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Former Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif, daughter, son-in-law indicted on corruption charges
The charges stem from a trove of documents leaked from a Panama law firm that investigators say showed the family held unreported assets overseas. [...]
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WATCH: Fire breaks out at 19-storey building in Kolkata which houses LIC, SBI offices
The fire was reported from the server room of an office on the 15th floor of the building. [...]
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UN report on Rohingya hunger is shelved at Myanmar's request
Exclusive: Document warned of spiralling food crisis among Rohingya populationThe United Nations food aid agency withdrew a critical report revealing desperate hunger among the persecuted Rohingya population after the Myanmar government demanded it be taken down, the Guardian has learned.The July assessment by the World Food Programme (WFP) warned that more than 80,000 children under the age of five living in majority-Muslim areas were “wasting” — a potentially fatal condition of rapid weight loss. Related: Rohingya crisis: UN 'suppressed' report predicting its shortcomings in Myanmar Related: Documenting the Rohingya refugee crisis – in pictures Continue reading... [...]
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Будущее статусного города? Может ли Алматы отбросить систему контроля
В городах пяти бывших Советских республик, “Станы”, доминировали личности их авторитарных правителей, но старинная столица Казахстана - Алматы - пытается развиваться, базируясь на нуждах своих горожан, хотя делает это упорядоченноRead this article in EnglishИз окна своего офиса на 20ом этаже одной башни в Алматы, Руслан Ассаубаев делится видением города нового типа. Новые пешеходные улицы, сеть велосипедных дорожек и автобусных полос, современный общественный транспорт - это часть пятилетнего плана, разработанного в сотрудничестве с западными консультантами и реализуемого Алматинским центром развития, правительственной организацией, заместителем главы которой является Ассаубаев. Внизу яркие логотипы украшают белые стены центра “Открытый Алматы”, новый филиал мэрии, куда местные жители могут приехать для решения вопросов или подачи жалоб государственным служащим. Попытка развивать город на основании нужд его жителей - это нечто новое для Средней Азии, где городское планирование обычно происходит сверху вниз. Но даже общественное участие носит упорядоченный, а не естественный, характер. “Мы поощряем участие горожан в развитии города в соответствии с указом президента,” - сказал Ассаубаев.Казахстанский город Алматы - финансовый центр Средней Азии, регион, состоящий из пяти «Станов» - бывших советских республик, которые получили независимость в 1991 году. Регион находится вне поля зрения большинства жителей Запада, которые не участвуют в нефтяной отрасли, и в последние годы либо игнорируется, либо высмеивается.Многое, действительно, впечатляет, но местных жителей не спросили, хотят ли они этого Related: 'Норман бізге президент пирамида салынуын қалайды деп айтты' Continue reading... [...]
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Astana's plan to stay warm in the winter? Build a ring of one million trees
In 1997 the Kazakh president launched a plan to protect his new capital from the icy winds of the featureless steppes with a ring of trees. Twenty years on, his scientists are still struggling to grow forests in a spot where no trees stood“Do you know why women in Astana don’t get expensive haircuts?” asked television presenter Dinara Tursunova. “Because no sooner do you leave the beauty salon, the wind blows away your hairdo, and with it all the money you spent.”Looking good in the capital city of Kazakhstan is hard work. When Tursunova moved to Astana three years ago for a job with a local broadcaster, what first struck her was the cold and the wind. “In winter I go around the city in skiing outfits and fur-lined sneakers. It probably wouldn’t hurt to put spikes on my shoes. When the wind starts whipping up, you will see people on the ice literally flying away,” she says.Anybody obliged to navigate Astana on foot in winter is not to be envied Related: Welcome to Astana, Kazakhstan: one of the strangest capital cities on Earth Continue reading... [...]
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Relatives of freed Afghanistan hostage say he and family deeply traumatised
Canadian relatives say Joshua Boyle, freed with his family after five years, suffered torture in captivity and requires intensive medical careThe family of the Canadian man freed with his wife and three children five years after they were kidnapped in Afghanistan have implored media to consider the trauma suffered by the family, noting that Joshua Boyle – the only member of the family to speak in public since their rescue – has yet to receive medical or psychological clearance. On Wednesday, the family of the 34-year-old said it was a blessing to have the family at home and safe. But they said that the family’s ordeal was far from over as the years of captivity had taken a great toll on each of them. Related: Children born in Afghanistan captivity fear new lives in Canada won't last Related: Parents of freed US hostage furious with son-in-law for Afghanistan trip Continue reading... [...]
