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Kerala Budget: Thomas Isaac focuses on women safety, Ockhi-hit coastal region; lists measures to cut costs
Kerala Budget: Thomas Isaac focuses on women safety, Ockhi-hit coastal region; lists measures to cut costs [...]
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What, when, how of Delhi sealing drive and the politics over it
What, when, how of Delhi sealing drive and the politics over it [...]
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Myanmar: UN and US deeply troubled over new report of five mass graves
Survivors said that the soldiers carefully planned the 27 August attack, and then deliberately tried to hide what they had doneThe US state department has said it is “deeply, deeply troubled” by new reports of mass graves in Myanmar’s Rakhine State, where the military has been accused of atrocities against minority Rohingya Muslims. The Associated Press reported earlier it had confirmed the existence of more than five previously unreported mass graves in the Myanmar village of Gu Dar Pyin, through interviews with survivors in refugee camps in Bangladesh and through time-stamped mobile phone videos. Related: Displaced Rohingya children left in limbo by refugee crisis Continue reading... [...]
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French climber tells of ordeal on Pakistan's 'Killer Mountain'
Elisabeth Revol abandoned her climbing partner, suffered hallucinations and frostbite and may require amputationsA French mountaineer rescued from Pakistan’s “Killer Mountain” has described how she was forced to abandon her weak climbing partner, descend alone in darkness and wait more than 24 hours for help while suffering altitude-induced hallucinations that made her take a shoe off in freezing conditions.Elisabeth Revol, 37, returned to France after she was rescued on Sunday from Nanga Parbat, the world’s ninth-highest peak at 8,126 metres. She is being treated in a hospital in the Haute-Savoie region, where doctors are assessing whether she will require amputations because of frostbite in her hands and left foot. Continue reading... [...]
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India's farmed chickens dosed with world's strongest antibiotics, study finds
Warning over wider global health impacts after findings reveal hundreds of tonnes of colistin – the ‘antibiotic of last resort’ – are being shipped to India’s farmsChickens raised in India for food have been dosed with some of the strongest antibiotics known to medicine, in practices that could have repercussions throughout the world.Hundreds of tonnes of an “antibiotic of last resort” – only used in the most extreme cases of sickness - are shipped to India each year to be used, without medical supervision, on animals that may not require the drugs but are being dosed with them nevertheless to promote the growth of healthy animals. Continue reading... [...]
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Ram Rahim accused of forcibly castrating 400 Dera followers, CBI files chargesheet
Ram Rahim accused of forcibly castrating 400 Dera followers, CBI files chargesheet [...]
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Budget 2018: Post-Gujarat poll, Modi govt's focus remains on farmers, youth and poor
Budget 2018: Post-Gujarat poll, Modi govt's focus remains on farmers, youth and poor [...]
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Earth's ultimate yogis – in pictures
Worried that fitness obsessives were making yoga too commercial, photographer Andy Richter went in search of the true spiritual path – from mass retreats in America to caves in India Continue reading... [...]
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Devoid of hope, displaced Rohingya children are vulnerable to trafficking and radicalisation
The refugee emergency along the Bangladesh-Myanmar border is a crisis of the young, with generations-long repercussions for the region, and the worldThe soldiers came in the darkness to Majuma Begum’s village. She watched the soldiers work systematically through Boli Bazaar, torching homes and executing those who did not, or could not, flee. Seven months pregnant, she ran.“When the burning started, I ran with my family members for the forest. We stayed for four days hiding there. We had nothing. I ate the bark from the trees.” Related: Rohingya refugee children at risk from monsoon season 'catastrophe' Related: 'There is no peace': traumatised Rohingya vow they won't go back to Myanmar Continue reading... [...]
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​Jiah Khan's ex-partner Sooraj Pancholi charged over death of Bollywood star
Pancholi is accused of abetting suicide of fellow actor Jiah Khan, who died in Mumbai in 2013 A court in Mumbai has charged the Bollywood actor Sooraj Pancholi with abetting the suicide of his former partner, the actor Jiah Khan, who was found dead in her apartment by her mother in June 2013. Continue reading... [...]
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High Five: Jaitley's fifth consecutive Union Budget puts him in an exclusive club of finance ministers
Jaitley's fifth consecutive Union Budget puts him in an exclusive club of finance ministers [...]
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Can Sri Lanka's elephants and humans learn to live together? – in pictures
On this small, densely populated island, clashes between elephants and humans are rapidly increasing. Rangers and villagers are working to find ways to avoid the conflict and the devastating, at times deadly, impacts on both sides Continue reading... [...]
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The changing face of Bhutan – in pictures
For decades Bhutan had no television, no traffic lights and a culture that had barely changed in centuries. Today, bars dot the capital, Thimphu, set in mist-covered mountains, teenagers play video games in internet cafes, and men smoke and gamble in snooker halls Continue reading... [...]
