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Renowned painter SH Raza laid to rest
Raza, credited for popularising Indian concepts and iconography, had built a towering legacy of modern art. [...]
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Afghanistan holds day of mourning after bomb kills at least 80
Interior ministry bans public gatherings in apparent attempt to avoid inter-communal strife after attack on Hazara marchAfghanistan has marked a national day of mourning a day after a suicide bomber killed at least 80 people who were taking part in a peaceful demonstration in Kabul. The attack was claimed by Islamic State.Authorities said 231 people were wounded, some seriously, in the bombing on Saturday afternoon at a march by members of the ethnic Hazara community, who are predominantly Shia Muslim. Most Afghans are Sunni, and Isis regards Shias as apostates. Continue reading... [...]
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Playground or graveyard? Fight breaks out over future of Osama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan
Military and local government at odds over what to do with the plot in Abbottabad where Bin Laden was killed by Navy SealsA dispute has broken out over the future of the site where Osama Bin Laden was shot dead in 2011, with authorities pushing rival plans for a graveyard or playground.The military has erected a wall around the 3,800 sq ft plot where the al-Qaida leader’s compound once stood in the garrison city of Abbottabad, and wants to convert it into a graveyard. Related: Osama Bin Laden's son vows to avenge al-Qaida leader's death Continue reading... [...]
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RSS must come clean on funds collected on Guru Purnima, says Digvijaya Singh
He also said that several organisations which owe affiliation to the RSS were unregistered and therefore it was difficult to track down the money collected. [...]
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Isis claims responsibility for Kabul fatal bomb attack on Hazara protesters
At least 80 dead and more than 230 wounded after attack on demonstration by minority group, which makes up 9% of populationAt least 80 people have been killed and hundreds injured after two suicide bombers struck a peaceful protest in Kabul by a Shia minority group. Responsibility for the attack, which appears to have targeted a demonstration by the Hazara minority, was claimed by Islamic State via the group’s news agency, Amaq. If true, it would mark the first attack by Isis in Kabul, and its largest ever in Afghanistan. Related: Hazara people march on Kabul in power line protest Related: Kabul’s expat bubble used to be like Boogie Nights – now it’s more like Panic Room Continue reading... [...]
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Latest film from superstar actor Rajinikanth sends India into a frenzy
Ticket sales broke records and workers have been given days off as hype around the movie Kabali engulfs the nationIt is the kind of reception Hollywood actors and moguls can only dream of. Workers given days off, jumbo jets repainted and prayer ceremonies held – all in honour of a film.The release of Kabali, the latest film featuring Indian superstar actor Rajinikanth, has prompted a cinema-going frenzy across India, with the film racking up £20m in film rights sales before it is even released. Related: Bollywood escape for Delhi's poor communities – in pictures Continue reading... [...]
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Finding Antonov-32: The task, the odds
While the Indian Navy is leading the Search And Rescue effort, given that it is an incident at sea, IAF and ICG are working in close cooperation. [...]
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Smriti Irani not targeted, HRD minister Javadekar tells India Today
Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar cleared the air on Smriti Irani's exit from Modi's Cabinet. [...]
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Angry mob torches bogies of South Bihar express after boy comes under the train
This evening a student Navneet while he was crossing the track came under a train and was killed. [...]
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India should follow China to find a way out of the woods on saving forest people | Gaurav Madan
While China has given more than 400 million people legal rights over forest land, vast swaths of forestry in India are being degraded, leaving locals without landThere was a time when the area leading up to the village of Usku Dadjo in the state of Jharkhand, east India, was dense forest. But because residents did not have the right to manage their land, the forest was steadily degraded by outsiders. Now, only sand and scrub remain.Last year, the community started to reclaim traditional lands using India’s groundbreaking 2006 Forest Rights Act. While the community has not yet received any response from the government, residents have put up signs asserting their right to the land. Related: Liberia must pass land rights bill or risk jeopardising peace, campaigners warn Related: Brazil's giant dams risk destroying heart of the Amazon, says Greenpeace Continue reading... [...]
