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China and Russia oppose UN resolution on Rohingya
Resolution calls on the Myanmar to allow access for aid workers, ensure the return of all refugees and grant full citizenship rights to the RohingyaThe UN general assembly has urged Myanmar to end a military campaign against Muslim Rohingya and called for the appointment of a UN special envoy, despite opposition from China, Russia and some regional countries.A resolution put forward by the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation was adopted by a vote of 122 to 10 with 24 abstentions.The Rohingya are Muslims who live in majority-Buddhist Myanmar. They are often described as "the world's most persecuted minority".  Related: 'When they began slaughtering us we ran for our lives': Rohingya trapped inside Myanmar | Alex Crawford Continue reading... [...]
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Goa: On Christmas Eve, Santa Claus joins police in spreading awareness about road safety
Considering increase in road accidents in state, Goa Police took this initiative to educate tourists and locals about road safety and security. [...]
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What worked for Jairam Thakur, Himachal Pradesh's new chief minister?
Jairam Thakur is new Himachal Pradesh chief minister. Here's what worked in favour of the Mandi leader. [...]
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Sushil Modi lashes out at Lalu and his supporters
Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi today lashed out at Lalu Prasad and his supporters for alleging that the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief was being targeted as he belonged to a backward caste. [...]
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Christmas violence and arrests shake Indian Christians
There has been a surge in anti-Christian attacks following the election of Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist governmentThe strains of Hindi carols have rung out in the Aligarh Church of Ascension every Christmas since 1858. Armed police on the grounds is a more recent tradition. This year the officers will be out in force. On Thursday night in the north Indian city, Rahul Chauhan was playing tabla drums while the rest of his Seventh–Day Adventist choir sang Christmas songs in the home of a follower. Related: Christians in India increasingly under attack, study shows Continue reading... [...]
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UK to deport Afghan torture survivor on Christmas Day
Home Office decision to forcibly remove man it accepts was tortured shows ‘complete lack of humanity’, lawyer says A 39-year-old Afghan survivor of torture is to be forcibly removed from the UK and returned to his home country on Christmas Day, in what is thought to be the first case of its kind.Lawyers for the man, an asylum seeker accepted by the Home Office to be a torture survivor, have mounted a last-minute legal challenge to try to prevent him from being deported. Related: Europe rebuked for removing Afghans to one of world's most dangerous countries Related: Europe sends people 'home' to Afghanistan, where they have never been Continue reading... [...]
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Aung San Suu Kyi once called for a free press. Now, fake news haunts the dead | Rossalyn Warren
As the Rohingya crisis escalates, the state of Myanmar is silencing the media – and the people who dare to talk to themIn December last year, after the Myanmar security forces had been accused of deadly attacks in the state of Rakhine, the government allowed a press trip to the area. Such visits are rare; this three-day, state-guided trip was allowed only after pressure from human rights groups and the UN to investigate allegation of atrocities against Rohingya people.Thirteen journalists toured the area, closely watched by security forces. Locals were reluctant to talk from fear of retaliation. But yesterday Shuna Mia, a 41-year-old Rohingya man from the township of Maungdaw, bravely decided to speak out. According to activists who have seen footage of his interview, he said that people in his community had been raped and killed by security forces.The government is targeting vulnerable citizens all over again. This time, it is orchestrating its own version of events Related: In the name of humanity, don’t look away from the plight of the Rohingya people | Ian Woolverton Continue reading... [...]
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Dozens killed in Rajasthan bus crash
Vehicle carrying pilgrims to shrine near Sawai Madhopur swerves off bridge and plunges into Banas riverAt least 33 people have died in the western Indian state of Rajasthan after a bus swerved off a bridge and plunged into a river, according to local police.Seven others were injured and taken to hospital in Sawai Madhopur district, 235 miles (375km) south of Delhi.Anguished by the bus accident in Rajasthan's Sawai Madhopur district. My thoughts are with the families of the deceased. State Government is closely monitoring the situation, including rescue operations and providing all possible assistance to those affected: PM @narendramodi Continue reading... [...]
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Tejashwi on Lalu Prasad's conviction: Bihar will give befitting reply to BJP
While appealing the party workers to maintain calm, Tejashwi said that they should respect the verdict and that the truth will be out in the open soon. [...]
