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MK Stalin urges Tamil Nadu government to help 12-year-old rape survivor
MK Stalin urges Tamil Nadu government to help 12-year-old rape survivor [...]
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Assam police bans Togadia from holding meetings in Guwahati
Assam police bans Togadia from holding meetings in Guwahati [...]
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All Mother Teresa homes inspected amid baby-selling scandal
India orders examination of all institutions run by her charity after claims against two staffIndia has ordered the immediate inspection of all childcare homes run by the Missionaries of Charity, the Catholic congregation established by Mother Teresa, after employees at one shelter were accused of selling babies for adoption.The inspections were announced by the ministry for women and childhood development after a Missionaries of Charity home in Jharkhand state was shut this month following the arrest of a nun and a social worker employed there. Continue reading... [...]
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Anuradha Roy: ‘Inequality in India has never been more catastrophic'
Her latest novel features artists, radicals and political upheaval drawn from real life. The writer talks about social change, authenticity and the HimalayasAnuradha Roy is a fearless media commentator who views her country’s political situation with dismay. “Who among us does not have friends – men and women thought to be moral and humane – that have closed their eyes to the brutal amorality of the ruling regime, seeing it instead as the political road to India’s salvation?” she wrote on the Wire, an Indian news website earlier this year, in response to a high-level campaign to absolve eight men of the rape and murder of an eight-year-old Muslim girl. Of the current political situation in India she tells me: “Inequality here has never been more catastrophic, but I think the very people the rightwing are trying to crush into nothingness are the unstoppable forces now – women and Dalits, people from the lower castes – battered but undefeated. In the past 70 years there has been such profound social change that there is no going back to the dark ages the right is trying to return us to. If I did not believe that, it would be hard to live.”Such journalistic broadsides might lead one to expect that her novels would be equally polemical, but the longlisting of her third novel for the Man Booker prize in 2015 drew the world’s attention to a singular novelist capable of combining a no-holds barred analysis of India’s sexual hypocrisies with a delicate social comedy involving three elderly women on a temple pilgrimage.When her thoughts turned to writing her own novels, she assumed that, as a publisher, she would have an easy ride Continue reading... [...]
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Rifle seized by Thane police belongs to 1993 Mumbai blasts arms cache, say sources
Rifle seized by Thane police belongs to 1993 Mumbai blasts arms cache, say sources [...]
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British cave diver mulls legal action for Elon Musk's 'pedo' slur
British cave diver mulls legal action for Elon Musk's 'pedo' slur [...]
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Oil-rich Nigeria outstrips India as country with most people in poverty
Nine out of 10 of the world’s poorest people will live in Africa within 12 years, say experts from Brookings InstitutionNigeria, one of Africa’s two wealthiest economies, has overtaken India as home to the world’s greatest concentration of extreme poverty, amid warnings that the continent will host nine out of 10 of the world’s poorest people within 12 years. The claim comes as concerns mount that the growth in poverty – and in Africa in particular – is outpacing efforts to eradicate it. It was made in a recent paper for the Brookings Institution thinktank, by three experts associated with the World Poverty Clock – launched in 2017 to track trends in poverty reduction. Related: The 10 places in crisis the world chooses to ignore – in pictures Related: Life-saving optimism: what the west can learn from Africa | Chigozie Obioma Continue reading... [...]
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'The right to sit': Indian law change allows female workers to rest
Mainly female workforce in shops not allowed to sit, lean against a wall or use a liftCybil Wilson has worked in one of Kerala’s big, shiny, brightly-lit sari shops for 10 years.Her salary at the shop, in Trivandrum, has been consistently low but it is the pain and swelling in her legs that troubles her the most. Her employer forbids Wilson, and the other 120 female sales assistants working across the four floors, from sitting down during a 12-14 hour shift. Related: Anuradha Roy: ‘Inequality in India has never been more catastrophic' Continue reading... [...]
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Muslim law board endorses nikah halala, says it is quranic practice and cannot be challenged
Muslim law board endorses nikah halala, says it is quranic practice and cannot be challenged [...]
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UP woman burnt alive in temple after being gang-raped by 5 family members
UP woman burnt alive in temple after being gang-raped by 5 family members [...]
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Declare an annual day to mark partition of India, MPs told
Event would celebrate contribution to British society made by south AsiansThe television presenter Anita Rani will lead a delegation heading for the House of Commons this week to make the case for an annual day to commemorate the partition of India.Dr Binita Kane, whose father’s harrowing story was among those highlighted in a documentary presented by Rani last year, My Family, Partition and Me, has called for the day to both “remember the cataclysmic events of partition and celebrate the contribution south Asians have made to British society”. Related: India after partition: then and now – in pictures Continue reading... [...]
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Police arrest 25 people in India after latest WhatsApp lynching
Man killed by 2,000-strong mob over child-kidnapping rumours on messaging service Indian police have arrested 25 people after a man was killed by a mob in the country’s latest lynching over suspicion of child kidnapping sparked by rumours on WhatsApp. The men were arrested on Sunday over the murder of Mohammad Azam, 27, who was attacked along with two friends by a 2,000-strong mob in southern Karnataka state’s Bidar district late on Friday. Continue reading... [...]
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Civilian deaths in Afghanistan at record high, UN says
Surge in Isis suicide attacks blamed for 1% rise to 1,692 fatalities in first half of yearThe number of civilians killed in Afghanistan reached a record in the first half of the year, despite last month’s ceasefire, with a surge in suicide attacks claimed by Islamic State, the United Nations has said.The UN report came as an apparent suicide attack close to a government ministry in the Afghan capital Kabul on Sunday killed at least seven people and wounded more than 15 as staff were leaving the office in the evening rush hour, officials said. Continue reading... [...]
