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Adverse comments on Nitish Kumar may jeopardise alliance, JDU warns Congress
Criticised by senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad for not backing Meira Kumar for the Presidential polls, the JDU said the comments were not in sync with the coalition dharma. [...]
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Trump ponders crackdown on Pakistan over terror ties despite experts' warnings
As US mulls strategy over country’s support for terrorist groups in Afghanistan, experts say tougher stance could drive Pakistan toward China and Russia The Trump administration is considering taking a harder stance against Pakistan for supporting terrorist groups in Afghanistan, but experts warn that pressure alone will not bring peace. Related: Donald Trump's hands-off approach gives US military free rein Related: Trump's defense chief admits struggle in Afghanistan: 'We are not winning' Continue reading... [...]
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Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy: 'I know there will be an attempt to silence me'
Her films about ‘honour’ killings and acid attacks won Oscars – and caused fury in Pakistan. How will her latest work, an uncompromising look at lives wrecked by the partition of India, be received?When Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy was studying for her A-levels while growing up in Pakistan, she heard that Michael Jackson was playing a concert in India. The 17-year-old was desperate to go, but when she told her grandfather, he forbade her – not just from the concert, but from the country. “He said, ‘You are going to India over my dead body.’ He was a very logical man, so I wondered why.”The answer lies in 1947, when Obaid-Chinoy’s grandfather became one of more than 15 million people who fled across the hastily drawn borders between the new country of Pakistan and newly independent India. Seventy years on, the migration it sparked is still one of the biggest in history, while the repercussions – from the birth of Bangladesh in 1971 to the ongoing hostility between the two now nuclear countries – still shape the subcontinent today. Related: How Saving Face won Oscar glory Continue reading... [...]
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Trump tells Indian PM: 'We are world leaders in social media' – video
US President Donald Trump has welcomed Indian prime minister Narendra Modi to the White House, saying the pair were ‘world leaders in social media’ and that the future of their partnership ‘has never looked brighter’. Continue reading... [...]
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Madhya Pradesh: 2  farmers commit suicide in last 24 hours
The toll of farmer suicides have risen to 25 since June 6 - the day police opened fire at farmers in Mandsaur. [...]
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How Sushma Swaraj got in the good books of Narendra Modi in 3 years
Sushma Swaraj, as described by the Prime Minister, is a 2 am minister whose promptness on social media has earned her more than 8.3 million followers on Twitter alone. [...]
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Opposition may boycott special Parliament midnight session on GST roll out
Few opposition parties leaders are contemplating to boycott the event keeping small traders sentiments in mind. [...]
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‘Before my brother died, I had dreams’: the Kabul attack that unravelled a family | Sune Engel Rasmussen
Once the family breadwinner, Hossein Panahi was among 150 people who died when a bomb ripped through the Afghan capital in May. Now his kin are destitute, adding to the toll of lives wrecked by the country’s violenceAs an only son, Hossein Panahi was his family’s sole provider. He supplied his sisters with clothes, his ailing parents with food and medicine, and built them all a house to live in. His salary meant his two older sisters did not have to marry young for dowry, but could wait for men they loved. He also put his third sister through law school. Related: The female journalists defying taboos and braving death threats in Afghanistan | Sune Engel Rasmussen Related: 'I am a criminal. What is my crime?': the human toll of abortion in Afghanistan Continue reading... [...]
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Kashmir: seven die after cable car falls 30m in tourist town
Gusty winds in uprooted a huge pine tree that hit the cable of the coach, bringing it down to the groundFour Indian tourists and three local residents died when a cable car came crashing down from a height of at least 30 meters (100ft) in a tourist town in the Indian portion of Kashmir. Related: Kashmir conflict shifts with top militant vowing fight is for an Islamic state Continue reading... [...]
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RBS to cut hundreds of UK jobs in move to India
Bank’s transfer of loans team to Mumbai brings loss of 443 jobs in Britain and condemnation by Unite over ‘cheap’ labour Royal Bank of Scotland is to cut 443 jobs in Britain as the bank moves its team that arranges loans for small businesses to India.The taxpayer-controlled bank said that the roles would transfer to Mumbai, to be included in the group’s growing team there, as part of a restructuring designed to cut costs, first reported in the Mail on Sunday. Related: RBS to cut 550 jobs as part of plan to automate investment advice Continue reading... [...]
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Rajasthan: Farmer commits suicide in CM Vasundhra Raje's home district
The farmers's family members said he had borrowed loans from a cooperative society and local money lenders, and was facing financial crisis. [...]
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GST scare: Fearing losses Chandigarh chemists stop buying stocks
Fearing losses following GST, chemists in Chandigarh have stopped buying fresh stocks. [...]
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Overturned oil tanker explodes in Pakistan, killing 148
Victims had rushed to scene of highway accident to gather leaking fuel, an official saysAn overturned oil tanker burst into flames in Pakistan on Sunday, killing 148 people who had rushed to the scene of the highway accident to gather leaking fuel, an official said.Local news channels showed black smoke billowing skyward and horrific images of scores of burned bodies, as well as rescue officials speeding the injured to hospital and army helicopters ferrying the wounded. Related: 57 die as bus burns after collision with oil tanker in Pakistan Continue reading... [...]
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Chhattisgarh Police, CRPF launch Operation Prahar against Naxals in Sukma district
Chhattisgarh Police and CRPF launched a major operation code named Operation Prahar in Sukma district against Maoists. [...]
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West Bengal: BJP MP George Baker attacked by TMC workers in Burdwan
BJP MP George Baker's convoy was attacked today in Burdwan allegedly by Trinamool Congress workers. [...]
