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Afghan Taliban seize key district where UK lost 104 soldiers
Military urged to move quickly to retake Sangin – once considered deadliest battlefield for British and US troopsThe Taliban has captured a key district in Helmand province once considered the deadliest battlefield for British and US troops in Afghanistan.The fall of Sangin on Thursday came amid the insurgents’ year-long push to expand their footprint in the Taliban heartland. Related: Afghanistan's fight for Sangin: a key psychological battle for both sides Continue reading... [...]
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Yogi Adityanath to go on a 2-day visit to Gorakhpur
The visit to Gorakhpur will be his first after taking charge as chief minister of Uttar Pradesh. He will be arriving in the city in the evening of March 25 and return to Lucknow March 26 afternoon. [...]
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Aseemanand: Story of 2 bails, 1 acquittal and no conviction
Former RSS activist Aseemanand is all set to walk free from prison after an acquittal in one terror case and securing bails in two other cases. [...]
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Babri Masjid demolition case is a drag? These 5 examples will tell you the list is long
The Babri Masjid demolition is not the first case which has dragged for years in the courts. Many other cases are awaiting closure for years. [...]
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Muslims in Uttar Pradesh have mixed feelings for Yogi Adityanath as Chief Minister
Ever since Yogi Adityanath took over as UP CM, it was clear that the BJP and the new government were in for a big surprise in the form of support from the Muslim community, if the central and state governments follow their slogan 'Sabka Sath Sabka Vikas' honestly and impartially. [...]
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Dam project promises water – but also conflict – for dusty Afghan border lands
Neglected Nimruz province hopes a dam will boost agriculture but faces hostility from Iran, unhappy at the Helmand river’s meager flow, and their Taliban alliesIn a corner of the southern Afghan desert, scorched by heat and thrashed by sandstorms, Nimruz is one of Afghanistan’s most remote and lawless provinces. Enjoying little international aid or government authority, it is also one of the least developed.However, there is hope for progress. But that hope is pinned on a resource that could spark regional conflict: water. Related: Death of Mullah Mansoor highlights Taliban's links with Iran Related: The rising costs of water: dire consequences for Afghans in battle with Iranians Related: ‘I am Lake Urmia’: a social media campaign takes on the environment in Iran Continue reading... [...]
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No ID, no benefits: thousands could lose lifeline under India’s biometric scheme
Controversial Aadhaar card restricts fundamental rights, argue critics, limiting access to free school meals and exposing 1 billion people to privacy risks Hundreds of thousands of people in India could be left without essential government services and benefits – including free school meals and uniforms, food subsidies and pensions – under new rules that make access to more than three dozen state-funded schemes conditional on showing identification.Over the past month, citizens have been notified that they have to prove their identity with a biometric ID, known as an Aadhaar card, to be eligible to use various services. Booking railway tickets online, applying for some jobs, and getting fuel subsidies will also be dependent on showing the controversial card. Related: India goes from village to village to compile world’s biggest ID database Continue reading... [...]
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Ganges and Yamuna rivers granted same legal rights as human beings
Indian court cites the Whanganui in New Zealand as example for according status to two rivers considered sacredThe Ganges river, considered sacred by more than 1 billion Indians, has become the first non-human entity in India to be granted the same legal rights as people.A court in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand ordered on Monday that the Ganges and its main tributary, the Yamuna, be accorded the status of living human entities. Related: India set to start massive project to divert Ganges and Brahmaputra rivers Related: New Zealand river granted same legal rights as human being Continue reading... [...]
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New Zealand accused of cover-up over Afghan civilian deaths
Book claims killing of civilians in raids on two villages amounts to ‘dark and guilty secret of New Zealand’s recent history’A botched raid by New Zealand special forces in Afghanistan, which led to the deaths of six civilians including a three-year-old girl, was the subject of a military and political cover-up, according to allegations contained in a book by investigative journalist Nicky Hager.Hit & Run: The New Zealand SAS in Afghanistan and the Meaning of Honour, co-authored by war correspondent Jon Stephenson, appears to contradict official statements that raids on two villages in Baghlan province in August 2010 killed “numerous insurgents” but no civilians. Continue reading... [...]
