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Australia condemns Myanmar violence and says offenders 'must be held to account'
Australia tells UN Human Rights Council observers needed to supervise Rohingyas’ returnAustralia has told Myanmar that international observers must be allowed into the isolated Rakhine state to monitor the situation of Rohingya still living there, and to supervise the return of any of those who have fled and wish to come back.In its strongest statement yet against the quasi-military regime, Australia condemned Myanmar’s violence at the United Nations Human Rights Council, saying anyone guilty of human rights abuses “must be held to account”. Related: Malcolm Turnbull encourages Aung San Suu Kyi to resettle Rohingya Related: Aung San Suu Kyi asks Australia and Asean for help with Rohingya crisis Continue reading... [...]
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'Getting naked before the white man': Indian minister rubbishes privacy fears
KJ Alphons says critics of country’s database have no issue complying with US visa requirementsAn Indian cabinet minister has questioned why privacy advocates in the country have no issue “getting body naked before the white man” to obtain a US visa but object to the government’s biometric database scheme.Revelations last week about Cambridge Analytica’s misuse of Facebook data have sparked a renewed debate in India about privacy in one of the world’s fastest-growing internet markets.When you create a profile in the official @narendramodi #Android app, all your device info (OS, network type, Carrier …) and personal data (email, photo, gender, name, …) are send without your consent to a third-party domain called https://t.co/N3zA3QeNZO. pic.twitter.com/Vey3OP6hcfHi! My name is Narendra Modi. I am India's Prime Minister. When you sign up for my official App, I give all your data to my friends in American companies. Ps. Thanks mainstream media, you're doing a great job of burying this critical story, as always.https://t.co/IZYzkuH1ZH Continue reading... [...]
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Children's book praising Hitler as 'amazing leader' pulled by Indian publisher
Publisher Pegasus had claimed Hitler was included for his leadership skills, alongside Gandhi, Barack Obama and Nelson MandelaAn Indian publisher has withdrawn a book for children which included Adolf Hitler on a list of “amazing leaders … who have devoted their lives [to] the betterment of their country and people”.Pegasus, the children’s books imprint of India’s B Jain Publishing Group, confirmed to the Guardian on 26 March that its title Leaders was no longer on sale, following widespread criticism of its decision to feature Hitler in the book, alongside the likes of Gandhi, Winston Churchill, Barack Obama and Nelson Mandela. Continue reading... [...]
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Mumbai celebrates Earth Hour at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus
Mumbai celebrates Earth Hour at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus [...]
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INX Media case: CBI to question Peter Mukharjea, likely to be confronted with Karti
INX Media case: CBI to question Peter Mukharjea, likely to be confronted with Karti [...]
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Rajinikanth faces internal rift in fan forum ahead of party launch
Rajinikanth faces internal rift in fan forum ahead of party launch [...]
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Amit Shah tells BJP MPs to counter Opposition narrative in 3-day visit to constituencies
Amit Shah tells BJP MPs to counter Opposition narrative in visits to constituencies [...]
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CBI books 31 including IDBI Bank GM in Rs 445.32 crore cheating case
CBI books 31 including IDBI Bank GM in Rs 445.32 crore cheating case [...]
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At least 14 killed, 47 injured in car bomb explosion during wrestling match in Afghanistan
At least 14 killed, 47 injured in car bomb explosion during wrestling match in Afghanistan [...]
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Jaginder Singh Brar obituary
My father, Jaginder Singh Brar, who has died aged 79, was a founder member of the Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara, the Sikh temple in Southall, London, and went on to use his experience to lead the establishment of a thriving Sikh community in Reading.As one of six founding trustees, he rallied the few dozen Sikhs in Reading in the early 1970s to buy a spiritual home. They needed £26,000 to buy the property. Trustees used their homes as security to borrow £12,000. The rest came from a two-year fundraising mission led by my father. Continue reading... [...]
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Mumbai's leopards have killed humans – but could they also be saving lives?
