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Chinese and Indian troops face off in Bhutan border dispute
Regional rivalry escalates as forces mobilise near borderland that China claims but India says is in BhutanChina has said that the withdrawal of Indian troops from a scrap of disputed territory is a precondition for peace as tensions rise in a border row between the two Asian powers that has drawn in tiny Bhutan.China alleges that the Indian troops are on its soil, but both Bhutan and India say the area in question is Bhutanese territory. Continue reading... [...]
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We're meeting after a very long time, PM Modi tells Indian diaspora in Tel Aviv
Modi is the first ever Indian prime minister to visit Israel, a milestone he today called "a matter of joy." [...]
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Robot allowed into US for competition, but no visa for Afghan girls who made it
All-girl team of robotics students must watch machine compete at international contest in Washington via video link after entry permits refusedTwo Afghan girls refused visas to the United States for a robot-building competition have said they were mystified as the contest’s organisers said teams from Iran and Sudan as well as a de facto Syrian team had gained visas. The unusual story of the Afghan all-girl team of robotics students emerged as the United States grapples with the legality of President Donald Trump’s order to temporarily ban travel from six Muslim-majority countries. Related: 'I have the right to be here': becoming an American under a Trump presidency Continue reading... [...]
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US still has no path to peace in Afghanistan, bipartisan senators say
John McCain, visiting Kabul, excoriates 15 years of US efforts in nation – saying goal has been to not lose rather than to winAfter more than 15 years in Afghanistan the US still does not have a strategy for winning peace and is making that goal even more unattainable by hampering diplomacy, a bipartisan group of US senators said in the Afghan capital on Tuesday.The criticism came as the Trump administration considers the deployment of thousands of additional soldiers, without publicly explaining what they are meant to achieve. Related: US sending almost 4,000 extra forces to Afghanistan, Trump official says Related: Donald Trump's hands-off approach gives US military free rein Continue reading... [...]
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Modi govt gave Rs 68 crore subsidy to modernise slaughterhouses, reveals RTI query
A RTI response has revealed that in the last three years, the Narendra Modi government has provided approximately Rs 68 crore as subsidy to states to modernise slaughterhouses. [...]
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Canada to pay $10.5m to youngest Guantanamo inmate, convicted of killing US soldier
Omar Khadr pleaded guilty to killing army Sgt Christopher Speer when he was 15, an admission he says was made under duress in GuantanamoThe Canadian government is going to apologise and give millions to a former Guantanamo Bay prisoner who pleaded guilty to killing a US soldier in Afghanistan when he was 15, with Canada’s supreme court later ruling that officials had interrogated him under “oppressive circumstances”.An official familiar with the deal said on Tuesday that Omar Khadr will receive 10.5 million Canadian dollars (US$8 million). The official was not authorised to discuss the deal publicly before the announcement and spoke on condition of anonymity. The government and Khadr’s lawyers negotiated the deal last month. Related: Omar Khadr leaves Guantánamo to return to Canada Related: Canada frees Omar Khadr, once Guantánamo Bay's youngest inmate Continue reading... [...]
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Protect women worldwide from acid attacks | Letters
All too often this is a crime that goes unreported for fear of reprisal. Grassroots women’s rights organisations are the key, says Sarah CarsonThe event you report (Woman in rape trial hit by acid for fifth time, 3 July) is a reminder that women around the world live with the threat of acid attacks daily, including Bangladesh, Colombia, Nepal, Uganda and more recently the UK.In Bangladesh, where ActionAid works, there have been thousands of acid attacks over the last few years. These include young girls trying to escape forced marriage. In most cases people purposely aim for the face – destroying the eyelids so the eyes remain open – as a woman’s face is seen as sacred. Her disfigurement then becomes a public mark of shame, making it hard for her to get married or gain employment. Continue reading... [...]
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Indian women wear cow masks to ask: are sacred cattle safer than us?
Kolkata artist Sujatro Ghosh’s latest project points to country’s veneration of cows to highlight rising violence against women Indian women are posing in cow masks as part of a provocative photographic series that asks: is it safer to be a sacred animal in India than a woman? Related: Blues and moos: Indian state launches cow ambulance service Related: On patrol with the Hindu vigilantes who would kill to protect India's cows Continue reading... [...]
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President Mukherjee approves ordinance allowing kambala in Karnataka
Kambala is now legal in Karnataka, after President Pranab Mukherjee approved the promulgation of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Karnataka Amendment) Ordinance, 2017. [...]
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Darjeeling unrest: GJM puts children at forefront in protest rally, yet again
The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) today carried out another protest rally with children marching in the front. [...]
