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While the world's attention is elsewhere, Bangladesh faces a humanitarian crisis | Tom Bamforth
Monsoon floods have affected millions in south Asia. But the world is still ignoring disasters that are happening more often and becoming more severeTom Bamforth is shelter coordinator for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies“Let’s sing a song,” said helicopter pilot Captain Mahbub, as we took off from outside the rusty hangar in Dhaka for our aerial assessment of the floods in Bangladesh. Without waiting for a reply, he burst into John Denver’s Leaving on a Jet Plane.“I used to sing this when I was in trouble in the Air Force”, he recalled. He paused briefly before adding “of course John Denver died in a plane crash”. Related: Floods claim more than 800 lives across India, Nepal and Bangladesh Poor villagers have invested money, labour and imagination in becoming more resilient. Related: South Asia floods kill 1,200 and shut 1.8 million children out of school Continue reading... [...]
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Ryan murder: Blow-by-blow account of how Pradyuman Thakur was killed in his Gurgaon school
India Today has digged out exclusive details of the horrific murder case on what exactly happened on the fateful Friday morning leading to the gruesome murder of a 7-year-old boy in the school's toilet. [...]
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Jammu and Kashmir: Surrender for a safe future, security forces tell new militant recruits
While the Jammu and Kashmir government has a surrender policy, there have hardly been any surrender post Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani's death. [...]
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UN: Myanmar's treatment of Rohingya 'textbook example of ethnic cleansing'
Top UN human rights official denounces security crackdown against Muslim minority in Rakhine stateMyanmar’s treatment of its Muslim Rohingya minority appears to be a “textbook example” of ethnic cleansing, the top UN human rights official has said.In an address to the United Nations human rights council in Geneva, Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein denounced the “brutal security operation” against the Rohingya in Rakhine state, which he said was “clearly disproportionate” to insurgent attacks carried out last month. Related: Who are the Rohingya and what is happening in Myanmar? Related: Massacre at Tula Toli: Rohingya recall horror of Myanmar army attack Related: Aung San Suu Kyi: damned by her silence | Observer profile Continue reading... [...]
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Myanmar accused of planting landmines in path of fleeing Rohingya
Amnesty International points to cases where anti-personnel mines may have caused injuries on border with BangladeshMyanmar’s military has been accused of planting landmines in the path of Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence in western Rakhine state, with Amnesty International reporting that two people were wounded on Sunday.Refugees’ accounts of the latest wave of violence in Rakhine have typically described shootings by soldiers and arson attacks on villages, but there are at least several cases that point to anti-personnel mines or other explosives as the cause of injuries on the border with Bangladesh, where 300,000 Rohingya have fled in the past two weeks.The Rohingya are Muslims who live in majority-Buddhist Myanmar. They are often described as "the world's most persecuted minority".  Related: Aung San Suu Kyi: damned by her silence | Observer profile Related: Massacre at Tula Toli: Rohingya recall horror of Myanmar army attack Continue reading... [...]
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Delhi: Even after one-and-a-half-year, no clue of who killed Ryan International School boy Devansh Kacrora
This is a question which haunts not just his family or friends, but also every single parents whose child is studying in the renowned Ryan International School. [...]
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From Army widows to lieutenants: The inspiring tales of Lt Swati and Lt Nidhi
Both Army widows, Swati Mahadik and Nidhi Mishra Dubey are now Lieutenants in the Indian Army. A proud moment for them, and for all Indians. [...]
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Hurricane Irma begins assault on Florida, makes landfall with 210 kmph winds
Hurricane Irma, one of the most powerful storms ever recorded in the Atlantic, made landfall in the US, hitting the state of Florida with 210 kph winds. [...]
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Myanmar ‘allows rebels with wooden clubs to watch over fleeing Rohingya’
Reporter sees Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army militants in control of border post at frontier with BangladeshRohingya insurgents declared a month-long unilateral ceasefire last night, saying it would allow aid to reach north-western Myanmar.The Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (Arsa) had launched attacks on police posts and an army base last month, prompting retaliation by Myanmar’s military. The violence led to more than 270,000 refugees from the persecuted Rohingya Muslim community fleeing to Bangladesh over the last two weeks, according to the UN’s refugee agency (UNHCR). Continue reading... [...]