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'Norman said the president wants a pyramid': how starchitects built Astana
Architects have a thing for strong men, and the big global practices – from Norman Foster to Zaha Hadid – have piled in in a bid to help Kazakhstan’s dictator, Nursultan Nazarbayev, build himself a trophy cityМақаланы қазақ тілде оқу үшін мұнда басыңыз | Read in KazakhIf you could see through the forest of selfie-sticks, the view from the top of the central pavilion of the Astana Expo was a prospect like no other. It was strange enough to be standing on a glass footbridge at the summit of the tallest spherical building in the world – nicknamed the Death Star – with glass bubble elevators zooming up a central neon-lit atrium behind you and a precipitous void plunging beneath your feet. All that was missing was Luke Skywalker dangling from the bridge.But then you looked out to the horizon to see an assorted collection of pyramids, golden cones and bulging mirrored towers, lined up like a row of awards in a particularly gaudy trophy cabinet, stopping abruptly to give way to the rolling grasslands of the Eurasian steppe. Expo sites are always surreal affairs, as souped-up fairgrounds of nationalist hubris, where novelty pavilions compete for attention with multicultural buffets, marching bands and cavorting mascots. But the weirdness on show here wasn’t the Expo. The chief novelty was the city of Astana itself.Newspapers are shut down, critics locked up and protesters tortured, but cor just look at that parametric blobGuardian Cities is exploring in depth the oft-ignored – and exceedingly difficult to report from – cities of the five Central Asian “Stans”: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, a quarter of a century after they became independent from the former Soviet Union.Nazarbayev has spent the last 20 years building a city-sized monument to himself in the middle of nowhereI don’t understand how it is possible to build a city from scratch and make it so unfriendly to peopleOur client has always been the Turkish contractor Related: The iron, the melon and the jug: the weirdest Stans buildings – in pictures Continue reading... [...]
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'I lived in fear': the Nepalese official who was sold as a slave at 10 years old | Kate Hodal
Sita Chhaudry spent her childhood as a domestic worker, starved and beaten. Now despite her lack of education, she has been elected to a local government post, determined to fight poverty and human rights abusesSita Chhaudry became a slave for the first time just after her 10th birthday. Almost every year over the next decade, her parents would sell her again and again to wealthy landowner families, for the small annual fee of $50 (£38), to clean floors, cook meals and look after children.As a “kamlari” – domestic bonded labourer – Chhaudry was beaten, starved and forced to work 12-hour days for families across the country, many of whom had travelled long distances to “recruit” a young servant as cheaply as her poor, lower-caste parents would sell her. Related: ‘They use ​money to promote Christianity’: Nepal's battle for souls Related: 'Will I ever get justice?': Nepal accused of failing trafficking survivors Continue reading... [...]
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Rohingya crisis: Amnesty accuses Myanmar of crimes against humanity
Evidence, including testimony from 120 Rohingya, reveals ‘systematic, organised and ruthless campaign’Amnesty International has accused Myanmar’s security forces of committing crimes against humanity as hundreds of thousands of Rohingya women, men, and children have fled the country.In a report released on Wednesday Amnesty cited testimony from more 120 Rohingya men and women who have fled to Bangladesh in recent weeks, part of a half-a-million-strong exodus of people escaping a bloody army campaign.The Rohingya are Muslims who live in majority-Buddhist Myanmar. They are often described as "the world's most persecuted minority". I had this fire on my entire body, on my clothes. I was rolling, rolling toward the rice field. Related: Documenting the Rohingya refugee crisis – in pictures Continue reading... [...]
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Every shade of beige: Soviet-era sanatoriums – in pictures
With decades-old wallpaper, mosaics glorifying workers and treatments such as ‘electrical hot chairs’, the sanatoriums of Central Asia are a door to another timeHolidays in Soviet Sanatoriums, edited by Maryam Omidi, is published by Fuel Continue reading... [...]
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Tashkent City: is 'progress' worth the price being paid in Uzbekistan?
