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Could your Christmas gift of jewellery be funding genocide? | Hannah Lownsbrough
Luxury brands such as Bulgari must stop buying gems from Myanmar, where the military is committing horrifying acts of violence against the RohingyaAs Christmas approaches, luxury jewellery brands will be preparing themselves for the annual windfall of cash that it brings. But shoppers this year will want to consider their role in propping up the genocide of Rohingya people, and join the tens of thousands of people calling on high-end jewellery retailers to end their relationships with the Burmese military.In early December, 75,000 people signed an online petition calling on Cartier to do just that. Cartier’s response was swift and within days announced it had “decided to stop purchasing gemstones from Myanmar, which will become fully effective as of December 8”. Now other similar companies must follow suit.Almost all of the world’s superior quality jade originates in Myanmar, and 95% of the world’s rubies Related: In the name of humanity, don’t look away from the plight of the Rohingya people | Ian Woolverton Continue reading... [...]
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From trunk roads to new ports: A look at the Modi government's key infrastructure projects
From trunk roads to new ports: A look at the Modi government's key infrastructure projects [...]
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Delhi govt deploys Environment Marshalls to combat pollution
Environment Minister, Imran Hussain on December 27 announced that Delhi government has deployed Environment Marshalls in various parts of the capital to control illegal burning in open, dust emanating from various sources and improper management of dhalaos, contributing to air pollution. [...]
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Rain lashes Mumbai, local train services hit; Two people electrocuted
Pre-monsoon showers hit the Mumbai on Saturday evening disrupting flights and local train traffic in the metropolitan city. Rain and thundershower, along with gusty winds, lashed parts of Thane, Kalyan, Dombivli, Ambernath, Navi Mumbai, Vasai and Virar from Saturday evening onward, [...]
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Stab victim Khadija Siddiqi: ‘My case is a fight for all Pakistani women’
The woman whose attempted murder by an ex-boyfriend became a cause celebre hopes her legal battle will inspire other womenA student who was stabbed 23 times in daylight in one of Pakistan’s busiest streets has accused the country’s justice system of misogyny after her attacker, having been found guilty of attempted murder, was sensationally acquitted last week.Khadija Siddiqi was ambushed as she collected her six-year-old sister from school two years ago. She was repeatedly slashed across the throat and abdomen by fellow student Shah Hussain in an attack she said was motivated by revenge after she had spurned his advances. She escaped with her life only after her driver managed to drag Hussain off her. Her attacker was sentenced to seven years in prison – the minimum for attempted murder. But in an extraordinary turn, last week he was acquitted by the high court following claims by his lawyers that it had been Siddiqi who had pursued him, based on a letter she had written when she was 17, and that she had wanted the case to become “high profile”. Continue reading... [...]
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Brand Yoga
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Violence cannot solve any problem: PM Modi on Mann Ki Baat | Highlights
Violence cannot solve any problem: PM Modi on Mann Ki Baat | Highlights [...]
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Two British climbers rescued from Pakistan mountain
Austrian Christian Huber was killed when an avalanche crushed the trio’s tentPakistan’s air force has rescued two British climbers after an avalanche crushed their tent near the top of a mountain in northern Pakistan, killing the third member of the party.Bruce Normand and Timothy Miller raised the alarm on Saturday night after tumbling snow and ice trapped them 5,900 metres (19,400 ft) up Ultar Sar, a mid-size mountain in the Karakoram range that includes K2, the second-tallest mountain in the world, and spans the border of China, India and Pakistan. Continue reading... [...]
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Infocus Turbo 5
   Good battery backup is something I personally look for when buying a phone. I usually commute for long periods and want to keep myself entertained while I travel, a feeling that I think many... [...]
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KCR snubbed by Akhilesh, Mayawati
New Delhi, Dec 27: Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao is trying to galvanise the regional parties for a non-BJP non Congress front for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. He met West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday [...]
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Resign and face fresh election, AGP tells Sonowal
Guwahati, Jan 8: A day after pulling out of the BJP-led government in Assam over the Citizenship Amendment Bill, the AGP Tuesday demanded the resignation of Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and dared the saffron party to face fresh polls. [...]
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Mumbai dance bar case: SC fixes next hearing on August 8
Mumbai, July 24: The Supreme Court on Tuesday adjourned the matter and fixed its next hearing of the Mumbai dance bar case, where, the bar owners have challenged the stringent norms regulating bars on August 8. The Maharashtra government has justified [...]
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CBI conducts raid at official premises of Sports Authority of India
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Thursday conducted a raid at the official premises of Sports Authority of India (SAI). [...]
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Tripura recorded over 85 per cent voting during repolling at 6 booths
Agartala, Feb 26: On Monday, repolling was held at six booths in six Assembly constituencies in Tripura. Repolling saw more than 85 per cent voter turnout, according to IANS. According to ANI, repolling witnessed 37.07 per cent voter turnout till 11 am. [...]
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Madhya Pradesh: Eight swept away in flash flood in Shivpuri
Shivpuri (MP), Aug 15: At least eight merrymakers were swept away while bathing in Sultangarh Waterfall in Shivpuri district of Madhya Pradesh today, police said. Over 40 others are stranded as of tonight, they said. "Eight persons have been [...]
