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Taliban suicide attackers kill scores of Afghan soldiers in Kandahar
Attack marks deadliest week since Donald Trump announced new strategy for war against militants in AfghanistanTaliban suicide bombers have killed at least 43 Afghan soldiers by ramming two stolen Humvees strapped with explosives into an army base, using a tactic increasingly feared by government forces.The attack on Wednesday night on an outpost in Kandahar’s Maiwand district left only two soldiers of a 60-strong unit unharmed, according to the defence ministry spokesman Dawlat Waziri. Nine soldiers were injured and six are still missing, he said. Continue reading... [...]
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After nearly a year, DMK chief Karunanidhi makes public appearance
Diwali came a day late for DMK cadre as party president M Karunanidhi, who was not keeping well for nearly a year, came out of his residence and visited the party organ Murasoli's office on Thursday.  Clad in a [...]
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Diwali, festival of lights – in pictures
Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, celebrates the victory of good over evil and the triumphant return of Lord Ram to the city of Ayodha after vanquishing Ravana in the kingdom of Lanka Continue reading... [...]
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Heavy rains batter Odisha, throw normal life out of gear
Heavy rains threw life out of gear in Odisha as low pressure over the Bay of Bengal intensified into a depression resulting in heavy downpour. "The well marked low pressure has concentrated into a depression, which was located around 370 km [...]
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Huawei Honor 9i
  Smartphones as a category have evolved since their inception. It is quite fascinating that modern smartphones offer as much RAM as the laptop I am using to write this review. While 8GB RAM on phones i... [...]
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'All of us will be victims at some point': why Bishkek's only gay club closed
The Kyrgyz capital was long a liberal beacon in Central Asia – until a ban on ‘LGBT propaganda’. With attacks and rapes on the rise, the community is scaredAnara had never been in love before. Pacing nervously outside the house of the girl she’d just started seeing, overwhelmed by emotions, she forgot the need for caution.Dating a member of the same sex can be dangerous in Kyrgyzstan’s capital city, Bishkek. Their budding relationship was already the subject of whisper and rumour.A survey by an LGBT group found 84%​ of respondents had experienced physical violence Related: Life in limbo: inside Bishkek's illegal 'new-builds' There is a lot of aggression toward us and we cannot be open in public anymore Related: 'People are afraid to say a word': inside Ashgabat, Central Asia's closed city Continue reading... [...]
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Ousted Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif indicted over corruption claims
Sharif, his daughter Maryam and her husband plead not guilty to charges relating to family’s London propertiesAn anti-corruption court in Pakistan has indicted the former prime minister Nawaz Sharif over allegations involving his family’s ownership of expensive London property, potentially paving the way for the imprisonment of the disqualified leader.The indictment is the latest blow in a lengthy public fall triggered by last year’s Panama Papers leaks, and comes as Sharif’s family assiduously tries to maintain its influence in Pakistan. Continue reading... [...]
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Chandigarh: 11 persons booked for violating court order and bursting crackers
Chandigarh, Oct 19: For violating a court directive that crackers could be burnt only on Diwali evening, the police have booked 11 people in Chandigarh. The police have registered cases against 11 unidentified persons in different parts of the [...]
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Uttar Pradesh: Garland, sweets for people spotted defecating in open
Aligarh civic officials have come out with a novel idea to stop open defecation in the city, but it is neither a punishment or fine. On the occasion of Diwali, Municipal commissioner, distributed sweets and garlanded the people who were spotted [...]
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Polestar sedan and SUV in the works
Polestar sedan and SUV in the works [...]
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Indian women car buyer's surveyed
Indian women car buyer's surveyed [...]
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WATCH: Fire breaks out at 19-storey building in Kolkata which houses LIC, SBI offices
The fire was reported from the server room of an office on the 15th floor of the building. [...]
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Former Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif, daughter, son-in-law indicted on corruption charges
The charges stem from a trove of documents leaked from a Panama law firm that investigators say showed the family held unreported assets overseas. [...]
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UN report on Rohingya hunger is shelved at Myanmar's request
Exclusive: Document warned of spiralling food crisis among Rohingya populationThe United Nations food aid agency withdrew a critical report revealing desperate hunger among the persecuted Rohingya population after the Myanmar government demanded it be taken down, the Guardian has learned.The July assessment by the World Food Programme (WFP) warned that more than 80,000 children under the age of five living in majority-Muslim areas were “wasting” — a potentially fatal condition of rapid weight loss. Related: Rohingya crisis: UN 'suppressed' report predicting its shortcomings in Myanmar Related: Documenting the Rohingya refugee crisis – in pictures Continue reading... [...]
