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Indian MP who attacked air steward demands his travel ban be overturned
Ravindra Gaikwad, who hit steward with a shoe repeatedly, prompts fury by asking in parliament: ‘What wrong have I done?’An Indian politician who attacked a flight steward after being refused a business-class seat has caused uproar in parliament by demanding his ban on air travel be overturned.Ravindra Gaikwad made international headlines last month after footage emerged of the Shiv Sena politician repeatedly striking a steward with his sandal onboard an Air India flight.WATCH: Unedited footage of Shiv Sena MP R Gaikwad roughing up Air India staff (NOTE: STRONG LANGUAGE) pic.twitter.com/idFr8MpUTo Related: Korean Air boss's daughter guilty of breaking aviation law in 'nut rage' case Continue reading... [...]
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Indian police seek to identify girl found in forest with monkeys
Girl, believed to be aged 10 to 12, was reportedly unable to speak or walk properly when she was found in January as police review missing children recordsIndian police are reviewing reports of missing children to try to identify a girl who was found living in a forest with a group of monkeys.The girl, believed to be 10 to 12 years old, was unable to speak, was wearing no clothes and was emaciated when she was discovered in January and taken to a hospital in Bahraich, a town in Uttar Pradesh state in northern India. Related: Was Marina Chapman really brought up by monkeys? Continue reading... [...]
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Cricket is fierce in Mumbai's field of dreams
At the Oval Maidan recreation ground in Mumbai young cricketers can imagine they are the next MS Dhoni or Virat KohliIndia is home to many religions: Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Buddhist, Christian and more. But they say the No 1 religion is cricket. And a trip to the Oval Maidan, a nine-hectare recreation ground in Mumbai, seems to confirm this. On a Sunday afternoon here there are so many games going on at once – perhaps 100 – that it’s almost impossible to work out who is playing in which one. The game is played fast and furiously. It is a dusty surface on which a bowler ought to be able to spin the ball but, despite the heat, all the bowlers steam in and propel the rubber ball as fast as they can. The first delivery will be a bouncer at the batsman’s head to keep him back in his crease. The next will be just as quick but this time at his feet, and if he misses it his stumps will be sent cartwheeling. Continue reading... [...]
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Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi: 'ethnic cleansing' too strong a term for crisis
Nobel peace prize winner faces criticism over handling of crisis in Muslim-majority region, where soldiers accused of violence have barred aid workersMyanmar’s leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, said ethnic cleansing was too strong a term to describe what was happening in the Muslim-majority Rakhine region, the BBC reported on Wednesday. Related: Aung San Suu Kyi: Myanmar's great hope fails to live up to expectations Continue reading... [...]
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Muslim man dies in India after attack by Hindu 'cow protectors'
Police say 55-year-old died two days after mob targeted his cattle truck in latest in spate of killings in name of sacred animalA Muslim man has died in western India after he was attacked by hundreds of Hindu cow protection vigilantes, the latest attack in a spate of mob killings in the name of the revered animal.Police said on Wednesday that Pehlu Khan, 55, had died in hospital two days after a group attacked his cattle truck on a road in Alwar in the desert state of Rajasthan. Related: On patrol with the Hindu vigilantes who would kill to protect India's cows Related: Inside the Indian village where a mob killed a man for eating beef Related: Cow slaughter to be punishable by life sentence in Gujarat Continue reading... [...]
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Whit House chief strategist Bannon removed from National Security Council
Bannon was given a seat the NSC shortly after Trump ascended into the White House, a rare responsibility for senior White House advisers. [...]
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Central Asia link to St Petersburg bomb is worrying sign for Kremlin | Shaun Walker
Repressive policies of Kyrgyzstan and other former-Soviet central Asian republics have led to radicalisation of some Muslims thereIf Russian and Kyrgyz authorities are correct about the identity of the bomber in Monday’s St Petersburg metro attack, it would be the first major terror attack carried out in Russia by someone from the central Asian republics, and will be a worrying sign for Russian authorities.The bomber has been named as Akbarzhon Jalilov, a 22-year-old native of Osh, a city in the south of Kyrgyzstan, who reportedly moved to Russia six years ago and obtained Russian citizenship. Continue reading... [...]
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St Petersburg metro bomb survivor: 'My ears are still ringing' – video
A passenger on the metro train targeted by a bomb describes the moment of the blast. Speaking on Tuesday, Eldar Bagirov, who was travelling with two friends, describes a ‘flash somewhere to my left’ and a loud noise that left a ringing in his ears. He said he told his friends to lie on the floor and cover their heads, in fear that there would be a second explosion St Petersburg bomb suspect is Kyrgyz-born Akbarzhon Jalilov, Kyrgyzstan says Continue reading... [...]
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'Enemy property': India's answer to Trump wants to raze Pakistan founder's home
Property magnate and politician Mangal Prabhat Lodha, business partner of Donald Trump, reignites tensions over Mohammed Ali Jinnah’s Mumbai houseDonald Trump’s Indian business partner is leading a campaign to raze a bungalow in Mumbai that was once the home of Pakistan’s founding father, in a dispute threatening to provoke a diplomatic row between Delhi and Islamabad. The property was the primary residence of Mohammad Ali Jinnah before he moved to Karachi after partition. It has long been a bone of contention between the two nations. Related: Hindus for Trump: behind the uneasy alliance with rightwing US politics Related: Trump Towers Pune: project in sleepy Indian city faces investigation Continue reading... [...]
