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India takes flawed first step towards ending HIV and Aids prejudice
Landmark law banning discrimination against people with HIV criticised for failing to guarantee treatment and potentially flawed enforcement measuresA landmark law banning discrimination against people living with HIV in India has sparked criticism, with one lawyer claiming the legislation could turn back the clock on tackling the virus to the mid-1990s.India is the first state in south Asia to pass legislation prohibiting discrimination against the country’s 2.1 million HIV-positive people, with jobs, housing, education and hospitals particular areas of focus. Related: Hope for 'end of Aids' is disappearing, experts warn Continue reading... [...]
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Crucial day for Vasundhara Raje as results of Dholpur by-election to be announced today
With Assembly elections in Rajasthan due next year, the Dholpur Assembly seat is expected to indicate the path ahead for Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje. Both the BJP and the Congress in Rajasthan launched their senior leaders during campaigning stage. [...]
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Trump, Xi converge on currency, Syria as US-China ties warm
US President Donald Trump has said expressed confidence that Chinese President Xi Jinping will help the US deal with North Korea, and - in a reverse - told the Wall Street Journal that China wasn't a currency manipulator. [...]
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Kishori Amonkar obituary
Singer regarded as one of the finest performers of classical Hindustani musicKishori Amonkar, who has died aged 84, was one of Hindustani music’s finest classical singers. A specialist in the khyal style, which emphasises emotion and improvisation, she was known for her rich, soulful voice and for combining innovation with tradition; she also mixed her classical work with an interest in popular songs and film music. India’s president, Pranab Mukherjee, said that her death was “an irreparable loss to the world of Indian music”.Although recognised as a leading exponent of the Jaipur gharana (a community of musicians who share a distinctive style), she developed an individual approach that reflected other gharanas – which brought her criticism as well as praise. She argued that “one should not teach students the limits of this art … There are none. But one has to understand the grammar – that is why one is taught the ragas.” She became known for the ease of her singing, and for what one Indian writer described as her “painful melancholy”. Continue reading... [...]
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From extra-long carrots to a self-driven wheelchair: frugal tech from India
Award-winning inventions are getting support to scale up from India’s National Innovation FoundationFar from the world of aid, a movement has been gathering in India to support inventors using limited resources. A clay fridge that runs without electricity and a pedal-operated washing machine are among the star products of this grassroots creativity. The use of cheap and easily accessible material has earned it the label “frugal”. Anil Gupta, founder of the Honey Bee Network, champions this type of DIY tech. “Thirty years ago, I realised that many of us intellectuals learn from people, particularly the creative and innovative ones, but never give back anything to them,” he says. “They remain anonymous, they are often short-changed, they don’t even know what we did with the knowledge they provided. The Honey Bee Network was a response to these paradoxes and contradictions in my own conduct.”Traditional models of aid induce dependence, reinforce asymmetry in knowledge and learning Related: 'I realised I could become an insider': from 'poor tribal boy' to elite lawyer Continue reading... [...]
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Syria chemical attack: UN Security Council to vote to compel Assad to cooperate with probe
The council will vote on a draft resolution demanding that the Syrian government cooperate with a probe of the suspected chemical attack, that took place last week in Idlib province, US diplomats said. [...]
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Malcolm Turnbull tells Indian billionaire native title will not stop Adani coalmine
Prime minister also confirmed company would seek $1bn government loan to fund rail line for $16bn project, after meeting Gautam Adani in New DelhiMalcolm Turnbull has assured the Indian billionaire hoping to build Australia’s largest coal mine in Queensland, Gautam Adani, that native title issues will not stop the $16bn project.The prime minister, who is halfway through a four-day visit to India, also confirmed the Adani Group would seek a $1bn government loan to fund a rail line for the Carmichael mine project, but said Adani understood the request would be independently assessed. Related: Coalition backbencher breaks ranks with colleagues over $1bn Adani rail loan Related: Adani mine needs $1bn public funding to go ahead, Barnaby Joyce says Related: It’s either Adani or the Great Barrier Reef. Are we willing to fight for a wonder of the world? | Jeff Sparrow Related: Don't fund coal mine, activists plead with Australian export credit agency Continue reading... [...]
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'I'm a walking corpse' – India to help its acid attack victims
New law in India comes into force this week which will recognise survivors as being physically disabled. They will now be entitled to compensation and help to get jobs The Indian government will this week bring into force legislation designed to help tackle the pervasive crime of acid throwing by giving victims official recognition. From Friday, India’s thousands of victims of acid attacks will be defined as disabled – giving them access to limited compensation and jobs. Continue reading... [...]
