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India: Scores dead as train plows into revelers at religious festival

A speeding train has run over a crowd of revelers celebrating the Hindu Dussehra festival in the Indian state of Punjab. Some 60 people died in the accident, making it India's worst train disaster this year. A speeding passenger train struck a crowd celebrating the Hindu Dussehra festival in the Indian city of Amritsar in Punjab state on Friday, killing some 60 people and injuring scores more. The large crowd had gathered to watch the ceremonial burning of an effigy near the railway tracks when the train struck. According to witnesses, the train failed to stop after the accident. Most of the victims died instantly, while limbs lay scattered around the site. According to local news agencies, another 50 people were rushed to various hospitals for treatment. Regional railways chief Vishweshwar Chaubey said many people were standing on the tracks to see the burning of an effigy of the demon king Ravana. Those who were crushed could not hear the train approaching because of the loud firecrackers, he added. Speaking to a local TV channel, one eyewitness described scenes of "utter commotion" as some people in the crowd noticed a train "coming very fast" towards them. "Everyone was running helter-skelter and suddenly the train crashed into the crowds of people," he said. A former state government official said most of the victims were migrant workers who had left their families in neighboring states to work in local factories and shops. The city of Amritsar is located around 465 kilometers (290 miles) to the north of the capital, New Delhi. Who bears responsibility? The accident raises questions of negligence on behalf of the rail operator and the administration as to why the festival was held so close to the rail line and why no barriers had been put up to stop people from getting onto the track. Immediately after the accident, people rushed to the site and shouted at officials for not taking precautions. Navjot Kaur Siddhu, a local Congress party politician who was the chief guest at the festival, said the celebrations take place in the same area every year and that the railways are warned to run trains at slow speeds. Siddhu, however, had arrived late, delaying the ceremony for several hours so it coincided with the train's arrival time. The junior minister for railways, Manoj Sinha, insisted after visiting the scene of the accident that organizers had not alerted authorities about their plan to hold the religious festivity there. Officials promise compensation Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to say he was extremely saddened by the "heart-wrenching tragedy" and urged officials to provide immediate assistance to the injured and the victims' families. Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said he had ordered an investigation into who was responsible for the accident. He also announced that each of the victims' families would receive monetary compensation of 500,000 rupees ($6,800, €5,900). India's sprawling rail network is the fourth-largest in the world and is the primary means of travel across the vast country. However, the service remains poorly funded and accidents are relatively common. In 2016, 146 people were killed when a train slid off the tracks in eastern India. A government report in 2012 described the loss of 15,000 lives to train accidents each year in India as a "massacre." Modi's government has pledged to invest some $137 billion over five years to modernize the country's run-down rail network.

A speeding train has run over a crowd of revelers celebrating the Hindu Dussehra festival in the Indian state of Punjab. Some 60 people died in the accident, making it India’s worst train disaster this year. A speeding passenger train struck a crowd celebrating the Hindu Dussehra festival in the Indian city of Amritsar in Punjab state on Friday, killing ... Read More »

