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The Indian village where child sexual exploitation is the norm
Poverty and caste discrimination mean that children in Sagar Gram are being groomed by their own families for abuseMany families in India still mourn the birth of a girl. But when Leena was born, people celebrated.Sagar Gram, her village in central India, is unique that way. Girls outnumber boys. When a woman marries, it is the groom’s family that pays the dowry. Women are Sagar Gram’s breadwinners. When they are deemed old enough, perhaps at the age of 11, most are expected to start doing sex work. Related: 'When you rescue a trafficked child it's like saving a life' Continue reading... [...]
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Destroy ‘period huts’ or forget state support: Nepal moves to end practice
After the custom of consigning menstruating women to outdoor sheds claimed three more lives, a new system of penalties offers hope of changeChhaupadi, the practice of banishing girls and women to a hut or shed when they have their periods, is common in Dilu Bhandari’s village in Nepal.But two months ago Bhandari, a 26-year-old mother of four, watched as her husband destroyed the tiny hut in which she had previously been sent to live once a month. The family had been told by local authorities that if she continued to observe the custom, they would no longer receive state food support. Forced to choose between a food allowance for her twin boys and abandoning the traditional practice, the choice was effectively made for them. Related: Mother and two boys suffocate in Nepal's latest 'period hut' tragedy Continue reading... [...]
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Bangladesh strikes: thousands of garment workers clash with police over poor pay
Dozens of factories have closed after more than a week of protests in which one person has diedThousands of garment workers in Bangladesh who make clothes for top global brands have clashed with police as strike action over low wages entered a second week.Police said water cannon and tear gas were fired on Sunday to disperse huge crowds of striking factory workers in Savar, a garment hub just outside the capital, Dhaka. Related: Bangladesh to eject safety inspectors brought in after Rana Plaza disaster Continue reading... [...]
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26/11 mastermind Tahawwur Rana, serving term in US jail, may be extradited soon
26/11 mastermind Tahawwur Rana, serving term in US jail, may be extradited soon [...]
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Guard your children against rumour mongering sanghs: Lalu Yadav's humble appeal from jail
Guard your children against rumour mongering sanghs: Lalu Yadav's humble appeal from jail [...]
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Not in position to approve proposal of Pongal gifts: Kiran Bedi to Puducherry CM
Not in position to approve proposal of Pongal gifts: Kiran Bedi to Puducherry CM [...]
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Fog delays 9 Delhi-bound trains, air quality turns severe
Fog delays 9 Delhi-bound trains, air quality turns severe [...]
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India: teenage girl murdered and mutilated by family for eloping, say police
Girl killed with help of a butcher friend, say police in Bihar in so-called ‘honour killing’Police in eastern India say a teenager who was found dead this week with her body dismembered and mutilated was murdered by her family in a so-called “honour” killing.The body of the 16-year old from Gaya, a city in Bihar state, was discovered on Sunday. Pictures of her mutilated remains were widely shared on social media along with claims she had been doused in acid, sparking protests and candlelit vigils in the city. Related: India's sick left out in the cold as New Delhi's top hospital struggles to cope Continue reading... [...]
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Reuters journalists to remain in Myanmar jail after losing appeal
Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo jailed for seven years for breaching country’s Official Secrets ActThe two Reuters journalists imprisoned in Myanmar for their reporting on the violence against the Rohingya in Rahkine state have lost their appeal, with the court upholding their guilty verdict and lengthy prison sentences.Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo had each been handed prison sentences of seven years in September after they were found guilty of breaching the country’s Official Secrets Act after it was claimed they were in possession of classified documents. Related: 'I struggle without him': wife of jailed Reuters reporter marks grim milestone Continue reading... [...]
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Afghanistan bucks global trend with sharp rise in civilian casualties
Number of innocent people killed or maimed in Afghan war rises 36% despite overall fall in casualties worldwideCivilian deaths and injuries in Afghanistan from explosive weapons rose by more than a third last year, against a downward trend globally, according to a survey seen by the Guardian.Most of the 4,260 civilians killed or injured in explosions in the country in 2018 – up from 3,119 in 2017 – were victims of suicide attacks, found a report by Action on Armed Violence (AOAV). Related: Civilian deaths in Afghanistan at record high, UN says Continue reading... [...]
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Petrol, diesel prices rise for 3rd consecutive day. Check latest rates
Petrol, diesel prices rise for 3rd consecutive day. Check latest rates [...]
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'God man' Ram Rahim Singh convicted of killing journalist
Cult leader guilty of plot to kill reporter who revealed Singh had raped followerA flamboyant Indian “god man” has been convicted of killing a journalist who was investigating two rapes committed by the influential spiritual leader.Ram Rahim Singh was convicted on Friday along with three others of killing Ram Chander Chhatrapati, 51, in 2002. Continue reading... [...]
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Dearest Arundhati Roy: Shahidul Alam reflects on his time in prison
The Bangladeshi photographer was charged with criticising his country on Facebook and spent more than 100 days behind bars. Now freed, he replies to the Indian novelist who wrote to him in jailDearest Arundhati,It was a letter I read and reread long before it appeared before my eyes. It was through layers of metal bars that I strained to listen to my wife Rahnuma’s words. The noise made by us as screaming prisoners, straining to hear and be heard, was akin to a crowded stadium or a fire siren. As she repeated her words over and over again, I faintly heard: Arundhati. Letter. I had been incarcerated for just over 100 days. A hundred days since I’d slept on my own bed, fed my fish, cycled down the streets of Dhaka. A hundred days since I’d pressed my shutter as I searched for that elusive light. Related: Amid arrests and killings, Bangladesh and India must fight censorship | Arundhati Roy The threat of bail being withdrawn is the threat they hope will silence my tongue, my pen and my camera Related: The work of jailed Bangladeshi photojournalist Shahidul Alam Continue reading... [...]