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JuD, HuM seeking to join mainstream politics is a worrying sign
Pakistan media reported that the Election Commission has also warned candidates not to use the party's name in election campaigns or use images of Hafiz Saeed and other leaders of JuD in their poll campaigns. [...]
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Anantnag terrorist attack: One policeman killed, 2 injured
The news agency ANI said two others were injured after terrorists attacked a group of policemen at a bus stand. [...]
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The murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh shows India descending into violence | Mari Marcel Thekaekara
Hindu extremists go unpunished, leading to a culture in which lynching, mob violence and hate crimes are increasingly, horrifyingly, widespreadOnce quiet, civilised Bangalore is shaken to the core by the news of the shocking murder of its most famous journalist, Gauri Lankesh. In big cities and small towns across India thousands of people are protesting at the murder of a gutsy woman who fought for the marginalised, who called Dalit victims her sons, and who protested against injustice and venal politics in the face of death threats.When you know someone, their death hits you harder. Lankesh was the recipient of endless hate mail from Hindu extremists. She was vilified on two fronts. She dared to take on the powerful Bharatiya Janata party (BJP), currently ruling most of India. She criticised them and their cohorts for attacking minorities and creating a culture that enabled lynching, mob violence and hate crimes. She also defended Dalit rights, provoking the ire of many dominant-caste Indians across the political spectrum. Related: Indian journalist critical of Hindu extremists is shot dead in Bangalore Never has India witnessed the flood of hatred and vitriol currently being so openly spewed Continue reading... [...]
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Aung San Suu Kyi defends her handling of Myanmar violence
De facto leader says country is facing its biggest challenge as hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims fleeMassacre at Tula Toli: Rohingya recall horror of Myanmar army attackAung San Suu Kyi has defended her handling of renewed violence in western Myanmar, where a crackdown has displaced hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims.In her first spoken remarks since the crisis started in Rakhine state last month, the de facto Myanmar leader said her government, the first to be civilian-led in decades, was facing its “biggest challenge”. Related: Massacre at Tula Toli: Rohingya recall horror of Myanmar army attack The Rohingya are Muslims who live in majority-Buddhist Myanmar. They are often described as "the world's most persecuted minority".  Related: Take away Aung San Suu Kyi’s Nobel peace prize. She no longer deserves it | George Monbiot Continue reading... [...]
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Desmond Tutu condemns Aung San Suu Kyi: 'Silence is too high a price'
Nobel laureate issues heartfelt letter to fellow peace prize winner calling for her to speak up for Rohingya in MyanmarThe Nobel laureate Desmond Tutu has called on Aung San Suu Kyi to end military-led operations against Myanmar’s Rohingya minority that have driven 270,000 refugees from the country in the past fortnight.The 85-year old archbishop said the “unfolding horror” and “ethnic cleansing” in the country’s Rahkine region had forced him to speak out against the woman he admired and considered “a dearly beloved sister”. Related: Massacre at Tula Toli: Rohingya recall horror of Myanmar army attack Related: Who are the Rohingya and what is happening in Myanmar? Continue reading... [...]
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Narendra Modi criticised over Twitter links to abuse of shot journalist
Indian PM follows accounts that appeared to celebrate Gauri Lankesh’s death, but his party says criticism is ‘mischievous’India’s ruling party has defended Narendra Modi’s use of Twitter after a number of users followed by the Indian prime minister appeared to celebrate the fatal shooting of a journalist this week.Leaders from across Indian politics have condemned the murder of Gauri Lankesh, who was shot dead outside her home in Bengaluru on Tuesday, but a number of Modi supporters appeared to attempt to justify the killing.Expressing happiness on the killing of anyone is shameful, regrettable and totally against Indian traditions. Social media is not for that. Continue reading... [...]
