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EC orders probe after Congress flags over 60 lakh 'fake voters' in MP
EC orders probe after Congress flags over 60 lakh 'fake voters' in MP [...]
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Imran Khan’s rise is a metaphor for a changing world the west has failed to see | Jason Burke
The ex-cricketer joins a long list of outsiders who are transforming global politicsIt is election season in Pakistan. Expect massive rallies, dust, shouted slogans in stadiums, dirty tricks, a modicum of violence and industrial quantities of sweet tea consumed by candidates and voters alike.The frontrunner in the poll is Imran Khan, the cricketer turned politician. Now 65, Khan has been on the stump for two decades. This is a long time in politics. I stood close enough at one of his first major rallies in his hometown of Lahore in 1998 to read his speech over his shoulder. The first line on the first page read: “Believe in Pakistan.” I was sceptical of his prospects and my report was headlined No Khan Do. Related: Pakistan is my home. But as a journalist, my life is in danger there | Taha Siddiqui Related: Pakistan must reject US aid and exit the war on terror, says Imran Khan Continue reading... [...]
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Mob tried to open jeep door, hit our men: CRPF on Srinagar incident
Mob tried to open jeep door, hit our men: CRPF on Srinagar incident [...]
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Schools to remain closed as Nipah virus death toll rises to 18 in Kerala
Schools to remain closed as Nipah virus death toll rises to 18 in Kerala [...]
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Arbaaz Khan admits to IPL betting, losing 'several millions'
Arbaaz Khan admits to IPL betting, losing 'several millions' [...]
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Russian pilot found after three decades missing in Afghanistan
Military veterans group says man whose plane was shot down wants to return to RussiaA Russian pilot who was missing presumed dead after his plane was shot down three decades ago during the Soviet intervention in Afghanistan has been found alive and wants to come home, according to a military veterans group.“He is still alive. It’s very astonishing. Now he needs help,” the head of the Russian paratroopers’ union, Valery Vostrotin, told RIA Novosti state news agency on Friday. Related: Soviet soldier presumed dead found living in Afghanistan Related: Afghan village built on a Soviet dream collapsing into deadly power vacuum Continue reading... [...]
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The refugees who gave up on Britain
In the culmination of an award-winning 18-month project, the new arrivals, Kate Lyons traces an Afghan father and son’s harrowing journey to Britain – and the pressures that led them to flee all over againOn a drizzly afternoon in February, Philip Kelly made the short drive from his home near the centre of Derby to a street in Normanton, one of the poorer areas of the city. He stopped at one of the terraced houses owned by G4S, which has a government contract to provide housing to asylum seekers in the region. The upstairs flat was occupied by Said Ghullam Norzai, an asylum seeker from Afghanistan, and his 11-year-old son, Wali Khan.Kelly knocked on the door, but there was no answer. Said and his son had vanished. Almost two years after smuggling themselves into the UK in the back of a lorry from Calais – and just seven weeks before an asylum appeal hearing that might have allowed him to stay and work legally in the UK, Said had smuggled himself and his son back out of Britain. Related: How you can help refugees and asylum seekers in Britain Continue reading... [...]
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More than half MLAs in Karnataka won with less than 50% vote share: Report
More than half MLAs in Karnataka won with less than 50% vote share: Report [...]
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Two lions, two tigers and a jaguar escape from flood-ravaged German zoo
Two lions, two tigers and a jaguar escape from flood-ravaged German zoo [...]
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Tourists told to stay away from Indian city of Shimla due to water crisis
Residents use social media to beg holidaymakers to avoid area as supply runs dryResidents of the picturesque Indian hill station Shimla are begging tourists to stay away amid a severe drinking water shortage that is being compared to Cape Town’s water crisis.The Himalayan city was the former summer capital of the British Raj and continues to be popular with Indians fleeing scorching summers on the Gangetic plain. Water supplies have been critically low for at least the past three years but ran out completely on 20 May.It’s been 7th consecutive day when there is no water in Shimla .I request all the travellers, friends not to make plans to visit #Shimla, as right now it is facing a severe water crisis. #ShimlaWaterCrisis . @nitin_gadkari ji @VijayGoelBJP ji plZ help!Let us give #Shimla a break - No drinking water available in city for Ninth consecutive day. It's about time all of us stop visiting Shimla for a while. The city is facing acute water shortage because of various reasons. (1/2) Continue reading... [...]
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Myanmar and UN announce deal for safe return of Rohingya
United Nations says staff will visit Rakhine state in first step towards repatriation of 700,000 refugees camped in BangladeshMyanmar’s government has announced an agreement with two UN agencies for their help in the return of refugees who fled violence in western Rakhine state.About 700,000 ethnic Rohingya Muslims have fled to squalid camps in neighbouring Bangladesh since last August, when Myanmar’s army led a brutal crackdown following insurgent attacks on security posts. Related: 'They are our brothers': Rohingya refugees find rare welcome in Aceh Related: Rohingya militants massacred Hindus in Myanmar, says Amnesty Continue reading... [...]
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It's official. Nobody wants Air India
It's official. Nobody wants Air India [...]
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BJP loses Kairana and Bhandara-Gondiya LS bypolls, NDA retains 2 other seats
BJP loses Kairana and Bhandara-Gondiya LS bypolls, NDA retains 2 other seats [...]
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Assembly bypoll results: BJP, allies lose 3 seats while Opposition parties retain their own
Assembly bypoll results: BJP, allies lose 3 seats while Opposition parties retain their own [...]
