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Hizbul Mujahideen module busted in Kashmir's Handwara, 2 terrorists arrested
The security forces used social media accounts of the terror operatives to track them down in Handwara. [...]
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Madhya Pradesh: Mandsaur farmers, traders say demonetisation doomed us
The farmers and traders of Mandsaur have blamed demonetisation for their plight and latest protests in Madhya Pradesh. [...]
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With a forgotten temple city, Myanmar hopes to strike tourism gold | Julian Hattem
The next Angkor Wat? Securing world heritage status for historic Mrauk U could bring much-needed prosperity to troubled Rakhine stateWhen time began there lived a lonely monkey who met a peacock, who laid an egg from which was born a mighty prince who built a city on the spot of his birth and called it “monkey egg”. Whatever the myths around its creation, by the 15th century, Mrauk U (Monkey Egg) was the capital of a powerful kingdom and one of the richest cities in Asia.Up to the 18th century, it was a vital trading port for rice, ivory, elephants, tree sap and deer hide, cotton, slaves, horses, spices and textiles from India, Persia and Arabia. Related: Myanmar army allegedly left Rohingya refugees with bullet wounds and burns Continue reading... [...]
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JKLF chief Yasin Malik detained in Shopian
Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik and his aide were today detained in Shopian district of Kashmir. [...]
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Pakistan: man sentenced to death for blasphemy on Facebook
Taimoor Raza was found guilty of insulting the prophet Mohammed during an argument on social media with a counter-terrorism officialA Pakistani man has been sentenced to death for committing blasphemy on Facebook, the first conviction on charges arising from social media.Judge Shabbir Ahmad Awan handed down the verdict in Bahawalpur, around 600km (372 miles) south of capital Islamabad, finding Taimoor Raza guilty of insulting the prophet Mohammed, prosecutor Shafiq Qureshi said. Related: Pakistan asks Facebook and Twitter to help identify blasphemers Continue reading... [...]
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We foreigners in Kabul marvel at Afghan 'resilience'. But they have no other choice | Sune Engel Rasmussen
Kabul feels like my city, but I know it’s not. I can up and leave at any time. Most Afghans don’t have that choice Last Wednesday, the deep thump of the bomb woke me up, shaking my bedroom and sending the dogs in the garden into frantic barking. Looking out over Kabul from my roof, a plume of smoke offered a vague sense of direction of the explosion. Social media lit up: Wazir Akbar Khan.It is an area I know well. During my three years here, I have driven there hundreds of times, on my way to see friends, attend briefings at the palace or pick up groceries. It is referred to as the diplomatic quarter due to the many foreign embassies here. But outside the towering blast walls protecting diplomats, it is also one of Kabul’s busiest areas. Amid a cacophony of horns and cars defying road rules, throngs of pint-sized schoolgirls weave through traffic holding hands. Mobile card sellers hawk their wares for a few bucks alongside disabled beggars on crutches. Continue reading... [...]
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Two US troops killed by Afghanistan army soldier, Afghan officials say
Attack comes shortly after US airstrike killed two Afghan border police, according to Helmand governor, as Trump considers sending more troopsAn Afghan soldier has killed two Americans in an apparent insider attack in the highly contested Nangarhar province, according to Afghan officials.The attack happened less than a day after a US airstrike in Helmand killed at least two members of the Afghan border police in a joint US-Afghan operation, according to the Helmand governor. Continue reading... [...]
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Shivraj Singh Chouhan on fast LIVE: I am very sad, says CM over Mandsaur violence
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan today began his indefinite fast. [...]
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UK election gamble leaves 'strong and stable' PM Theresa May anything but
British PM Theresa May's attempt to strengthen her leadership by calling an early election has instead left her authority in tatters. [...]
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7th Pay Commission: Central govt employees likely to get revised allowances from July
After a long wait, nearly 50 lakh Central government employees may finally expect to draw revised salaries from next month. [...]
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India launches powerful new rocket
Advanced satellite launch vehicle will free India from the need to buy launch slots from other countries in futureIndia launched a new rocket this week, extending the country’s ability to place larger payloads into orbit. Until now, India had depended on buying launch slots from other countries and organisations, using the European Space Agency’s Ariane 5 rocket, for example.India’s 43m-tall Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV Mk3) took to the skies at 11:58 GMT on Monday 5 June from the Satish Dhawan space centre, on Sriharikota island, off India’s east coast. Related: Cassini dives between Saturn and its rings Continue reading... [...]
