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Karnataka Assembly polls 2018: How Congress plans to keep out BJP from its southern bastion
To protect its bastion in south, Congress has raised an army of around 8 lakh booth-level workers in Karnataka. [...]
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Kerala: Clashes erupt in Bonacaud during religious procession, several injured
The procession was stopped midway by the police citing a High Court order which asked the state government to maintain status quo in the case. [...]
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F1 tycoon Vijay Mallya's Indian assets could be seized after Delhi court ruling
Judge in India declares the Force India co-owner a ‘proclaimed offender’ after failing to appear in courtA New Delhi court on Thursday declared India’s flamboyant tycoon Vijay Mallya a “proclaimed offender” for failing to appear to answer allegations of money laundering by flouting foreign currency laws.The order paves the way for the government to take over Mallya’s businesses and real estate holdings. Related: Force India F1 team boss Vijay Mallya arrested in London Continue reading... [...]
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Personal data of a billion Indians sold online for £6, report claims
Newspaper says it bought access to details from world’s largest biometric database, used to administer public services The personal information of more than a billion Indians stored in the world’s largest biometric database can be bought online for less than £6, according to an investigation by an Indian newspaper.The reported breach is the latest in a series of alleged leaks from the Aadhaar database, which has been collecting the photographs, thumbprints, retina scans and other identifying details of every Indian citizen. Related: India goes from village to village to compile world’s biggest ID database Related: No ID, no benefits: thousands could lose lifeline under India’s biometric scheme Continue reading... [...]
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Kabul protest hit by deadly bomb attack
At least 11 people killed in suicide attack in Afghan capital as both Isis and the Taliban ramp up attacksA suicide attacker blew himself up near a crowd of police and protesters in Kabul on Thursday, killing at least 11 people and wounding 25 others, in the latest deadly violence to bring carnage to the Afghan capital.“A suicide attacker has detonated himself … close to a number of police who were trying to provide security for an ongoing protest,” the deputy interior ministry spokesman, Nasrat Rahimi, told AFP. Related: Its dreams of a caliphate are gone. Now Isis has a deadly new strategy | Hassan Hassan Continue reading... [...]
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US suspends security assistance to Pakistan to force action on Islamists
US demands ‘decisive action’ on Afghan Taliban and Haqqani networkState department vague on detail but says cut adds to $255m already on holdThe United States announced on Thursday it was suspending security assistance to Pakistan for failing to take “decisive action” against the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani network, which Washington believes is destabilizing the region. Related: 'Nothing but lies and deceit': Trump launches Twitter attack on Pakistan Related: Pakistan summons US ambassador over Trump's 'lies and deceit' tweet Continue reading... [...]
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Afghanistan: Suicide bomber in Kabul kills 11, over 25 wounded
An explosion has rocked Kabul's Banaee area in an alleged suicide bombing on Thursday. [...]
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Mamata's NRC remark lands her in trouble, Assam police registers 3 FIRs
Three FIRs lodged against West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee for her controversial remarks on NRC at two police stations in Guwahati, Assam. [...]
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Bengal polls 2018: CPIML Red Star leader Alik Chakrabarty will contest the panchayat elections
Alik Chakrabarty, leader of Red Star, confirmed today that his party will participate in the electoral process in the state. The last time it did, it was in 2014 general elections. [...]
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'Boats pass over where our land was': climate refugees in Bangladesh | John Vidal
When monsoon rains swept Bangladesh last autumn, flooding forced people from their homes in droves. With some scientists estimating that shifting weather patterns could cost the country almost a quarter of its existing landmass, climate migration is fast becoming alarmingly commonplaceAll photographs by the Environmental Justice FederationLast September, the Bangladeshi government responded to weeks of torrential rain with a slew of statistics. They said 8 million people in 32 districts had been affected by floods, with 307,000 people staying in emergency shelters and 1,945 medical teams deployed. In addition, 103,855 houses had been destroyed, with a further 633,792 partially damaged, and 4,636 schools – and several hundred thousand acres of farm land – had been flooded. This is everyday climate change at work … a slow-onset shift destroying lives and livelihoods before our eyesOne night the water came in … It was so high it almost reached the ceiling. Our house and all our land was washed away Continue reading... [...]
