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British Pakistani peer Lord Ahmed jailed for historic sexual offences

The British-Pakistani former Labour peer Lord Ahmed has been jailed for more than five years for the attempted rape of a young girl and the sexual assault of a boy aged under 11 in the 1970’s.The 64-year-old peer had been found guilty of the offences last month.During the trial in …

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Village mourns young family found frozen to death along US-Canada border

Relatives and neighbours of the Indian family who froze to death near the US-Canada border last week said the father repeatedly failed to secure better paid jobs in recent years, prompting them to take a risky trip aided by an illegal migrant network. The deaths amid sub-zero temperatures, described as …

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As crucial election looms, India’s ruling party revive familiar Hindu-Muslim disputes.

In the streets around a revered religious site in the Indian city of Mathura where a temple and mosque stand side-by-side, the handful of Muslim restaurants that remain are mostly empty or shuttered. A ban on meat last year by the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh state, a Hindu monk …

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Shahidul Alam made a National Geographic Society Explorer at Large

The acclaimed Bangladeshi photojournalist and rights activist Shahidul Alam has been made a National Geographic Explorer at Large by the National Geographic Society, the world’s largest and best known non-profit scientific and educational organizations. Explorers receive an annual stipend and additional grants from the Society to continue their work in …

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How to improve vaccine uptake among ethnic minorities

COVID vaccines protect people from severe illness and death, but in the UK, they’re not doing so evenly. While overall uptake of COVID vaccines in Britain is high, it isn’t uniform across all ethnic groups. At the beginning of December, 90% of all white people aged 50-54 had been vaccinated …

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Biden nominates Bangladeshi-American Muslim woman to federal bench in historic first

A civil rights lawyer is on the verge of becoming the first Bangladeshi American and just the second Muslim to ever serve as a federal judge after US President Joe Biden on Wednesday nominated her for the Eastern District of New York. If confirmed Nusrat Choudhury would also become the …

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Facebook delaying publishing report on India human rights review

Critics of Facebook have called on the world’s largest social network to release a human rights impact assessment it commissioned in 2020 to investigate hate speech on its platforms in India. The social media company, which is now called Meta faces increasing scrutiny over its handling of abuses on its …

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Understanding the History and Politics behind Pakistan’s Blasphemy Laws

The Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan this week announced that more than $100,000 had been raised by businesses and individuals in the north-eastern city of Sialkot for the family of a Sri Lankan factory manager murdered by a mob over allegations of blasphemy, in December. Hundreds of people, believed to …

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Benefits of Turmeric: Not just a spice!

Turmeric isn’t just a spice which should be used for cooking. It has many more benefits which most of us are unaware of. From offering healing to antiseptic properties, turmeric offers a bit of everything. Turmeric for wounds Just rubbing a bit of turmeric on a wound can help with …

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India’s coronavirus pandemic shines a light on the curse of caste.

Long before the outbreak of COVID-19, a more pernicious form of social distancing was widespread across India: the Hindu caste system. In one form or another, this system – which has existed in the region for over a millennium – has long ensured social segregation based on one’s place in …

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