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‘They use ​money to promote Christianity’: Nepal's battle for souls
Critics allege that it is not just caste discrimination leading many Dalits in Nepal to turn away from Hindu beliefs and become ChristiansRam Maya Sunar had two miscarriages. Then she had a daughter, who died of pneumonia when she was one. “My second child died from tuberculosis at just six months. I’m still haunted by it,” Sunar says, sitting outside her concrete block hut in the village of Thakaldanda, in southern Nepal’s Makwanpur district. Related: Aid agencies accuse Nepal government of hampering their work Continue reading... [...]
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I’ll get my goat: Kazakhstan's ancient sport for modern times
The sport of kokpar is like blood-drenched polo, with a headless goat as the ball. And even as Kazakhstan tries to forge a modern, high-tech identity for itself, this age-old game is being pushed as a defining part of its culture. By Will BoastThe most decorated athlete in all of Kazakhstan is a five-year-old Mongolian horse named Lazer. Born wild on the steppe, he lacks the lean grace of a thoroughbred or an Arabian. Except for his large head and broad front haunches, he is small enough to be mistaken for a pony. His coat is a dusty black, tinged with rust, and his unkempt mane hangs punkishly over his eyes. Short-legged, small-eared, with aloof, walnut eyes, he might be any one of the hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of horses ranging over the grasslands of this enormous, wide-open country.In the ancient nomadic game known as kokpar (roughly, “goat-grabbing”), Lazer is a champion many times over, with eight Kazakh National Games and two Central Asian Games titles to his name. Kokpar’s premise is simple: two teams take to a chalked-out 200-metre field to compete over a headless, freshly slaughtered goat, wrestling control back and forth in an attempt to score by flinging it into the opponent’s goal. Lazer has been trained for the game from an early age, learning to evade or dig in against much larger defensive horses. In fierce face-offs and chaotic scrums, it’s often a wonder that Lazer’s rider – a thickset, windbeaten man named Abdijaparov Abugali – can even hold on, let alone swing his body down Lazer’s flank in a headfirst lunge for the trampled goat carcass around which the horses stamp and circle. Continue reading... [...]
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India@70: When Modi invoked Krishna-Arjun in his Independence Day speech
Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his Independence Day address invoked both Krishna and Arjun. He drew a parallel between Krishna and Mahatma Gandhi during his address. From that Mohan with the Sudarshan chakra to the other Mohan (Mohandas Gandhi) [...]
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‘I’ve full confidence SC will dismiss 35A matter’, says J&K CM on Independence Day
Srinagar, August 15: On the occasion of 70th Independence Day on Tuesday, Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti spoke about the "controversial" Article 35A in Srinagar. "I have full confidence that our Supreme Court will again dismiss this plea," Mufti [...]
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The Guardian view on India at 70: Democracy in action
India’s pluralistic democracy – which, like the EU, works because no single culture or language is central to its identity or unity – is under threat from rightwing Hindu extremistsWhen the British departed from the subcontinent 70 years ago, the most appropriate epitaph was probably provided by an Indian official who remarked: “You British believe in fair play. You have left India in the same condition of chaos as you found it.” The months that followed the partitioning of British India seemed to confirm the nature of the gift of independence. The subcontinent endured a lawless, bloody anarchy that encompassed some of the 20th century’s greatest migrations and crimes. Born in blood were two newly created nations of mostly-Hindu India, and Pakistan, a Muslim homeland in south Asia, as well as about 500 feudal autocracies, which ranged from princely states – some as large as a European nation – to village-sized chiefdoms. When the British predicted there would be many more partitions, it was because the former colonial masters thought “no one can make a nation out of a continent of many nations”.In Pakistan, that forecast came partly true, thanks largely because of an attempt to impose a single language – Urdu – on its most populous province, East Bengal. By 1971, after a civil war in which India played a part in stoking, Pakistan had been cleaved in two. The unfinished business of princely states remains: continuing revolts – in Pakistan’s Baluchistan, India’s Kashmir and Manipur – are rooted in identities distinct from the nations that swallowed them up. However, gloomy prophecies of fragmentation have been proved wrong decade after decade in India despite the poverty and diversity. It is perhaps India’s greatest achievement that one-sixth of humanity now cast their votes regularly in free and fair elections. Related: Why Pakistan and India remain in denial 70 years on from partition Continue reading... [...]
