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The Guardian view on Myanmar: some humans have more rights than others | Editorial
The persecuted Rohingya Muslim minority know they cannot wait for Aung San Suu Kyi’s help. Others must step upWhen Aung San Suu Kyi was finally able to collect her Nobel peace prize in 2012, the committee’s chairman described how her “firmness of principle” in the struggle for human rights and democracy had made her “a moral leader for the whole world”. Since taking power in Myanmar, the former political prisoner’s moral credibility has been vastly diminished if not demolished by her failure to even acknowledge the brutal persecution of the Rohingya minority in Rakhine state. A dozen fellow Nobel peace laureates have lamented her inaction faced with “a human tragedy amounting to ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity”.On Tuesday, the increasing gulf between her and her long-time international supporters was exposed again when she appeared alongside the European Union’s foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini. The EU rightly backs the United Nations human rights council’s decision to dispatch a fact-finding mission over allegations of murder, rape and torture by military and security forces. She insisted the decision was “not in keeping with what is really happening on the ground” and would make matters worse. Continue reading... [...]
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Doctors at Delhi hospital get martial arts training after attacks on staff
All India Institute of Medical Sciences provides taekwondo classes amid country’s sharp rise in violence against medicsDoctors at one of Delhi’s top government hospitals will be given daily martial arts training in response to a sharp rise in reports of violence against medical practitioners in India.About 1,500 resident doctors at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (Aiims) in New Delhi will be given taekwondo classes in the hospital’s gym every evening from 15 May. Continue reading... [...]
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How can you leave no one behind when millions of children are uncounted?
The exact figure of unregistered children around the world is unknown but it is measured in millions. Now NGOs are insisting that all children are countedOne night, a five-year-old boy named Sheru became separated from his older brother at a train station in central India. Somehow, he ended up on a train that took him nearly 1,000 miles away to Kolkata where he knew no one, and none of the language. He learned to survive on the streets until a stranger reported him as a lost child to the police and he was taken to an orphanage. Then, he was adopted by a couple in Tasmania, 10,000 miles away from his home.The difference between the two numbers is enormous, and I’m sure you could apply that to many countries around the world Related: Why have four children when you could have seven? Family planning in Niger Related: Want accurate data on people with disabilities? Ask them Related: Six megatrends that could alter the course of sustainable development We need to bring back serious attempts to register birth and deaths to give developing countries a chance Continue reading... [...]
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Enforcement Directorate arrests businessman in multi-crore bank fraud case
The money laundering investigation was conducted on the basis of FIR/chargesheets filed by the CBI wherein it is alleged that Choudhary-controlled Zoom Developers caused loss to 5 banks. [...]
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Uttar Pradesh: Anti-Terrorism Squad arrests suspected ISI agent from Faizabad
The accused Aftab is believed to have received training from the ISI in Pakistan and was in touch with officials in the Pakistan High Commission. [...]
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Suicide attack on Nato convoy in Kabul kills at least eight civilians
Islamic State claims responsibility for rush hour bombing that also wounds three US service membersA suicide car bomber has struck a US military convoy in the Afghan capital, killing at least eight Afghan civilians and wounding three US service members in an attack claimed by Islamic State.Najib Danish, deputy spokesman for the Afghan interior ministry, confirmed the toll and said another 25 Afghan civilians were wounded in the morning rush-hour attack near the US embassy, which destroyed several civilian vehicles. Related: 'It feels like Groundhog Day': US Marines return to Helmand province Continue reading... [...]
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Jawans mutiliated: Former army officers demand strong retribution for Pakistan's cross-border attacks
Two former Army officers - and others - have called for retribution after the Pakistan Army mutilated the bodies of two Indian soldiers at the LoC yesterday. [...]
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Kashmir attacks: Indian soldiers mutilated and police shot dead
Indian army accuses Pakistan of unprovoked attack on troops as militants kill five officers and two staff in bank raidIndia’s security forces have suffered a double blow in Kashmir, with five police officers shot dead in a bank raid and two soldiers killed in an attack on the border with Pakistan.Early on Monday, the Indian army accused Pakistan of killing two of its soldiers and mutilating their bodies in an “unprovoked” rocket and mortar attack in the disputed border region. Related: Kashmir militants suspected of bank heists as rupee recall hits funds Continue reading... [...]
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Indian mob beats two Muslims to death over suspected cow theft
Attack on pair in Assam captured on video and comes amid spate of attacks by ‘cow protection’ vigilante groupsTwo Muslim men were beaten to death by Indian villagers who suspected them of stealing cows, police said on Monday. It is the latest in a series of attacks over the animals, which are considered sacred by Hindus.Police in Nagaon district, in Assam state in the country’s north-east, said they had registered a murder case over the deaths of Abu Hanifa and Riyazuddin Ali on Sunday. Two people have been detained for questioning. Continue reading... [...]
