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'We feel like hermit crabs': Myanmar's climate dispossessed
In the coastal town of Khindan, the catastrophic effect of rising sea levels is all too apparentOn a stiflingly hot morning, Daw Mya Htay rolls up her longyi, a Burmese sarong, ready to wade into the sea.“The well used to be the centre of our village,” Mya Htay says, grasping the side of a cement water well. But it no longer holds fresh water. Related: UN criticises Rohingya deal between Myanmar and Bangladesh Related: 'No one wants the terrorists back': signs of Rohingya erased in Rakhine state Continue reading... [...]
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Kejriwal dreams big in Haryana with Mohalla Clinics, promise of better schools
Kejriwal dreams big in Haryana with Mohalla Clinics, promise of better schools [...]
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Divya Spandana mocks Modi, rocks Congress and shocks everyone else
Divya Spandana mocks Modi, rocks Congress and shocks everyone else [...]
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Delhi air hostess death: Victim’s in-laws taken to police custody
Delhi air hostess death: Victim’s in-laws taken to police custody [...]
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Don’t let India’s upper-caste men dictate tradition | Letter
Prof Vinita Damodaran draws parallels between recent Sabarimala protests and similar movements against the entry of lower castes into temples in the 1920sThe images of large crowds protesting against the entry of women and girls of a certain age into the Sabarimala temple in Kerala (Report, 18 October) reminded me of similar movements against the entry of lower castes into temples in the 1920s, notably during the Vaikom satyagraha (temple entry movement in Vaikom). The same arguments being used then about the inherent pollution of lower castes is being used now about menstruating women.As historical records testify, the rituals of purity and pollution in 19th and early 20th century Kerala were complex and harsh, particularly for lower-caste women, with strict rules prohibiting entry to temples and demanding, for example, that all such women uncover their breasts and be subject to the fancies of upper-caste men. The Hindu social reformer Sri Narayana Guru Swami’s SNDP movement in the 1920s and 30s challenged such discrimination at all levels, including his successful campaign for temple entry for lower castes. Continue reading... [...]
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UN criticises Rohingya deal between Myanmar and Bangladesh
Conditions in Rakhine state ‘not yet conducive’ for return of refugees, says UNHCRUN officials have condemned a deal struck between Myanmar and Bangladesh to start repatriating Rohingya refugees, with the UN refugee agency confirming they have not been consulted about the plan.Bangladesh and Myanmar government officials announced this week they had struck a “very concrete” repatriation deal for the return of the 720,000 Rohingya refugees who fled a brutal military crackdown in August 2017, which would begin by “mid-November”. Related: 'No one wants the terrorists back': signs of Rohingya erased in Rakhine state Related: Myanmar must back 'credible' Rohingya inquiry, Japanese PM tells Suu Kyi Continue reading... [...]
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'There is no need for women to work': Afghan TV show takes on patriarchy | Ruchi Kumar
Inspired by hit US series Ugly Betty, Roya follows the fortunes of a 20-year-old, single, educated woman and her challenges joining the workforce in post-Taliban KabulRoya wants to take a job in a local media company, but her father and brother aren’t keen. “What is the need for a young girl to work outside?” asks her father, seated on a toushak, the traditional Afghan low-seating cushions, sipping the customary post-dinner chai. Her brother chimes in with an answer. “There is no need for women to work,” he says.And so begins the pilot episode of a series that is set to air on prime-time Afghan television in November. Continue reading... [...]
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India prompts protests with unveiling of world's biggest statue
Local groups complain about cost of 182-metre-high tribute to nationalist heroCelebrations as India unveils world’s tallest statue – in picturesIndia has unveiled the world’s tallest statue, depicting one of the country’s independence leaders, in a lavish ceremony featuring fireworks, fighter jets and rose petals showered by helicopters.The 182-metre sculpture of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, known as the Statue of Unity to commemorate his efforts to corral hundreds of princely states into the Indian union after independence, was revealed on Wednesday by the prime minister, Narendra Modi. Continue reading... [...]
