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AAP passes resolution to bring Delhi Police under state government
AAP passes resolution to bring Delhi Police under state government [...]
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India, home of the world's tallest statue, announces plan to build a taller one
Uttar Pradesh will build a 221m-high effigy of the Hindu god Ram, dwarfing the current record-holder in Gujarat stateThe Indian state of Uttar Pradesh says it will build the world’s tallest statue, weeks after the current record holder – an 182-metre likeness of founding father Sardar Patel – was completed in another part of the country.If constructed, the 221m-high effigy of the Hindu god Ram in the town of Ayodhya could make India home to the world’s three tallest statues, with a 212-metre likeness of the medieval ruler Shivaji also currently under construction off the coast of Mumbai. Related: Celebrations as India unveils world’s tallest statue – in pictures Continue reading... [...]
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'When you rescue a trafficked child it's like saving a life'
The window available to identify and assist the huge number of trafficked children passing through Old Delhi station is fleeting. Yet, as India ramps up rescue efforts, there is real progressHalf a million passengers pass through Old Delhi railway station each day. Some of those hurrying out of its arched facade are children who will be sold to sweatshops or brothels by their adult companions. As the trains roll in – about 250 of them a day – and people fill the concourse, Ajish has just minutes to spot trafficked children before they leave the station and melt into the throng outside.Amazingly, this small window of opportunity is all he and his team at the Childline India Foundation need to rescue 90-100 children from the clutches of traffickers each month. Related: The scandal of the missing children abducted from India’s railway stations Continue reading... [...]
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At least 20 police killed in Taliban ambush in western Afghanistan
New police chief among those who died when convoy was attacked in Farah provinceTwenty policemen were killed in a Taliban ambush of a police convoy in western Afghanistan and 10 troops died in an insurgent attack on an army checkpoint in the north, Afghan officials said on Monday, as minority Shias took to the streets of Kabul for the second day to protest against the arrest of a local militia commander.During the demonstration in the Afghan capital, protesters opened fire on the police, wounding four policemen. The deputy interior minister, Gen Akhtar Mohammad Ibrahimi, said 44 policemen were also injured when protesters threw stones and other hard objects at them. Related: Russia hosts talks between Taliban and Afghan peace council Continue reading... [...]
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Delhi school admissions start from mid-December
Delhi school admissions start from mid-December [...]
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Police stake out area where American killed by Andaman tribespeople
Authorities are trying to recover the body of John Allen Chau but first have to ‘learn nuances’ of the islanders’ behaviour Police on the Andaman islands have staked out a remote area where tribespeople were seen burying the body of an American adventurer and Christian missionary after allegedly killing him with arrows.Indian authorities are trying to recover the remains of 26-year-old John Allen Chau, who was killed by North Sentinel islanders who apparently shot him with arrows and then buried his body on the beach earlier this month. Related: Man killed on remote Indian island tried to 'declare Jesus' to tribe Continue reading... [...]
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Bahrain bans opposition groups, holds elections, then says it was all democratic
Bahrain bans opposition groups, holds elections, then says it was all democratic [...]
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Former Union minister, Kannada actor Ambareesh dies at 66
Former Union minister, Kannada actor Ambareesh dies at 66 [...]
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Power dressing in Pakistan: how fashion became a battleground
The renaissance of Pakistani fashion is a sign of women’s growing independence, and has fuelled the religious right’s ireIn the luxurious surroundings of a top hotel, a parade of glamorous, impossibly slim women walk with gazelle-like grace down the catwalk. Bare midriffs and legs are proudly displayed in intricately embroidered golden fabrics, and there isn’t a veil in sight. This is Pakistan Fashion Week, the jewel in the country’s haute couture crown and an unrivalled glimpse into a creative industry that has surged in recent years. There’s just one thing that’s not quite as you might expect: Pakistan Fashion Week is not in Karachi or Islamabad but in London.“The religious identity that is given to our country to some extent precedes the cultural identity. Many things that are beautiful in our culture are often suppressed and not prominent to their full extent at times,” says the fashion designer Fahad Hussayn. “There is a clash between the religious right and the cosmopolitan youth.” In Pakistan itself, the location of fashion shows is rarely publicised in advance and they are subject to strict security measures, meaning that they tend to be held in Europe and Dubai. Continue reading... [...]
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Schoolchildren among at least 25 killed in India bus crash
Official says vehicle fell into a canal in Karnataka state after driver lost controlAt least 25 people were killed when a speeding bus fell into a canal in southern India, an official has said. Many of the victims were reportedly schoolchildren.Dr G Parameshwara, the Karnataka state deputy chief minister, said the accident occurred on Saturday in the Mandya district, as the driver lost control of the vehicle at high speed. Continue reading... [...]