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Будущее статусного города? Может ли Алматы отбросить систему контроля
В городах пяти бывших Советских республик, “Станы”, доминировали личности их авторитарных правителей, но старинная столица Казахстана - Алматы - пытается развиваться, базируясь на нуждах своих горожан, хотя делает это упорядоченноRead this article in EnglishИз окна своего офиса на 20ом этаже одной башни в Алматы, Руслан Ассаубаев делится видением города нового типа. Новые пешеходные улицы, сеть велосипедных дорожек и автобусных полос, современный общественный транспорт - это часть пятилетнего плана, разработанного в сотрудничестве с западными консультантами и реализуемого Алматинским центром развития, правительственной организацией, заместителем главы которой является Ассаубаев. Внизу яркие логотипы украшают белые стены центра “Открытый Алматы”, новый филиал мэрии, куда местные жители могут приехать для решения вопросов или подачи жалоб государственным служащим. Попытка развивать город на основании нужд его жителей - это нечто новое для Средней Азии, где городское планирование обычно происходит сверху вниз. Но даже общественное участие носит упорядоченный, а не естественный, характер. “Мы поощряем участие горожан в развитии города в соответствии с указом президента,” - сказал Ассаубаев.Казахстанский город Алматы - финансовый центр Средней Азии, регион, состоящий из пяти «Станов» - бывших советских республик, которые получили независимость в 1991 году. Регион находится вне поля зрения большинства жителей Запада, которые не участвуют в нефтяной отрасли, и в последние годы либо игнорируется, либо высмеивается.Многое, действительно, впечатляет, но местных жителей не спросили, хотят ли они этого Related: 'Норман бізге президент пирамида салынуын қалайды деп айтты' Continue reading... [...]
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UP: Adityanath pitches for Ram Rajya in Ayodhya at mega pre-Diwali event
Ayodhya (UP), Oct 18: Ram Rajya means no poverty, grief or discrimination, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said as he asked critics not to see political designs behind his government's efforts to develop this temple town. In a [...]
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FIFA U-17 World Cup: Brazil drub Honduras 3-0, face Germany in quarterfinals
Brazil will now travel to Kolkata to take on Germany in the quarterfinals on October 22. Germany had produced a clinical performance while beating Colombia 4-0 in the pre-quarterfinals on October 16 in New Delhi. [...]
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Astana's plan to stay warm in the winter? Build a ring of one million trees
In 1997 the Kazakh president launched a plan to protect his new capital from the icy winds of the featureless steppes with a ring of trees. Twenty years on, his scientists are still struggling to grow forests in a spot where no trees stood“Do you know why women in Astana don’t get expensive haircuts?” asked television presenter Dinara Tursunova. “Because no sooner do you leave the beauty salon, the wind blows away your hairdo, and with it all the money you spent.”Looking good in the capital city of Kazakhstan is hard work. When Tursunova moved to Astana three years ago for a job with a local broadcaster, what first struck her was the cold and the wind. “In winter I go around the city in skiing outfits and fur-lined sneakers. It probably wouldn’t hurt to put spikes on my shoes. When the wind starts whipping up, you will see people on the ice literally flying away,” she says.Anybody obliged to navigate Astana on foot in winter is not to be envied Related: Welcome to Astana, Kazakhstan: one of the strangest capital cities on Earth Continue reading... [...]
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Relatives of freed Afghanistan hostage say he and family deeply traumatised
Canadian relatives say Joshua Boyle, freed with his family after five years, suffered torture in captivity and requires intensive medical careThe family of the Canadian man freed with his wife and three children five years after they were kidnapped in Afghanistan have implored media to consider the trauma suffered by the family, noting that Joshua Boyle – the only member of the family to speak in public since their rescue – has yet to receive medical or psychological clearance. On Wednesday, the family of the 34-year-old said it was a blessing to have the family at home and safe. But they said that the family’s ordeal was far from over as the years of captivity had taken a great toll on each of them. Related: Children born in Afghanistan captivity fear new lives in Canada won't last Related: Parents of freed US hostage furious with son-in-law for Afghanistan trip Continue reading... [...]
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J&K: Army chief Bipin Rawat reviews security situation in Kashmir
Srinagar, Oct 18: Army chief General Bipin Rawat reviewed the security situation in Kashmir valley. General Rawat was received by Lt Gen D Anbu, Northern Army Commander, and Lt Gen J S Sandhu, Chinar Corps Commander, a defence spokesman said. {image-rawat-28-1498670935.jpg [...]
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Sushma Swaraj asks Indian mission to grant medical visa to Pak boy
New Delhi, Oct 18: Continuing her humanitarian gesture, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj directed the Indian High Commission in Islamabad to issue visa to a Pakistani child for medical treatment in India. The child's father, Kashif Chacha, had requested [...]