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Bangladesh accused of failing to act over murder of activist
Five years after an international outcry over the torture and killing of Aminul Islam, Bangladesh’s government is under fire for failing to find those responsible A scathing report has accused the Bangladeshi authorities of “washing their hands” of any responsibility to find the people who tortured and murdered a prominent union activist.Despite pledging to investigate the abduction and killing of 39-year-old Aminul Islam, they have failed to make measurable progress or look into allegations of links to state officials, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Tuesday. On the fifth anniversary of Islam’s disappearance, the organisation urged international donors and global brands working in the country to push the government on the need for accountability for Islam’s murder. Continue reading... [...]
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St Petersburg bomb suspect identified as 22-year-old born in Kyrgyzstan
Russian investigators say Akbarzhon Jalilov detonated bomb that killed 14 on metro carriage and left DNA on second deviceRussian investigators on Tuesday said a 22-year-old presumed suicide bomber carried out Monday’s attack on the St Petersburg metro, which killed 14 people and left 49 in hospital.Akbarzhon Jalilov is believed to have originally been from the former Soviet republic of Kyrgyzstan but had lived in Russia for a number of years and taken Russian citizenship. Related: Central Asia link to St Petersburg bomb is worrying sign for Kremlin Continue reading... [...]
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‘Disaster alley’: Australia could be set to receive new wave of climate refugees
US defence expert warns people fleeing low-lying Pacific islands a precursor to ‘climate-exacerbated water insecurities’ that could trigger wider conflict Australia could be on the frontline of a new wave of “climate refugees” displaced by extreme weather events, droughts and rising seas, a US expert on the national security impacts of climate change has warned.Sherri Goodman, a former US deputy undersecretary of defence, argues the impact of climate change – rising seas, extreme weather, prolonged droughts – will be a “threat multiplier” for sepacurity challenges, and could be the spark that ignites conflict and drives new waves of mass forced migration. Related: Lives in the balance: climate change and the Marshall Islands Related: On the climate change frontline: the disappearing fishing villages of Bangladesh #GlobalWarning Related: Five Pacific islands lost to rising seas as climate change hits Continue reading... [...]
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No rise in cash withdrawals after RBI removed limits. Is India moving towards cashless transactions?
An RBI report states that there was no surge in cash withdrawals after the RBI abolished all limits on March 13. [...]
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Farm loan waiver: After cooperative banks, farmers demand waiver of loans from nationalised banks
The farmers at Jantar Mantar agree that the UP government has taken a good decision but, their concern is who will bear the cost of Rs 36,000 crore. [...]
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The Guardian view on Theresa May’s world: trading on fantasy | Editorial
The prime minister and senior colleagues have fanned out across the world trying to prove that trade deals with illiberal regimes can compensate for a hard Brexit. They are wrongIn order to ensure maximum public impact, British governments have long been in the habit of choreographing their announcements and newsworthy plans within a daily and weekly grid controlled in Downing Street. Last week, that grid was dominated by the triggering of article 50 and the start of the Brexit negotiations. This week, equally clearly, the grid has been shaped to stress that senior ministers are getting out into the world to promote what Theresa May calls “global Britain”.Mrs May herself has been in Jordan and Saudi Arabia for trade talks. The chancellor, Philip Hammond, arrived in India on Tuesday on a mission to promote the financial sector, while trade minister Liam Fox is on an extended swing through south-east Asia and the Gulf. All these overseas journeys have been coordinated as an attempt to sell Brexiting Britain as a workshop of the world and as a magnet for inward investment. Continue reading... [...]
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Hammond: UK immigration cuts are no barrier to trade deal with India
‘We are open to Indians’ chancellor says during Delhi trip, adding that pledge to reduce immigration will affect other countries with less-skilled workersBritain’s pledge to sharply reduce immigration will not impede the UK from negotiating a free trade agreement with India, the chancellor has said during a visit to Delhi to promote British business.Phillip Hammond said on Tuesday that the brunt of the government’s pledge to shrink net migration to the “tens of thousands” would be felt by countries with less-skilled labour, rather than by India, whose citizens currently receive 60% of the work visas granted by the UK government. Continue reading... [...]
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Marathon meetings, strict deadlines: CM Yogi puts UP's ministers and babus on the line
Sources say that the CM is particularly eyeing those excusing themselves for frequent breaks during the marathon meeting. [...]
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Ace Hindustani classical vocalist Kishori Amonkar passes away
Amonkar, who was recognised as one of the foremost singers in the Hindustani tradition, passed away at her home in central Mumbai. She was 84. [...]
