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No vulgarity allowed during temple festival, rules Madras High Court
Justice K Kalyanasundaram gave the order while considering petitions from various people seeking approvals for such events during various festivals. [...]
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Pakistan military finally accepts Dawn leaks inquiry committee report, withdraws its earlier tweet
The Dawn leaks case refers to a front page story by the Daily Dawn's columnist Cyril Almeida's last October, quoting government sources, on rift between Pakistan's civilian and military establishment over crackdown on Pakistan's terrorist groups active in India and Afghanistan. [...]
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Kashmir Valley receives two-and-a-half lakh tourists in first quarter
The figure is much lesser than that of the same period of 2016, which witnessed three-and-a-half lakh tourists visiting the Valley. [...]
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AAP party funding under IT lens, probe reveals political motives behind donations
Sources said the Income Tax Department has concluded that the Rs 2 crore received by the AAP and declared as donation in the party fund would be treated as income [...]
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Marine A: killing Taliban fighter was 'moment of madness'
Former Royal Marine Alexander Blackman says he still cannot explain why he killed wounded combatant Alexander Blackman, the Royal Marine sergeant convicted of killing a wounded Taliban fighter, has described his crime as a “moment of madness” but is not ruling out the possibility of collaborating in a Hollywood film of the saga. Blackman, better known by his codename, Marine A, said he could not explain why he had shot dead the prisoner though he had spent a lot of time trying to pinpoint his reasons. Related: 'Marine A' Alexander Blackman enjoys first hours of freedom Continue reading... [...]
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Taliban teachers: how militants are infiltrating Afghan schools
Educators face pressure to give good marks to young fighters while others are swapping chalk for Kalashnikovs after lessonsWhen Afghan teachers are lobbied to give good marks to mediocre students, the pressure does not necessarily come from disgruntled parents. Often it comes from the Taliban.In areas of eastern Afghanistan, militants intimidate teachers to let older boys who fight with the Taliban pass exams despite lacklustre performances, according to education experts working in the region. Continue reading... [...]
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Nepalis call for Everest age limit after death of 85-year-old climber
Alpine association says tighter restrictions needed after Min Bahadur Sherchan died as he prepared to ascend mountainNepal’s biggest alpine association will push the country’s government to implement an age limit on who can climb the world’s tallest mountain after the death of an 85-year-old at Everest base camp at the weekend, the second fatality in the past week.The body of Min Bahadur Sherchan, at one time the oldest man to reach the summit of Mount Everest, was airlifted from base camp on Saturday afternoon after a suspected heart attack. Related: On Everest: meet the people scaling the world's highest peak Continue reading... [...]
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Google Maps to help settle Afghanistan-Pakistan border dispute
Neighbouring countries to carry out geological survey using GPS and Google Maps after deadly clashes in disputed areaPakistan and Afghanistan plan to use Google Maps to help settle a border dispute that led to deadly clashes last week, officials from both sides have said. At least eight civilians were killed on both sides in fighting that began when a Pakistani census team accompanied by soldiers visited disputed villages along the southern border on Friday. Continue reading... [...]
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Head of Isis in Afghanistan confirmed killed in joint US operation
Abdul Hasib had been reported killed but a statement from local US commander confirms his deathThe head of Islamic State in Afghanistan, Abdul Hasib, has been killed by Afghan and US special forces in the eastern province of Nangarhar, according to officials. Hasib, appointed last year after his predecessor Hafiz Saeed Khan died in a US drone strike, is believed to have ordered a series of high profile attacks including one on 8 March on the main military hospital in Kabul, a statement said. Related: Isis faces exodus of foreign fighters as its 'caliphate' crumbles Continue reading... [...]
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Blues and moos: Indian state launches cow ambulance service
NGO funds five ambulances in Uttar Pradesh state as growing zeal to safeguard cows has also resulted in rising violenceIn a country where poorer people often have to carry their injured relatives to hospital, the launch of a new private ambulance service in India was cheered by some politicians.But these new ambulances, equipped with sirens and a doctor on board, will exclusively serve injured cows, in the latest of a series of high-profile schemes to improve the wellbeing of the animals, which are revered by most Hindus. Related: On patrol with the Hindu vigilantes who would kill to protect India's cows Related: Muslim man dies in India after attack by Hindu 'cow protectors' Related: Inside the Indian village where a mob killed a man for eating beef Continue reading... [...]
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Punjab: Farmers threaten to burn crop remains on Tuesday
Angry farmers in Punjab have threatened to burn crop remains on Tuesday. The move comes after the Punjab government didn't respond to their requests to be compensated for not burning crop residue, a Bharat Kisan Union representative said. [...]