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A toast to two bottles of whiskey that cost Rs 1.4 crore
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'Norman said the president wants a pyramid': how starchitects built Astana
Architects have a thing for strong men, and the big global practices – from Norman Foster to Zaha Hadid – have piled in in a bid to help Kazakhstan’s dictator, Nursultan Nazarbayev, build himself a trophy cityМақаланы қазақ тілде оқу үшін мұнда басыңыз | Read in KazakhIf you could see through the forest of selfie-sticks, the view from the top of the central pavilion of the Astana Expo was a prospect like no other. It was strange enough to be standing on a glass footbridge at the summit of the tallest spherical building in the world – nicknamed the Death Star – with glass bubble elevators zooming up a central neon-lit atrium behind you and a precipitous void plunging beneath your feet. All that was missing was Luke Skywalker dangling from the bridge.But then you looked out to the horizon to see an assorted collection of pyramids, golden cones and bulging mirrored towers, lined up like a row of awards in a particularly gaudy trophy cabinet, stopping abruptly to give way to the rolling grasslands of the Eurasian steppe. Expo sites are always surreal affairs, as souped-up fairgrounds of nationalist hubris, where novelty pavilions compete for attention with multicultural buffets, marching bands and cavorting mascots. But the weirdness on show here wasn’t the Expo. The chief novelty was the city of Astana itself.Newspapers are shut down, critics locked up and protesters tortured, but cor just look at that parametric blobGuardian Cities is exploring in depth the oft-ignored – and exceedingly difficult to report from – cities of the five Central Asian “Stans”: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, a quarter of a century after they became independent from the former Soviet Union.Nazarbayev has spent the last 20 years building a city-sized monument to himself in the middle of nowhereI don’t understand how it is possible to build a city from scratch and make it so unfriendly to peopleOur client has always been the Turkish contractor Related: The iron, the melon and the jug: the weirdest Stans buildings – in pictures Continue reading... [...]
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'I lived in fear': the Nepalese official who was sold as a slave at 10 years old | Kate Hodal
Sita Chhaudry spent her childhood as a domestic worker, starved and beaten. Now despite her lack of education, she has been elected to a local government post, determined to fight poverty and human rights abusesSita Chhaudry became a slave for the first time just after her 10th birthday. Almost every year over the next decade, her parents would sell her again and again to wealthy landowner families, for the small annual fee of $50 (£38), to clean floors, cook meals and look after children.As a “kamlari” – domestic bonded labourer – Chhaudry was beaten, starved and forced to work 12-hour days for families across the country, many of whom had travelled long distances to “recruit” a young servant as cheaply as her poor, lower-caste parents would sell her. Related: ‘They use ​money to promote Christianity’: Nepal's battle for souls Related: 'Will I ever get justice?': Nepal accused of failing trafficking survivors Continue reading... [...]
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Weather forecast today: Hyderabad to remain dry
Bengaluru would brace for light rains while Hyderabad would remain dry. Here is the weather forecast for Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad and Mumbai for October 19. Bengaluru:After occurring for almost the entire month of October, rains finally took a [...]
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Rohingya crisis: Amnesty accuses Myanmar of crimes against humanity
Evidence, including testimony from 120 Rohingya, reveals ‘systematic, organised and ruthless campaign’Amnesty International has accused Myanmar’s security forces of committing crimes against humanity as hundreds of thousands of Rohingya women, men, and children have fled the country.In a report released on Wednesday Amnesty cited testimony from more 120 Rohingya men and women who have fled to Bangladesh in recent weeks, part of a half-a-million-strong exodus of people escaping a bloody army campaign.The Rohingya are Muslims who live in majority-Buddhist Myanmar. They are often described as "the world's most persecuted minority". I had this fire on my entire body, on my clothes. I was rolling, rolling toward the rice field. Related: Documenting the Rohingya refugee crisis – in pictures Continue reading... [...]
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Every shade of beige: Soviet-era sanatoriums – in pictures
With decades-old wallpaper, mosaics glorifying workers and treatments such as ‘electrical hot chairs’, the sanatoriums of Central Asia are a door to another timeHolidays in Soviet Sanatoriums, edited by Maryam Omidi, is published by Fuel Continue reading... [...]
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4 civilians injured in ceasefire violation by Pakistan in Poonch
Four civilians were injured in ceasefire violation by Pakistan in Balakote sector of Poonch on Wednesday. Houses near Line of Control were damaged due to repeated ceasefire violations targetting civilians in Poonch. Residents say 'Pakistan needs to stop targeting [...]
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