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Larger than life, Atal Vajpayee, the leader who took everyone along
New Delhi, Aug 17: The BJP rode on former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's larger than the party image and avuncular manners to win over new allies and back to back victories in Lok Sabha elections in 1998 and 1999 to [...]
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Afghanistan‘s Generation Z – a photo essay
Afghanistan’s Generation Z has grown up in a 17-year window overshadowed by war and a heavy international presence and now faces an uncertain future and the possibility of stark changeThe start of 2019 has brought for Afghanistan a tantalising hope of peace, as the Taliban sat down for talks first with Americans in Qatar and with senior members of the Afghan elite in Moscow. Donald Trump has told Americans his administration had accelerated talks for a political settlement in Afghanistan and would be able to reduce US troops there as negotiations advance to end America’s longest war.No one knows what form a new government may take or how much control the Taliban might have under any deal, but for young people who were babies when the Taliban were driven from power by a US-led campaign in 2001, the prospect of peace with the hardline Islamists brings a daunting mix of hope and fear.Peace means a lot to me so I can carry on with my artistry but without peace there is no hope for a better futureThere should be access to music for everyone and women’s rights must be protectedWe are thirsty for peace. We want peace so people can run their businesses and live comfortablyI want the Taliban to change their policy and not behave like beforeWe’ve witnessed a lot of conflicts, it’s enough, we don’t want to be witnesses for any more tragedy”Afghan females have had a lot of achievements in sports. I am optimistic that the Taliban will accept these achievementsWe want to see an end to the current conflict. We are hopeful for a lasting peace between the government and the TalibanI’m not very much optimistic about peace in this country. I don’t think the Taliban will make a deal with the governmentWe want peace for the sake of our country’s welfare. We don’t want any more suicide attacks and explosionsWe’re afraid that if the Taliban come then we will not be able to hold our shows. If American troops go, peace will comePeace requires everyone to lay down their arms and think about the education and prosperity in the countryWe will only welcome the Taliban if they accept democracy and its values in the country Continue reading... [...]
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A league of their own
A league of their own [...]
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La Liga: Returning Ousmane Dembele primed to inject urgency back into stumbling Barcelona
The French forward had put his disciplinary problems aside in the last two months, carving up opponents with his unpredictable dribbles and forming a profitable trident with Messi and Luis Suarez.  [...]
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Google launches new app for art lovers in India
Google’s Arts & Cultural app will be available for all android and iOS platform Search engine giant Google on Thursday launched a new “Arts & Culture” app [...]
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Govt "blocking" Judges' appointments: Cong
New Delhi, Jul 21: Congress leader Anand Sharma today alleged that the government was blocking the appointment of judges as it was "very angry" after the Supreme Court's decision in the National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC), a charge strongly refuted by [...]
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Why some people are more intelligent than others
Creative brains have higher IQ. (Wikimedia) The more variable a brain is and the more its different parts frequently connect with each other, the higher a person’s intelligenc [...]
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Aung San Suu Kyi won't be stripped of Nobel peace prize despite Rohingya crisis
Prize was awarded for past achievements, says panel after UN report on mass killings by Myanmar’s military Aung San Suu Kyi’s Nobel peace prize will not be withdrawn in the light of a United Nations report that said Myanmar’s military carried out mass killings of Muslim Rohingya. On Monday, UN investigators said Myanmar’s military carried out killings and gang rapes with “genocidal intent”, and the commander-in-chief and five generals should be prosecuted for the gravest crimes under international law. Related: Myanmar's military must be prosecuted for Rohingya 'ethnic cleansing', UN told Continue reading... [...]
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Maya Kodnani acquitted in Naroda Patiya riot case
The Gujarat High Court has acquitted Mayaben Kodnani in the Naroda Patiya riot case. The court held that there was no criminal conspiracy by her and the witnesses were not reliable. The court also acquitted Ganpat Chhara and Haresh [...]
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'Reconsideration of Justice Joseph’s elevation not revenge', says Ravi Shankar Prasad
Union Minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad has rejected the narrative that the government had turned down the elevation of Justice K M Joseph to the Supreme Court due to his judgment on president's rule in Uttarakhand. The government is well [...]
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Congress has 3 CM candidates in Madhya Pradesh, each pulling others down: Modi
New Delhi, Oct 17: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday sought to mock at the Congress challenge to the BJP's 15-year-rule in Madhya Pradesh, saying it has three chief ministerial candidates with each pulling others down and that it cannot think of [...]
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More outsiders making it to the list of Congress causing resentment in Madhya Pradesh
New Delhi, Oct 29: All the criterion made by Congress president Rahul Gandhi for the ticket distribution for Madhya Pradesh Assembly elections seems to have gone for the toss as information is coming in that a big number of tainted and [...]
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Jayalalithaa's videos from hospital released ahead of R K Nagar bypoll
A day before the R K Nagar bypoll, TTV Dinakaran has released a video showing Jayalalithaa in the hospital. In a strategically timed move, Dinakaran's team has released the footage to counter suspicion of Jayalalithaa being unconscious throughout her treatment at [...]
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