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2 guards get life term in the 2015 Cubbon Park rape case
2 guards get life term in the 2015 Cubbon Park rape case [...]
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Video of tourists killed in Tajikistan shows 'deliberate attack'
Footage suggests cyclists were murdered after being rammed off the road by black sedanNew footage has emerged that appears to show four western cyclists killed in Tajikistan were the victims of a deliberate attack that began with them being forced off the road and ended in an assault with knives and guns.The deaths of the four people – two Americans, one Swiss and one Dutch citizen – were originally reported as a hit-and-run incident that occurred on Sunday about 150 miles south of the capital, Dushanbe. Continue reading... [...]
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'Culture of impunity' among MPs over hospitality from corrupt regimes
Transparency International UK finds that thousands was spent for MPs to visit AzerbaijanMore than £330,000 was spent on flights and accommodation for MPs to visit Azerbaijan between 2007 and 2017, and 12 MPs were paid more than £90,000 to appear on Russian state TV, according to a report by Transparency International UK.The report focused on parliamentarians who had accepted hospitality from corrupt and repressive governments while providing political access and lobbying. Continue reading... [...]
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India: 4 million excluded from Assam's draft list of citizens
Plan to identify ‘foreigners’ living in state of Assam creates panic among those who could be left without citizenship rightsAbout 4 million people who live in the Indian border state of Assam have been excluded from a draft list of citizens, as Bengali-speaking Muslims fear they will be sent to detention centres or deported.The state government has put stringent security in place while the chief minister, Sarbananda Sonowal, has told Indian media that those finding themselves stateless overnight should not worry. Sonowal said they would be given a chance to prove their claim of citizenship, that none of the 4 million would be sent to a detention camp, and that “no one will be treated as a foreigner”. Sonowal told the Hindustan Times that “ample opportunity will be given to applicants to prove their eligibility”. Continue reading... [...]
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Follow the New Silk Road
Jon Watts traces China’s Belt and Road as it flows from the steppes of Central Asia down to the Black Sea and into Europe, creating ports, railways and entire cities from scratch and radically remaking the lives of the people in its path Continue reading... [...]
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Bulls take charge of markets, Sensex above 37,400
Bulls take charge of markets, Sensex above 37,400 [...]
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Tamil Nadu CM visits Karunanidhi in hospital, says he is recovering well
Tamil Nadu CM visits Karunanidhi in hospital, says he is recovering well [...]
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Blame socialism for India’s post-independence ills | Letters
Lack of development after independence was a socialist tragedy, not a capitalist one, says Matt KilcoyneOwen Jones’s setup of India in the 20th century as capitalist, as opposed to China’s communist rulers, is a revision of history that cannot be ignored (Capitalism, like communism, has its own terrible record, 26 July). India was an actively socialist state. Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru made no secret he was an active supporter of socialism and was an admirer of communism. The Indian republic nationalised large swathes of industry throughout the last century, including all banks between 1969 and the 1980s. In 1976 the constitution was amended to add that India was a sovereign socialist secular democratic republic.Mr Jones is right in one regard: the lack of development in India after independence was a tragedy. It was a socialist tragedy.Matt KilcoyneAdam Smith Institute Continue reading... [...]
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Lone survivor shares ordeal of Maharashtra bus accident that killed 33
Lone survivor shares ordeal of Maharashtra bus accident that killed 33 [...]
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3 killed as magnitude 6.4 earthquake strikes Indonesia's Lombok island
3 killed as magnitude 6.4 earthquake strikes Indonesia's Lombok island [...]
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Abolishing confessions? Kerala church in sex abuse scandal says no way
Abolishing confessions? Kerala church in sex abuse scandal says no way [...]
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Afghanistan: gunmen kill and wound staff at midwife training centre
Several escape while others are taken hostage by attackers in Jalalabad, Nangarhar provinceGunmen have stormed a midwife training centre in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad, fighting security forces for several hours and killing several staff.Nearly 70 people, including students and teachers, were inside the centre in the capital of Nangarhar province at the time of the attack on Saturday. Related: Civilian deaths in Afghanistan at record high, UN says Continue reading... [...]
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Yamuna breaches warning level in Delhi, alert sounded
Yamuna breaches warning level in Delhi, alert sounded [...]
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Indian warrior king's rocket cache found in abandoned well
Archaeologists find corroded shells stored by powerful 18th-century ruler Tipu SultanMore than 1,000 rockets belonging to an 18th-century Muslim warrior king have been found by excavators in an abandoned well in southern India, according to authorities. Related: Tipu Sultan papers reveal wealth of spoils after India siege Related: Legal battle over royal house of Mysore, and one of India's great fortunes Continue reading... [...]
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Pakistan election: victor Imran Khan hits former ruling party in its heartlands
Election winner will need allies to form coalition government after his PTI party fails to win overall majorityThe Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party of the former international cricketer Imran Khan has enjoyed success across the country, official results from Pakistan’s general election show, in a commanding victory marred by allegations of military interference in the polls.With 11 seats left to count, more than a day after the result was due, the PTI has won 114 seats in the national assembly, while the defeated incumbent, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) holds only 63. The Pakistan Peoples Party came third with 43 seats. Related: Imran Khan has won over Pakistan. But real power still lies with the army | Samira Shackle Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Continue reading... [...]
