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By Harini Calamur | Interesting news items from cinema, technology, gender issues, media, India, politics, and current affairs.

The Gulf states are turning to Asia in a big way. Here’s why it matters.

King Salman of Saudi Arabia recently wrapped up a four-week, five-country visit to Asia that highlighted the rapidly growing density and complexity of ties between the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and Asian states. Largely under the radar, these growing ties between the Gulf and Asia have the …

Pakistan

Word of caution from ex-Army officers: be militarily correct, need political healing touch

Written by Sushant Singh | New Delhi |<p>The video, which went viral on social media here, has led to an outrage with former Chief Minister Omar …

Survey Suggests Facebook Has a Bigger Problem Than Fake News

Facebook is missing out on a huge opportunity because nobody takes it seriously as a source for news.<p>The idea of fake news spreading across the …

Facebook

अलवर कांड: हिंदू संगठनों से जुड़े हैं मारपीट के आरोपी, सामने आई Exclusive तस्वीरें

राजस्थान के अलवर में गौरक्षा के नाम पर गाय व्यापारियों पर गौ-तस्करी का आरोप लगाकर मारपीट करने के आरोपियों की तस्वीर सामने आ गई है. इसके साथ ही मारपीट …

Chhattisgarh sterilisation tragedy: Two and a half years, deaths of 13 mothers later

Written by Dipankar Ghose |<p>Dipti Yadav, 26: Her husband Dhannalal with 2 of their 3 children. He says the rich alone don’t pine for love. “Dipti was …

Compassion

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South African politician investigated for tweet about benefits of colonialism

Helen Zille wrote colonialism had given the country ‘independent judiciary, transport infrastructure, piped water’<p>South Africa’s main opposition party said on Sunday that it has charged a provincial leader with misconduct after she tweeted that colonialism had brought benefits including clean water.<p>…

South Africa

Life term for killing cows, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani says want ‘vegetarian’ Gujarat

Qatar Airways launches smart workaround for electronics ban

Electronics ban be damned, Qatar Airways is going to get its hard-working business travelers typing away on laptops no matter what.<p>Less than a week after U.S. officials banned electronics larger than a smartphone on certain U.S.-bound flights from certain Middle East and Africa airports, the …

Airlines

Tamil Nadu’s Amma canteen concept catches on in other states

<b>New Delhi:</b> The late J. Jayalalithaa’s government in Tamil Nadu had launched Amma Unavagam (Mother’s canteen) with much fanfare in 2013.<p>Meant to …

Tamil Nadu

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Rise of Hindu ‘extremist’ spooks Muslim minority in India’s heartland

In Gorakhpur, the power base of a firebrand monk, religious tension grows with Uttar Pradesh’s 40 million Muslims<p>Pastor Ritesh Joshua had just called a tea break when he saw the men in the saffron scarves. More than a hundred, some wielding sticks, had massed outside his white stucco church on the …

South Asia

Angelina Jolie on the rise of Nationalism – A POV

Angelina Jolie, <b>UNHCR’s</b> Special Envoy , gave an impassioned speech on the duty of nations and rights of <b>refugees</b>, at the Annual <b>Sergio Vieira de Mello</b> …

Refugees

SIT officer breaks silence: Ishrat killing was premeditated murder

Written by Deeptiman Tiwary | New Delhi |<p>IPS officer Satish Verma<p>Breaking his silence on the Ishrat Jahan case, Satish Verma, the IPS officer who …

Mystery deepens over Chinese forces in Afghanistan

Beijing confirms “joint counter-terrorism operations” with Kabul

China

The White Helmets cinematographer Khaled Khatib had a visa to attend the Oscars. He never made it.

Khatib is a member of the Syria Civil Defense, which Assad’s government has accused of faking footage.<p><i>Th</i><i>is is a developing</i> <i>story.</i><p>The 40-minute documentary <i>T</i><i>he White Helmets</i> won the Oscar for Documentary Short on February 26, but two of the film’s subjects — one of whom also served as one of its three …

Syria

United Arab Emirates Wants to Build a City on Mars

The United Arab Emirates has Mars in its sights, not only moving forward on a Mars orbiter but also establishing the first human settlement on the …

The $74 trillion global economy in one chart

The latest GDP numbers from the World Bank were released earlier this month, and today’s visualization from HowMuch.net breaks them down to show the relative share of the global economy for each country.<p>The full circle, known as a Voronoi Diagram, represents the entirety of the $74 trillion global …

Hostel diaries: How sexist rules are stifling life for girls in BHU campus

“This is like life in Kashmir; isolated, alienated, and cut off from the mainstream,” says Anvesha Mishra, a second-year student of Arts at the …

Gender

There's a new push to make Obama president again. This time, of France.

In just a couple of months, French voters will go to the polls to elect their next president. It's already turning into a divisive campaign, with the one-time conservative front-runner François Fillon deeply wounded by a corruption scandal and facing stiff competition from both the far right Marine …

Demonetisation: IMF official says note ban sucked in cash like a vacuum cleaner

Demonetisation led to huge cash shortages that have “adversely affected” consumption and the move sucked in cash like a “vacuum cleaner” and then was …

Kansas Shooting Victim's Dad Warns Parents Not to Send Kids to America

The father of one of the Indian men who were shot at a Kansas bar in what may have been a racially-motivated attack Wednesday night pleaded to …

South Asia

This Pakistan Spy Ring Looks For The Right Hindu Recruits

<b>New Delhi</b>: On November 12 last year, Jammu and Kashmir police nabbed two people — Dadu and Satvinder Singh — in RS Pura for spying on military …

Bavaria approves ban on full-face veil

The government of Bavaria has agreed to a new law which will ban certain Muslim religious clothing from public spaces. The decision came as German conservatives try to win back voters from the anti-immigration AfD party.<p>Germany's southeastern state of Bavaria announced late on Tuesday that it had …

Immigration

Uddhav 2.0: This is a resurgent Sena but will the gamble pay off?

Written by Kavitha Iyer |<p>The outrage over the real or imagined attempted decimation of the Sena has resulted in a resurgence, that may see the party …

One Reason Staffers Quit Google's Car Project? The Company Paid Them So Much

For the past year, Google's car project has been a talent sieve, thanks to leadership changes, strategy doubts, new startup dreams and rivals luring …

Burn an American Flag? Some Iranians Are Saying No

TEHRAN — Burning American flags and homemade effigies of American presidents is a cherished tradition among Iranian hard-liners, but as the country prepares for the anniversary on Friday of the 1979 revolution that established the Islamic republic, others want to thank Americans instead.<p>President …

Islamic State’s ‘kill list’ includes 150 computer experts from Maharashtra who tracked the group

The NIA recovered the names of ethical hackers and software managers from a suspected ISIS recruit’s laptop.<p>The National Investigation Agency is …

Gruesome New Details on The Ethnic Cleansing in Myanmar No One Is Talking About

It’s a U.N. report U.N. officials themselves call revolting and unbearable. Myanmar’s security forces killed, gang-raped, and tortured hundreds of …

South-east Asia