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Erdoğan accuses Myanmar of ‘genocide’ as thousands of Rohingya flee to Bangladesh
Almost 400 people have died in violence that Myanmar’s military said was triggered by attacks on security forces by Rohingya insurgentsTurkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has accused Myanmar of “genocide” against the Rohingya Muslim minority, who have fled in the tens of thousands across the border into Bangladesh to escape ethnic violence.“There is a genocide there,” Erdoğan said in a speech in Istanbul during the Islamic Eid al-Adha feast, which commemorates Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son. Related: Fears mount of Myanmar atrocities as fleeing Rohingya families drown Related: Dozens killed in fighting between Myanmar army and Rohingya militants Continue reading... [...]
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Can an advert for tea really change India's sexist attitudes?
Tata Tea’s latest marketing campaign has generated a million e-signatures calling for mandatory gender sensitisation classes in Indian schools – before boys’ negative ideas about women can take rootThe scene is an Indian middle-class living room. A young girl tells her mother she is going out to play badminton with her brother. The mother, without looking up from chopping vegetables, says a firm “no” – the boy may go, but the girl has to stay and help her in the kitchen. It’s a dialogue that can be heard in infinite permutations across millions of Indian homes every day. But this exchange forms part of a TV advert by Tata Tea, a global conglomerate whose accompanying petition urging the Indian government to make gender sensitisation classes mandatory in schools has now collected almost 1 million signatures – the point at which Tata Tea will deliver it to the minister in charge of India’s education policy. Related: 'I won't do toilets': the unvarnished reality of life as a maid in India Related: 'A violence no autopsy can reveal': the deadly cost of India's campus prejudice Related: The Inequality Project: the Guardian's in-depth look at our unequal world Continue reading... [...]
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'Not a single thing was dry': Mumbai's residents count the cost of floods
As rescue workers search for building collapse survivors, homeless people tell of lack of shelter while rain battered cityAs torrential rain pounded Mumbai this week, Radha Rajput was where she always is: on the pavement between railway tracks and a main road.The streets of India’s financial capital are her home and have been for the past 50 years. She and her son, his wife and their one-year-old twins have endured the challenges of seasonal rain and scorching summer heat for decades, but this downpour was a fresh nightmare. Continue reading... [...]
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Rohingya families drown after fleeing violence in Myanmar – video report
The bodies of at least 26 women and children have washed up on a riverbank in Bangladesh after boats carrying Rohingya refugees capsized in the Naf river. Almost 38,000 Rohingya have fled their villages and attempted to cross into Bangladesh, according to UN estimatesFears mount of Myanmar atrocities as fleeing Rohingya families drown Continue reading... [...]
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Cabinet reshuffle: PM Modi may surprise again with new faces in team
If sources are to be believed, the Prime Ministers Office (PMO) carried out a detailed audit of performance of Cabinet ministers. [...]
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Fears mount of Myanmar atrocities as fleeing Rohingya families drown
Up to 400 people have been killed after an army and vigilante counteroffensive against Muslim insurgents in the troubled Rakhine stateTwo dozen corpses believed to be the bodies of Rohingya women and children have washed up on a Bangladesh riverbank as fears grow of atrocities committed by Myanmar forces against the Muslim minority across the border.In the deadliest violence in decades, nearly 400 people have been killed in a week of fighting in Myanmar’s north-west Rakhine state after Rohingya insurgents attacked security forces and the military responded with a huge counter-offensive. Related: Pope's Myanmar visit may be the help Aung San Suu Kyi needs Related: Myanmar failing to stop spread of religious violence, UN envoy says Continue reading... [...]
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Indian girl kills herself after alleged period shaming by teacher
Teacher had reportedly made 12-year-old girl show a period stain on her clothes in front of her classmatesPolice in India are investigating allegations that a 12-year-old killed herself after a teacher humiliated her for a period stain on her uniform.Officials said the girl took her own life near her home in southern India’s Tamil Nadu state on Monday, leaving a note saying her teacher had “tortured” her. Continue reading... [...]
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Musharraf declared fugitive as Bhutto murder trial ends in Pakistan
Former military dictator has property confiscated as anti-terror court jails two police officials in relation to 2007 assassinationOne of the most controversial trials in Pakistani history has ended with the former military dictator Pervez Musharraf declared a fugitive and his property ordered confiscated after he failed to show in court over the assassination 10 years ago of Benazir Bhutto. Two high-ranking police officials were sentenced on Thursday to 17 years in prison but the verdict, while bringing some closure to a process many had thought would never conclude, stops short of sentencing anyone for the murder. The police officials were found guilty only of negligence and mistreatment of evidence, and five accused militants were acquitted. Related: The death of Benazir Bhutto Continue reading... [...]
