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Child deaths plague India’s tribal people

Posted by on 20/09/2018
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Child deaths plague India’s tribal people

Child deaths plague India’s tribal people

MUMBAI: India’s indigenous children are far more likely to die or suffer from malnutrition than those from other communities, according to the first government study on health among tribal groups. Among indigenous communities, 57 out of every 1,000 children die before age five, compared to 37 deaths in other social groups, according to the report […]

Giving birth in Afghanistan: Inside MSF’s ‘baby factory’

Posted by on 20/09/2018
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Giving birth in Afghanistan: Inside MSF’s ‘baby factory’

Giving birth in Afghanistan: Inside MSF’s ‘baby factory’

KHOST: The mother was admitted at 9:30 am, the birth recorded at 9:35. Women often arrive in extremis at the Doctors Without Borders maternity hospital in southeastern Afghanistan, one of the most active in the world, with more than 60 babies born daily. The early hours of the morning are the most feverish for the […]

Air pressure mix-up causes mass bleeding on Jet Airways flight

Posted by on 20/09/2018
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Air pressure mix-up causes mass bleeding on Jet Airways flight

Air pressure mix-up causes mass bleeding on Jet Airways flight

MUMBAI: A cockpit mix-up left more than 30 passengers on an Indian plane bleeding from their ears and noses yesterday after the crew reportedly forgot to flick a switch regulating cabin air pressure. The Jet Airways flight to Jaipur had to turn back due to loss in cabin pressure, the airline said, with travelers describing […]

India outlaws ‘triple talaq’

Posted by on 19/09/2018
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India outlaws ‘triple talaq’

India outlaws ‘triple talaq’

NEW DELHI: The Indian government yesterday issued an executive order making the Islamic practice of “instant divorce” a criminal offence punishable by up to three years in prison. The controversial move brings an outright ban on “triple talaq” – when a Muslim man ends his marriage by saying “talaq” (“you are divorced” in Arabic) three […]

Afghan Shiites brace for attacks

Posted by on 19/09/2018
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Afghan Shiites brace for attacks

Afghan Shiites brace for attacks

Ashura: why holy day brings fear for Shiites KABUL: A series of devastating suicide attacks on Afghanistan’s minority Shiite community has fuelled fears of more violence ahead of Ashura, one of the Muslim sect’s holiest days, and prompted calls for civilians to arm themselves. The religious holiday, which falls today, has become a major target […]

Pakistan PM vows to give citizenship to Afghans, Bengalis

Posted by on 17/09/2018
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Pakistan PM vows to give citizenship to Afghans, Bengalis

Pakistan PM vows to give citizenship to Afghans, Bengalis

KARACHI: Pakistan’s new premier Imran Khan has vowed to give citizenship to some Afghan refugees and Bengali immigrants, officials confirmed yesterday, granting rights to many who have lived in the country for decades. Pakistan, one of the world’s largest refugee-hosting nations, is home to roughly 2.5 million Afghan refugees, some of whom have lived in […]

Pakistan auctions cars in austerity drive; PM commutes by copter

Posted by on 17/09/2018
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Pakistan auctions cars in austerity drive; PM commutes by copter

Pakistan auctions cars in austerity drive; PM commutes by copter

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s new government yesterday began auctioning off about 100 government-owned vehicles as part of new Prime Minister Imran Khan’s highly publicized cost-cutting drive, which has drawn mixed reviews. Auction official Mohammad Asif said the vehicles could bring in about 2 billion rupees ($16 million) to the cash-strapped government’s coffers, although that estimate depends on […]

Forced to fight as soldiers, Afghan police demand reforms, good pay

Posted by on 17/09/2018
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Forced to fight as soldiers, Afghan police demand reforms, good pay

Forced to fight as soldiers, Afghan police demand reforms, good pay

Police role increases in counter-insurgency operations GHAZNI: Afghanistan’s poorly armed and underpaid police are usually on the frontlines against Taleban militants and they lost 90 men defending the strategic city of Ghazni last month, underlining chronic weaknesses that are likely to face further tests. The four days of intense fighting in Ghazni have highlighted problems, […]

Pay more for your clothes, Bangladesh workers cry out

Posted by on 17/09/2018
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Pay more for your clothes, Bangladesh workers cry out

Pay more for your clothes, Bangladesh workers cry out

CHENNAI: Garment workers in Bangladesh have rejected an increase in the minimum wage, saying it is still not enough to live on and urging global brands to pay more for the clothes they buy, unions said yesterday. Bangladesh raised the minimum wage by more than 50 percent last week to 8,000 taka ($95.5) a month […]

Indian man fills potholes out of love for dead son

Posted by on 15/09/2018
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Indian man fills potholes out of love for dead son

Indian man fills potholes out of love for dead son

Dadarao Bilhore smoothes the road surface, rests his shovel, looks to the sky and prays for his son, one of thousands of Indians killed every year in accidents caused by potholes. Prakash Bilhore, a promising student, was just 16 when he died in July 2015 in Mumbai, India’s hectic financial and Bollywood capital of 20 […]

Nuns ‘demand justice’ for sister assaulted by bishop

Posted by on 13/09/2018
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Nuns ‘demand justice’ for sister assaulted by bishop

Nuns ‘demand justice’ for sister assaulted by bishop

Group of Indian Catholic nuns stage a rare street protest NEW DELHI: A group of Indian Catholic nuns are staging a rare street protest in the southern state of Kerala demanding justice after an alleged sexual assault of a nun by a bishop. Police have called the bishop named in the complaint for a second […]

India bishop to be questioned – Accused of raping a nun

Posted by on 12/09/2018
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India bishop to be questioned – Accused of raping a nun

India bishop to be questioned – Accused of raping a nun

NEW DELHI: Indian police yesterday summoned for questioning a bishop accused by a nun of raping her multiple times, following days of protests by other nuns and supporters. Bishop Franco Mullackal, who has rejected the accusations, has been called for questioning in the southern state of Kerala on September 19, the Press Trust of India […]

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