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Sri Lanka bans anti-garbage protests after dump disaster

Posted by on 21/04/2017
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Sri Lanka bans anti-garbage protests after dump disaster

Sri Lanka bans anti-garbage protests after dump disaster

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka has outlawed protests over Colombo’s garbage crisis following rallies over the city’s waste disposal after a landslide at a giant rubbish tip killed 32 people and destroyed 145 homes. President Maithripala Sirisena announced that anyone preventing city authorities from disposing of garbage could be prosecuted and face an indefinite period in jail, […]

Pakistan’s top court orders PM be investigated for corruption

Posted by on 20/04/2017
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Pakistan’s top court orders PM be investigated for corruption

Pakistan’s top court orders PM be investigated for corruption

‘No sufficient evidence to oust Nawaz Sharif’ ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was given a reprieve yesterday when the Supreme Court ordered he be investigated for corruption, but ruled there was not yet sufficient evidence to oust him from power. Sharif and his children are accused of graft in the ongoing case which has […]

Pakistan set for Supreme Court decision that could remove PM

Posted by on 19/04/2017
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Pakistan set for Supreme Court decision that could remove PM

Pakistan set for Supreme Court decision that could remove PM

ISLAMABAD/KARACHI: A looming Supreme Court decision that could disqualify Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif over corruption allegations had the country on edge yesterday, as a drawn-out investigation related to the “Panama Papers” leaks neared a conclusion. Disqualifying Sharif would leave his party in power, but it would cause intense turmoil at a time when Pakistan is […]

Delhi bans red car beacons to end privileged elitist culture

Posted by on 19/04/2017
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Delhi bans red car beacons to end privileged elitist culture

Delhi bans red car beacons to end privileged elitist culture

NEW DELHI: India said yesterday it will ban ministers and senior officials from using red beacons on their cars to cut through traffic, a longstanding privilege that has caused resentment and accusations of elitism. From May 1 only emergency services will be allowed to use the flashing beacons to move swiftly through India’s notoriously congested […]

Indian politicians to finally face trial over mosque demolition

Posted by on 19/04/2017
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Indian politicians to finally face trial over mosque demolition

Indian politicians to finally face trial over mosque demolition

Three are accused of inciting Hindu zealots NEW DELHI: Three senior members of India’s ruling Hindu nationalist party including a cabinet minister should face trial over the demolition of a mosque a quarter of a century ago, the Supreme Court ruled yesterday. The three are accused of inciting Hindu zealots to pull down the 16th […]

Sri Lanka battles labor shortage amid massive construction boom

Posted by on 19/04/2017
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Sri Lanka battles labor shortage amid massive construction boom

Sri Lanka battles labor shortage amid massive construction boom

Contractors at home desperate for workers COLOMBO: Cheap Sri Lankan labor has built skyscrapers and condos across the Gulf for decades but now contractors at home are desperate for workers as the island nation experiences an unprecedented construction boom. The labor shortage has seen builders offer lavish incentives ranging from cash to vehicles to keep […]

Teacher describes facing mob that lynched Pakistan student

Posted by on 18/04/2017
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Teacher describes facing mob that lynched Pakistan student

Teacher describes facing mob that lynched Pakistan student

PESHAWAR: A teacher has described the moment he was turned on by a Pakistani mob as it lynched a liberal student in a deadly attack which has triggered shock, outrage and fear across the country.  Hundreds of men attacked journalism student Mashal Khan last Thursday, stripping, beating and shooting him before throwing him from the […]

Hardline Hindu youth call the shots on streets of north India

Posted by on 18/04/2017
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Hardline Hindu youth call the shots on streets of north India

Hardline Hindu youth call the shots on streets of north India

Muslim men ‘singled out for courting’ Hindu women UNNAO: One recent afternoon, dozens of young Hindu men, swords drawn and saffron scarves draped around their necks, rode motorcycles through a Muslim neighborhood near the capital of India’s most populous state and chanted “Hail Lord Ram!” In the preceding weeks they and their peers had acted […]

Bangladesh trains teenage girls to fight cyber crime

Posted by on 18/04/2017
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Bangladesh trains teenage girls to fight cyber crime

Bangladesh trains teenage girls to fight cyber crime

DHAKA: Bangladesh yesterday began training thousands of teenage girls to fight cyber crime, citing an “alarming” rise in social media-related abuses mostly targeting adolescents. Police said online harassment had grown alarmingly with the rise in smart phone use in Bangladesh, and teenage girls were the main targets. More than 10,000 school-age girls will take part […]

US could take ‘tougher’ stance against Pakistan

Posted by on 17/04/2017
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US could take ‘tougher’ stance against Pakistan

US could take ‘tougher’ stance against Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: US National Security Advisor Lieutenant General HR McMaster arrived in Islamabad yesterday on an unannounced visit, a day after he hinted the US could take a tougher stance on Pakistan. It was the first visit by a top member of President Donald Trump’s administration to the militancy-hit South Asian country, and came after a […]

Hope fades for Sri Lanka missing, death toll at 23

Posted by on 16/04/2017
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Hope fades for Sri Lanka missing, death toll at 23

Hope fades for Sri Lanka missing, death toll at 23

COLOMBO: Hopes of finding anyone alive under a collapsed mountain of garbage in Sri Lanka’s capital faded yesterday as the death toll reached 23 with another six reported missing, police said. Hundreds of soldiers, backed by heavy earth moving equipment were digging through the rubbish and the wreckage of some 145 homes that were destroyed […]

Indian metro probes porn screened at busy station

Posted by on 16/04/2017
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Indian metro probes porn screened at busy station

Indian metro probes porn screened at busy station

NEW DELHI: Hardcore pornography that flashed onto a giant screen at one of Delhi’s busiest metro stations has prompted red-faced rail authorities to launch an investigation, an official said yesterday, after footage of the incident was shared widely online. Commuters were stopped in their tracks at the station in the Indian capital’s central business district […]

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