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A ban on adverts defending human rights? TfL must think again
The taxi ads were telling people about atrocities in Balochistan, but Transport for London appears to have given in to Pakistani government pressureTransport for London appears to have caved in to pressure from the Pakistan government and banned London taxi advertisements that draw attention to its human rights abuses in the war-torn disputed province of Balochistan. Islamabad denounced the advertising campaign as “malicious”, “anti-Pakistan” and an attack on the country’s “sovereignty and territorial integrity”. It has demanded the British government removes the adverts, which were emblazoned with the words “#FreeBalochistan. Raise your voice. Save the Baloch people.”Pakistan’s high commissioner in London, Syed Ibne Abbas, requested the Foreign Office ban the adverts. The UK high commissioner to Pakistan, Thomas Drew, was summoned by the government of Pakistan and told that such adverts “should not be allowed”.The World Baloch Organisation argues that most people would not regard the wording as controversial or sensitive Related: Balochistan: Pakistan's information black hole Continue reading... [...]
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Indian women still unprotected five years after gang-rape that rocked nation
Report finds willingness to report sexual offences has grown but women often harassed by police or bullied into silenceComplaining to police about her gang-rape was the beginning of a new nightmare for Kajal.Officers detained the young woman from Madhya Pradesh state in central India. They beat her with a stick, she says, until she agreed to drop the charges. She was abandoned by her husband and threatened by the accused men. Related: 'Her pain should be our pain': the woman tackling Delhi's rape crisis Related: Delhi rape: how India's other half lives Continue reading... [...]
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Photo of elephant and calf fleeing fire-throwing mob wins top prize
Photograph taken in eastern India, titled ‘Hell is here’, shows crowd hurling flaming tar balls at animalsAn arresting image showing an adult elephant and its calf fleeing a mob attack has won a top Asian wildlife photography prize.It shows the two animals running among a crowd that has hurled flaming tar balls and crackers at them, reportedly to ward the elephants away from human settlements. Related: The dark side of wildlife tourism: thousands of Asian elephants held in cruel conditions Continue reading... [...]
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Delhi smog declared public health emergency – video
A public health emergency has been declared in Delhi as a choking blanket of smog descended on one of the world’s most polluted capital cities.The declaration from the Indian Medical Association came as the US embassy website said levels of the fine pollutants known as PM2.5 that are most harmful to health reached 703 on the air quality index – well over double the threshold of 300 that authorities class as hazardousDelhi doctors declare pollution emergency as smog chokes city  Continue reading... [...]
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UN increases pressure on Myanmar to end violence against Rohingya
Council expresses ‘grave concern’ over human rights violations in a statement that was watered down by China The UN Security Council has called on Myanmar to rein in its military campaign in Rakhine state and allow hundreds of thousands of Muslim Rohingya driven from their homes to return.In a unanimous statement backed by China, the council strongly condemned the violence that has forced more than 600,000 Rohingya to flee across the border to Bangladesh. Related: 'I miss them so much': Myanmar's lost Rohingya children plead for their parents The Rohingya are Muslims who live in majority-Buddhist Myanmar. They are often described as "the world's most persecuted minority".  Related: Rohingya girls under 10 raped while fleeing Myanmar, charity says Continue reading... [...]
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Gunmen storm Kabul TV station in attack claimed by Isis
Shamshad TV resumes broadcasting in act of defiance moments after special forces retake buildingGunmen disguised as policemen stormed a television station in Kabul on Tuesday, killing one person and wounding two dozen others in the latest deadly attack on Afghan journalists. Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack on Tuesday, which lasted about three hours before Afghan special forces overpowered the attackers, who were armed with guns and grenades, and freed staff trapped inside the building. Continue reading... [...]
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Kolkata: GoAir flight makes emergency landing over bomb threat letter
An official from the airliner confirmed that GoAir flight G8 127 landed at Kolkata airport out of schedule. [...]
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Advani turns 90 tomorrow, will share breakfast with visually-challenged children
Advani, who is currently chairman BJP Parliamentary Party, is also the oldest Lok Sabha MP. He is a seven-term MP from Gandhinagar in Gujarat. [...]
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Delhi doctors declare pollution emergency as smog chokes city
Levels of airborne pollutants are off the scale in parts of India’s capital with effects likened to smoking 50 cigarettes a dayA public health emergency has been declared by doctors in Delhi as air quality in the world’s most polluted capital city plunged to levels likened to smoking at least 50 cigarettes in a single day.Slow winds and colder temperatures have been blamed for a surge in airborne pollutants beyond what instruments in the city could measure with some recording an Air Quality Index (AQI) maximum of 999. Related: Pant by numbers: the cities with the most dangerous air – listed Related: Why an opinion article on Delhi's air pollution upset many Indians | Janaki Lenin Continue reading... [...]