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Tubelight review – Salman Khan's stuttering charm offensive
Hoping to continue the personal rebranding begun in 2015’s Bajrangi Bhaijaan and seduce the Chinese audience at the same time, Salman Khan’s latest is a cold-eyed sentiment-wringerThree years ago, few could have predicted that Salman Khan – Bollywood’s somewhat incredible hulk, then mired in career controversy – would eventually devote himself to issuing humanitarian statements in film form. This curious turn into mid-career community service began with 2015’s summer mega-hit Bajrangi Bhaijaan, in which the star sought to build bridges between India and Pakistan; it continued through last year’s biopic Sultan, where an ageing action man pondered how best to use his muscle. In new release Tubelight, the charm offensive stutters: with its pitifully glib pleas for peace, this 1960s-set mushfest makes Culture Club’s low-barring The War Song sound as though it was written by AJP Taylor. Related: Salman Khan: 'I have no interest in doing Hollywood films' Continue reading... [...]
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Dozens killed in two separate attacks in Pakistan on eve of Eid
Suicide car bomber kills 12 in Quetta and twin blasts in Parachinar leave at least 25 deadAt least 37 people have been killed and more than 100 injured in two separate attacks in Pakistan, according to local officials.Early on Friday, a suicide car bomber killed 12 people in Quetta in the volatile south-west. Continue reading... [...]
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British accountant sentenced to 17 years in Myanmar jail in controversial court case
Niranjan Rasalingam had no lawyer and was at first unaware of his full sentence for role in ATM card scam that he deniesA court in Myanmar has sentenced a 30-year-old British man to 17 years in jail in a case that has attracted criticism after he was held for more than a year without charge.Niranjan Rasalingam, an accountant from Croydon, was arrested in 2014 alongside three Indian nationals on suspicion of stealing 25.2m kyats (£13,744) using cloned ATM cards in Yangon. Related: 'This is hell': British man held in Myanmar for 14 months without charge pleads for help Continue reading... [...]
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India's truck drivers – in pictures
Photographer Ozzie Hope hitchhiked through India with truck drivers to document the daily lives of those working in the second largest source of employment in India Continue reading... [...]
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How Afghan women refugees have become Delhi's unlikely plastic waste warriors
Afghan refugee women are not only battling traditional gender roles by going out to work, but they have also become unlikely warriors in the Indian capital's fight to curb plastic waste pollution. [...]
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Presidential poll: Meira Kumar to file nomination on June 27, thanks Opposition parties for nominating her
According to Congress sources, former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar will file her nomination on June 27. [...]
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Pakistan: 11 dead after car bomb near police chief's office in Quetta
Bomb was planted in a moving car, but officers were trying to determine whether it was a suicide attackA powerful car bombing near the office of the provincial police chief in southwestern Pakistan on Friday has killed 11 people and wounded 20, officials said.The explosion near the police chief’s office in Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan province, was powerful enough that it was heard across the city, shattering windows of nearby buildings, said police spokesman Shahzada Farhat. Related: Amnesty International: fans arrested in India for cheering Pakistan win ‘must be freed’ Continue reading... [...]
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NCP, Shiv Sena slam Venkaiah Naidu for 'loan waiver now a fashion' remark
Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu has sparked off a row by saying that loan waiver has become a fashion these days. Ally Shiv Sena and NCP from the Opposition have criticised the comment. [...]
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It's official. Presidential election between Oppn's Meira Kumar, BJP's Ram Nath Kovind on July 17
Former Lok Sabha speaker and Dalit leader Meira Kumar was selected by the opposition parties. [...]
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Before Tatas buy Air India, a look at 5 bad decisions that led to national carrier's downfall
Before the Narendra Modi government decides to sell Air India to Tata Sons or any other interested buyer, we take a look at some of the factors that led to the downfall of Maharajah. [...]
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Suicide car bomb causes multiple casualties in Afghanistan
Explosion at bank in southern Helmand province as civilians and officials queued to withdraw salaries leaves at least 15 deadAt least 15 people have been killed in suicide car bombing in the capital of Helmand province in Afghanistan.A powerful explosion struck a bank in Lashkar Gah city while civilian and military government employees were queueing to withdraw their salaries, officials said on Thursday. Related: Ramadan on the Afghan frontline: after heavy fighting, hunger and boredom Continue reading... [...]
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Ramadan on the Afghan frontline: after heavy fighting, hunger and boredom
Kunduz fell to the Taliban, but in recent months coalition forces have won ground. Now, four months into Ramadan, fasting in 40C heat has taken its tollFor most of his adult life Juma Khan, a husky Afghan policeman, enjoyed breaking the Ramadan fast with his family after returning home from duty.The evening Ramadan dinner, called iftar, is a moment shared not just by families, but by the entire country: at sunset, people gather over meals, always made with extra care, no matter how poor the family. Related: We foreigners in Kabul marvel at Afghan 'resilience'. But they have no other choice | Sune Engel Rasmussen Related: What is fuelling Islamic State's wave of Ramadan violence? Continue reading... [...]
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Amnesty International: fans arrested in India for cheering Pakistan win ‘must be freed’
• Nineteen men arrested in India following Pakistan’s Champions Trophy win• Fans face life imprisonment for sedition for chanting pro-Pakistan slogansNineteen cricket fans arrested in India for celebrating Pakistan’s win over India in the Champions Trophy “should be released immediately”, according to Amnesty International.On Monday police in Madhya Pradesh arrested 15 people in Burhanpur for allegedly committing “sedition” by shouting “pro-Pakistan” and “anti-India” slogans. Four further cricket fans were arrested in Karnataka allegedly for celebrating Pakistan’s 180-run win. Related: Hail the Unbelievables! How Pakistan found cricketing redemption Related: Unstoppable Pakistan crush India by 180 runs to win Champions Trophy final Continue reading... [...]
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