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Two killed in Indian bull-wrestling festival

Posted by on 22/01/2017
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Two killed in Indian bull-wrestling festival

Two killed in Indian bull-wrestling festival

NEW DELHI: Two people were gored to death yesterday in a bull-wrestling festival in southern India, a report said, a day after a ban on the controversial sport was overturned. Several towns and villages in the southern state of Tamil Nadu celebrated the popular Jallikattu festival on Sunday after week-long protests prompted authorities to approve […]

India rail disaster kills 36 – ‘Fears toll may rise’

Posted by on 22/01/2017
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India rail disaster kills 36 – ‘Fears toll may rise’

India rail disaster kills 36 – ‘Fears toll may rise’

NEW DELHI: Rescuers struggled yesterday to pull survivors from the wreckage of a train crash which killed 36 passengers in southern India, the latest in a series of disasters on the country’s creaking rail network. Officials were investigating whether Maoist rebels had tampered with the track, after eight coaches and the engine of the Jagdalpur-Bhubaneswar […]

Bangladesh Cricket player Arafat Sunny arrested over photos of girlfriend

Posted by on 22/01/2017
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Bangladesh Cricket player Arafat Sunny arrested over photos of girlfriend

Bangladesh Cricket player Arafat Sunny arrested over photos of girlfriend

DHAKA: Bangladesh police yesterday arrested national cricketer Arafat Sunny for allegedly breaching strict internet laws after his girlfriend accused him of uploading sensitive photos on social media. Police raided the home of the 30-year-old slow left-arm bowler in the Dhaka suburb of Aminbazar after his longtime girlfriend filed a complaint two weeks ago, said local […]

PM Modi overturns bull-wrestling ban

Posted by on 21/01/2017
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PM Modi overturns bull-wrestling ban

PM Modi overturns bull-wrestling ban

CHENNAI: An Indian state lifted a Supreme Court ban on a popular bull-wrestling festival yesterday after Prime Minister Narendra Modi ordered the event should be allowed to go ahead. Modi overturned the ban on the festival after massive protests in southern India by demonstrators who called the court’s ruling an attack on their culture. India’s […]

Pakistan market bomb In Shiite area kills 20

Posted by on 21/01/2017
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Pakistan market bomb In Shiite area kills 20

Pakistan market bomb In Shiite area kills 20

 Blast was caused by an IED hidden in a vegetable box PESHAWAR: A bomb exploded at a market on Saturday in a mainly Shiite area of Pakistan’s northwestern tribal belt, killing at least 20 people and wounding 40 others, officials said. The bomb detonated in a crowded vegetable market in Parachinar city, the capital of […]

Gay prince on front line: India’s war against aids

Posted by on 21/01/2017
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Gay prince on front line: India’s war against aids

Gay prince on front line: India’s war against aids

‘Hypocrisy in our society refusing to accept truth’ NEW DELHI: From setting up his own charity to hanging condoms on trees, Manvendra Singh Gohil has dedicated himself to fighting the scourge of AIDS since coming out 10 years ago as India’s first openly gay royal. A member of a royal warrior clan and heir apparent […]

India’s Modi refuses to step in over bull-wrestling ban

Posted by on 19/01/2017
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India’s Modi refuses to step in over bull-wrestling ban

India’s Modi refuses to step in over bull-wrestling ban

‘No bulls are killed in the festival’ CHENNAI, India: Prime Minister Narendra Modi refused yesterday to overturn a Supreme Court ban on a festival featuring young men wrestling with bulls that has brought thousands onto the streets of southern India in protest. Residents of the southern state of Tamil Nadu say the Jallikattu festival is […]

Pakistan will not free doctor who helped US find bin Laden

Posted by on 18/01/2017
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Pakistan will not free doctor who helped US find bin Laden

Pakistan will not free doctor who helped US find bin Laden

ISLAMABAD: A jailed Pakistani doctor believed to have helped the CIA hunt down al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden will be neither released nor handed to the United States, Pakistan’s law minister has told legislators, media reported yesterday. Dr. Shakil Afridi, hailed as a hero by US officials, was arrested after US forces killed bin […]

Pakistan forces kill new leader of banned sectarian militant group

Posted by on 18/01/2017
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Pakistan forces kill new leader of banned  sectarian militant group

Pakistan forces kill new leader of banned sectarian militant group

LAHORE: Pakistani counter-terrorism forces killed the new leader of the banned sectarian Lashkar-e-Jhangvi militant group, along with three more militants, in an operation in the eastern province of Punjab, authorities said yesterday. The killings come 18 months after police gunned down longtime Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) leader Malik Ishaq in a separate encounter. Among the four militants […]

Sri Lanka scuttles move to legitimize homosexuality

Posted by on 18/01/2017
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Sri Lanka scuttles move to legitimize homosexuality

Sri Lanka scuttles move to legitimize homosexuality

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s cabinet has rejected a proposal to end discrimination based on sexual orientation because it could legitimize homosexuality, which is illegal on the island, a government minister said yesterday. Sri Lanka’s 1883 penal code, a legacy of its British colonial rulers, makes sex between men punishable by 12 years in jail, although the […]

Protests in southern Indian state over bull taming ban

Posted by on 18/01/2017
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Protests in southern Indian state over bull taming ban

Protests in southern Indian state over bull taming ban

‘In support of preserving the culture’    CHENNAI, India: A ban on a bull-taming festival, which has been blighted by allegations that the beasts are doped with liquor and then taunted with chili powder, triggered street protests in southern India yesterday. Demonstrators, mostly students, thronged the busy Marina Beach area in the city of Chennai […]

Pakistani mother sentenced for honor killing

Posted by on 17/01/2017
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Pakistani mother sentenced for honor killing

Pakistani mother sentenced for honor killing

LAHORE: A mother who murdered her own daughter and set her alight for marrying the man of her choice has been sentenced to death, officials said yesterday, in a case that had revolted many in Pakistan. Zeenat Bibi, aged 16, was doused with kerosene and set alight in June last year in Pakistan’s teeming cultural […]

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