India’s domestic workers face abuse without legal protection

India's labor ministry is currently preparing legislation to provide social security for domestic workers. But rights groups say more legal protection against mistreatment is necessary. Murali Krishnan reports. Stories of wealthy families in India physically abusing and mistreating young women employed as domestic workers in metropolitan areas are becoming more common in India. In a high-profile case last July, a 26-year-old domestic worker from Bangladesh lodged a compliant with Indian police saying she had been beaten up and held captive by her employers at a home located in the upscale gated community of Noida, a suburb of New Delhi. She was freed after friends and family gathered in protest outside the apartment complex where she was being held. Her employers accused her of theft, but it was later discovered that she had not been paid for two months. The case is indicative of a larger trend of domestic workers in India being mistreated. Earlier this year, domestic workers at a posh housing complex in Mumbai went on a strike to protest the residents' attempts to standardize below-average payment. The residents eventually conceded to the workers' demands, but a few months later, all of the protesting maids were sacked. There have also been extreme cases of abuse - including the murder three years ago of a domestic worker in Delhi. A legislator and his wife were arrested in connection with the murder of the 35-year-old maid who worked in their home. It was reported that prior to her death, the maid had been physically abused with a hot iron and was hit with sharp objects like antelope horns. Read more:Hong Kong's domestic workers 'treated worse than the dogs' Where to turn for help? There are widespread reports of domestic workers in India being underpaid, overworked and abused by their employers. Incidents range from withholding of wages to starvation, not allowing time for sleep or rest, and beatings, torture, and sexual abuse. "Many resort to domestic work because of the decline of employment opportunities in the agriculture and manufacturing sectors," Pratchi Talwar, a social activist with Nirmala Niketan, an NGO that works with domestic workers, told DW, adding that domestic workers are vulnerable because they have no formal protection such as unions. Concerned about the mistreatment of domestic workers, India's labor ministry has initiated a policy paper and invited all stakeholders to contribute to a national policy for domestic workers. It is intended to provide them with legal status and the protection of social security. "The policy intends to set up an institutional mechanism for social security coverage, fair terms of employment, addressing grievances and resolving disputes," said Rajit Punhani, director general of labor welfare. "It provides for recognizing domestic workers as a worker with the right to register themselves with the state labor department or any other suitable mechanism." Read more: No social security for most of world's domestic workers A vulnerable population There is no exact figure for the number of domestic workers in India as they are mostly a floating population. Figures released from the National Sample Survey Office estimate they could range from anywhere between 4 to 10 million, many of whom migrate from the eastern states of Jharkhand and Chhatisgarh. But trade unions and organizations working with domestic workers are not convinced that the ministry's policy paper is specific enough. The issue, they argue, has been on the backburner for several years. "These are just guidelines which are not legally enforceable. What happens when there is sexual abuse, withholding salaries and denying leave?" Sonia Rani, project coordinator of the Self-employed Women's Association (SEWA), told DW. "Can the workers go to court? There also has to be a non-negotiable salary regime," she added. Limits of the law Other organizations like the National Domestic Workers Forum argue that neither the Maternity Benefits Act nor the Minimum Wages Act or any of the numerous other labor laws in India apply to domestic work. Domestic workers can be hired and fired at will and employers have no legally binding obligations. "We need to introduce a national policy for domestic workers, begin the process of fixing minimum wages for them and recognize domestic workers as 'workers' with legal rights," Amarjit Kaur, national secretary of the All India Trade Union Congress, told DW. India has only two laws that in a roughly consider maids as workers - the Unorganized Workers' Social Security Act of 2008 and the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act of 2013. While the first law is a social welfare scheme, the other aims to protect working women in general. Importantly, neither law recognizes domestic workers as having legal rights. "This approach by the ministry is piecemeal and not workable. We need to have an omnibus board that looks at the rights of workers employed across sectors from construction and agriculture to domestic," Dunu Roy, social activist who has worked actively in the informal sector, told DW. Read more: Rights group urges justice for Nepali maids allegedly gang raped by Saudi diplomat Roy cites the example of Mathadi workers (head loaders) of Maharashtra, who fought a long and hard battle to secure their wages and are now governed by a welfare board that protects their rights. The International Labour Organization (ILO) has also not been behind in flagging domestic workers as part of the country's invisible workforce and emphasized that more needs to be done to make decent work a reality for them. In welcoming the Indian government initiative to formulate a national policy on domestic workers, the ILO said it is an important step in recognizing the rights of millions of domestic workers. India is a signatory to the ILO's 189th convention, known as the Convention on Domestic Workers, but has not ratified it yet. "Though a number of states in India have been promoting minimum wages for domestic workers, there are not enough mechanisms in place to regulate working conditions of domestic workers,” Suneetha Eluri, ILO's national project coordinator for domestic workers, told DW. Across the world, domestic work is a rapidly growing source of employment for women and girls. Unions and organizations argue that the mindset regarding domestic workers must shift from a policy paradigm to one that focuses on workers' rights. Only then, can domestic workers' rights be defined and protected.

