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Air India apologises after passenger finds cockroach in food served during flight
Air India apologises after passenger finds cockroach in food served during flight [...]
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At least seven killed after train derails in Bihar, India
Coaches of Delhi-bound train leave track 30 miles from Bihar state capital, PatnaSeven passengers are reported to have been killed and several others injured when a Delhi-bound train derailed in India’s eastern state of Bihar, railways officials have said.Eleven coaches of the Seemanchal Express left the rails near Sahadai Buzurg railway station, about 50 km (30 miles) from the state capital, Patna, early in the morning, the railways ministry said. Continue reading... [...]
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The Guardian view on the pope in the Gulf: an important signal | Editorial
As the first leader of the Catholic church to visit the Arabian peninsula, Francis knows his contact with Muslims will be as important as the mass he hosts for the Christian minorityPope Francis’s visit to the United Arab Emirates this week will be greeted enthusiastically. Some 120,000 people are expected to turn out for his mass in a sports stadium in Abu Dhabi – as many as turned out in Dublin when he travelled to historically Catholic Ireland last year. The first visit by a pontiff to the Arabian peninsula, the birthplace of Islam, highlights the complications of the religious situation in the Middle East, and more widely the issues of Christian-Muslim relations.There may be as many as 2 million Christians in the Middle East today. Despite nearly 16 years of war and sometimes brutal persecution in the aftermath of the invasion of Iraq, many remain in the lands that were the cradle of Christianity. In part this is because it is still made as hard as possible for them to leave the region. The Christians of Iraq have largely been driven from their homes by persecution, as have some of the Christians of Syria, where a number have taken the side of the Assad dictatorship. But they have ended up in refugee camps rather than reaching notionally Christian Europe. Continue reading... [...]
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PM Modi, Amit Shah have no chance against TMC: Derek O'Brien
PM Modi, Amit Shah have no chance against TMC: Derek O'Brien [...]
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Building Ram temple at Ayodhya on top of agenda: Amit Shah
Building Ram temple at Ayodhya on top of agenda: Amit Shah [...]
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Fact Check: These celebrities have not joined BJP
Fact Check: These celebrities have not joined BJP [...]
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India's jobs crisis casts shadow over Modi's re-election hopes
PM promised ‘good days are coming’ but figures show unemployment at 45-year highIndia’s government has presented its final budget before this year’s national elections in the shadow of revelations that it has presided over India’s worst unemployment rate in 45 years – and tried to bury the statistics.The weak jobs data, a financial crisis in the farming industry and declining confidence in the economy could threaten the re-election prospects of Narendra Modi, the prime minister, who campaigned five years ago on promises of putting India to work, with the slogan “Good days are coming”. Related: India's main opposition promises universal basic income for poor Related: Major western brands pay Indian garment workers 11p an hour Continue reading... [...]
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The Guardian view on India’s Mr Modi: suppressing inconvenient facts | Editorial
Unlike his predecessors, the Indian prime minister has in five years never held a traditional press conference. What has he got to hide?Narendra Modi’s 2014 election victory in India, the most resounding for 25 years, was built on two weaknesses: the shattered credibility of his opponents in the Congress party and the economic downturn the country was experiencing. One of Mr Modi’s most memorable campaign pledges was to create 10m jobs a year, or about 840,000 jobs a month. It was a promise that resonated across India’s caste divides for young people, who represent roughly two-thirds of nation’s population of 1.35 billion. However, it turns out Mr Modi’s Bharitya Janata party (BJP) government has been creating jobs – just not enough.Rather than admit this, Mr Modi’s government sat on the official report detailing the scale of the problem. Two senior officials at India’s National Statistical Commission resigned, and then a draft report was leaked showing that unemployment had climbed to its highest rate in 45 years. Almost one in six rural young men were unemployed. None of this should surprise anyone: last year it was reported that 93,000 people applied for 62 jobs as government clerks. It is also true that in the absence of a comprehensive welfare system, few Indians can afford not to work. Most end up self-employed or taking informal jobs to earn cash. Continue reading... [...]
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Pioneering Bollywood lesbian romance opens in India
Film is first mainstream Indian movie to show family coming to terms with daughter being gayA father tries to marry off his daughter to a handsome bachelor. She resists, insisting her heart lies with someone else. There is singing and dancing. It could be the trailer for any Bollywood romance.Only the barest hint is given that Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga (How I Felt When I Saw that Girl) is a pioneering release for Indian cinema: the first mainstream, star-studded blockbuster about a family coming to terms with their daughter loving another woman. Related: From vibrators to gay kisses, how Bollywood embraced the taboo Continue reading... [...]
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Rahul Gandhi-led opposition to go to EC over EVM issue on Monday
Rahul Gandhi-led opposition to go to EC over EVM issue on Monday [...]
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Interim Budget 2019: Read Piyush Goyal's full speech here
Interim Budget 2019: Read Piyush Goyal's full speech here [...]