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Imran Khan has won over Pakistan. But real power still lies with the army | Samira Shackle
Mass appeal, and military approval, brought Khan election victory – yet his ability to act on his promises may be limitedIt is now certain that Imran Khan will lead Pakistan’s next government. But how much power will he really wield, and what can Pakistan and the world expect? Khan’s victory speech struck a conciliatory note, a welcome surprise to many after a vicious election campaign. He pledged to improve relations with Pakistan’s neighbours, India and Afghanistan, to widen the country’s tax base, stamp out corruption and improve governance. Related: Pakistan election: victor Imran Khan hits former ruling party in its heartlands Khan has shown himself willing to work with more or less anyone in the pursuit of power Continue reading... [...]
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Pakistan election in disarray as incumbent rejects result
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz alleges ballot is rigged in favour of Imran Khan’s partyPakistan election 2018: live updatesPakistan’s general election has been plunged into chaos after the incumbent Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PMLN) said it would reject the result amid widespread allegations that the military was rigging the ballot in favour of the party led by the former cricketer Imran Khan.With only a third of the vote counted by 3am – an hour after the result was officially due – Khan’s Pakistan-Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) led in 110 seats, with the PMLN trailing on 68.Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Related: Imran Khan near victory in Pakistan election but some ask if he is playing fair It’s now past midnight & I haven’t received official results from any constituency I am contesting my myself. My candidates complaining polling agents have been thrown out of polling stations across the country. Inexcusable & outrageous. Related: Millions vote in Pakistan election after Quetta suicide blast Continue reading... [...]
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The Guardian view on Pakistan’s elections: Imran Khan’s real test is coming | Editorial
Opposition parties rejected the outcome even before official results were in. What will Mr Khan do – and be able to do – with the victory he has just claimed?Imran Khan says that he has won the election in Pakistan, and is poised to fulfil his long-pursued ambition to lead the country. Projections give his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party a commanding lead, but opponents of the cricket star turned populist politician are unanimous in rejecting the outcome. Though the startling delay in results and reports of ballot-stuffing fuelled suspicion and anger, there had already been warnings of the dirtiest election in recent history.The army has directly ruled Pakistan for half of its 71-year history, wielding power behind the scenes in between. If all goes smoothly, this will be only the second time one civilian government has replaced another. Tens of millions went to the polls, despite deadly campaign violence including a suicide bombing on election day. While in places women were prevented from voting, in other areas women voted for the first time. Continue reading... [...]
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Congress rakes up retired judge AK Goel's appointment as NGT chairman
Congress rakes up retired judge AK Goel's appointment as NGT chairman [...]
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NSUI alleges BJP replaced Nehru's photo with that of Savarkar in Goa school textbook
NSUI alleges BJP replaced Nehru's photo with that of Savarkar in Goa school textbook [...]
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Imran Khan claims victory in Pakistan elections
Former cricket star claims victory although it is not clear if his Tehreek-e-Insaf party will have to form coalitionPakistan’s former cricket star Imran Khan has claimed victory in his country’s parliamentary elections.Khan’s statement came amid slow counting of ballots after an election marred by allegations of fraud and militant violence. Related: Pakistan election 2018: Imran Khan claims victory – live Continue reading... [...]
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India to investigate alleged Cambridge Analytica data breach
Inquiry to determine if data of Indian voters and Facebook users was compromisedIndia’s federal investigating agency will determine whether personal data from Indian voters and Facebook users was compromised by the political consultant company Cambridge Analytica.The minister of electronics and information technology, Ravi Shankar Prasad, said the Central Bureau of Investigation would look at whether the British company violated Indian laws. Continue reading... [...]
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Pakistan's likely new leader is fiery speaker with authoritarian instincts
Imran Khan’s political fortunes have shown a remarkable – and not untroubling – turnaroundFor 26 years, Imran Khan’s greatest achievement was winning Pakistan the 1992 Cricket World Cup. The 25 July general election might have eclipsed that grandest of triumphs.That Khan has emerged from Wednesday’s historic vote as the likely next prime minister of Pakistan involves a remarkable turnaround in his political fortunes. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Continue reading... [...]
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Challenge of Pakistan military remains for Khan as voters hope for new dawn
Ex-national cricket hero will struggle to convince whole of Pakistan he is worthy, honest and credible winnerThe likelihood that Imran Khan, a former playboy and cricketing hero with zero experience of government, will become Pakistan’s next prime minister marks a radical departure for a politically and religiously conservative country dominated for decades by the wealthy Bhutto and Sharif family dynasties.Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Related: Pakistanis vote after bitterly contested and violent campaign Related: Khan is only a player in the circus run by Pakistan’s military | Fatima Bhutto Continue reading... [...]
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Cow smuggling, vigilantism goes on unabated in Alwar despite efforts from police
Cow smuggling, vigilantism goes on unabated in Alwar despite efforts from police [...]
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I will be in Congress till I die, says Karnataka MLA's son out on bail
I will be in Congress till I die, says Karnataka MLA's son out on bail [...]
