite
Deepika Mhatre has turned her experiences as a cook for rich families into a standup routineIt is considered insolent in India for a maid to talk back. But one housekeeper in Mumbai is challenging the expectation to be submissive and obedient by lampooning the world of domestic employment in a standup routine several nights a week.“Although my employers were mostly nice to me, I used to hear horror stories from other maids,” Deepika Mhatre, 43, told the Guardian. “I used my experiences for my routine, like other comedians,” she said. It’s the first opportunity I’ve ever had to be someone Related: 'I won't do toilets': the unvarnished reality of life as a maid in India Continue reading... [...]
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Rahul calls Modi autocrat, incompetent and arrogant
Rahul calls Modi autocrat, incompetent and arrogant [...]
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Karunanidhi critical: Supporters flock to Kauvery hospital, Puducherry CM visits
Karunanidhi critical: Supporters flock to Kauvery hospital, Puducherry CM visits [...]
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Deoria shelter home: Missing girls will be found in 48 hours, says UP minister
Deoria shelter home: Missing girls will be found in 48 hours, says UP minister [...]
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Bangladesh struggles to contain mass road-safety protests
UN and US voice concerns as country promises death penalty for some traffic accidents Bangladesh has promised to apply the death penalty to people involved in some traffic accidents as it struggles to contain mass student-led protests for better road safety.The protests continued on Monday despite a forceful response by police and pro-government mobs. Related: Unrest in Bangladesh as student road safety protests turn violent Continue reading... [...]
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Bangladeshi photographer held as crackdown intensifies
Shahidul Alam, 63, arrested over ‘provocative’ al-Jazeera interviewPolice in Bangladesh have arrested a prize-winning photographer for “provocative comments” made in an al-Jazeera interview about protests that have convulsed the country for more than a week.More than 100 people were injured at the weekend during a demonstration over road safety as police fired teargas and rubber bullets and crowds of people attacked protesters, photographers and the US ambassador’s car. Continue reading... [...]
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Papers torn, books thrown in air in Lok Sabha as MPs protest over Muzaffarpur rapes
Papers torn, books thrown in air in Lok Sabha as MPs protest over Muzaffarpur rapes [...]
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BJP starts collecting data of temples, ashrams to consolidate Hindu votes in UP
BJP starts collecting data of temples, ashrams to consolidate Hindu votes in UP [...]
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Flame fades for Rohingya families amid mud and monsoons in Bangladesh
A million people who fled Myanmar for Kutupalong are struggling to eat after floodwater soaked the firewood they use for cookingStinging eyes and a chest heavy with the smoke that saturates her broken shelter are the constant ailments Feroza Khatun has learned to live with during her first rainy season in a Bangladeshi refugee camp.The acrid smoke hangs in the air as she works, as she sits to read the Qur’an at night and – especially – when she cooks.When it rains, water leaks inside and makes the firewood wet. When we try to set a fire, nothing. It’s very hard to cook Related: 'Lives will be lost': Bangladesh rains promise further misery for Rohingya Continue reading... [...]
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Hamza bin Laden has married daughter of lead 9/11 hijacker, say family
Exclusive: union confirmed by Osama bin Laden’s family during interview with the GuardianMy son, Osama: first interview with al-Qaida leader’s motherHamza bin Laden, the son of the late al-Qaida leader, has married the daughter of Mohammed Atta, the lead hijacker in the 9/11 terror attacks, according to his family.The union was confirmed by Osama bin Laden’s half-brothers during an interview with the Guardian. Ahmad and Hassan al-Attas said they believed Hamza had taken a senior position within al-Qaida and was aiming to avenge the death of his father, shot dead during a US military raid in Pakistan seven years ago. Continue reading... [...]
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Unrest in Bangladesh as student road safety protests turn violent
PM Sheikh Hasina warns of risk as activists and police clash in row over Dhaka road deathsThe Bangladeshi prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, has urged students to go home as police fired teargas during an eighth day of protests over road safety which have paralysed parts of Dhaka.Students in their tens of thousands have brought parts of the capital to a standstill after two teenagers were killed by a speeding bus. Continue reading... [...]
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Bihar shelter home rapes: 6 officials suspended for sitting on audit report
Bihar shelter home rapes: 6 officials suspended for sitting on audit report [...]
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Reservation will not guarantee employment, there are no jobs: Nitin Gadkari
Reservation will not guarantee employment, there are no jobs: Nitin Gadkari [...]
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British campaign pressures Pakistan to swap doctors jailed for ‘terror’ offences
Lobby led by peer negotiates with Imran Khan and senior military to secure exchange of two prisonersFor two Pakistani doctors languishing in jails thousands of miles apart, there was more at stake than the promise made by Imran Khan to transform their nation as he declared victory after the general election.During weeks of frenetic political campaigning, an influential group of British Pakistanis has been negotiating with Khan and senior military figures to arrange a prisoner swap involving Dr Shakil Afridi, who helped the CIA track the al-Qaida leader, Osama bin Laden, and Dr Aafia Siddiqui, convicted of attempting to kill two American military personnel. Continue reading... [...]
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Kamal Haasan says Makkal Needhi Maiam plans to contest 2019 polls
Kamal Haasan says Makkal Needhi Maiam plans to contest 2019 polls [...]
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18 dead in helicopter crash in Russia
18 dead in helicopter crash in Russia [...]
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Teenagers bring parts of Bangladesh to a halt with bus death protests
Nationwide student protests enter fifth day, causing government to shut down thousands of high schoolsTens of thousands of students, many of them teenagers, have brought areas of Bangladesh to a near-standstill during five days of protests following the deaths of two teenagers killed by a speeding bus.Bangladeshi authorities have been forced to shut thousands of high schools across the country due to the demonstrations, which saw thousands of people, mostly students in their mid-teens, block major intersections in the capital of Dhaka as they marched through the streets chanting “we want justice” and checking people’s drivers’ licences. Related: The dysfunctional megacity: why Dhaka is bursting at the sewers Continue reading... [...]
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Nosy, persistent, brave: the women who catch sex-traffickers red-handed
Local women patrol the Nepal-Indian border to apprehend people taking girls out of the countryJust before dawn in the bustling city of Birgunj, an elegant middle-aged woman clocks on to start her border patrol shift.Maya Gurung has policed these streets for the past nine years. But she is not a law enforcement officer. She is one of a team of people who scour the Nepali-Indian borderlands for signs of one of the most insidious – and growing – crimes in this part of the world: the trafficking for sex of young women. Related: What I learned from sex slavery survivors? Hope isn't easily crushed | Penny Jaye Continue reading... [...]
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