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Thousands of Mumbai doctors strike after assaults on hospital staff
Hospitals in chaos after at least 2,000 junior doctors boycott wards claiming emotional distress and fear of assaultThousands of doctors have gone on strike in Mumbai to protest against violence in hospitals, after three medics were attacked on wards in the last week.At least 2,000 junior doctors at 17 government hospitals have taken unpaid leave for the second day in a row, claiming emotional distress and fear of assault. Continue reading... [...]
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From businesswoman of the year to £5 a day in a shared house
Artist Samira Kitman dreamed of being the female Bill Gates, but after fleeing from the Taliban faces an uncertain future in the UKShe was voted Afghan businesswoman of the year, has been praised by Prince Charles and has had her art displayed at the V&A museum in London and the Smithsonian in Washington. She is the subject of a chapter in a book by a former US president’s wife celebrating women in Afghanistan and once declared her ambition to be “the female Bill Gates in my country”.But these days Samira Kitman is living on £5 a day in a shared house in Lancaster, north-west England, unable to work, missing her family and desperate for the Home Office to grant her refugee status so she can start a new life in the UK. Related: They left Afghanistan a family of nine. They arrived in the UK a family of two Related: UK sending Syrians back to countries where they were beaten and abused Continue reading... [...]
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Global terrorist crisis is fast reaching nuclear threshold, says Tibetian spiritual leader Dalai Lama
The spiritual leader said he doesn't think the terrorism crisis could be resolved unless all the nations come together on a single platform against it, as terrorism is fast reaching the nuclear threshold. [...]
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7th Pay Commission: Can Narendra Modi government gift you higher allowances from April?
The Committee on Allowances missed its earlier February 22 deadline for submitting its review report on the recommendations by the Seventh Pay Commission. [...]
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Supreme Court advisory on Babri dispute raises apprehension among Muslims
Muslim leader and social activist Nazir Ahmed said this issue was taken to the court as the talks were not giving any results since the past 60 years. [...]
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In fake currency hub Malda, there's a real collection of currency from 150 countries
Fifty-year-old Biswajit Gupta has collected coins and currency notes of 150 countries without ever travelling abroad. [...]
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Modi-Shah juggernaut forces Sharad Pawar's call for Opposition unity: Not good for country if Congress withers
Pawar is now of the view that the Modi-Shah aim of a 'Congress-mukt Bharat' is dangerous for the country. [...]
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China slams India over invitation to Dalai Lama at Buddhist meet in Nalanda
"China is strongly dissatisfied and firmly opposed to it," Hua said. [...]
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‘Crazy dream’: the former Delhi IT worker in the race to land on the moon
TeamIndus is one of four teams competing to win Google’s Lunar XPrize for the first ever private moon landing, worth $20m To this day, Rahul Narayan doesn’t know why he said yes, except that it was the very last day to sign up, and if he didn’t agree to it, then there would be no Indian teams in the running. He threw together a proposal and clicked submit.Perhaps it was the dullness of his day job in IT services, or a last-ditch effort to recapture some adolescent Star Trek-themed fantasy; but once the idea got into his head, it stuck. Related: 'I am not afraid': the Delhi student facing death threats for taking on India's right wing Continue reading... [...]
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Three US troops wounded after Afghan soldier opens fire
Afghan army spokesman calls shooting a ‘mistake’ that was not deliberateShooter was shot dead at base in southern Helmand provinceAn Afghan soldier opened fire on Sunday inside a base in the southern Helmand province, wounding three US soldiers before being shot dead, an Afghan official said.Colonel Mohammad Rasoul Zazai, an army spokesman, said the soldier had made a “mistake” and had not fired deliberately. A coalition-run Twitter account said an Afghan soldier shot and wounded three American soldiers, without providing further details. Related: Afghanistan civilian deaths may have been caused by US airstrike Continue reading... [...]