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The Afghan diaspora – in pictures
For the past four years, Dutch photographer Joël van Houdt has been documenting the journeys of Afghan refugees around the world. In Afghanistan, there is a dearth of information about the reality of the refugee experience. Van Houdt moved to Kabul in 2010 and witnessed the soaring optimism created by the US surge in which money and human resources were pumped into the beleaguered state. By the time he left in 2015, the optimism had turned to utter hopelessness. The question his Afghan friends most routinely asked him was how to leave the country. These photographs are from an exhibition simultaneously displayed in the offices of the Guardian in London and on blast walls in the centre of Kabul Continue reading... [...]
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How India’s battle with climate change could determine all of our fates
India’s population and emissions are rising fast, and its ability to tackle poverty without massive fossil fuel use will decide the fate of the planet“It’s a lucky charm,” says Rajesh, pointing to the solar-powered battery in his window that he has smeared with turmeric as a blessing. “It has changed our life.”He lives in Rajghat, a village on the border of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh states, and until very recently was one of the 240 million Indians who live without electricity. In the poverty that results, Rajghat has become a village of bachelors, with just two weddings in 20 years. Related: Suicides of nearly 60,000 Indian farmers linked to climate change, study claims Continue reading... [...]
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Watch: Panchayat in Bihar orders woman to lick own spit in public over dispute
40-year-old Ram Dulari Devi approached the panchayat with her concerns regarding her tenant who has allegedly been defaulting on his rent payment for the past two months. [...]
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Mumbai family keeps son's corpse in church, offers prayers for 10 days to bring him back to life
The family kept their son's corpse in church and prayed for almost ten days assuming that their prayers would bring him back to life. [...]
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Not waiting for anyone, I'm preparing: Kamal Haasan sets tone for political plunge
Tamil superstar Kamal Haasan, who met his fans in Kelambakkam during fan club meet, slammed the system and claimed that he's not afraid to go to jail. [...]
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UK drags heels on sending mass rape investigators to Myanmar
Foreign Office specialist group set up in 2012 to highlight pervasive use of sexual violence as a weapon by military not deployed to refugee campsA Foreign Office team specialising in gathering evidence of sexual violence in conflict zones has yet to be deployed to Myanmar’s refugee camps despite evidence that systematic mass rape has been used as a weapon by the Burmese military against the Rohingya muslim minority.The specialist group was set up by William Hague as foreign secretary in 2012 as part of his joint effort with the actor Angelina Jolie to highlight the pervasive use of sexual violence in conflict. He regards the initiative as one of his chief legacies. Related: Massacre at Tula Toli: Rohingya recall horror of Myanmar army attack Related: Who are the Rohingya and what is happening in Myanmar? Continue reading... [...]
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'I miss them so much': Myanmar's lost Rohingya children plead for their parents
With half a million Rohingya refugees under the age of 18 in Bangladeshi camps, it has been labelled a ‘children’s crisis’ The lost boy wails. Tears stream down his face as he looks around, frantic. “I found him by the main road, so I brought him here,” says a middle-aged Rohingya woman who cradles the toddler in her arms and gestures towards a shack made from wood and corrugated iron. Related: Rohingya girls under 10 raped while fleeing Myanmar, charity says Related: Rohingya crisis may be driving Aung San Suu Kyi closer to generals Related: More than 300,000 Rohingya refugee children 'outcast and desperate', Unicef says Continue reading... [...]
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From the Observer archive: this week in 1947
Reforming the House of LordsThe controversy raised by the Government’s move to curtail the powers of the Lords shows that the issues involved are in danger of not being clearly realised. The Government would like people to think that Conservatives want to maintain the Upper House as a bulwark of reactionary privilege, while Labour wants to reform it. This would be a quite false reading... there is, certainly, something reactionary and out of date about the House of Lords – its constitution and membership.There is a widespread conviction in the [Conservative] party that changes are overdue. The Government, however, is not proposing to alter the constitution of the Upper House; the plan is merely to restrict its powers. And its powers are not in essence reactionary; they are an essential safeguard of democratic rules and rights. Virtually all countries where democracy is practised have a Second Chamber. Its broad purpose is always to act as a check on the Government... it stands for a recognition that the right of judgment exercised by the people at a General Election is not enough to prevent a Government from acting recklessly, or from abusing its powers. The community needs a watchdog to maintain continuous vigilance – now more than ever before. Continue reading... [...]
