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Mumbai: Governor cannot be made a party to petition, Maharashtra Additional solicitor general tells Bombay HC
The Additional solicitor general of Maharashtra Anil Singh today raised an objection to Congress leader Ashok Chavan filing a case against the Maharashtra governor. [...]
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Ashish Khetan made adviser to Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal
According to sources, Kejriwal needed some one to supervise administrative work and former journalist Ashish Khetan came across as an appropriate candidate. [...]
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Indian government: pregnant women should shun meat, eggs and lustful thoughts of sex
Mother and Child Care leaflet also recommends expectant mothers ‘detach themselves from desire, anger, attachment’ India’s government is advising pregnant women to avoid all meat, eggs and lustful thoughts.Doctors say the advice is preposterous, and even dangerous, considering India’s already poor record with maternal health. Women are often the last to eat or receive health care in traditionally patriarchal Indian households. Related: 'I finally own something': wives of Indian rickshaw drivers steer the finances | Alia Dharssi “Pregnant women should detach themselves from desire, anger, attachment, hatred and lust.” Continue reading... [...]
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Tamil Nadu Speaker Dhanapal rejects Stalin's demand for debate on horse trading
It was a very interesting scene in Tamil Nadu Assembly today when Opposition leader MK Stalin wanted a debate on alleged horse trading but Speaker Dhanapal quoted from the speeches of DMK leaders from the past to reject his demand. [...]
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Ram Nath Kovind is BJP nominee for President: 5 other times Amit Shah-led party surprised us
While political corridors were abuzz with speculations on who will be the BJP's pick for the country's top post, names of veteran leaders such as LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and even Sushma Swaraj were doing the rounds as probable candidates. [...]
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KPS Gill obituary
My friend Kanwar Pal Singh Gill, who has died aged 82, was a controversial police chief in India, credited with bringing the Punjab insurgency under control in the early 1990s – his admirers called him India’s Top Cop – but criticised for alleged human rights violations.He was born in Ludhiana, Punjab, but after independence was brought up in Simla (now Shimla) in the Himalayan foothills. His father, Rachpal Singh Gill, was a high-ranking government engineer. His mother, Amrit Kaur, a homemaker, died when he was a schoolboy. His father then married a young doctor, Satwant Kaur. Continue reading... [...]
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The Guardian view on Bangladesh: the people deserve better | Editorial
Bangladesh’s sterile, poisonous politics do a disservice to its peopleBangladesh’s impressive run in the Champions Trophy, though terminated by a thrashing from India in the semi-final last week, highlighted the cricket team’s striking progress and won deserved applause. This relatively young nation – which only won independence from Pakistan in 1971 – usually gets little credit for its triumphs against the odds. Those obstacles have been numerous, including the legacy of colonialism and the war of independence, and the challenges of safeguarding the world’s eighth-largest population when it is crammed into a delta: at least 150 people are thought to have died in floods and landslides last week. Yet the country has slashed cyclone deaths through better shelters and warning systems, and made impressive strides on health, literacy and poverty alleviation.Its greatest enemy has arguably been the folly of its own politicians who remain locked in a vicious and sterile feud which has claimed too many lives and squandered opportunities to strengthen the country. Since 1991, leadership has swung between the Awami League and the Bangladesh Nationalist party, each led by dynastic leaders, Sheikh Hasina and Khaleda Zia. The last elections, in 2014, were scarred by widespread violence and have been followed by further attacks on the opposition. Few believe that politics have not played a part in the legal cases against Ms Zia and her son and heir apparent, Tarique Rahman. Earlier this month the former prime minister Moudud Ahmed and his wife, the poet Hasna Jasimuddin Moudud, were evicted from their home after it was seized by court order. Mr Ahmed, 77, is not only a BNP party elder – but also a lawyer who defended Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Sheikh Hasina’s father and the country’s founding leader, when what was then West Pakistan charged him with sedition pre-independence. It says much about how Bangladesh’s leaders have wasted its original hopes as they obsess over divisions and ignore common interests. Continue reading... [...]
