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Bollywood star Salman Khan jailed for killing rare antelopes
Actor sentenced to five years in prison following conviction for poaching blackbucks in 1998The Bollywood superstar Salman Khan has been jailed for five years for poaching a protected species of Indian antelope.A court in Rajasthan state on Thursday found Khan, one of the world’s best-paid actors, guilty of illegally hunting the two blackbucks from his car window while filming in Jodhpur in 1998. Continue reading... [...]
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With almost no business transacted, budget session 2018 cost India at least Rs 190 crore
With almost no business transacted, budget session 2018 cost India at least Rs 190 crore [...]
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Tamil Nadu bandh today, DMK-led Opposition parties protest against failure to set up Cauvery board
Tamil Nadu bandh today, DMK-led Opposition parties protest against failure to set up Cauvery board [...]
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BJP says move to impeach Chief Justice Misra an attempt to gain control of judiciary
BJP says move to impeach Chief Justice Misra an attempt to gain control of judiciary [...]
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Woman shooter at YouTube headquarters injures 3 before killing herself
Woman shooter at YouTube headquarters injures 3 before killing herself [...]
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India backs down over plan to ban journalists for 'fake news'
Media and opposition had criticised government plan to suspend accreditation from those accusedThe Indian government has scrapped a plan to blacklist journalists judged to be writing “fake news” less than a day after it was announced to widespread criticism.India’s information and broadcasting ministry said late on Monday that journalists or agencies accused of creating or spreading fake news would be referred to the Press Council of India and another statutory body for broadcast media.Make no mistake: this is a breathtaking assault on mainstream media. It’s a moment like Rajiv Gandhi’s anti-defamation bill. All media shd bury their differences and resist this. https://t.co/pyvgymhIkFAny government interference in news and its dissemination will be the death of news itself. Surprising that @smritiirani did not have the time to go through the NBA guidelines https://t.co/FsiE2GBrlADear PM @narendramodi The new Fake News guidelines of @smritiirani once again show that she knows nothing +will learn nothing. How has she PRESUMED that Fake News is peddled only by Accredited Print or TV journalists? Most is on Social Media +dubious websites Continue reading... [...]
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Boat carrying Rohingya refugees arrives in Malaysia
Muslim refugees to be allowed entry after vessel carrying 56 people was intercepted near LagkawiA boat carrying dozens of Rohingya from Myanmar has arrived in Malaysia and the members of the stateless Muslim minority will be allowed to enter the country, authorities said.The vessel carrying 56 people was intercepted by Malaysian maritime authorities near the north-western island of Langkawi, said the navy chief Ahmad Kamarulzaman Ahmad Badaruddin. Continue reading... [...]
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Revealed: Facebook hate speech exploded in Myanmar during Rohingya crisis
Analyst says: ‘I really don’t know how Zuckerberg and co sleep at night’ after evidence emerges of a spike in posts inciting violenceHate speech exploded on Facebook at the start of the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar last year, analysis has revealed, with experts blaming the social network for creating “chaos” in the country. Related: Young lives hang by a thread as past haunts Rohingya mothers I really don’t know how Zuckerberg and co sleep at night. Related: 6,700 Rohingya Muslims killed in one month in Myanmar, MSF says Continue reading... [...]
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India's 'cheating mafia' gets to work as school exam season hits
Vast network profits from the desperation of students and parents to get ahead in a country where university places and jobs are limitedA few minutes into the final year maths exam at his Delhi high school, Raghav asked to use the bathroom. Inside, he texted pictures of the test paper he had secretly photographed to a phone number he was sent days before. Minutes later, answers materialised on the screen. “It isn’t cheating,” insists his mother Sunita, who paid 16,000 rupees (£175) for her son to obtain the phone number. “It’s a way out.” Related: Delhi to put CCTV in classrooms for parents to monitor children Continue reading... [...]
