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On the scent: India mulls Calvin Klein to lure man-eating tigress

Posted by on 11/10/2018
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On the scent: India mulls Calvin Klein to lure man-eating tigress

On the scent: India mulls Calvin Klein to lure man-eating tigress

Deploying an unusual weapon to lure the big cat MUMBAI: Indian rangers hunting a man-eating tiger are considering deploying an unusual weapon to lure the big cat-Calvin Klein cologne, an official said yesterday. A major operation to kill or capture the tigress, which is suspected to have killed up to 13 people in India’s western […]

India gets its first transgender cab driver

Posted by on 11/10/2018
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India gets its first transgender cab driver

India gets its first transgender cab driver

A Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Human Resource (HR) and Marketing, Meghna Sahoo is India’s first transgender cab driver, hailing from Bhubaneswar. Speaking to ANI, 30-year-old Sahoo, who became the first transgender driver-partner of cab aggregator Ola, said she faced a lot of discrimination and rejection due of her gender identity and switched jobs […]

#NoTimeToSleep: In the shoes of a dead man walking in Pakistan

Posted by on 11/10/2018
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#NoTimeToSleep: In the shoes of a dead man walking in Pakistan

#NoTimeToSleep: In the shoes of a dead man walking in Pakistan

 ISLAMABAD: How does a condemned person feel in the 24 hours before execution? In Pakistan, one of the world’s top executioners, an unprecedented artistic performance lays bare what happens when a life is ended behind prison walls. The project, dubbed “No Time to Sleep”, saw actor Sarmad Khoosat embody “Prisoner Z”, locked in isolation […]

As groundwater levels plunge, Lahore begins turning off taps

Posted by on 10/10/2018
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As groundwater levels plunge, Lahore begins turning off taps

As groundwater levels plunge, Lahore begins turning off taps

LAHORE: Five mornings a week, Saima Azeem helps her children wash and prepare for school. But this week has been different: She has had to use her few bottles of drinking water to get them ready. “It’s been a difficult morning. I’ll have to schedule my chores according to the new water supply timing,” the […]

Bangladesh sentences 19 to death

Posted by on 10/10/2018
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Bangladesh sentences 19 to death

Bangladesh sentences 19 to death

DHAKA: A Bangladesh court yesterday sentenced 19 people to death over a 2004 grenade attack on the current prime minister, although a top opposition leader escaped with a life sentence. The attack in Dhaka on a rally by Sheikh Hasina, at the time in the opposition and now prime minister, left her injured and killed […]

No smile please: India airport cops to go grumpy

Posted by on 09/10/2018
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No smile please: India airport cops to go grumpy

No smile please: India airport cops to go grumpy

NEW DELHI: Armed police at Indian airports have been told to cut down on smiling, with officials blaming the 2001 US terror attacks partly on an excessive focus on friendliness, local media reported yesterday. The Central Industrial Security Force, in charge of aviation safety, will move from a “broad smile system” to a “sufficient smile […]

India on alert as zika virus hits tourism hotspot of Jaipur

Posted by on 09/10/2018
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India on alert as zika virus hits tourism hotspot of Jaipur

India on alert as zika virus hits tourism hotspot of Jaipur

NEW DELHI: India has sent experts to try to contain an outbreak of the zika virus in the popular tourist destination of Jaipur, capital of the northern state of Rajasthan, with a close watch on pregnant women. Twenty-two people in the city have tested positive, the health ministry said. There is no vaccine to the […]

Pakistan’s Mithi, an oasis of Muslim-Hindu tolerance

Posted by on 09/10/2018
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Pakistan’s Mithi, an oasis of Muslim-Hindu tolerance

Pakistan’s Mithi, an oasis of Muslim-Hindu tolerance

 Cows roam freely in the Pakistani city of Mithi, as in neighboring India. Considered sacred animals among Hindus, they embody the religious tolerance of this community in conservative Muslim Pakistan, where minorities face heavy discrimination. Here, “Muslims respect the beliefs of Hindus,” said Sham Das, a 72-year-old pensioner. “They do not kill cows, or […]

#MeToo gathers steam in India

Posted by on 08/10/2018
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#MeToo gathers steam in India

#MeToo gathers steam in India

MUMBAI: The year-old #MeToo movement has long failed to take root in India, but a Bollywood actress’ accusations of sexual harassment appear to be emboldening women to speak out at last. In recent days other Bollywood figures, a comedian, a bestselling author and top journalists have all found themselves accused of abusing their positions to […]

Pakistan court hears last appeal of a Christian facing blasphemy

Posted by on 08/10/2018
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Pakistan court hears last appeal of a Christian facing blasphemy

Pakistan court hears last appeal of a Christian facing blasphemy

Islamists warn of ‘terrible consequences’ ISLAMABAD: A hardline Pakistani Islamist group has warned of “terrible consequences” if a Christian woman sentenced to death for blasphemy is granted leniency in an appeal heard yesterday, a case that has drawn global headlines and indignation. Asia Bibi, a mother of four, in 2010 became the first woman to […]

34 Indian schoolgirls beaten for resisting boys’ ‘sexual advances’

Posted by on 08/10/2018
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34 Indian schoolgirls beaten for resisting boys’ ‘sexual advances’

34 Indian schoolgirls beaten for resisting boys’ ‘sexual advances’

NEW DELHI: Thirty-four Indian schoolgirls aged between 12 and 16 were taken to hospital after being beaten with sticks by a group of boys, along with the boys’ mothers and neighbors, who had harassed them earlier in the day, authorities said. The assault happened on Saturday outside a government-run boarding school in the eastern state […]

Bangladesh enacts digital law despite protests, criticism

Posted by on 08/10/2018
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Bangladesh enacts digital law despite protests, criticism

Bangladesh enacts digital law despite protests, criticism

DHAKA: Bangladesh’s president signed yesterday a digital security act into law yesterday despite protests by journalists and rights groups that it will severely curb media freedom. “The digital security bill has been signed by the president today,” President Abdul Hamid’s spokesman Joynal Abedin told AFP. Top editors and journalists had a last-minute meeting with government […]