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Pakistani police arrest men for marching girl naked through village
Incident is revenge for brother’s alleged affair and is latest in which village councils use women and girls to settle family disputesPakistani police have arrested eight men for marching a 14-year-old girl naked through a village in revenge for her brother allegedly tarnishing their family honour.It is the latest incident of Pakistani village councils using women to settle family disputes, bypassing the official judiciary system with parallel tribal rule that sentences hundreds of women to death each year in so-called “honour” killings. Related: The dishonourable killing of Qandeel Baloch I don't quite understand how doctor tending 2 emergency patients thinks it's ok to take a female patient info & add her on FB! 2/2 unethical Continue reading... [...]
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How Advani will create Parliamentary history whether he contests 2019 Lok Sabha elections or not
If he contests, he will become the first sitting MP to do so at the age of 91. If he does not contest (or is not allowed to contest), he will become the first Indian politician to retire from Lok Sabha at 91. [...]
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UP: 12 killed, nearly 100 injured in boiler blast at NTPC unit in Raebareli
Death toll is likely to increase and many more are feared trapped inside the 500 megawatt unit located at Unchahar. [...]
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Sayfullo Saipov named as suspect in New York truck attack killings
The 29-year-old Uber driver was arrested after rental truck ploughed into cyclists and pedestrians, leaving eight dead and 11 injuredThe man accused of driving a Home Depot rental truck into a group of pedestrians and cyclists in New York is an Uzbekistan national who lived in New Jersey and drove for Uber.Details about the 29-year-old suspected of killing eight people and injuring about a dozen more in a terror attack on Manhattan’s Lower West Side on Tuesday are still emerging. Police shot the truck driver in the abdomen after he emerged from the truck brandishing what officials later said were pellet and paintball guns. He has undergone surgery and is in a critical condition in hospital. Continue reading... [...]
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'150,000 Americans couldn’t beat us': Taliban fighters defiant in Afghanistan
Rare interviews with militants shine light on resilient movement that resisted both Obama’s surge and now Trump’s ‘killing terrorists’ strategySquatting on the floor, a brown shawl draped over his shoulders, the Taliban commander and his bodyguard swiped on their phones through attack footage edited to look like video games, with computerised crosshairs hovering over targets. “Allahu Akbar,” they said every time a government Humvee hit a landmine.Mullah Abdul Saeed, who met the Guardian in the barren backcountry of Logar province where he leads 150 Taliban militants, has fought foreign soldiers and their Afghan allies since the US-led coalition invaded Afghanistan when he was 14. The Taliban now controls its largest territory since being forced from power, and seems to have no shortage of recruits. Related: The war America can't win: how the Taliban are regaining control in Afghanistan Continue reading... [...]
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Operation Jihad Mafia: Kerala's conversion factories unmasked
The PFI, already under NIA investigation, is accused of brainwashing Hindu women and marrying them off to Muslim men. [...]
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Taliban warn US that hostage Kevin King is dangerously ill
Militants, believed to be brutal Haqqani group, urge Washington to accept demands as captive teacher’s health worsensAn American man held hostage by the Afghan Taliban for more than a year is gravely ill and in urgent need of care, the militant group has warned as it urged the US to accept its demands. Kevin King, 61, one of two professors at the American University of Afghanistan abducted at gunpoint in Kabul last year, is suffering from “a dangerous heart disease and kidney problem”, Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahed said in a statement on Monday. Related: Kidnapped professors beg Trump to negotiate release in Taliban video Related: Canadian American family rescued after five years as captives in Afghanistan Continue reading... [...]
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Hardline Hindu nationalists campaign against Taj Mahal
Resentment over Muslim emperor building India’s most recognisable monument fuels campaign to push it to margins of historyTimes are tough for India’s monument to love. Air pollution is turning its marble surface yellow. Restoration work is obscuring its famous minarets. Tens of millions of tourists still flock to Agra each year, but numbers are reportedly waning. Critics of the Taj Mahal are also growing increasingly bold. In past months, religious nationalists in the Hindu-majority country have stepped up a campaign to push the four-century-old Mughal monument to the margins of Indian history. One legislator recently kicked up a national storm when he labelled the tomb “a blot”. Related: Rise of Hindu ‘extremist’ spooks Muslim minority in India’s heartland Continue reading... [...]
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Uttar Pradesh: 100-year-old-woman dies after being raped by drunk youth
The shocking incident was reported from Jaani village in Meerut district where the victim lived lived with her brother. [...]
