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Indian warrior king's rocket cache found in abandoned well
Archaeologists find corroded shells stored by powerful 18th-century ruler Tipu SultanMore than 1,000 rockets belonging to an 18th-century Muslim warrior king have been found by excavators in an abandoned well in southern India, according to authorities. Related: Tipu Sultan papers reveal wealth of spoils after India siege Related: Legal battle over royal house of Mysore, and one of India's great fortunes Continue reading... [...]
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Pakistan election: victor Imran Khan hits former ruling party in its heartlands
Election winner will need allies to form coalition government after his PTI party fails to win overall majorityThe Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party of the former international cricketer Imran Khan has enjoyed success across the country, official results from Pakistan’s general election show, in a commanding victory marred by allegations of military interference in the polls.With 11 seats left to count, more than a day after the result was due, the PTI has won 114 seats in the national assembly, while the defeated incumbent, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) holds only 63. The Pakistan Peoples Party came third with 43 seats. Related: Imran Khan has won over Pakistan. But real power still lies with the army | Samira Shackle Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Continue reading... [...]
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Imran Khan has won over Pakistan. But real power still lies with the army | Samira Shackle
Mass appeal, and military approval, brought Khan election victory – yet his ability to act on his promises may be limitedIt is now certain that Imran Khan will lead Pakistan’s next government. But how much power will he really wield, and what can Pakistan and the world expect? Khan’s victory speech struck a conciliatory note, a welcome surprise to many after a vicious election campaign. He pledged to improve relations with Pakistan’s neighbours, India and Afghanistan, to widen the country’s tax base, stamp out corruption and improve governance. Related: Pakistan election: victor Imran Khan hits former ruling party in its heartlands Khan has shown himself willing to work with more or less anyone in the pursuit of power Continue reading... [...]
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The Guardian view on Pakistan’s elections: Imran Khan’s real test is coming | Editorial
Opposition parties rejected the outcome even before official results were in. What will Mr Khan do – and be able to do – with the victory he has just claimed?Imran Khan says that he has won the election in Pakistan, and is poised to fulfil his long-pursued ambition to lead the country. Projections give his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party a commanding lead, but opponents of the cricket star turned populist politician are unanimous in rejecting the outcome. Though the startling delay in results and reports of ballot-stuffing fuelled suspicion and anger, there had already been warnings of the dirtiest election in recent history.The army has directly ruled Pakistan for half of its 71-year history, wielding power behind the scenes in between. If all goes smoothly, this will be only the second time one civilian government has replaced another. Tens of millions went to the polls, despite deadly campaign violence including a suicide bombing on election day. While in places women were prevented from voting, in other areas women voted for the first time. Continue reading... [...]
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Pakistan election in disarray as incumbent rejects result
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz alleges ballot is rigged in favour of Imran Khan’s partyPakistan election 2018: live updatesPakistan’s general election has been plunged into chaos after the incumbent Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PMLN) said it would reject the result amid widespread allegations that the military was rigging the ballot in favour of the party led by the former cricketer Imran Khan.With only a third of the vote counted by 3am – an hour after the result was officially due – Khan’s Pakistan-Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) led in 110 seats, with the PMLN trailing on 68.Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Related: Imran Khan near victory in Pakistan election but some ask if he is playing fair It’s now past midnight & I haven’t received official results from any constituency I am contesting my myself. My candidates complaining polling agents have been thrown out of polling stations across the country. Inexcusable & outrageous. Related: Millions vote in Pakistan election after Quetta suicide blast Continue reading... [...]
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Congress rakes up retired judge AK Goel's appointment as NGT chairman
Congress rakes up retired judge AK Goel's appointment as NGT chairman [...]
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NSUI alleges BJP replaced Nehru's photo with that of Savarkar in Goa school textbook
NSUI alleges BJP replaced Nehru's photo with that of Savarkar in Goa school textbook [...]
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Imran Khan claims victory in Pakistan elections
Former cricket star claims victory although it is not clear if his Tehreek-e-Insaf party will have to form coalitionPakistan’s former cricket star Imran Khan has claimed victory in his country’s parliamentary elections.Khan’s statement came amid slow counting of ballots after an election marred by allegations of fraud and militant violence. Related: Pakistan election 2018: Imran Khan claims victory – live Continue reading... [...]
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India to investigate alleged Cambridge Analytica data breach
Inquiry to determine if data of Indian voters and Facebook users was compromisedIndia’s federal investigating agency will determine whether personal data from Indian voters and Facebook users was compromised by the political consultant company Cambridge Analytica.The minister of electronics and information technology, Ravi Shankar Prasad, said the Central Bureau of Investigation would look at whether the British company violated Indian laws. Continue reading... [...]