The silver skyscrapers of Tashkent City are intended to declare Uzbekistan’s capital ‘open for business’. But for the residents of the historic mahalla districts, the cost is extremeMaqolani O’zbek tilida o’qish uchun bu yerni bosing | Read in UzbekAbdujalil Azimov sits on a stool listening to Uzbek pop on a transistor radio as his sheep graze contentedly in the evening sunshine on a strip of grass in the centre of Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan.In front rises a line of gleaming white marble blocks containing opulent new flats. Behind him sprawls Olmazor, a centuries-old higgledy piggledy settlement of wattle-and-daub houses that harks back to the ancient history of this central Asian city that was once a pitstop on the Silk Road.I was born here, but what can you do? It’s the state that decidesGuardian Cities is exploring in depth the oft-ignored – and exceedingly difficult to report from – cities of the five Central Asian “Stans”: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, a quarter of a century after they became independent from the former Soviet Union. Related: 'Electrical hot chairs' and radon douches: Soviet-era sanatoriums of the Stans Continue reading... [...]
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This Diwali, Yogi Adityanath govt plans to break a Guinness World Record held by Gurmeet Ram Rahim
A total of 1.71 lakh diyas will be lit along the banks of Saryu river as part of the grand Diwali celebrations in Ayodhya today. [...]
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‘Men qutida yashashni istamayman’: Odamlar Toshkent obod bo’lishi uchun o’z uyidan ko’chirilmoqda
Toshklent-Sitida hashamatli mehmonxonalar, xonadonlar va ofislar joylashadigan kumushrang osmono’par binolarni qurishdan maqsad O’zbekiston poytaxtini ‘bizners uchun ochiq’ deb e’lon qilishdir. Biroq taraqqiyot shaharning tarixiy mahallalarida yashovchi aholi uchun qimmatga tushadiRead this article in EnglishAbdujalil Azimov stulda o’tirib olib, radiopriyomknigidan o’zbek estrada qo’shig’ini tinglamoqda, uning qo’ylari esa kunbotar payti O’zbekiston poytaxti Toshkent shahri markazidagi maysazorda bemalol o’tlab yuribdi.Old tarafda muhtasham yangi xonadonlardan iborat ko’zni qamashtiruvchi oq marmar uylar qad rostlagan. Azimovning ort tarafida Olmazor mahallasi, uning betartib qurib tashlangan paxsa uylari ko’zga tashlanadi. Bu uylar bir vaqtlar Buyuq ipak yo’li manzillaridan biri bo’lgan Markaziy Osiyo shahrining ko’hna tarixini gavdalantirardi.Men shu yerda tug’ilganman, lekin qo’limdan nima ham kelar edi? Davlat nima desa, shu bo’ladi Continue reading... [...]
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Tajikistan authorities draw up list of gay and lesbian citizens
Suggestion that those on official register would be required to undergo testing to avoid ‘spread of sexually-transmitted diseases’ Authorities in Tajikistan have drawn up a register of 367 allegedly gay citizens, suggesting they would be required to undergo testing to avoid “the spread of sexually-transmitted diseases”.Details of the move was unveiled in Zakonnost, a newspaper published by Tajikistan’s state prosecutor, which said the official list of “gay and lesbian” citizens was compiled following research into the LGBT community. Related: Victim of Chechnya’s 'gay purge' calls on Russia to investigate Continue reading... [...]
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'Норман  бізге президент пирамида салынуын қалайды деп айтты'
Архитекторлар бұл дүниенің мықтылары үшін жұмыс істеуді жан-тәнімен ұнатады, әлем бойынша жұмыс істейтін архитекторлардың – Норман Фостерден бастап Заха Хадид дейін – тек қана бірнешесі ғана Қазақстанның президенті Нұрсұлтан Назарбаевқа өзін естелік ететін қаланы салуда көмек болуға беріліп кетпедіRead this article in EnglishКөптеген селфи таяқшалары арасынан қарап көре алғанда, Астана Экспо көрмесінің орталық павильонының ең жоғарғы қабатынан көрінетін көрініс бірегей бір ерекше көрініс болып табылады. Көрмедегі ең үлкен ғимаратта Шар-сфераның ең жоғарғы қабатында орналасқан – халықта “Өлім жұлдызы” деп аталған – әйнектен жасалған жаяу көпірінде тұрып, артыңыздан әйнектен жасалған, көпіршік тәрізді, неон түске толы лифт жалт етіп орталық атриумында жоғарыға ұшып келе жатқанда, ал аяғыңыздың астында екпінді түрде төменге бара жату өзіңізді оғаш бір сезімге толтырады. Көпірден салбырап тұрған Люк Скайуокер ғана жетпей тұрғандай.