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Villagers pay tragic price as Indian building boom drives demand for sand
Last May three men from one family were shot dead, victims of the violence that has spread as local people protest against miners“We didn’t know they had guns,” Santosh Yadav says. “If we knew they had so many guns – that they were planning to commit a massacre – we would never have argued with them.”Months later Yadav still replays the morning of 19 May in his mind. The decision he made with his uncle and cousins to go to the riverbank. To confront the men mining sand near his village. Not to run when the miners went to their vehicles and returned with guns. Continue reading... [...]
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Its dreams of a caliphate are gone. Now Isis has a deadly new strategy | Hassan Hassan
Territorial losses in Syria and Iraq mean Islamic State militants are igniting bloody sectarian insurgencies elsewhereIts much-vaunted caliphate has gone, crushed by the might of Russian, Syrian and US warplanes, Iran-backed militias, Kurdish forces and armies launched by Damascus and Baghdad. But while 2017 might have seen the end of Islamic State’s dream of ruling over its twisted vision of an ideal society, the year ended with an ominous sign that its deadly international campaign against the many people and faiths it sees as spiritual foes has gathered new energy.Last Thursday, dozens of civilians in Kabul were killed in a suicide attack that targeted a Shia cultural centre in the Afghan capital. The assault was the latest in persistent attacks by an affiliate of Isis, which has proved to be resilient despite a relentless campaign against it in recent months. Related: Scores killed in Isis bombing of Kabul news agency and Shia centre Its territorial demise might exacerbate other insurgencies, if militants fill up the ranks of affiliates in other countries Related: Gunmen launch deadly attack on Coptic church near Cairo Continue reading... [...]
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After Rahul Gandhi's temple run in Gujarat, Asaduddin Owaisi vows to visit mosques in Karnataka
Taking a dig at temple visits of Congress president Rahul Gandhi during Gujarat Assembly election, Owaisi said that like Rahul, he too will visit all the mosques of the state. [...]
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Mumbai fire: Complaint filed against civic, excise officials, cops seeking action
An advocate filed a complaint before the State Human Rights Commission against the local municipal officers, excise department officers and policemen for negligence in two fire tragedies. [...]
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Historian invited to watch Padmavati raises glaring inaccuracies to CBFC
Professor Kapil Kumar, who was invited by the CBFC to watch Padmavati, has found glaring factual inaccuracies in the film and mentioned the same to the panel. [...]
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Nepal bans blind people and double amputees from climbing Everest
Tourist board criticised for new regulations, which also prohibit solo ascents with the aim of reducing the number of accidentsSolo climbers, blind people and double amputees have been banned from climbing Everest under new rules the Nepalese tourism ministry believes will reduce the number of deaths on the mountain.The changes have provoked criticism from the US ambassador to Nepal and a former Gurkha soldier planning to scale the peak after losing both legs in Afghanistan. Related: British cancer patient reaches Everest summit Continue reading... [...]
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The Guardian view on the Kabul bombing: vicious identity violence | Editorial
In a nation worn down by war, Isis’s ability to turn latent divisions into bloody slaughter should not be underestimatedAfghanistan’s 16-year war has largely been fought between the Taliban and a regime in Kabul backed by the US and Nato forces. The battle between the two was understood to be political, not sectarian. The Taliban considered a war between Muslims counterproductive to establishing an Islamic emirate. However the bombing of a Shia cultural centre in Kabul by Isis’s Afghan arm marks a new low of vicious identity violence.The blast took place in a part of west Kabul that is home to large numbers of Hazara, a largely Shia minority. Hazaras had been sidelined for generations and lived in fear of being massacred by the majority Pashtuns. However, the US invasion of Afghanistan in 2001 changed their fate. Hazaras now routinely top university admissions examinations, and within a decade almost half of the community’s girl students were passing university exams. Hazaras do not have political power but they are rising. Continue reading... [...]
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Delhi: 23 students go missing in Paris, CBI registers case against 3 persons
The CBI registered a case of human trafficking against three persons after 23 students, who were taken to Paris to participate in a rugby training camp, went missing in the French capital. [...]
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RTI activist Vihar Durve says fire safety norms not monitored in Mumbai
Pune-based RTI activist Vihar Durve has got RTI documents which say that there is no record available with BMC about the high-rise buildings in Mumbai. [...]
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Sandesara Case: Key witness ousted Congress leader Ahmed Patel, his son and son-in-law
In a sensational development which could have serious political implications, a key witness in the Sandesara case has named senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel, his son Faisal Patel and his son-in-law Irfan Siddique in connection with the case. [...]