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Madhya Pradesh polls: Will BJP's lone Muslim candidate avenge her father's defeat?
Madhya Pradesh polls: Will BJP's lone Muslim candidate avenge her father's defeat? [...]
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Shivraj attempts to counter Congress's loan waivers with pro-farmer manifesto
Shivraj attempts to counter Congress's loan waivers with pro-farmer manifesto [...]
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‘Prison would’ve been better’: women cry foul over celebrated Indian charity | Joshua Carroll
Trafficked women and sex workers claim they were beaten and forced to do unpaid work at centres run by an NGO that has received backing from donors including the UNShe was snatched from the streets of Hyderabad last year in broad daylight, three strangers tugging her hair and grabbing her tightly by the throat, she says.They locked her in a compound 45 miles away, ringed with electric fencing. Repeatedly but unsuccessfully, she implored them to let her call her family. Related: Indian sex workers vent fury over law they fear will promote harassment Related: The scandal of the missing children abducted from India’s railway stations This article was supported by a grant from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting Continue reading... [...]
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Assault on Chinese consulate in Karachi as violence flares across region
Three assailants also dead in attack in Pakistan claimed by Balochistan separatistsArmed separatists have stormed the Chinese consulate in Karachi, triggering an hour-long shootout during which two Pakistani civilians, two police officers and the three assailants were killed.The assault, claimed by a militant group from the south-western province of Balochistan, reflected the separatists’ attempt to strike at the heart of Pakistan’s close relationship with China, which has invested heavily in road and transportation projects in the country. Continue reading... [...]
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From peace icon to pariah: Aung San Suu Kyi's fall from grace
Three years after she took power, Myanmar remains as repressive as ever. Were the warning signs there all along?There are falls from grace, and then there is Aung San Suu Kyi. In 2015 her election to the post of state counsellor – de facto head of government – was hailed as a sea-change moment for Myanmar.Three years on, the feted Nobel peace prize winner has become a global pariah at the head of a regime that has excused a genocide, jailed journalists and locked up critics, leaving the international community wringing its hands as Myanmar remains as repressive as ever. Continue reading... [...]
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Gunmen attack Chinese consulate in Pakistan – video
A witness captures the moment attackers stormed the Chinese consulate in Karachi, killing two police officers. All three assailants were killed after an hour-long shootout. Police officials said the gunmen were able to enter the building, but no diplomats or staff were hurtTwo police killed in assault on Chinese consulate in Karachi Continue reading... [...]
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Freebies can turn a state pauper, says Venkaiah Naidu
Freebies can turn a state pauper, says Venkaiah Naidu [...]
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What next for the Rohingya?
After repatriation plans stalled, there are fears that refugees in Bangladesh may never return to Myanmar Days after an attempt to begin the repatriation of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya in Bangladesh stalled, the future of the world’s most persecuted minority looks more uncertain than ever and concerns are growing that it will be years before they can return safely to Myanmar, if ever.Efforts by the Myanmar and Bangladesh government last week to begin the repatriation of the more than 700,000 Rohingya refugees living in camps in Cox’s Bazar fell apart after not a single Rohingya agreed to go back to Myanmar, leaving one of the world’s biggest refugee crises in a further state of limbo. Related: The Guardian view on returning the Rohingya to Myanmar: don’t make them go | Editorial Related: Bangladesh army arrives in Rohingya refugee camps as repatriations loom Myanmar has no intention of taking them all back or reinstating their citizenship Continue reading... [...]
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‘In my dreams I see my son’: Sri Lanka mourns its missing – in pictures
Nine years after Sri Lanka’s civil war ended, the spectre of the disappeared still haunts the country. Between 1983 and 2009, more than 65,000 people went missing. Marco Valle’s images reflect the hope and powerlessness of the Tamil families of the missingAll photographs by Marco Valle Continue reading... [...]
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Man killed on remote Indian island tried to 'declare Jesus' to tribe
John Allen Chau’s diary suggests he knew the risks of going to North Sentinel IslandAn American man who was killed by an isolated tribe on a remote Indian island wrote to his parents hours before his death that he wanted to “declare Jesus” to the tribespeople and that they should “not be angry at them or at God if I get killed”.John Allen Chau, 26, is believed to have been hit with a volley of arrows shortly after making land on North Sentinel Island, part of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, last Friday. John Allen Chau Continue reading... [...]
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Deadliest year for dengue fever in Bangladesh as cases explode in Dhaka
Cases more than triple in the capital driven by unplanned rapid urbanisation and poor healthcareDengue season usually begins with June’s monsoon rains in Dhaka. An unavoidable fact of life, it proves deadly to a handful of unfortunate victims but by September it has mostly disappeared from the Bangladeshi capital.But this year the disease has seen more than a tripling of numbers of recorded cases in the city – alongside a lengthening of its season. Continue reading... [...]
