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Budget 2018: How President Kovind and V-P Naidu kept an interesting pattern of Hindi-English speeches alive
How President Kovind, V-P Naidu kept pattern of Hindi-English budget speeches alive [...]
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Man dies after being sucked into MRI scanner at Indian hospital
Man was carrying oxygen cylinder which was pulled by machine’s magnetic force and then thought to have puncturedAn Indian man died after being sucked into an MRI machine while visiting a relative at a hospital in Mumbai, police said Monday.Rajesh Maru, 32, was yanked towards the machine by its magnetic force after he entered the room carrying an oxygen cylinder, the city’s police said in a statement. Related: Two Indian families opt to keep sons who were swapped at birth Continue reading... [...]
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'There is no peace': traumatised Rohingya vow they won't go back to Myanmar
Efforts to send Rohingya back over the border are foundering before they have even begun“They burned my house and my whole village, they stole my crops,” Nagumia says. “I saw them throw the young children, and the old people who could not run, into the fire. They cut people’s throats and their bellies and left them to die. I cannot go back. What am I going to go back to?” Across the Naf River from Myanmar, in the swollen Rohingya refugee camps huddled against Bangladesh’s border, the wounds are too raw: there is almost no one yet willing to consider return. Related: Someone has to ask the Rohingya what they actually want | Kate Allen Related: The Guardian view on returning the Rohingya: a bad deal, worsened by haste | Editorial Continue reading... [...]
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NHS admits doctors may be using tools made by children in Pakistan
Closer scrutiny demanded as NHS supplier concedes surgical instruments in routine use could be product of child labourChildren as young as 12 are making surgical instruments in hazardous conditions in Pakistan, prompting fears that the tools could be used in the NHS, the Guardian has discovered.In Sialkot, Punjab, where 99% of Pakistan’s surgical instrument production is centred, illegal child labour was witnessed in at least a dozen small workshops. Continue reading... [...]
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Tourists offered a night's stay in a Mumbai slum
Travellers can taste the life of the city’s millions of slum residents – but critics call it poverty tourismTourists are being offered a night’s stay in a Mumbai slum to experience the “reality” of life in India’s financial capital, including using a public toilet shared by over 50 other families.The scheme is being run by David Bijl, 32, a Dutch citizen who works for a Mumbai NGO in conjunction with local resident Ravi Sansi. He argues that slums are “part of the reality of Mumbai – not the only part, but a part” and anyone who wishes to understand the inequalities of the city needs to understand slum life. Other tours of Mumbai slums, he said, can often be “superficial”. Continue reading... [...]
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M&S one of UK retailers yet to renew safety deal in Bangladesh factories
John Lewis, Debenhams, Next and Sainsbury’s have yet to join international rivals in dealMarks & Spencer, John Lewis, Debenhams, Next and Sainsbury’s are among a group of British retailers yet to join international rivals in renewing their commitment to a factory safety deal in Bangladesh. Continue reading... [...]
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Curious case of missing Dalits from President Kovind's address to Parliament's Budget Session
Curious case of missing Dalits from President Kovind's address to Parliament's Budget Session [...]
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Now, BSF to use speedboats in J-K and Punjab to fix security 'Achilles' heel' at border
Now, BSF to use speedboats in J-K and Punjab to fix security 'Achilles' heel' at border [...]
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‘We have no security’: Kabul reels from deadly ambulance bombing
Fear and despair in Afghan capital after more than 100 people killed in suicide attackKabul has reacted with despair and fear to one of the worst attacks for months in the Afghan capital, which killed more than 100 people and wounded at least 235.There was helpless anger among residents on Sunday at the seemingly endless violence, after an ambulance packed with explosives blew up in a crowded city street the previous day, with security officials warning that more attacks are possible. The deadly terrorist attack in #Afghanistan should lead Atta Noor and the Unity Government to immediately come together and resolve their differences. Fighting terrorism and protecting the people is job one. I hope they rise to the occasion. @RealDonaldTrump Continue reading... [...]
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Hours after flying over R-Day parade, paragliding pilot killed by kite string
Hours after flying over R-Day parade, paragliding pilot killed by kite string [...]
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Budget Session: Triple talaq, OBC Commission bills are on govt's agenda
Budget Session: Triple talaq, OBC Commission bills are on govt's agenda [...]