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'Poetry is the antidote': in fight against Hindu nationalism, India turns to verse
Buoyed by social media, Urdu poetry is enjoying new popularity in the face of divisive sectarian politics In a Delhi hockey stadium in December, about 100,000 people of various ages, genders, and classes flooded in for two days of poetry, debates, food and calligraphy sessions. It was Jashn-e-Rekhta, a three-day Urdu cultural festival, and its popularity reflects a wider appreciation for Urdu poetry. Shayari, historically associated with the politics of resistance, is experiencing a revival in the face of rising Hindu nationalism in Delhi.At the festival, as people take selfies in front of an “I love Urdu” cutout, Shweta, a 20-year-old college student, says she believes shayari poetry could unite people.If you are feeling oppressed by the government, you need a mediumI literally love you all,every single of you who stood up against hate & bigotry. It was never my movement,I asked nobody to change name,Not one . But this is an befitting answer to hate. I want to apologise to all Muslims ,I am sorry we didn’t do better but we will #MyNameInUrdu Continue reading... [...]
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'Not acceptable': Indian army backs gay sex ban despite decriminalisation
General Bipin Rawat says lifting of ban on homosexuality and infidelity in India does not apply to armyIndia’s army chief said on Thursday that gay sex and adultery would not be tolerated in the army’s ranks, months after a landmark court ruling struck down colonial-era prohibitions against homosexuality and infidelity.After a decades-long campaign by activists the supreme court last year decriminalised Section 377 – also known as “unnatural offences” – and the adultery law from the statue books. Related: Campaigners celebrate as India decriminalises homosexuality Continue reading... [...]
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Security tightened in Haryana, Punjab ahead of murder trial verdict against Ram Rahim
Security tightened in Haryana, Punjab ahead of murder trial verdict against Ram Rahim [...]
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1984 anti-Sikh riots: SC to hear Sajjan Kumar's appeal on Jan 14
1984 anti-Sikh riots: SC to hear Sajjan Kumar's appeal on Jan 14 [...]
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Here is your horoscope for January 11, 2019
Here is your horoscope for January 11, 2019 [...]
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Mother and two boys suffocate in Nepal's latest 'period hut' tragedy
Practice of banishing women to small outbuildings during periods claims further victims despite country declaring practice illegal A woman and her two sons have suffocated to death in a windowless shed to which they were banished in the latest tragedy linked to the illegal practice of chhaupadi, whereby women in Nepal are forced to sleep in “period huts”.Police said Amba Bohara, 35, had spent four days in the cowshed with her sons Ramit, nine, and Suresh, 12, when her father-in-law discovered their bodies on Wednesday morning. Related: Nepal’s bleeding shame: menstruating women banished to cattle sheds | Kate Hodal Continue reading... [...]
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India's sick left out in the cold as New Delhi's top hospital struggles to cope
Patients awaiting treatment at the All India Institute of Medical Science are living in tents and on pavements for months at a time as the centre reels under the weight of demandThe night-time cold in New Delhi is biting. As the temperature plunges, Alam Ansari’s twin daughters, born prematurely, have only their parents’ body heat to keep them warm while they huddle in a crowded tent on the road outside the capital’s top hospital.They are not alone. Each day, about 8,000 people from across the country queue outside the outpatients department for treatment. Mainly from poorer backgrounds, they sleep in tents or on the ground. Continue reading... [...]
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Ram mandir-Babri masjid case: Matter before SC today, timeline of hearing to be decided
Ram mandir-Babri masjid case: Matter before SC today, timeline of hearing to be decided [...]
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Limit prosecutions of army veterans, says top human rights lawyer
Martyn Day suggests charges against armed forces instead of individuals after abuse claims in Iraq and AfghanistanA statute of limitations could be used to prevent prosecution of military veterans for less serious historical offences, a leading human rights lawyer has suggested.Appearing before the Commons defence select committee, Martyn Day called for independent investigators – rather than the Royal Military Police (RMP) – to look into serious allegations of abuse. Continue reading... [...]
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After library jibe at Modi, Trump sends his special Afghan envoy to visit India
After library jibe at Modi, Trump sends his special Afghan envoy to visit India [...]
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India, Norway ink MoU to boost blue economy
India, Norway ink MoU to boost blue economy [...]
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'Buddha boy' under investigation in Nepal over missing devotees
Ram Bahadur Bomjan, 28, also faces allegations of physical and sexual assaultA Nepali spiritual leader believed by his followers to be a reincarnation of Buddha is under investigation over the disappearance of several devotees, police in Kathmandu have said.Ram Bahadur Bomjan, known as “Buddha boy”, became famous in 2005 after followers said he could meditate motionless for months without water, food or sleep in Nepal’s jungles. Continue reading... [...]
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Govt admits there are nearly 1 lakh schools with only one teacher
Govt admits there are nearly 1 lakh schools with only one teacher [...]
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India outcry after scientists claim ancient Hindus invented stem cell research
The organisers of a major Indian science conference said they were concerned by speakers citing religious texts and ideas at the event The organisers of a major Indian science conference distanced themselves on Sunday from speakers who used the prestigious event to dismiss Einstein’s discoveries and claim ancient Hindus invented stem cell research.The Indian Scientific Congress Association expressed “serious concern” as the unorthodox remarks aired by prominent academics at its annual conference attracted condemnation and ridicule. Related: Elephant 'smoking' footage baffles experts Related: The science stories that shook 2018 Continue reading... [...]
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Get slim in 6 months or you'll be grounded: Pakistan's national airline to overweight crew
Get slim in 6 months or you'll be grounded: Pakistan's national airline to overweight crew [...]
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