The world’s six richest countries host just 9% of its refugees: Oxfam report

The world's six richest countries host just 9% of its refugees: Oxfam report
Image credit: Reuters The Centre on Monday said rare animals and their body parts are being illegally sold on the internet through 160 websites, including Quikr, Olx, Ebay, Amazon and YouTube. The government said the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau, along with state agencies, are monitoring such smuggling, reported PTI. "Several websites are seen advertising sale of rare animals and their parts," Minister of State for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Anil Madhav Dave informed the Rajya Sabha in a written response. He said the cyber crime specialists are regularly scanning the int...
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Kashmir documentary ‘Take It In Blood’ has a conversation with the past to speak to the present

Kashmir documentary ‘Take It In Blood’ has a conversation with the past to speak to the present
In his documentary Take It In Blood, Rana Ghose brings together two generations of the Kashmiri struggle. Roushan Illahi, the rapper known by the stage name MC Kash, meets Parveena Ahanger, who founded the Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons after her son disappeared in 1990. As the two converse, the usually outspoken Illahi is visibly awed and subdued. He meets other veterans of the pro-independence movement, such as another mother whose son vanished years ago, and a former militant. Illahi, who raps in English, is inspired to write a song for Ahanger. When she hears it, she ins...
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Pakistan social media celebrity Qandeel Baloch’s brother arrested for her murder

Pakistan social media celebrity Qandeel Baloch’s brother arrested for her murder
Pakistani police on Saturday arrested Qandeel Baloch’s brother Waseem Azeem for her murder. Azeem allegedly killed Baloch, a social media celebrity, on Friday in Multan. He was found by police around 100 km away from the city late on Saturday. Baloch’s father Mohammed Azeemfiled a case against his son, and also said that another one of his sons encouraged Waseem to carry out the killing, police told Al Jazeera. Both sons went missing after the 26-year-old’s murder, which was reportedly an honour killing. Punjab police spokesperson Nabila Ghazzanfar said that the initial post-mortem show...
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Greece fell in love with Nargis and Madhubala in the 1950s – and is still singing songs of love

Greece fell in love with Nargis and Madhubala in the 1950s – and is still singing songs of love
Porus, king of the Pauravas confronted the invading Sikandar – Alexander, King of the Macedonians – in battle in 327 BC along the banks of the Jhelum river. The meeting may be the most famous encounter of Greek and Indian cultures but probably not the earliest. References to the Greek language – Yavanani –appear in grammars, Sanskrit literature and even the Mahabharata, all centuries before Alexander met his match in Punjab. A vibrant Indo-Greek culture, centred largely around what is now Pakistan and Afghanistan, dominated the region for 200 years after the retreat of Alexander. ...
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Govind Pansare Had Some Lessons For the Left, If They Would Only Pay Attention

Govind Pansare Had Some Lessons For the Left, If They Would Only Pay Attention
Govind Pansare was not among the nationally well known faces of the Communist Party of India (CPI), even though it was his political home for over six decades. Tragically, it was Pansare’s assassination in February 2015 that catapulted the CPI leader to the centre of national discourse. Prior to his murder, not many beyond Maharashtra, where he was based all his life, knew about the richness of his innovative work, his scholarship, and his organic links with the people he spent most of his time with. Reading Pansare’s writings in the recently published book Words Matter: Writings agains...
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Why the History of News Explains Its Future

Why the History of News Explains Its Future
  Was May 2016 the month that faith in print newspapers finally died? On May 6, The New Day, a tabloid print-only newspaper launched by publisher Trinity Mirror in the UK, shut down. The paper was the first new national daily newspaper in the UK for 30 years. It closed after just nine weeks. The New Day seemed like a last-ditch attempt to sail a boat of print against the tidal wave of online news. This is just one episode in the dramatic upheaval taking place in the world of journalism that also has seen the shutting down of once established newspapers as well as the emerg...
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What Will Keep the Sea at Bay?

What Will Keep the Sea at Bay?
Badruddin Sarkar has been busy planting mangroves along the coast of Bali Island, on the edge of the Sundarbans delta in West Bengal. “Tides are getting higher. This is the only way to save my farm, my home and my island,” the retired school teacher says. The city fathers in Dordrecht, Netherlands, are wondering how to sensitise the residents about the impact of the rising sea. “Our studies show that our embankments may not be able to keep water out of many houses after 2050,” says an official of the municipal corporation. “We have given some information to the residents, but we don’t k...
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The Key to Solar Energy’s Success is to Make Knowledge About it Free

The Key to Solar Energy’s Success is to Make Knowledge About it Free
Of all sources of energy for domestic and industrial use, solar energy is one that is freely available to everyone. The standard commercial rules of command and control of energy usage, therefore, ought not to apply for its use, especially by consumers with limited financial resources. Solar energy research, in an ideal world, should thus follow the ‘copyleft’ route rather than the ‘copyright’, so that availability of this enormous natural resource remains equally unrestricted to every human being. In other words, rather than taking the predominantly profit-driven path of securing solar...
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India’s Vote on the UN’s LGBT Rights Resolution Dilutes Human Rights Principles

India’s Vote on the UN’s LGBT Rights Resolution Dilutes Human Rights Principles
On June 30, the UN Human Rights Council voted to establish the first Independent Expert on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI). The establishment of this historic mandate places the issue of sexual orientation and gender identity firmly within the remit of international human rights law. The independent expert’s annual reports will ensure that human rights violations based on sexual orientation and gender identity are focused on, analysed and responded to by the UN system. There were seventeen votes on the resolution seeking to establish an SOGI. India abstained on 11 of the 1...
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Commission Orders Rs 12 Crore Compensation to Haryana Victims of 1984 Anti-Sikh Violence

Commission Orders Rs 12 Crore Compensation to Haryana Victims of 1984 Anti-Sikh Violence
The one-man commission of retired Justice T.P. Garg, comprised to look into violence during the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, has recommended compensation of Rs 12.07 crore for the families of 36 victims from Gurgaon and Pataudi. The commission had been created in 2011 by the previous Haryana government to look into the deaths of 32 Sikhs from the village of Hori Chand in Rewari district, and then expanded to include victims from Gurgaon and Pataudi, the Hindustan Times reported. Official records state that at least 47 Sikhs were killed in Gurgaon and 17 others were killed in Pataudi. Justic...
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