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NIA revisits 2011 case for evidence against Hurriyat leaders for funding terror
The National Investigation Agency have opened a case of 2011 with new evidence and against Hizbul Mujahideen Supreme commander Syed Salahuddin and Hurriyat leaders. [...]
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'He used the sari as a noose': poverty and despair in India's rural rat trap
Anuradha Roy brings a novelist’s eye to life in her Himalayan hometown, where work is scarce, prospects bleak and the threat of impulsive violence ever presentOn a dewy morning in early May, a man named Jogi finished his taxi round dropping children at schools in Ranikhet. He came home and resumed a quarrel he had been having with his parents. The fight became uglier and louder. Jogi pulled out a sari belonging to his wife, and declared that he would hang himself from the nearby tree. Go ahead, his parents said sarcastically.Deodars, a variety of cedar, are massive. Their branches start high up on pillar-like trunks and grow parallel to the earth. They are difficult to climb, but Jogi was a tall, athletic 30-year-old. He clambered up the tree and used the sari as a noose. He died before any shocked onlookers could intervene. His parents swore to the police they had no idea he would take them at their word. Gossips observed that they did not publicly shed a tear. His wife had left him a fortnight before, broken by his savage beatings. She did not come to his cremation. Related: Women bear the brunt as finances and families are undone by India's cash crisis Continue reading... [...]
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Indian police cast doubt on woman's account of acid attack
Officers in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, say evidence does not support claims of woman, who is recovering in intensive careIndian police say they have found no evidence that a woman who claims she has been the victim of at least two acid attacks was targeted again at the weekend.The woman, who was allegedly raped by two men in 2008 as part of a property dispute, told police she was attacked with acid on Saturday night while staying at a women’s hostel in Uttar Pradesh. Related: India's acid attack victims unite against the horror of their past Continue reading... [...]
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Indian woman in fifth acid attack despite police protection
Assailant scaled walls of women’s hostel in Uttar Pradesh and poured chemical on to 35-year-old mother, say policeA woman who survived an alleged gang rape and four separate acid attacks has again had corrosive liquid poured over her, Indian police said on Sunday.The 35-year-old mother was at a women’s hostel in Uttar Pradesh state capital Lucknow when a man scaled the walls and poured the chemical on to her. “She was filling water at the hand pump when the attack took place. The attacker fled from the spot,” said Vivek Tripathi, a local police chief. Related: 'I'm a walking corpse' – India to help its acid attack victims Continue reading... [...]
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Separatist wave hits Punjab again, Khalistani groups put up posters for independence
Hoarding and posters have been put in various parts of Punjab, demanding independence by 2020. The Capt Amarinder Singh government is yet to take any action against such separatists. [...]
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Is black money menace under control? India slips to 88th position in money parked with Swiss banks
There is a view that the Indians alleged to have parked their illicit money in Swiss banks in the past may have shifted the funds to other locations after a global clampdown began on the mighty banking secrecy practices in Switzerland. [...]
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Tamil Nadu: 1100 theatres to go on strike from tomorrow against GST
The theatre owners today said that they will go ahead with the strike as the state government did not come with with any response. [...]
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'A violence no autopsy can reveal': the deadly cost of India's campus prejudice
Many Dalit students regard university as a place of ridicule and abuse. Amrit Dhillon investigates the aftermath of two suicides and asks: is it time to make campus caste discrimination a criminal offence?Vikas Kumar Moola has been troubled by two questions ever since his best friend Muthu Krishnan, a postgraduate history student at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), killed himself on 13 March. “What could I have done to stop it? Should I have done more to help him make friends?”Theirs was an old and close friendship based on caste (both are Dalits, the lowest rung of the Hindu caste system), poverty, missed meals, penny pinching and dreams. “I knew he was unhappy, he was lonely, but what else did I miss?” asks Moola, a PhD sociology student at JNU.No matter how creative a Dalit is, they are judged not on merit nor originality – but on their fluency in EnglishLecturers are nicer, friendlier, more interested and more supportive towards us than towards Dalits Related: India's caste system: ‘They are trying to erase dalit history. This is a martyrdom, a sacrifice’ No matter what I do or Krish could have achieved, in India we will always just be DalitsExperiences of discrimination, exclusion and humiliation are the predominant reasons for Dalit student suicides Related: The Inequality Project: the Guardian's in-depth look at our unequal world Continue reading... [...]
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Delhi: Suspecting wife of having affair, man stabs her lover 25 times
A suspecting husband killed his wife's alleged lover in cold blood on Friday night by stabbing him with knife 25 times. [...]