Ал одан кейін көкжиекке қарап, пирамидалар, алтын конустар мен дөңес, айналы-симметриялық мұнаралардың таңдалмалы жинағын көресіз - барлығы ерекше талғамды түрде, аралас түрлі-түсті заттарға толы трофейлер кабинетте бір марапаттар тізбегі сияқты сапқа тұрғызылып қойылып - кенеттен тоқталып, Еуразия даласының жазық жайылымдарына жол беріп тұрғандай. Экспо көрмелері ұлттардың намыс кернеуінің жәрмеңкелері арқылы жандандырыла отырып, жаңа технологиялар павильондары көрме қонақтарының назарын өздеріне түрлі ұлттық тағамдары, сап түзіп жүретін музыкалық ұжымдар мен сауық бойтұмарлар арқылы аударып отыру, әрқашан сюрреалдық оқиғалар болып келеді. Алайда бұл жолғы көрмедегі ерекшелік Экспо көрмесі емес, негізгі жаңалық Астана қаласының өзі болды.Назарбаев өткен 20 жыл бойы шалғай дала ортасында өзіне бақандай қала мөлшерлі бір ескерткіш салып отырдыҚаланы ең басынан сала отырып оны адамдар үшін сонша қолайсыз және жайсыз болып келетінін түк ойламағандарын түсінбеймін Related: The Pyonghattan project: how North Korea's capital is transforming into a 'socialist fairyland' Continue reading... [...]
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Insta-stans: the cities of post-Soviet Central Asia captured on Instagram
From the stunning ancient cities of the Old Silk Road, to the ornate metro system of Almaty, social media allows people who live in or pass through the ‘Stans’ to share glimpses of their cities with the worldThe internet came to Central Asia in the late 1990s. Decades on, some countries have the lowest levels of internet penetration in the world due to factors including geographical isolation, barriers to infrastructure and political restrictions. According to the World Bank’s 2015 statistics (the most recent available), Kazakhstan is the most-connected of any country in the region, with nearly three-quarters (73%) of the population online – compared to 43% in Uzbekistan, 30% in Kyrgyzstan, and 20% in Tajikistan. In Turkmenistan, just 15% of the 5.6 million population use the internet.Guardian Cities is exploring in depth the oft-ignored – and exceedingly difficult to report from – cities of the five Central Asian “Stans”: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, a quarter of a century after they became independent from the former Soviet Union. #bozori #mirobod #tashkent #travel Продолжаем нашу экскурсию. Сегодня мы остановились на проспекте Х.Олимджон. Знаете это такое удивительное место которое можно встретить самые большие жилые дома в Ташкенте. Ну так сказать небоскрёбы жилых домов в Узбекистане. В данное время постройку жилых домов (16 этажных) уже нигде не встретишь, поэтому нужно любоваться этим зрелищем Экскурсия с @_scstar_ #vsco#vscotop#vscocam#vscouzb#vscogood#vscorussia#vscoonly#vscodaily#vscolover#vscolovers#bestofvsco#instavsco#instavscocam#vscobuilding#vscobuildings#instabuilding#socialmodernism#theimportanceofbeingearnest#intashkent#openuzbekistan#gotashkent#rusbeki#pixelpanda#phographersuz#photo#phototop#photooftheday #maryturkmenistan #marushahujahan #ВODOLЕЙ #утро #Алматы #Almaty #рассвет #Любимый_город #лето #здесь_и_сейчас #счастьесейчас #вокруг_тишина #off_свое_устройство В торце платформы располагается живописное мозаичное панно с изображением сцены из спектакля. Вопрос, из какого спектакля это изображения? #alankop #alanvezde #spektakl #спектакль #метро #метроалматы #алматыметро #станцияауезова #Алматы #алматы #Алматыфото #алматы2017 #almaty #almaty #almatykz #almatynews #almatytoday #almatyinsta #almaty_insta #almaty_city #almatycity #cityalmatyA post shared by ASHGABAT (@ashgabat_citi) on Jan 15, 2015 at 5:36pm PST This year I visited Turkmenistan 3 times, each an eye opener. This is the 'Wedding Palace' in Ashgabat. The city feels like the love child of Las Vegas & Bagdad. Доброе утро! #Megalara_Garuda #дикийвостоквко #дикийвостокkz #wild_east_kz #photographer #photopic #beautiful #magic #photonature #пижоныВКО #photographer #nature_of_our_world #пижоныпутешествуют #natgeo #discoverglobe #dreamworldimages #travelogia #nature_of_our_world #любисвойкрай #осень2017 #устькаменогорск #туризмВКО #greatshot #eastkazakhstan #оторвижопу #ustkamenogorsk #yk1kz #fotooftheday #oskemenlive #ilovevko #iloveuka