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RS Prasad used pictures of Hindu deities in the Constitution to make this point
RS Prasad used pictures of Hindu deities in the Constitution to make this point [...]
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Afghan interpreters working for UK army ‘failed’ by government
Britain must abandon policy of leaving ex-staff dangerously exposed, says Commons report The government has “dismally failed” to protect Afghans who worked as interpreters for the British army and are now at risk from the Taliban and Islamic State, according to a Commons defence select committee report.The study criticises the Home Office and Ministry of Defence for not fulfilling obligations towards thousands of Afghans who worked for British forces, many of them on the frontline. Continue reading... [...]
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PM Modi apologises for lack of drinking water in Santiniketan
PM Modi apologises for lack of drinking water in Santiniketan [...]
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Will hand Major Gogoi exemplary punishment if he's guilty: Army chief on hotel row
Will hand Major Gogoi exemplary punishment if he's guilty: Army chief on hotel row [...]
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Bangladesh's Philippines-style drugs war creating 'atmosphere of terror'
Human rights activists say campaign, in which 50 people shot dead in a week, is politically motivated Bangladeshi police have shot dead more than 50 accused drug traffickers in the past week as part of anti-narcotics crackdown that activists fear could escalate into a Philippines-style campaign of mass extrajudicial killings. Questions are already being raised about some of those killed in the campaign against the “drug menace”, with one family telling the Guardian their relative was an opposition political activist who never touched drugs. Related: Bangladesh's disappeared: activist found on bus claims he was latest target Related: 'Lives will be lost': 700,000 Rohingya face cyclone season under tarpaulin Continue reading... [...]
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Pakistan passes bill to bring law and order to former Taliban region
Fata tribal area in the country’s northwest had already been cleared of militants by the armyFor centuries the north-west corner of Pakistan known as the federally administered tribal areas (Fata) has been known as one of the world’s most lawless regions – a mountainous bolthole for terrorist groups.This week, however, Pakistan’s parliament passed a a landmark piece of legislation to abolish the semi-autonomous zone of Fata and bring a court system, police and modern governance to its long-suffering 5 million residents. Related: Pakistan asks Trump to help fund border fence with Afghanistan Continue reading... [...]
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Political buzz: Will PM Modi contest from Odisha's Puri? Here's why he may
Political buzz: Will PM Modi contest from Odisha's Puri? Here's why he may [...]
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Gujarat govt seeks divine intervention from Indra, plans yagna for early monsoon
Gujarat govt seeks divine intervention from Indra, plans yagna for early monsoon [...]
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'My heart drowns': anguish as Pakistani girl killed in Texas shooting is buried
A guard of honor in Karachi received the body of Sabika Sheikh, who was at Santa Fe high school on a year-long exchange programWhen 17-year-old Sabika Sheikh landed in the US to begin her year-long study program at a Texas high school, she did so with dreams of presenting everyone she met with a new, different face of Pakistan – one far removed from the terrorist attacks they might have seen on TV.Earlier on Wednesday, her body was returned to Karachi, Pakistan’s business hub, after she was shot and killed in a school last week in Santa Fe, Texas. She was among 10 victims in the latest example of a particularly American nightmare. Related: Santa Fe shooting: Texas town reels as names of 10 victims released Continue reading... [...]
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Files on Tamil Tigers and MI5 in Sri Lanka erased at Foreign Office
Destruction of 1978-1980 files means there is no record of UK government’s work at the timeBritain’s Foreign Office destroyed almost 200 files on Sri Lanka dating from the start of a Tamil Tiger uprising during which MI5 and the SAS secretly advised the country’s security forces, it has emerged.The loss of the files means that there is almost no record of the British government’s work with the Sri Lankan authorities at the start of a famously brutal civil war. Related: Sri Lanka counts civilian war dead to counter war crimes claim Continue reading... [...]
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Police in south India accused of mass murder after shooting dead protesters
Eleven people protesting over pollution from a copper plant have been killed by police in Tamil Nadu in south IndiaAnother person has been shot dead during violent protests in south India against a copper plant operated by a British mining giant residents say is polluting the local environment.Opposition politicians in the state of Tamil Nadu have accused the police of committing mass murder against protesters opposed to the expansion of a copper smelting facility in the port city of Thoothukudi. Continue reading... [...]
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Untouchable no more: the Dalit bridegroom rejecting class prejudice | Amrit Dhillon
When a student from India’s lowest caste proposed to take his marriage procession past the homes of well-to-do Hindus, uproar ensued. Yet he is now poised for a significant victoryThe dusty, nondescript road has long been a no-go area, on pain of death, for bridegrooms from the Dalit caste and their wedding processions.In July, however, on a date yet to be fixed, Sanjay Kumar Jadav, 27, will lead his parade of male relatives – called the “baraat” – down the road in Nizampur village. The group will pass the houses of upper caste Hindus who fear they will be “tainted” by his passing, to where his fiancee Sheetal lives. There, the couple will be married. Continue reading... [...]
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Class act: the great Dalit fightback that started in the schoolroom
A network of free after-school coaching classes for Dalits is just one way that India’s lowest caste is raising its sightsWhen he was 14, Govind Gyan Chand started attending the large school near his village. In the first week, some upper-caste boys took him aside and asked him about his caste. He told them he was Dalit, considered the lowest caste in Indian society. When he left school for the day, the boys were waiting outside, and flogged him. “I don’t know why they did it,” he says. “All I know is the upper caste likes to torture us. I wanted to give up school – somehow I didn’t.”Now 22, Chand divides his time between classes in college, working, and teaching English and maths to the Dalit children of his village. He is a volunteer for Bhim Pathshala, a network of free after-school coaching classes for Dalit children run by Bhim Army, an organisation that works for the education and rights of Dalits. Continue reading... [...]
