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In Pakistan, tolerant Islamic voices are being silenced | William Dalrymple
The Sehwan bombing is a result of the Saudi-funded fundamentalism that has taken a grip in the countryLast week, only three days after a suicide bomb went off in Lahore, an Islamic State supporter struck a crowd of Sufi dancers celebrating in the great Pakistani shrine of Sehwan Sharif. The attack, which killed almost 90, showed the ability of radical Islamists to silence moderate and tolerant voices in the Islamic world.The attack also alarmingly demonstrated the ever-wider reach of Isis and the ease with which it can now strike within Pakistan. Isis now appears to equal the Taliban as a serious threat to this nuclear-armed country.Since the 1970s, Saudi oil wealth has been used to spread such intolerant beliefs across the globe Related: Saudi Arabia and Egypt are excluded from Trump's ban. Why? | Aryeh Neier Continue reading... [...]
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Donald Trump names military strategist as new national security adviser
Donald Trump picked US Army Lt Gen HR McMaster to replace Michael Flynn as his national security advisor. Flynn was forced out amid controversy over his contacts with Russian diplomats. [...]
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Afghanistan hands Pakistan list of 32 terror camps, wants Islamabad to take 'solid action'
Afghanistan move comes days after Pakistan sent Kabul names of militants it believes are operating from Afghan soil. [...]
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Global arms trade reaches highest point since cold war era
Middle East almost doubles weapons imports, as US and Europe remain the main suppliers and China joins top-tier exportersThe global transfer of major weapons systems rose over the past five years to the highest volume since the end of the cold war as the Middle East nearly doubled its imports, according to an annual report on arms sales. The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (Sipri) said on Monday that more weapons were delivered between 2012 and 2016 than any other five-year period since 1990. Saudi Arabia, which leads a military intervention in Yemen that has cost hundreds of civilian lives, was the world’s second largest importer after India, increasing its intake by 212%, mainly from the US and the UK. Related: US lifts decades-long embargo on arms sales to Vietnam Related: The Observer view on Britain’s shameful role in the arms trade | Observer editorial Continue reading... [...]
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India to open resident mission in Rwanda, VP Ansari announces during African trip
Calling the east African nation a 'great friend' of India, vice president Hamid Ansari announced that a resident mission would be set up there in the coming weeks or months. [...]
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Recipients of Akhilesh's laptop scheme find machines faulty, choose to sell not repair them
Akhilesh Yadav's laptop project turned out to be very disappointing. It was learnt that the cost involved in getting such laptops repaired was not worth investing, and people were preferring to sell them off instead. [...]
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'All is forgiven': Sri Lankan PM says returning asylum seekers won't be charged
Ranil Wickremesinghe claims compatriots broke the law in trying to flee to Australia but insists it is safe for them to returnSri Lanka’s prime minister has urged compatriots who are being held in Australian-run immigration detention centres to come home.Ranil Wickremesinghe claimed the Sri Lankans had broken the law in trying to flee to Australia but insisted they would not face prosecution if they returned. Related: Sri Lanka's missing thousands: one woman's six-year fight to find her husband Continue reading... [...]
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Myanmar military crackdown against Rohingyas 'has ceased'
Army completes ‘clearance operation’ which UN says has caused 69,000 people to flee to BangladeshMyanmar’s military has ended a clearance operation in the country’s troubled Rakhine state, government officials said, ending a four-month sweep that the United Nations said may amount to crimes against humanity and possibly ethnic cleansing. The security operation began in October when nine policemen were killed in attacks on security posts near the Bangladesh border. Almost 69,000 Rohingyas have since fled from Myanmar to Bangladesh, according to UN estimates. Related: Free speech curtailed in Aung San Suu Kyi's Myanmar as prosecutions soar Related: Glimmer of hope for 10,000 refugees left stranded by Australia's inaction Continue reading... [...]
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Hitler's red phone of mass destruction to be auctioned; bids to start at Rs 67 lakh
The travelling telephone was recovered from Hitler's bunker in Germany and is believed to have been used by the dictator to issue orders to killed many people. [...]
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India vs haters: Kashmir stone-pelters plan petrol bombs after Army chief puts protesters on notice
Fresh intelligence inputs suggest that protesters in Kashmir are even likely to use petrol bombs to attack security forces, which can cause much greater damage to property and life. [...]
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Susi Dunsmore obituary
My friend Susi Dunsmore, who has died aged 90, was an authority on Nepalese textile traditions, which she first recorded in two books, published in her handwritten text, with her own line drawings, Weaving in Nepal (1983), mainly about Dhaka weaving, and The Nettle in Nepal (2006).She was born in Charlottenburg, Berlin, to Margarete (nee Hickmann), a telephone operator, and Julius Heinze, a bank clerk. After attending art school in Düsseldorf, in 1958 she was invited to teach at a teachers’ training college in Kuching, Borneo, where she wrote handbooks on art education. There she met her future husband, John Dunsmore, who was working in the department of agriculture, and also developed her appreciation of indigenous cultures. Continue reading... [...]
