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India approves death penalty for child rapists

Posted by on 21/04/2018
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India approves death penalty for child rapists

India approves death penalty for child rapists

NEW DELHI: India’s government yesterday approved the death penalty for child rapists, after the gang rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl and a series of other horrific sexual assaults caused nationwide outrage. Prime Minister Narendra Modi called a cabinet meeting to pass the measure yesterday on his return from the Commonwealth summit, a government […]

Authorities to seize properties of India super-rich fugitives

Posted by on 21/04/2018
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Authorities to seize properties of India super-rich fugitives

Authorities to seize properties of India super-rich fugitives

NEW DELHI: Indian authorities will be empowered to seize properties of super-rich fugitives whose economic offences or crimes involve sums over 1 billion rupees ($15 million), according to a government document seen by Reuters yesterday. The move comes as the country reels from a series of banking scandals, including a $2 billion fraud at state-run […]

Muslim nomads see rape as new sign of hostility in India

Posted by on 19/04/2018
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Muslim nomads see rape as new sign of hostility in India

Muslim nomads see rape as new sign of hostility in India

Bakarwals speed up their annual migration UDHAMPUR, India: The Muslim nomads who lead their goats, cows and horses up and down the Kashmir hills have never felt at ease in modern India and the gruesome rape and murder of a girl from the impoverished community has heightened their fears. Many of the Bakarwals speeded up […]

Indian workers unite to stop bonded labor

Posted by on 19/04/2018
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Indian workers unite to stop bonded labor

Indian workers unite to stop bonded labor

THIRUTHANI, India: Indians rescued from slavery are coming together to free others from bonded labor in brick kilns, rice mills and factories throughout the southern state of Tamil Nadu. About 500,000 laborers in 11 industries in Tamil Nadu are trapped in debt bondage, in which people must work to repay debts to employers and moneylenders, […]

Myanmar army chief urges soldiers to obey law

Posted by on 19/04/2018
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Myanmar army chief urges soldiers to obey law

Myanmar army chief urges soldiers to obey law

Seven soldiers imprisoned for massacre of Rohingya men YANGON: Myanmar army chief Min Aung Hlaing has told military personnel in the country that they must obey the law, citing as an example the sentencing of seven soldiers for a massacre of Rohingya Muslim men that was the subject of a Reuters investigation. In a speech […]

Former child circus slaves tackle trafficking in post-quake Nepal

Posted by on 19/04/2018
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Former child circus slaves tackle trafficking in post-quake Nepal

Former child circus slaves tackle trafficking in post-quake Nepal

Nepal’s first contemporary circus is not just remarkable for its gravity-defying acts, but for its artists – the contortionists, aerialists and jugglers are former child slaves. Having been rescued from Indian circuses, they are now using their skills to educate communities across Nepal on the dangers of trafficking – a crime that has increased since […]

Muslims flee village at the centre of rape crisis

Posted by on 18/04/2018
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Muslims flee village at the centre of rape crisis

Muslims flee village at the centre of rape crisis

Indian PM confronted by angry protests in London   RASANA: There are no Muslims left in the village of Rasana, which has become a symbol of India’s rape crisis after the brutal murder of an eight-year-old Muslim girl blamed on Hindu men. Police say the girl was raped and killed as part of an attempt […]

21 dead; truck en route to wedding crashes in India

Posted by on 18/04/2018
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21 dead; truck en route to wedding crashes in India

21 dead; truck en route to wedding crashes in India

NEW DELHI: At least 21 revelers were killed en route to a wedding when their truck flew off a bridge, police said yesterday, the latest horrific crash on India’s accident-prone roads. The truck, carrying more than 40 passengers, smashed through a protective railing in central Madhya Pradesh state late Tuesday and plunged nearly 20 meters […]

Rape-killings spark outrage in India, Pakistan

Posted by on 17/04/2018
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Rape-killings spark outrage in India, Pakistan

Rape-killings spark outrage in India, Pakistan

NEW DELHI/KARACHI: The body of a seven-year-old girl who had been raped and strangled was found in India yesterday, compounding outrage over a series of horrific sexual attacks on women or girls. Separately, at least one man was killed and several injured in Pakistan’s biggest city Karachi yesterday when a riot broke out in protest […]

Murder of 8-year-old girl tied to land rights

Posted by on 17/04/2018
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Murder of 8-year-old girl tied to land rights

Murder of 8-year-old girl tied to land rights

BANGKOK: The brutal rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in India, that has triggered massive protests, highlights nomadic tribes’ vulnerability and lack of land rights, activists said. According to the police, the girl was kidnapped, gang raped and killed in the northern state of Jammu and Kashmir as part of a plot by Hindu […]

Myanmar to release over 8,000 prisoners in New Year amnesty

Posted by on 17/04/2018
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Myanmar to release over 8,000 prisoners in New Year amnesty

Myanmar to release over 8,000 prisoners in New Year amnesty

Amnesty includes over 6,000 prisoners with drug-related charges   YANGON: Myanmar began releasing more than 8,000 prisoners yesterday on humanitarian grounds under a presidential pardon, with most of those being released convicted of drug offences but with 36 people classified as political prisoners among them. The pardon, signed by newly elected President Win Myint, coincides […]

Bomb explodes in Nepal

Posted by on 17/04/2018
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Bomb explodes in Nepal

Bomb explodes in Nepal

KATHMANDU: A bomb that exploded outside an Indian diplomatic post in southern Nepal caused damage and drew attention for being a rare attack on a foreign mission, officials said. The homemade device went off late Monday at Biratnagar, 200 kilometers southeast of Kathmandu and close to the Indian border. “There were no injuries in the […]

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