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Drugs, slow growth, high unemployment: The many challenges Amarinder Singh faces in Punjab
The new Congress government under Captain Amarinder Singh in Punjab, which takes oath on March 16, faces multiple challenges including slow economic growth, high youth unemployment, drug addiction and large dropouts before secondary schools. [...]
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Irish woman found dead near beach in Indian tourist state of Goa
Police say they have arrested one person in conection with the death of a 28-year-old in the Canacona areaAn Irish woman in her twenties has been found dead by police near a beach in the popular Indian resort state of Goa.The woman, 28, was reportedly found naked near Deobagh beach in the Canacona area in the south of the state, according to local media reports. Continue reading... [...]
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Myanmar may be seeking to expel all Rohingya, says UN
Special rapporteur on human rights calls for investigation into rights abuses following bloody crackdown against the Muslim minority Myanmar may be seeking to “expel” all ethnic Rohingya from its territory, a UN rights expert has said, pushing for a high-level inquiry into abuses against the Muslim minority community. The United Nations special rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar, Yanghee Lee, said a full purge could be the ultimate goal of the institutional persecution and horrific violence being perpetrated against the Rohingya. Related: Is Rohingya persecution caused by business interests rather than religion? Continue reading... [...]
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'I am not afraid': the Delhi student facing death threats for taking on India's right wing
When Gurmehar Kaur posted a note of defiance on Facebook she became the subject of national debate – and a torrent of abuseThe photograph that led to Gurmehar Kaur being put under 24-hour police protection was taken by her best friend on a camera phone in her university dorm room. The simple colour shot shows her holding a placard saying she would not be intimidated by a rightwing group she accused of disrupting her college.Only hours after she posted the image to Facebook, Kaur, a 20-year-old English student at Delhi University, found herself at the centre of a national debate that, for weeks now, has fed television shows, news stories and editorials and has involved politicians, film stars and the former captain of India’s cricket team.Bat me hai Dum !#BharatJaisiJagahNahi pic.twitter.com/BNaO1LBHLHI'm withdrawing from the campaign. Congratulations everyone. I request to be left alone. I said what I had to say.. (1/2)I have been through a lot and this is all my 20 year self could take :) Continue reading... [...]
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Cold catch: the ice fishermen of Astana – in pictures
Outside the Kazakh capital, Astana, the river snowscape is populated by strange figures. Detroit-based photographer Aleksey Kondratyev investigated and discovered they were ice fishermen, who brave -40C temperatures waiting patiently for their catch Continue reading... [...]
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Clean water finally flows to transform lives of tea pickers in Bangladesh
Poor sanitation meant Surma valley workers and their families were often sick, but a hygiene project has brought them a healthy water supply and safe toiletsBina Patru is unsure of her age. She thinks she is in her mid-40s, but knows that she has spent a lifetime toiling in the tea bushes that carpet the rolling hills of the Surma valley of northern Bangladesh.A slight figure in a bright yellow sari, she has just returned from a morning pruning plants and pulling up roots as the tea gardens prepare for the start of harvest for the world’s favourite drink. Related: Bangladesh struggles to turn the tide on climate change as sea levels rise | Karen McVeigh Continue reading... [...]
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Cow slaughter to be punishable by life sentence in Gujarat
Government of Indian state to introduce a bill bolstering existing laws against butchering the revered animalsThe leader of an Indian state has announced that slaughtering cows and transporting beef will soon be punishable by a life sentence, the harshest penalty yet for crimes against the revered animal in the Hindu-majority country.The chief minister of Gujarat, Vijay Rupani, said his government would introduce a bill in the next week to bolster existing laws against butchering cows and related crimes. The current punishment is a Rs50,000 fine (£622) and up to seven years in jail. Related: On patrol with the Hindu vigilantes who would kill to protect India's cows Related: Inside the Indian village where a mob killed a man for eating beef Continue reading... [...]
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Has outgoing Akhilesh Yadav regime deleted tweets from Uttar Pradesh government handles?
"Today @CMOfficeUP and @UPGovt deleted tweets it should be archive, if deleted then its against IT policy whats reason and why deleted? (sic)," asked Brajesh Misra, who is the Editor-in-Chief of UP-based National Voice channel. [...]
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Bihar: Automobile dealer and his retd IAS father arrested in molestation case
A FIR was registered against Nikhil, his father Krishna Bihari and his brother Manish Priyadarshi on December 22 last year in SC-ST police station for molesting the former Congress Minister's daughter. [...]
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Hundreds celebrate Hindu festival of Holi in northern India – video
Hundreds of people celebrate the Hindu festival of Holi in Vrindavan, northern India, over the weekend, covering each other in coloured powders, blessed by the god Krishna, and flower petals. Holi marks the beginning of spring and is celebrated across the world, with festivities often continuing for up to a weekDelhi women forced into lockdown amid Holi sexual harassment fears Continue reading... [...]
