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'Lives will be lost': Bangladesh rains promise further misery for Rohingya
With the monsoon season nearing in Bangladesh, refugees living in makeshift shelters after fleeing Myanmar face a major risk from floods and landslidesA little girl dressed in pink, maybe three years old, is smiling through a rip in a tarpaulin. She is leaning against the bamboo pole holding up her home. Below her is a 15-foot drop, straight down to a dried-up riverbed. The steep valleys across the huge Rohingya refugee camps are a growing concern as Bangladesh’s monsoon season approaches. Last summer, when hundreds of thousands of Rohingya fled across the border from Myanmar in the face of an alleged genocide, the Bangladesh government allocated state-owned land for their camps. Related: Squalor and disease await Rohingya babies born in Bangladesh camps Continue reading... [...]
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Q3 GDP grew at 7.2 per cent, India back as fastest growing economy
Q3 GDP grew at 7.2 per cent, India back as fastest growing economy [...]
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Top Donald Trump aide Hope Hicks resigns post Russia interference testimony
Top Donald Trump aide Hope Hicks resigns post Russia interference testimony [...]
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Harbour line services in Mumbai delayed due to technical problems
Harbour line services in Mumbai delayed due to technical problems [...]
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Sridevi: thousands mourn at funeral of actor who redefined role of female Bollywood stars
Mourners line streets of Mumbai for funeral of Indian film star who drowned in a bath in DubaiThousands of mourning fans have lined the streets of Mumbai to pay their respects to Sridevi Kapoor, the celebrated Bollywood actor who drowned in a hotel bathtub in Dubai over the weekend.Her body was flown home on Tuesday night in a private plane owned by Anil Ambani, a Mumbai industrialist and entertainment baron. Related: Sridevi obituary Continue reading... [...]
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Afghan president offers to recognise Taliban to end war
Ashraf Ghani proposes ceasefire and release of prisoners as part of possible pact with militantsThe Afghan president, Ashraf Ghani, has offered to recognise the Taliban as a legitimate political group as part of a process that he said could lead to talks to end more than 16 years of war. The offer, made on Wednesday at the start of an international conference aimed at creating a platform for peace discussions, is the latest signal from the western-backed government and the Taliban of greater willingness to consider dialogue. Continue reading... [...]
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Canadian PM Justin Trudeau backs official who blamed 'rogue' Indian elements for Jaspal Atwal controversy
Canadian PM Justin Trudeau backs official who blamed 'rogue' Indian elements for Jaspal Atwal controversy [...]
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Madhya Pradesh by-election 2018 results: Congress takes early lead in Mungaoli, Kolaras
Madhya Pradesh by-election 2018 results: Congress takes early lead in Mungaoli, Kolaras [...]
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Here's why Maldives declined India's invitation for Milan 2018 naval exercise
Here's why Maldives declined India's invitation for Milan 2018 naval exercise [...]
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Syria's 'Hell on Earth': Video shows children being pulled out of rubble in Eastern Ghouta
Syria's 'Hell on Earth': Video shows children being pulled out of rubble in Eastern Ghouta [...]
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Assam's list: Indian state preparing to deport tens of thousands of 'foreigners'
Plan to evict mostly Muslim migrants from Assam state creating panic among those who could be left without citizenship rightsJust before midnight on New Year’s Eve, authorities in the north-east Indian state of Assam published a list of 19 million names. But not Hanif Khan’s.Early the next morning police found Khan, a taxi driver from Cachar district, dead from an apparent suicide. “I am sure he killed himself after he found his name missing,” his wife Rushka says. Related: 'I feel no hatred': the radical response to an 'honour' killing that shook India Continue reading... [...]