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Suicide bombers attack Afghan police HQ, killing or wounding dozens
Up to five attackers targeted the building in Gardez in latest assault by the TalibanDozens of people have been killed or wounded after up to five suicide bombers attacked a police headquarters in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday, officials said. The attack, claimed by the Taliban, began at around 6:30am (2am GMT) when one bomber detonated a car packed with explosives at the gate of the police headquarters in Gardez city, the capital of Paktia province, said Najib Danish, a spokesman for the interior ministry. Related: Why deadly Kabul bombing is crisis for all of Afghanistan | Emma Graham-Harrison Continue reading... [...]
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Declare presidential candidate, then seek Sena support, Uddhav tells Amit Shah
The Shiv Sena is learnt to have told Amit Shah that the Bharatiya Janata Party should first decide on a name and then seek support. [...]
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Presidential election 2017: Amit Shah meets Uddhav Thackeray to discuss NDA's candidate
The meeting comes a day after the BJP chief, who is on a three-day visit to strengthen the party organisation in the state, said his party would consult its allies before finalising the NDA's presidential candidate. [...]
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After RTI query, EC orders FIR against Tamil Nadu CM Palaniswami, TTV Dinakaran
Following an RTI query, the Election Commission has ordered FIRs against AIADMK (Amma) leaders including Tamil Nadu CM E Palaniswami in RK Nagar bypoll bribery case. [...]
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One Afghan killed and several US troops wounded in attack on base – US military
US military spokesman denies reports from local official that Americans had been killed but says at least one Afghan soldier was shot dead at Camp ShaheenAt least one Afghan soldier was killed and several American soldiers were wounded in an incident at a base in northern Afghanistan on Saturday, a US military official said. Related: US sending almost 4,000 extra forces to Afghanistan, Trump official says Continue reading... [...]
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'We will break every bone': Islamist leaders threaten Bangladeshi lawyer
Sultana Kamal, chair of Transparency International Bangladesh, angered hardline Islamists by defending installation of statue outside Dhaka’s supreme courtHuman rights groups have warned about the safety of a prominent Bangladeshi lawyer after Islamist leaders threatened to “break every bone” in her body for defending the installation of a Lady Justice statue outside the country’s supreme court.Sultana Kamal’s remarks on a television talk show last month have earned her death threats from Muslim hardliners in Bangladesh, where religious fanatics are suspected to have killed 30 activists and writers among others in the past four years. Related: Bangladesh reproached over inquiry into torture and murder of activist Related: Bangladesh simmers as Islamic conservatives and progressives clash Related: Inside Bangladesh’s killing fields: bloggers and outsiders targeted by fanatics Continue reading... [...]
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Lalu source of employment for journalists, media biased against him: Tejashwi
CM Tejaswi Yadav has slammed the media and said that RJD chief and his father Lalu Prasad was a source of employment for them. [...]
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Russia's military says may have killed ISIS leader Baghdadi: Agencies
Russia's Defence Ministry has said that it was checking information that a Russian air strike near Syria's Raqqa may have killed ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in late May. [...]
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Presidential election 2017: How BJP, Congress have picked candidates
The search panel set up by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for presidential election has approached the Opposition parties for putting up a consensus candidate. This is in sharp contrast with the UPA's practice of announcing the candidate first and then approaching the Opposition. [...]
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Woman raped by Uber driver in India sues company for privacy breaches
Woman alleges executives obtained medical records to cast doubt on claimsLawsuit comes at time of considerable turmoil for scandal-hit companyAn Indian woman who was raped by an Uber driver sued the ride-hailing company on Thursday, alleging that Uber executives had “violated her a second time” when they obtained her medical records and used them to cast doubt on her credibility. Related: Uber board member resigns after sexist remark at meeting addressing sexism Continue reading... [...]
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Suicide bomber strikes at Shia mosque in western Kabul
Several killed in latest of a string of attacks on civilians in Afghanistan during holy month of RamadanAt least four people have been killed in Kabul after a suicide bomber and gunmen attacked a mosque where worshippers had gathered for an important Shia holiday.Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack, which comes after weeks of escalating violence that have turned this year’s holy month of Ramadan into one of the most violent periods in the Afghan capital since 2001. Related: We foreigners in Kabul marvel at Afghan 'resilience'. But they have no other choice | Sune Engel Rasmussen Continue reading... [...]