Leopards roaming the Sanjay Gandhi National Park could be helping to control the city’s dangerous stray dog population, study suggestsA fleeting glimpse of the black spots and gold fur of a leopard is not an uncommon sight at Sanjay Gandhi National Park in the Indian city of Mumbai.Leopards are often thought of as a threat to humans, but rather than being a problem in Mumbai, they may actually be helping their human neighbours – even saving their lives – as we argue in our paper published in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. Related: The leopards of Mumbai: life and death among the city's 'living ghosts' Continue reading... [...]
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Indian ‘cow protectors’ jailed for life over murder of Muslim man
Eleven men were part of mob that attacked Alimuddin Ansari, who was transporting beefEleven cow protection vigilantes in the Indian state of Jharkhand have been sentenced to life in prison for killing a Muslim man who was transporting beef. They are thought to be the first people convicted for violence in the name of the cow. Related: On patrol with the Hindu vigilantes who would kill to protect India's cows Continue reading... [...]
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Reuters reporters clock up 100 days in Myanmar jail
Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, jailed for reporting on anti-Rohingya violence, reach milestoneTwo Reuters journalists jailed in Myannmar for reporting on the campaign of violence against the Rohingya have now been in prison for 100 days. Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were arrested in December while they were investigating how the Myanmar military looted and burned a Rohingya village, killed 10 men and then buried the bodies in a mass grave. Continue reading... [...]
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New frontline fighter air base for IAF at Deesa
New frontline fighter air base for IAF at Deesa [...]
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Parents want CBI probe into class 9 girl's suicide
Parents want CBI probe into class 9 girl's suicide [...]
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India's Opposition cheapest in the world, says Sushil Modi
India's Opposition cheapest in the world, says Sushil Modi [...]
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JDU's Mahendra Prasad richest among candidates for Rajya Sabha polls with assets over Rs 4000 cr
JDU's Mahendra Prasad richest among candidates for Rajya Sabha polls with assets over Rs 4000 cr [...]
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Gang arrested for attempting to dupe BJP leader by mimicking CM Fadnavis' voice
Gang arrested for attempting to dupe BJP leader by mimicking CM Fadnavis' voice [...]
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The dysfunctional megacity: why Dhaka is bursting at the sewers
Cities can be dense without being overpopulated. But in the world’s most crowded city, the drains can’t cope – creating a grim new jobAfter decades cleaning the sewers of Dhaka, Bangladesh’s crowded capital, Sujon Lal Routh has seen plenty of misery. But the tragedy of 2008 was the worst. After a day of heavy rainfall left the streets flooded – as usual – seven workers were assigned to clear a blocked manhole in Rampura, in the centre of the city. Normally, cleaners cling to ropes to stop them getting sucked in by surging water when they clear blockages. But this group were new to the job. “They didn’t know about the impending danger or how to work in that situation,” says Sujon. “So, sewer water swallowed them.”Bystanders smashed the road open with hammers and shovels. Eventually, they dragged out three workers, dead. Another four were seriously injured; one later died in hospital. “The accident instilled fear in us, and for months we were even afraid to look into the sewers,” says Sujon. Related: What are cities doing so right – and so wrong? Edward Glaeser talks to Simon Jenkins Related: Dhaka: the city where climate refugees are already a reality Continue reading... [...]
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Htin Kyaw, Myanmar president and Aung San Suu Kyi confidante, resigns
President through whom Aung San Suu Kyi exerted political power steps down for health reasons amid pressure over Rohingya crisisThe president of Myanmar, Htin Kyaw, has stepped down, saying he is “taking a rest” following health issues. Htin Kyaw was an important ally in the government for state counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, who is constitutionally barred from the presidency, and the pair were childhood friends. Htin Kyaw was nominated as president by Aung San Suu Kyi’s party, the National League for Democracy, in 2016 and she exerted much of her influence through him. Related: Aung San Suu Kyi cannot be prosecuted in Australia, Christian Porter says Related: 'I fear Myanmar, I don't want to go home': Rohingya in Bangladesh – in pictures Continue reading... [...]