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Dalai Lama's emotional reunion with guard who aided flight from Tibet
Buddhist leader meets Naren Chandra Das 58 years after he escorted him in India after his escape from Chinese authoritiesThe first time they met, Indian paramilitary guard Naren Chandra Das was ordered not to talk to the bespectacled young soldier he was escorting near the Chinese border in a top-secret mission.Nearly 60 years later, Das was reunited with the Dalai Lama in an emotional ceremony that recalled the Buddhist leader’s escape from Tibet after a failed uprising against Chinese authorities. Related: Paratroops join hunt for Dalai Lama: from the archive, 1 April 1959 Continue reading... [...]
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Australian Hazaras protest visit of Afghan president Ashraf Ghani
Ghani draws Canberra crowd of several thousand Hazaras and supporters outside Yarralumla and parliament Thousands of Australian Hazaras, many of whom fled persecution in Afghanistan, have taken to the streets of Canberra to protest the state visit of the Afghan president, Ashraf Ghani.Ghani’s presence in Australia drew a crowd of protestors to Yarralumla and on to the streets of Canberra where Hazaras – an ethnic and religious minority in Afghanistan who have been subject to generations of persecution – protested his three-day state visit, which began with a meeting with the governor general, Sir Peter Cosgrove. Related: Is it safe for Britain to send refugees back to Afghanistan? Today we are here to rise our voices, as refugees, as #Hazaras but most of all as human beings #CanberraRally pic.twitter.com/bXCGHOcNeN Related: The plight of the Hazara: we can't bear any more tragedy | Abdul Karim Hekmat Related: New Zealand accused of cover-up over Afghan civilian deaths We even offered security forces water to drink, we were peaceful on July 23 of 2016 in Kabul#CanberraRally pic.twitter.com/d6PsbI3bJ3 Related: Forced repatriation to Afghanistan: 'We didn't think it would happen to us' Continue reading... [...]
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Imphal: Kiren Rijiju calls on people of northeast to shun gun culture, usher in era of peace
Rijiju was speaking at the launch ceremony of Digi Dhan Mela for spreading awareness on the digital payment and cashless transaction among the people. [...]
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Indian cargo ship hijacked by Somali pirates on way to Yemen
All 11 crew members on the ship belong to Mandavi in Mumbai. [...]
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Whatever happened in the San Serriffendum? | Brief letters
Aung San Suu Kyi | HSBC’s gender neutral titles | Classifying exercise | Bristol University | April Fools’ DayAung San, father of Suu Kyi, recognised the divergent aspirations of the Shans, Mons, Karens, Chins, Burmans and a myriad of other national groups, including those like the Muslim Rohingyas who arrived and settled more recently (Report, 31 March). Independence from British rule was not just that, it was a challenge to form an inclusive Burmese identity not dominated by the majority Buddhist Burmans. Aung San Suu Kyi has never shown an understanding of the need to channel the contested idea of Myanmar identity into a constructive force. Instead, her view of Myanmar politics has been shaped by a single-minded focus on replacing the military rulers by elected rulers.SP ChakravartyBangor, Gwynedd• Why the retrograde step (HSBC to offer customers choice of gender-neutral titles, 31 March)? My current bank cards from HSBC carry no title, nor do letters in the Guardian. Unless it truly is optional, of course, and people wish to use such titles. Just please don’t say “the computer needs it”. I changed one bank account after it refused to accept creation of an account without a title.Hilary GrimeOxford Continue reading... [...]
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Twenty people killed in attack at Pakistan shrine
Police arrest three suspects in Punjab including shrine’s custodian after attack by men wielding batons and knivesTwenty people were killed and four others wounded at a Sufi shrine in Pakistan by men wielding batons and knives, police said.The attack took place at the Shrine of Mohammad Ali in the country’s Punjab province on Sunday morning, according to police, who said they had arrested three suspects including the shrine’s custodian. Continue reading... [...]
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MCD elections: Congress releases first list of 140 candidates
"The winnability and opinion of grass-root level party workers dominate the candidate selection process", Delhi Congress president Ajay Maken said. [...]
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Let there be debate, dissent but never intolerance, says President Mukherjee at IIM Calcutta
Addressing the 52nd Convocation of IIM Calcutta, President Pranab Mukherjee encouraged students to be dissentious but not be tolerant. [...]
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Jewellers prepare for new norms in new financial year
These new norms come in the wake of demonetisation and may have an impact on banking transactions too in the jewellery industry. [...]
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Aung San Suu Kyi: Myanmar's great hope fails to live up to expectations
A year after her party swept to power, the Nobel laureate faces questions over her leadership and silence on persecutionIt was never meant to be this way.The script called for the lead actor, a Nobel prize winner, to seize control of a country, bring peace where there was conflict and prosperity where there was poverty. A nation emerging from years of military dictatorship was to become a beacon of hope not only for its cowed population but also for much of a fractured and turbulent south-east Asia.Many who led the campaign [to free her] were on the liberal side. I think she’s closer to a Margaret Thatcher. Related: ‘It will blow up’: fears Myanmar's deadly crackdown on Muslims will spiral out of control She would change everything. Any criticism directed towards her, she wouldn’t care. Related: Burmese military killed seven of my children, says Rohingya refugee Continue reading... [...]
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