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Pakistan’s first trans model: ‘People think we’re sex workers but we can be doctors’
Kami Sid is an ardent activist for her country’s marginalised transgender community, despite threats, prejudice and the concerns of her family‘Sex,” Kami Sid declares, “is between your legs. Gender is in your head.” Sid wants to get this into everyone’s head in Pakistan. A 26-year-old transgender activist, she is currently enjoying a breakthrough turn as a model who can carry off a sari while calling out Pakistanis for transphobia.Pakistan may seem like an unlikely place for transgender activism. But in south Asia, the khawaja sira community (known as hijras), an organised group of trans people, have long been part of society and local culture. Over the years, however, khawaja siras have been relegated to a low-income group with few opportunities for employment or social advancement. In a landmark ruling in 2009, Pakistan’s supreme court recognised transgender people as equal citizens. Even so, harassment and discrimination remains prevalent. Khawaja siras are pushed into panhandling or prostitution, or forced to dance or sing for money; members of the trans community are stereotyped as effeminate people working in beauty salons. There have also been several murders in recent years. Related: 'Getting rid of the beard is a challenge': the secret world of Asian drag queens Related: 'I'm transgender': India grapples with prejudices left over from British rule Continue reading... [...]
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As Pakistan mutilates 2 Indian soldiers, another round of Army's surgical strikes invoked as revenge
People are demanding a second round of surgical strikes against Pakistan after its army mutilates two Indian soldiers along the Line of Control. [...]
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'Police won't intervene': Indian brides given wooden paddles to beat drunk husbands
State minister gives out hundreds of bats at a mass wedding emblazoned with messages that read: ‘For beating drunkards’ An Indian state minister has given hundreds of wooden bats to newly-wed brides, urging them to use the paddle as a weapon if their husbands turn alcoholic or abusive.Gopal Bhargava gave the bats – which are used to get dirt out of clothes in traditional laundries – to nearly 700 brides at a mass wedding organised by the government of central Madhya Pradesh state on Saturday. Related: Alcohol ruling drives Indian bar-goers round bends Continue reading... [...]
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Renowned climber Ueli Steck dies near Mount Everest
Mountaineer known as ‘Swiss Machine’ had been planning to ascend Everest and nearby Mount Lhotse next monthThe renowned mountaineer Ueli Steck, known for his rapid ascents of the Alps which earned him the nickname the “Swiss Machine”, has died in an accident in Nepal near Mount Everest.Steck, who was 40 and one of the most celebrated climbers of his generation, was killed on Sunday after falling to the foot of Mount Nuptse, a smaller peak in the area, according to Mingma Sherpa of the Seven Summit Treks company that had organised the expedition. Continue reading... [...]
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'It feels like Groundhog Day': US Marines return to Helmand province
With the Taliban resurgent and the security situation deteriorating, elite US forces have been redeployed in southern AfghanistanWhen thousands of US Marines flooded into Helmand eight years ago, they demonstrated Barack Obama’s resolve to quash the Taliban once and for all and leave a peaceful province for Afghans to take over.Two years after the US flag was lowered, however, the Marines are back, in a sign that things turned out rather differently. Related: Afghanistan reels from Taliban's deadliest attack on army since 2001 I feel like an enduring dedication to this place was always needed Continue reading... [...]
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Pakistan needles India on Kashmir again, Army Chief Bajwa backs terrorism in Valley
Pakistan's Army Chief said his country will always stand by Kashmiris in their struggle for the right of self-determination and recourse to basic human rights. [...]
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BSF lets Pakistan national, who unintentionally crossed over into Indian territory, return home
The Border Security Force (BSF) today handed over a 15-year-old Pakistan national to the concerned Pakistan authorities after he crossed over to the Indian side by mistake. [...]
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'Marine A' Alexander Blackman enjoys first hours of freedom
Blackman speaks following release from prison after serving half of seven-year term for manslaughter of wounded Taliban fighterAlexander Blackman, the Royal Marine sergeant convicted of killing a wounded Taliban fighter, has been enjoying his first hours of freedom but has made it clear he understands his sentence is not complete and has promised to fulfil the conditions of his early release.Blackman was freed from prison after serving half of his seven-year term imposed for manslaughter and was whisked away to a luxury country hideaway arranged by the Daily Mail, which backed his legal fight. Continue reading... [...]
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No negotiation with Kashmiri separatists, Centre tells Supreme Court on violence in Kashmir Valley
Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi told Supreme Court it was ready to talk to recognised political parties in Jammu and Kashmir to resolve the crisis there but not with separatists. [...]
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Bombay High Court pulls up Maharashtra Minister in hutment demolition case
The BMC has told the Bombay High Court that Maharashtra Minister Prakash Mehta prevented the civic body from carrying out the order for demolition of illegal encroachment in the central suburb of Mumbai. [...]
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MCD win just the beginning, Delhi CM is next target, says Manoj Tiwari's mother
BJP MP Manoj Tiwari, who hails from Atarwalia was given the charge of Delhi state BJP president few months ahead of MCD polls, and he was instrumental is BJP's win in the MCD polls. [...]