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India faced with Rs 3.1 lakh crore farm loan waiver – 16 times 2017 budget for rural roads
India faces a cumulative loan waiver of Rs 3.1 lakh crore, or 2.6 per cent of its GDP in 2016-17. A waiver of this scale could pay for the 2017 rural roads budget 16 times over or pay for 443,000 warehouses. [...]
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Benefits of demonetisation will be felt by end of 2017-18: India's chief statistician
He maintains he has reservations about "making quick" judgements about the note ban decision that had affected the economy at multiple levels, and that it should not be seen just from the perspective of cash replacement, but as one that produced many benefits too. [...]
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Isis captures territory around former Bin Laden stronghold in Afghanistan
Capture of giant Tora Bora complex would mark major victory for group as it clashes with TalibanIslamic State fighters have captured some territory around Tora Bora, the former stronghold of Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan’s eastern Nangarhar province, officials said on Wednesday.The push and capture of the giant cave complex that once housed the late al-Qaida chief would be a major victory for the Islamic State group in its increasingly deadly rivalry with the Afghan Taliban. The caves had until now been under Taliban control. Related: Trump's defense chief admits struggle in Afghanistan: 'We are not winning' Related: Devastation and a war that rages on: visiting the valley hit by the Moab attack Continue reading... [...]
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'I do it for the triumph': can your bike commute compare to these five stories?
From Nairobi to New Orleans, the obstacles are different – but the competition with cars and sense of freedom are the same. Share your cycling story with usClose to nature, freed of traffic jams, awake and flushed with endorphins by the time you arrive at work – perhaps some of the best aspects of commuting by bike? Pedalling through the relentless rain, navigating HGV-clogged roads or being cut up by a thoughtless driver – perhaps the worst? My favourite spot on the way home. It was so quiet that the leaves rustling and falling down the cliff behind me startled me. #outsideisfree ❄ Continue reading... [...]
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Diamond in the bluff: Koh-i-noor stories lose their shine
No evidence that controversial royal jewel was won by a Persian warlord in a cunning turban swap, say authorsIt is the best known and most controversial jewel in the Tower of London, but virtually everything known about the Koh-i-noor diamond’s history may be wrong, according to a new book.Said to be 5,000 years old, and to bear a curse that afflicts any man – but not woman – who wears it, the jewel was surrendered to the East India Company by Duleep Singh, a boy maharajah, in 1849. Related: India launches powerful new rocket Continue reading... [...]
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Donald Trump's hands-off approach gives US military free rein
President has delegated direction of overseas conflicts to his generals, raising fears of unchecked escalationDonald Trump’s decision to let the US military off the leash in the fight against Islamic State and like-minded terror groups in combat zones in the Middle East and north Africa appears to be a significant contributory factor in a sharp, across-the-board rise in civilian casualties reported by the UN and aid agencies.This week the US president handed over direction of the war in Afghanistan to his defence secretary, the former Marine Corps general, Jim Mattis. It was the latest in a series of similar moves effectively giving Pentagon chiefs a free rein in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Somalia. Continue reading... [...]
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Double vision: dark times for the Rohingya echo past horrors – in pictures
In this photography project, Never Again, every picture combines two images – one of Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims superimposed on that of a different tragedy, from the Armenian genocide through the Balkans war to current-day refugees Continue reading... [...]
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Telangana hit by biggest land scam, Opposition demands CBI inquiry
The scam was unearthed after the Cyberabad police arrested a sub-registrar of Kukatpally, and PS Parthasarathi and PVS Sharma, directors of two different real estate firms, for allegedly transferring government land to private companies and causing losses to the state exchequer of several hundred crores. [...]
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Kerala: Photographer who exposed 'vulgar' school uniform booked under POCSO
The school management has filed a case under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act against the photographer who shot girl students in the 'vulgar' uniform. [...]
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Not a terrorist from Lahore, says Hardik Patel after arrest on way to Mandsaur
Hardik Patel was on his way to meet farmers, six of whom were killed in police firing last week. [...]
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