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This time Britain must resist colluding in US drone terror | Clive Lewis
The use of drones devastates communities and fuels terrorist recruitment. Theresa May should not be drawn into Trump’s threats against Pakistan• Clive Lewis is the Labour MP for Norwich SouthI know what it’s like to feel the fear of battle. To be constantly looking over my shoulder and thinking every sound might be a bomb or a bullet. When I served in Afghanistan in 2009 I felt that fear, but I made a choice to serve in the army and I knew I could come home to safety at the end of my tour. For people living in the border regions of Pakistan their homes may not be a place of safety for much longer. A familiar fear could be about to return to the skies overhead. Related: 41 men targeted but 1,147 people killed: US drone strikes – the facts on the ground Related: Trump to expand US military intervention in Afghanistan Continue reading... [...]
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All banned notes getting back into banking system may not be legitimate: Arun Jaitley
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that demonetisation achieved the overall objectives for which it was brought in. [...]
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Japanese man banned from Twitter over killing mosquito
He later received a message from Twitter saying that his account had been frozen and cannot be reactivated. [...]
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China says 'not appropriate' to discuss concerns on Pakistan terror at BRICS
Terrorism is one of the key issues in focus at the Xiamen Summit, along with cyber security, besides economic issues. [...]
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Search for victims after Mumbai building collapses amid floods – video report
Rescue workers in Mumbai are searching for people feared trapped beneath a collapsed building following two days of torrential rain in India’s commercial hub. At least 1,200 people have died across south-east Asia as a result of flooding caused by heavy monsoon rains, and millions of people are estimated to have been affectedMumbai building collapses in monsoon rains as South Asia floods wreak havoc Continue reading... [...]
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Mumbai building collapses in monsoon rains as South Asia floods wreak havoc
Flooding across India, Nepal and Bangladesh has left parts of cities underwater with storm moving on to Pakistan, lashing the port of KarachiAt least seven people are dead and as many as 40 feared trapped after a building collapsed in Mumbai, India’s financial capital, as monsoon downpours continue to cause havoc across South Asia.The four-storey residential building gave way on Thursday morning in the densely populated area of Bhendi Bazaar, after heavy rains turned roads into rivers. Related: In an era of unwelcome climate records Hurricane Harvey won't be the last Continue reading... [...]
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Why less coverage of floods in South Asia? | Letters
Are American lives simply worth more, wonder Lynne Edwards, Peter Williams, and Susan Howe. Plus letters from Bob Pike and Sheila RigbyWhile I have the greatest sympathy for those who have lost friends, family, pets or property in the Texas floods (Report, 30 August), I am disgusted at the relative number of column inches and amounts of airtime devoted to its coverage. During precisely the same period huge areas of Bangladesh, Nepal and India are suffering an even greater catastrophe, with 1,200 plus lives lost and millions made homeless. Let’s get some balance here. America is a rich country and will cope, despite inept leadership. Or are we saying that American lives are worth more?.Susan HoweRoss on Wye, Herefordshire• The contrast between the coverage of floods in Texas and floods in South Asia is stark. Live updating of trivia as well as important events from Houston; the odd report from India, Nepal, Bangladesh and elsewhere. There are probably many more people of South Asian heritage in this country than American. The implicit message is that they, and their relatives, are far less important than a pet in Houston. I don’t want Texas coverage reduced, but please take more notice of the rest of the world.Lynne EdwardsNew Quay, Ceredigion Continue reading... [...]
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The Guardian view on privacy: computers gossip | Editorial
We need secure digital identities but they must never be allowed to grow too large and powerfulAt the beginning of the internet age, people used to go online, but no longer. Instead we live there from the moment we first pick up a smartphone to the moment it is laid on a bedside table. Our digital lives are now as real as money, and so debates about online privacy are actually about our political freedoms. Around the world these debates are reaching very different conclusions.Last week, the Indian supreme court decided that the country’s constitution guaranteed a right to privacy. This disrupts and at least delays the government’s plans to ensure that everyone in the country not only has, but must use, a unique identity number tied into biometric scans, so that in theory (for in practice the technology is always flawed) more than a billion people can be reliably and uniquely identified. Continue reading... [...]
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Taj Mahal is Muslim tomb not Hindu temple, Indian court told
Government archaeologists reject claim the structure was built by Hindus and that they should be allowed to worship thereA court in India has heard testimony from government archaeologists that the Taj Mahal is a Muslim mausoleum built by a Mughal emperor to honour his dead wife – delivering an official riposte to claims it is a Hindu temple.The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), which protects monuments of national importance, had been ordered to give its view in response to a petition filed by six lawyers stating that the Unesco world heritage site in the city of Agra had originally been a temple called Tejo Mahalaya dedicated to the Hindu deity Shiva. Related: Taj Mahal gets a facelift – and slaps on a mudpack Continue reading... [...]
