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India splutters in anger after toilet water used for train tea

Posted by on 03/05/2018
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India splutters in anger after toilet water used for train tea

India splutters in anger after toilet water used for train tea

KOLKATA: An Indian tea vendor caught on video taking water from a train toilet before selling his drinks to passengers has been fined amid heightened concern in India over food safety. The vendor on the Chennai-Hyderabad Express was caught after footage of him and two others coming out of a toilet with large cans used […]

Slain Afghan journalists remembered on World Press Freedom Day

Posted by on 03/05/2018
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Slain Afghan journalists remembered on World Press Freedom Day

Slain Afghan journalists remembered on World Press Freedom Day

Deadly assaults shake Afghanistan’s journalist community KABUL: Afghanistan’s slain journalists were remembered on World Press Freedom Day yesterday, days after the deadliest attack on the country’s media since the fall of the Taliban in 2001.Ten journalists, including Agence France-Presse chief photographer Shah Marai, were killed in assaults on Monday, underscoring the dangers faced by the […]

Myanmar to screen displaced villagers in war-torn Kachin

Posted by on 03/05/2018
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Myanmar to screen displaced villagers in war-torn Kachin

Myanmar to screen displaced villagers in war-torn Kachin

Myanmar to ensure ethnic insurgents do not receive aid YANGON: Myanmar will “scrutinize” the identity of displaced people in war-torn Kachin State to ensure ethnic insurgents do not receive humanitarian aid after weeks of fighting, a government spokesman said yesterday. One of Myanmar’s strongest rebel groups, the Kachin Independence Army (KIA), has regularly clashed with […]

Chhota Rajan sentenced to life in prison

Posted by on 02/05/2018
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Chhota Rajan sentenced to life in prison

Chhota Rajan sentenced to life in prison

MUMBAI: An Indian court yesterday sentenced notorious gangster Chhota Rajan and eight others to life in prison for murdering a journalist in a drive-by shooting in Mumbai seven years ago. Jyotirmoy Dey, a crime reporter who specialized on gangland activities for the Mid-Day tabloid, was shot dead in broad daylight on June 11, 2011. Prosecutors […]

Angry Indian villagers kill 13 stray dogs

Posted by on 02/05/2018
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Angry Indian villagers kill 13 stray dogs

Angry Indian villagers kill 13 stray dogs

Indian villagers take revenge; 3 kids killed by dogs NEW DELHI: Angry Indian villagers killed 13 stray dogs after three children were mauled to death by the animals on the same day, officials said yesterday. Villagers in Khairabad in Uttar Pradesh state took the law into their own hands after being gripped by panic over […]

Child brides sold into sex slavery, domestic work

Posted by on 01/05/2018
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Child brides sold into sex slavery, domestic work

Child brides sold into sex slavery, domestic work

India court orders special trials for child rape cases   MUMBAI: Girls are being trafficked into domestic servitude or sex slavery after their parents illegally marry them off, said officials in the Indian state of Maharashtra yesterday. Researchers are conducting the state’s first survey into links between child marriage and slavery, according to Vijaya Rahatkar, […]

Indian groom killed at wedding party by celebratory gunfire

Posted by on 01/05/2018
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Indian groom killed at wedding party by celebratory gunfire

Indian groom killed at wedding party by celebratory gunfire

NEW DELHI: Indian police yesterday arrested a man accused of killing a bridegroom when he marked his friend’s wedding with gunfire, the latest in a grim series of marriage celebrations gone wrong. A video of Sunil Verma, 25, being hit in the chest late Sunday as he performed Hindu wedding rituals has gone viral on […]

Blasts in Afghan capital kill at least 26

Posted by on 30/04/2018
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Blasts in Afghan capital kill at least 26

Blasts in Afghan capital kill at least 26

Nine journalists die; 11 children killed – IS militant group claims responsibility KABUL: Twin blasts in the Afghan capital Kabul killed at least 26 people yesterday, including nine journalists who had arrived to report on the first explosion and were apparently targeted by a suicide bomber, officials said. The attacks, a week after 60 people […]

Thrifty at 50: Pakistan keeps ageing Mirages flying

Posted by on 29/04/2018
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Thrifty at 50: Pakistan keeps ageing Mirages flying

Thrifty at 50: Pakistan keeps ageing Mirages flying

KAMRA: The sprawling complex at Kamra, west of Islamabad, reverberates at the thundering take-off of a Mirage Rose-1, the latest ageing fighter jet to have been gutted and reassembled by the Pakistani Air Force. Fifty years after Pakistan bought its first Mirages, many planes in the venerable fleet are still being patched up, overhauled and […]

Indian journalists ‘intimidated, ostracized’ for criticizing Modi

Posted by on 26/04/2018
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Indian journalists ‘intimidated, ostracized’ for criticizing Modi

Indian journalists ‘intimidated, ostracized’ for criticizing Modi

India ranked 138th out of 180 in press freedom index   NEW DELHI: India has constitutional guarantees of freedom of speech and by some measures the biggest and most diverse media industry in the world. But journalists here say they are increasingly facing intimidation aimed at stopping them from running stories critical of Prime Minister […]

13 children killed as train hits school van

Posted by on 26/04/2018
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13 children killed as train hits school van

13 children killed as train hits school van

2nd major accident involving Indian school children in weeks MUMBAI: Thirteen children in India were killed yesterday when a train hit their school van at an unmanned crossing, the second major accident involving school children in a little over two weeks. Police were investigating the cause of the accident in Uttar Pradesh state but authorities […]

Popular Indian guru jailed for life for teen rape

Posted by on 25/04/2018
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Popular Indian guru jailed for life for teen rape

Popular Indian guru jailed for life for teen rape

JODHPUR, India: An Indian guru with millions of followers was sentenced to life in prison yesterday for raping a teenage devotee on the pretext of ridding her of evil spirits, his lawyer said. Asaram Bapu, one of India’s most charismatic and controversial “godmen”, was given the maximum sentence at a closed jailhouse hearing in Rajasthan […]