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Millions vote in Pakistan election after Quetta suicide blast
400,000 soldiers deployed at polling stations, prompting claims of military interferenceMillions of Pakistani voters have cast their ballots in a general election beset by allegations of military interference and scarred by the deaths of at least 31 people in a suicide attack outside a polling station in the eastern city of Quetta.After a bloody campaign during which 151 people were killed a fortnight ago in Pakistan’s second deadliest terrorist attack, on Wednesday a militant blew himself up hours after polls opened. Continue reading... [...]
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Pakistan election: bomb and shooting attacks leave dozens dead as polls open – live
Violence across country as millions go to the polls to decide between cricket legend Imran Khan and brother of disgraced former PM Nawaz Sharif for PMFull story: Pakistanis vote after bitterly contested campaignPakistan elections: who is standing and what is at stake? 10.49am BST Polling stations in Pakistan are supposed to close at 6pm (2pm BST) but the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz has requested that they stay open for another hour, until 7pm. It says: There are long lines of voters waiting in the queue while only 3-4 persons are allowed to enter the polling station at a time to cast their vote ....This is not only causing inconvenience to voters standing in long lines in the hot and humid weather, but it also may end up depriving people from their right of vote because of this tedious, slow, cumbersome voting procedure adopted by personnel at almost all the polling station [sic] in Pakistan.مسلم لیگ ن کا الیکشن کمشن سے پولنگ کا ٹائم ایک گھنٹہ بڑھانے کا مطالبہ pic.twitter.com/fMcr7LlMXs 10.25am BST It is not just Imran Khan, who the Electoral Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has in its sights for transgressing its ban on electoral speech-making on election day. All major politicians, including Imran Khan, Shehbaz Sharif and Bilawal, spoke to reporters after casting their vote. ECP has taken an exception to it. But can you blame the politicians? Stakes are high, they need to rally the base. It's one rule they will willingly overlook#BreakingNews: #ECP takes notice of #Imran, #Shehbaz & Khuwaja Asif's media talks during #polling #GE #ECP @ImranKhanPTI @CMShehbaz #ElectionDay #PakistanElections2018 pic.twitter.com/EgU3mTqLCH 10.22am BST Voters for a party which has been critical of the Pakistani military have reportedly been targeted in Waziristan, the mountainous region in the north-west of the country.Worrying claims coming out of Waziristan, where Mohsin Dawar (@mjdawar) of the Pashtun Protection Movement (PTM) is contesting. The PTM has ferociously criticised Pakistan's army. Here, supporters say they are being barred from voting. "These are selections, not elections," https://t.co/PsGUNFwOu5 10.07am BST Seven people have been arrested for alleged vote rigging in Pakistan’s most populous city, Karachi, Dawn reports: Seven people, including one woman, have been arrested from different polling stations in Karachi for allegedly taking part in rigging.#ElectionPakistan2018 #DawnElections https://t.co/2oQZDVKBWB 10.04am BST Yasmeen Lehri, a candidate for the provincial assembly from Quetta, Balochistan, expressed anger over the security lapses that she says led to the explosion near a polling station in the provincial capital, which has killed 31 people, according to the Associated Press. She said: It is completely a security failure. The security forces should have devised some pragmatic strategies for stopping this sort of attacks after witnessing the Mastung carnage, that killed 151 people including Siraj Raisani, a provincial candidate, but they have learnt nothing. I don’t think that people will now come out to cast their votes.Balochistan is at a crossroads and since 2016 Isis [Islamic State] has been very active in Balochistan but the forces have failed to provide enough security to the people on election day and have not succeeded in preventing attacks. We have blood everywhere and in this situation transparent elections, even simple elections look difficult. 9.35am BST Clashes have been reported between workers from the PMLN and PTI, the main election rivals, in several areas. In Lahore and Chiniot, both cities in the Punjab, the key voting battleground, they led to polling being halted. Literally #Fight-ing to form the government in #Pakistan !! #PTI #PMLN https://t.co/4q5apVnd3w#BreakingNews: #Polling stopped temporarily in NA-123 Lahore after clash between #PTI and #PMLN workers#NA123 #Lahore #GE #Elections2018 pic.twitter.com/p3txuDIFKmPolling in Chiniot NA-99 halts after PTI, PML-N activists clash: Express News 9.29am BST One of the brightest spots in an otherwise bitter campaign has been the rise of Jibran Nasir, a famous lawyer and human rights activist contesting from Karachi. He has much of the country worrying for his safety after he bravely refused to call Ahamdis non-Muslim, despite the pressure of a mob at one of his rallies. Ahmadis face serious persecution in Pakistan, for their belief that another prophet may have followed Muhammad. Nasir has been accused of blasphemy by supporters of the new far-right religious party, Tehreek-e-Labbaik. They can’t even condemn this propaganda. They are allowing it to become a normal part of political battles.The PTI is supposed to have support of the liberal, educated youth. How superficial liberals are they if they cannot call out their own leader on this nonsense. 9.13am BST Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, son of the assassinated former prime minister Benazir Bhuttoand and leader of the Pakistan P [...]
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