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Mumbai's summer camp for budding athletes – in pictures
Each summer, students attend the Shree Samarth Vyayam Mandir physical education institute in Mumbai, a training facility for the athletes of tomorrow Continue reading... [...]
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Karachi residents cool off in Pakistan heatwave – in pictures
Pakistan’s most populous city is in the grips of a heatwave as temperatures soar to 45C. The sweltering conditions have come during Ramadan, the holy month in which millions of Muslims refrain from food and drink from dawn until dusk. Sixty-five people have been killed in Karachi by the recent spell of hot weather, with the country expected to sizzle into June Continue reading... [...]
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Closure of Vedanta copper plant in India must be followed by a cleanup | Letters
Your report mentions high levels of pollution in groundwater but says nothing about cleansing the site, so local people’s health will still suffer, say Annie Murray and Martin LloydThe achievement of the people of Tuticorin, Tamil Nadu, southern India, in securing the closure of the dangerous Vedanta copper smelting plant deserves congratulation, although it is sad that it was achieved at the cost of 13 lives through police action (Report, 29 May).But it is too soon to claim success, as the people of Bhopal, further north in Madhya Pradesh, could warn. Your report mentions high levels of pollution in groundwater but says nothing about cleansing the site, so local people’s health will still suffer. Continue reading... [...]
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Rajinikanth says owners of Sterlite Copper not humans if they challenge shutdown order
Rajinikanth says owners of Sterlite Copper not humans if they challenge shutdown order [...]
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How Pranab Mukherjee may be blunting Rahul Gandhi's fight against RSS, BJP
How Pranab Mukherjee may be blunting Rahul Gandhi's fight against RSS, BJP [...]
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Who benefits from Modi's crop insurance scheme?
Who benefits from Modi's crop insurance scheme? [...]
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Returning artefacts of empire isn’t so simple | Letters
Michael Liversidge and Dr Jharna Gourlay respond to David Olusoga’s suggestion that British museums should send back thousands of objects taken from former coloniesAs someone raised in colonial Africa who has taught art history here for nearly 50 years I agree with David Olusoga that returning the spoils of empire makes a lot of sense (UK should return looted art to ex-colonies, says historian, 28 May). It need not empty our museums of everything so acquired. As he showed in his recent BBC Civilisations programmes, cultural interchange between Europe and the rest of the world shaped a shared heritage. That needs displaying so its legacies can be appreciated without concealing the uncomfortable historical facts.Objects from the old empires will still have a place in European museum collections because, more vividly than most postcolonial history books, they bring that past to life. Wherever we and they are physically, with modern digital technologies and the internet they can be recorded, seen and interpreted from anywhere, but still there is no substitute for the originals, especially in countries that have few surviving artefacts from their own past. That is why returning some, while retaining others, would be mutually beneficial educationally, culturally and diplomatically. Continue reading... [...]
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Heavy rains hit coastal Karnataka
Heavy rains hit coastal Karnataka [...]
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RTI query on KCR's federal front trips rejected
RTI query on KCR's federal front trips rejected [...]
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The TV show exposing the misery of India's 24-hour train delays | Amrit Dhillon
News presenter Ravish Kumar is using his programme to fight for the millions of people who miss exams, job interviews and funerals because of India’s hopelessly inadequate rail system For three years, Ashutosh Agarwal studied hard at home for an agriculture exam. To sit the test, he had to travel from Patna to Kota, a 24-hour train ride away. Knowing how unreliable the trains can be, Agarwal planned his trip so he would reach the city a full day early. But the Patna-Kota express train was two days late, so he missed his exam. On prime time television, filmed by news channel NDTV, he was shown weeping over his three wasted years of study.Normally, Agarwal’s bitter experience would have remained a private story. News channels in India very rarely report on the daily hardships of the poor, or show interest in why the trains used by the wealthy run on time while those used by the masses routinely run late. Most news shows restrict themselves to broadcasting studio-based political slanging matches. Related: Life without toilets: the photographer tackling a global taboo Continue reading... [...]
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Indian copper plant shut down days after deadly protests
Environmental campaigners claim victory over British-owned smelter in Tamil NaduA British-owned copper smelting plant in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu that has been blamed for unnaturally high cancer rates in surrounding villages has closed, days after 13 people were killed by police during protests against the facility.The Tamil Nadu chief minister, Edappadi K Palaniswami, has ordered environmental authorities to “seal the unit and close the plant permanently”, after a 22-year campaign by environmentalists and residents against the site, owned by London-based Vedanta Resources. Continue reading... [...]
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From trunk roads to new ports: A look at the Modi government's key infrastructure projects
From trunk roads to new ports: A look at the Modi government's key infrastructure projects [...]
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Taliban commander orders closure of opium labs in towns and cities
Recording suggests movement fears local discontent as US airstrikes target facilities in built-up areasA Taliban commander in the Afghan province of Helmand has ordered all drug labs to be moved out of the urban areas the insurgency controls as US airstrikes targeting the facilities are killing a rising number of civilians, according to a recorded conversation obtained by the Guardian. Related: UK may double troops in Afghanistan after Donald Trump request Continue reading... [...]
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Hopes for rare peaceful handover as Pakistan election date announced
Election to pit ruling PML-N party against that of former cricket star Imran KhanPakistan will hold a general election on 25 July in what could be only the second democratic transfer of power in the nuclear-armed country’s history.The election is expected to pit the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party against former cricket star Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party. Related: Nawaz Sharif has gone. But Pakistan’s high-level corruption survives | Tariq Ali Related: Shutdown of Pakistani TV network hints at army's bid for control Continue reading... [...]
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