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Climbers rescue French woman stranded on Pakistan’s ‘Killer Mountain’
Bad weather forces team to abandon search for mountaineer’s Polish companion on Nanga ParbatElite climbers have scaled the treacherous slopes of Pakistan’s “Killer Mountain” in pitch darkness in an extraordinary attempt to rescue two mountaineers.The rescuers climbed more than 1,000 metres up Nanga Parbat, the ninth highest mountain in the world, to reach Frenchwoman Elisabeth Revol in the middle of the night. But they were forced to make the heartbreaking decision not to go on to find Tomasz Mackiewicz, from Poland. Continue reading... [...]
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'She lives in a cocoon': US diplomat on Aung San Suu Kyi – video
Bill Richardson, who quit an international panel advising Aung San Suu Kyi on the Rohingya crisis, says Myanmar's leader is living in a cocoon and doesn't want to hear frank adviceAung San Suu Kyi lives in 'bubble', says US diplomat in row with Myanmar Continue reading... [...]
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Aftermath of fatal Kabul ambulance blast – video
A bomb hidden in an ambulance exploded near foreign embassies in the Afghan capital. According to the health ministry, at least 60 people were killed and 150 injuredBomb hidden in ambulance kills dozens in Kabul Continue reading... [...]
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Kabul: bomb hidden in ambulance kills dozens
Attacker passed first checkpoint by claiming he had a patient, then detonated explosivesA bomb hidden in an ambulance in Kabul has killed at least 95 people and injured more than 150, the latest in a string of high-profile attacks in Afghanistan.The explosives were detonated at a police checkpoint where the streets are often crowded with people waiting to visit nearby offices, and vendors serving them. Witnesses said bodies were strewn across the pavement. A tragic and senseless attack.Ambulances are for saving lives, not destroying them. https://t.co/YY26Rl1xAx Continue reading... [...]
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Meet Jamitha Teacher, India's first woman Imam
Meet Jamitha Teacher, India's first woman Imam [...]
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Curious case of Sharad Pawar: From potential PM candidate to chief rebel, an ally and a hopeful again
Curious case of Sharad Pawar: From potential PM candidate to chief rebel, an ally and a hopeful again [...]
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Aung San Suu Kyi lives in 'bubble', says US diplomat in row with Myanmar
Bill Richardson says Nobel prize winner has developed a ‘siege mentality’ but is still the nation’s best hope for changeMyanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi is “isolated” and living in a “bubble”, according to veteran US politician Bill Richardson, who quit an international panel advising her government on the Rohingya crisis after clashing with the Nobel laureate. Richardson said Aung San Suu Kyi – whom he described as a long-time friend – had developed a “siege mentality” in office, but added that western governments should continue to engage with Myanmar and that Aung San Suu Kyi remained the country’s best hope for change. Related: Myanmar accuses Bill Richardson of 'personal attack' as row deepens Related: Someone has to ask the Rohingya what they actually want | Kate Allen Continue reading... [...]
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You don’t need to know Plato and Aristotle to be a humanist | Letters
Academic philosophers call on Amber Rudd to reconsider decision to refuse Pakistani’s request for asylum on the grounds that he did not mention Plato and Aristotle when questioned about humanismAs academic philosophers, including many from the UK, we implore the home secretary, Amber Rudd, to reconsider the decision to refuse Hamza bin Walayat’s request for asylum on the grounds that he did not mention Plato and Aristotle when questioned about humanism (Pakistani denied asylum after he failed to answer Plato question, 18 January). Knowledge of Plato and Aristotle is not a reliable test for whether someone is a humanist. Even in the UK, one could be or become a humanist without ever encountering them.There is no scholarly basis to think that Plato or Aristotle were humanist thinkers, which is defined by Humanists UK as atheists or agnostics who believe in leading a good life on the basis of reason and our common humanity. Both hold that there is a divine realm and stress its philosophical importance. Plato presents arguments for the existence of a divine creator, the immortality of the soul, and proposes a source of value in a supernatural domain independent of the human world (and thus does not reject religious belief). Aristotle is also complex: he believes in an objective human good, but he also believes that this good is shaped by its relation to a divine Unmoved Mover. Continue reading... [...]