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Who’s to blame for the savagery seen in Manchester and London? | Letters
John Pilger and 56 others on the west’s facilitation of terrorism; Steven Greer on the warped interpretation of Islam motivating jihadis; Ian Pollard and Dr Susan Juned on Wahhabism and Saudi Arabia; Peter Shadwell and Eric Goodyer on Theresa May’s flawed proposals on sentencing and human rights lawsToday, 16 years since 9/11 and with attacks now occurring across Europe and multiple wars in the Middle East and north Africa region, it is time for the west to reflect far more deeply on these matters. To date shortsighted policy responses like Prevent have not been evidence-based. Responses to the immediate problem of terrorist acts need to be much more intelligent and informed.At the same time, simplistic representations of Islamic fundamentalist terrorism versus the west are highly inaccurate. It is now clear that the initial US response to 9/11 sought to exploit this event in order to initiate operations against countries unconnected to al-Qaida. The Chilcot report cited a British embassy telegram saying that “regime-change hawks” in Washington were arguing that a coalition against international terrorism “could be used to clear up other problems in the region”. The most notable outcome of this exploitation was the catastrophic Iraq invasion. Continue reading... [...]
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Royal Academy's Summer Exhibition showcases the world
Annual show includes works by Tracey Emin and Cornelia Parker, with emerging artists from DRC, Peru, Spain and India This year’s Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy will centre on diversity, moving the focus away from familiar European artists and instead “open our doors to the world”. The 2017 edition of the Summer Exhibition, which next year celebrates its 250th anniversary and is still the world’s largest open-submission art exhibition, was curated by painter and printmaker Eileen Cooper. Related: Flag bearer: Jasper Johns subject of major Royal Academy retrospective Continue reading... [...]
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Isis claims to execute Chinese couple studying and teaching in Pakistan
Isis abducted couple studying Urdu and teaching Mandarin in late MayClaim came after military carried out a successful operation in same regionIslamic State claims to have executed two Chinese nationals who were abducted last month in Pakistan’s Balochistan province, in the heart of a large-scale infrastructure project between the two countries. The claim, by the Isis news agency Amaq, came hours after the Pakistani military announced it had carried out a successful operation against Isis-affiliated militants in the same region. Related: China to set up military bases in Pakistan – Pentagon report Continue reading... [...]
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Uber executive 'had no reason to obtain rape victim's medical records'
Officer who ran investigation into rape of Delhi woman by Uber driver says he cannot understand how Eric Alexander got recordsAn Uber executive who reportedly obtained the medical records of a Delhi woman who was sexually assaulted by one of the company’s drivers would have had no legal reason to access the documents during the investigation or trial, according to the police officer who oversaw the case.Indian lawyers said Eric Alexander, the former president of Uber’s Asia-Pacific division, could have applied for access to the woman’s medical records after the verdict was delivered in 2015, but receiving permission would have been “highly unlikely” and strongly opposed by police. Continue reading... [...]
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Myanmar: bodies found after plane crashes into sea with 122 on board
Wreckage found after sea and air search for aircraft carrying mostly families of military personnel disappears Bodies and debris have been found in the water after a Myanmar military plane vanished over the Andaman Sea with 122 soldiers, family members and crew on board, the military said in a statement.Three bodies – those of two adults and a child – were found by a navy ship 35km from the southern costal town of Launglon, the military said. Continue reading... [...]
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Explosive device thrown into US embassy compound in Kiev: Police
An attacker threw the device over the embassy's fence just after midnight, police added, calling it a terrorist act. [...]
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Uber executive fired amid reports he obtained rape victim's medical records
In what’s been called ‘a stunning violation of privacy’, executive allegedly got victim’s records in India to scrutinize her story of being raped by an Uber driver A top Uber executive who reportedly obtained the medical records of a woman who was raped by her Uber driver was only fired after journalists learned of the incident, it emerged on Wednesday.According to reports in the tech website Recode and the New York Times, Eric Alexander, the president of business for Uber Asia Pacific, obtained the medical records of the victim in a 2014 rape case that caused widespread outrage in India. Related: Uber fires more than 20 employees after sexual harassment investigation To survivors everywhere, including to Uber’s own employees, it communicates a belief that women lie about sexual assault Related: Uber Eats: couple who ordered pizza get part-eaten, mouldy sandwiches Continue reading... [...]
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China to set up military bases in Pakistan – Pentagon report
Beijing’s global military ambitions are growing, the annual report says, as the nation seeks to counter American primacyChina is set to expand its military capabilities across the globe, with new overseas bases in countries like Pakistan as the world’s largest army seeks an increased role in defending China’s interest abroad, a report by the Pentagon has said.China’s spent $180bn on the People’s Liberation Army last year, according to the annual report from the US defence department, but officials admitted that figure could not account for all spending due to “poor accounting transparency”. That estimate is significantly higher than China’s official defense budget of about $140bn. Related: Warning that Beijing's military bases in South China Sea are ready for use Continue reading... [...]
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Demand for elephant skin, trunk and penis drives rapid rise in poaching in Myanmar
A growth in demand for elephant parts to be used in traditional medicine in Asia means the number of elephants being killed in Myanmar is risingCase files and laminated photos of poachers spill out of captain Than Naing’s folder. As the chief of police in Okekan township, one of Myanmar’s recent poaching hotspots, he is trying to track down the men who have killed at least three elephants in the area over the past year. So far, he has arrested 11 people suspected of having assisted the poachers. Meanwhile the poachers themselves remain at large.“These are the two men who we believe killed one of the elephants,” he says, pointing to two photos. “They are still on the run.” Related: China's ivory ban sparks dramatic drop in prices across Asia Hunters shoot elephants with arrows dipped in poison, and then follow the animal around as it meets its death Related: 'What can I do to help elephants?' Continue reading... [...]