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Malcolm Turnbull talks up coal in Delhi, despite India's aim to stop imports
Glut in Indian coal market, plans to phase out imports and lower than forecast energy demands cast doubt on future for exports from proposed Adani mineMalcolm Turnbull is adamant that Australian coal will play “a very big role” in powering India’s future despite a glut in the local market and clear signals from Delhi that it aims to eliminate imports of the fossil fuel as soon as possible.The prime minister touched down in New Delhi on Monday for his first official visit to the south Asian giant. Selling Australia as an attractive destination for Indian students and reviving negotiations over a free-trade agreement are high on the agenda as the government vies for a slice of the world’s fastest growing major economy. Related: 'Irreversible consequences': Adani coalmine granted unlimited water access for 60 years Related: Abbot Point coal port spill causes 'massive contamination' of Queensland wetland Continue reading... [...]
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US: United Airlines passenger dragged off overbooked flight, video of incident sparks uproar
Officers could be seen grabbing the screaming man from a window seat, pulling him across the armrest and dragging him down the aisle by his arms. [...]
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No sacred threads on hands, ash on foreheads: Bengaluru cop's order to police biased?
DCP Kishore Babu's instructions came in a circular he issued to his force. The circular doesn't mention Muslim officers growing beards or fasting during Ramzan. [...]
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DJ Paul Oakenfold treks to Everest base camp for 'highest party on Earth'
Superstar DJ to perform at 5,380m to mark 30th anniversary of Ibiza trip which sparked Second Summer of LoveBritish DJ Paul Oakenfold has reached Mount Everest’s base camp, where he plans to host the “highest party on Earth”, performing a set at 5,380 metres (17,600 feet). The three-time Grammy nominated artist, 53, is marking the 30th anniversary of his famed trip to Ibiza that sparked the Second Summer of Love, one of the biggest revolutions in British youth culture since the original Summer of Love in 1967. Continue reading... [...]
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'I realised I could become an insider': from 'poor tribal boy' to elite lawyer
A student-run movement is helping poor Indian teens go to the best law schools, and starting to change the country’s legal system in the processLalcha loves the law. “I am a poor tribal boy from a remote state with a background of insurgency, brought up entirely on charity. I have been an outsider all my life. But when I became interested in the law, I realised this was a powerful tool I could use to become an insider, and give back to my people,” he says. Sixteen years ago, a seven-year old Lalcha (his full name is Thangminlal Haokip) fled bloody tribal riots in his home state of Manipur, in north eastern India. His parents, members of the Kuki tribe, were cultivators in the hills, making a precarious living and rearing six children in a mud hut. With 40 other frightened Kuki children, Lalcha (as he likes to be known), travelled to his uncle, a pastor in the southern city of Bangalore.My colleagues said the children of the poor would lower quality. I said, let’s try them Related: Is the world's highest court fit for purpose? When I learn about property law or intellectual property rights, I find it completely alien and often ridiculous Related: Old economics is based on false ‘laws of physics’ – new economics can save us Continue reading... [...]
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'Americans bomb our children every day, so why would they care about polio?'
A Taliban health chief says the resumption of a polio vaccination scheme in north Afghanistan does not alter lingering suspicion of the international communityJust over a fortnight ago, a 14-month-old girl in the Afghan province of Kunduz was diagnosed with polio. Within days, the Taliban granted health workers access to parts of northern Afghanistan for the first time in 15 months, enabling them to resume a polio vaccination programme.Until it was blocked, leaving about 170,000 children in Kunduz province without inoculations, the scheme had almost eradicated the disabling viral disease in Afghanistan. But polio can spread quickly, with even a single case potentially enough to widen the disease’s footprint. When the girl in Kunduz’s Dasht-e-Archi district became the third child this year diagnosed with polio, Taliban commanders relented. Related: Pakistan and Afghanistan join forces to wipe out polio Continue reading... [...]
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After church bombings, Egypt's President declares 3-month state of emergency
At least 44 people were killed in bomb attacks on two Egyptian Coptic churches on Palm Sunday that included the seat of the Coptic Pope. [...]
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Six die after Indian police open fire on Kashmir poll protesters
Scores injured after bullets and shotgun pellets fired as thousands of people storm polling stations in Budgam districtSix civilians were killed in Indian-administered Kashmir when police opened fire on protesters who stormed polling stations during a byelection for a parliamentary seat, a top officer has said.State and paramilitary police fired bullets and shotgun pellets as thousands of protesters who were shouting slogans against Indian rule charged into voting booths in Budgam district near the main city of Srinagar. Continue reading... [...]
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Newsreader in India discovers husband was involved in fatal car crash live on air
Supreet Kaur, a journalist with channel IBC-24, was broadcasting on Saturday morning when a reporter phoned in with details of a car accident A newsreader in the Indian state of Chhatisgarh has discovered that her husband was the victim of a car crash while reporting the story live on air.Supreet Kaur, a journalist with channel IBC-24, was broadcasting on Saturday morning when a reporter phoned in with details of a fatal car accident in a central district of the state.Indian newsreader starts reporting car crash, discovers on air her husband was victim- keeps broadcasting https://t.co/oFgZDVWIwr Related: Death on the road: can Mumbai shed its reputation as the ‘car crash capital’? Continue reading... [...]