Мой город! #Megalara_Garuda #photographer #photopic #beautiful #magic #photonature #eastkazakhstan #photographer #nature_of_our_world #photoarena_nature #natgeo #discoverglobe #dreamworldimages #travelogia #nature_of_our_world #лето2017 #mountain #устькаменогорск #thinkoutside #greatshot #worldshotz #ustkamenogorsk #yk1kz #fotooftheday #oskemenlive #ilovevko #iloveuka SamarqandA post shared by Андрей Неволин (@andrey_nevo) on Oct 5, 2017 at 9:28am PDT @atemirbekov #lines #city #buildings #streetart #town #design #cityview #architexture #street #art #abstract #urban #buildingporn #architectureporn #architecturelovers #archilovers #arts #minimal #architecture #instagood #cities #style #prilaga #skyscraper #lookingup #architectures #beautiful #citybestpics #building #architecturephotography #astana #kazakhstan #astana_qaz #astanaphoto #cityscape #astanacityscape #astanacity #kazphoto #khanshatyr #keruen #megasilkway #expo2017astana #expo2017 #astanagram #natgeokaz #astanalove @astana.tut @astana_onelove @astana.look @the.astana @astana_city @v_astane @astana_wws @astana.times @astanapage @astana__ @go_astana_kazahstan @my_astana Удивительный Узбекистан Узбекистан, Бухара #Узбекиста [...]
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Life in limbo: inside Bishkek's illegal 'new-builds'
Hundreds of thousands fled their villages for novostroika slums on the edge of the Kyrgyz capital when the collapse of the Soviet Union killed collective farming. Twenty five years on, the government has reluctantly connected some to water and electricity – but few have sewerage systems or schoolsIt is a sharp descent from Kurbangul Kyrgyzbayeva’s ramshackle home into the narrow pit where she grows corn, tomatoes and chives. Crooked steel bars and smashed bricks line the shallow, hand-hewn mud steps.When Kyrgyzbayeva bought the plot on which she lives, on the northern edge of Kyrgyzstan’s capital, Bishkek, there was little there other than a mound of earth and piles of building site refuse in a disused quarry.Guardian Cities is exploring in depth the oft-ignored – and exceedingly difficult to report from – cities of the five Central Asian “Stans”: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, a quarter of a century after they became independent from the former Soviet Union.These are people of Kyrgyzstan … We do not have first and second-class citizens Related: Kyrgyzstan bucks the central Asian trend for rigged elections Continue reading... [...]
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Attack on Afghan police training centre leaves dozens dead
Taliban claim responsibility as suicide bombers and gunmen target compound in city of GardezThe death toll in an ongoing suicide and gun attack on a police training centre in a south-east Afghan city has risen to 32 with more than 200 wounded, a hospital official has said.“The hospital is overwhelmed and we call on people to donate blood,” said Shir Mohammad Karimi, deputy health director in Gardez, the capital of Paktia province. Continue reading... [...]
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Drone footage shows Rohingya refugees entering Bangladesh – video
The United Nations high commissioner for refugees released aerial footage on Monday showing thousands of Rohingya Muslims after they crossed the Naf river into Bangladesh. They join at least 536,000 Rohingya Muslims who have fled Myanmar since August Continue reading... [...]
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Sangeet Som's Taj Mahal a blot remark fails to get Yogi Adityanath's endorsement
Adityanath said that his government has been working towards the revival of heritage structures in the state. [...]
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Yogi govt may cancel accreditation of 2682 UP madrassas for failing to register
The Uttar Pradesh government is looking at cancelling the accreditation of 2,682 madrassas after they failed to register on a government-launched madrassa portal. [...]
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CBI tells Kerala HC ready to probe murders of RSS men, Centre says no objection
The CBI's willingness to investigate Kerala killings has come on the concluding day the BJP's two-week-long Jan Raksha Yatra, which is expected to be attended by party chief Amit Shah today. [...]