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Pakistan's likely new leader is fiery speaker with authoritarian instincts
Imran Khan’s political fortunes have shown a remarkable – and not untroubling – turnaroundFor 26 years, Imran Khan’s greatest achievement was winning Pakistan the 1992 Cricket World Cup. The 25 July general election might have eclipsed that grandest of triumphs.That Khan has emerged from Wednesday’s historic vote as the likely next prime minister of Pakistan involves a remarkable turnaround in his political fortunes. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Continue reading... [...]
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Challenge of Pakistan military remains for Khan as voters hope for new dawn
Ex-national cricket hero will struggle to convince whole of Pakistan he is worthy, honest and credible winnerThe likelihood that Imran Khan, a former playboy and cricketing hero with zero experience of government, will become Pakistan’s next prime minister marks a radical departure for a politically and religiously conservative country dominated for decades by the wealthy Bhutto and Sharif family dynasties.Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Related: Pakistanis vote after bitterly contested and violent campaign Related: Khan is only a player in the circus run by Pakistan’s military | Fatima Bhutto Continue reading... [...]
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Cow smuggling, vigilantism goes on unabated in Alwar despite efforts from police
Cow smuggling, vigilantism goes on unabated in Alwar despite efforts from police [...]
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I will be in Congress till I die, says Karnataka MLA's son out on bail
I will be in Congress till I die, says Karnataka MLA's son out on bail [...]
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Millions vote in Pakistan election after Quetta suicide blast
400,000 soldiers deployed at polling stations, prompting claims of military interferenceMillions of Pakistani voters have cast their ballots in a general election beset by allegations of military interference and scarred by the deaths of at least 31 people in a suicide attack outside a polling station in the eastern city of Quetta.After a bloody campaign during which 151 people were killed a fortnight ago in Pakistan’s second deadliest terrorist attack, on Wednesday a militant blew himself up hours after polls opened. Continue reading... [...]
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Pakistan election: bomb and shooting attacks leave dozens dead as polls open – live
Violence across country as millions go to the polls to decide between cricket legend Imran Khan and brother of disgraced former PM Nawaz Sharif for PMFull story: Pakistanis vote after bitterly contested campaignPakistan elections: who is standing and what is at stake? 10.49am BST Polling stations in Pakistan are supposed to close at 6pm (2pm BST) but the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz has requested that they stay open for another hour, until 7pm. It says: There are long lines of voters waiting in the queue while only 3-4 persons are allowed to enter the polling station at a time to cast their vote ....This is not only causing inconvenience to voters standing in long lines in the hot and humid weather, but it also may end up depriving people from their right of vote because of this tedious, slow, cumbersome voting procedure adopted by personnel at almost all the polling station [sic] in Pakistan.مسلم لیگ ن کا الیکشن کمشن سے پولنگ کا ٹائم ایک گھنٹہ بڑھانے کا مطالبہ pic.twitter.com/fMcr7LlMXs 10.25am BST It is not just Imran Khan, who the Electoral Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has in its sights for transgressing its ban on electoral speech-making on election day. All major politicians, including Imran Khan, Shehbaz Sharif and Bilawal, spoke to reporters after casting their vote. ECP has taken an exception to it. But can you blame the politicians? Stakes are high, they need to rally the base. It's one rule they will willingly overlook#BreakingNews: #ECP takes notice of #Imran, #Shehbaz & Khuwaja Asif's media talks during #polling #GE #ECP @ImranKhanPTI @CMShehbaz #ElectionDay #PakistanElections2018 pic.twitter.com/EgU3mTqLCH 10.22am BST Voters for a party which has been critical of the Pakistani military have reportedly been targeted in Waziristan, the mountainous region in the north-west of the country.Worrying claims coming out of Waziristan, where Mohsin Dawar (@mjdawar) of the Pashtun Protection Movement (PTM) is contesting. The PTM has ferociously criticised Pakistan's army. Here, supporters say they are being barred from voting. "These are selections, not elections," https://t.co/PsGUNFwOu5 10.07am BST Seven people have been arrested for alleged vote rigging in Pakistan’s most populous city, Karachi, Dawn reports: Seven people, including one woman, have been arrested from different polling stations in Karachi for allegedly taking part in rigging.