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TMC MP KD Singh took money from people, did not return it: Mamata mantri exclusive
TMC MP KD Singh took money from people, did not return it: Mamata mantri exclusive [...]
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Rahul Gandhi's big poll promise: Minimum income for poor if Congress comes to power
Rahul Gandhi's big poll promise: Minimum income for poor if Congress comes to power [...]
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Women's panel wants Siddaramaiah to pay for abusing woman, BJP calls him evil Dushshashan
Women's panel wants Siddaramaiah to pay for abusing woman, BJP calls him evil Dushshashan [...]
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BJP’s bad luck to not have Priyanka-like beauty, they make Hema Malini dance for votes: Congress leader
BJP’s bad luck to not have Priyanka-like beauty, they make Hema Malini dance for votes: Congress leader [...]
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US-Taliban talks offer glimmer of hope on path to Afghan peace
Insurgents demonstrate their commitment by naming top commander as chief negotiatorTaliban and US negotiators have reportedly agreed parts of a potential peace deal a day after the Afghan insurgents signalled their commitment to talks by naming one of their most senior commanders as chief negotiator.News of progress in the Qatar talks, and the appointment of Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, appeared to offer for the first time in nearly two decades a glimmer of real hope for a path to peace in Afghanistan. Continue reading... [...]
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Karnataka Congress upset over no Bharat Ratna to seer Shivakumara Swami
Karnataka Congress upset over no Bharat Ratna to seer Shivakumara Swami [...]
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Missing you Ma: Daughter Sharmistha shares emotional message on Pranab Mukherjee's Bharat Ratna
Missing you Ma: Daughter Sharmistha shares emotional message on Pranab Mukherjee's Bharat Ratna [...]
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Love Sonia review – flawed but powerful sex-trafficking drama
Slumdog Millionaire producer Tabrez Noorani’s hard-hitting directorial debut is about an Indian village girl sold into slavery and shipped to CaliforniaThis nightmarish Indian sex-trafficking drama about a village girl sold into modern slavery is told with passion and urgency by Tabrez Noorani, a producer on Lion and Slumdog Millionaire making his directing debut. Love Sonia has the glossy production values of those movies, but Noorani is going for something harder-hitting here, inspired by the true story of an Indian girl found in a container ship in California. It is powerful filmmaking, but I found questionable the packaging of sexual violence with the uplifting notes of mainstream entertainment.Mrunal Thakur gives a performance of quiet intensity as Sonia, a shy 17-year-old whose father sells her sister Preeti (Riya Sisodiya) to clear his debts. “I’ll get you a nice job in Mumbai,” coos the female trafficker to Preeti. Their dad goes along with the sham but his face betrays him: he knows the truth. Not long afterwards, Sonia naively follows her sister to Mumbai, where she is herself trafficked and taken to a filthy brothel, where she is handcuffed to a bed while the owner-pimp phones around to get the best price for his “fresh” village girl. Continue reading... [...]
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'I'll destroy you all': star of Indian nationalist epic battles its critics
Kangana Rangaut, who plays rebel leader in Manikarnika, takes on hardline HindusA Indian queen fights bloody, over-the-top battles against British soldiers in a colonial-era Bollywood blockbuster that opens in India’s cinemas on Friday.Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi is a nationalistic epic about the life – and death at British hands – of Rani Lakshmibai, an Indian woman who learned martial arts, married a maharajah and became a leader in the 1857 rebellion against the British East India Company. Related: Indian film Padmaavat sparks protests over 'Hindu-Muslim romance' Related: Heavy security as Bollywood epic Padmaavat opens in Indian cinemas Continue reading... [...]
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India's military elite gears up for Republic Day – in pictures
The President’s Bodyguard, a 200-strong cavalry unit, have for centuries been assigned to India’s most prominent VIPs Continue reading... [...]
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Ab tak 3,000: Yogi Adityanath to highlight encounters as govt achievement on Republic Day
Ab tak 3,000: Yogi Adityanath to highlight encounters as govt achievement on Republic Day [...]
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Opportunity, Nasa's storm-silenced rover completes 15 years on Mars
Opportunity, Nasa's storm-silenced rover completes 15 years on Mars [...]
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From barbershop to bike: reinterpreting India's Ramayana – in pictures
Vasantha Yogananthan takes the ancient Hindu tale The Ramayana as his starting point for the series A Myth of Two Souls, drawing inspiration from the imagery associated with the epic and its pervasiveness in Indian life today Continue reading... [...]
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Canada: mother and uncle accused of 'honor killing' extradited to India
Uncle and mother, both Canadian citizens of Indian origin, accused by Indian authorities of killing daughter in 2000Canada has extradited the mother and uncle of a woman killed 19 years ago to face justice in India for their alleged roles in her honor killing.The body of Jaswinder Kaur Sidhu was found with her throat slit in June 2000 in Punjab state. She was 25 years old at the time of her death. Related: 'I feel no hatred': the radical response to an 'honour' killing that shook India Continue reading... [...]