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URI baba! PM Narendra Modi's Interim Budget 2019 gives josh to over 30 crore voters
URI baba! PM Narendra Modi's Interim Budget 2019 gives josh to over 30 crore voters [...]
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Myanmar freedom of expression getting worse 'day by day', report finds
Aung San Suu Kyi criticised for failing to halt jailing of Reuters reporters Kyaw Soe Oo and Wa LoneMyanmar’s freedom of expression has deteriorated under its new government, a new Human Rights Watch report has said.It cited the jailing of Reuters reporters Kyaw Soe Oo and Wa Lone, who were investigating the Rohingya crisis, saying the case “shows the military’s willingness to penalise reporters who seek information the military would rather keep hidden”. Related: Reuters journalists to remain in Myanmar jail after losing appeal Continue reading... [...]
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Major western brands pay Indian garment workers 11p an hour
Study reveals ‘unchecked’ exploitation of women and girls from marginalised communitiesMost consumers don’t think twice about the buttons on their shirt, or the sparkles on their dress. But these finishing touches are sewn by some of the world’s most vulnerable women and girls.A week on from revelations that women in a Bangladesh factory were paid the equivalent of 35p an hour to make Spice Girls T-Shirts for Comic Relief, a new report highlights the exploitative conditions facing millions of home-based garment workers in India. Related: Abuse is daily reality for female garment workers for Gap and H&M, says report Continue reading... [...]
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Gauri Gill's best photograph: a rat nursing an elderly woman
At the Bahoda mask festival in India, people dress up as characters from myth. But I wanted to have real people in real situations – as well as a ratIn 2014, I was working in rural Maharashtra, in western India, when I heard about the Bahoda festival, in which papier-mache artists create masks of characters from Hindu and tribal myth. People are chosen to wear them and are consecrated by a priest, after which they “become” their characters and parade through their village over several nights.The masks are spectacular. But I began to wonder why what is represented in rituals is often so idealised. Why are there no people with grey hair or big noses? Why is no one wearing spectacles? Why can’t routine gestures, such as sweeping the floor, be enacted too, as opposed to the drama of slaying a demon?I wondered why masks are idealised. Why are there no people with grey hair? Why is no one wearing spectacles? Continue reading... [...]
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Founder of India's Love Commandos NGO held over extortion claims
Sanjoy Sachdev’s group offers shelter to couples at risk of ‘honour’ killingsThe founder of a celebrated Indian NGO that provides shelter to couples in interfaith or intercaste relationships has been arrested on suspicion of extorting and confining people in his care.Love Commandos, co-founded by the activist Sanjoy Sachdev in 2010, has been the subject of international documentaries and celebrity fundraising campaigns for its work providing safe houses to Indian couples at risk of being murdered by their families in so-called “honour” killings. Continue reading... [...]
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Margaret Chatterjee obituary
Margaret Chatterjee, who has died aged 93, was a member of the philosophy department at the University of Delhi for 30 years, and its professor of philosophy from 1977 until 1990. From the 1960s onwards, she published widely, at first on philosophical topics and then increasingly on aspects of the life and work of the Indian independence leader MK Gandhi. Gandhi’s Religious Thought (1983) was one of many volumes that established her reputation as a leading scholar in the field.Born in London to Edith (nee Hickman) and Norman Gantzer, Margaret spent most of her childhood in Dorset. Her father had been a civil servant in India and married Edith when he returned to Britain. Together they visited many churches, taking Margaret along, and this was her introduction to both religion and music, which were to play a large part in her life. Continue reading... [...]
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IKEA resumes selling veg biryani at Hyderabad store
IKEA resumes selling veg biryani at Hyderabad store [...]
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The Gandhi Murder review – Vinnie Jones steps into Indian history
A conspiracy thriller focusing on Gandhi’s final days is hampered by questionable casting, comical back projections and terrible visual effectsReleased to mark the anniversary of Gandhi’s assassination, this is frankly a bit eggy – indeed, we may not witness an eggier film all year. Karim Traïdia, the veteran Algerian director who earned a Golden Globe nomination for The Polish Bride (1998), has reappeared in India (or Sri Lanka passing for India) with a conspiracy thriller based on Mahatma’s final days (co-directed by Pankaj Sehgal). It bears some resemblance to our own tuppenny-ha’penny costume-and-crime dramas, not least in the casting of Vinnie Jones as the senior British diplomat overseeing partition. (No wonder it all kicked off.) Still, it transpires that Jones – who barely features, and who gives his usual performance when he does – is only the film’s fifth or sixth unlikeliest element. Continue reading... [...]
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Hindu Mahasabha leader celebrates Mahatma Gandhi's death by shooting him again
Hindu Mahasabha leader celebrates Mahatma Gandhi's death by shooting him again [...]
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Worse than plastic waste: the burning tyres choking India | George Monbiot
The British government is already flouting its own rules, allowing scrap tyres to be sent abroad for burning – what will happen post-Brexit?What we see is not the economy. What we see is the tiny fragment of economic life we are supposed to see: the products and services we buy. The rest – the mines, plantations, factories and dumps required to deliver and remove them – are kept as far from our minds as possible. Given the scale of global extraction and waste disposal, it is a remarkable feat of perception management. Related: The Guardian view on recycling exports: stop the rubbish launderers | Editorial Related: Is your recycling being incinerated? It’s time to watch our waste | Jenny Jones Continue reading... [...]