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'Price of conflict is too high': hunger at crisis levels in eight countries
War driving up acute food insecurity on a vast scale, report finds, with Yemen, South Sudan and Syria worst affectedThe number of hungry people living in conflict zones is rising, with eight countries recording crisis or emergency levels of food insecurity in at least a quarter of their people, food agencies warned the UN security council on Monday.In Yemen, 17 million people, or 60% of the population, are facing acute food insecurity, while in South Sudan, the figure is 4.8 million or 45% of its people. The other countries ranked as having the highest proportions of food insecure people were Syria, Lebanon, Central African Republic, Ukraine, Afghanistan and Somalia, according to a report by the World Food Programme and the Food and Agriculture Organisation. Related: The struggle for food in a fragile world – in pictures Continue reading... [...]
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More than 63 million women 'missing' in India, statistics show
Sex-selective abortions and boys’ better nutrition and medical care blamed for gender disparityMore than 63 million women are “missing” statistically across India, and more than 21 million girls are unwanted by their families, government officials say.The skewed ratio of men to women is largely the result of sex-selective abortions, and better nutrition and medical care for boys, according to the government’s annual economic survey, which was released on Monday. Related: India's missing girls: fears grow over rising levels of foeticide | KumKum Dasgupta Continue reading... [...]
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UN children's agency appeals for record $3.6bn as wars trigger desperate need
One in four children live in countries affected by conflict or disaster, says Unicef, though billions required in assistance unlikely to be metThe UN’s children’s agency has launched its biggest emergency appeal for funding, warning that conflict is creating unprecedented levels of need.Almost one in four children live in a country affected by conflict or disaster, according to Unicef, which has appealed for $3.6bn (£2.6bn) to provide emergency assistance in 2018. Related: 'The future is very dark': Central African Republic's relentless cycle of suffering Continue reading... [...]
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Rohingya refugee children at risk from monsoon season 'catastrophe'
Heavy rain and cyclones could bring disease, flooding, landslides and further displacement to those in camps along the Bangladesh-Myanmar borderA new humanitarian crisis looms in the Rohingya refugee camps along the Bangladesh-Myanmar border, with the region’s annual cyclone and monsoon season predicted to threaten lives and shelters, food and water supplies.More than 668,000 Rohingya have fled across the Myanmar border since August, swelling numbers in the camps strung along the border to more than 800,000. Related: 'There is no peace': traumatised Rohingya vow they won't go back to Myanmar Related: Rohingya girls under 10 raped while fleeing Myanmar, charity says Continue reading... [...]
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Muslim woman receives death threats after leading prayers in Kerala
Jamida Beevi thought to be first woman to lead Friday prayers in India for a mixed congregationA Muslim woman in the southern Indian state of Kerala has received death threats after leading prayers for a mixed congregation in an act of defiance against established Islamic practice.Jamida Beevi is thought to be the first woman to lead Friday prayers in India for both male and female worshippers, doing so at Wandoor Cherukod village in Malappuram last week. She also delivered a sermon on gender justice. Related: More than 63 million women 'missing' in India, statistics show Related: Second woman arrested in Tehran for hijab protest Continue reading... [...]
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Rubbish astrologers say about lunar eclipses
A total lunar eclipse - the cosmic event occasioned when the earth is positioned exactly between the sun and the moon, and our planet's shadow falls on its natural satellite - will be visible across India tomorrow. You'll witness a phenomenon called the "blood moon," in which the normally white orb acquires a red-brown glow, according to the BM Birla Science Centre in Hyderabad. The event will also bring about phenomena called the Blue Moon and the Super Moon, the centre said. Unfortunately, in 2018, a time when fake news inundates social media feeds and online messaging apps at alarming speeds, superstition is still rife in Indian society. Consider some of the advice that a 'spiritual healer' and tarot reader (we don't name her because the purpose is not to shame her), has for you ahead of tomorrow's lunar eclipse. Here are some of the do's and don'ts she listed, while speaking to one of our Kolkata correspondents. TAROT READER'S ADVICE Driving any sort of vehicle, and riding on a horse or any animal should be avoided. Do not sleep during the eclipse, as sleep will weaken your aura during this period. Do not touch bed sheets, pillow covers, windows/doors, etcetera during the eclipse. If you touch them by any chance, they should be washed after the end of the eclipse. Visiting the washroom should be avoided unless it's necessary. Take a salt water bath after the eclipse to remove any negative energy which may have entered your aura during the eclipse. ADVICE FOR PREGNANT WOMEN: Pregnant ladies should take full rest and keep a full coconut beside them during the event to protect their babies from the harsh energies. The coconut can be discarded later. Pregnant ladies shouldn't go outdoors, or use any sharp objects. They should avoid eating during this period. So, to sum up, between 5:20 pm and 7:25 pm (that's when the main eclipse ends), you should avoid going to the washroom, sleeping, driving, and, well, riding horses. NOW SOME REAL ADVICE The BM Birla Science Centre says superstitious beliefs - like not eating anything during a total lunar eclipse - don't have any scientific basis. Meanwhile, the US' National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) appears unconcerned about the perils of untimely horse rides. Its Eclipse website contains a link to this essay, titled "Lunar Eclipses for Beginners," which contains the following advice: "Unlike solar eclipses, lunar eclipses are completely safe to watch. You don't need any kind of protective filters. It isn't even necessary to use a telescope. You can watch the lunar eclipse with nothing more than your own two eyes." The author adds: "If you have a pair of binoculars, they will help magnify the view and will make the red coloration brighter and easier to see. A standard pair of 7x35 or 7x50 binoculars work fine. Remember to dress warmly and enjoy the spectacle!" We'll end on that note. [...]
