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Son of JDU MLA Bima Bharti found dead on Patna railway track
Son of JDU MLA Bima Bharti found dead on Patna railway track [...]
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Myanmar scales back Chinese-backed port project over debt fears
South-east Asian nation fears development of Kyaukpyu port could leave it heavily indebted to China, official saysMyanmar has scaled back plans for a Chinese-backed port on its western coast, sharply reducing the cost of the project after concerns it could leave the south-east Asian nation heavily indebted, a top government official and an adviser told Reuters.The Kyaukpyu port is a key part of China’s ambitious Belt and Road initiative, aimed at expanding trade links across the world. While Beijing says Belt and Road is mutually beneficial for it and its partners, questions have been raised about countries taking on excessive debt to build projects. Related: Follow the New Silk Road Related: What is China's Belt and Road Initiative? Continue reading... [...]
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Sri Lanka's 'new Dubai': will Chinese-built city suck the life out of Colombo?
Built on land reclaimed from the Indian Ocean and funded with $1.4bn in Chinese investment, glossy plans for Port City inspire a mixture of optimism and alarmRead more from the Cities of the New Silk Road seriesIron cannons installed by the Dutch to ward off colonial rivals still line Galle Face Green, a grassy, mile-long promenade along the Colombo seafront. Further out to sea, within range of the guns, a new world power is leaving its mark on Sri Lanka’s capital. Currently, Port City is just a flat expanse of blank land jutting out into the ocean, growing a fraction larger each day, as dredging ships pour what will eventually amount to 65 million cubic metres of sand.China’s Belt and Road Initiative is a huge, $1tn infrastructure project to better connect China – and Chinese goods – with the rest of the world. It is meant to be a 21st-century "silk road", made up of a "belt" of overland corridors (including roads, bridges and railways) and a maritime "road" of shipping lanes.The project is totally harmful to tourism and totally harmful to fishermen Related: What is China's Belt and Road Initiative? Port City will be a separate entity where only a certain class of people will live Related: Germany's 'China City': how Duisburg became Xi Jinping's gateway to Europe Continue reading... [...]
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Readers recommend playlist: songs inspired by India
Artists taking musical inspiration on our final playlist include the Beatles, Stevie Wonder, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Monsoon and David SylvianThe readers recommend series is coming to a close this week. Here are songs on the final topic of India, picked by a reader from hundreds of your suggestions last week. Thanks for taking part – and hear more about the closure of the series at the end of the piece.This week, Readers recommend has listened closely to the influence Indian music has had on other genres, with some surprising results. Continue reading... [...]
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SC/ST Act: From dilution to restoration in 5 months
SC/ST Act: From dilution to restoration in 5 months [...]
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US cuts security aid to Pakistan, also removes condition to act against LeT, Haqqani
US cuts security aid to Pakistan, also removes condition to act against LeT, Haqqani [...]
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3-year-old girl rescued from Munger borewell to be shifted to Patna for further treatment
3-year-old girl rescued from Munger borewell to be shifted to Patna for further treatment [...]
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Kazakh court frees woman who fled Chinese re-education camp
Sayragul Sauytbay said during trial she had worked at ‘prison in the mountains’ in XinjiangA Chinese national who gave rare public testimony about China’s secretive “re-education” camps in Xinjiang will be allowed to stay in Kazakhstan, where she has applied for asylum.Sayragul Sauytbay, an ethnic Kazakh from Xinjiang, had been at risk of deportation to China after being charged with illegally crossing the border. Continue reading... [...]
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Afghanistan and US look to Taliban for help as Isis attacks rise
Islamic State’s lethal escalation coincides with renewed efforts to end 17-year Afghan warThe suicide bombing and hostage-taking at a government building in Jalalabad is the latest in a series of attacks, attributed to Islamic State terrorists, that have killed or wounded hundreds of people in eastern Afghanistan since mid-June. Related: Afghanistan: gunmen kill and wound staff at midwife training centre Related: Moab attack on Isis was a baffling choice in cold-blooded terms of cost Continue reading... [...]
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Golden Baba is back for his silver Kanwar Yatra jubilee
Golden Baba is back for his silver Kanwar Yatra jubilee [...]
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Nine-year-old child bride reportedly killed by husband in Afghanistan
Girl sold illegally into marriage to pay family debt is murdered the day after Unicef reports one in three Afghan girls are wed before reaching 18 An Afghan man has been accused of strangling to death a nine-year-old girl who was forcibly given to him by her family as a child bride to pay off a debt.News of the murder emerged a day after figures were published in a joint report between the UN children’s agency, Unicef, and the Afghan ministry of labour, social affairs, martyrs and the disabled, suggesting that more than one in three Afghan girls were still being married off before the age of 18. Continue reading... [...]
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'A Brexited flatland’: Peter Gabriel hits out after Womad stars refused entry to UK
Festival co-founder urges government to make it easier for international artists to perform in BritainThe musician Peter Gabriel has expressed “alarm” over UK foreign policy after a number of international artists were unable to perform at Womad world music festival after visa issues.At least three acts scheduled to appear at the event in Wiltshire last weekend were unable to take part, according to the event’s director, Chris Smith. Related: Britain is open for business? Not for African artists coming to Womad | Ian Birrell Related: Womad review – from gnawa to Turkish protest songs, world music celebrates Related: 'Hostile environment': the hardline Home Office policy tearing families apart Related: Britain is open for business? Not for African artists coming to Womad | Ian Birrell Continue reading... [...]