India’s labor ministry is currently preparing legislation to provide social security for domestic workers. But rights groups say more legal protection against mistreatment is necessary. Murali Krishnan reports. Stories of wealthy families in India physically abusing and mistreating young women employed as domestic workers in metropolitan areas are becoming more common in India. In a high-profile case last July, a ... Read More »

China, India struggle to put a lid on their border row involving Bhutan

چینی وزارت دفاع نے بھارت سے مطالبہ کیا ہے کہ نئی دہلی حکومت دونوں ممالک کے مابین متنازعہ سرحدی علاقے پر تعینات اپنے فوجی ’فوری طور پر‘ واپس بلا لے۔ دونوں ممالک کے مابین اس معاملے کے باعث کشیدگی پائی جاتی ہے۔ حالیہ ہفتوں کے دوران چین اور بھارت کے مابین متنازعہ سرحدی علاقے میں بھارتی فوجوں کی تعیناتی کے بعد سے ہمسایہ ممالک کے مابین کشیدگی میں اضافہ ہوا ہے۔ اس سرحدی تنازعے کے باعث سفارتی سطح پر دونوں ممالک کے تعلقات میں مسلسل کشیدگی اور دونوں جانب کے عوام عوام میں ’قوم پسندانہ جذبات‘ بھی بڑھ رہے ہیں۔ بھارت کسی زعم میں نہ رہے، سرحد کا دفاع کرنا جانتے ہیں، چین متنازعہ خطے سے بھارتی فوجی انخلا امن کی پہلی شرط، چینی سفیر چین کے سرکاری نیوز ایجنسی ژنہاؤ کے مطابق بیجنگ کی وزارت دفاع نے بھارت سے اپنے فوجی ’فوری طور پر‘ اس متنازعہ سرحدی علاقے سے واپس بلا لینے کا مطالبہ چار اگست بروز جمعہ کیا ہے۔ چینی وزارت دفاع کے ترجمان رین گواچیانگ کا کہنا تھا کہ بھارتی فوجوں کی جانب سے چین کی سرحدی حدود میں داخل ہونے کے بعد بیجنگ نے ’انتہائی برداشت کا مظاہرہ‘ کیا ہے، لیکن چین کی برداشت کی بھی ایک حد ہے۔ بھارت کو تنبیہہ کرتے ہوئے چینی وزارت دفاع کے ترجمان کا مزید کہنا تھا کہ ’تاخیری حربے استعمال کر کے بھارت کسی غلط فہمی میں نہ رہے‘ اور چین کے ’اعتماد اور دفاعی صلاحیتوں‘ کے بارے میں بھی بھارت کو ’غلط اندازہ‘ نہیں لگانا چاہیے کیوں کہ ’چین اپنی خودمختاری اور مفادات کا دفاع‘ کرنے کی بھرپور صلاحیت رکھتا ہے۔ چینی ٹی وی پر آج ایک ویڈیو نشر کی گئی جس میں تبت میں کسی نامعلوم مقام پر چینی فوجوں کو جنگی مشقیں کرتے دکھایا گیا ہے۔ ویڈیو میں دکھایا گیا ہے کہ چینی فوج کا ایک اہلکار فائرنگ کا حکم دیتا ہے جس کے بعد یکے بعد دیگرے کئی راکٹ فائر کیے جاتے ہیں۔ علاوہ ازیں چینی آرٹلری کو توپوں میں گولہ بارود لوڈ کرتے ہوئے بھی دکھایا گیا ہے۔ چین اور بھارت کے مابین اس حالیہ سرحدی تنازعے کا آغاز جون میں ہوا تھا۔ چین کا الزام ہے کہ بھارتی فوجیں چین، بھارت اور نیپال کے سنگم پر واقع سرحدی علاقے میں چین کی سرحدی حدود میں داخل ہو گئی تھیں۔ بھارت کے انتہائی شمال مشرق میں ہمالیائی سطح مرتفع پر واقع اس علاقے کو ہندی میں ’دوکلام‘ اور چینی زبان میں ’دونگ لانگ‘ کہا جاتا ہے۔ چین کے مطابق بھارت نے اپنے اتحادی بھوٹان کی سرحد کے قریب اس چینی علاقے میں داخل ہو کر سن 1890 میں طے پانے والے اس سرحدی معاہدے کی خلاف ورزی کی ہے جو کہ چین اور اس وقت کے برصغیر میں برسراقتدار برطانوی حکومت کے مابین طے پایا تھا۔ دوسری جانب بھارت کا کہنا ہے کہ چینی فوجوں نے بھوٹانی علاقے میں سڑک تعمیر کرنے کی کوشش کی تھی جس کے بعد بھوٹان کی جانب سے شکایت اور مداخلت کی اپیل کے بعد بھارتی فوجیں اس علاقے میں روانہ کی گئی تھیں۔

