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Bangladeshi fruit pickers shot at by Greek farmers win human rights case
European court of human rights rules in favour of Bangladeshi migrants over 2013 attack and orders Greece to pay damagesThe European court of human rights has issued a landmark judgment vindicating a group of migrant strawberry pickers who were shot at by employers for asking for their wages after months of unpaid labour.Ruling in favour of the 42 Bangladeshis, the court ordered the Greek state to pay damages of up to €16,000 (£13,750) each for having “failed in its obligations to prevent the situation of human trafficking”. At €588,000 in total, the compensation award is among the largest ever made by the court. Related: Greece's migrant fruit pickers: 'They kept firing. There was blood everywhere' Continue reading... [...]
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Maharashtra: Government to take strict action if private hospitals overcharge medicines, medical equipment
State Minister for Food and Drug Administration informed the Legislative Council on Thursday that if need be the government can register a non-bailable offense against such hospitals. [...]
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Uttar Pradesh: New policy on animal slaughter coming soon, says animal husbandry minister
SP Singh Baghel said that Muslims in Uttar Pradesh should not be concerned with the ban on slaughter houses as the government was just implementing rules. [...]
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Home Minister Rajnath Singh to chair meeting of Inter-State Council
The meeting acquires special significance because it is being convened after a gap of 11 years. [...]
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Marine A must not become a hero. He forgot the difference between right and wrong | Giles Fraser
We do the vast majority of soldiers an injustice if we refuse to distinguish between those who break the law and those who do notThose who are given powerful weapons, and the authority to kill with them, must be subject to the law. Forget that all-too-common Hollywood trope in which the brave combatant is held back by the petty restrictions of armchair lawyers. “Shit, charging a man with murder in this place was like handing out speeding tickets in the Indy 500,” remarks Captain Willard in Apocalypse Now. No, soldiers should be grateful for the law because it is precisely the law, and its underlying morality, that distinguishes soldiers from murderers. The law is the soldier’s friend. Continue reading... [...]
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Red beacon fiasco: Captain Amarinder Singh fires transport department official
The CM clarified that the red beacon policy will not be changed at any cost and the removal of red beacons is a part of his government's commitment to eradicate the VVIP culture in the state. [...]
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Mumbai: Another Aadarsh like scam in Kalina, builder constructs 9 extra floors
'Maitri' building had been granted permission by the BMC to construct additional 2 floors in A-Wing and 3 floors in the B-Wing of the building. But the builder brazenly constructed 12 floors, without even waiting for the requisite BMC permission for additional floors. [...]
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Mount Everest climbers enlisted for canvas bag clean-up mission
Recreational climbers and Sherpas asked to help remove hundreds of kilograms of litter after series of deadly quakes on world’s highest peakThe government of Nepal and Everest expedition organisers have launched a clean-up operation at 21,000ft to remove rubbish left on the world’s highest peak after a series of deadly avalanches.Sherpas and other climbers have been given 10 canvas bags each capable of holding 80kg (176lbs) of waste to place at different elevations on Mount Everest. Related: India to send surveyors to find out whether Everest has shrunk Continue reading... [...]
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55-carat Indian gem once used as a child's toy could fetch £80,000
Ruby-red spinel with 400-year-old engravings, reportedly discovered near Leicestershire railway track, to go on saleFor a few days in the 1920s, according to a cutting from an American provincial paper, two children in Leicestershire played with an imperial Indian gemstone, a ruby-red spinel the size of a walnut hanging on a golden chain with a tassel of seed pearls. Related: Pastor unearths 706-carat giant diamond in Sierra Leone Continue reading... [...]
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Indian minister condemns 'deplorable' race riots targeting African students
At least 600 people arrested over violent clashes in and around Noida amid simmering resentment towards AfricansIndia’s foreign affairs minister has condemned “deplorable” race riots targeting African students near Delhi this week that put two men in hospital.The victims included a Kenyan woman who alleges she was pulled from a rickshaw on Wednesday morning and beaten by a group of men. Related: 'Racist' Gandhi statue banished from Ghana university campus Continue reading... [...]
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Sex, death and sperm whales in the Indian Ocean – in pictures
While observing sperm whale off the Sri Lankan coast, Philip Hoare came face to face with eight hunting orcas who had no fear of the 100-strong sperm whale pod Continue reading... [...]
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Punjab: Amarinder Singh government orders crackdown on drugs; 485 peddlers arrested in 10 days
The chief minister has directed the state agencies to coordinate with central agencies such as the Narcotics Control Bureau, the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence and the customs department to check the supply and smuggling of drugs. [...]
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RK Nagar by-polls: Dinakaran-led AIADMK camp distributes money, DMK gives video evidence to EC
Dinakaran, and the DMK's Maruthu Ganesh, are among the 62 candidates contesting the by-election in former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa's constituency. [...]
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Empty reservoirs, dry rivers, thirsty cities – and our water reserves are running out |  Yasmin Siddiqi
Aquifers, the world’s reserve water tank, are running dry. It’s not easy, but we can work out how much groundwater is left, and how it’s being usedWe live on a parched planet. Farmers till arid pastureland and policymakers fret over empty reservoirs, dry rivers and thirsty cities. And that only scratches the surface – literally – of the world’s water problem. Subterranean aquifers, the world’s reserve water tank, are also running dry. The consequences could be dire, especially for water-stressed and fast-growing Asia.These repositories of water located deep underground in permeable rock, soil or sand contain about 100 times the amount of water found on the Earth’s surface in streams, lakes, rivers and wetlands. If you’re in central Africa, South America or some parts of Europe, chances are you’re standing a few hundred feet above one. Related: The three wonders of the ancient world solving modern water problems Related: Dry dams, leaky pipes and tanker mafias – Karachi's water crisis Continue reading... [...]