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Himachal Pradesh to spend Rs 7,044 crore on education during 2018-19
Himachal Pradesh to spend Rs 7,044 crore on education during 2018-19 [...]
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At least 10 killed after car crash 'causes' hotel collapse in India
Rescuers search wreckage of four-storey building in Indore for survivors after incident on Saturday nightA four-storey rickety hotel building collapsed in central India, killing at least 10 people and injuring another three, police said Sunday.Rescuers working through the night with sledgehammers and chainsaws pulled alive 10 people from the debris of the building that came crashing down in Indore, a city in Madhya Pradesh state, on Saturday night, said police officer Sanju Kamle.Early morning visuals from #Indore building collapse site, the incident has claimed 10 lives. #MadhyaPradesh pic.twitter.com/rFOLYGMADO Continue reading... [...]
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PM-in-exile urges Tibetans to make Dalai Lama's return 'a reality'
Lobsang Sangay says ‘thousands and thousands’ of Tibetans have been killed since spiritual leader’s exile in 1959Tibetans should redouble their efforts to “reunite” the Dalai Lama with compatriots inside the Chinese-ruled region, the prime minister of the Tibetan government-in-exile has urged.Lobsang Sangay said Tibet has seen 60 years of destruction of its civilisation, culture and identity by the Chinese since the Dalai Lama fled to India in 1959. Related: Jokhang temple: fire engulfs ancient 'heart' of Tibetan Buddhism Related: Tibetan activist put on trial in China for inciting separatism Continue reading... [...]
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Malala Yousafzai visits hometown for first time since Taliban shooting
Nobel peace prize laureate visited Pakistani town of Mingora, where she was shot by militants in 2012Malala Yousafzai has visited her hometown Mingora for the first time since she was shot on a school bus by a Taliban militant in 2012.Yousafzai and her parents landed in an army helicopter at a cadet school near the Swat Valley town in north-west Pakistan on Saturday morning. Related: 'Happiest day of my life': Malala returns to Pakistan for first time since Taliban shooting Continue reading... [...]
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Malala Yousafzai returns to Pakistan hometown for first time – video
Malala Yousafzai has visited her hometown of Mingora for the first time since she was shot on a school bus by a Taliban militant in 2012.Yousafzai and her parents landed in an army helicopter at a cadet school near the Swat Valley town in north-west Pakistan on Saturday morning.Malala Yousafzai visits hometown for first time since Taliban shooting Continue reading... [...]
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Amal Clooney to represent two Reuters journalists detained in Myanmar
Prominent human rights lawyer says pair, who were investigating the killing of Rohingyas by the army, are innocentProminent human rights lawyer Amal Clooney has joined the legal team representing two Reuters journalists detained in Myanmar. A court in Yangon has been holding preliminary hearings since January to decide whether Wa Lone, 31, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, will be charged under the colonial-era Officials Secrets Act, which carries a maximum penalty of 14 years in prison. Related: Reuters reporters clock up 100 days in Myanmar jail Related: UN officials point finger at Myanmar for 'crimes under international law' Continue reading... [...]
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Displaced Ukrainians and Battle Against Stigma  – in pictures
Displaced Ukrainians and Battle Against Stigma, two series by Mark Neville, focus on the impact that post-traumatic stress disorder has on people who experience conflict.After spending three months embedded with troops in Helmand province, Afghanistan, Neville returned home suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.In Ukraine, he observed how the civil war affected children in the Donbass region.Displaced Ukrainians and Battle Against Stigma is at Quad: Market Place, Derby 30 March – 24 June as part of Format International Photography Festival and Quad’s season of Wellbeing Continue reading... [...]