The continuing standoff between India and China along their shared border has cast a dark shadow on their bilateral relationship. It has also stoked nationalism on both sides, making it tough to resolve the issue. Beijing is intensifying its warnings to Indian troops to get out of a contested region high in the Himalayas where China, India and Bhutan meet. ... Read More »

Train derails in northern India, killing scores

بھارت کی ریاست اتر پردیش میں ہونے والے ایک ٹرین حادثے میں کم از کم نوے افراد ہلاک ہو گئے ہیں۔ ابتدائی تفصیلات کے مطابق ایک ایکسپریس ٹرین کی سولہ کے قریب بوگیاں پٹری سے اتر گئیں۔ ریاست اتر پردیش کے ایڈیشنل ڈائریکٹر جنرل آف پولیس دلجیت سنگھ چوہدری نے بتایا کہ یہ حادثہ پٹنہ اندور ایکسپریس کو صنعتی شہر کانپور کے قریب آج علی الصبح مقامی وقت کے مطابق تین بج کر دس منٹ پر پیش آیا۔ حادثے کے وقت زیادہ تر مسافر سو رہے تھے۔ ان کے بقول امدادی کارروائیاں جاری ہیں اور امدادی کارکنوں کو بری طرح تباہ ہونے والی بوگیاں سے زخمیوں اور لاشوں کو نکالنے میں شدید دشواریوں کا سامنا کرنا پڑ رہا ہے۔ طبی ذرائع نے بتایا ہے کہ اس حادثے میں زخمی ہونے والوں کی تعداد 120 سے زائد ہے، جن میں کئی کی حالت انتہائی تشویشناک ہے۔ابھی تک اس حادثے کی وجوہات معلوم نہیں ہو سکی ہیں تاہم مقامی ذرائع ابلاغ کے مطابق یہ واقعہ پٹری کے ٹوٹنے کی وجہ سے پیش آیا۔ حکومت کی جانب سے اس واقعے کی مفصل تحقیقات کا حکم دے دیا گیا ہے۔ وزیر اعظم نریندر مودی نے اپنے ٹویٹر پیغام میں ہلاک ہونے والوں کے لواحقین سے گہری ہمدردی کا اظہار کیا ہے،’’یہ دکھ الفاظ میں بیان نہیں کیا جا سکتا۔‘‘بھارت کے ریلوے نظام کو دنیا کا چوتھا بڑا ٹرین نیٹ ورک کہا جاتا ہے۔ تاہم اس کے بہت سے حصے انگریز دور کے بننے ہوئے ہیں اور جنہیں فوری طور پر جدید بنانے کی ضرورت ہے۔ بھارت میں ٹرین کا نقل و حمل کے لیے سب سے زیادہ استعمال کیا جانے والا ذریعہ ہے۔ ایک اندازے کے مطابق اس ملک میں روزانہ تیئس ملین سے زائد افراد اپنی منزل پر پہنچنے کے لیے ٹرین سے سفر کرتے ہیں۔ اس سے قبل 2014ء میں اترپردیش میں ہی ایک مسافر ٹرین ایک مال گاڑی سے ٹکرا گئی تھی، جس سے 26 افراد ہلاک ہوئے تھے۔اسی طرح گزشتہ برس مدھیاپردیش میں دو ٹرینوں کے تصادم میں ستائیس شہریوں کی جان گئی تھی۔ بھارتی تاریخ کا سب سے جان لیوا ٹرین حادثہ 1981ء میں اس وقت رونما ہوا تھا، جب مسافروں سے بھری ہوئی ایک ٹرین ریاست بہار میں باگماتی دریا میں گر گئی تھی۔ اس حادثے میں آٹھ سو افراد ہلاک ہوئے تھے۔