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Quashing of Asia Bibi’s blasphemy charge will not end her suffering
Pakistani woman who spent eight years in solitary confinement faces death threats from fundamentalistsShe may have been freed, but she’s never likely to be free.Asia Bibi, a Christian farm labourer who has spent the past eight years in solitary confinement after being convicted of blasphemy, will almost certainly have to start a new life with her husband and children outside Pakistan, perhaps with new identities. She will spend the rest of her days looking over her shoulder in fear of an international assassin. Continue reading... [...]
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Celebrations as India unveils world’s tallest statue – in pictures
India has inaugurated the world’s tallest statue, a £314m effigy of the independence hero Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel that is nearly twice the height of New York’s Statue of Liberty. The 182-metre Statue of Unity in Gujarat is part of Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist party’s efforts to rebrand what it calls ‘forgotten’ leaders Continue reading... [...]
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India unveils world's tallest statue – video report
The £314m Statue of Unity, an effigy of the independence hero Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, stands at 182 metres, making it nearly twice the height of New York’s Statue of Liberty. Built in Gujarat, it is part of the ruling Hindu nationalist party’s efforts to rebrand what it calls ‘forgotten’ leadersIndia unveils world's biggest statue amid protests Continue reading... [...]
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Asia Bibi: Pakistan court overturns blasphemy death sentence
Christian woman to be freed after being sentenced in 2010, accused of insulting the prophet Muhammad Pakistan’s supreme court has struck down the death sentence for blasphemy handed down to Christian woman Asia Bibi, in a long-delayed, landmark decision that has seen the judiciary praised for its bravery in the face of threats of violence and protest from the country’s Islamist groups.The court, in a three-member bench led by chief justice Saqib Nisar, released the verdict on Wednesday morning in Islamabad, three weeks after they had reached a decision. Continue reading... [...]
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BSP defends Ambedkar parks as PM unveils Statue of Unity
BSP defends Ambedkar parks as PM unveils Statue of Unity [...]
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Statue of Unity: Modi inaugurates 182-metre tall monument to Sardar Patel
Statue of Unity: Modi inaugurates 182-metre tall monument to Sardar Patel [...]
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Rohingyas to be repatriated despite UN genocide warning
Bangladesh and Myanmar to start returning refugees days after warning of continuing genocide against MuslimsMyanmar and Bangladesh have agreed to start the repatriation of Rohingya refugees next month, less than a week after UN investigators warned that a genocide against the Muslim minority was continuing.More than 720,000 of Myanmar’s stateless Rohingya people fled a military crackdown in August last year, taking shelter in crowded camps in Bangladesh and bringing with them harrowing tales of rape, murder and arson. Related: 'No one wants the terrorists back': signs of Rohingya erased in Rakhine state Continue reading... [...]
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Sri Lanka crisis: activists fear end of human rights investigations
Alleged past persecution of dissidents could be swept under the carpet if Mahinda Rajapaksa is restored to powerAyesha Thajudeen was one of the first people on the scene of her brother’s accident. Police said Wasim, a Sri Lankan national rugby player, had crashed his car and burned to death inside. Surveying the charred vehicle, around 4am that morning, Ayesha wasn’t so sure.The car was sitting in a ditch; it wasn’t clear what it had struck with enough force to burst into flames. Wasim’s wallet was nowhere to be found – a stranger later discovered it about 5km away. Strangest of all: Wasim was sitting in the passenger seat, she says. Related: Sri Lankan political crisis could lead to bloodbath, says speaker Related: Sri Lanka's political crisis: everything you need to know Continue reading... [...]
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Protests expected as India prepares to unveil world's largest statue
Thousands of police to guard against angry locals with prime minister expected to attendThousands of police officers have been deployed to guard the world’s biggest statue, as Indian authorities anticipate protests at its inauguration by the Indian prime minister, Narendra Modi.Authorities have planned a spectacular opening ceremony on Wednesday for the 182-metre (600ft) tall tribute to the Indian independence hero Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, with air-force jets and helicopters to shower flowers on the statue during a flypast. Related: India to break record for world's largest statue … twice Continue reading... [...]
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Jaitley blames RBI for bad loans as govt-central bank rift comes out in open
Jaitley blames RBI for bad loans as govt-central bank rift comes out in open [...]