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The Battle for Myanmar’s Buddhist spirit – video
In Myanmar, different groups of Buddhist monks are battling with how to deal with the country’s minority Muslim population. While some advocate peace, others, such as the extremist Ma Ba Tha, are stoking up hatred and violence. The Guardian visited Myanmar to investigate how the monks’ actions are threatening to destabilise the country’s newly established democracy Continue reading... [...]
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National award winning Malayalam actress comes under Sangh attack for eating beef
Right-wing Hindutva forces have unleashed a wave of criticism on the actress through social media platforms. [...]
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Kazakhstan to reintroduce wild tigers after 70-year absence
Project supported by WWF is likely to take many years and involves creation of a new nature reserve and restoration of forestWild tigers are to be reintroduced to Kazakhstan 70 years after they became extinct in the country.The animals will be reintroduced in the Ili-Balkhash region in a project that also involves the creation of a new nature reserve and the restoration of a forest that is part of the animal’s historical range. Continue reading... [...]
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Aung San Suu Kyi must face Myanmar’s harsh realities
Calls for Aung San Suu Kyi to be stripped of her Nobel peace prize are simplistic, argues Gerry Abbott, while Randir Singh Bains says some Rohingya Muslims must share the blame for the Myanmar crisisGeorge Monbiot (Take away her Nobel peace prize. She no longer deserves it, 6 September) is of course appalled at the continued ethnic cleansing of Rakhine state, but it is no good behaving like the roadside accident witness who just screams: “Do something!”Working for a couple of years under Burmese military rule, I experienced some of the difficulties that Aung San Suu Kyi faces. Among these are an institutionalised hatred of western outsiders, a corresponding conviction of Burman superiority over various minority groups and a Kafkaesque talent for obfuscation and the frustration of any initiatives not created by the junta. What is needed is a series of specific proposals for consideration, so that observers will know precisely what is being rejected. Continue reading... [...]
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'Anything is possible in Pakistan – but everything is impossible': Sarmad Masud on filming My Pure Land
The British Pakistani film-maker on how he brought a local legend to the big screen, despite a tiny budget and a difficult shoot Nazo Dharejo had barely mastered the alphabet when her father, Haji Khuda Buksh, first showed her how to load a gun. The kalashnikov would be kept on the wall, hung above the living quarters of the family’s two-storey home, where she grew up with her two sisters, and their older brother Sikander in rural Sindh, Pakistan. They were comfortable, but not extravagantly well off; Khuda Buksh worked as a farmer and had inherited a few dozen acres of land from his own father. His wife, Waderi Jamzadi, raised their children and, once the girls left school, aged seven, taught them what she could at home.The girls were moulded to be tough and resilient. Their father would dress them in trousers and shirts – “boy’s clothes” – instead of more feminine, traditional shalwar kameez. Nazo, the eldest daughter, was given the male nickname Mukthiar and was the first to be taught how to shoot, when she was 16. Two years later, with her brother murdered and her father in prison, the fierce but waif-like teenager was armed and leading a gunfight against a criminal army of bandits sent to steal her family’s home and land. Now 41, she has been dubbed “the toughest woman in Sindh” by the Pakistani press, and the story of that night has become local legend – one that British Pakistani film-maker Sarmad Masud has beautifully rendered in his debut feature, My Pure Land. Continue reading... [...]
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The Guardian view on the Rohingya in Myanmar: the Lady’s failings, the military’s crimes | Editorial
The killing and abuse of civilians is a crime against humanity. Aung San Suu Kyi must speak out – but this violence is the army’sAung San Suu Kyi’s long silence over the desperate plight of the Rohingya in Myanmar has been shameful. With tens of thousands now fleeing atrocities in Rakhine state, the Nobel peace prize winner’s aura of moral sanctity lies in tatters. The Muslim minority are denied citizenship by a government which claims, against the evidence, that they are illegal immigrants from Bangladesh. After decades of discrimination, matters got much worse. Since 2012 the Rohingya have endured not just immiseration and the denial of basic rights and services – many live in internment camps – but three major waves of violence by government forces and Buddhist Burman nationalists. Myanmar’s de facto leader has turned a blind eye.Speak up, people have urged her. Do something. So far her words and actions have been as bad as her reticence. The government has blocked access to United Nations human rights investigators and aid workers. A post on her Facebook page blamed “terrorists” for “a huge iceberg of misinformation” about the current violence. Whether she shares the widespread prejudice towards the Rohingya is a moot question: she does not challenge it. Perhaps the populist Islamophobic forces thriving elsewhere encourage such indifference. On Wednesday, shortly after she met Narendra Modi – no stranger to condoning and exploiting vicious Islamophobia – India’s prime minister said his country shared Myanmar’s concerns about “extremist violence” in Rakhine state. Continue reading... [...]