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Rescue workers pull passengers from bus that fell into Indian river – video
At least 33 people have died in the western Indian state of Rajasthan after a bus swerved off a bridge and fell into a river, according to local police. Seven others were injured and taken to hospital in Sawai Madhopur district. The bus had been trying to overtake another vehicle when it crashed into the barrier and fell 20 metres into the Banas river. More than 111,000 people die in road accidents each year in India, the highest toll in the world.Dozens killed in Rajasthan bus crash Continue reading... [...]
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Withdrawing December 25 from calendar of national holidays shows Centre's narrow vision: Mamata
Slamming the Centre, Mamata Banerjee pointed out how the Government of India withdrew December 25 from the calendar of national holidays depicting their narrow vision. [...]
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UN condemns Australia's forced return of asylum seeker to Sri Lanka
Australian government insists the man, who risks persecution in his homeland, missed deadline to apply for protectionThe United Nations’ refugee agency has condemned Australia’s forced return of an asylum seeker to Sri Lanka without any assessment of his claim for protection, saying the man is at serious risk of persecution in his homeland.The UNHCR had sought assurances from the Australian government the man would not be removed from the country and would be allowed to apply for protection. Related: Sri Lankan man 'risks torture and rape' if deported from Australia Related: Sri Lanka is a refugee producing country. Here's why | Emily Howie Related: 'All is forgiven': Sri Lankan PM says returning asylum seekers won't be charged Related: Sri Lankan Tamil refugee found dead on Manus Island Continue reading... [...]
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'An employer? No, we have a master': the Sikhs secretly exploited in Italy | Daniela Sala
After years of arduous, badly paid work in the fields of southern Italy, Singh reported his employer to the police. But in a country where justice moves at a glacial pace, abused migrant workers have scant incentive to come forwardSingh was full of resolve the day he walked into an Italian police station to report the abuse he was facing in the fields of southern Italy. “I am a Sikh,” says the farm worker from Punjab in northern India. “And when a Sikh takes a decision, he will go forward, no matter what.”Singh knew the risk he was taking. A few days after his visit to the police station, he says, the threats and intimidation began in earnest. Within a week, he had lost his job and been forced to move home. Continue reading... [...]
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Delhi police raid 'spiritual university' and find women behind locked doors
Women held at compound run by guru appear drugged, with city’s commissioner for women fearful it is a site for sexual exploitationPolice in Delhi have discovered a “spiritual university” in the north-west of the city where inspectors say up to 200 women and girls are being held behind a series of locked doors.Conditions inside the building were “shocking”, said Swati Maliwal, the Delhi commissioner for women, who took part in a raid on the four-storey facility this week. Related: Ram Rahim Singh: fatal clashes follow Indian guru's rape conviction Continue reading... [...]
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Potato on its toe: Farmers dispose tonnes of it as govt goes lukewarm on the issue
Every year, farmers have to dispose tonnes of potatoes. One farmer was forced to commit suicide after he was unable to pay back the loan that he had taken. With all this prevalent, governments are still up to no good to solve these issue. [...]
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India unveils anti-smog cannon in fight against Delhi pollution
The cannon blasts water droplets at high speed to flush out air pollutants, but environmentalists say it doesn’t tackle the root cause of the problemIndia has unveiled a new weapon against air pollution – an “anti-smog gun” which authorities hope will clear the skies above New Delhi but which environmentalists say amounts to a band-aid solution.The cannon’s Indian manufacturers say the fine droplets of water it ejects at high speed can flush out deadly airborne pollutants in one of the world’s smoggiest capitals. Related: 'Half my lung cancer patients are non-smokers': toxic air crisis chokes Delhi Related: Pollution stops play at Delhi Test match as bowlers struggle to breathe Continue reading... [...]
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Tamil asylum seeker to be deported after failing to meet deadline
Detainee struggled to fill out 41-page application form in English – and was not able to access legal assistance in timeA Tamil asylum seeker has become the first person slated for deportation – without having his claim for protection even assessed – after falling foul of the ministerial deadline of 1 October to apply.The man, who has been given the pseudonym Rajah because he remains at risk of being deported, was placed in handcuffs at Villawood detention centre on Wednesday morning and slated for removal in the evening. Related: Sri Lankan man 'risks torture and rape' if deported from Australia Related: The blanket deadline for a group of asylum seekers is unfair and dangerous | Anthea Vogl and Sara Dehm Continue reading... [...]