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US airstrikes kill scores of civilians in Kunduz province, Afghans say
Estimates of fatalities from ‘ongoing’ operation varyUS soldier dies of wounds sustained in Logar provinceUS airstrikes have killed scores of civilians in the northern Afghan province of Kunduz, according to officials and residents in the area, a fierce battleground that has been hit by several errant US airstrikes in recent years.A US soldier was killed on Saturday after sustaining injuries on an operation in Logar in the eastern part of the country, the US military said. Related: Prosecutor seeks to investigate Afghan war crimes allegations – and claims of US torture Continue reading... [...]
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How Kipling helped quell an Indian mutiny in first world war trenches
British intelligence enlisted Jungle Book author to counter German propaganda by rewriting soldiers’ letters homeHe was one of Britain’s most celebrated writers of the 20th century, the Nobel prizewinning author of The Jungle Book. But Rudyard Kipling’s work for British intelligence during the first world war has been lost in the mists of time.Now new research has highlighted the extraordinary role the author of Kim and the poem If played in pushing out pro-empire propaganda designed to temper the threat of an insurrection among Indian soldiers fighting in France. Related: Rudyard Kipling’s writing enjoyed by Indians | Brief letters Continue reading... [...]
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Patna: Hamid Ansari takes potshots at Nitish as he refrains from sharing stage with him
Former Vice-President Hamid Ansari on Saturday took a jibe at Chief Minister Nitish Kumar saying that the character of Bihar is such that not only friends, but also enemies get together in politics. [...]
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Delhi: Over a dozen flights diverted from IGI Airport due to 'VIP movement'
Long queues are being witnessed in Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport due to VVIP movement. [...]
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How HIV found its way to a remote corner of the Himalayas
Like many men from Nepal’s Accham district, Sarpa migrated to India for work only to return with HIV. Thankfully, a lessening of stigma – and a greater emphasis on treatment and testing – are making such stories less commonplaceAdarsh and Numa are the only two HIV-positive kids at their school, and everyone knows it. In this mud-and-brick village, so high up Nepal’s far-western hills that it takes two days by 4x4 to reach the nearest town, no secrets stay secret for long.Like nearly every other man of working age here in Achham – a remote, mountainous district where many women are still banished to cowsheds when they menstruate – Adarsh and Numa’s father migrated to India for work. And like many other migrants seeking wealth and opportunity beyond Nepal’s borders, he returned home with a very different legacy to the one he anticipated: a life-threatening virus. Related: Nepal outlaws custom of exiling women during their periods Continue reading... [...]
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Prosecutor seeks to investigate Afghan war crimes allegations – and claims of US torture
If authorised ICC would investigate crimes allegedly committed by all sides including US forces, CIA, Taliban and Afghan militaryThe chief prosecutor of the international criminal court is seeking approval to investigate allegations of war crimes in Afghanistan, including possible torture by US forces and the CIA.If authorised, the investigation would also look at crimes allegedly committed by armed opposition groups, such as the Taliban, and Afghan government forces. Related: Inside the CIA’s black site torture room Continue reading... [...]
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Thane: TV actress, detective arrested for blackmailing Maharashtra IAS officer
IAS officer Radheshyam Mopalwar was being blackmailed by a private detective Satish Mangle and his wife who is a Marathi film and TV actress Shraddha Mangle. [...]
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Aadhaar Act under Supreme Court scanner: 7 issues with biometric database project
Is Aadhaar Act valid? Supreme Court sought response from the Centre on four petitions challenging constitutional validity of the Aadhaar Act passed by Parliament last year. [...]
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Thank you Bade Sahaab. Congress launches sarcastic campaign on Modi's unfulfilled promises
The campaign, consisting a series of memes, shows an impoverished couple and a child thanking Modi for his unfulfilled promises. [...]
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Outrage at video of Afghan colonel sexually exploiting woman
Graphic video apparently shows official having sexual intercourse with a woman reported to have been pressured for sex after asking for a promotionA video of an Afghan government official appearing to sexually exploit a female employee has sent shockwaves through Afghanistan where sexual harassment is rampant but rarely discussed in public.The video, which went viral, is a daring accusation in a conservative society where victims of abuse are often stigmatised. Related: Afghan artist dons armour to counter men's street harassment Continue reading... [...]
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Facebook allowed child abuse posts to stay online for more than a year, Indian court hears
Post advertising rape videos was also permitted to stay online despite being reported several timesFacebook refused for more than a year to remove a page featuring images of children taken in public under which users posted graphic descriptions of sexual abuse, according to submissions made to India’s supreme court.A Facebook post advertising rape videos was also permitted to stay online despite being reported several times, the court heard, while police in the western state of Kerala allege another page was being used to run a child-sex ring. Related: Coders of the world, unite: can Silicon Valley workers curb the power of Big Tech? Continue reading... [...]
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