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The Alex Iwobi ‘gorilla’ insult shines a light on south Asian anti-black racism | Sharan Dhaliwal
Bollywood actor Esha Gupta was part of a shameful conversation about the Arsenal player. The problem goes way beyond her, though“Did you know Gandhi was racist?” A white friend sits opposite me, grinning so widely I wonder if there’s going to be a punchline. “We know,” I reply, “we all know.” Her smile fades quickly and she moves on. I stop listening, the noise in the cafe dies down and the soundtrack to a sad Bollywood film fills the moment. She thought I didn’t know. Why don’t I talk about it more? I hide the trauma of black people because Gandhi was one of the few saviours we had in our toxic community. Anti-blackness was a punchline I wasn’t expecting.One thing I remember from studying A-level sociology is the idea of how you develop through your primary and then your secondary education – something that contributes greatly to social dynamics. Primary education is what you learn from your family home, secondary education is what is passed on to us from institutions. Related: India’s caste system is alive and kicking – and maiming and killing | Mari Marcel Thekaekara Related: Raheem Sterling shouldn’t have to educate the media about racism | Musa Okwonga Continue reading... [...]
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Nitish Kumar breaks down while paying tribute to George Fernandes
Nitish Kumar breaks down while paying tribute to George Fernandes [...]
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Reality Check: How Mudra missed its mark
Reality Check: How Mudra missed its mark [...]
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Hello Delhiites! This is how you can live longer by 3 years
Hello Delhiites! This is how you can live longer by 3 years [...]
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Tollywood confidential: inside the world's biggest film city
The next 15 megacities #11: As Hyderabad heads towards megacity status, its film industry is going from strength to strength. Its secret? Cutting-edge VFX and filming in multiple languagesRead the rest of our megacities series hereIt is rush hour on Monday morning in Hyderabad, but the city’s usual deafening soundtrack of revving engines and blaring horns is absent. The only noise comes from a woman gently sweeping the veranda of one of the large, pastel-coloured mansions nearby. The silence is even more disconcerting when you see the airport near the end of the street, and, just beyond that, a railway station. New York’s Statue of Liberty is a short walk away, as is the splendour of the ancient city of Mahishmati. In fact, Mahishmati is the first place here where I encounter any real noise – the blue special effects screens around the fibreglass throne area are rather flimsy, and a buzz from power tools carries from the adjoining parking lot, where workers are building a pirate ship.We are in Ramoji Film City, the largest film studio in the world and the beating heart of Tollywood, India’s Telugu-language film industry. And although Ramoji is technically part of Hyderabad, in reality – with its (real) hotels, workshops, soundstages, gardens, post office, banks and restaurants – it is a metropolis in and of itself.By 2035 another 15 cities will have populations above 10 million, according to the latest United Nations projections, taking the total number of megacities to 48.Every film studio is a little like a small town, but Hyderabad’s Ramoji Film City dwarfs them allSets at Ramoji Film City including a pirate ship being constructed for a forthcoming feature. Photographs: Ravi Giragani/the GuardianThe Hindi-language output of Bollywood, with its dance routines and catchy soundtracks, is what many outsiders associate with Indian film. Photograph: DreamPictures/Getty ImagesA view over part of Ramoji Film City – which even has a mock-up of the Hollywood sign atop one of the surrounding hills. Photograph: Ravi Giragani/the GuardianA still from the Tollywood blockbuster BaahubaliTourists pose on part of the Baahubali set at Ramoji Film City. Photograph: Ravi Giragani/the GuardianHyderabad old and new: the Charminar, top left, is one of the oldest and most famous monuments in the city, and below a modern replica built as part of Hitech City. Photographs: Tash Reith-Banks Related: Mugged by macaques: the urban monkey gangs of Kuala Lumpur Continue reading... [...]
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Asia Bibi: Pakistan’s top court upholds blasphemy acquittal
Christian woman who spent eight years on death row free to leave country Asia Bibi, the Christian farm labourer who spent eight years on death row in Pakistan for blasphemy, is expected to leave the country after the supreme court upheld her acquittal.The court on Tuesday rejected a challenge to October’s ruling brought by an extreme Islamist party, which led violent protests across the country in the autumn and called for Bibi to be killed. Continue reading... [...]
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India's main opposition promises universal basic income for poor
Ruling party dismisses Congress leader’s election pledge as unaffordableIndia’s main opposition Congress party has said it will implement a variation of a universal basic income (UBI) targeted at the poor if it wins the country’s upcoming national election.The announcement, dismissed by the ruling Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) as financially irresponsible, is the first major shot in an election battle likely to be replete with populist giveaways to voters. Related: Benefit or burden? The cities trying out universal basic income Continue reading... [...]
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