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First Rohingya refugees repatriated to Myanmar despite UN safety fears
Human rights groups slam move as publicity stunt while Bangladesh distances itself Myanmar says it has repatriated the first Rohingya refugees from among nearly 700,000 who fled a crackdown in the country last year despite warnings from the United Nations that it is not yet safe to return.Rights groups have criticised the announcement as a publicity stunt and Bangladesh has distanced itself, saying the repatriation was not part of the return process the two countries have been trying to start. Continue reading... [...]
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Indian police make second arrest in teenager rape case
Party of prime minister Narendra Modi blamed for trying to shield state MP and defending accusedPolice in India have made a second arrest after the alleged rape of a teenager by a ruling party politician sparked protests across the country, according to federal investigators.The case, along with the rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl, has brought Indians on to the streets for mass demonstrations not seen since the rape and murder of a student in Delhi in 2012. Continue reading... [...]
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BJP slams Congress MLA Dinesh Gundu Rao for his 'beat up with slipper' remark against Yogi Adityanath
BJP slams Congress MLA Dinesh Gundu Rao for his 'beat up with slipper' remark against Yogi Adityanath [...]
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Many Rohingya subjected to 'brutal sexual assault' by Myanmar forces  – UN
Secretary general says use of sexual violence a ‘calculated tool’ to force Rohingya to leave and not returnMany of the almost 700,000 Rohingya Muslims who fled Myanmar were subjected to acts of sexual violence by the country’s armed forces, according to a new report by the UN secretary general, António Guterres.Guterres’s report, which will be discussed by the UN security council on Monday, said international medical staff and others in Bangladesh, where many of the Rohingya have fled, have documented that many of the refugees “bear the physical and psychological scars of brutal sexual assault”. Related: 'All these flashbacks come': Rohingya’s teens speak out on Myanmar brutality | Liz Ford Related: UN report details brutal Myanmar effort to drive out half a million Rohingya Continue reading... [...]
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India, China hold first strategic economic dialogue post-Doklam
India, China hold first strategic economic dialogue post-Doklam [...]
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Delhi teen girl escapes after being confined, raped, physically assaulted for 10 days
Delhi teen girl escapes after being confined, raped, physically assaulted for 10 days [...]
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Indigenous environmental campaigner killed by Myanmar government
Karen state activists mourning community leader Saw O Moo, who campaigned to protect a local forest and for residents’ land rightsIndigenous activists in Myanmar’s Karen state are mourning the killing of a community leader who campaigned for a peace park to protect a local forest and its residents’ land rights.Saw O Moo was ambushed by government troops on 5 April as he was riding a motorbike with a soldier from the Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA), a rebel group that is fighting for autonomy. Continue reading... [...]
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Indian court orders arrest of politician for gang-rape
Outrage across country in protest at gang-rapes of two girls and death of father in police custodyAn Indian court has ordered the arrest of a ruling party politician accused of gang-raping a teenager and beating her father to death as protests spread over this case and another involving the gang-rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl.The high court in Allahabad city on Friday ordered the arrest of Kuldeep Singh Sengar, a member of the Uttar Pradesh state parliament with the Bharatiya Janata party (BJP), after days of public outrage over the alleged crime, his defiant response and the apparent apathy of police. Related: Man who accused Indian politician of raping daughter dies in custody Related: Muslim rape-murder case in India disrupted by Hindu groups Continue reading... [...]
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Maqbool Hasan Khan obituary
My former teacher and PhD supervisor, Maqbool Hasan Khan, who has died aged 79, was a professor of English at Aligarh Muslim University, northern India, and a bilingual literary critic. Greatly interested in western philosophy and Urdu literature, Maqbool wrote in both English and Urdu.Shakespeare’s plays and Shakespeare criticism were Maqbool’s lifetime passion. He loved to quote Shakespeare in all situations and could discuss almost all major and minor Shakespeare critics. Though he wrote a book on Edward Dowden in the mid-80s, and essays on AC Bradley’s and Walter Raleigh’s Shakespeare criticism, his work is also full of interesting asides on other Shakespeare critics, including Coleridge, Granville-Barker, EE Stoll, LC Knights and G Wilson Knight. He obtained an MA in Shakespeare studies from the Shakespeare Institute at Birmingham University in 1974, after being awarded a British Council scholarship. Continue reading... [...]
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SC clears deck, Nanak Shah Fakir to hit theatres today
SC clears deck, Nanak Shah Fakir to hit theatres today [...]
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Sensex gains over 100 points on positive macro data, IT major Infosys' Q4 results to be out today
Sensex gains over 100 points on positive macro data, IT major Infosys' Q4 results to be out today [...]
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Muslim rape-murder case in India disrupted by Hindu groups
Arrest of temple custodian leads to confrontation between police and dozens of Hindu lawyersWhen police in northern India went to court on Monday to file charges implicating eight men in the rape and murder of a Muslim child, they were confronted by dozens of Hindu lawyers determined to keep them out. The killing of eight year-old Asifa Bano, details of which were released on Wednesday, and ongoing efforts by Hindu groups to disrupt the police investigation have sickened many Indians and deepened concerns about a growing sense of impunity among religious nationalists. Continue reading... [...]
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India renews call for reasonable oil prices
India renews call for reasonable oil prices [...]