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12 ways to turn water from waste to resource
As 80% of the world’s wastewater flows untreated into the environment, we asked an expert panel to discuss how to promote water reuseThe main message we should give is that proper reuse can save money and generate income, and is good for the environment. In the Netherlands, there is now a wastewater plant that actually generates energy. As a sector we need to highlight such examples, provide technical options and work with the public to raise their awareness about the danger to their health around wastewater. Arjen Naafs, technical adviser, WaterAid South Asia, @Arjen_Naafs,@wateraid Related: Empty reservoirs, dry rivers, thirsty cities – and our water reserves are running out | Yasmin Siddiqi Related: Access to drinking water around the world – in five infographics Related: Will China's children solve its crippling water shortage problem? Continue reading... [...]
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Our report on Afghan artist's plight leads to successful asylum claim
Samira Kitman had originally been refused asylum, but the Home Office changed its mind after being made aware of her profileHello,I’m writing because you expressed interest in getting updates from our new series on the lives of refugees and asylum seekers who have come to Europe: The New Arrivals. Continue reading... [...]
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Maharashtra doctors strike: Social activist claimes over 100 people lost lives during strike, files complaint
Maske in his complaint said that assault on doctor was wrong but that does not mean that the doctors can call for a strike. [...]
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Expert committee to suggest steps for improving railway security
"A fruitful coordination meeting to improve security of Indian railways and for better protection of railway assets, including rail tracks," tweeted Rijiju after the meeting. [...]
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Delhi: MDMK general secretary Vaiko spends a day protesting with Tamil Nadu farmers at Jantar Mantar
The Tamil Nadu farmers are at Jantar Mantar protesting with the skulls, which they claim are of their fellow farmers who have committed suicides. [...]
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2 crew members, 3 passengers killed in Ukrainian military helicopter crash
The aircraft, a Soviet-designed Mi-2, crashed near Kramatorsk, the headquarter of Ukrainian government forces that oppose pro-Russian separatists, the ministry said. [...]
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Malda: 4 killed, 20,000 houses destroyed as cyclonic storm lashes north Bengal
The cyclonic storm also demolished around 20,000 houses at Ratua, Habibpur, Manik Chowk ,Chachol and Gazol areas in Malda. [...]
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Al-Qaida leader behind Islamabad hotel bomb 'killed by US drone'
Qari Yasin is believed to be linked to the 2008 Marriott atrocity and the 2009 attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team bus An al-Qaida leader believed to be responsible for the 2008 Marriott hotel bombing in Islamabad and the deadly attack on a bus carrying Sri Lanka’s cricket team in 2009 has been killed by a US air strike, the Pentagon claims. The drone attack on Qari Yasin, “a well-known terrorist leader” with ties to the Pakistan Taliban, took place on 19 March in Paktika province, the Pentagon said in a statement. Related: The Spin | The first step on a long, difficult but welcome road back to cricket in Pakistan Continue reading... [...]
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Rise of Hindu ‘extremist’ spooks Muslim minority in India’s heartland
In Gorakhpur, the power base of a firebrand monk, religious tension grows with Uttar Pradesh’s 40 million MuslimsPastor Ritesh Joshua had just called a tea break when he saw the men in the saffron scarves. More than a hundred, some wielding sticks, had massed outside his white stucco church on the outskirts of Gorakhpur, a temple town in eastern Uttar Pradesh. It was three days after Christmas.“They started shouting, ‘You are converting people. We will not allow any conversions here’,” he says. “They shoved people, turned over furniture, and told me, ‘You are the main culprit’.”He will definitely favour Hindus over Muslims ... this is what he has been since the beginning Continue reading... [...]
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Gilgit-Baltistan: Story of how region 6 times the size of PoK passed on to Pakistan
Passing a motion yesterday, the UK Parliament said that Gilgit-Baltistan is a legal and constitutional part of Jammu and Kashmir, illegally occupied by Pakistan since 1947. [...]
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Tamil Nadu farmers soldier on with skull protest in Delhi's heat even as government turns deaf ear
For nearly a fortnight now, drought-hit farmers have been camping at Jantar Mantar with skulls they say are of farmers who committed suicide. [...]
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EVM tampering row: AAP writes to Election Commission, demands verification of paper trail in Punjab
The AAP said that there is clear and irrefutable evidence of manipulation of results at polling booths in the Punjab Assembly Election. [...]
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Delay to resentencing of marine who killed injured Taliban fighter
Alexander Blackman had murder conviction replaced with manslaughter after judges ruled he had mental disorderThe sentencing of Sergeant Alexander Blackman, the Royal Marine convicted of killing an injured Taliban fighter in Afghanistan, has been delayed by the court martial appeal court until next Tuesday.The 42-year-old soldier, who remains in custody after his murder conviction was reduced to manslaughter with diminished responsibility, was described in mitigation pleadings made on Friday as “the last casualty of a failed war”. Continue reading... [...]
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Captain vs Badals in Punjab: War of words over farm loan waiver
Captain Amarinder was part of the delegation that was led by Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi that had met the Prime Minister before the Assembly elections to seek relief for distressed farmers. [...]
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