Some 14 coaches of a passenger train rolled off the tracks in a deadly early morning derailment. It is unclear what caused the mishap that killed at least 90 people. A passenger train derailed in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh on Sunday, killing at least 90 people, police said. Scores more were injured. At least 14 cars of the ... Read More »

Will Bollywood lure Germans?

A new TV channel is bringing Indian films packed with singing and dancing, as well as flamboyant TV shows, to German viewers. But it's unclear if the channel will be able to entice Germans into watching its programs. For most Germans, the word Bollywood is associated with Indian films featuring colorful costumes, lavish musical numbers and extravagantly choreographed dances. One of India's largest TV networks, Zee TV, now aims to bring these films and other Indian programs into the living rooms of Germany. Zee, which claims to have viewers in over 165 countries, is starting a new channel from Thursday, July 28, in the European country. The channel - which will be available for free via cable and satellite - is broadcast round the clock, and it is part of the network's strategy to expand its presence internationally. Talking to DW earlier this year, Zee TV chairman Subhash Chandra said the channel's programming would primarily be made up of Bollywood content. "However, it will be specifically tailor-made for the German market and adapted for the country," he noted. Germany already boasts a vast number of TV channels and has a reputation as a difficult market for foreign media content. Still, Chandra remains confident viewers in Germany would want to watch Zee TV as "the positioning of our content is happy and celebratory, and it caters to people of all ages." The channel particularly wants to target women audiences in the 19-59 age group, who it believes would be more receptive to Bollywood, filled with emotional drama involving elaborate stories of love and longing as well as dance sequences and songs. Growing presence Few German TV channels and cinemas currently show Indian movies. However, a few years ago, Germany witnessed a surge in interest for Bollywood films when a private German TV station, RTL II, began airing them on a regular basis. At present, Germany is considered to be the second-biggest market in Europe for the films, trailing only the UK. And Indian movie personalities such as Shah Rukh Khan enjoy a significant fan base in cities like Berlin. In 2012, for instance, when Khan was due to arrive for the premiere of his film "Don 2" in Berlin, a crowd of over 1,000 people waited passionately in freezing temperatures outside the Friedrichstadtpalast in the German capital to catch a glimpse of the actor. But overall, the number of Germans interested in watching Indian films continues to remain very limited, as many are not excited by the prospect of watching three-hour long emotional sagas interrupted by dance numbers. Friederike Behrends, CEO of the new channel in Germany, told the DPA news agency that Germans have so far known only a very small part of Bollywood. But it's actually one of the largest film industries in the world, boasting a wide variety of offerings, she stressed, adding: "And that is what we want to offer our audience in Germany." Bollywood vs Hollywood Bollywood, a term that apes Hollywood, refers to the Hindi-language film industry based in the western Indian city of Mumbai (previously called Bombay). Films are also produced in other parts of the country in various languages like Tamil, Telugu and Kannada. Overall, India produces more films than any other country in the world, with the South Asian nation estimated to churn out about 2,000 films a year, nearly four times that of Hollywood. However, when it comes to box office revenue, the Indian film industry lags far behind its American counterpart, with US films earning around five times as much as the total revenue of Indian movies. Nevertheless, over the past several years, Bollywood has been following in Hollywood's footsteps when it comes to doing business, striving to push for more professionalization and corporatization of the industry. It's also increasing efforts to expand the sources of revenue with the help of in-cinema advertising, merchandising and the sale of cable and satellite rights. At the same time, there has been growing interest from Hollywood studios to co-produce films in India and partner with Indian production houses. In recent years, Bollywood has also focused more on expanding its worldwide presence, with attempts to woo foreign viewers in overseas markets to watch its films. 'A difficult market' As a result of these developments, Bollywood films have become more popular outside of the Indian subcontinent, and Indian celebrities are making their presence felt at international film events. Overseas revenue collection for Indian movies rose as high as 11.5 percent last year, according to the FICCI-KPMG Indian Media and Entertainment Industry Report 2016. However, the growth is predominantly driven by Indian expatriates, who are ferocious consumers of Indian entertainment products, including films. This is where the challenge for Zee TV lies on the German market - because unlike a country such as the US, where over 2 million Indians live, Germany has a far smaller Indian community, which stood at around 80,000 in 2014. That means in order to succeed, Zee will have to win over the German audience and cannot rely solely on Indians living in the country. Chandra, the network's chairman, underlined that they are aware of the likes and dislikes of the German viewers and "we will select interesting content for them." "Germany is very important, because it is a difficult market for foreign media content. Hence, we feel that if we can succeed in this market, then we can succeed in any other market across the world." Additional reporting by Murali Krishnan from New Delhi.