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Delhi women forced into lockdown amid Holi sexual harassment fears
Students attack ‘degrading’ decision to confine them to halls to avoid India’s colourful but sometimes rowdy festival As India’s raucous spring festival of Holi approached this year, a memo circulated among two women’s dormitories at the University of Delhi.“In the interests of the residents,” it said, undergraduate women would be locked inside the student halls from 9pm on Sunday until 6pm on Monday – well after most Indians had finished smearing each other in dye, dancing or drinking from cups of bhang lassi, a milky cannabis-based concoction. Related: Paint-throwing and dancing at India's Holi festival – in pictures Continue reading... [...]
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Tamil Nadu: Kanimozhi, DMK workers hold state-wide protest over govt 'sabotaging' fair price system
DMK workers staged the protest against the Tamil Nadu government bearing the cause that the state's fair price shops are not distributing products as promised to the people. [...]
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Post-result in Manipur: How BJP may form government with small kingmakers
Manipur has given a fractured mandate. But, after the election results were announced, the BJP was more enthusiastic than the Congress, which emerged as the single largest party. The BJP got greater vote-share than the Congress. [...]
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Nitish Kumar's post result gyan: Opposition shouldn't have raised such a hue and cry on note ban
Kumar linked the BJP's UP, Uttarakhand wins to demonetisation, saying the poor felt content the move has hurt the rich. [...]
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BJP landslide in Uttar Pradesh a boost for India prime minister Narendra Modi
Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata party’s emphatic victory in the country’s most populous state is being seen as a broad endorsement of Modi’s policiesIndia’s ruling Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) has won control of the country’s most populous and influential state by an unexpectedly large margin, cementing Narendra Modi’s dominance of Indian politics and putting the prime minister on track for re-election in 2019.Final results released by the Indian election commission on Saturday showed the BJP had won 311 of 403 seats in Uttar Pradesh, enough to form a rare majority government in the north Indian state of 220 million people. Related: India's 'big data' election: 45,000 calls a day as pollsters target age, caste and religion Every moment of our time, everything we do is for welfare & wellbeing of the people of India. We believe in the power of 125 crore Indians.Thank you. Long live democracy! https://t.co/hJoGsO5lGA Related: India's banknote ban: how Modi botched the policy yet kept his political capital Related: Rahul Gandhi calls for bribery inquiry into India prime minister Narendra Modi Related: India's small businesses facing 'apocalypse' amid biggest financial experiment in history Continue reading... [...]
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Malala Yousafzai receives offer to study at UK university
The 19-year-old Nobel prize winner did not reveal which institution had offered her a conditional place during a Birmingham talkNobel peace prize winner Malala Yousafzai has told an education conference that she has received an offer to study at a UK university. The 19-year-old is currently preparing for her A-Levels at a girls’ school in Birmingham. Related: Malala Yousafzai: 'It's hard to kill. Maybe that's why his hand was shaking' Related: Malala Yousafzai's UN speech set to music for International Women's Day Continue reading... [...]
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Chhattisgarh: 11 CRPF personnel killed in Naxal ambush in Sukma
Combing operations were launched in the area following the ambush and police claims two Naxals were killed in retaliatory action. [...]
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UP election results 2017: How a divided Opposition crumbled before PM Modi
While BJP won about 40 per cent of the votes, its closest contender, the ruling SP and Mayawati-led BSP got about 22 per cent votes each. Congress, which contested in alliance with the SP, bagged only six per cent of the votes. [...]
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Election results: Congress still says there is no question of Rahul Gandhi stepping down
"There is no question of Rahul Gandhi stepping down", said Singh in response to media queries about a change of guard in the Congress top brass. [...]
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Dating app helps Indians with disabilities find their perfect partner | Priti Salian
An app targeted specifically at India’s 26.8 million disabled people promises to create newfound opportunities for striking up relationshipsAt 33, Bangalore-based Srilatha KS works for a top computer hardware company and takes home a five-figure salary. But at an age when some of her friends already have children, she doesn’t have a partner – something that is highly unusual in India, where the average age for women to marry is 22. Srilatha’s parents haven’t proactively sought a spouse for her. “They assumed no one would be interested in marrying their paraplegic daughter,” she says. Related: Disabled dating on Tinder: ‘People ask if I can have sex’ Continue reading... [...]
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Living off-grid in India, am I the only one left who believes in globalisation?
Life here has drawbacks – villagers poisoning our dogs being one – but it is a way of saving oneself from post-Trump inwardness and isolation Last spring, while travelling through the US, my husband and I stopped in Pensacola, Florida, where he had lived for a few years as an exchange student from Italy. The city had been gentrified since he had been there in the mid-80s, but you could still play cornhole in certain establishments, residents spoke of their guns as if they were pets and the political vibe was distinctly Trumpian. It’s where I first came across the word “prepper” – people who opt to live off the grid, stocked with supplies, oftentimes armed, preparing for the end of the world. Not all preppers are doomsday conspiracy theorists; some are merely Hurricane Katrina survivors, learning to work the land and committed to a more sustainable way of life.I realised then that my husband and I had been quasi-preppers for four years. We live on a remote beach in Tamil Nadu between two fishing villages, not in anticipation of the end of the world – although in the last 15 years our coast has seen a tsunami, cyclones, floods and an oil spill – but because the cost of living is cheap, the air is clean, and as writers we can handle the isolation. We constantly talk about growing our own vegetables, getting a cow and installing solar panels, and, while we aren’t living off the land yet, we are far removed from urban India. We receive no post, have no television, must sit on a particular part of the bed to get 3G, and leave the compound only when we run out of food. Related: Living on the border in Trump's America: 'walls don't stop people from crossing' Continue reading... [...]