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Appeal by Union Home Minister prompts Gorkhaland agitators to withdraw fast unto death
Darjeeling, August 14, 2017: The Hills of North Bengal are all set to commemorate the 70th Indian Independence Day amidst an ongoing indefinite bandh. The bandh had been clamped on June 15 by the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) in demand of [...]
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Gorakhpur infant deaths: Such tragedies have happened even in Congress regime, says Amit Shah
Bengaluru, Aug 14: Amid deaths of several children in a Gorakhpur hospital, BJP president Amit Shah on Monday said such tragedies have happened even in the Congress regime.  Shah also dismissed the Congress' demand for resignation of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi [...]
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ASUS ROG Pugio Aura RGB
  The push for RGB lighting in gaming peripherals is slowly becoming mainstream and as a result, the prices are going down. Earlier, it was difficult to come across gaming mice with support for RGB ligh... [...]
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From the archive: how the Guardian reported the partition of India 70 years ago
The end of British rule saw the country divided into two independent states - Hindu-majority India and Muslim-majority Pakistan1940 Indian nationalists Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru as well as Muhammad Ali Jinnah, leader of the All-India Muslim League, demand India’s independence.March 1940 Gandhi seeks a unified India after the British Raj is dismantled. Jinnah favours partition of India into Muslim and Hindu states. Continue reading... [...]
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In 1939, I didn’t hear war coming. Now its thundering approach can’t be ignored | Harry Leslie Smith
As a teenager I would just laugh at newsreels of Hitler and other fascists. I hope what happened next is not witnessed again by my grandchildren’s generation• Author Harry Leslie Smith, 94, is a second world war RAF veteranA chill of remembrance has come over me during this August month. It feels as if the 2017 summer breeze is being scattered by the winds of war blowing from across our world towards Britain, just like they were in 1939.In the Middle East, Saudi Arabia eviscerates Yemen with the same ferocity as Mussolini did to Ethiopia when I was child in 1935. The hypocrisy of Britain’s government and elite class ensures that innocent blood still flows in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. Theresa May’s government insists that peace can only be achieved through the proliferation of weapons of war in conflict zones. Venezuela teeters towards anarchy and foreign intervention while in the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte – protected by his alliance with Britain and the US – murders the vulnerable for the crime of trying to escape their poverty through drug addiction.Summer should be comforting, but it isn’t this year Related: It takes just one madman to press the button. We have two | Nick Cohen Continue reading... [...]
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Demonetisation has boosted efforts to build an honest society: President Kovind
In his address to the nation on the eve of 71st Independence Day, President Ram Nath Kovind on Monday highlighted initiatives undertaken by government and stressed on the importance of abiding by laws. Paying his tribute to thousands of [...]
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India@70: Unprecedented security in Delhi for Independence Day
New Delhi, Aug 14: The national capital has turned into a fortress for the Independence Day celebrations with an unprecedented ground-to-air security cover. Close to 70,000 Delhi Police personnel will be guarding the national capital owing to the twin occasions [...]
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Kia kicks off its dealer roadshows in India
Kia kicks off its dealer roadshows in India [...]
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Honda Jazz facelift revealed before Frankfurt debut
Honda Jazz facelift revealed before Frankfurt debut [...]
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Doklam: Independence Day meeting between India, China armies unlikely
The two armies held a flag meeting at Nathu La was held last week to sort out the Doklam crisis. The meeting, however, ended with no resolution. [...]