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Is India’s biggest ever urban redevelopment too good to be true?
A plan to transform Mumbai’s dilapidated Bhendi Bazaar district will also rehouse 3,200 families for free. So what’s the catch?Farooq Patel has lived his entire life in Bhendi Bazaar in a tiny two-room apartment with no toilet that he inherited from his family. Soon, the 52-year-old embroidery worker will get a bigger, brand-new home with modern-day comforts such as air conditioning and induction burners. For free.Patel’s rented apartment is in one of southern Mumbai’s busiest market areas. A plan to rehouse all 3,200 families and 1,250 shops present in the district is part of what is touted as India’s largest ever urban redevelopment project.Bhendi Bazaar before the development (top) and how it is projected to look afterwards. The project will raze 250 mostly dilapidated medium-rise housing structures and build 17 high-rise towers in their place. Images: Courtesy of SBUTWe can’t live like this much longer. We are in the 21st centuryThe Ayesh building in Bhendi Bazaar, which partially collapsed in monsoon season. Photograph: Courtesy of SBUTThe basic issue is whether this kind of development gives rise to more problems than it solvesDilapidated buildings in Bhendi Bazaar. The 125-year-old market district was originally built to accommodate migrant labourers working in the city’s harbour, but has more recently attracted low-income families, drawn by state-controlled rents. Photographs: SBUT/Alamy Related: Absolute hell: the toxic outpost where Mumbai's poorest are 'sent to die' Continue reading... [...]
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Indian police file rape case against Bollywood actor Alok Nath
Nath investigation comes amid storm of allegations against prominent Indian figuresPolice have filed a case against a Bollywood actor in what is the thought to be the first rape proceedings to be formally registered among dozens of recent sexual misconduct allegations.The case against Alok Nath, who made his professional debut in Richard Attenborough’s Oscar-winning film Gandhi, is one in a storm of allegations emerging in recent weeks, which activists have hailed as the arrival of the country’s #MeToo moment. Continue reading... [...]
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J&K Governor says parties attempted power gain, justifies his decision in press communique
J&K Governor says parties attempted power gain, justifies his decision in press communique [...]
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Asia Bibi family being hunted 'house to house' in Pakistan
Supporters appeal for family to be given asylum in Europe or north AmericaThe family of Asia Bibi, the Christian woman who spent eight years on death row in Pakistan for blasphemy before being acquitted three weeks ago, claim they are being hunted by extremists going house to house with their photographs to try to track them down. Bibi’s family have been in hiding since her acquittal by the country’s supreme court. She is in protective custody as part of a deal between the government and a hardline Islamic party, under which violent protests were called off while a review of the court ruling was undertaken. Continue reading... [...]
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American killed by isolated tribe on island in Andamans
Police say man was visiting North Sentinel Island, whose inhabitants are known to attack outsidersMembers of an isolated Indian tribe armed with bows and arrows have killed an American who encroached on their remote island, police said.John Allen Chau, 27, is believed to have paid fishermen to ferry him to North Sentinel Island, home to a 30,000-year-old tribe known to aggressively repel outsiders. Continue reading... [...]
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Bangladeshi photographer Shahidul Alam released from prison
Activist held since Dhaka gripped by massive student protests in August The award-winning Bangladeshi photographer and activist Shahidul Alam has been released from prison after more than 100 days behind bars, in a closely watched freedom-of-speech case.The 63-year-old was arrested on 5 August for making “false” and “provocative” statements on al-Jazeera television and Facebook during student protests. He was freed from Dhaka’s main jail late on Tuesday after being granted bail last week. Related: The work of jailed Bangladeshi photojournalist Shahidul Alam Related: Amid arrests and killings, Bangladesh and India must fight censorship | Arundhati Roy Continue reading... [...]
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Family of World Cup worker waits for answers over death at Qatar stadium
Nepali worker Tej Narayan Tharu died at al-Wakrah StadiumQatari authorities say they have taken ‘corrective measures’Tej Narayan Tharu’s family cremated him by the banks of the Budhu river in southeast Nepal. His wife, Renuka Chaudhary, wailed in despair. She circled the red coffin before tossing sugar, mustard seeds and barley on to the pyre to purify it. As the flames engulfed her husband’s body, she collapsed and was carried away.Chaudhary and the couple’s four-year-old daughter, Sadikshya, spoke to her husband by phone every two or three days, until the day they received a call from Qatar from a number she did not recognise. Tharu, 23, died in August when he fell from a high walkway at the £512m al-Wakrah stadium, being built for the 2022 World Cup. Related: Qatar stadium where UK worker died was 'downright dangerous' Related: Four years to go: Qatar on course for its improbable World Cup Continue reading... [...]
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