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The low-cost device saving newborns in India
Birth asphyxia – lack of oxygen – is the cause of 20% of newborn deaths in India. A simple piece of equipment is helping revive babies and prevent long-term damageFarzana Qureshi’s happiness over a smooth and uncomplicated pregnancy ended abruptly the day she went into labour. Tired by the end of eight hours of contractions, the 30-year-old was unable to push out her baby, whose umbilical cord was wrapped around its neck. When the baby emerged, he was limp and bluish, and did not cry for 15 minutes. “For a while I was scared that something may go wrong with my child because of my lack of effort,” Qureshi says. Related: 'Heroin is very good at getting rid of all my problems': drugs and sexism in India More than a quarter of neonatal deaths occur in India Related: How to make global universal healthcare a reality Related: Six jobs the new World Health Organisation leader should prioritise Continue reading... [...]
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Mumbai paralysed by floods as India and region hit by heaviest monsoon rains in years
More than 1,000 people killed in India, Nepal and Bangladesh in recent weeks and millions forced from their homes Heavy monsoon rains have brought India’s financial capital to a halt, with authorities struggling to evacuate people with the scheduled high tide adding to the chaos. Incessant rain flooded several parts of Mumbai on Tuesday and paralysed train services used by millions of commuters daily, with many stranded at stations and hundreds of others walking home through waist-deep water on railway tracks.Mumbai airport airside. #scary #MumbaiRains pic.twitter.com/JAR7CCBNgiBringing you another amazing waterfall from Mumbai, India...BMC Rocks!Janta Shocks! #MumbaiFlooded #RainHosts pic.twitter.com/UoF9prAAeNThe rain water is circulating rubbish that is now entering parts of the emergency wardWhen Mumbai Rains turned Mulund Station into Niagara Falls #MumbaiFlooded #MumbaiRains pic.twitter.com/DP9yYESIIh Continue reading... [...]
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Sunanda Pushkar death probe: Delhi HC raps police for delay, wants status report in 2 weeks
The court asked the police to inform it about the status of probe into Pushkar's mysterious death within two weeks. [...]
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Hyderabad: Man robs Lord Ganesha of laddoo, police launch search for thief
The act of stealing the laddoo was caught by a camera installed inside the Ganpati pandal. [...]
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Ahead of PM Narendra Modi's visit, China says huge potential for cooperation
Normal 0 false false false EN-IN X-NONE HI MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Only days before PM Modi travels to China to attend the BRICS meet in Xiamen, Beijing has said that the two countries have a huge potential for cooperation. /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin-top:0cm; mso-para-margin-right:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:10.0pt; mso-para-margin-left:0cm; line-height:115%; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-language:EN-US;} [...]
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Reading group: which book should we read to understand India's partition?
To mark the 70th anniversary since India and Pakistan were divided, let’s explore the legacy of the bloody and tumultuous partition through a rich body of fictionIndian partition was one of the hinge moments of the 20th century. The midnight division of British India into India and Pakistan, on 14-15 August 1947, changed everything. It caused one of the largest mass migrations ever, the death of more than one million people, and political turmoil that remains unresolved. Partition has had huge and ongoing consequences that are still not properly understood or even acknowledged here in Britain. It is also an event that is almost impossible to fathom: millions of lives changed forever, homes lost and lands transformed over night.Fortunately, many writers have helped explain the partition and its aftermath – and we’re going to look at one of them this month on the reading group. Related: Partition, 70 years on: Salman Rushdie, Kamila Shamsie and other writers reflect Continue reading... [...]
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Blast in Kabul bank, close to US embassy, kills one
Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danish said the blast hit the entrance to a Kabul Bank branch. [...]
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Abdul Basit to colleague: You would end up being worst Pakistan envoy to US
Abdul Basit's criticism is directed at Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry who was the foreign secretary of Pakistan until February and then took charge as Islamabad's ambassador to the United States. [...]
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Pope's Myanmar visit may be the help Aung San Suu Kyi needs
Accused of not doing enough to curb persecution of Rohingya Muslims, the Burmese leader may be hoping divine intervention can win her breathing spacePope Francis has been a vocal critic of Myanmar’s harsh treatment of its Rohingya Muslim minority population, a cause of growing friction with western countries and the UN. So at first glance, Monday’s Vatican announcement that Myanmar has invited him make the first ever papal visit to the predominantly Buddhist nation in November seems puzzling. Continue reading... [...]
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How climate change is a 'death sentence' in Afghanistan's highlands
Global warming should be taken as seriously as fighting insurgents, say those witnessing the savage impact first-handThe central highlands of Afghanistan are a world away from the congested chaos of the country’s cities. Hills roll across colossal, uninhabited spaces fringed by snow-flecked mountains, set against blistering blue skies. In this spectacular, harsh landscape, one can pinpoint more or less where human settlement becomes impossible: at an altitude of 3,000 metres (9,840ft). Related: Trump to expand US military intervention in Afghanistan Continue reading... [...]
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Indian judge jails 'god man' for 20 years for rape of two women
Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, whose conviction last week sparked protests that left 38 dead, receives prison sentenceSelf-styled “god man” Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for the rape of two women.The sentence was announced on Monday amid tight security in the northern town of Rohtak where the “guru of bling” has been held since his conviction on Friday, which provoked protests among his followers that left at least 38 people dead and more than 200 injured. Continue reading... [...]
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