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Mumbai beach goes from dump to turtle hatchery in two years
Olive Ridley turtle hatchlings spotted after cleanup of Versova beach by Afroz Shah and volunteersHatchlings from a vulnerable turtle species have been spotted for the first time in decades on a Mumbai beach that was rejuvenated in the past two years by a massive volunteer cleanup operation.At least 80 Olive Ridley turtles have made their way into the Arabian Sea from nests on the southern end of Versova beach in the past week, protected from wild dogs and birds of prey by volunteers who slept overnight in the sand to watch over them. Continue reading... [...]
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'Happiest day of my life': Malala returns to Pakistan for first time since Taliban shooting
Nobel peace prize recipient meets prime minister Abbasi and delivers address on national TVMalala Yousafzai, the Nobel laureate and activist for girls’ education, has made an emotional return to Pakistan for the first time since she was shot in the head nearly six years ago in a Taliban assassination attempt.Yousafzai, the youngest ever Nobel prize winner, arrived on Thursday in the capital Islamabad with her father and younger brother, meeting the prime minister, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, before giving a speech on national television. Related: Malala Yousafzai: ‘The west is viewed as an ideal, but there’s still a lot of work to be done’ Related: Malala tells Aung San Suu Kyi 'world is waiting' for her to act over Rohingya violence Continue reading... [...]
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Ways to step up the fight against global antimicrobial resistance | Letters
Decision-makers must acknowledge the pivotal role that water, sanitation and hygiene play in preventing infection, writes WaterAid’s Margaret Batty. Meanwhile Matt Ball of the The Good Food Institute says moving to plant-based and clean meat is the best thing we can do to avoid pandemics of antibiotic-resistant superbugsWith drug-resistant infections now causing the deaths of half a million people a year, access to clean water and decent sanitation has never been more vital in the race to prevent a global antimicrobial resistance catastrophe. As Dame Sally Davies poignantly highlighted in your report (Experts issue new warning on overuse of antibiotics, 27 March), “the importance of clean water, sanitation and vaccination must not be forgotten to avoid infections occurring in the first place”. This point, alongside the critical role of hygiene, is absolutely key.This is already a global health emergency, with 844 million people lacking access to clean water and 2.3 billion without safe, private toilets. In developing nations almost 40% of healthcare facilities do not have a water supply, 19% do not provide adequate sanitation and 35% do not have soap and water to sustain good hygiene practices. Without these basics in place, infection prevention and control in healthcare settings becomes almost impossible. So it is no surprise that hospital-acquired infections are the third major driver of antimicrobial resistance globally. Continue reading... [...]
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Millions of Indian students face resits after exams leak
Maths and economics papers were spread via WhatsApp before students sat the examsIndia has vowed to strengthen online security measures after high school exam papers were leaked in advance, forcing millions of students to resit their finals.The education minister, Prakash Javadekar, said an investigation was under way into how the mathematics and economics papers were accessed and spread via WhatsApp before the exam. Related: 'Getting naked before the white man': Indian minister rubbishes privacy fears Continue reading... [...]
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'The most important thing I have': Rohingya refugees on what means most – in pictures
When you have to flee your home, what do you take? Since the last exodus from Myanmar in August, more than 688,000 Rohingya people have escaped to Bangladesh. Here, refugees talk about the things that mean most to themAll photographs by Brian Sokol/UNHCR Continue reading... [...]
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Final chapter? The slow death of Islamabad's secondhand bookshops
Since the 1970s, ‘old bookshops’ have lent character to Pakistan’s capital. But as the city’s economy surges, how long can they survive? Nadeem Ahmad Siddiqui is holding court with a group of friends and regulars at his Islamabad bookshop, Jumbo. The jovial chatter and tea drinking is broken up every so often by a customer seeking Siddiqui’s help. One child is gently admonished to find something more stimulating to read, while a question about medical textbooks from a mother and daughter soon turns into an animated discussion about India-Pakistan relations. Tucked away in the corner of a busy commercial sector, unassuming Jumbo Books has iconic status among Islamabad’s “old bookshops”, as secondhand book stores are known here. Once the nondescript doorway is located among the swanky new restaurants and fashion boutiques of Pakistan’s capital, the visitor takes a staircase down to a concrete basement. Inside are shelves piled high with rare antique books, philosophical tomes and contemporary literature.Very few of us remain and a lot of the newer stores are focused on school and university textbooks Related: Numaish Karachi: can art installations change this violent megacity's image? Continue reading... [...]