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India begins search for military aircraft missing with 29 people on board
Massive rescue operation launched after Indian air force plane vanished over the Bay of Bengal shortly after takeoffIndia has launched a massive search and rescue operation for an Indian air force (IAF) plane that went missing with 29 people on board over the Bay of Bengal.With concern mounting hours after its disappearance, five surveillance aircraft and 13 navy and coastguard ships began searching on Friday for the plane, which vanished shortly after takeoff from the southern city of Chennai.Full scale Search & Rescue launched to look for IAF AN 32 overdue at Port Blair since 1130 hrs. Max assets being deployed at earliest. Continue reading... [...]
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Task force to probe malnourishment death of tribal infants in Odisha
Odisha government finally formed a task force to investigate the deaths of as many as 19 children due to malnourishment. [...]
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Rahul Gandhi meets Dalit family in Una, announces Rs 5 lakh as help
Rahul Gandhi today met the family of boys who were assaulted in Una, Gujarat and promised them financial help. [...]
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Suds and the city: the abandoned bathtubs of Gurgaon – in pictures
As the north Indian city’s real estate market has developed over the years, so has its residents’ dislike of bathing, apparently. Gurgaon resident Namrata Mehta documents the city’s discarded bathtubs on the website Broken Toilets Continue reading... [...]
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Myanmar military admits soldiers killed villagers during interrogation
Five men were found in a shallow grave days after being rounded up and led away in the northern Shan StateFive villagers have been killed by soldiers during an interrogation in Myanmar, a senior general said, in a rare admission by the country’s powerful military which promised to prosecute the perpetrators. Witnesses have told Reuters that soldiers rounded up dozens of men in a remote part of the northern Shan state – an area riven by a long-running ethnic insurgency – on 25 June and led five men away. The bodies of the five were found in a shallow grave a few days later. Related: Myanmar human rights group 'forced' to cancel launch of report on army torture Continue reading... [...]
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Confessions of a killer policeman | Raghu Karnad and Grace Jajo
In a state bloodied by decades of armed rebellion, Thounaojam Herojit became one of India’s most deadly policemen – killing more than a hundred people. This year, he became something rarer still: an executioner who wanted to tell the world about his crimesWhen he began to kill, Thounaojam Herojit never intended to tell his wife – let alone the whole country. After an execution, he would go home and wait by the corrugated tin gate for her to bring him a towel and bucket. He bathed, right there in the lane, as their children did, to keep the pollution of death from entering their house. Each time, he would ask her to wash his uniform, even though his clothes looked clean. Eventually she caught on.The worst days were ahead of Herojit – these were merely the most dangerous. He was a young police constable in Manipur, a province in the north-east of India bloodied by decades of separatist insurgency and state reprisal. But he was also a commando – part of an elite unit raised to fight the insurgents – and he was set to become their most effective executioner.The seven men stayed subdued, and the truck drove to a spot on the hillside – where Herojit shot them all deadThe UNLF was established in November 24, 1964, with the firm conviction that Indian colonial rule had been strangling the genuine development of our peoples … We have also begun striking at the occupation forces from time to time in order to awaken the masses to the real and ugly face of Indian colonialism and to propagate the revolutionary line that our national pride and independence can be regained through armed struggle only …The execution in front of witnesses got him suspended for ‘indiscipline and grave misconduct’. It lasted 10 days Related: Pictures point to Indian police killing unarmed man in Manipur Continue reading... [...]
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Social media gangsters unmasked: Vested interests can trigger false propaganda online
An India Today reporter has exposed rings of young IT professionals who can orchestrate malice and religious polarisation in the virtual world no matter if it tears apart lives, careers and reputations in the real. [...]
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Five factors AAP may consider before announcing Sidhu as its face in Punjab
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