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Budget 2018: How President Kovind and V-P Naidu kept an interesting pattern of Hindi-English speeches alive
How President Kovind, V-P Naidu kept pattern of Hindi-English budget speeches alive [...]
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Man dies after being sucked into MRI scanner at Indian hospital
Man was carrying oxygen cylinder which was pulled by machine’s magnetic force and then thought to have puncturedAn Indian man died after being sucked into an MRI machine while visiting a relative at a hospital in Mumbai, police said Monday.Rajesh Maru, 32, was yanked towards the machine by its magnetic force after he entered the room carrying an oxygen cylinder, the city’s police said in a statement. Related: Two Indian families opt to keep sons who were swapped at birth Continue reading... [...]
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'There is no peace': traumatised Rohingya vow they won't go back to Myanmar
Efforts to send Rohingya back over the border are foundering before they have even begun“They burned my house and my whole village, they stole my crops,” Nagumia says. “I saw them throw the young children, and the old people who could not run, into the fire. They cut people’s throats and their bellies and left them to die. I cannot go back. What am I going to go back to?” Across the Naf River from Myanmar, in the swollen Rohingya refugee camps huddled against Bangladesh’s border, the wounds are too raw: there is almost no one yet willing to consider return. Related: Someone has to ask the Rohingya what they actually want | Kate Allen Related: The Guardian view on returning the Rohingya: a bad deal, worsened by haste | Editorial Continue reading... [...]
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NHS admits doctors may be using tools made by children in Pakistan
Closer scrutiny demanded as NHS supplier concedes surgical instruments in routine use could be product of child labourChildren as young as 12 are making surgical instruments in hazardous conditions in Pakistan, prompting fears that the tools could be used in the NHS, the Guardian has discovered.In Sialkot, Punjab, where 99% of Pakistan’s surgical instrument production is centred, illegal child labour was witnessed in at least a dozen small workshops. Continue reading... [...]
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Tourists offered a night's stay in a Mumbai slum
Travellers can taste the life of the city’s millions of slum residents – but critics call it poverty tourismTourists are being offered a night’s stay in a Mumbai slum to experience the “reality” of life in India’s financial capital, including using a public toilet shared by over 50 other families.The scheme is being run by David Bijl, 32, a Dutch citizen who works for a Mumbai NGO in conjunction with local resident Ravi Sansi. He argues that slums are “part of the reality of Mumbai – not the only part, but a part” and anyone who wishes to understand the inequalities of the city needs to understand slum life. Other tours of Mumbai slums, he said, can often be “superficial”. Continue reading... [...]
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M&S one of UK retailers yet to renew safety deal in Bangladesh factories
John Lewis, Debenhams, Next and Sainsbury’s have yet to join international rivals in dealMarks & Spencer, John Lewis, Debenhams, Next and Sainsbury’s are among a group of British retailers yet to join international rivals in renewing their commitment to a factory safety deal in Bangladesh. Continue reading... [...]
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Curious case of missing Dalits from President Kovind's address to Parliament's Budget Session
Curious case of missing Dalits from President Kovind's address to Parliament's Budget Session [...]
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Now, BSF to use speedboats in J-K and Punjab to fix security 'Achilles' heel' at border
Now, BSF to use speedboats in J-K and Punjab to fix security 'Achilles' heel' at border [...]
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‘We have no security’: Kabul reels from deadly ambulance bombing
Fear and despair in Afghan capital after more than 100 people killed in suicide attackKabul has reacted with despair and fear to one of the worst attacks for months in the Afghan capital, which killed more than 100 people and wounded at least 235.There was helpless anger among residents on Sunday at the seemingly endless violence, after an ambulance packed with explosives blew up in a crowded city street the previous day, with security officials warning that more attacks are possible. The deadly terrorist attack in #Afghanistan should lead Atta Noor and the Unity Government to immediately come together and resolve their differences. Fighting terrorism and protecting the people is job one. I hope they rise to the occasion. @RealDonaldTrump Continue reading... [...]
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