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Mumbai fire: at least 15 dead after blaze breaks out in restaurant
The fire quickly spread from the top floor of the four-storey building in India’s financial and entertainment capitalAt least 15 people have been killed and more than 50 injured in a fire that broke out in a restaurant in Mumbai early on Friday.The fire quickly spread from the top-floor restaurant through a four-storey building, said fire official Balkrishna Kadam. Related: 'Dark forces will be unleashed': the fire temple v the Mumbai metro Continue reading... [...]
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Treated 'worse than animals': thousands of Indian women feared trapped in ashrams
Nearly 250 women and 48 girls so far found confined behind gates in properties belonging to the Adhyatmik Vishwa Vidyalaya religious organisationNeither the din of traffic nor the roar of aircraft from a nearby airport could blot out the screams neighbours say they regularly heard from the apartment building in west Delhi.On Saturday, on the second floor of the unassuming complex in Mohan Garden, authorities discovered 21 women and children living in a heavily fortified “spiritual university”, at least five believed to be minors. Related: Delhi police raid 'spiritual university' and find women behind locked doors Continue reading... [...]
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West Bengal: Protesters burn vehicle over power project conflict, several injured
Members of the committee were holding rallies in the locality to garner support against the proposed power grid. The locals allege that the group fired bullets, pelted stones and even hurled crude bombs. [...]
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Fadnavis breached people's trust on International Financial Services Centre: Maharashtra Congress
Congress spokesperson Sachin Sawant pointed that the Union government has made it clear that the IFSC project will come in Gujarat and not in Maharashtra, as claimed by Fadnavis. [...]
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Online shopping goes bizarre: Customer buys smartphone on Amazon, gets a stone delivered instead
The parcel looked untidy and used, which made Rakesh suspicious. After opening the box, he found a rock placed inside instead of the mobile phone he had bought online. [...]
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Dozens die in blasts claimed by Isis at news agency and Shia centre in Kabul
At least 41 people killed and 48 wounded in suicide bombing – the latest in a series of attacks on media organisationsDozens of people, many of them students, have been killed in a suicide attack on an office of the Afghan Voice news agency and a neighbouring cultural centre in Kabul.At least 40 people died and 30 were wounded in the blasts, the latest in a series to have hit media organisations in Kabul, the interior ministry deputy spokesman, Nasrat Rahimi, said. Continue reading... [...]
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Tensions in tourism: Nepal's middle class claim they are 'unwanted guests' | Pete Pattisson
Locals who want to join overseas visitors in enjoying the country’s stunning mountains say its tourist industry gives western trekkers preferential treatmentAs Sandeep Poudyal trudged along the last stretch of the track leading to Manang, a village in the Nepalese Himalayas overlooked by the towering Annapurna range, all he could think about was the warm bed and hot food waiting in the hotel he had booked for himself and his five Nepalese friends.But when he arrived, after trekking for nearly nine hours, he was told the hotel was fully booked. Poudyal later learned that his rooms had been given away to foreign trekkers. Two days later, it happened again in the next village on the trail. Related: 'My dream is coming true': the Nepalese woman who rose from slavery to politics | Kate Hodal Related: How HIV found its way to a remote corner of the Himalayas Continue reading... [...]
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Children increasingly used as weapons of war, Unicef warns
2017 was a brutal year for young people caught in conflict, UN agency says, citing their recruitment as fighters and bombersChildren caught in war zones are increasingly being used as weapons of war – recruited to fight, forced to act as suicide bombers, and used as human shields – the United Nations children’s agency has warned. In a statement summarising 2017 as a brutal year for children caught in conflict, Unicef said parties to conflicts were blatantly disregarding international humanitarian law and children were routinely coming under attack. Related: More than 300,000 Rohingya refugee children 'outcast and desperate', Unicef says Related: Hurricane Irma: Unicef appeals for international help for Caribbean islands Continue reading... [...]
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M K Alagiri lashes out at M K Stalin, blames him for DMK's constant failure
Elder son of M. Karunanidhi, M K Alagiri, who was expelled from DMK, has lashed out at M K Stalin who is the working president of the party. [...]
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'Honour' killings in Karachi shock Pakistan's largest city
Murders of teenagers show that poor communities in cities are becoming more entrenched in conservative valuesThe night Ghani Rehman was condemned to die, his father asked if they could share a last meal together. But Ghani excused himself, preferring to wait in his room. His sisters came to see him, and he gave them each a small token to remember him by: a plastic-wrapped mint drop. The 18-year-old boy knew what was coming. Less than 24 hours earlier, the neighbour’s 15-year-old daughter Bakhtaja, with whom Ghani had tried to elope from Ali Brohi Goth, their poor neighbourhood of Karachi, had been tied down and electrocuted. Continue reading... [...]