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Ministers convicted of corruption should be hanged: Arvind Kejriwal's one-time mentor Anna Hazare
Anna Hazare, beleagured Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's one-time mentor, today said ministers found guilty of corruption should be hanged to death. [...]
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Bengaluru: Police halts traffic for minister, risk 60-year-old critical patient's life
The ambulance was not allowed to pass even after the nurse got down to explain the severity of the patient's condition. [...]
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India ​to legalise mica mining in bid to tackle endemic child labour
Move comes a year after Guardian investigations revealed an estimated 20,000 children engaged in mining the glittery mineral used in car paint and makeupIndia is to legalise the mining of mica, a sparkly mineral used in eyeshadows and car paint, in a bid to cut the number of children who labour – and often die – to produce it. The announcement comes nearly a year after a series of Guardian investigations into mica found that crippling poverty forces many families and their children to mine the highly prized mineral, with as many as 20,000 children believed to be working in the mines, about 90% of which are illegal. Related: Vauxhall and BMW among car firms linked to child labour over glittery mica paint Continue reading... [...]
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‘We must protect our country’: extremist Buddhists target Mandalay’s Muslims
Ultra-nationalist Buddhist group Ma Ba Tha has been spreading anti-Muslim rhetoric across Myanmar for years. Cosmopolitan Mandalay is at the heart of this hostility – which many fear is here to stayIn a cluttered room in a monastery in Mandalay, Myanmar’s second city, a group of crimson-robed monks and their followers feverishly smoke and talk. One monk wearing black, thick-rimmed glasses feeds paper into a photocopier. Another lies on the floor, stapling pages of propaganda together. Hangers-on laugh loudly and flick cigarette butts into an ashtray.They’re forming petitions, explains a monk with oversized sunglasses perched on his forehead. A local journalist recently criticised the group’s front man, the vitriolic monk Ashin Wirathu, known for his violently anti-Muslim rhetoric. They now want the reporter arrested.Interfaith activists in Mandalay operate amid a climate of severe hostility and fearIf you remove Ma Ba Tha, another group will come. We have to remove the powerful guys behind Related: Story of cities #47: Myanmar rising – how democracy is changing Yangon's skyline Continue reading... [...]
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Tamil Nadu: School students design urinals out of waste plastic bottles
Devoid of proper urinals, the male students would have to urinate on the floor, causing their shoes and feet to be soiled by urine. [...]
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Kapil Mishra vs Arvind Kejriwal: Exclusive details of what happened behind the doors at CM residence
AAP leader Kumar Vishwas met Arvind Kejriwal today morning at his residence to discuss the sacking of Kapil Mishra. [...]
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Bengaluru: Part of Bellandur Lake catches fire yet again
This time smoke could be seen billowing from the centre of the lake close to NAL. The incident was reported by residents living in the vicinity of the lake at around 2pm and it finally subsided by 4.30pm. [...]
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How the East India Company became a weapon to challenge UK’s colonial past
How the firm at the heart of imperial rule now operates with a very different philosophyWhen he left his native India to set up a business in London in the 1980s, Sanjiv Mehta never dreamed of returning home one day with the East India Company in his pocket. By 2005 he had bought the entire company, which gave him the rights to trade using its name, and its coat of arms as a trademark.Now he has set out to redefine the legacy of the company that once ruled the country of his birth and enslaved his people. This week will mark 160 years since the Indian Mutiny – what Mehta and many Indians call the first war of independence. The anniversary commemorates a revolt by Indian soldiers which kickstarted the freedom struggle against British imperialism. To Mehta, the anniversary has a special poignancy – his own story seems the final nail in the coffin of the colonial East India Company, finishing off what those rebellious soldiers started in Meerut in 1857. Continue reading... [...]
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Mountaineer, 85, dies attempting to reclaim title of oldest to climb Everest
Nepalese climber Min Bahadur Sherchan believed to have suffered heart attack at base camp on SaturdayAn 85-year-old man has died while attempting to regain his title as the oldest person to climb Everest.Min Bahadur Sherchan died at the base camp on Saturday evening, said Dinesh Bhattarai, Nepal’s tourism chief. Related: On strike at 8,848 metres: Sherpa and the story of an Everest revolution Continue reading... [...]
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Ukraine bans American actor Steven Seagal as a threat to national security
After American action movie star Steven Seagal received Russian citizenship last year, Ukraine has banned him entry into its territory for five years. Russia has backed separatists in a simmering conflict in eastern Ukraine. [...]
