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Live: India vs Australia, 2nd ODI – Virat Kohli, Manish Pandey take India past 150-run mark
The biggest news in the lead-up to the match has been the threat that the weather posses as the forecast is for rain, so much so forth that the game is even in danger of getting washed out. [...]
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Kashmir terror funding: Two confessional statements that would nail separatists
The noose around the separatists of Kashmir tightened with the National Investigation Agency securing the confessional statements of two persons. The statements made before a judicial magistrate had tightened the case against separatists who allegedly funded stone-pelters and spread [...]
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'A lot of fake news': Burmese back Aung San Suu Kyi on Rohingya crisis
Critics say opposition to military’s bloody crackdown on country’s Muslim minority is silenced by fear, suspicion and propagandaFact check: Aung San Suu Kyi’s speech on the Rohingya crisisHundreds of jubilant supporters of Aung San Suu Kyi gathered in Yangon on Tuesday to watch their country’s leader give her first public address on the Rohingya crisis.There was no doubt over the spectators’ allegiances; many watching the public broadcast of her televised address had plastered stickers reading “stand with Aung San Suu Kyi” on their faces. Red balloons – the colour of her National League for Democracy party – rose over City Hall as she spoke. Related: Massacre at Tula Toli: Rohingya recall horror of Myanmar army attack Related: Fact check: Aung San Suu Kyi's speech on the Rohingya crisis Continue reading... [...]
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Peter Dutton refuses to say if Rohingya refugees being returned to Myanmar
Australian immigration minister does not comment on reports Muslim minority being paid to return to country where they face persecutionThe immigration minister, Peter Dutton, has refused to say if Australia is promising thousands of dollars to Rohingya refugees who agree to return to Myanmar, a country accused of carrying out ethnic cleansing against the Muslim minority.He told ABC’s 7.30 program Australia provided settlement packages for refugees in Australian-run detention centres to return to their country of origin, and some regions of Myanmar would be safe to return to, but he would not comment on “individual cases”. Related: Australia offers to pay Rohingya refugees to return to Myanmar Continue reading... [...]
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Why North Karnataka is the gateway to power in Karnataka electoral politics
Every five years, the arid and development deprived plains of North Karnataka turn into green pastures for political parties in the state whose interest in the region goes up many folds. The reason: no political party in Karnataka has come to [...]
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How Dawood’s brother pocketed Rs 100 crore with help of two politicians
The probe being conducted following the arrest of Dawood Ibrahim's brother, Iqbal Kaskar is focusing heavily on the politician nexus. The probe has found that political support could have helped Iqbal pocket nearly Rs 100 crore in the past few years. [...]
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Delhi HC issues notice to newly elected DUSU President
In reply to a plea filed by ABVP member, the Delhi High Court on Wednesday issued a notice to Delhi University Student Union President Rocky Tuseed. In his plea ABVP's Rajat Choudhry stated that National Students' Union of India's (NSUI) Rocky [...]
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2017 Volkswagen Passat India launch confirmed
2017 Volkswagen Passat India launch confirmed [...]
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Mexicans dig through collapsed buildings as earthquake kills 225
One of the most desperate rescue efforts was at the Rebsamen primary and secondary school, where a wing of the three-story building collapsed into a massive pancake of concrete slabs. [...]
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Bhagalpur canal breach: Red-faced, Bihar govt orders probe
The wall broke up after being forcefully hit by the Ganga river waters when the pump was switched on for a trial run [...]
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NGT to Delhi govt: Inspect mosques to check noise levels
A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar asked the AAP government and the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) to take appropriate action against them in case of violation. [...]
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Samsung Galaxy Note 8
  Smartphone firms don’t surprise me anymore, and very few actually impress. When Samsung took the stage this year, it impressed us all, albeit playing safe after last year’s shenanigans. Th... [...]
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If Amber Rudd can’t explain why she defied the courts, she should go | Charles Falconer
The Home Office ignored judges on three occasions to deport asylum seeker Samim Bigzad. It’s hard to overstate the significance of thisAmber Rudd confused herself with a 16th-century monarch last week, seemingly believing she has a divine right to rule, irrespective of the law. Three times the courts told her to return Samim Bigzad, a 23-year-old asylum seeker who was cowering in a hotel room in Kabul, threatened with beheading by the Taliban. Three times she refused, thinking she knew best and the courts had got it wrong. It displayed a disdainful arrogance for the courts and the law. Unless she has an explanation, she has to go as home secretary. And the person who has a duty to see that the home secretary operates within the rule of law is the lord chancellor, David Lidington. This is as much a test of him as it is of her.The story of Samim Bigzad is chilling. He came to the UK from Afghanistan in 2015. His father was already here, and suffers from severe post-traumatic stress disorder. Samim initially entered illegally, but then claimed asylum. He had worked on US construction projects in Kabul, hence the Taliban threat.David Lidington must make it clear that this arrogant disdain for the law will not occur in the future Related: Asylum seeker thanks judges after return to UK from illegal deportation Continue reading... [...]
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Senior politician ND Tiwari suffers brain stroke, hospitalised
Senior politician Nayaran Dutt Tiwari is critical after suffering from brain hemorrhage stroke on Wednesday. Sources at Max Hospital in Saket said the condition of 91-year-old Tiwari, a former chief minister of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, is serious and is [...]
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The Australian government responds to Rohingya crisis – with emojis and cash! | First Dog on the Moon
What? Genocide? Really? How awful, is there a GoFundMe or a Facebook page?Sign up here to get an email whenever First Dog cartoons are publishedGet all your needs met at the First Dog shop if what you need is First Dog merchandise and prints Continue reading... [...]