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'The mindset is that boys are not raped': India ends silence on male sex abuse
Major survey commissioned after film-maker finds evidence many Indian men may have suffered child abuseA film-maker asked by the Indian government to conduct a study of male survivors of child sexual abuse has said there is a culture of indifference in the country about “what happens to men as boys”.Insia Dariwala is linvestigating links between unresolved male trauma and its impact in later life, after an online survey of 160 Indian men showed that 71% of respondents had been sexually abused as children.Patriarchy forces a boy into thinking his abuse is something he can get over without any support Continue reading... [...]
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Manjhi’s dig at Nitish, only Taj Mahal remains to be built by him in Bihar
Manjhi’s dig at Nitish, only Taj Mahal remains to be built by him in Bihar [...]
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'Mass murder' in Tuticorin: Stalin tweets chilling photo, says CM EPS incompetent
'Mass murder' in Tuticorin: Stalin tweets chilling photo, says CM EPS incompetent [...]
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From colonial outpost to modern metropolis: Yangon then and now – in pictures
These fade-in shots show how Myanmar’s former capital has changed over time, from Churchill Road – named after Winston’s father – to the breathtaking Sule Pagoda. Photographs from the Yangon Time Machine Continue reading... [...]
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Nine people killed as Indian police open fire on pollution protesters
Protests against Thoothukudi smelter have been taking place for more than three monthsAt least nine people have been killed after police fired at protesters calling for the closure of a copper smelter in southern India. Residents of the port city of Thoothukudi in Tamil Nadu state, alongside environmentalists, have been demonstrating against one of India’s biggest copper plants for more than three months, alleging it is a major source of pollution and a risk to fisheries. Continue reading... [...]
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Robbie Williams to 'party like a Russian' with Uzbek-born billionaire
Singer will entertain global elite at glitzy event to celebrate success of Alisher UsmanovRobbie Williams has been hired to perform at a party to celebrate the business success of the Uzbek-born Russian billionaire and Arsenal shareholder Alisher Usmanov.Williams, who released a 2016 track titled Party Like a Russian, is headlining an event this week to celebrate 25 years of MegaFon, a Russian mobile phone company largely owned and controlled by Usmanov, according to Bloomberg. Russia and France to Build Business Bridges at #SPIEF 2018 https://t.co/Nur3yk0cmP pic.twitter.com/jiKuKbkl2j Continue reading... [...]
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Rohingya militants massacred Hindus in Myanmar, says Amnesty
Human rights group says accountability for atrocities is just as crucial as for security forces’ crimesThe Rohingya military group Arsa carried out deadly massacres and abductions of the Hindu community in Myanmar’s Rakhine state last year, a new report by Amnesty International has revealed.Testimony collected by Amnesty from dozens of witnesses and survivors of the attacks in Rakhine in August have detailed how up to 99 Hindu men, women and children were killed by Arsa militants armed with knives, swords and sticks. Only those who agreed to convert to Islam were spared. Related: 'Lives will be lost': 700,000 Rohingya face cyclone season under tarpaulin Continue reading... [...]
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Nine pollution protesters killed in India after police open fire – video report
Nine people have been killed in southern India after police opened fire on protesters who have been calling for the closure of a copper smelter in the port city of Thoothukudi in Tamil Nadu state. Protesters, who have been demonstrating for more than three months, set vehicles on fire and threw stones at police, prompting them to open fireNine people killed as Indian police open fire on pollution protesters Continue reading... [...]
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Death toll climbs in Karachi heatwave
Charity says at least 65 people have died in Pakistani city as temperatures exceed 40C An intense heatwave across south Asia has killed dozens of people with sustained temperatures in excess of 40C (104F) coinciding with power cuts and Ramadan, when many Muslims avoid eating or drinking water.At least 65 people have died in Karachi in recent days according to the charitable organisation that runs the central morgue in the Pakistani port city, as volunteers handed out water to labourers and others working outside in temperatures as high as 44C. Continue reading... [...]
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High prices of petrol and diesel explained, why onus lies on govt
High prices of petrol and diesel explained, why onus lies on govt [...]
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'Facsist police': In TN's Tuticorin, anti-Sterlite protest turns violent
'Facsist police': In TN's Tuticorin, anti-Sterlite protest turns violent [...]
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MPs push for Myanmar regime to face international criminal court
International development select committee also supports review of UK aid and application of financial sanctions The UK must support efforts to refer Myanmar’s regime to the international criminal court over evidence of state-sanctioned ethnic cleansing of Rohingya people and human rights abuses, according to MPs on the international development select committee.They also called for a complete review of UK aid to Myanmar, which was worth £100m in 2018, saying the sums were agreed at the time it appeared the country was on a transition to democracy. Related: 'Hallmarks of genocide': ICC prosecutor seeks justice for Rohingya Related: 'Lives will be lost': 700,000 Rohingya face cyclone season under tarpaulin Continue reading... [...]
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India successfully test fires BrahMos cruise missile
India successfully test fires BrahMos cruise missile [...]
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Hawaii's Kilauea: Dramatic images of erupting volcano
Hawaii's Kilauea: Dramatic images of erupting volcano [...]
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Kumaraswamy will be the CM but what's next for Yeddyurappa, Siddaramaiah and Reddy brothers?
Kumaraswamy will be the CM but what's next for Yeddyurappa, Siddaramaiah and Reddy brothers? [...]
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