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Full steam ahead at the Indian train station run only by women – in pictures
In a country where women are quitting the workforce at an alarming rate, the all-female staff of Gandhinagar railway station in Jaipur are bucking the trend. Employed as ticket-sellers, station masters and conductors, the women say they hope to inspire a generation of girls passing through the stationAll photographs by Sajjad Hussain/AFP/Getty Images Continue reading... [...]
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Elephant seen 'smoking' in southern India – video
Footage of an elephant blowing ash has baffled wildlife experts, who say they've never seen behaviour like it before. The video released by the Wildlife Conservation Society may be an example of zoopharmacognosy, animal self-medicationElephant 'smoking' footage baffles experts Continue reading... [...]
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Afghan clerics in talks with Isis to break polio vaccine myths
Islamic clerics consult with Taliban and Islamic State to ensure immunisation campaign goes ahead despite scepticism and distrustIslamic clerics have agreed to work with the Afghan government to persuade militant groups in the country that vaccination programmes should be allowed in remote areas.Imans are to consult with the Taliban, Islamic State and other factions in the mountainous Kunar province in a bid to get efforts to eradicate polio back on track, after six new cases were reported in Afghanistan this year. Continue reading... [...]
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Three Indian journalists run down and killed by vehicles
Sandeep Sharma, Navin Nischal and Vijay Singh claimed to be victims of deliberate attacksThree Indian journalists have been struck by vehicles and killed in recent days in what their families and rights groups claim were deliberate attacks. The deaths of the reporters Sandeep Sharma in Madhya Pradesh state, and Navin Nischal and Vijay Singh in Bihar state, have underlined India’s status as one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a journalist, particularly in languages other than English and outside large cities.#WATCH:Chilling CCTV footage of moment when Journalist Sandeep Sharma was run over by a truck in Bhind. He had been reporting on the sand mafia and had earlier complained to Police about threat to his life. #MadhyaPradesh pic.twitter.com/LZxNuTLyap Related: Villagers pay tragic price as Indian building boom drives demand for sand Continue reading... [...]
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Elephant 'smoking' footage baffles experts
Animal in India may have been trying to ingest wood charcoal and blowing away the ashFootage of an Asian elephant “smoking” in a forest in southern India has baffled wildlife experts, who say the behaviour has never before been observed.Vinay Kumar, a scientist with the Wildlife Conservation Society’s (WCS) India programme, captured the puffing pachyderm while visiting camera traps in the Nagarahole national park in Karnataka state. Continue reading... [...]
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‘The biggest game changer in 100 years’: Chinese money gushes into Sri Lanka
Beijing is spreading its influence across the region with huge investments – much to the worry of India and the westLittle disturbs the serenity of Guan Yin, the bodhisattva of compassion, as her statue sits in contemplation at the centre of Mattala Rajapaksa international airport.The last flight from the airport departed at 7.50am. The next is scheduled for 7.50am tomorrow. In the meantime check-in counters are empty, car rental desks deserted, and the only sign of life a handful of staff laughing around an information desk who disperse when a visitor arrives. Related: China’s clout has few limits. Shouldn’t we be worried about its new Silk Road? | Tom Miller Related: World's biggest building project aims to make China great again Continue reading... [...]
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Australia condemns Myanmar violence and says offenders 'must be held to account'
Australia tells UN Human Rights Council observers needed to supervise Rohingyas’ returnAustralia has told Myanmar that international observers must be allowed into the isolated Rakhine state to monitor the situation of Rohingya still living there, and to supervise the return of any of those who have fled and wish to come back.In its strongest statement yet against the quasi-military regime, Australia condemned Myanmar’s violence at the United Nations Human Rights Council, saying anyone guilty of human rights abuses “must be held to account”. Related: Malcolm Turnbull encourages Aung San Suu Kyi to resettle Rohingya Related: Aung San Suu Kyi asks Australia and Asean for help with Rohingya crisis Continue reading... [...]
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'Getting naked before the white man': Indian minister rubbishes privacy fears
KJ Alphons says critics of country’s database have no issue complying with US visa requirementsAn Indian cabinet minister has questioned why privacy advocates in the country have no issue “getting body naked before the white man” to obtain a US visa but object to the government’s biometric database scheme.Revelations last week about Cambridge Analytica’s misuse of Facebook data have sparked a renewed debate in India about privacy in one of the world’s fastest-growing internet markets.When you create a profile in the official @narendramodi #Android app, all your device info (OS, network type, Carrier …) and personal data (email, photo, gender, name, …) are send without your consent to a third-party domain called https://t.co/N3zA3QeNZO. pic.twitter.com/Vey3OP6hcfHi! My name is Narendra Modi. I am India's Prime Minister. When you sign up for my official App, I give all your data to my friends in American companies. Ps. Thanks mainstream media, you're doing a great job of burying this critical story, as always.https://t.co/IZYzkuH1ZH Continue reading... [...]