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Indian traders say film fans are stealing milk to pour over posters
Police in Tamil Nadu are asked to stop the anointments as they say milk is being stolenMilk dealers in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu are asking police to stop movie fans splashing milk on posters and cutouts of their idols.The dealers say the practice, in imitation of the way milk is sometimes poured over effigies of Hindu gods during rituals, encourages theft. Related: Latest film from superstar actor Rajinikanth sends India into a frenzy And that's why we call it a festival #ETHIDiwali The way we celebrate him beyond boundaries!!! #STRFans #Simbu #ETHIFestival#ChekkaChivanthaVaanam #CCVBlockbuster @MadrasTalkies_ @LycaProductions @aditi1231 pic.twitter.com/ZqOophmM65 Continue reading... [...]
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Pakistan SC to hear petition against Aasia Bibi's acquittal
Pakistan SC to hear petition against Aasia Bibi's acquittal [...]
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Woman who defied Indian temple ban 'shunned' by family
Kanakadurga, 39, allegedly beaten and ousted from home for entering Sabarimala shrineA woman who defied violent protests to worship at a centuries-old south Indian shrine that banned females of “menstruating age” has been spurned by her family, attacked by relatives and locked out of her home.On New Year’s Day, Kanakadurga, 39, along with Bindu Ammini, became the first women to enter the inner sanctum of Kerala state’s Sabarimala temple, one of the country’s holiest Hindu sites. Related: Indian women just did a remarkable thing – they formed a wall of protest | Snigdha Poonam Continue reading... [...]
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£14 can go a long way in Bangladesh | Letters
Meghnad Desai and Richard Horrocks say Guardian readers shouldn’t be angry at ‘poverty wages’ being paid to Bangladeshi workers, but Sue Simmons says we delude ourselves that we can buy clothing for almost nothingWhat may seem like poverty pay to a Guardian reader need not be so for a worker in Bangladesh (Revealed: the poverty pay behind the charity slogan, 21 January). A pound is worth roughly a hundred taka, so 35p is 35 taka. If someone works 40 hours a week, she would make £14 a week. The per capita income of Bangladesh is £1,400 (£3,650 in purchasing power parity). If she were employed for 50 weeks she would make up to half the per capita income – not rich, but not poor by local poverty standards.Wages in Bangladesh are not determined by Comic Relief but by average productivity of labour. Bangladesh could use the employment provided by Comic Relief. If the “radical anger” of Guardian readers leads to cancellation of the contract, the Guardian readers may be happy, but not the Bangladeshi workers. Continue reading... [...]
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Priyanka Gandhi enters politics months before India general election
Congress party supporters hope scion of India’s most powerful dynasty can boost campaignPriyanka Gandhi, a scion of India’s most powerful dynasty who has rebuffed calls to enter politics for years, has been appointed as an official in the Congress party just months before India’s national polls.The elevation of Gandhi, 47, is the latest chapter for the Nehru-Gandhi family that helped lead India to independence 71 years ago and which has ruled the country for much of the time since. Related: India: world's biggest election has suddenly become competitive Continue reading... [...]
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Ahead of Lok Sabha polls, Congress breathes new life into UP unit
Ahead of Lok Sabha polls, Congress breathes new life into UP unit [...]
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Deadly air: driving a rickshaw in Delhi
Delhi’s rickshaw drivers are on the frontline of the city’s most notorious problem: horrendous air pollution. The Guardian’s south Asia correspondent, Michael Safi, travels the city with Pandit, a driver whose exposure to the worsening air quality is affecting his health and his livelihood. Plus: Ana Adlerstein looks at the reality of life on the US-Mexico border in ArizonaLevels of air pollution in India’s capital, Delhi, have consistently breached safe limits. This January is already the worst on record and the World Health Organisation classes Delhi as the sixth worst city in the world for air quality. A 2015 study concluded about half of Delhi’s 4.4 million schoolchildren had stunted lung development and would never completely recover.The Guardian’s south Asia correspondent, Michael Safi, has lived and worked in Delhi for the past three years and has kept in regular contact with Pandit, a rickshaw driver who underwent a series of medical checks two years ago that identified his asthma. He has not been able to afford treatment, and after returning for more checks this week he has been told it would be best for his health if he moved away from Delhi – a dilemma faced by millions of the city’s residents, overwhelmingly the poorest. Continue reading... [...]