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'I've never been to school': child waste pickers living on Pakistan's streets | Haroon Janjua
Eight-year-old Zarmeena is one of the country’s 1.5 million homeless children, many of them Afghan refugees, who miss out on education and often fall prey to violence and abuseOn a cold winter morning, as the sun rises above the squalor and stench of the slums of the Islamabad, frail-looking children are already up, picking rags from the dumps. It is a risky and competitive business.Zarmeena, an eight-year-old Afghan girl, wears ill-fitting wellington boots slashed down to ankle-length, with clothes that are no more than thin pieces of fabric wrapped around her. Continue reading... [...]
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No Andhra food for you: 'Anguished' VP Naidu cancels dinner for MPs over House stalemate
No Andhra food for you: 'Anguished' VP Naidu cancels dinner for MPs over House stalemate [...]
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Français, s'il vous plaît: In pre-Brexit era, Macron thinks too much English is spoken in EU HQ
Français, s'il vous plaît: In pre-Brexit era, Macron thinks too much English is spoken in EU HQ [...]
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Paid heavy price for telling truth, says lone survivor from ISIS captivity Harjit Masih
Paid heavy price for telling truth, says lone survivor from ISIS captivity Harjit Masih [...]
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39 Indian builders confirmed dead after tests on Iraq mass grave
Indian government says DNA analysis of remains prove that workers Isis kidnapped are deadIndia says 39 of its citizens who were kidnapped by Islamic State in Iraq in 2014 have been confirmed dead after remains recovered from a mass grave outside Mosul were DNA tested.The Indian external affairs minister, Sushma Swaraj, told parliament that tests had shown a match with the construction workers, who disappeared in June 2014 when the city fell to Isis. Continue reading... [...]
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The 100 million city: is 21st century urbanisation out of control?
Projections suggest cities will swell at an astonishing pace – but whether that means our salvation or an eco-disaster is by no means certainThe 1960 street map of Lagos, Nigeria, shows a small western-style coastal city surrounded a few semi-rural African villages. Paved roads quickly turn to dirt, and fields to forest. There are few buildings over six floors high and not many cars.No one foresaw what happened next. In just two generations Lagos grew 100-fold, from under 200,000 people to nearly 20 million. Today one of the world’s 10 largest cities, it sprawls across nearly 1,000 sq km. Vastly wealthy in parts, it is largely chaotic and impoverished. Most residents live in informal settlements, or slums. The great majority are not connected to piped water or a sanitation system. The city’s streets are choked with traffic, its air is full of fumes, and its main dump covers 40 hectares and receives 10,000 metric tons of waste a day.Overstretched Cities is an in-depth look at how urbanisation has seen cities all over the world mushroom in size, putting new strain on infrastructure and resources –  but in some cases offering hope for a more sustainable relationship with the natural world.  Related: Is the way we think about overpopulation racist? Related: Cities in numbers: how patterns of urban growth change the world Bangalore is the worst city in the world for unchecked urbanisationThe city stretches so far. It is like a new world where I know no​​ one and nothingAfrican cities cannot become sustainable by building roads. They must embrace public transport Continue reading... [...]
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NCP, Congress welcome Raj Thackeray's call of Modi-mukt Bharat, BJP calls him rojgar-mukt
NCP, Congress welcome Raj Thackeray's call of Modi-mukt Bharat, BJP calls him rojgar-mukt [...]
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Life without toilets: the photographer tackling a global taboo
Andrea Bruce’s prize-winning images from India, Haiti and Vietnam document the deeply sensitive issue of open defecation, which affects 1.1 billion of the world’s poorest peoplePhotographs: Andrea Bruce/NOOR/EyevineOne of the biggest issues at the intersection of sanitation, poverty and global health, open defecation has also long been one of the hardest to represent visually.For photographer Andrea Bruce, however, the challenge meant she did not have to think too long before agreeing to the year-long project documenting an issue both deeply sensitive and hugely important. The resulting photo essay, commissioned by National Geographic, has been selected for a first prize in the prestigious Pictures of the Year awards.This is the time of day when women are often raped in India, Africa and Haiti​ – when [they] are most vulnerable Continue reading... [...]
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