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Briton criticised over sculpture of 'terrible' Uzbek dictator Karimov
Paul Day says ‘I go with the flow’ as critics ask if artist’s monument in Moscow square will reflect reality of Karimov’s bloody ruleThe late president of Uzbekistan, Islam Karimov, was widely regarded as one of the most ruthless dictators in recent history. His regime jailed and tortured critics, and massacred hundreds of unarmed protesters in the town of Andijan in 2005.Despite his reputation, a leading British sculptor is working on a memorial in Moscow to Karimov, who died last year after a 27-year rule over Uzbekistan. Related: Islam Karimov obituary Continue reading... [...]
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How Donald Trump's Jerusalem move ruined Christmas in Bethlehem
Trump's policy shift on Jerusalem two weeks ago triggered Palestinian protests which are hurting the Christmas festivities in Bethlehem. [...]
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4 gun-toting men gangrape minor girl and then attend marriage ceremony in Muzaffarnagar
The accused attacked the minor girl as she drew water near her house at dawn. [...]
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Did Virushka invite PM Modi to wedding reception? Looks like it
The couple is believed to have extended an invitation for their wedding reception to the PM, that is scheduled for December 21 (Thursday) in the national capital. [...]
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Could your Christmas gift of jewellery be funding genocide? | Hannah Lownsbrough
Luxury brands such as Bulgari must stop buying gems from Myanmar, where the military is committing horrifying acts of violence against the RohingyaAs Christmas approaches, luxury jewellery brands will be preparing themselves for the annual windfall of cash that it brings. But shoppers this year will want to consider their role in propping up the genocide of Rohingya people, and join the tens of thousands of people calling on high-end jewellery retailers to end their relationships with the Burmese military.In early December, 75,000 people signed an online petition calling on Cartier to do just that. Cartier’s response was swift and within days announced it had “decided to stop purchasing gemstones from Myanmar, which will become fully effective as of December 8”. Now other similar companies must follow suit.Almost all of the world’s superior quality jade originates in Myanmar, and 95% of the world’s rubies Related: In the name of humanity, don’t look away from the plight of the Rohingya people | Ian Woolverton Continue reading... [...]
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Congress corners BJP in Rajya Sabha over collusion with Pakistan claim
Opposition demanded an apology from PM Narendra Modi. PM Modi had alleged Congress's collusion with Pakistan during Gujarat assembly elections. [...]
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PAAS and kapaas pulled BJP down, GST and DeMo were non-issues despite Rahul hype
Hardik Patel-led PAAS in the rural areas and farmers did not favour BJP. They preferred Rahul Gandhi-led Congress. On the other hand, the urban areas solidly backed the BJP, rejecting GST and demonetisation. [...]
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Language of the Rohingya to be digitised: 'It legitimises the struggle'
Turning written script into digital characters will allow persecuted group to write emails and texts and post on social media in their own languageFor decades the Rohingya have been denied recognition in Myanmar, but the persecuted minority is close to securing a crucial symbol of their identity – their own unique digital alphabet.The language of the stateless Muslim people has reportedly been included in the planned upgrade to the Unicode Standard, the global coding system that turns written script into digital characters and numbers. Related: Myanmar burned Rohingya villages after refugee deal, says rights group The Rohingya are Muslims who live in majority-Buddhist Myanmar. They are often described as "the world's most persecuted minority".  Related: 6,700 Rohingya Muslims killed in one month in Myanmar, MSF says Continue reading... [...]
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Myanmar burned Rohingya villages after refugee deal, says rights group
Villages were still being damaged as late as 2 December, contradicting government assurances, says Human Rights WatchSatellite images show that dozens of Rohingya villages were burned the week Myanmar signed an agreement with Bangladesh to repatriate hundreds of thousands of refugees, Human Rights Watch has claimed.The evidence that villages were still being damaged as late as 2 December contradicted assurances by the Burmese government that violence had ceased and that the Rohingya could safely return to Myanmar, the watchdog said. Related: Massacre at Tula Toli: Rohingya recall horror of Myanmar army attack Continue reading... [...]
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'Illegal and primitive': Pakistan expels foreign aid groups in droves
Warnings of negative impact on ordinary people and damage to Pakistan’s international standing as 29 organisations are given two months to leaveThe Pakistani government has ordered a number of foreign charities and rights groups to close down their operations and leave the country by the end of January.Over the past few days, the interior ministry has sent letters to 29 major international non-government organisations (INGOs), including Action Aid and Marie Stopes, telling them to shut their offices and leave within 60 days. Related: Bold vision: giving blind people back their sight in Pakistan – in pictures Continue reading... [...]
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Himachal election results 2017: History repeats itself
Bharatiya Janata Party makes a comeback in the Himalayan state by romping home with a comfortable majority. [...]
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