#ElectionPakistan2018 #DawnElections https://t.co/2oQZDVKBWB 10.04am BST Yasmeen Lehri, a candidate for the provincial assembly from Quetta, Balochistan, expressed anger over the security lapses that she says led to the explosion near a polling station in the provincial capital, which has killed 31 people, according to the Associated Press. She said: It is completely a security failure. The security forces should have devised some pragmatic strategies for stopping this sort of attacks after witnessing the Mastung carnage, that killed 151 people including Siraj Raisani, a provincial candidate, but they have learnt nothing. I don’t think that people will now come out to cast their votes.Balochistan is at a crossroads and since 2016 Isis [Islamic State] has been very active in Balochistan but the forces have failed to provide enough security to the people on election day and have not succeeded in preventing attacks. We have blood everywhere and in this situation transparent elections, even simple elections look difficult. 9.35am BST Clashes have been reported between workers from the PMLN and PTI, the main election rivals, in several areas. In Lahore and Chiniot, both cities in the Punjab, the key voting battleground, they led to polling being halted. Literally #Fight-ing to form the government in #Pakistan !! #PTI #PMLN https://t.co/4q5apVnd3w#BreakingNews: #Polling stopped temporarily in NA-123 Lahore after clash between #PTI and #PMLN workers#NA123 #Lahore #GE #Elections2018 pic.twitter.com/p3txuDIFKmPolling in Chiniot NA-99 halts after PTI, PML-N activists clash: Express News 9.29am BST One of the brightest spots in an otherwise bitter campaign has been the rise of Jibran Nasir, a famous lawyer and human rights activist contesting from Karachi. He has much of the country worrying for his safety after he bravely refused to call Ahamdis non-Muslim, despite the pressure of a mob at one of his rallies. Ahmadis face serious persecution in Pakistan, for their belief that another prophet may have followed Muhammad. Nasir has been accused of blasphemy by supporters of the new far-right religious party, Tehreek-e-Labbaik. They can’t even condemn this propaganda. They are allowing it to become a normal part of political battles.The PTI is supposed to have support of the liberal, educated youth. How superficial liberals are they if they cannot call out their own leader on this nonsense. 9.13am BST Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, son of the assassinated former prime minister Benazir Bhuttoand and leader of the Pakistan P [...]
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Swedish student's dramatic plane protest stops man's deportation 'to hell'
Elin Ersson refused to take her seat on flight at Gothenburg airport until man being sent to Afghanistan was removedA lone student activist on board a plane at Gothenburg airport has prevented the deportation of an Afghan asylum seeker from Sweden by refusing to sit down until the man was removed from the flight.Elin Ersson, whose Facebook page says she is a student at Gothenburg University, bought a ticket for the flight from Gothenburg to Turkey after she and other asylum activists found out that an Afghan was due to be deported on it, according to Swedish press reports. Related: 'Sweden sends us to be killed': young Afghans face perilous deportation Continue reading... [...]
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Row erupts over 'poverty porn' images of Indian villagers with fake food
Award-winning photographer Alessio Mamo attracts fierce criticism for pictures staged to illustrate hunger, but says he worked honestly and respectfullyA series of photographs that attempt to dramatise the issue of hunger in India has prompted a furious debate, amid accusations the images are “unethical, “staged” and “poverty porn”.The pictures – by award-winning Italian photographer Alessio Mamo – attracted fierce controversy on social media after they were posted on Sunday on the Instagram account of World Press Photo, home to one of the world’s leading news photography prizes. Continue reading... [...]
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The invisible female candidates shut out of Pakistan's elections | Munizae Jahangir
New rules mean at least 5% of each party’s candidates for Wednesday’s polls must be women – but most are allocated seats they are unlikely to winAt a tiny gathering in the narrow streets of the eastern city of Lahore, Saira Bano, clad in a burqa, sits quietly among bearded men, who chant “long live Hafiz Saeed”.Saeed leads the Jamaat-ud-Dawa militant group accused of being behind the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, which killed 166 people. He carries a $10m (£7.6m) bounty on his head. Related: Pakistan elections: who is standing and what is at stake? Continue reading... [...]
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Pakistanis vote after bitterly contested yet low-energy campaign
Two-horse race between Imran Khan and Sharif family is only second peaceful transfer of power in nation’s historyPakistanis will go to the polls after an election campaign sullied by militant violence and widespread allegations of military interference that could see the former international cricketer Imran Khan gather enough support to lead his first government.The national vote is a two-horse race between the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), a long-established party that has ruled the country for the past five years, and the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), formed by Khan to break open the nation’s hidebound politics. Continue reading... [...]