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Cruelty or keeping it in the family? What I learned from India's slaveowners | Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick
To eradicate slavery we need to understand what drives slaveholders – and, as my travels across India revealed, it’s not always just about moneyIt took hours to arrange my first conversation with Paratapa. He agreed to an interview for my research on contemporary slaveholders, but he wasn’t free until late evening. When he finally greeted me on his sprawling estate, I learned why. He balances the demands of his large farm in India with the presidency of a local agricultural bank that makes loans to farmers like him. I met Paratapa while travelling across India to interview men whose businesses rely on bonded labour, a form of modern-day slavery. During our conversation, it became clear that where I saw human rights and labour violations, he saw something else. He explained that, in his father’s and grandfather’s time, his family “used to keep bonded labourers, and they used to stay here, even their children and their wives”. Related: Raped, beaten, exploited: the 21st-century slavery propping up Sicilian farming Continue reading... [...]
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Doctors treating world's heaviest woman resign over claims they lied about her weight loss
Eman Ahmed’s family accuse staff in India of lying about extent of her weight loss and say she has been ‘destroyed’ by treatmentPioneering lap-band surgery on the world’s heaviest woman in Mumbai has turned nasty. The operation was a success – but most of the doctors treating the woman have resigned after her family accused them of lying about her weight loss and ignoring a possible stroke.Eman Ahmed’s family say the 36-year-old, from Alexandria in Egypt, was born weighing 5kg (11lbs) and has lymphedema, a condition that causes body tissue to swell. She had a stroke aged 11 and has been unable to leave the house in 25 years.Thanks for bringing this to my notice. We will definitely help her. pic.twitter.com/l6RfC5bWE4 https://t.co/fWBYilbPIYShaimaa Selim u killed humanity with 1 swell blow may only God help u when u realise what u have done I will continue 2 treat & pray 4 Eman https://t.co/uoe5TSrvZU Related: Two-thirds of people in Mexico, Chile and Ecuador are obese, UN finds Continue reading... [...]
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Trekker found after surviving 47 days lost in Himalayas
Liang Sheng-yueh, 21, from Taiwan was trapped in a remote Nepal valley with his girlfriend but she died three days before rescuers found themTwo Taiwanese trekkers who went missing in a remote area of Nepal seven weeks ago have been found – but only one survived the ordeal.Liu Chen-chun, 19, died just three days before the rescue team located the couple in the Dhading region of central Nepal, but her boyfriend managed to survive despite running out of food. Related: Sean Conway, Britain’s wildest adventurer: ‘This is such a cool island’ Continue reading... [...]
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Is Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party changing tack on EVMs after MCD election drubbing?
At the meeting called by Arvind Kejriwal, the AAP leadership accepted that electronic voting machines (EVMs) were not the only reason for the MCD election debacle. [...]
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BJP will beat mission-50 to win 60 seats in Himachal Pradesh: Anurag Thakur
BJP leader Anurag Thakur has claimed that the BJP will win 60 of 68 seats in Himachal Pradesh Assembly. Interestingly, the BJP has aimed at securing 50 seats in the Assembly poll slated later this year. [...]
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Sukma attack: Why Naxals succeed attack after attack in Chhattisgarh
Chhattisgarh has been a hotbed of naxal violence for over a decade. The government has failed to find an effective way out to tackle what was described by a former Prime Minister as the single biggest threat to internal security of India. [...]
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Indian film board clears Lipstick Under My Burkha for release
Tribunal overturns decision to ban ‘lady-oriented’ film exploring women’s sexuality – though length of sex scenes must be cutAn award-winning Hindi film that was blocked by India’s film censor for being too “lady-oriented” has been cleared for release by an appeals tribunal.Lipstick Under My Burkha, a drama that explores the sexual awakenings and personal struggles of four small-town Indian women, was initially denied classification in January, a decision the film’s director, Alankrita Shrivastava, described as “an assault on women’s rights”.Thank you for all your support for #LipstickUnderMyBurkha against this ridiculous regressiveness. We won't be silenced. #CensorTheCensors pic.twitter.com/sBSSbx5FRy Related: I’m fighting the ban on my film Lipstick Under My Burkha. Ordinary Indian women need a voice | Alankrita Shrivastava Continue reading... [...]
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An eyebrow speaks a thousand words | Letters
Even the old Soviet Aeroflot had occasional human moments (Aeroflot official: No one wants overweight crew, 26 April). One of the most eloquent and, indeed, elegant flight attendants I have ever seen was on an Aeroflot flight from Tashkent to Leningrad in the 1980s. A tall, dignified, central Asian woman, she had conformed to Aeroflot stereotype by appearing impassive as she went about her work. As the plane made its approach to Leningrad airport, she was faced with a group of noisy, elderly American tourists who were ignoring the seatbelt signs. At one point she looked across at my wife and me and raised one eyebrow a couple of millimetres. It said more than words ever could and I have remembered it for 30 years.Rev Dr Peter PhillipsSwansea• Join the debate – email guardian.letters@theguardian.com Continue reading... [...]
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