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Reuters reporters must stand trial over massacre story, Myanmar judge rules
Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo to be tried over report on atrocity the army admits took placeTwo Reuters journalists arrested while investigating a massacre of Rohingya Muslims will face trial in Myanmar after a court rejected a motion to drop the case against them.Reporters Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 27, were detained in December and accused of violating the country’s Official Secrets Act for possessing material relating to security operations in Rakhine state that was handed to them by the police.The Rohingya are Muslims who live in majority-Buddhist Myanmar. They are often described as "the world's most persecuted minority".  Related: Myanmar soldiers jailed for 10 years over massacre of Rohingya Muslims Continue reading... [...]
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Man who accused Indian politician of raping daughter dies in custody
Alleged victim had attempted to self-immolate in protest against treatment by authorities on day before father died An Indian man who was arrested after accusing a ruling party official of raping his teenage daughter has died in police custody, prompting outrage and calls for an independent investigation.The day before the man died, his daughter had gone to Lucknow, the state capital of Uttar Pradesh, doused herself in kerosene and tried to self-immolate in protest against the alleged unwillingness of police to pursue her allegations. Continue reading... [...]
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Hunger games: Modi to lead tit-for-tat fast in row with opposition
India’s PM to stage rival fast days after opponents were caught eating curry before hunger strikeIndia’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, will lead a daylong fast on Thursday in a tit-for-tat protest against the opposition, whose leaders were caught feasting moments before they launched their own hunger strike.The rival protests are part of growing showdown between Modi’s ruling nationalist Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) and the Congress party before national elections. Both sides have faced social media ridicule over their fasts. Continue reading... [...]
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Fire breaks out in Thane's mall, cooling operation underway
Fire breaks out in Thane's mall, cooling operation underway [...]
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Algerian military plane with more than 100 on board crashes, several dead
Algerian military plane with more than 100 on board crashes, several dead [...]
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'They killed my father': Unnao rape survivor speaks out
'They killed my father': Unnao rape survivor speaks out [...]
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Myanmar soldiers jailed for 10 years over massacre of Rohingya Muslims
Seven soldiers were sentenced to ‘10 years in prison with hard labour’ for ‘contributing and participating in murder’ of 10 Rohingya menSeven Myanmar soldiers have been sentenced to “10 years in prison with hard labour in a remote area” for participating in a massacre of 10 Rohingya Muslim men in a village in north-western Rakhine state last September, the army said on Tuesday. The military said in a statement that seven soldiers have had “action taken against them” for “contributing and participating in murder”. Related: Myanmar military admits to murder of 10 Rohingya Muslims Continue reading... [...]
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Sri Lanka opens door for return of divisive former president
Voters who turfed Mahinda Rajapaksa out of office in 2015 give his party local election winA familiar face is back on walls across Sri Lanka. The country’s former president Mahinda Rajapaksa has been grinning from thousands of posters and billboards recently, palms pressed together in gratitude.Voters delivered a shock repudiation of Rajapaksa’s government three years ago, as the UN investigated war crimes against Tamil civilians, dissidents disappeared in unmarked white vans and warnings were issued that Sri Lankan democracy was at risk. Related: Body of Sri Lankan journalist who foresaw his murder to be exhumed Related: Sri Lanka election: shock as president Mahinda Rajapaksa concedes defeat Related: ‘The biggest game changer in 100 years’: Chinese money gushes into Sri Lanka Continue reading... [...]
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Two dozen children killed after school bus crashes off mountain road in India
Police say 27 bodies have been recovered from the accident site in Himachal Pradesh, including 24 childrenAt least 24 children and three adults have been killed after a school bus plunged off a mountain road in the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, police said. Santosh Patial, a senior police officer in Himachal Pradesh, said they had recovered 27 bodies from the accident site. The adult dead included the driver. Related: Indian runaway train takes 1,000 passengers on engineless journey Continue reading... [...]
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Pakistan to place US diplomat on Exit Control List for killing motorcyclist in Islamabad
Pakistan to place US diplomat on Exit Control List for killing motorcyclist in Islamabad [...]
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'Hallmarks of genocide': ICC prosecutor seeks justice for Rohingya
Fatou Bensouda wants the international criminal court to claim jurisdiction and investigate treatment of Myanmar minorityThe prosecutor of the international criminal court has asked it to rule on whether it has jurisdiction over the deportations of Rohingya people from Myanmar to Bangladesh, a possible crime against humanity.A ruling affirming jurisdiction could pave the way for an investigation into the deportation of many thousands of Rohingya, though Myanmar is unlikely to cooperate. Related: As the monsoons approach, the Rohingya refugees are desperate for hope | Lisa Singh and Andrew Broad Continue reading... [...]
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Indian police rescue 70 children working in 'inhuman conditions'
Raids follow tipoff by two children escaping jewellery workshop in western Gujarat stateIndian police have rescued more than 70 child workers during ongoing raids in one of the country’s hubs for cheap, artificial jewellery sold in the US, UK and European markets.Authorities were tipped off when two children were spotted wandering alone near a train station in Junagadh, a city in the western state of Gujarat. The children had told police they were lost and had boarded a train 100km away in Rajkot after escaping a workshop in the city. Continue reading... [...]
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CBI to grill Chanda Kochhar’s brother-in-law Rajiv Kochhar for fifth day
CBI to grill Chanda Kochhar’s brother-in-law Rajiv Kochhar for fifth day [...]
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4 people killed in shoe factory fire in Delhi's Sultanpuri
4 people killed in shoe factory fire in Delhi's Sultanpuri [...]
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It's fearmongering: BSE chief on talk of Indian banking sector in crisis post PNB fraud
It's fearmongering: BSE chief on talk of Indian banking sector in crisis post PNB fraud [...]
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