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Children's book praising Hitler as 'amazing leader' pulled by Indian publisher
Publisher Pegasus had claimed Hitler was included for his leadership skills, alongside Gandhi, Barack Obama and Nelson MandelaAn Indian publisher has withdrawn a book for children which included Adolf Hitler on a list of “amazing leaders … who have devoted their lives [to] the betterment of their country and people”.Pegasus, the children’s books imprint of India’s B Jain Publishing Group, confirmed to the Guardian on 26 March that its title Leaders was no longer on sale, following widespread criticism of its decision to feature Hitler in the book, alongside the likes of Gandhi, Winston Churchill, Barack Obama and Nelson Mandela. Continue reading... [...]
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Mumbai celebrates Earth Hour at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus
Mumbai celebrates Earth Hour at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus [...]
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INX Media case: CBI to question Peter Mukharjea, likely to be confronted with Karti
INX Media case: CBI to question Peter Mukharjea, likely to be confronted with Karti [...]
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Rajinikanth faces internal rift in fan forum ahead of party launch
Rajinikanth faces internal rift in fan forum ahead of party launch [...]
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Amit Shah tells BJP MPs to counter Opposition narrative in 3-day visit to constituencies
Amit Shah tells BJP MPs to counter Opposition narrative in visits to constituencies [...]
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CBI books 31 including IDBI Bank GM in Rs 445.32 crore cheating case
CBI books 31 including IDBI Bank GM in Rs 445.32 crore cheating case [...]
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At least 14 killed, 47 injured in car bomb explosion during wrestling match in Afghanistan
At least 14 killed, 47 injured in car bomb explosion during wrestling match in Afghanistan [...]
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Jaginder Singh Brar obituary
My father, Jaginder Singh Brar, who has died aged 79, was a founder member of the Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara, the Sikh temple in Southall, London, and went on to use his experience to lead the establishment of a thriving Sikh community in Reading.As one of six founding trustees, he rallied the few dozen Sikhs in Reading in the early 1970s to buy a spiritual home. They needed £26,000 to buy the property. Trustees used their homes as security to borrow £12,000. The rest came from a two-year fundraising mission led by my father. Continue reading... [...]
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Mumbai's leopards have killed humans – but could they also be saving lives?
Leopards roaming the Sanjay Gandhi National Park could be helping to control the city’s dangerous stray dog population, study suggestsA fleeting glimpse of the black spots and gold fur of a leopard is not an uncommon sight at Sanjay Gandhi National Park in the Indian city of Mumbai.Leopards are often thought of as a threat to humans, but rather than being a problem in Mumbai, they may actually be helping their human neighbours – even saving their lives – as we argue in our paper published in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. Related: The leopards of Mumbai: life and death among the city's 'living ghosts' Continue reading... [...]
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Indian ‘cow protectors’ jailed for life over murder of Muslim man
Eleven men were part of mob that attacked Alimuddin Ansari, who was transporting beefEleven cow protection vigilantes in the Indian state of Jharkhand have been sentenced to life in prison for killing a Muslim man who was transporting beef. They are thought to be the first people convicted for violence in the name of the cow. Related: On patrol with the Hindu vigilantes who would kill to protect India's cows Continue reading... [...]
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Reuters reporters clock up 100 days in Myanmar jail
Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, jailed for reporting on anti-Rohingya violence, reach milestoneTwo Reuters journalists jailed in Myannmar for reporting on the campaign of violence against the Rohingya have now been in prison for 100 days. Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were arrested in December while they were investigating how the Myanmar military looted and burned a Rohingya village, killed 10 men and then buried the bodies in a mass grave. Continue reading... [...]
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New frontline fighter air base for IAF at Deesa
New frontline fighter air base for IAF at Deesa [...]
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Parents want CBI probe into class 9 girl's suicide
Parents want CBI probe into class 9 girl's suicide [...]
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India's Opposition cheapest in the world, says Sushil Modi
India's Opposition cheapest in the world, says Sushil Modi [...]
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