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Secret Stans week: what it is … and how can you get involved
Guardian Cities is devoting a week to exploring the cities of the five former Soviet ‘Stans’ – Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan – and we want to hear from youTrophy city 2.0: can the Stans kick dictator chic?This week, Guardian Cities is exploring in depth the oft-ignored – and exceedingly difficult to report from – cities of the five “Stans”: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, a quarter of a century after they became independent from the former Soviet Union.From the bizarre architecture of the “trophy cities” to the joys and struggles of everyday urban life in some very unequal societies, our goal is to engage with the people who actually live in the Stans cities by publishing some of our reporting in the languages spoken there: not just Russian, often considered the language of the elite, but Turkmen, Kazakh, Uzbek, Kyrgyz and Tajik. Continue reading... [...]
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'People are afraid to say a word': inside Ashgabat, Central Asia's closed city
When Stanislav Volkov began reporting for the Alternative Turkmenistan News, the secret service cut his internet and threw acid at him – all for daring to describe the harsh reality of daily life in this notoriously reclusive capitalWhen I was child, Ashgabat was known as the “garden city”. It drowned in greenery, canals gurgled with mountain water and trees cast a shady cool even in July and August. In the evenings, neighbours would gather around gazebos and drink tea.After Turkmenistan gained independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, Ashgabat experienced a second birth. Today, modern Ashgabat is jokingly called the “city of the dead”, because it is almost impossible to see people in the new districts of white marble. The city holds the Guinness Book of Records title for most white marble on Earth. It holds several records, in fact: the world’s largest enclosed observation wheel, the largest fountain, the largest mural of a star. The new airport has the world’s largest image of a Turkmen carpet, adorning the main passenger terminal. Until recently, the capital even boasted the world’s tallest flagstaff. All of these new toys, these buildings, parks and roads, were supposedly built for the people. They paid for it with their silence.It is forbidden to open windows, install air conditioners or hang clothes on any street where the president might passSome areas spend days without water and electricity, while central fountains flow and lights burn brightly for no one Related: A horse, a horse … Turkmenistan president honours himself with statue Continue reading... [...]
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Trophy city 2.0: can the former Soviet Stans kick dictator chic?
The cities of the five former Soviet ‘Stans’ have been dominated by the personalities of their authoritarian rulers – but in Kazakhstan’s old capital of Almaty, at least, something new is afootSecret Stans week: what it is … and how can you get involvedFrom his office on the 20th floor of an Almaty tower, Ruslan Assaubayev outlines a vision for a new kind of city. Newly pedestrianised streets, a network of bike lanes and bus lanes, and modernised public transport are all part of a five-year plan developed in coordination with western consultants and implemented by the city authorities and Almaty Development Centre, a governmental organisation of which Assaubayev is the deputy head.Downstairs, brightly coloured logos adorn the white walls of the Open Almaty centre, a new branch of the mayoralty where locals can come and address questions or complaints to civil servants.A lot of it is very impressive, but local people weren’t asked whether they want it or notCentral Ashgabat is largely bereft of people, save the armies of cleaners who move methodically through the wide avenues Related: Secret Stans week: what it is … and how can you get involved Continue reading... [...]
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Starved out of Myanmar: hunger drives thousands more Rohingya to flee
In Bangladesh, new arrivals from Myanmar said closure of food markets across Rakhine state and restrictions on aid had driven them over the borderHungry, destitute and scared, thousands of new Rohingya refugees crossed the border into Bangladesh from Myanmar early on Monday, fleeing violence and hunger that the United Nations has called ethnic cleansing. The new arrivals said they were driven out by hunger because food markets in Myanmar’s western Rakhine state had been shut down and aid deliveries restricted. They also reported attacks by the military and Rakhine Buddhist mobs. Wading through waste-deep water with children strapped to their sides, the Rohingya said they had walked for days through bushes and monsoon-swollen streams from Myanmar’s Buthidaung region before reaching the border. Related: Myanmar military accused of killing dozens of fleeing Rohingya villagers Related: Mystery surrounds deaths of Hindu villagers in Myanmar mass graves Continue reading... [...]
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The iron, the melon and the jug: the weirdest Stans buildings – in pictures
From Ashgabat’s falcon-shaped airport to Dushanbe’s giant flagpole, and more than a few Eyes of Sauron, the Stans don’t shy away from eye-popping architecture Continue reading... [...]
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Congress objects to Parliament panel chairmanship taken away from it
Azad in his letter said, "Concerns raised by me on the arbitrary reconstitution of DPSCs have not been addressed. I Would urge you (Ananth Kumar) to reconsider and take immediate action to correct the anomalies in the allocation." [...]
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