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Workers held captive in Indian mills supplying Hugo Boss
Guardian inquiry into concerns raised by Hugo Boss reveals Tamil Nadu firm, which also supplies Mothercare and Next, stops women leaving factoryLuxury fashion retailer Hugo Boss said it has found cases of forced labour, a form of modern slavery, in its supply chain. Young female workers have been held captive behind the walls of garment factories in southern India and prevented from leaving the premises at any time.Hugo Boss, which raised concerns about the free movement of resident mill workers in its 2016 sustainability report, said it has been working to resolve the issue with local suppliers. Related: John Lewis and Habitat withdraw granite worktops over slavery concerns Southern India is an exceptionally challenging and sensitive environment when it comes to improving workers’ rights Continue reading... [...]
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Pilots grounded after 'midair fight' on London-Mumbai flight
Jet Airways investigating claims that male pilot slapped female colleague, leading pair to briefly leave cockpit unattendedAn Indian airline has grounded two pilots over allegations that they had a fight and briefly stormed out of the cockpit during a New Year’s Day flight from London to Mumbai.Jet Airways is investigating claims that a male pilot slapped his female colleague during an argument while the plane was in the air with 324 passengers onboard. Related: Air India introduces female-only rows to tackle harassment Continue reading... [...]
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Indians visiting Taj Mahal could be capped at 40,000 a day
Cut-price ticket deal available to domestic tourists could be restricted in effort to protect 17th-century monumentIndia is considering imposing a daily limit of 40,000 on the number of domestic tourists permitted to visit the Taj Mahal, to protect the 17th-century monument from wear and tear. Related: Hardline Hindu nationalists campaign against Taj Mahal Continue reading... [...]
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Maharashtra bandh: Minor boy killed as shutdown called by Dalit parties paralyses state
The family of the deceased alleged that the youth - Yogesh Prahlad Jadhav - was seriously injured during police caning to clear a road block. [...]
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Hindu nationalists and Dalits clash in India over 200-year-old battle
Alleged disruption of event to celebrate 1818 victory of British East India Company over Peshwas leads to violence The commemoration of a 200-year-old British military victory in India has spilled over into days of violence and protests in Mumbai and across Maharashtra state.Streets in Mumbai were deserted on Wednesday as hundreds of Dalit protesters blocked roads and train lines and attacked buses, forcing transport delays and the closure of schools and shops in the financial hub. Related: India's caste system: ‘They are trying to erase dalit history. This is a martyrdom, a sacrifice’ Continue reading... [...]
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World's awkward silence over Rohingya genocide warnings
With no appetite for humanitarian intervention and no support for a powerful ICC, there is unlikely to be justice in Myanmar or elsewhereA stark warning from the UN in mid-December that genocide may be taking place in Myanmar has been met by an awkward silence around the world, indicating a limited appetite for forceful humanitarian intervention, even in the most extreme cases.The persecution of the Rohingya Muslim minority is beginning to resemble the plight of the Tutsi in Rwanda in 1994, albeit on a smaller scale. After failing to stop the Rwanda slaughter, when up to 1 million people died, the international community vowed it would never happen again. Now, it seems, the nightmare is back. Continue reading... [...]
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Bhima-Koregaon protests: Pune cops receive complaint blaming Mevani, Umar Khalid for tension
Read our full report on the Bhima-Koregaon protests here. [...]
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Decomposed body found hanging in JNU
Police found identification documents on the body but suspect they were placed there to mislead investigators. [...]
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How did violence break out in Bhima Koregaon? Police probe indicates no pre-planning by Dalits
How did violence break out in Bhima Koregaon? Here's what primary police investigations reveal. [...]
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Indian ex-army officer's rampage with iron rod leaves six dead
Police in Palwal, north of Delhi, say Naresh Dhankar, 45, picked victims at random before being arrested while attacking seventh personA former army officer beat six people to death with an iron rod in a street killing spree that sparked panic in an Indian city, police have said.Naresh Dhankar, 45, began his two-hour rampage in a hospital in Palwal, in Haryana state, then walked outside picking victims at random. Continue reading... [...]