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Aid reaches Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh – in pictures
Nautical Aliya, carrying aid workers and emergency supplies, docks at Chittagong port, about 90 miles (140km) from Cox’s Bazar where thousands of Rohingya Muslims have taken refuge. About 70,000 Rohingyas have fled to Bangladesh from Myanmar since October last year following the Burmese army’s ‘clearance operation’ Continue reading... [...]
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India's 'big data' election: 45,000 calls a day as pollsters target age, caste and religion
Names with 430 variations, and a registered voter aged 7,982, are among the challenges that political campaigns face in pivotal Uttar Pradesh electionEvery day since September, the basement of a suburban Lucknow mansion has buzzed with the voices of hundreds of young women, enquiring, cajoling, and occasionally pleading into headsets.“Please, please,” one begs a reluctant villager down the line, “I only need five or 10 seconds.” Related: Why data is the new coal Facebook, the digital ecosystem, it’s not so deeply rooted. You have to dirty your hands and feet Related: India's ruling party ordered online abuse of opponents, claims book Continue reading... [...]
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UN rights envoy calls for inquiry into abuses of Rohingya in Myanmar
Special rapporteur for Myanmar to push for resolution at UN human rights council meeting next month for investigation into reports of military atrocitiesThe UN should launch an inquiry into military abuses of Myanmar’s minority Rohingya Muslims, because the government is incapable of carrying out a credible investigation, the UN’s rights envoy will tell the human rights council next month. Yanghee Lee, the UN special rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar, said that she will urge member states to sponsor a resolution for a commission of inquiry when she presents her report to the council in Geneva on 13 March.“I will certainly be pushing for an inquiry, definitely, on the Rohingya situation,” said Lee. Rights groups have, over the past few years, been urging the UN to investigate reports of abuses against the Rohingya, a mostly stateless minority. But the calls have become more urgent since reports of mass rapes, killings, and other atrocities began to emerge in October, when the military launched counterinsurgency operations. Related: More than 1,000 Rohingya feared killed in Myanmar crackdown, say UN officials Continue reading... [...]
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More than 70 killed in Isis suicide attack on Sufi shrine in Pakistan
About 150 people injured as jihadi group claims it bombed shrine to Sufi saint in Sindh provinceIslamic State has claimed responsibility for a bomb blast that killed at least 70 people and injured about 150 at a crowded shrine in southern Pakistan on Thursday. Officials said a suicide bomber detonated the bomb among crowds gathered for the busiest day of the week at the shrine to Sufi saint Lal Shahbaz Qalandar in Sehwan, a town in Sindh province.Amaq, a news agency affiliated to Isis, claimed the jihadi group had carried out the attack, which was the deadliest in Pakistan so far this year. It was also the latest such attack on devotees of Sufism, a mystical and generally moderate form of Islam despised by radical fundamentalists. Continue reading... [...]
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Suicide bomb kills dozens in Pakistan – video report
A suicide bomber targeted crowds at the Lal Shahbaz Qalandar shrine in Sehwan province, Pakistan on Thursday, killing dozens of people and injuring over 250. Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack at the busy shrine. This latest bomb comes on the back of an attack in Lahore and a bomb in Quetta in recent daysThirty killed in Isis suicide attack on Sufi shrine in Pakistan Continue reading... [...]
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Parents of backpacker killed in India voice dismay at trial delays
Briton Sarah Groves, 24, was stabbed to death in 2013 but case has been adjourned again after suspect’s 88th court hearing The family of a British backpacker killed in India have spoken of their struggle as a Dutchman accused of murdering her faced his 88th court hearing.Richard de Wit is accused of killing 24-year-old Sarah Groves, who was stabbed more than 40 times while she slept on a houseboat in Kashmir in April 2013. Continue reading... [...]
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Agra police arrests Myanmar national illegally living for a decade in Mathura
Ashok Kumar Singh, SP of Mathura City, told India Today that Sadiq was an original resident of Yangon in Myanmar and prima facie appeared to be a refugee, who had escaped alleged religious persecution there. [...]
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Delhi rape victim's parents call for her real name to be used to end stigma
Woman gang-raped in 2012 has been known by pseudonym Nirbhaya because of Indian laws against naming rape victimsThe parents of a woman whose 2012 gang-rape and murder in Delhi triggered national outrage have asked that a museum established in her honour uses her real name in its title, to dispel the stigma around sexual assault victims. Jyoti Singh and a companion were attacked by six men aboard a moving bus in December 2012 and left to die by the roadside. The brutality of the 23-year-old’s murder provoked intense anger and weeks of protests across Indian cities, and led to legal reforms including the introduction of fast-track courts for sexual assault victims. Related: Delhi rape: how India's other half lives Related: India's Daughter review – this film does what the politicians should be doing Continue reading... [...]