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Myanmar refuses visas to UN team investigating abuse of Rohingya Muslims
Government led by Aung San Suu Kyi says it will deny entry to mission after UN report said treatment of minority group could amount to ethnic cleansingMyanmar will refuse entry to members of a United Nations investigation focusing on allegations of killings, rape and torture by security forces against Rohingya Muslims, an official has said. Related: Aung San Suu Kyi: Myanmar's great hope fails to live up to expectations Related: No respite for Rohingya as Aung San Suu Kyi rejects abuse inquiry – in pictures Continue reading... [...]
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Modi condemns rise in mob violence against beef-eaters in India
Prime minister speaks out after protests in several cities against attacks, most of which have targeted MuslimsIndia’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, has condemned a rise in deadly mob attacks on cattle traders, beef-eaters and dairy farmers, saying killing people in the name of protecting cows is unacceptable. Related: On patrol with the Hindu vigilantes who would kill to protect India's cows Continue reading... [...]
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Instead of admonishing cow vigilantes, it's time PM Modi took concrete action against them
The last two rebukes by the prime minister has had no impact on checking violence in the name of gau raksha. [...]
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Bangladesh must act on its ‘disappeared’ | Letters
Lawyer Michael James Polak calls for justice for a client he says is among more than 200 people seized by the security services in BangladeshBangladesh high commissioner Nazmul Quaunine defends his government’s human rights record and claims the Guardian is wrongly reporting the situation in Bangladesh (Letters, 27 June). I disagree.Over 200 people have been disappeared by the security services under the current government since 2009. One of the more high-profile disappeared people is my client Ahmad Bin Quasem, or Arman as he is known to friends and family. He is a Bangladeshi barrister who was disappeared by the security services in front of his wife, sister, and two young daughters. The UN working group on enforced and involuntary disappearances called on Bangladesh to “act now to halt an increasing number of enforced disappearances in the country” and to immediately reveal Arman’s whereabouts. Arman’s disappearance has also been raised in a parliamentary question by Shabana Mahmood MP. Despite this, there has been no action nor response from Bangladesh. Continue reading... [...]
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Election Commission to announce schedule of vice presidential election tomorrow
The Election Commission will announce the schedule of vice presidential elections tomorrow (June 29). [...]
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Farewell Maharajah: Modi Cabinet approves Air India's disinvestment
Air India's share in the domestic aviation market is a mere 14 per cent with Indigo and Jet Airways enjoying the lion's share. [...]
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Myanmar: Detained journalists to be charged under colonial-era law
Arrests have alarmed country’s media community, fuelling fears that freedom of speech has become increasingly restricted under Aung San Suu Kyi Three Myanmar reporters detained at an undisclosed location by the army will be charged under a colonial-era statute against “unlawful association” and face up to three years in jail, government and army officials have said. The military arrested the journalists in Myanmar’s northeastern Shan state on Monday after they covered a drug-burning event organised by the Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA), an ethnic armed group designated as an “unlawful association” by the Yangon authorities. Related: Aung San Suu Kyi: Myanmar's great hope fails to live up to expectations Continue reading... [...]
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For too long, Pakistani schools have been a means to provide jobs, rather than education
Pakistan is trying to spend its way out of its education crisis. It can’t. But the government can learn about accountability and efficiency from private schoolsWith more than 20 million children out of school, Pakistan has, at last, begun talking about its education crises. Our media and civil society routinely grill politicians on a lack of funding for public schools. Opinion sections of national newspapers usually publish a few articles a week on how the lack of quality education is becoming an existential threat to Pakistan’s social cohesion. Foreign aid funded projects take primetime television ads to tell parents about the importance of educating their children. It has had some impact; education has become a key talking point in political debates. The government regularly boasts about the growing education budget with promises to provide an “excellent environment” to students. But what is lacking in this increasingly noisy debate on Pakistan’s education crisis is the experience of parents and students on the ground. Related: Education in Pakistan: building more schools to combat extremism Related: Obsession with ending poverty is where development is going wrong | Efosa Ojomo Related: The 'Avon ladies' of Pakistan selling contraception door to door Continue reading... [...]
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US human trafficking report promotes Myanmar but demotes China
State Department’s annual report rewards Myanmar for efforts against recruitment of child soldiers, but says China not doing enough to end trafficking The US asserted on Tuesday that Myanmar is no longer one of the world’s worst offenders on human trafficking, removing it and Iraq from a list of countries that use child soldiers.But in its annual Trafficking in Persons report, the State Department also demoted China to the lowest ranking over its trafficking record, putting it in the same category as North Korea, Zimbabwe and Syria. Continue reading... [...]
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