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Massacre at Tula Toli: Rohingya recall horror of Myanmar army attack
Exclusive: Villagers who fled attack and crossed border into Bangladesh recall seeing their family and neighbours killedIt was the fast-flowing river that doomed the inhabitants of Tula Toli.Snaking around the remote village on three sides, the treacherous waters allowed Burmese soldiers to corner and hold people on the river’s sandy banks. Some were shot on the spot. Others drowned in the current as they tried to escape. Continue reading... [...]
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India army chief: we must prepare for simultaneous war with China and Pakistan
General says Himalayan standoff could become larger conflict with China, which Pakistan would then use to its advantageIndia’s army chief said on Wednesday the country should be prepared for a potential two-front war given China is flexing its muscles and there is little hope for reconciliation with Pakistan.General Bipin Rawat referred to a recent 10-week standoff with the Chinese army in the Himalayas that ended last week. He said the situation could gradually snowball into a larger conflict on India’s northern border. Rawat said Pakistan on the western front could take advantage of such a situation. Related: Xi Jinping says a dark shadow looms over the world after years of peace Warfare lies within the realm of reality. Continue reading... [...]
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Australia’s Rohingya call for international action on Myanmar refugee crisis
Refugee advocates say Australia should consider a special resettlement program as UN warns military attacks on ethnic minority risks becoming ethnic cleansingAustralia’s Rohingya community has rallied in Sydney and Melbourne, urging greater international intervention against military attacks on the ethnic minority in Myanmar, which the head of the United Nations has described as at risk of becoming ethnic cleansing.The Refugee Council of Australia has called on the federal government to consider a special resettlement program – similar to the successful one it ran for Syrian and Iraqi refugees – for Rohingya forcibly displaced. Related: Who are the Rohingya and what is happening in Myanmar? Related: Take away Aung San Suu Kyi’s Nobel peace prize. She no longer deserves it | George Monbiot Related: Aung San Suu Kyi says 'terrorists' are misinforming world about Myanmar violence Continue reading... [...]
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Indian girl allowed abortion amid claims doctors ‘afraid to help’ child rape victims
Supreme court approves termination for 13-year-old who fell pregnant after assault but case highlights concerns that medics do not understand relevant lawThe Indian supreme court has ruled that a 13-year-old rape victim in Mumbai who was left pregnant after the attack can have a termination. It follows a landmark ruling last month that said doctors should make greater effort to support victims of sexual assault regardless of the country’s abortion laws.On 25 August, the court ruled that precious time was lost, and added distress caused, to girls and their families when they were forced to bring their individual cases to court. Doctors have been criticised as being far too fearful when dealing with the victims of child rape. Related: Why is the rape crisis in rural India passing under the radar? | Priya Virmani Doctors are worried that someone may challenge their decision to terminate and they are not prepared to take that risk Continue reading... [...]
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1993 Mumbai blasts: Forget hanging, Abu Salem may not even spend his entire life in jail
Despite being held guilty of conspiracy under the stringent TADA, Abu Salem managed to escape the noose while co-conspirators Tahir Merchant and Feroze Khan were given death penalty. [...]
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Top Kashmiri separatist leader Yasin Malik arrested by NIA in Srinagar
Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik was arrested from Srinagar. [...]
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Rs 5 crore flood aid or a jibe? This time Nitish does not reject anything from Gujarat
Seven years back in 2010, Nitish had returned a similar cheque of the same amount from the Gujarat govt over a controversial advertisement, but this time the CM happily accepted the Rs 5 crore flood aid. [...]
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