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Delhi's deadly dust: how construction sites are choking the city
The Indian capital’s inherently dusty air is made worse by countless unregulated construction sites – and the production of bricks and concrete to feed themFar out on Delhi’s southern and eastern fringes the rows of high-rises suddenly turn skeletal. The population of the Indian capital, already the second largest in the world, is forecast to grow by 9 million in the next 15 years; and despite a recent lull in new projects, areas such as Noida are a universe of worksites, cranes and workers.The empty towers stretch as far as can be seen – which is only about 300 metres. Like much of Delhi on most winter mornings, Noida is blanketed in thick smog and a heavy dust that cakes windows and clogs throats. Related: 'It's killing us': how steel giant ArcelorMittal is failing to reduce emissions Related: 10 ways to beat air pollution: how effective are they? Continue reading... [...]
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Childhoods lost: disabilities and seizures blight India's endosulfan victims | Amrit Dhillon
The prospect of compensation offers little comfort for thousands of families in Kerala state whose lives have been shattered by the use of a toxic pesticide Chandrika Shenoy’s son, Mahesh, lies on the ground beside her on a mat, his limbs twitching as he moans, seemingly in distress.Following a supreme court ruling in January, the family are waiting to receive the 500,000 rupees (£5,973) the Kerala government has been ordered to pay the thousands of people whose lives have been permanently scarred by years of routine spraying of the cheap, highly toxic pesticide endosulfan. Related: Karnataka leads the way as India's good samaritan law takes aim at road deaths | Vidhi Doshi Related: India currency note ban sparks ‘dramatic fall’ in sex trafficking Continue reading... [...]
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India’s record-breaking 104-satellite rocket blasts off – video
India breaks a new record launching 104 satellites into orbit on a single rocket. It is the most number of satellites to be launched by a country in a single mission. Russia previously held the record launching 37 in 2014. The satellites were taken into orbit aboard the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle which took off from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in India’s eastern Andhra Pradesh region Continue reading... [...]
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India says children should sing national anthem in schools
Government proposal follows controversial supreme court order for cinemas to play anthem before film screeningsThe Indian government is seeking to extend an order making it mandatory for people to stand for the national anthem before film screenings to also include obliging children to sing the anthem at school.India’s supreme court announced in December that all cinemas would have to play the national anthem before screenings and that citizens would have to “stand up in respect” for the duration. Related: Filmgoers arrested for refusing to stand for India's national anthem Continue reading... [...]
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Bangladesh campaign has cut acid attacks | Letters
Ian Jack highlights the widespread prevalence of acid as a weapon of violence (The durability of an unfathomable crime, 11 February). He names several countries with a high number of attacks, including Bangladesh. But Bangladesh should not be included. It has had a remarkable success in reducing the number of attacks.I helped to establish an NGO in Bangladesh in 1999 to work on the issue of acid violence and was its first director. As well as providing medical support, we mounted a campaign to reduce the level of attacks. In 2002 we recorded more than 500 attacks annually. Within five years this had been reduced to fewer than 100. The number of attacks has now declined to the point where the NGO is scaling down its activities. Continue reading... [...]
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Panneerselvam vs Palanisamy: Only majority of MLAs to decide next CM, says constitutional expert
Former secretary general to the Lok Sabha and constitutional expert Subhash Kashyap has rubbished the term "magical number 118' and the argument of getting half way mark of MLAs to form the next government. [...]
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Uttar Pradesh assembly election: 65 per cent voting in second phase
The districts which went for polls in the second phase were Bijnor, Saharanpur, Moradabad, Sambhal, Rampur, Bareilly, Amroha, Pilibhit, Kheri, Shahjahanpur and Badaun. [...]
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Blackbuck shooting case: Salman Khan gives no proof to back his statements in Jodhpur court
The blackbuck case, involving actors Salman Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendre, Tabu and Neelam came up for hearing in Jodhpur's Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) court on Wednesday. No proof was produced by the accused in support of their statements. [...]
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India launches record-breaking 104 satellites from single rocket
Indian PM Narendra Modi hails ‘exceptional achievement’ that overtakes Russian record of 37 satellites in single launchIndia’s space agency has announced the successful launch of a record-breaking 104 nano satellites into orbit, all onboard a single rocket.The Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) said the milestone launch, from the Sriharikota space centre in the country’s south, overtook the 2014 Russian record of 37 satellites in a single launch.This remarkable feat by @isro is yet another proud moment for our space scientific community and the nation. India salutes our scientists. Continue reading... [...]
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