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'No one wants the terrorists back': signs of Rohingya erased in Rakhine state
In Myanmar, the government is destroying Rohingya villages and the physical evidence of the killings that took place there All along the rutted road running from Inn Din village to Maungdaw town in northern Rakhine state, the blackened, headless trunks of palm trees punctuate the lush landscape. A year after Myanmar’s military launched a campaign of murder, rape, and arson to drive out the the Rohingya, the charred trees are the only visible reminders that the stateless, Muslim population once lived there. Soon, even these may be erased.In Inn Din, as in other parts of Rakhine state, the Myanmar government is demolishing areas where thousands of Rohingya lived before fleeing to Bangladesh. Bulldozers and backhoes are parked beside new, blue-roofed homes, built by a government agency chaired by state counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi. Related: ‘Tied to trees and raped’: UN report details Rohingya horrors Continue reading... [...]
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Sri Lankan political crisis could lead to bloodbath, says speaker
Calls for parliament to reconvene to pick prime minister as two stake claim on the rolePressure is mounting on Sri Lanka’s president to allow parliament to decide between two men claiming to be the country’s lawful prime minister, amid warnings that the constitutional dispute could lead to a “bloodbath”.President Maithripala Sirisena announced on live TV on Friday that Ranil Wickremesinghe, with whom he had governed in a fragile coalition since 2015, had been dismissed. In his place he has appointed the former president Mahinda Rajapaksa. Related: Sri Lanka's political crisis: everything you need to know Continue reading... [...]
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Loan sharks are circling for poor Indian debtors failed by microfinance | Navjot Sangwan
A growing body of research suggests that micro-credit, the darling of international development, costs borrowers dearIt’s still a week or so until Diwali, but the market in Thol, a village in northern India, is already bustling with shoppers perusing cheap Chinese-made electronics, sweets, presents and decorations.“Diwali shopping season seems to start earlier every year,” says Rashmi, 36, who opened a small sweet shop last year with a loan from a local microfinance institution that is repayable in weekly instalments. A recent increase of her existing loan allowed her stock up ahead of Diwali. Continue reading... [...]
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Hurt some good hearts: DMK rues Rajinikanth article
Hurt some good hearts: DMK rues Rajinikanth article [...]
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Sri Lanka's political crisis: everything you need to know
A dysfunctional ruling coalition has fallen apart, the president has sacked the prime minister and parliament has been suspendedWhy is the Sri Lankan government in turmoil?The nation’s president and prime minister come from traditionally opposing parties that formed a surprise coalition in 2015 to oust the then-president Mahinda Rajapaksa, who many feared was becoming too powerful. Related: Sri Lankan minister's bodyguards open fire on protesters Related: Sri Lanka faces crisis as two stake claim to be lawful prime minister Continue reading... [...]
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Sri Lankan minister's bodyguards open fire on protesters
One person killed and two injured in violence amid growing constitutional crisisOne person has died and two were injured after the bodyguards of a Sri Lankan government minister opened fire on a crowd amid a deepening constitutional crisis in the island nation.Arjuna Ranatunga, the petroleum minister and a former Sri Lankan cricket captain, was trying to enter a government agency in the capital, Colombo, at about 3pm on Sunday when he was confronted by supporters of the president, Maithripala Sirisena. Continue reading... [...]
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Sri Lanka's sacked prime minister refuses to leave as crisis deepens
Ranil Wickremesinghe digs in at official residence despite eviction amid heightening tensionSri Lanka’s sacked prime minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, has resisted moves to evict him from his official residence, as his controversial successor sought blessings at a prominent temple ahead of naming a new cabinet.The new ruling party had given Wickremesinghe until Sunday morning to leave the Temple Trees official residence following his shock dismissal on Friday that has plunged the Indian Ocean island into constitutional turmoil. Related: Warning sounded over China's 'debtbook diplomacy' Continue reading... [...]
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Rahul Gandhi should walk the talk on having women chief ministers: Vasundhara Raje
Rahul Gandhi should walk the talk on having women chief ministers: Vasundhara Raje [...]
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This retired Pakistani judge has 2,224 cars registered in his name
This retired Pakistani judge has 2,224 cars registered in his name [...]
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Modi in Japan: PM gifts handcrafted stone bowls, chest box to Shinzo Abe | See pics
Modi in Japan: PM gifts handcrafted stone bowls, chest box to Shinzo Abe | See pics [...]
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