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Indian doctors protest against plan to let ‘quacks’ practise medicine
Indian Medical Association says short bridging courses for traditional healers will lead to ‘army of half-baked doctors’Indian doctors have accused the government of seeking to “sanction quackery” by proposing to allow homeopaths and others trained in alternative remedies to practise conventional medicine after taking a bridging course.Doctors at private hospitals held protests on Tuesday while their counterparts in public facilities wore black armbands in opposition to the proposal, part of a sweeping overhaul of medical governance. Related: I was asking about Bom-Del flight, says man charged with Mumbai bomb threat Related: The scammers gaming India’s overcrowded job market Continue reading... [...]
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The scammers gaming India’s overcrowded job market
As competition for jobs among India’s youth intensifies, the offer of a lucrative career in a call centre can be difficult to turn down – even if the work turns out to be operating a scam. By Snigdha PoonamIn mid-2017, a few months after I had moved to Delhi to work for a national newspaper, I began to browse job websites. Every other day, an Indian news report underlines the gap between jobs and jobseekers. In 2016, in one municipality, 19,000 people applied for 114 jobs; among those competing to be a street sweeper were thousands of college graduates, some with engineering and MBA degrees. In the same year, more than 1.5 million people applied for 1,500 jobs with a state-owned bank, and more than 9 million took entrance exams for fewer than 100,000 jobs on the railways.Faced with this lack of opportunity, many turn to rioting. Within months of returning to full-time reporting, I had covered two large urban youth revolts, in which entire cities had been shut down as people demanded quotas in education and jobs – today, young people from agricultural castes want to work in offices and not farms. I wondered what other options were open to them. Continue reading... [...]
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Pakistan summons US ambassador over Trump's 'lies and deceit' tweet
Diplomat asked to explain US president’s comments accusing the country of taking aid but failing to help fight terror Pakistan has summoned the US ambassador in a rare public rebuke after Donald Trump lashed out at Islamabad with threats to cut aid over “lies” about militancy.Pakistan’s foreign office summoned David Hale on Monday to explain the US president’s comments, media said. A spokesperson for the US embassy in Islamabad confirmed that the meeting took place. Continue reading... [...]
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Indian man charged over airport bomb threat says phone operator misheard
Vinod Moorjani claims he called flight information number at Mumbai airport to ask about ‘Bom-Del status’An Indian businessman charged with making a bomb threat at a Mumbai airport claims he was misheard by a telephone operator while asking for the “Bom-Del status” – the status of his Bombay-to-Delhi flight.Vinod Moorjani was arrested at Mumbai international airport on Sunday while waiting to board a flight to Delhi with his family. The airport has the city code BOM, because Mumbai was formerly known as Bombay. Related: Long queues at US airports as immigration computers go down Continue reading... [...]
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16-year-old Pulwama attacker urges Kashmiris to fight India
The involvement of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) in the attack on the CRPF camp in Pulwama district of south Kashmir was confirmed on Monday. [...]
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'Nothing but lies and deceit': Trump launches Twitter attack on Pakistan
US president tweets saying Pakistan is providing ‘safe haven to terrorists’ and America was ‘foolish’ to give $33bn in aidDonald Trump has accused Pakistan of “lies and deceit”, saying America was foolish to have given Islamabad more than $33bn in aid.Trump began the new year by launching an attack on Islamabad in his first tweet of 2018, saying Pakistan was providing “safe haven to the terrorists we hunt”. Continue reading... [...]
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Fireworks, food and prayers: new year celebrated around the world
Revellers in Edinburgh and London spared predicted storms as they welcomed in 2018, while France and Germany held celebrations under tight securityThe forecast of strong wind in Scotland for New Year’s Eve did not end up affecting Edinburgh’s Hogmanay celebrations as the gales of up to 80mph confined themselves to other parts of the country. London was also spared the showers that had been predicted, and tens of thousands of partygoers were able to enjoy the extravagant firework display on the South Bank without the weather dampening their spirits.HAPPY NEW YEAR: Dubai counts down the seconds to 2018 with a humongous building-sized display. Follow all the celebrations live from around the world: https://t.co/fTMfaxjvF3 pic.twitter.com/Fpk0uACeT2 Continue reading... [...]
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Happy New Year 2018! 21st century can vote now, but still can't buy booze
We wish all India Today readers a very Happy New Year! [...]
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