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'More deadly than terrorism': potholes responsible for killing 10 people a day in India
MPs debate road safety after it emerges that almost 4,000 people died as a result of badly maintained roads in 2017Potholes caused the deaths of almost 10 Indians every day last year, MPs have been told, as parliament debated the country’s shockingly bad road safety record. The roads minister, Mansuk Mandaviya, said that 3,597 people had been killed and 25,000 injured in 2017 owing to accidents caused by potholes alone. Related: The man who paves India's roads with old plastic Continue reading... [...]
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7 Indian fishermen arrested by Sri Lankan Navy to be sent back
7 Indian fishermen arrested by Sri Lankan Navy to be sent back [...]
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Drunk police constable driving without helmet stopped by public in Coimbatore
Drunk police constable driving without helmet stopped by public in Coimbatore [...]
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Two AAP MLAs deported in Canada due to misleading information in visa application
Two AAP MLAs deported in Canada due to misleading information in visa application [...]
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‘Our lives should be lived in the sun’: the couple fighting to legalise gay sex in India
Sunil Mehra and Navtej Johar have been a couple for 24 years under the shadow of India’s archaic law on homosexuality. They talk about privacy, prejudice – and how they want to bring hope to a new generationOne day, about 15 years ago, Sunil Mehra’s partner, Navtej Johar, a classical dancer, was being interviewed on the phone at their New Delhi home. The journalist asked about Johar’s sexuality. Mehra waited until Johar had finished, then sat him down and asked him a question: “Navvy [as he calls Johar], do you want to be known as a brilliant dancer? Or do you want to be known as a gay dancer?”For his entire life, Mehra had refused to be defined by his sexuality. “I am not a professional homosexual,” he says now. “There is much more to my life than my sexuality.” And yet, five years ago, Mehra agreed to shed his privacy to become the first well-known Indian in the country to openly declare that he was gay, putting his and Johar’s names on a writ petition in the supreme court demanding that section 377 of Indian law – which criminalises gay sex – be abolished.My sister said to me: ‘How could you? How could you think that I would not love who you love?’ Continue reading... [...]
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Once ostracised, now Pakistani transgender people are running for parliament
A new law lets people self-identify their gender on official documents and offers protection to 13 trans candidates in this week’s electionPakistan elections: who is standing and what is at stake?Cast out, marginalised and even murdered, transgender people in Pakistan used to have to rely on their wits to survive. Now they are running for parliament.The country is conservative and deeply religious and homosexuality is illegal, but it has nonetheless introduced laws that are at the global forefront of trans rights. Pakistan has officially recognised a third gender since 2009. Continue reading... [...]
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Indian police 'took tea break' before attending to lynching victim
Inquiry into response to fatal attack by Hindu cow vigilantes on Muslim man Akbar Khan Indian police have begun an inquiry into officers alleged to have taken a tea break instead of taking a critically injured lynching victim to hospital.Akbar Khan died of his injuries after being attacked by a gang of Hindu cow vigilantes in Alwar district, Rajasthan state, on Friday. Related: 'WhatsApp murders': India struggles to combat crimes linked to messaging service Continue reading... [...]
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An interview with Pakistan’s Pervez Musharraf pulls its punches – but hits harder than Morgan v Trump
Mohammed Naqvi makes no attempt to hide his support for ousted Pakistani leader General Pervez Musharraf in this otherwise intriguing documentaryWhen Piers Morgan interviewed his pal Donald Trump inside Air Force One earlier this month, he was accused of being soft on the president. The sycophant in the room; Air Force One, that’s their pet name for Trump’s rectum, right? Etc.To be honest, I didn’t think it was too bad – not the greatest interview, but he did at least tackle him on a few things. But these days you’re not allowed to think something is a bit meh, you have to hate it. Continue reading... [...]
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Anti-military protests rock Pakistan in run-up to fiercely contested election
PML-N claims state security agencies are hobbling the party’s re-election campaignProtesters have lined the streets outside the headquarters of Pakistan’s powerful military in an unprecedented show of defiance ahead of a delicately poised election on Wednesday that the armed forces and its ISI spy agency are accused of manipulating.Local media avoided details of the weekend demonstration in Rawalpindi but footage circulated rapidly via WhatsApp of the protests in a traditionally pro-military area. Related: Imran Khan near victory in Pakistan election but some ask if he is playing fair Related: Arrests and intimidation fuel fears of ‘dirty’ election in Pakistan Continue reading... [...]
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