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Afghanistan attackers take dozens hostage after suicide bombing
Two gunmen holding about 40 people in Jalalabad after third man blew himself up Gunmen have stormed a government building in Afghanistan’s eastern city of Jalalabad and taken dozens of hostages, after a suicide bomber blew himself up at the entrance gate. There was no immediate claim of responsibility, though Isis issued a statement denying involvement. Continue reading... [...]
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Mike Pompeo pledges US 'partnership not domination' in 'Indo-Pacific' region
Secretary of state says US will ‘oppose any country’ that seeks to dominate the region in what appeared to be a reference to ChinaMike Pompeo, the US secretary of state, has promised a conference on “Indo-Pacific affairs” that Washington would be a faithful partner in the region without seeking “domination”. Related: Donald Trump hoping to call Gulf states to Washington summit Continue reading... [...]
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UK couple jailed after trying to force daughter to marry
Then 18-year-old taken out of college for what she thought was a holiday in BangladeshA couple who tricked their teenage daughter into travelling to Bangladesh in an attempt to force her to marry her first cousin have been jailed.The husband and wife, who cannot be named for legal reasons, were found guilty in May of using violence, threats or coercion to force their daughter into marriage. Continue reading... [...]
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All about Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill 2018 on child rape passed in Lok Sabha
All about Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill 2018 on child rape passed in Lok Sabha [...]
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Congress social media member arrested for sexual harassment, out on bail
Congress social media member arrested for sexual harassment, out on bail [...]
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2 guards get life term in the 2015 Cubbon Park rape case
2 guards get life term in the 2015 Cubbon Park rape case [...]
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Video of tourists killed in Tajikistan shows 'deliberate attack'
Footage suggests cyclists were murdered after being rammed off the road by black sedanNew footage has emerged that appears to show four western cyclists killed in Tajikistan were the victims of a deliberate attack that began with them being forced off the road and ended in an assault with knives and guns.The deaths of the four people – two Americans, one Swiss and one Dutch citizen – were originally reported as a hit-and-run incident that occurred on Sunday about 150 miles south of the capital, Dushanbe. Continue reading... [...]
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'Culture of impunity' among MPs over hospitality from corrupt regimes
Transparency International UK finds that thousands was spent for MPs to visit AzerbaijanMore than £330,000 was spent on flights and accommodation for MPs to visit Azerbaijan between 2007 and 2017, and 12 MPs were paid more than £90,000 to appear on Russian state TV, according to a report by Transparency International UK.The report focused on parliamentarians who had accepted hospitality from corrupt and repressive governments while providing political access and lobbying. Continue reading... [...]
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India: 4 million excluded from Assam's draft list of citizens
Plan to identify ‘foreigners’ living in state of Assam creates panic among those who could be left without citizenship rightsAbout 4 million people who live in the Indian border state of Assam have been excluded from a draft list of citizens, as Bengali-speaking Muslims fear they will be sent to detention centres or deported.The state government has put stringent security in place while the chief minister, Sarbananda Sonowal, has told Indian media that those finding themselves stateless overnight should not worry. Sonowal said they would be given a chance to prove their claim of citizenship, that none of the 4 million would be sent to a detention camp, and that “no one will be treated as a foreigner”. Sonowal told the Hindustan Times that “ample opportunity will be given to applicants to prove their eligibility”. Continue reading... [...]
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Follow the New Silk Road
Jon Watts traces China’s Belt and Road as it flows from the steppes of Central Asia down to the Black Sea and into Europe, creating ports, railways and entire cities from scratch and radically remaking the lives of the people in its path Continue reading... [...]
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Bulls take charge of markets, Sensex above 37,400
Bulls take charge of markets, Sensex above 37,400 [...]
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Tamil Nadu CM visits Karunanidhi in hospital, says he is recovering well
Tamil Nadu CM visits Karunanidhi in hospital, says he is recovering well [...]
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Blame socialism for India’s post-independence ills | Letters
Lack of development after independence was a socialist tragedy, not a capitalist one, says Matt KilcoyneOwen Jones’s setup of India in the 20th century as capitalist, as opposed to China’s communist rulers, is a revision of history that cannot be ignored (Capitalism, like communism, has its own terrible record, 26 July). India was an actively socialist state. Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru made no secret he was an active supporter of socialism and was an admirer of communism. The Indian republic nationalised large swathes of industry throughout the last century, including all banks between 1969 and the 1980s. In 1976 the constitution was amended to add that India was a sovereign socialist secular democratic republic.Mr Jones is right in one regard: the lack of development in India after independence was a tragedy. It was a socialist tragedy.Matt KilcoyneAdam Smith Institute Continue reading... [...]
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3 killed as magnitude 6.4 earthquake strikes Indonesia's Lombok island
3 killed as magnitude 6.4 earthquake strikes Indonesia's Lombok island [...]
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Abolishing confessions? Kerala church in sex abuse scandal says no way
Abolishing confessions? Kerala church in sex abuse scandal says no way [...]
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Lone survivor shares ordeal of Maharashtra bus accident that killed 33
Lone survivor shares ordeal of Maharashtra bus accident that killed 33 [...]
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