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Sacred, life-affirming and fast disappearing: waters of the Himalayas – in pictures
Rapid urbanisation, dwindling groundwater reserves and changing rain patterns are driving a water crisis in the lower Himalayas of India and Nepal. Photojournalist Toby Smith took part in a research project charting the shifting demands on this fragile landscapePhotographs by Toby Smith/University of CambridgeIn the small towns and villages of the Himalayas across India and Nepal, communities depend on surface water from glacier-fed rivers, springs, ponds and lakes for domestic use and for agriculture.Yet this is a region at the forefront of global climate change. Glaciers are shrinking quickly, particularly in the eastern and central Himalayas, which is likely to significantly reduce flows of water downstream. Intensive land uses such as logging and stone quarrying, combined with urbanisation and a rise in tourism, are all putting immense pressure on the region’s water supply.The government does not consider the side effects [of tourism], such as trash and damage to our environment Continue reading... [...]
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Aung San Suu Kyi ‘avoided’ discussion of Rohingya rape during UN meeting
Myanmar state counsellor refused to engage in substantive talks about alleged violence against the Muslim minority, says envoyAung San Suu Kyi avoided discussing reports of Rohingya women and girls being raped by Myanmar troops and police when she met a senior UN official, according to an internal memo seen by the Guardian.Pramila Patten, the special envoy on sexual violence in conflict, travelled to the country for a four-day visit in mid-December to raise the crisis with government officials. Related: Parents demand Aung San Suu Kyi is cut from children’s book of role models Continue reading... [...]
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Man absconding for 14 years, found hiding in washing machine to evade arrest
One of the constables, just to ensure they do not miss out on anything, decided to open the washing machine. To his surprise, he found the accused, Manoj Tiwari, under a pile of clothes staring up at the constable. [...]
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Indian troops kill top militant in Kashmir
Leader of Jaish-e-Mohammad, a Pakistan-based group, is killed after gun battle in disputed regionGovernment forces have killed the commander of a Pakistan-based militant group in Indian-administered Kashmir, police have said, at the end of the deadliest year for a decade in the disputed territory.Noor Mohammad Tantray, the head of the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) group in the Kashmir valley, was trapped in a house outside the main city of Srinagar on Monday evening along with his associates, triggering a fierce overnight gun battle. Related: WhatsApp warriors on the new frontline of Kashmir’s conflict Related: India’s crackdown in Kashmir: is this the world’s first mass blinding? Continue reading... [...]
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India teri maut aayi: Masood Azhar's brother threatens terror strike bigger than Pathankot
Ghost commander of terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed and brother of its chief Masood Azhar, Mufti Abdul Rauf Asghar has assured the outfit of a strike in India bigger than Pathankot attack. [...]
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Vladamir Putin critic Alexei Navalny barred from Russian presidential election
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was barred on Monday from running in next year's presidential election after officials ruled he was ineligible to take part due to a suspended prison sentence he says was trumped up. [...]
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Tortured by police, separated from his family for years, but Tamil refugee still says nandri – thank you
Rescued after 22 hours in freezing water, Para Paheer applied for asylum in Australia. An extraordinary friendship with a Victorian woman helped ease the pain of waiting eight years to see his wife and sonThe word nandri comes easily and often to Para Paheer: to the bishop who rescued him from torture, to the ship’s captain who plucked him from the ocean after 22 freezing hours in the water, to the Victorian family who adopted him in his adopted land, and to the Australian community at large for his family’s second chance.Paheer’s near decade-long search for safety and to be reunited with his wife and child has been marked by trial and tribulation, but it is nandri – Tamil for thank you – that he reaches for first upon reflection on his journey. Related: Sri Lanka accused of waging 'silent war' as Tamil land is appropriated by army Related: Twelve former Australians of the Year condemn government and urge action on Manus Related: Australia built a hell for refugees on Manus. The shame will outlive us all | Richard Flanagan Related: Why do you want people to drown at sea? | First Dog on the Moon Related: Australia still embraces multiculturalism but fracture lines are deepening | David Marr Related: Australia's offshore detention regime is a brutal and obscene piece of self-delusion | Ben Doherty and Helen Davidson Related: Sri Lankan man 'risks torture and rape' if deported from Australia Related: Second cohort of Nauru and Manus refugees to be resettled in US Continue reading... [...]
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Indians celebrate Christmas despite fears of anti-Christian backlash
Government asked states to increase security for Christmas celebrations after recent isolated attacks on ChristiansChristians and others in India celebrated Christmas despite fears of a backlash in some parts of the predominantly Hindu country.The Indian government asked states to increase security for Christmas celebrations this year after recent isolated attacks on Christians in northern India. No new incidents had been reported as of late Monday. Continue reading... [...]
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