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Reza Aslan criticised for documentary on cannibalistic Hindus
The American author is filmed eating human brains for CNN’s Believers, with fears that it could increase hate attacks against Indian Americans Reza Aslan, the scholar and TV presenter, has been pressured to eat human brains while filming with a fringe, cannibalistic Hindu sect for a new series on the world’s religions.But that might be the least of the problems the show has caused the American author. Related: Kansas shooting raises safety concerns for foreigners in US: 'Do we belong here?' Related: Paint-throwing and dancing at India's Holi festival – in pictures .@CNN @rezaaslan @CNNOriginals Your new serial is heavily Hinduphobic. Ashes are immersed, not "dumped".Indiana Jones journalism @CNN There's no secret to ghats & Varanasi city of moksha & rebirth not death. May be Trump is right abt fake news https://t.co/3l6g9doelhThis is a show about the Aghori not Hinduism #believer https://t.co/uwroTHp5Ka Continue reading... [...]
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Sikh man shooting in US: Kent Police calls it hate crime, offers USD 6,000 bounty on shooter
Almost after a week, the police have released the sketch of the shooter, who is still absconding. The lone white shooter was about six feet tall, medium built and between 35 and 40 years of age. [...]
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Indira Jaising: 'In India, you can’t even dream of equal justice. Not at all'
For half a century she has represented those with no voice. Now India’s first ever female senior advocate has a new battle on her handsMonday to Thursday, she’s busy in court. On Saturday and Sunday, she’ll be in Chennai, delivering a seminar about women’s rights. There’s a small window on Friday morning, the 76-year-old Indira Jaising tells me. I snap it up.When I get to her office, she is poring over a draft report that her NGO, the Lawyers Collective, is about to publish about female genital mutilation. “Tell Masuma that in my opinion, there are no voices of women in that report, and she needs to bring them on board,” she tells one of her junior colleagues. From the very beginning of her 52-year career this is what Jaising has fought for – the victim’s voice. Related: Abortion in Pakistan: struggling to support a woman's right to choose Related: The world needs loud-mouthed activists more than ever Continue reading... [...]
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Forced repatriation to Afghanistan: 'We didn't think it would happen to us'
An estimated million refugees will return from Pakistan and Iran this year, despite Afghanistan still being plagued by conflict and unemploymentAfghanistan is starkly different from what Masooma had imagined. She was just a little girl when her family fled the Afghan war against the Soviets in the 1980s. They left everything they owned behind to look for sanctuary in Pakistan and she has few memories of the place.We were poor but with the support of the community, we lived a happy life. And then, the police showed up at the mosque Related: Verifying refugees' stories: why is it so difficult? Continue reading... [...]
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Congress and TMC raise issue of attacks on Indians in USA in Lok Sabha
It was the Congress that had given adjournment notice in Lok Sabha seeking discussion on the entire sordid affair. [...]
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H&M supply factory in Myanmar damaged in violent labour protest
Workers destroy production line of Yangon factory making clothes for the Swedish fashion chain, in month-long dispute over conditions and benefits Workers demanding better conditions and benefits have destroyed the production line of a Chinese-owned factory in Myanmar making clothes for Swedish fashion retailer Hennes & Mauritz, in one of the most violent labour disputes in the country in years.The month-old dispute, which also saw managers attacked, highlights the need for Aung San Suu Kyi’s government to enact social and labour reforms, analysts say, while at the same time reassuring investors looking to tap the opening of one of the world’s fastest growing economies after decades of isolation. Related: Aung San Suu Kyi launches campaign to tackle widespread stunting in Myanmar Related: 'Global gag rule' jeopardises future of Asia health initiatives, campaigners say Continue reading... [...]
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Rebels with a cause: the female biker clubs reclaiming Delhi's public space
In India’s male-dominated capital where women are often in danger, a group of female bikers are taking to the road to reclaim women’s rights to public spaceStalled in a snarl of Delhi traffic, an auto-rickshaw driver cranes his neck to gawp. Clad in tie-dye leggings, pot leaf earrings and a cherry-red motorcycle helmet, Leena Biswas zips her Avenger 220cc two-wheeler between two lines of drivers. At a red light, a car full of guys pulls up honking, their faces bunched into incredulous sneers.The moment women see more women on the streets, it automatically becomes safer Related: Inside Lavasa, India's first entirely private city built from scratch Continue reading... [...]
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