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'It's a revolution': Indian officials deliver public services at people's doorsteps
A home visit scheme aims to spare people the queues – and the bribes – often associated with a trip to a government officeFor weeks, Sudesh Kumar had been having a sinking feeling. His driving licence was about to expire. He knew the misery that lay ahead: taking time off his property rental business to queue for hours in the muggy heat, facing the chaos in the squalid government office, and finally capitulating to the tout who promised to push through his application – for a price.This time, it turned out to be as easy as ordering pizza. Continue reading... [...]
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4-year-old child raped in Hyderabad, school employee arrested
4-year-old child raped in Hyderabad, school employee arrested [...]
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Why government is not cutting petrol, diesel prices
Why government is not cutting petrol, diesel prices [...]
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'Sacrilege': Varanasi priests warn Ganges luxury cruises could contaminate river
Hindu holy men say if mutton or alcohol are served on trips along city’s ghats, it could pollute sacred riverPlans for a new luxury cruise liner on the Ganges river in the holy Hindu city of Varanasi have run into trouble, with priests worried that alcohol and meat will be served to foreign tourists onboard, contravening Hindu custom.Nordic Cruiseline is due to start the sunrise and sunset trips later this month that will take visitors along all 84 sets of steps – known as ghats – that lead down to the water. Related: Linking India’s rivers: critics rally to protest ‘illegal and unnecessary’ plans Continue reading... [...]
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New surveillance vessel in ICG Mandapam station to prevent illegal entry and smuggling
New surveillance vessel in ICG Mandapam station to prevent illegal entry and smuggling [...]
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J&K panchayat poll dates announced, to be held in 9 phases
J&K panchayat poll dates announced, to be held in 9 phases [...]
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JNU election result: United Left wins all four posts
JNU election result: United Left wins all four posts [...]
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Rape accused bishop steps down, says pray for me
Rape accused bishop steps down, says pray for me [...]
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Fire breaks out at Pamposh hotel in Srinagar
Fire breaks out at Pamposh hotel in Srinagar [...]
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India to break record for world's largest statue … twice
Sardar Patel statue to stand 182m tall, then be surpassed in 2021 by Shivaji memorialIndia says it will unveil the world’s largest statue next month, depicting the independence leader Sardar Patel.However, the reign of the 182-metre structure as record holder could be short-lived, with work due to begin on an even larger statue of a Hindu king off the coast of Mumbai. Continue reading... [...]
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Watch: Bike engulfed in flames at petrol pump after man refill it to full tank
Watch: Bike engulfed in flames at petrol pump after man refill it to full tank [...]
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Indie rockers Side Effect channel the resilient spirit of Myanmar's youth
For years, one of Myanmar’s most popular bands worked in fear of an authoritarian military government, using metaphor and symbolism to convey their subtly subversive message. Now they are pushing ever harder for freedom of expressionThe lead singer of one of Myanmar’s most popular bands has spent his life songwriting in code.Having formed indie/post-punk group Side Effect with three friends in 2004, under a military dictatorship, Darko C had to be scrupulously careful not to offend the generals. Every form of popular culture was vetted and controlled at the time, and dissident artists of all kinds featured among the pariah state’s vast cohort of political prisoners. Do you think you could joke about Aung San Suu Kyi? No. You would definitely be put in jail. So can I say I’m free? No Continue reading... [...]
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Could a grid of giant filters help clean up Delhi's polluted air?
Thinking big in the fight against smog, architects have designed 100m-high pollution-absorbing towers for India’s capital cityThe Indian capital regularly tops lists of the most polluted cities on earth and its residents even refer to the months when a confluence of events – crop burning, no rain, fireworks – leads to low visibility and breathability as “smog season”.But a new concept by the Dubai-based architecture firm Znera imagines a solution embedded into the Delhi skyline: a network of giant towers that would absorb pollution and recycle it back into breathable air.We drew up this dystopia to shock people into realising that if something isn’t done we are approaching an irreversible disaster Continue reading... [...]