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Young lives hang by a thread as past haunts Rohingya mothers
Still traumatised after fleeing violence in Myanmar, Nazima Begum is struggling to breastfeed her seven-month-old son. Her story is all too common among the hundreds of thousands of women who have taken refuge in BangladeshNazima Begum watches as a strip of paper with green, yellow and red bands is placed around her baby’s upper arm. If the circumference falls in the green zone, that’s good. If it falls in the red, it’s dangerous.Her seven-month-old son, Ataur Rahman, is firmly in the danger zone. The circumference of his arm is 85mm. Anything below 110mm indicates severe malnourishment and risk of death. He weighs 4.2kg and is just over 60cm in length. The World Health Organization estimates the average weight and height for a seven-month-old boy is 8kg and 69cm. Related: Squalor and disease await Rohingya babies born in Bangladesh camps Continue reading... [...]
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Yoga with Modi: Indian PM stars in cartoon video of poses
India’s leader says yoga is key to good health and has convinced UN to launch world yoga day on 21 JuneThe yoga enthusiast and Indian prime minister Narendra Modi has become an instructor, releasing a cartoon video of himself demonstrating different poses.The videos, published on Modi’s official YouTube page and heavily promoted by members of his party on social media, depict a 3D-cartoon of the Indian leader practising poses such as the tadasana and the trikonasana.Tadasana has several benefits. This video shows you how to practice it. #FitIndia #4thYogaDay pic.twitter.com/lqZRHtlIqG Related: Yoga for South African school children – in pictures Continue reading... [...]
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Mumbai beach goes from dump to turtle hatchery in two years
Olive Ridley turtle hatchlings spotted after cleanup of Versova beach by Afroz Shah and volunteersHatchlings from a vulnerable turtle species have been spotted for the first time in decades on a Mumbai beach that was rejuvenated in the past two years by a massive volunteer cleanup operation.At least 80 Olive Ridley turtles have made their way into the Arabian Sea from nests on the southern end of Versova beach in the past week, protected from wild dogs and birds of prey by volunteers who slept overnight in the sand to watch over them. Continue reading... [...]
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'Happiest day of my life': Malala returns to Pakistan for first time since Taliban shooting
Nobel peace prize recipient meets prime minister Abbasi and delivers address on national TVMalala Yousafzai, the Nobel laureate and activist for girls’ education, has made an emotional return to Pakistan for the first time since she was shot in the head nearly six years ago in a Taliban assassination attempt.Yousafzai, the youngest ever Nobel prize winner, arrived on Thursday in the capital Islamabad with her father and younger brother, meeting the prime minister, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, before giving a speech on national television. Related: Malala Yousafzai: ‘The west is viewed as an ideal, but there’s still a lot of work to be done’ Related: Malala tells Aung San Suu Kyi 'world is waiting' for her to act over Rohingya violence Continue reading... [...]
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Ways to step up the fight against global antimicrobial resistance | Letters
Decision-makers must acknowledge the pivotal role that water, sanitation and hygiene play in preventing infection, writes WaterAid’s Margaret Batty. Meanwhile Matt Ball of the The Good Food Institute says moving to plant-based and clean meat is the best thing we can do to avoid pandemics of antibiotic-resistant superbugsWith drug-resistant infections now causing the deaths of half a million people a year, access to clean water and decent sanitation has never been more vital in the race to prevent a global antimicrobial resistance catastrophe. As Dame Sally Davies poignantly highlighted in your report (Experts issue new warning on overuse of antibiotics, 27 March), “the importance of clean water, sanitation and vaccination must not be forgotten to avoid infections occurring in the first place”. This point, alongside the critical role of hygiene, is absolutely key.This is already a global health emergency, with 844 million people lacking access to clean water and 2.3 billion without safe, private toilets. In developing nations almost 40% of healthcare facilities do not have a water supply, 19% do not provide adequate sanitation and 35% do not have soap and water to sustain good hygiene practices. Without these basics in place, infection prevention and control in healthcare settings becomes almost impossible. So it is no surprise that hospital-acquired infections are the third major driver of antimicrobial resistance globally. Continue reading... [...]
