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Kabul shaken by large explosion on city's outskirts
Taliban claim responsibility for blast in Pul-e-Charkhi neighbourhood of Afghan capital that occurred at same time as widespread power cutsA truck bomb attack on a military and logistics services compound rocked Kabul in the early hours of Monday morning, jolting the Afghan capital awake. The blast, which occurred at about 1.30am local time, appeared to target the compound on the outskirts of the capital which is used mainly by foreigners.An hour and a half after the attack, the Taliban claimed responsibility. A spokesman for the militant group said the group had used a truck bomb to target the North Gate hotel, located in a largely industrial area of the Pul-e-Charkhi neighbourhood. Related: Afghanistan holds day of mourning after bomb kills at least 80 Continue reading... [...]
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Our athletes will win hearts of the world, says PM at Run for Rio event
Around 20,000 school children participated in the event, which commenced from Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium in New Delhi. [...]
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Delhi biker dies after being trapped in pothole
Ramashish who was a eyewitness said that the pothole was responsible for Praveen's death as it was flooded with water and nobody was able to judge its depth. [...]
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Erdogan says to close military schools, rein in armed forces
President Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday said that in order to bring the military under government control after a failed coup, military academies in Turkey will now be shut down. [...]
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Day after monster jam, traffic woes continue in Delhi
Vehicles continued to move at snail's pace on several roads such as Mahipalpur Chowk, Rangpuri U-turn near Radisson hotel, Vayusenabad, Azad Market Chowk due to waterlogging. [...]
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GST to be tabled in Rajya Sabha next week, will the ship sail?
Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi making a statement regarding government business for the week starting August 1, said that the Constitution (122nd Amendment) Bill, 2014 will be taken up for consideration and passage. [...]
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Naz Shah: ‘Honour’ killing may not be in your culture, but the problem belongs to us all
After the murder of Qandeel Baloch, police are investigating the suspicious death in Pakistan of one of my constituents. We can stay silent no longer“Why do men bask in ‘honour’ and women bear the burden of ‘shame’?” A thought-provoking question from Sayeeda Warsi last Tuesday during a discussion about the Pakistani social media star Qandeel Baloch, who was murdered by her brother, in an “honour killing”.A week later, I am left asking the same question in response to the suspicious death of one of my constituents, Samia Shahid – again in Pakistan. I know how tightly scripted a young woman’s life can be in my community. And I know how dangerous it can be when you don’t stick to the script. Related: Bradford woman's death in Pakistan investigated after 'honour' killing claims Related: 'Honour' killings, hypocrisy, and the moral policing reserved only for women | Maliha Aqueel Continue reading... [...]
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Indian state steps up hunt for mythical glow-in-the dark plant
Himalayan state of Uttarakhand commits £28m for scientists to finally discover life-giving herb mentioned in ancient Hindu textA state in northern India is about to embark on a multimillion-pound search in the Himalayas for a mythical plant believed to hold life-saving properties.Uttarakhand is committing 250m rupees (£28m) of state money to hunt for the the herb sanjeevani booti, which is credited in the ancient Hindu text Ramayana with restoring life to the brother of a god. Continue reading... [...]
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Wildlife workers rescue six baby rhinos from flooding in India
Floods in Assam submerge Kaziranga national park, home to the world’s largest population of one-horned rhinocerosWildlife workers have rescued a group of rhino calves at risk of being washed away by flood waters that have swamped a national park in northeastern India.Monsoon rains have caused widespread flooding in Assam state and forced about 1.2 million people to leave their waterlogged homes. The rains have also flooded vast tracts of the Kaziranga national park, home to the world’s largest population of the one-horned rhinoceros. Continue reading... [...]
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India launches huge search for Jai, the nation's famous tiger
Indian newspapers carry daily reports on speculation about whereabouts of tiger, with millions following search onlineA search is under way in India for the country’s most famous tiger, with millions of adoring fans worried about the big cat known as Jai who went missing three months ago.Named after Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan’s character in the hit 1975 film Sholay, the tiger shot to nationwide fame three years ago after embarking on an epic hike through villages, rivers and perilously dangerous highways in successful pursuit of a mate. Related: Wildlife workers rescue six baby rhinos from flooding in India Related: Number of tigers in the wild rises for first time in more than 100 years Continue reading... [...]
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In Akhilesh's UP, upper-caste man beheades Dalit couple over Rs 15 row
Bharat Singh and his wife were walking towards their field for their daily farm labour when a village shopkeeper, Ashok Mishra, encountered them. [...]
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Hillary Clinton takes on rival Donald Trump, says his promises are false
America is stronger because of President Obama's leadership, says Hillary. [...]