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Fact check: Aung San Suu Kyi's speech on the Rohingya crisis
Address by de facto leader of Myanmar on forced displacement of hundreds of thousands of Muslims contained truths, half-truths and falsehoodsFollowing weeks of silence in the face of claims of ethnic cleansing against Myanmar’s Rohingya population, the country’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi has delivered a controversial speech. Related: Aung San Suu Kyi says Myanmar does not fear scrutiny over Rohingya crisis I think it is only fitting that I should remind you today that our government has not yet been in power for even 18 months.After several months of seemingly quiet and peace, on 25 August, 30 police outposts … were attacked by armed groups. It is not the intention of the Myanmar government to apportion blame or to abnegate responsibility. We condemn all human rights violations and unlawful violence. Related: Myanmar: satellite imagery confirms Rohingya village of Tula Toli razed Human rights violations and all other acts that impair stability and harmony and undermine the rule of law will be addressed in accordance with strict norms of justice.Those who have had to flee their homes are many – not just Muslims and Rakhines, but also small minority groups, such as the Daing-net, Mro [Kamee], Thet, Mramagyi and Hindus, of whose presence most of the world is totally unaware.Since 5 September, there have been no armed clashes and there have been no clearance operations.More than 50% of the villages of Muslims are intact.All people living in the Rakhine state have access to education and healthcare services without discrimination. Since December 2016, local and foreign media groups have been given access to areas previously off-limits in Rakhine. Even after the outbreaks on 25 August, we arranged for several media groups to visit the afflicted areas. There has been a call for the repatriation of refugees who have fled from Myanmar to Bangladesh. We are prepared to start the verification process at any time. Related: The west wanted Aung San Suu Kyi to be a saint. It’s no surprise she is not | Alan Davis There have been allegations and counter-allegations. We are now starting another round of humanitarian aid endeavour, which we hope will take care of all the peoples in the region. Continue reading... [...]
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Railways announces employee bonus, special trains for festive season
The Indian Railways has announced a bonus for its employees ahead of the festival season. Around 12.3 lakh employees will benefit from this announcement. The bonus is expected to be Rs 18,000 to Rs 19,000 per employee. The decision was taken [...]
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BCCI nominates MS Dhoni for Padma Bhushan award
The 36-year-old has scored 9737 runs in 302 ODIs besides 4876 runs in 90 Test matches. He has also played 78 T20 Internationals, notching up 1212 runs. [...]
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Australian captain Steve Smith set for 100th ODI in Kolkata
Smith has scored 3,188 runs in 99 matches at an average of 43.67 at a strike-rate of 87.39 in ODIs. His career as an ODI batsman has been on the rise since he has moved up to the number three spot. [...]
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Caravan of Love takes its peace message to Indian families touched by hate
As tide of caste or religious violence rises, one activist is taking his message of peace around India, meeting families of people killed in hate crimesA police escort is a must when travelling in the Karwan-e-Mohabbat, or “Caravan of Love”.Its leader, Harsh Mander, can see the irony. The caravan – an air-conditioned coach emblazoned with a banner proclaiming a message of love – is traversing seven Indian states in two weeks with a “call to conscience” for India’s Hindu majority. Continue reading... [...]
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Facebook bans Rohingya group's posts as minority faces 'ethnic cleansing'
As hundreds of thousands flee a brutal campaign by the Myanmar military, the social media company labels an insurgent group a ‘dangerous organization’ Amid international accusations that Myanmar’s military is engaging in “ethnic cleansing” of the Rohingya Muslim minority, Facebook designated a Rohingya insurgent group a “dangerous organization” and ordered moderators to delete any content “by or praising” it.The decision, which the company said was made after an internal assessment of the group, came shortly before activists began complaining that the company was censoring posts about the brutal military campaign against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar. Related: The west wanted Aung San Suu Kyi to be a saint. It’s no surprise she is not | Alan Davis Related: Myanmar: satellite imagery confirms Rohingya village of Tula Toli razed Continue reading... [...]
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Omar likens Rohingyas to Tibetan refugees
Srinagar, Sep 19: National Conference leader Omar Abdullah on Tuesday took potshots at the Centre of the Rohingya Muslims issue, asking whether they would also demand the Tibetan government-in-exile to leave the Indian shores. "So are those plugging their [...]
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UK to suspend training of Burmese military over treatment of Rohingya
Theresa May says all engagement with Myanmar’s military will end until action against civilians in Rakhine state stopsTheresa May has announced that the UK will suspend the training of Burmese military amid concerns about the treatment of the Muslim Rohingya population.Speaking at the UN general assembly in New York, she said the UK would end all engagement with the Burmese military until military action against civilians in Rakhine state had stopped. Continue reading... [...]
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Aung San Suu Kyi award suspended by UK union over Myanmar crisis
Unison one of a number of institutions in Britain to withdraw honours in response to humanitarian crisisOne of Britain’s largest trade unions has suspended an award given to Aung San Suu Kyi during her time as a political prisoner, as international criticism mounts over her tepid response to Myanmar’s humanitarian crisis.The move comes as a number of British institutions say they are reviewing or removing honours bestowed on Aung San Suu Kyi during her campaign for democracy under Myanmar’s oppressive military junta. Related: Aung San Suu Kyi says Myanmar does not fear scrutiny over Rohingya crisis Related: Aung San Suu Kyi: damned by her silence | Observer profile Continue reading... [...]
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4 dead as vehicle skids off the road in Darjeeling Hills
Darjeeling, September 19: Four persons died and six others were injured when the vehicle they were traveling in skid off the road in the Darjeeling Hills. The persons were returning to Darjeeling after distributing relief and food items on the wake [...]
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