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Millions of Indian students face resits after exams leak
Maths and economics papers were spread via WhatsApp before students sat the examsIndia has vowed to strengthen online security measures after high school exam papers were leaked in advance, forcing millions of students to resit their finals.The education minister, Prakash Javadekar, said an investigation was under way into how the mathematics and economics papers were accessed and spread via WhatsApp before the exam. Related: 'Getting naked before the white man': Indian minister rubbishes privacy fears Continue reading... [...]
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'The most important thing I have': Rohingya refugees on what means most – in pictures
When you have to flee your home, what do you take? Since the last exodus from Myanmar in August, more than 688,000 Rohingya people have escaped to Bangladesh. Here, refugees talk about the things that mean most to themAll photographs by Brian Sokol/UNHCR Continue reading... [...]
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Final chapter? The slow death of Islamabad's secondhand bookshops
Since the 1970s, ‘old bookshops’ have lent character to Pakistan’s capital. But as the city’s economy surges, how long can they survive? Nadeem Ahmad Siddiqui is holding court with a group of friends and regulars at his Islamabad bookshop, Jumbo. The jovial chatter and tea drinking is broken up every so often by a customer seeking Siddiqui’s help. One child is gently admonished to find something more stimulating to read, while a question about medical textbooks from a mother and daughter soon turns into an animated discussion about India-Pakistan relations. Tucked away in the corner of a busy commercial sector, unassuming Jumbo Books has iconic status among Islamabad’s “old bookshops”, as secondhand book stores are known here. Once the nondescript doorway is located among the swanky new restaurants and fashion boutiques of Pakistan’s capital, the visitor takes a staircase down to a concrete basement. Inside are shelves piled high with rare antique books, philosophical tomes and contemporary literature.Very few of us remain and a lot of the newer stores are focused on school and university textbooks Related: Numaish Karachi: can art installations change this violent megacity's image? Continue reading... [...]
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Full steam ahead at the Indian train station run only by women – in pictures
In a country where women are quitting the workforce at an alarming rate, the all-female staff of Gandhinagar railway station in Jaipur are bucking the trend. Employed as ticket-sellers, station masters and conductors, the women say they hope to inspire a generation of girls passing through the stationAll photographs by Sajjad Hussain/AFP/Getty Images Continue reading... [...]
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Elephant seen 'smoking' in southern India – video
Footage of an elephant blowing ash has baffled wildlife experts, who say they've never seen behaviour like it before. The video released by the Wildlife Conservation Society may be an example of zoopharmacognosy, animal self-medicationElephant 'smoking' footage baffles experts Continue reading... [...]
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Afghan clerics in talks with Isis to break polio vaccine myths
Islamic clerics consult with Taliban and Islamic State to ensure immunisation campaign goes ahead despite scepticism and distrustIslamic clerics have agreed to work with the Afghan government to persuade militant groups in the country that vaccination programmes should be allowed in remote areas.Imans are to consult with the Taliban, Islamic State and other factions in the mountainous Kunar province in a bid to get efforts to eradicate polio back on track, after six new cases were reported in Afghanistan this year. Continue reading... [...]
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Three Indian journalists run down and killed by vehicles
Sandeep Sharma, Navin Nischal and Vijay Singh claimed to be victims of deliberate attacksThree Indian journalists have been struck by vehicles and killed in recent days in what their families and rights groups claim were deliberate attacks. The deaths of the reporters Sandeep Sharma in Madhya Pradesh state, and Navin Nischal and Vijay Singh in Bihar state, have underlined India’s status as one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a journalist, particularly in languages other than English and outside large cities.#WATCH:Chilling CCTV footage of moment when Journalist Sandeep Sharma was run over by a truck in Bhind. He had been reporting on the sand mafia and had earlier complained to Police about threat to his life. #MadhyaPradesh pic.twitter.com/LZxNuTLyap Related: Villagers pay tragic price as Indian building boom drives demand for sand Continue reading... [...]
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