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Uttar Pradesh: 1 killed, dozens injured in clashes over Republic Day flag march in Kasganj
Uttar Pradesh: 1 killed, dozens injured in clashes over Republic Day flag march in Kasganj [...]
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Killings leave Afghan aid groups 'hanging on by fingernails'
Charities plan to reassess operations after Isis attack on Save the Children in JalalabadForeign aid agencies operating out of Afghanistan say they are “hanging on by our fingernails” after a deadly attack on the Save the Children office in Jalalabad in which six people were killed.Humanitarian organisations were on Thursday reassessing their presence in the increasingly volatile region following the latest in a string of attacks targeting foreign charities. Continue reading... [...]
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Myanmar accuses Bill Richardson of 'personal attack' as row deepens
War of words continues as Aung San Suu Kyi claims US diplomat was dropped from Rohingya advisory panel, while he says he quitMyanmar has deepened its row with US diplomat Bill Richardson, saying it made the decision to dump him from an advisory panel on the Rohingya crisis and accusing the veteran politician of a “personal attack” on Aung San Suu Kyi in his stinging resignation letter.The war of words has heaped embarrassment on the Burmese leader whose star as a rights defender continues to plummet over her failure to speak out for the Rohingya in the face of overwhelming evidence of the Muslim minority group’s suffering. Related: Aung San Suu Kyi lacks 'moral leadership', says US diplomat as he quits Rohingya panel The Rohingya are Muslims who live in majority-Buddhist Myanmar. They are often described as "the world's most persecuted minority".  Continue reading... [...]
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Aung San Suu Kyi lacks 'moral leadership', says US diplomat as he quits Rohingya panel
Bill Richardson claims Myanmar advisory board is a ‘whitewash’ and a ‘cheerleading squad for the government’Bill Richardson, the veteran US diplomat, has resigned from an international panel on the Rohingya crisis, calling it a “whitewash” and accusing the country’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi of lacking “moral leadership”. Richardson, a former Clinton administration cabinet member, quit as the 10-member advisory board was making its first visit to Rakhine state, from where nearly 700,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled in recent months. Related: Aung San Suu Kyi once called for a free press. Now, fake news haunts the dead | Rossalyn Warren Related: 'I miss them so much': Myanmar's lost Rohingya children plead for their parents Related: The Guardian view on Myanmar: telling the truth about the Rohingya | Editorial Continue reading... [...]
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No front row seat for Congress president Rahul Gandhi at Republic Day parade
No front row seat for Congress president Rahul Gandhi at Republic Day parade [...]
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Chinese army to India: Draw lessons or Doklam can repeat
Chinese army to India: Draw lessons or Doklam can repeat [...]
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'Now is not the time': violence forces refugees to flee Afghanistan again
Political rhetoric about country’s safety dismissed after study shows 72% of returnees forced into renewed flightAlmost three-quarters of Afghan refugees who return home are forced to flee again due to violence, according to a survey that found the vast majority of displaced families do not receive aid assistance.The study, commissioned by the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) and the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre, comes after a deadly attack on Save the Children’s office in Jalalabad on Wednesday, which killed three, wounded 26 and forced the organisation to temporarily close its Afghan operations. Related: UN accused of failing Afghan refugees 'forced' to return home from Pakistan Continue reading... [...]
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Padmaavat: Indian cinemas brace for violence as Bollywood epic opens
Rumours that film features love scene between queen and her Muslim conqueror leads to blanket security at premiereThe Bollywood epic Padmaavat opens in cinemas across India on Thursday under blanket security after months of fierce protests. Related: Indian film Padmavati sparks protests over 'Hindu-Muslim romance' Related: Hindu activists threaten to torch UK cinemas in Bollywood film row Continue reading... [...]
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Afghanistan: attack on Save the Children office in Jalalabad
At least one dead and 14 injured, officials say, in latest attack targeting foreign charityFour gunmen have stormed the Save the Children office in Jalalabad, killing at least one person and wounding 14 in the latest attack on a foreign charity in Afghanistan.The attackers detonated a car bomb outside the office at about 9am on Wednesday before using rocket-propelled grenades to blast their way inside.#JalalabadAttack: still sporadic gun-fire is exchanging b/w ANDSF and attackers, pic.twitter.com/fesAUPy4PY Continue reading... [...]
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