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LG Q6
  The Indian smartphone market largely comprises of phones under the budget of Rs 15,000, and one doesn’t need to really explain why. The competition in this segment is fierce. The phones availabl... [...]
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'Everything changed': readers' stories of India's partition
More than a million people were killed and many millions displaced by India’s partition. Readers share their memories of the forced migrationAt midnight on 14/15 August 1947, the largest recorded forced migration began. Millions of Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs were forced to journey hundreds of miles, with many experiencing brutal violence, as the Indian subcontinent was divided into two independent nation states: Hindu-majority India and Muslim-majority Pakistan.Communities that had coexisted for a thousand years succumbed to an eruption of sectarian violence. More than a million people were killed and between 10 and 12 million people were displaced along religious lines. Continue reading... [...]
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Spate of child deaths at Indian hospital blamed on oxygen shortages
Hospital boss suspended as stories emerge of parents using hand pumps to try to save children, and others ejected from wardsAs oxygen supplies ran out at a hospital in northern India, desperate parents used manual pumps to force air into the lungs of their dying children. Others scoured the city for blood, syringes and other basic supplies that the facility lacked. They begged medical staff for help. Some said police hustled them from the wards after their children died.Indians have been reacting with horror as testimony emerges from inside the hospital in Gorakhpur in the state of Uttar Pradesh where at least 64 children, some newborns, are reported to have died over six-day period last week. Continue reading... [...]
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India@70: 16 ITBP personnel awarded President's police medals
New Delhi, Aug 14: Sixteen ITBP officials have been awarded the President's police medals for distinguished and meritorious service on the eve of Independence Day. The awardees of the distinguished service medal include Deputy Inspector Generals (DIGs) Jaspal Singh [...]
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India@70: Trump calls Modi to convey Independence Day greetings
US President Donald Trump on Monday called Prime Minister Narendra Modi to convey his greetings on the eve of India's 71st Independence Day. Modi took to Twitter to inform this and appreciated Trump's ‘warm felicitations'. Modi and Trump [...]
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Cristiano Ronaldo hit with five-match ban for red card, pushing referee
The Portugal international will be able to play in the Champions League but will not return to domestic action until 20 September against Real Betis. [...]
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Jose Mourinho not getting carried away by Manchester United's brilliant start
Among the many positives for United, Nemanjan Matic's man-of-the-match performance was a highlight in midfield. [...]
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Death toll climbs to 99 in Assam floods, Modi assures all help
Guwahati, August 14: This year, Assam has faced one of its worst floods in decades. After a few days of some relief--from late July to early August--relentless rainfall has once again caused floods in at least 19 districts of the state. [...]
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DHE Odisha: Wait list for spot admission on August 21, check key dates here
The DHE Odisha will release the wait list for Spot Admissions to degree courses on August 21. The second phase admission has been started for those candidates who could not complete the admission process in the first phase. Such candidates can [...]
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CEE Kerala: 5 year LLB course admissions begin today
The CEE Kerala has released the first phase of allotment for admissions for the integrated LLB course (5years). The details are available on the official website. The first allotment has been decided on the basis of the options given [...]
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When Amit Shah gave the Karnataka BJP a reality check
The BJP's national chief, Amit Shah decided to give his party in Karnataka a reality check. Armed with three survey reports, he asked the BJP leaders in Karnataka how many seats would they win if the state went to polls today. [...]
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Parents of dead children in Gorakhpur hospital, UP, describe ‘horror’ in detail
Lucknow, August 14: In a couple of days from now, the outrage over the tragic death of 63 children at the Baba Raghav Das Medical College and Hospital in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh, would vanish, like all other human tragedies in the [...]
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21 year old Delhi girl who resisted rape by friend in critical condition
A 21 year old woman from Delhi was pushed off the fourth floor of an under construction building after she resisted a rape attempt by her friend. The incident occurred Rohini district's Begumpur. The victim who works as an assistant chef [...]
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