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Nearly 40% of female suicides occur in India
Study indicates early marriage, male violence and patriarchal culture are to blame Nearly two in every five women in the world who kill themselves are Indian, according to a Lancet study published this week that says the country’s suicides rates constitute a public health crisis.The rate of Indian women who die by suicide has fallen since 1990, but not as fast as elsewhere in the world, and now represents 36.6% of global female suicide deaths, the report in the UK medical journal found.In the US, the National Suicide Prevention Hotline is 1-800-273-8255. In the UK, the Samaritans can be contacted on 116 123. In Australia, the crisis support service Lifeline is on 13 11 14. Hotlines in other countries can be found here Continue reading... [...]
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'My soul, where are you?': families of Muslims missing in China meet wall of silence
An estimated one million Muslims are being held in re-education camps in Xinjiang. Across the border in Kazakhstan, there’s a desperate wait for news of Uighurs, Kazakhs and other minoritiesFor more than a year, *Farkhad, 39, has lived with the uncertainty that his wife Mariam may be dead. *Mariam, 31, was visiting her hometown of Artush in Xinjiang, in northwest China, last March when she sent a frantic message to Farkhad that police were taking her away.Over the next month, she messaged sporadically on WeChat from inside what appeared to be a detention centre. In April she said she was being transferred to another facility. Farkhad, who calls his wife “jenim” (my soul), wrote back: “My soul, what can I do?” Related: US considers sanctions on China over treatment of Uighurs The Chinese communist party wants to create ‘One people, one country, where there are no Uighurs, Kazakhs, or Uzbeks ... just ChineseThey would say, there is no religion. The government and the party will take care of you Continue reading... [...]
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Aung San Suu Kyi on Reuters jailing: show me the miscarriage of justice
Myanmar leader denies case is linked to freedom of expression and says Rohingya crisis could have been handled betterMyanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi has vehemently defended the imprisonment of the two Reuters journalists who were given seven-year jail terms after reporting on the massacre of Rohingya Muslims in Rahkine state.Aung San Suu Kyi had remained notably silent over the case, which was widely condemned by international governments and the UN as a miscarriage of justice and a symbol of the major regression of freedom of expression in Myanmar.The Rohingya are Muslims who live in majority-Buddhist Myanmar. They are often described as "the world's most persecuted minority".  Related: The Guardian view on Aung San Suu Kyi: a deadening silence | Editorial Continue reading... [...]
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Swamy: Undeniable fact that Mallya told Jaitley he was leaving for London
Swamy: Undeniable fact that Mallya told Jaitley he was leaving for London [...]
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Mystery of Vijay Mallya look-out circular: CBI diluted notice to correct mistake
Mystery of Vijay Mallya look-out circular: CBI diluted notice to correct mistake [...]
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Indian men accused of stealing gold tiffin box 'ate their lunch out of it'
Hyderabad police say alleged thieves could have made up to £12m selling museum haulTwo men allegedly stole a gold jewel-encrusted tiffin box that once belonged to an Indian princely ruler and ate their lunch from it.The men allegedly broke into the Nizam’s Museum, in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad, through a ventilation shaft this month, making off with the tiffin box and a ruby- and emerald-studded gold cup, among other antiques. Continue reading... [...]