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Controversial Hindu priest chosen as Uttar Pradesh chief minister
Yogi Adityanath, who likened Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan to a terrorist and praised Donald Trump’s travel ban, to lead India’s most populous stateA firebrand Hindu priest who praised Donald Trump’s Muslim ban and once likened the Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan to a terrorist has been chosen to run India’s most populous state.The Bharatiya Janata party (BJP), which last weekend won a landslide victory in local elections in Uttar Pradesh state, announced after a party meeting on Saturday that Yogi Adityanath was its unanimous choice for chief minister. Continue reading... [...]
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Tamil Nadu: How Stalin, Panneerselvam and Chief Minister Palaniswami 'shared a stage' in Chennai
A first-of-its-kind 'Coffee With MLAs' event was organized at Chennai's Valluvar Kottam, but no lawmakers showed up. [...]
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BBC apologises for 'what is the right punishment for blasphemy?' tweet
Broadcaster says it never intended to imply blasphemy should be punished and said the tweet was poorly wordedBBC Asia has apologised after it posted the question “what is the right punishment for blasphemy?” on its Asian Network Twitter account.The tweet was intended to promote a debate about about blasphemy on social media in Pakistan with presenter Shazia Awan. Related: Pakistani activist fears he will be killed like father after blasphemy fatwa Apologies for poorly worded question from #AsianNetwork yday. Q was in context of Pak asking FB to help we shd have made that clear 1/2We never intend to imply Blasphemy should be punished. Provocative question that got it wrong 2/2Disgraceful that @bbcasiannetwork @ShaziaAwan would ask what 'punishment' should be for blasphemy. You know people get killed for it.@BBCNews We could inform the BBC's Asian Network there should be NO punishment for blasphemy. We're not living in the Middle Ages@bbcasiannetwork The fact that it appears that BBC Asian network has not roundly condemned punishment for blasphemy. One has to conclude you support it!! Continue reading... [...]
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The Viceroy’s House version of India’s partition brings fake history to screen | Ian Jack
This Downton-in-Delhi tale takes breathtaking liberties with real-life horrors – and misreads the roles of Churchill and MountbattenImagine a film about the Holocaust where a character pulls open a drawer, pulls out a document and reveals that 6 million deaths aren’t the fault of Hitler but of … Mussolini. Related: Fatima Bhutto on Indian partition film Viceroy’s House: ‘I watched this servile pantomime and wept’ Detecting fake history needs curiosity – critical rather than passive consumption – otherwise it never gets found out Continue reading... [...]
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LIVE: Yogi Adityanath leads UP Chief Minister race, announcement shortly
The other contenders are: Union Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha, and the BJP's Uttar Pradesh president Keshav Prasad Maurya. [...]
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Donald Trump not safe in White House, says former Secret Service agent
A former Secret Service agent who guarded former US presidents Barack Obama and George W Bush, has said Donald Trump is not safe inside the White House. [...]
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Mumbai: CM Devendra Fadnavis says he will bring schemes for farmers instead of giving loan waivers
He also added that government will help farmers who pay regular loan installments. [...]
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Pakistan asks Facebook and Twitter to help identify blasphemers
Companies approached in effort to locate Pakistanis at home or abroad so they can be prosecuted or potentially extradited Pakistan has asked Facebook and Twitter to help identify Pakistanis suspected of blasphemy so it can prosecute them or pursue their extradition.Under the country’s strict blasphemy laws, anyone found to have insulted Islam or the prophet Muhammad can be sentenced to death. Continue reading... [...]
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Goa murder: 245 tourists died in four local districts in past 12 years
Relatives of foreigners whose deaths were classified as natural or accidental say some cases could be the result of foul playAn Irish-British dual national whom police believe was murdered in Goa was one of more than 245 foreigners to die in four districts of the Indian state in the past 12 years, according to police records obtained by the Guardian.A postmortem on the body of Danielle McLaughlin has revealed the 28-year-old had been sexually assaulted and strangled in the hours after leaving a party on Monday at Palolem beach, a popular spot in the south of the state. Related: CCTV captures final movements of Irish-British backpacker killed in Goa Continue reading... [...]
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