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Tired of dark fields and jeering men: the bride who led a 'toilet revolution' | Amrit Dhillon
Komal Hadala’s hellish treks to relieve herself inspired a campaign that left her Indian village flushed with successThe day after her wedding, Komal Hadala was shaken awake at 4am by her mother-in-law. They joined a group of women who were waiting outside the house, in Nithora village, Uttar Pradesh.“It was the time when they went outdoors to relieve themselves in the fields before men started appearing. I couldn’t believe it. It was total darkness outside. And it had been raining,” says Hadala. Related: 'Every day was agony': Indian woman granted divorce over lack of toilet Continue reading... [...]
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If you remember Manipuri women only for nude protest against Army, think again
If you remember Manipuri women only for nude protest against Army, think again [...]
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Factory that supplied Tesco compensated abused worker
The woman was robbed and told if she protested she would be ‘killed and put in box’A Bangladeshi factory that produces clothes for Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Mothercare was forced to compensate an “outspoken” female worker after she was beaten up on the orders of management and threatened with being murdered, the Guardian has learned.The woman claimed to have been “severely beaten up” by security guards and the HR and compliance management at the factory, which is used by the brand Stanley/Stella. She said she was robbed of her severance pay and told that if she protested she would be “killed and her body put in a cardboard box”, an industry watchdog report that endorses her account states. Related: The Guardian view on Bangladesh: when charity goes wrong | Editorial Related: Why are wages so low for garment workers in Bangladesh? Related: 'Inhuman conditions': life in factory making Spice Girls T-shirts Continue reading... [...]
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Hopefuls pay out thousands of rupees to chase Gurkha glory in Nepal | Pete Pattisson
Training academies – and unscrupulous agents – are cashing in on young men preparing for this month’s feared ‘doko race’ to secure a lucrative British army jobLong before the sun rises above the towering Himalayan peaks that overlook Pokhara in central Nepal, scores of young men gather in the dark on the edge of the town to train for the race of a lifetime.At the starter’s signal, they charge off, first heaving a 25kg sack of sand into a “doko” wicker basket on their backs, and then starting a gruelling 5km race up the steep mountainside. Finish in less than 46 minutes and they have a chance to join the Gurkhas, the legendary brigade of the British army. Related: Football’s broken dreams: the African teenagers sold a Premier League lie | Pete Pattison Continue reading... [...]
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Tesco, Mothercare and M&S use factory paying workers 35p an hour
Bangladeshi firm that made charity Spice Girls T-shirts also works with major UK retailersRevealed: Spice Girls T-shirts made in factory paying staff 35p an hourTesco, Marks & Spencer and Mothercare use a factory in Bangladesh that paid the equivalent of 35p an hour to machinists making Spice Girls T-shirts sold to raise money for Comic Relief, it can be revealed.A Guardian investigation disclosed that the predominantly female employees claimed they experienced verbal abuse and harassment from management during shifts of up to 16 hours. Related: Why are wages so low for garment workers in Bangladesh? Related: 'Inhuman conditions': life in factory making Spice Girls T-shirts Related: The Guardian view on Bangladesh: when charity goes wrong | Editorial Continue reading... [...]
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The Guardian view on Bangladesh: when charity goes wrong | Editorial
Globalised business networks make well-meaning shoppers complicit in the exploitation of workers they are trying to helpWho carries the weight of a global supply chain? Whose lives are bound in its fetters? There is a grotesque quality to the Guardian’s revelations of the conditions under which Bangladeshi women in the garment industry labour to make Western women feel charitable and empowered. The T-shirts made in Bangladesh will ultimately sell for £19.60, of which a little more than half, £11.60, will go to Comic Relief, to help champion equality for women. The celebrities who promote them, and whom the T-shirts in turn promote with their slogan “I wanna be a Spice Girl”, are well-paid; the women who make them are paid around 35p an hour and expected to sew up to 2,000 in the course of a working day, which is anything from eight to 16 hours long. To put it another way, a Bangladeshi seamstress would have to sew at least 7,000 T-shirts to afford the price charged for one in the west – and buying or wearing one is supposed to be a way of championing “equality and people power”.No one suggests that the westerners involved are insincere. They genuinely want to improve the lives of women around the world, and Comic Relief has done really impressive work. The people who buy the shirts will be horrified by this story. They would happily pay for their empowering T-shirts to be produced in conditions that actually empowered the workers who made them, as well as contributing to the empowerment of others elsewhere. Why is this so difficult? Continue reading... [...]
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Taliban kill 'more than 100 people' in attack on Afghan military base
Attackers detonated car bomb inside complex in Maidan Wardak province, say officialsThe Taliban have killed more than 100 Afghan security personnel at a military compound in central Maidan Wardak province, a senior defence official has said.“We have information that 126 people have been killed in the explosion inside the military training centre. Eight special commandos are among the dead,” said a senior official in the defence ministry in Kabul, speaking on condition of anonymity. Related: US army chief says death toll of Afghan security forces is unsustainable Continue reading... [...]
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