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India's unofficial recycling bin: the city where electronics go to die
In Moradabad, whole communities subsist by processing waste created by the world’s love affair with electronic goods. In this extract from their book, Assa Doron and Robin Jeffrey investigate the impact of this dangerous tradeFrom the road one could see locals washing the ash from burned e-waste and using sieves to recover fragments of metal. Women and children broke apart and segregated the printed circuit board components, prying open the object and separating the gold, silver and copper-plated components.Locals in Moradabad in western Uttar Pradesh described [to us] the process of recycling this hazardous material. Once the basic dismantling and separation were achieved, different methods of extraction followed: typically burning, grinding, washing and bathing in acid. 50% of the printed circuit boards ​used in appliances in India end up in Moradabad Related: Deluge of electronic waste turning Thailand into 'world's rubbish dump' Continue reading... [...]
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Intercaste marriages and grooms who pay their way: welcome to the new India
Survey of young people shows traditions surrounding caste and hierarchy falling by the wayside as technology redefines attitudes Greater openness to intercaste marriage and an increased willingness among men to help with wedding costs point to the emergence of a more liberal generation in India, a study of young people’s attitudes in the country has found.A “pulse of the nation” survey of 130,000 18- to 35-year-olds, carried out by Inshorts, a news app that has been downloaded by 10 million Indians, found 70% were happy with marriages between people of different castes, turning on its head the the country’s entrenched caste hierarchy. Related: Untouchable no more: the Dalit bridegroom rejecting class prejudice | Amrit Dhillon Continue reading... [...]
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Students, villagers lock down school in Rajasthan due to lack of teaching staff
Students, villagers lock down school in Rajasthan due to lack of teaching staff [...]
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Supreme Court set to hear pleas on Section 377 tomorrow
Supreme Court set to hear pleas on Section 377 tomorrow [...]
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The man who paves India's roads with old plastic
Indian chemistry professor shows that repurposed plastic can be good for the environmentAt 73, Dr Rajagopalan Vasudevan is roughly as old as the mass production of plastic. But that is not the reason why the chemistry professor has a soft spot for the much-maligned material.“Plastic isn’t the problem,” the venerable scientist says in his office in the southern Indian city of Madurai. “We are. Plastic wouldn’t clog our oceans or our landfills if we didn’t throw it there in the first place. And there is so much we can do with it instead.” Related: 'We no longer die in childbirth': how Indian villages saved their mothers Continue reading... [...]
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Myanmar court charges Reuters journalists under Official Secrets Act
At the time of their arrest Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, had been working on an investigation into the killing of 10 Rohingya Muslim menTwo Reuters journalists who uncovered a massacre of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar have been charged for violating the Official Secrets Act.Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were charged under the colonial-era 1923 act for allegedly illegally possessing state secrets in government documents and face up to 14 years in prison if convicted. Related: Reuters journalists covering Rohingya crisis charged under Official Secrets Act Continue reading... [...]
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Ex-Congress worker says Rahul Gandhi didn't act on her sexual abuse complaint
Ex-Congress worker says Rahul Gandhi didn't act on her sexual abuse complaint [...]
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‘Here, I matter’: the Indian cafe run by men serving life sentences
The Book Cafe in Shimla helps prisoners convicted of violent crimes stay part of societyBy day, from the cafe in Shimla where he works, Jai Chand enjoys one of the city’s best views of the Indian Himalayas. In the evenings, his view is one of the worst.For 11 hours a day, the staff at the Book Cafe serve coffee and food to a stream of customers. Then they lock up and walk the 15 minutes back to prison. Related: 'Washing is a privilege': life on the frontline of India's water crisis Continue reading... [...]
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US service member killed in 'insider attack' in Afghanistan
Taliban says the shooting was carried out by a member of the Afghan security force who acted aloneThe US-led coalition headquarters in Kabul has confirmed that a US service member has been killed in an apparent insider attack in southern Afghanistan. Related: Russian pilot found after three decades missing in Afghanistan Continue reading... [...]