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Delhi’s secret ring railway line – in pictures
Constructed in 1975 to bypass the crowded stations of Old Delhi, New Delhi and Hazrat Nizamuddin, this line once used to be the lifeline of the capital Continue reading... [...]
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Indian official reportedly dismisses fraud allegations against Adani Group
Siphoning allegations against company and Adani family are third set KVS Singh has dismissed in recent months An Indian customs official has reportedly dismissed allegations that the Adani Group illegally siphoned nearly 15bn rupees (£176m) into overseas tax havens.It is the third set of siphoning allegations against the Adani Group and key figures in the Adani family to be dismissed by the official, KVS Singh, in recent months. Continue reading... [...]
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Foreign journalists charged after flying drone near Myanmar's parliament
Turkish reporters and their helpers will be held until 10 November amid tensions with Ankara over the Rohingya crisisMyanmar police have charged two foreign journalists and two Burmese locals after they flew a drone over the country’s parliament.The men – two of whom work for Turkish state media – will be held in custody until their first court hearing over allegations they breached import laws. The charges – relating to the import and export of “restricted or banned goods” without obtaining a licence – are punishable by up to three years in jail or a fine. Related: US withdraws assistance from Myanmar military amid Rohingya crisis Continue reading... [...]
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Rahul Gandhi's peak Twitter moment: Dog video to answer who tweets for Congress V-P
Who sends out the tweets on behalf of Rahul Gandhi? The Congress vice-president has answered a dogged question with a fresh post on Twitter. [...]
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Revenue Minister Udhayakumar on Kamal Haasan's Ennore visit: He just wants to cause unnecessary confusion
Kamal Haasan's visit to Ennore has caused a stir within AIADMK with state's Revenue Minister RB Udhayakumar stating that he is spreading rumours and people will not fall for it. [...]
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Rohingya crisis may be driving Aung San Suu Kyi closer to generals
Criticism of the Nobel laureate in the west is angering – and mobilising – her supporters at homeOn the top floor of the Myanmar Traditional Artists and Artisans Association in Yangon, the organisation’s vice-president stands behind his latest creation.It is a towering portrait of Aung San Suu Kyi, robed in pink and white, a concerned expression on her face. “If Oxford University takes down one portrait of her, we want to create 2,000 more,” says the painter, who goes by the name K Kyaw.Myanmar’s transition is much more fragile than people assume, and the government’s freedom to move much narrower Continue reading... [...]
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Just 4% of what Australians spend on clothing goes to garment workers – Oxfam
Report adds to pressure on Australia’s big clothing retailers, including Kmart, Big W, and Target, to act faster on their ethical sourcing programsJust four cents from every dollar Australians spend on clothing makes it back to workers enduring “horrific” conditions in garment factories, a new report has found. The report adds to pressure on Australia’s big clothing retailers, including Kmart, Big W, and Target, to act faster on their ethical sourcing programs. Related: Cambodian female workers in Nike, Asics and Puma factories suffer mass faintings Continue reading... [...]
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Bar Sharad Yadav's supporters from misusing party symbol in Gujarat polls: JD(U) tells Election Commission
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar-led Janata Dal (United) has asked the Election Commission to bar rebel leader Sharad Yadav supporters from misusing party symbol in Gujarat polls. [...]
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Did RBI have authority to issue Rs 2,000 and Rs 200 currency notes?
RBI does not seem to have any official record to prove that it had authorised the issue of new currency notes in denominations of Rs 2,000 and Rs 200. [...]
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Bangladesh to offer sterilisation to Rohingya in refugee camps
Family planning authorities have asked the government to launch vasectomies and tubectomies for women in Cox’s Bazar, where 1m refugees fight for spaceBangladesh is planning to introduce voluntary sterilisation in its overcrowded Rohingya camps, where nearly a million refugees are fighting for space, after efforts to encourage birth control failed.More than 600,000 Rohingya have arrived in Bangladesh since a military crackdown in neighbouring Myanmar in August triggered an exodus, straining resources in the impoverished country. Related: World failing Myanmar's Rohingya Muslims, top Red Cross official says The Rohingya are Muslims who live in majority-Buddhist Myanmar. They are often described as "the world's most persecuted minority".  Related: Rohingya girls under 10 raped while fleeing Myanmar, charity says Continue reading... [...]