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Exclusive: 'It would not have happened had I not been a famed singer', Ankit Tiwari on rape case
In an exclusive interview with India Today, Ankit Tiwari said that even after acquittal nothing has changed for him. The case tarnished his image irrevocably. [...]
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Questions for US military after doubt cast on efficiency of Afghan bombing
Fresh analysis suggests ‘mother of all bombs’ caused far less damage than was originally reported – raising questions over why it was dropped in the first placeAfter dropping its largest conventional bomb ever used in combat in Afghanistan on 13 April, the US military said the massive ordnance air blast, or Moab, was a “very clear message to Isis” that they would be “annihilated”. Defence secretary Jim Mattis said the bomb was “necessary to break Isis”. The Afghan government claimed the bomb killed 94 Isis militants, while harming no civilians. Related: Devastation and a war that rages on: visiting the valley hit by the Moab attack Related: Moab attack on Isis was a baffling choice in cold-blooded terms of cost Continue reading... [...]
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Modi government asks Kejriwal's AAP to explain sources of overseas funding
The Union Home Ministry has asked the ruling Aam Aadmi Party in Delhi to furnish details of overseas funding to it, after suspecting that it might have violated Foreign Contribution Regulation Act provisions. [...]
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'Her pain should be our pain': the woman tackling Delhi's rape crisis
Swati Maliwal has a long list of enemies. But in a city where a rape is reported every four hours, she says: ‘Somebody has to raise their voice’“The fact my car has arrived at the road, it would already be known,” Swati Maliwal says as her Delhi government vehicle coasts along GB Road, a strip of hardware and machinery shops at street level, and dark-windowed brothels above.“The pimps have their people watching, calling,” she says, motioning at the tea stalls and hawkers lining the street. Nobody appears to pay the car any notice in Delhi’s afternoon traffic, but in the past year Maliwal has had to learn to see enemies everywhere. Related: Delhi rape: how India's other half lives Related: Holi festival: Delhi women forced into lockdown amid sexual harassment fears She died just now. Delhi again failed her Nirbhaya. She suffered so much pain. N her perpetrators were roaming free! https://t.co/wImFxjcPyzShocking failure of law and order in Delhi. Acid being sold openly. DCW team approached 31 shops in 2 days, easily bought acid from 23. pic.twitter.com/8FKZ0KJ4tD Related: Indira Jaising: 'In India, you can’t even dream of equal justice. Not at all' You can only take on people in a country like ours if you are absolutely clean. Otherwise they will kill you Continue reading... [...]
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Afghan warlord returns to Kabul after 20 years with call for peace
Gulbuddin Hekmatyar is accused of terror attacks and war crimes but was pardoned in deal struck with Afghan government One of Afghanistan’s most notorious warlords, accused of multiple terrorism attacks and war crimes, has triumphantly returned to Kabul in his first public appearance there for 20 years.Gulbuddin Hekmatyar entered the Afghan capital in a convoy guarded by four army helicopters as part of a peace deal struck last year with the Afghan government. Related: Suicide attack on Nato convoy in Kabul kills at least eight civilians Continue reading... [...]
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Taj Mahal gets a facelift – and slaps on a mudpack
Pollution means India’s most famous monument is in urgent need of a thorough clean, but tour operators fear that the work may put off visitors The Taj Mahal, Agra’s near four-century-old monument to love, is beginning to show its age. Air pollution is turning its ivory-white surface yellow. The heavily contaminated river Yamuna, on the banks of which the Taj sits, is a breeding ground for insects that leave green patches on its marble domes.The past two years have seen a flurry of restoration work to the monument, built in 1631 by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, as a tomb for his favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. Scaffolding around the outer minarets was prominent in the background of photographs when the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited India in April 2016. Less clear from a distance is the precise treatment being used to clean the modern wonder: mud packs, similar to those slapped on faces around the world, and in pursuit of the same youthful effect. Continue reading... [...]
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Syrian rebel delegates walk out of press conference as 'safe zone' deal is signed
Opposition leaves conference in Astana, which was called to herald ‘de-escalation’ plan agreed by Turkey, Iran and RussiaTurkey, Iran and Russia have signed an agreement calling for the creation of four “safe zones” in Syria, a proposal rejected by opposition fighters who walked out of a press conference in the Kazakh capital, Astana, where the deal was announced.An angry opposition delegation said they would never accept Iran as a military guarantor of a peace process, and claimed there was a huge gap between Russian promises and actions. They also questioned whether the plan could lead to Syria’s disintegration. Related: For once, Putin is doing the right thing for Syria | Hamish de Bretton-Gordon Continue reading... [...]
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