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Crazy Rich Asians is no racial triumph. It's a soulless salute to the 1%
With its plummy accents, couture gowns and clumsy merging of cultures, this ‘tale of empowerment’ is just Sex and the City in SingaporeCrazy Rich Asians opens with Napoleon Bonaparte and Louis Vuitton. “Let China sleep,” the film quotes the great Frenchman saying, “for when she awakens she will shake the world.” An opulent London hotel refuses to honour Singaporean matriarch Eleanor Young’s reservation, as her children slump across their LV suitcases, suggesting perhaps she might be happier somewhere in Chinatown. An enraged Young, played by Michelle Yeoh, makes one phone call to her husband, who buys the hotel – an act that has been hailed as Asian empowerment. We never see nor hear from Young’s husband, whose sole function seems to be the revenge purchasing of hotels, again. But many more vignettes of ostentatious acquisition and wealth follow. Even the pet dogs are called Astor and Rockefeller.In a recent op-ed, Thomas Friedman, the New York Times columnist, noted that he “really enjoyed” Crazy Rich Asians because “it reminded me of an important point: Rich Asia has gotten really rich”. Friedman declared after a trip to India that the world was becoming flat, or in other words, as rich as his own plutocratic circles – which includes Mohammed bin Salman, crown prince of Saudi Arabia, who is reported to have recently dropped $450m on a Da Vinci. Perhaps Friedman’s flat-world delusion helps understand how Crazy Rich Asians can be seen as a film about Asian empowerment. For the film, which has crossed the $100m mark, and has enjoyed the highest opening for a romantic comedy in three years, and is indeed funny and charming in parts, is best described as a celebration of transnational plutocracy. Related: ‘It’s not a movie, it’s a movement’: Crazy Rich Asians takes on Hollywood Continue reading... [...]
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Nawaz Sharif granted 12 hours' parole after wife's death
Former Pakistan PM and daughter let out of jail before Kulsoom Nawaz’s funeral Pakistani authorities have temporarily released the former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter from prison to attend funeral services for his wife, Kulsoom, who died of cancer on Tuesday in London.Video footage from Geo TV showed Sharif walking through Islamabad’s airport amid tight security to be flown to the eastern city of Lahore, near the family home. Continue reading... [...]
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Hope fades: Posters of Aung San Suu Kyi gather dust as image tarnishes
They were meant to build on the success of the Barack Obama posters by Shepard Fairey but then came the atrocities against the Rohingya The portrait by Shepard Fairey depicts Aung San Suu Kyi haloed by a sunburst and surrounded by the phrases “Freedom to lead”, “Support human rights”, and “Democracy in Burma”. Created shortly after the street artist famously depicted Barack Obama, it went on sale in 2009 to help raise funds for rights groups petitioning Myanmar’s then-ruling generals to release her from house arrest. Related: Jailed reporters' wives 'devastated' by Aung San Suu Kyi response Continue reading... [...]
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'It came at a great cost but it was worth it': Bangladesh protests – podcast
Our guest this week is a teenager who was involved in mass demonstrations in Dhaka that were sparked after two children were killed by a busThousands of students took to the streets of Dhaka at the end of July, calling for better road safety. The discontent spiralled into frustration at corruption and government impunity and the protests turned violent, with a police crackdown involving teargas, rubber bullets, beatings and arrests. Teenager, Wazir Sarkar (not his real name), reflects on to what extent the protester’s demands were met, and whether the price they paid was worth it. Continue reading... [...]
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IAF chief red flags shortage of fighter jets, says Rafale will help fill gap
IAF chief red flags shortage of fighter jets, says Rafale will help fill gap [...]
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Mild earthquake hits Assam, tremors felt in West Bengal, Bihar, entire Northeast
Mild earthquake hits Assam, tremors felt in West Bengal, Bihar, entire Northeast [...]
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'The next billion users': Google targets India's lucrative mobile market
As mobile markets in developed world near saturation, Google rolls out Neighbourly, its first Indian-inspired social networkTo check Instagram at home, Laveena must stand on the edge of her terrace, arm outstretched, hoping the signal is strong enough for her phone to blink to life.A few times a day, she grudgingly shares her phone with her little brother, so he can speak to his friends on the WhatsApp account they share. Related: 'WhatsApp murders': India struggles to combat crimes linked to messaging service Data is the new oil, and intelligent data is the new petrol Continue reading... [...]
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Bihar: FIR against 150 people after lynching in Sitamarhi
Bihar: FIR against 150 people after lynching in Sitamarhi [...]
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Most bad loans from UPA era, banks to blame for NPA crisis: Raghuram Rajan
Most bad loans from UPA era, banks to blame for NPA crisis: Raghuram Rajan [...]
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