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Mob lynches man after he bludgeoned wife with iron rod to death
Mob lynches man after he bludgeoned wife with iron rod to death [...]
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Video of Missionaries of Charity nun shows her 'admitting' to sale of babies
Video of Missionaries of Charity nun shows her 'admitting' to sale of babies [...]
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Swimming instructor at Greater Noida school arrested for raping 4-year-old girl
Swimming instructor at Greater Noida school arrested for raping 4-year-old girl [...]
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Plastic roads, war and beach, and country with no word for vagina
This week’s edition of the Upside looks at countries breaking free from the past“The past is never dead. It’s not even past,” goes the Faulkner line. Sometimes the weight of our history – as individuals, families, nations – can slow down progress, discouraging us from finding solutions. This week, we bring you tales of people looking for ways to escape their country’s past and break new ground. China won’t be accepting our plastic for recycling and we do not have the facilities to recycle ourselves. It’s going to be a big problem, this is an amazing possibility.Commenter selkieheather writing below the line on our story about plastic roads in India. Something surprising, some good evidence to back it up and a good human story.Tom Colls, from BBC World Service, on what makes good solutions journalism, speaking at the newsrewired.com conference Continue reading... [...]
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Nawaz Sharif and daughter arrested on arrival in Pakistan
Former PM is escorted from aircraft in Lahore shortly after bomber kills 132 in Mastung Pakistan’s former prime minister Nawaz Sharif was arrested in Lahore airport on Friday as he returned to face a 10-year prison sentence which he claimed was part of a wide-ranging, military-backed conspiracy to deny his party a second term in an election due on 25 July.Military police boarded Sharif’s flight as it landed from a stop in Abu Dhabi after taking off in London. Paramilitary Rangers linked arms and battled against Sharif’s supporters to escort the 68-year-old off the aircraft, into a waiting car and then across the 200 yards to another small aircraft. Related: Pakistan's caretaker government accused of vote rigging by Sharif's brother Continue reading... [...]
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Deaths due to potholed roads since June in Mumbai's Kalyan area goes up to 5
Deaths due to potholed roads since June in Mumbai's Kalyan area goes up to 5 [...]
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CAG report reflects glaring weapon shortage in Karnataka Police
CAG report reflects glaring weapon shortage in Karnataka Police [...]
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'Fake news often goes viral': WhatsApp ads warn India after mob lynchings
Messaging services takes full-page advertisements showing how to spot false information after spate of killingsAfter hoax messages circulated on WhatsApp triggered several incidents of mob lynchings in recent weeks in India, the Facebook-owned messaging platform published full-page advertisements in leading Indian newspapers advising users on how to identify false information. Related: 'WhatsApp murders': India struggles to combat crimes linked to messaging service Continue reading... [...]
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'A better life': India moves a step closer to legalising gay sex
Government decision to leave ruling to supreme court judges boosts campaigners For journalist Sunil Mehra, sitting in the Indian supreme court on Wednesday was a “heart-wrenching” moment he will never forget. He fought back tears as the story of his love for his partner, classical dancer Navtej Johar, was recounted by their lawyer Menaka Guruswamy to the five judges who are deciding whether India should legalise gay sex.Guruswamy said the two men had loved each other for 24 years, that Mehra had passed a tough exam to join the civil service but did not dare join over fears that his homosexuality would become known. He added that every decision they took was under threat of persecution, that they were never able fully to be themselves and that they were living, in effect, as unconvicted felons. Continue reading... [...]
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Pakistan's caretaker government accused of vote rigging by Sharif's brother
Leader of PML-N party claims hundreds of supporters arrested before return of ex-PM The brother of Pakistan’s ousted prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, has accused the country’s caretaker government of “naked” pre-poll rigging against their party, as tensions rise ahead of the 25 July general election.Shahbaz Sharif, who heads the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), accused authorities of arresting hundreds of the party’s workers and supporters before Nawaz’s expected return to Pakistan on Friday. Related: Imran Khan starts race to lead Pakistan but can he please the ‘umpires’? Continue reading... [...]
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Mumbai Congress launches 'count the potholes' campaign, residents told to take pics of bad roads
Mumbai Congress launches 'count the potholes' campaign, residents told to take pics of bad roads [...]
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108 children rescued from Kerala-bound train in Jharkhand, child trafficking suspected
108 children rescued from Kerala-bound train in Jharkhand, child trafficking suspected [...]
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Double agent who aided in terror strike on Nagrota Camp in Jammu was lavished with rewards
Double agent who aided in terror strike on Nagrota Camp in Jammu was lavished with rewards [...]
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Malala Yousafzai  slams Trump for 'cruel' child separations
Nobel peace prize laureate criticises policy while in South America promoting girls’ educationNobel peace prize laureate Malala Yousafzai has criticised as “cruel” Donald Trump’s policy of separating children from their parents at the US-Mexico border.“This is cruel, this is unfair and this is inhumane. I don’t know how anyone could do that,” Yousafzai said on Wednesday during her first visit to South America where she was promoting girls’ education. “I hope that the children can be together with their parents.” Related: US officials told to ask migrant parents: will you leave with or without children? Continue reading... [...]
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Wearing thanaka in a Rohingya refugee camp – in pictures
Swirls of yellow paste made from ground bark decorate the cheeks of Rohingya Muslim women and girls in the refugee camps of Cox’s Bazar in southern Bangladesh. Thanaka, a type of sun protection that dates back centuries, is a common sight on the faces of the women, who say using the traditional cooling paste helps bring a sense of normality to camp life Continue reading... [...]
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