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Rohingya refugees have to know they will be safe before they can return | Farah Kabir
Boris Johnson must insist that Bangladesh and Myanmar abide by a voluntary return under international oversight“It was really difficult for me to get here. We came from really far away. We ran and ran and somehow got here. Even when I think about it now, it makes me want to cry,” Normeen told me.Normeen is from Myanmar’s Rohingya community. Her family were shrimp farmers in Rakhine state. They had recently built a house, after years of saving up. Last month I met her in Cox’s Bazar, at one of the hastily built refugee camps in Bangladesh. Six months ago, at the start of the violence, Normeen’s house was burned to the ground. She and her family narrowly escaped out of a side door. She remembers “lots of gunfire”. Related: Boris Johnson pushes Aung San Suu Kyi on Rohingya refugees I would go back only if I could be assured a good life, and if I could sleep without fear Related: Myanmar government 'bulldozing Rohingya mass grave to hide evidence' Continue reading... [...]
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Directorate S review – masterly study
Steve Coll delivers a brilliant account of America’s secret wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan after the invasion of 2001America’s long war in Afghanistan continues on the turbulent watch of Donald Trump – maintaining military pressure on the Taliban to try to force them to negotiate. It is now, in the president’s Twitter-friendly words, not about nation-building but fighting terrorists, though on a far smaller scale since Barack Obama ended what George W Bush started in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. Al-Qaida was quickly routed but it was another decade before Osama bin Laden was tracked down and killed in his Pakistani compound.Steve Coll’s deeply impressive new book picks up the story where his acclaimed Ghost Wars left off, in the aftermath of the US invasion in 2001. It is a complicated tale of counter-insurgency operations, high politics and low cunning. It plays out in one of the poorest countries in the world, a graveyard for empires and a vicious battleground for regional rivalry. And it is truly, as he writes, “a humbling case study in the limits of American power”.David Petraeus, who served as CIA director after serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, sometimes confused the two countries Continue reading... [...]
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Absolute hell: the toxic outpost where Mumbai's poorest are 'sent to die'
More than 30,000 slum residents have been forced to the ‘critically polluted’ area of Mahul as the city clears land around a water pipeline and plans a bike lane to stop residents moving backAway from the hustle and bustle of Mumbai, a sense of intense gloom pervades Mahul. The former fishing village to the east of India’s great metropolis is now home to 30,000 people who were “rehabilitated” after their slum homes were demolished to make way for infrastructure projects. They live in 72 seven-storey buildings jammed together in the shadow of oil refineries, power stations and fertiliser plants. The air is pungent with the strong smell of chemicals. Sewage overflows into narrow streets. With the nearest government hospital seven miles away, masked patients stand in obedient lines outside homeopathy clinics, coughing.This house has walls, a bathroom and a kitchen – but what’s the use if it’s also a gas chamber?They've dumped thousands without consideration for the most basic needs. They’ve provided cement walls and nothing else Related: 'It's better to die here': why don't Mumbaikars leave dangerous buildings? Continue reading... [...]
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Climber feared to have attempted K2 alone returns to base camp
Denis Urubko, 44, left without team-mates on Saturday after argument over weather delayA climber who split from his team during an expedition on K2, sparking fears he might try to ascend the world’s second-highest peak alone, has returned to base camp because of bad weather, a tour operator has said.Denis Urubko, 44, had been attempting to climb the peak with a group of Polish mountaineers when he left a base camp on Saturday without his team-mates. Continue reading... [...]
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Sridevi Kapoor: Bollywood star 'drowned in bath'
Authorities in Dubai say cause of 54-year-old star’s death was ‘drowning following loss of consciousness’Indian actor Sridevi Kapoor drowned in her hotel bath after losing consciousness, Dubai police have said.The 54-year-old, who for years was one of Bollywood’s top stars, died late on Saturday while in Dubai for her nephew’s wedding. Related: Sridevi Kapoor: Bollywood star who was India's lover, friend and mum | Peter Bradshaw Continue reading... [...]
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Government exam paper regards PoK as  'Azad Kashmir', lands in controversy
Government exam paper regards PoK as 'Azad Kashmir', lands in controversy [...]
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Bangladesh: 3 women Nobel Peace Prize laureates visit Rohingya camp in Ukhia
Bangladesh: 3 women Nobel Peace Prize laureates visit Rohingya camp in Ukhia [...]
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Powerful quake hits central Papua New Guinea, disrupts oil and gas operations
Powerful quake hits central Papua New Guinea, disrupts oil and gas operations [...]