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SOS Conclave – Odisha: Demonetisation's objectives were good, but not the implementation, says Sashi Bhusan Behera
Delivering the keynote address at the inaugural session of State of the State Conclave-Odisha at Bhubaneswar, Behera said the objectives of demonetisation were good, but not the implementation. [...]
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Rahul Gandhi also trained in Brazilian jiu-jitsu martial art, sword fighting: Aikido coach
Here is an India Today exclusive interview with Rahul Gandhi's Aikido coach Sensei Paritos Kar. The coach shares his memories with the Gandhi scion. [...]
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IRCTC case: Rabri Devi skips ED's summons again, agency may approach court now for non-compliance
Former Bihar Chief Minister and RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav's wife Rabri Devi skipped the Enforcement Directorate's summons once again today in the IRCTC case. [...]
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Venom, myth and medicine: India fights its reputation as global snakebite capital | Nupur Roopa
The woman behind an initiative to reduce the 45,000 snakebite deaths that occur in India each year believes providing better medical facilities and using fact to combat fear can save livesIn March last year, Jeetu Gujjar was walking home after dusk, along an unlit road towards Ballabhgadh village in Rajasthan. He stepped on something and felt a piercing pain. Reaching home, he saw blood oozing from his toes, and two clear fang marks. He had been bitten by one of Asia’s most dangerous snakes, the Indian saw-scaled viper. Common and highly venomous, saw-scaled vipers live in close proximity to people and are feared for their high-speed strikes. Over the next three days, Gujjar’s condition deteriorated, his body developing dark patches as blood poisoning took hold. All his helpless family could do was pray. Related: India's snakebite victims could be offered lifesaving low-cost nasal spray Continue reading... [...]
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World failing Myanmar's Rohingya Muslims, top Red Cross official says
IFRC chief Elhadj As Sy says humanitarian crisis is unprecedented and calls on all leaders to take situation seriouslyA top Red Cross official has described the humanitarian crisis affecting Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims as unprecedented and said the world was failing in its response. Related: Rohingya girls under 10 raped while fleeing Myanmar, charity says Related: More than 300,000 Rohingya refugee children 'outcast and desperate', Unicef says Related: Documenting the Rohingya refugee crisis – in pictures Continue reading... [...]
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Tories disown firebrand Hindu activist after Commons visit
Tapan Ghosh spoke in Commons despite reputation for incendiary rhetoric about religious minorities in IndiaSenior Tories have distanced themselves from a firebrand Hindu activist invited to speak at the House of Commons last week, after it emerged he had been jailed at least five times in India for stoking religious tensions.Tapan Ghosh, the founder of Hindu Samhati, a controversial activist group based in India’s West Bengal state, spoke at an event in the UK parliament last week. Related: ‘Love jihad’ in India and one man’s quest to prevent it | Aman Sethi Continue reading... [...]
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Alphabet soup as Kazakh leader orders switch from Cyrillic to Latin letters
Third change in less than 100 years partly aims to distance country from Russia and make it simpler to use on digital devicesKazakhstan is to change its official alphabet for the third time in less than 100 years in what is seen in part as a symbolic move to underline its independence. President Nursultan Nazarbayev ordered his office on Thursday to prepare for a switch to a Latin-based alphabet from a Cyrillic one, distancing itself, at least graphically, from Russia. Related: ‘The decline of Russian dominance is striking’: readers respond from the Stans Continue reading... [...]
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Mumbai: Train services resume after massive fire near Bandra station, one injured
A massive fire has broken out near the Bandra station in Mumbai. While no casualties have been reported so far, property worth lakhs of rupees has been gutted. One person has been injured. [...]
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Rohingya girls under 10 raped while fleeing Myanmar, charity says
Médecins Sans Frontières says more than half the girls it has treated after sexual assaults are under 18Rohingya children, some of them under 10 years old, are receiving treatment for rape in camps on the Bangladesh border, according to medics who say that young refugees account for half of those sexually assaulted while fleeing violence in Myanmar.Médecins Sans Frontières says dozens of Rohingya girls have been given medical and psychological support at its Kutupalong health facility’s sexual and reproductive health unit – a specialist clinic for survivors of sexual assault based in the largest refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar. Related: UN report on Rohingya hunger is shelved at Myanmar's request The Rohingya are Muslims who live in majority-Buddhist Myanmar. They are often described as "the world's most persecuted minority". I cried when they took away my little sister, but I couldn’t stop them. Related: Documenting the Rohingya refugee crisis – in pictures Continue reading... [...]
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