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'I finally own something': wives of Indian rickshaw drivers steer the finances | Alia Dharssi
A microcredit scheme that helps rickshaw workers to buy their vehicles hands the purse strings to women, considering them more reliable at repaying debtsFarida Begum’s face lights up as she talks about the day, four years ago, when she and her husband brought home a cycle rickshaw. To celebrate, they shared sweets with neighbours in their community on the southern outskirts of Lucknow, the capital of India’s most populous state, Uttar Pradesh. “We felt very happy – I finally owned something,” says Begum, 40, sitting on a mat on the cement floor of her family’s two-room apartment. Continue reading... [...]
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Beef ban: Supreme Court to hear plea challenging Centre's order on June 15
The Centre's notification regulating cattle trade has met with opposition in several parts of the country. [...]
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Afghanistan holds peace conference amid violence and protests
Ashraf Ghani calls on regional powers to help find a way to peace as death toll from Kabul bombing rises to 150The death toll from the bombing outside Kabul’s diplomatic quarter last week has climbed to 150 with more than 300 wounded, the Afghan president, Ashraf Ghani, has said at a peace conference in the city.The revised number makes the attack one of the deadliest in Afghanistan since 2001. A week of violence and protests cast a shadow over Tuesday’s long-planned meeting, named the Kabul Process. More than 20 countries took part, including some rivalling for covert influence in Afghanistan. Related: Kabul bomb: 'It felt like an earthquake, then everything came down' Related: Why deadly Kabul bombing is crisis for all of Afghanistan | Emma Graham-Harrison Continue reading... [...]
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How sharpshooter Ayisha Falaq saved brother-in-law from kidnappers
‘When they started shooting, I had to shoot back,’ says national-level markswoman who stopped abductors in DelhiThe two kidnappers saw little threat when their victim’s sister-in-law approached their vehicle, fumbling with her handbag.But what Ayisha Falaq finally produced from the bag was a pistol. Even worse for the kidnappers, the mother of two is a national-grade markswoman. Related: Rebels with a cause: the female biker clubs reclaiming Delhi's public space Continue reading... [...]
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Arundhati Roy's first novel for 20 years goes on sale
The Ministry of Utmost Happiness has been met with mixed reviews but is expected to be a bestsellerArundhati Roy’s eagerly-awaited second novel goes on sale worldwide on Tuesday, two decades after her prize-winning debut The God of Small Things propelled her to global fame and launched her career as an outspoken critic of injustice in her native India.Roy became the first Indian woman to win the prestigious Booker Prize with her 1997 work, which sold around 8m copies and turned the young author into a star of the literary world. Related: The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy review – a bright mosaic Related: An exclusive extract from Arundhati Roy’s The Ministry Of Utmost Happiness Continue reading... [...]
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Beef ban: Another Meghalaya BJP leader quits, says non-secular ideology unacceptable
BJP leader Bachu Marak's resignation comes days after BJP's West Garo Hills district president Bernard Marak resigned from the party over 'beef ban'. [...]
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Indian investigators raid premises linked to NDTV founders
Investigation into loan default claim part of campaign of harassment against network, say NDTV and senior media figuresInvestigators have raided a number of premises linked to the founders of an Indian TV news network in a move described by prominent journalists as an assault on press freedom.Officers from the Central Bureau of Investigation searched a number of homes and offices on Monday morning linked to Prannoy Roy and his wife, Radhika, the founders of New Delhi Television (NDTV), one of India’s first private TV news networks. Related: 'Blasting and breathless': fears over India's fledgling 24-hour news media's march to war A message to those in the media who are still independent and do their job by fearlessly asking questions. We won't be intimidated https://t.co/sNC7pEPnOWMessage is clear: any independent voices in media will be bullied and shut down. Black day. https://t.co/lKE93K29cp Continue reading... [...]
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'We decided to take a stand': why some Indian families are returning dowries
A successful drive to curtail the practice of wedding dowries in certain Muslim areas of India is reaping dividends – and even crossing religious boundariesWhen Safik Ansari decided to marry off his daughter, he told the village chief that his paltry income from pulling a rickshaw meant he was unable to pay the groom an appropriate dowry.Although India banned dowry payments in 1961, the custom remains widespread and Ansari was preparing to go door-to-door seeking money from wealthier villagers. To his surprise, however, the chief said he would not have to pay one. The local Dahez Roko Abhiyan (DRA), or stop dowry campaign, would help him with the wedding arrangements, explained the chief. Related: 'I paid the price, I own your son': Indian brides fight back in anti-dowry films | Amrit Dhillon Continue reading... [...]
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