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Chennai: Man who claimed to be Amma's son arrested
An affidavit was filed earlier in the Madras High Court by the 29-year-old claiming to be the son of Jayalalithaa and Sobhan Babu. [...]
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Indian girl found in jungle was not living with monkeys, officials say
Contrary to initial claims girl’s rapid improvement indicates she was recently abandoned by her carersThe discovery of a girl reportedly living with monkeys in the forests of northern India, has been compared to a modern-day Jungle Book, but officials and doctors close to the child say the true story is darker.This week news reports from the state of Uttar Pradesh said the girl, aged around eight, found by forest rangers in January living with and acting like a monkey. She was reportedly naked, crawled on all fours and screeched at passersby. Related: India's missing girls: fears grow over rising levels of foeticide | KumKum Dasgupta Related: 'Eat mutton': Indian newspaper's 'scientific' tips for conceiving boys Continue reading... [...]
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US special forces soldier killed in operation against Isis in Afghanistan
Spokesman for Nato-led mission says soldier mortally wounded Operation against Isis took place in Achin, in Nangarhar provinceAn American soldier was killed while conducting operations against Islamic State in Afghanistan late on Saturday, a US military spokesman said in a message posted on Twitter. “The soldier was mortally wounded late Saturday during an operation in Nangarhar province” in eastern Afghanistan, US navy captain Bill Salvin said in a message on the official Twitter account of the Nato-led resolute support mission. Continue reading... [...]
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At US-China summit, Trump presses Xi on trade, N Korea; progress cited
Trump's aides insisted he had made good on his pledge to raise concerns about China's trade practices and said there was some headway. [...]
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Nine-year-old sues Indian government over climate change inaction
Ridhima Pandey, daughter of green activist, urges ministers to reduce emissions to limit impact on younger generationsA nine-year-old girl has filed a lawsuit against the Indian government for failing to take action on climate change, warning that young people will pay the price for the country’s inaction. In the petition filed with the National Green Tribunal, a special court for environment-related cases, Ridhima Pandey said the government had failed to implement its environment laws. Related: New study links carbon pollution to extreme weather | John Abraham Related: Pant by numbers: the cities with the most dangerous air – listed Related: Data linking death with air pollution inconclusive, says Indian minister Continue reading... [...]
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Tech companies must do more to avoid using minerals tainted by rights abuses
Report claims smartphones and TVs often contain minerals from Colombia, Peru, Myanmar and elsewhere that may be associated with human rights abusesTech firms trying to avoid using “conflict minerals” will need to work harder to keep them out of smartphones and tablets.Companies are overlooking the risk that mining in countries other than the Democratic Republic of the Congo is linked to abuses and armed groups seeking to fund violence, claims a new report. Related: EU draft law on conflict minerals fails to satisfy campaigners Continue reading... [...]
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The city Le Corbusier built: inside Chandigarh – in pictures
In 1950, India’s prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru invited the architect Le Corbusier to design a modernist city that broke with the country’s colonial past. Shaun Fynn explored the world heritage site Chandigarh Revealed: Le Corbusier’s city today by Shaun Fynn is published by Princeton Architectural Press Continue reading... [...]
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UK will be missing out on overseas students | Letters
You report that the chancellor has, once again, told the Indians that “there is no quota, no limits, no restrictions on Indian students applying to British universities” and that “90% of Indian students who apply for a student visa, get a student visa” (Britain is open to Indians, says Hammond, 5 April).All of that is (nearly) correct so, all must wonder, what is the problem? But it is far from the full story and does not explain why the numbers have shrunk so dramatically. As one hopes government ministers understand – and as Indians clearly do understand – the real reason why such a high proportion obtain visas is that far fewer apply for them in the first place, believing that the rules and restrictions are now so strict and the entitlements (especially to part-time and post-study work) so limited, that far fewer believe they will qualify or that the UK is the right destination for them. Unless those issues are adequately and honestly addressed, it is, sadly, unlikely that the numbers will again rise and contribute, as many believe is so essential, to an expanded relationship with India.Dominic ScottChief executive, UK Council for International Student Affairs Continue reading... [...]
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RK Nagar by-poll: Clash between AIADMK's OPS and EPS faction;  Madhusudhanan's vehicle damaged
Several people were injured during the clash which broke out between the two factions of the AIADMK- OPS and EPS camp. [...]
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St Petersburg metro attack: 8 detained, explosive device seized
An explosive device similar to the one found at the Ploshchad Vosstania metro station in St Petersburg, along with firearms and ammunition, was seized at the detainees' residences. [...]
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Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives in US for first meeting with Trump
During his two-day stay in Florida, Xi is scheduled to hold talks with Trump in the Mar-a-Lago resort to exchange views on bilateral ties. [...]
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