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Sridevi Kapoor: Bollywood star who was India's lover, friend and mum | Peter Bradshaw
Sridevi, who has died aged 54, had the megawattage to match Bollywood’s biggest male stars. Her death is a massive national lossSridevi Kapoor was a Bollywood legend, and one of the rare female stars with enough celebrity megawattage to match the lions of the Indian film industry, and enough above-the-title prestige to carry a film on her own. She was known simply as “Sridevi” – but this was not a kind of Madonna single-name branding. She was so ubiquitous that people thought of her as a friend.Sridevi’s face was her fortune: beautiful, with a cherubic guilelessness that enabled her to play romance, musicals, drama, comedy and indeed action. Fantasy and fun were the solvents for her sexiness. In the 1986 film Nagina, or Female Snake, she had an uproarious snake dance. Audiences loved it when she did an outrageously broad Charlie Chaplin impression, while playing the goofy journalist in the 1987 film Mr India. She also broke out wacky Jackie-Chan-style fight moves, such as those in the 1989 comedy Chaalbaaz, or Trickster, where she played twins, separated at birth. Continue reading... [...]
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Sridevi Kapoor, Bollywood superstar, dies aged 54
Outpouring of grief in India as one of the biggest names in Hindi cinema dies in Dubai Sridevi Kapoor, a Bollywood superstar who broke the mould when it came to playing traditionally coy female roles, has died after suffering a heart attack in Dubai, her family said on Sunday.Tributes soon flowed from figures ranging from the prime minister to fellow cinematic figures and fans following the death of the star at 54, reportedly while attending her nephew’s wedding late on Saturday night. Related: Bollywood sexual harassment: actors speak out on Indian cinema's open secret Continue reading... [...]
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AAP slapgate: Take strict measures to restore normalcy in Delhi, Rajnath Singh tells Manoj Tiwari
AAP slapgate: Take strict measures to restore normalcy in Delhi, Rajnath Singh tells Manoj Tiwari [...]
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Marriage not a contract for legal sexual pleasure: Delhi court
Marriage not a contract for legal sexual pleasure: Delhi court [...]
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Hadiya case: Rahman wasn’t forced to embrace Islam, Sainaba tells Supreme Court
Hadiya case: Rahman wasn’t forced to embrace Islam, Sainaba tells Supreme Court [...]
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'Everything is gone': satellite images in Myanmar show dozens of Rohingya villages bulldozed
Government says it is rebuilding area in Rakhine state but persecuted Rohingya Muslim minority say their culture is being erasedMyanmar’s government is using bulldozers to erase dozens of villages in Rakhine state in a vast operation that rights groups say is destroying evidence of mass atrocities against the ethnic Rohingya Muslim minority.Satellite images released by Colorado-based DigitalGlobe on Friday show the empty villages and hamlets completely levelled by authorities in recent weeks. The villages were all set ablaze in the wake of violence in August last year, when a clearance operation drove hundreds of thousands of Rohingya into exile in Bangladesh. Related: Myanmar: satellite imagery confirms Rohingya village of Tula Toli razed Related: Witness to a massacre: the former Myanmar soldier who saw his village burn Continue reading... [...]
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St. Stephen's murder: He was on antipsychotic drug after knowing he was gay, parents of missing doc tell High Court
St. Stephen's murder: He was on antipsychotic drug after knowing he was gay, parents of missing doc tell High Court [...]
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Beijing: Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale holds key talks with top Chinese officials
Beijing: Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale holds key talks with top Chinese officials [...]
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Indian state offers free breast implants to the poor
Tamil Nadu officials say service provided to stop people taking loans they can not afford or opting for other methodsA south Indian state has become possibly the first in the world to offer publicly-funded breast implants, its health minister arguing, “Why should beauty treatment not be available to the poor?”The Tamil Nadu state health department on Wednesday launched the free service at a clinic in the capital Chennai. “If we don’t offer [the procedure for free], they may opt for dangerous methods or take huge loans for it,” said C Vijaya Baskar, the state health minister. Related: Breast implants: the first 50 years Related: 'I have to be taller': the unregulated world of India's limb-lengthening industry Continue reading... [...]
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