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Taliban reject Afghan government's offer of peace talks
Resumption of fighting dashes hopes that Eid ceasefire would bring about extended peaceThe Taliban have rejected the Afghan government’s offer of peace talks, another blow to hopes that an unprecedented Eid ceasefire could be a step towards more lasting peace.Fighting has resumed with full intensity around the country after a brief halt during June. The latest casualties are three children from eastern Ghazni province who were killed by roadside mines at the weekend. Related: Selfies with the Taliban: Afghan women buoyed by ceasefire snaps | Ruchi Kumar Continue reading... [...]
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Congress loses no-confidence motion against Raman Singh govt in Chhattisgarh
Congress loses no-confidence motion against Raman Singh govt in Chhattisgarh [...]
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Day after refusing India's deportation plea, Malaysian PM meets Zakir Naik
Day after refusing India's deportation plea, Malaysian PM meets Zakir Naik [...]
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Muslim groups reject Uttar Pradesh govt's accusation they delayed Ramjanmabhoomi verdict
Muslim groups reject Uttar Pradesh govt's accusation they delayed Ramjanmabhoomi verdict [...]
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Selfies with the Taliban: Afghan women buoyed by ceasefire snaps | Ruchi Kumar
When Taliban fighters entered the cities of Afghanistan after hostilities were put on hold for Eid, some women took photos. A symbol of female resistance, the images quickly went viral One of the longest wars of our generation took an unexpected turn last month. The Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan accepted the government’s call for a three-day ceasefire during the Islamic festival of Eid al-Fitr.For the first time in years, Taliban fighters – known for their brutality on the frontline of the spiralling conflict – entered the capital, Kabul, and other urban centres in Afghanistan and socialised with the locals. Related: 'I want to empower Afghan women': female prosecutor on a lonely mission Continue reading... [...]
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Former Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif sentenced to 10 years in jail
Corruption charges related to purchase of London flats, with verdict likely to affect electionThe former Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for corruption in a verdict likely to influence the general election on 25 July.The National Accountability Bureau (NAB), Pakistan’s anti-graft court, ruled that Sharif and his family laundered money in the 1990s to pay for four luxury apartments in Park Lane, central London, drawing on allegations that resurfaced in the Panama Papers leak, published by the Guardian and others in 2016. Related: Imran Khan’s rise is a metaphor for a changing world the west has failed to see | Jason Burke Continue reading... [...]
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Thai boys stranded in cave need help. Enter Elon Musk
Thai boys stranded in cave need help. Enter Elon Musk [...]
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I am cement that holds BJP, JD(U) together in Bihar: Ram Vilas Paswan
I am cement that holds BJP, JD(U) together in Bihar: Ram Vilas Paswan [...]
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Rohingya refugees reject UN-Myanmar repatriation agreement
Leaders say agreement does not address concerns and will not help in repatriation of refugeesRohingya community leaders have rejected an agreement between the United Nations and government of Myanmar for the return of refugees who fled violence in Rakhine state.Having seen a leaked text, the leaders say it does not address their concerns and will not help in the repatriation of the refugees. Related: Myanmar not ready for Rohingya to return, Red Cross chief says Related: Myanmar soldiers jailed for 10 years over massacre of Rohingya Muslims Continue reading... [...]
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What I learned from sex slavery survivors? Hope isn't easily crushed | Penny Jaye
Nepali survivors of the worst trauma reveal a spirit that can’t be locked in a cage and silencedKausila* was the first survivor I met. She was slight-boned but taller than me. Her face was thin, her eyes wary. I smiled as we were introduced. She nodded in return and then we sat to chat and I fumbled for words. I’d been living in Nepal for about five years by that time and had been researching the stories of young women who had been trafficked into sex slavery. I knew I was going to write a novel. I’d collected newspaper clippings, trawled through archives, visited with the heads of various non-government organisations in Pokhara and Kathmandu. But I’d never really sat down and spoken with a survivor before. Not properly. Kausila was the first one. I felt suddenly and completely inadequate. Related: Journalism taught me about facts but writing a novel helped me understand truth | Ben Doherty Related: Sold to the circus as children: trafficking survivors showcase their skills in Nepal Continue reading... [...]
