I dream of India-Pakistan becoming good friends: Malala Yousafzai

NEW DELHI – The concluding day of the 14th Jaipur Literature Festival witnessed Nobel Prize recipient, author, and Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai talking about a range of subjects including education, human rights, and her hopes for India-Pakistan relationship. Malala engaged in almost an hour-long conversation with journalist Pragya Tiwari, around her new book “We are Displaced: My Journey and Stories from Refugee Girls Around the World”. The session kicked off with the 23-year-old giving audiences a glimpse of her inspirations, journey and roots. She spoke of what inspired her to come…

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Rights body moves Gauhati HC for legal aid to NRC excluded people

GAUHATI – A rights body on Monday has approached the Gauhati High Court seeking apposite legal aid for those left out in the Assam’s National Register of Citizens (NRC) list, released on August 31, 2019. The Mumbai based Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP) after conducting a survey of 10 District Legal Services Authority (DLSA) establishments in Assam filed a petition to the court saying that DLSAs were short-staffed with under-trained para legal volunteers and poor infrastructure. The Supreme Court monitored NRC published lists on August 31, 2019, excluding the 19.06…

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‘Hundred suspicion don’t make a proof’: Court drops charges of attempt to murder in Delhi riots case

NEW DELHI – “From a hundred rabbits you can’t make a horse, a hundred suspicions don’t make a proof,” said the Additional Sessions Judge of a district court in Delhi, quoting Russian Novelist Fyodor Dostoevsky, while dropping charges of attempt to murder against two accused in the Delhi riots case. Additional Sessions Judge Amitabh Rawat made the observation on Monday while hearing an application by two riots accused Imran alias Teli and Babu, seeking discharge of offences in the case. Prosecutor Saleem Ahmed, appearing for the State, told the court the…

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Japan, UNHCR sign $10M deal to help Rohingya

By SM Najmus Sakib DHAKA, Bangladesh : Japan and the UN Refugee Agency signed an agreement over the weekend to provide around $10 million for improving access to clean water at camps in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar district, where more than 1.2 million Rohingya refugees have been taking shelter following a military crackdown in Myanmar in 2017. The funds will be used to support the improvement of water supply and distribution systems for Bangladeshi host communities and Rohingya refugees in the Teknaf upazila, or administrative region, of Cox’s Bazar, the Japanese embassy in…

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European lawmakers protest Israel’s de facto annexation

By Salam Abu Sharar RAMALLAH, West Bank : In a joint letter, more than 400 European parliamentarians called on foreign ministers of their countries to stop Israel’s de facto annexation of the West Bank and end “the isolation of Gaza.” Parliamentarians from 22 European countries, including the Social Democrats, Greens, and Labour Party members from the UK, France, Germany, and Sweden, addressed EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell and foreign ministers of other European countries, saying that the Joe Biden presidency in the US is an “opportunity to address Israel-Palestinian conflict…

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