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Indian state must end its violence in Kashmir | Letters
We are deeply concerned about the armed violence perpetrated by the Indian state through its 700,000 security forces on civilians in India-occupied Jammu and Kashmir since 8 July (India is blinding young Kashmiri protesters – and no one will face justice, theguardian.com, 18 July). The death toll is nearly at 60; toddlers and teenagers have been injured alongside more than 3,500 civilians in a critical condition.After the killing of popular 21-year-old rebel commander Burhan Wani, Indian forces attacked unarmed mourners and protesters with guns, pellet guns and tear gas (Report, 12 July). A complete lockdown and curfew in Kashmir since then allowed Indian forces to shut down mobile and internet services (Report, 20 July) and the Kashmiri press was banned for some days. The humanitarian crisis unfolding in Kashmir is only the most recent in the three decades of militarisation since the 1990s. The current protests, and those in the three bloody summers of 2008-10, reflect the resilience of the Kashmiri people and their demand for the right to self-determination guaranteed by UN resolutions and promised by the Indian parliament in 1948. Continue reading... [...]
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Teaching children swimming and CPR to save lives in Bangladesh
Drowning kills more children than any other accident or disease in Bangladesh. Governments efforts to solve the issue have stalled, so what can be done? At just nine years old, Sadia Yasmin Lata is already a trained cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) caregiver. She’s demonstrating a CPR drill to other children her age. “I would remove any hazardous substance from the ground around him, and then speak into both of his ears to check his senses,” she says. She would then pinch his hand and check his respiration. “If he does not respond, I would breathe air into him and, at intervals, give him a cardiac massage,” she says. Related: The Bangladesh shrimp farmers facing life on the edge The causes of the high number of child drownings in Bangladesh are rooted in poverty Related: The river runs black: pollution from Bangladesh's tanneries – in pictures I learned swimming in eight days. I don’t feel scared anymore. Related: How to transform the lives of ultra-poor women: new evidence from Brac in Bangladesh Continue reading... [...]
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Vauxhall and BMW among car firms linked to child labour over glittery mica paint
Paint used by car makers including Vauxhall, BMW, Volkswagen and Audi linked to illegal mines in India reliant on child labour and debt bondageSome of the world’s biggest car makers including Vauxhall, BMW, Volkswagen and Audi are launching investigations into their paint supply chains after the Guardian linked their suppliers to illegal mines in India where child labour and debt bondage are widespread.Children as young as 10 work at mines for mica, a mineral that creates the shimmery car paint used on millions of vehicles around the world. Related: Beauty companies and the struggle to source child labour-free mica Child labour is prohibited by our sustainability standards and is not tolerated by the Volkswagen Group … Our paint suppliers have assured our ad hoc team that they are compliant with our sustainability standards. Some of our suppliers have confirmed a business relationship with the Chinese company Kuncai. We are engaging with these relevant suppliers to further evaluate the allegations and investigate whether or not a corrective action plan shall be implemented. GM expects our suppliers to be fair, humane and lawful employers, and to enforce similar requirements from their sub-suppliers. These expectations are outlined in GM’s standard purchase contract terms and conditions, which reinforce our zero-tolerance policy against the use of child labour, abusive treatment of employees or corrupt business practices in the supply of goods and services to GM. GM will conduct a full investigation of these suppliers regarding the allegations.“Our supply chain response team is investigating your claim. Initial findings suggest that two of our suppliers may indeed obtain materials indirectly from Fujian Kuncai Fine Chemicals Co. Ltd. In accordance with our guidelines, we have asked these two suppliers to respond to these allegations … The BMW Group does not tolerate child labour in its supply chain. If the allegations are substantiated, we will do everything to ensure that the company involved is no longer part of our supply chain in the future. Continue reading... [...]
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The child labourers helping luxury cars sparkle – video
Mica is a mineral used in products from cosmetics to car paint, where it creates a shiny, sparkly effect. It’s even used in heating elements for some household appliances. In India, illegal mines are known to use child labour. The link between child exploitation and cosmetics came to light over a decade ago, but a Guardian investigation has now revealed links to the car paint industryRead the full story: Car firms linked to child labour over glittery mica paint Continue reading... [...]
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Qandeel Baloch killed by brother after friends' criticism, says mother – video
Anwar Wai discusses the murder of her daughter, Pakistani celebrity Qandeel Baloch, by her son Muhammad Wasim. She says on Wednesday that her son strangled his sister after being taunted by his friends over Baloch’s provocative selfies and videos, which propelled her to fame in Pakistan, a conservative Muslim countryPakistani model Qandeel Baloch killed by brother after friends’ taunts – mother Continue reading... [...]
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People run from floods in Nepal – video
Amateur video shot on Tuesday shows floods in Butwal, a village in the the Rupandehi district of Nepal, after flash floods and landslides swept through villages, killing at least 58 people over two days. In Butwal, local residents run away as torrential floodwaters overflow the riverbank and break a flood defence wall Continue reading... [...]