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Uttar Pradesh commission asks AMU why it doesn't have reservations for SC/STs
Uttar Pradesh commission asks AMU why it doesn't have reservations for SC/STs [...]
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Breakthrough made in fight to end virginity testing in Afghanistan
New policy will stop clinics and hospitals from performing examinations that lead to imprisonment and exclusionIn a prison in the Balkh province of Afghanistan, more than 200 girls and young women are crammed into dirty prison cells. Many have been here for months – and some for more than a year. When they are eventually released, they face a future defined by shame, exclusion and destitution.Their crime is that they all failed a virginity test performed by a health professional at a clinic or hospital. Related: 'I want to empower Afghan women': female prosecutor on a lonely mission Continue reading... [...]
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Sacred Games: can Netflix's Mumbai mob drama turn India on to TV?
Indian audiences traditionally see the small screen as a poor cousin to Bollywood movies. But Netflix is hoping this gritty crime series will pull in a new, internet-savvy viewerNetflix’s plans for global domination take another step forward on Friday with the release of its first original Indian TV series Sacred Games. One of several Indian shows greenlit by the streaming service, it is hoped that the crime drama will follow in the footsteps of Narcos, another international series that revealed an appetite among western audiences to broaden their horizons. Yet perhaps the biggest challenge Sacred Games faces is whether it can win over domestic audiences closer to home.Based on the acclaimed book by Vikram Chandra, Sacred Games tells the story of Sartaj Singh, a jaded cop living under the shadow of his deceased father and seeking validation from a police force he nevertheless loathes for its corruption. When Singh receives an anonymous tip-off regarding the whereabouts of Ganesh Galtonde, a notorious crime lord who has been missing for 16 years, it sets the wheels in motion for a chain of events that burrows deep into India’s dark underworld. Related: What's on Netflix and Amazon this month – July 2018 Continue reading... [...]
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Amarnath Yatra halted as weather plays spoilsport
Amarnath Yatra halted as weather plays spoilsport [...]
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Lucknow University to open academic session with Saraswati Puja
Lucknow University to open academic session with Saraswati Puja [...]
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How 12 Thai schoolboys stuck in a cave kept the world on seat's edge
How 12 Thai schoolboys stuck in a cave kept the world on seat's edge [...]
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'Our fingers bleed': India's female miners toil over sandstone for the UK | Anumeha Yadav
Discrimination confines women in Rajasthan’s mines to menial tasks, lugging rocks in ‘super-exploitative conditions’In Bhilwara district, in the northern Indian state of Rajasthan, sandstone slabs form a makeshift fence around a field, marking the boundaries of a temporary worksite. In the centre, Seema, a tall young woman, lifts sandstone cobbles into large wooden crates.A firm in Jaipur, the state capital, has ordered the stones for export to Britain, where they will be used to pave streets and build sea defences. Related: Full steam ahead at the Indian train station run only by women – in pictures Continue reading... [...]
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The Himalayan state that declared war on plastic bags | Amrit Dhillon
Swapping bags for banana leaves – and cloth sacks – the tiny Indian state of Sikkim has transformed shoppers’ habits. Can Mumbai follow its example?As a boy growing up in Sikkim, the Indian state nestled below the Himalayas, Rajendra Gurung remembers how, before leaving the house to go shopping, his parents would always ask each other: “Have you got the bag?” Back then, no shopkeeper used plastic bags. Families took their own, made of cloth. Meat, fish and cheese came wrapped in a banana leaf, tied with bamboo twine. If people bought cooking oil, they took an empty bottle or can. Continue reading... [...]
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Rahul Gandhi to visit Amethi on Wednesday, to launch Mission 2019
Rahul Gandhi to visit Amethi on Wednesday, to launch Mission 2019 [...]
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