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Pakistani model Qandeel Baloch killed by brother after friends' taunts – mother
Parents of the celebrity mourn ‘amazing daughter’ who died because her sibling was told she was dishonouring familyThe mother of a Pakistani celebrity murdered in a so-called “honour” killing said her son strangled his sister after being taunted by his friends over her behaviour.The death earlier this month of the model and singer Qandeel Baloch, who shot to fame for her provocative selfies and videos in the conservative Muslim country, shone a spotlight on such killings and re-ignited calls for legislative action to curb the crime. Related: The dishonourable killing of Qandeel Baloch Continue reading... [...]
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Flooding in India affects 1.6m people and submerges national park
Outlook grim for state of Assam, with heavy rain that has buried hundreds of villages and displaced wildlife set to continue for two daysSevere floods in India have affected more than 1.6 million people, buried hundreds of villages and submerged most of a national park, forcing wildlife to seek refuge on roads, authorities have said.With the weather office forecasting heavy rain for at least another 48 hours, the outlook is grim for the tea-growing, north-eastern state of Assam. It is only ffour years since it suffered its worst floods, which killed 124 people and displaced 6 million. Continue reading... [...]
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Alleged 'honour killing' victim was harassed by relative in Bradford
West Yorkshire police confirm Samia Shahid, who died in uncertain circumstances in Pakistan, was harassed during family visit in SeptemberA British woman who died in Pakistan in a possible “honour” killing had been harassed by a family member in Bradford, West Yorkshire police have confirmed.Samia Shahid, 28, who died in uncertain circumstances in Pakistan last Wednesday, had returned to Bradford in September to try to patch things up with members of her family who were unhappy she had married an “outsider” from a different Islamic sect, friends said. Continue reading... [...]
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Israeli woman allegedly gang-raped in Indian tourist town of Manali
A 25-year-old woman reports being raped by two men after flagging what she thought was a taxi in the Himalayan townIndian police have arrested two men suspected of raping a 25-year-old Israeli tourist in the popular northern Himalayan resort town of Manali, local officers said.The arrests were made on Monday following a complaint by the woman that she had been attacked early on Sunday after flagging down what she thought was a taxi and asking for a lift to a nearby town. Related: Why is the rape crisis in rural India passing under the radar? | Priya Virmani Continue reading... [...]
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Mangroves and incomes flourish as Sri Lanka's women promote conservation – in pictures
A new project in Sri Lanka offers training and loans to women to start sustainable businesses as an alternative to cutting mangroves, and commits them to help replant degraded areas of the mangrove forests Continue reading... [...]
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An insider's guide to Jodhpur: blue buildings and green energy
Jodhpur in the Indian state of Rajasthan is home to solar power initiatives, the world’s best hotel and fried semolina balls so good they’re legendary. Priyanka Sacheti guides us through the serpentine bylanes of her cityBlue, hot, iridescent and friendly Continue reading... [...]
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‘Alarming’ number of child deaths push Afghan casualties to record high
Victims include 1,509 children – a third of the total – a grim indicator of growing insecurity as Taliban step up insurgencyCivilian casualties in Afghanistan reached a record high in the first half of 2016, the UN has said, with children in particular paying a heavy price as insurgent groups stepped up the fighting.The UN report, which comes two days after the deadliest attack in Kabul since 2001, cited ground combat between militants and Nato-backed Afghan forces as the leading cause of casualties. Related: Does bloody bombing in Kabul signal change of tactics for Islamic State? Continue reading... [...]
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Bollywood star Salman Khan acquitted of poaching charges
Actor was previously convicted of killing three endangered animals but higher court in Rajasthan has overturned the verdictThe Bollywood star Salman Khan has been acquitted of shooting and killing three endangered animals nearly two decades ago, a verdict that overturned a lower court’s ruling that would have sent the actor to jail.Khan and seven other people, including Bollywood actors, had been accused of killing a gazelle and two antelopes over two days in 1998 while filming a movie in Rajasthan state. Related: Bollywood box office takings down for first time in five years Continue reading... [...]
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At least 19 killed, 24 wounded in knife attack outside Tokyo
The police in Sagamihara, Kanagawa Prefecture, have arrested a suspect, Kyodo reported. [...]
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Bangladeshi child labourer 'tortured to death' at textile mill
Police hunt for mill managers after illegal underage worker Sagar Barman, nine, dies from internal injuries Police in Bangladesh have arrested a spinning mill worker for allegedly torturing a nine-year-old boy to death with an air compressor, the second such claim in less than a year, officers said.Sagar Barman, who worked at a textile mill in Rupganj town, just south of Dhaka, died of internal injuries in a hospital in the capital late on Sunday. His family alleges that eight workers were involved in forcing the compressor into the boy’s rectum and turning on the machine. Related: Rana Plaza collapse: 38 charged with murder over garment factory disaster Related: Bangladeshi organisation offers a lesson on ending child labour | Anna Leach Continue reading... [...]
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