A new TV channel is bringing Indian films packed with singing and dancing, as well as flamboyant TV shows, to German viewers. But it’s unclear if the channel will be able to entice Germans into watching its programs. For most Germans, the word Bollywood is associated with Indian films featuring colorful costumes, lavish musical numbers and extravagantly choreographed dances. One ... Read More »

Blistering heat wave kills hundreds in India

Sweltering temperatures and a severe water crisis have claimed more than 300 lives in India. Officials have banned daytime cooking in some parts of the country to prevent accidental fires that have killed 80 more people. A weeks-long heat wave and severe drought conditions in many parts of the South Asian country have destroyed crops and killed livestock. At least 330 million Indians are facing an acute water crisis due to a lack of rain and soaring temperatures. Monsoon rains are not expected before June. So far, some 300 people have died of heat-related problems this month, including 110 in the state of Orissa, 137 in Telengana, and another 45 in Andhra Pradesh, where temperatures since the start of April have reached 44 degrees Celsius (111 Fahrenheit). Y.K. Reddy, a meteorological official, said the situation would likely get worse in May. Water crisis The southern Karnataka state is one of the worst-hit regions. "The Bhima River has dried up. We are distressed as we don't have water and we have to travel at least three to four miles to get some water," Mahiboob, a resident of the Gulbarga city, said Saturday. The residents of the eastern West Bengal state are also facing a similar situation. "The water crisis is very bad here. Wells have dried up in almost every household. The water from hand pumps is not fit for drinking or for other chores. The few areas which have access to water also don't get usable water. This is causing us a lot of discomfort," said Babita Acharya, a resident of the Siliguri city. Ban on daytime cooking Meanwhile, the authorities in the eastern state of Bihar have banned people from cooking during daytime. Accidental fires due to dry and hot weather have killed some 80 people in the country. "We call this the fire season in Bihar," Vyas, a disaster management official, said on Friday. "Strong, westerly winds stoke fires which spread easily and cause great damage," he said. More than 1,800 people had died last year as a result of a blistering heat wave sweeping across the South Asian nation. Most victims of the soaring temperatures were homeless and elderly people as well as construction workers.

Sweltering temperatures and a severe water crisis have claimed more than 300 lives in India. Officials have banned daytime cooking in some parts of the country to prevent accidental fires that have killed 80 more people. A weeks-long heat wave and severe drought conditions in many parts of the South Asian country have destroyed crops and killed livestock. At least ... Read More »

Hundreds detained during caste violence in India

Violent protests have broken out in the home state of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Members of the Patel caste are demanding more jobs from the federal government, which they feel discriminates against them. Clashes broke out on Sunday in the state of Gujarat after an undisclosed number of people took to the streets to protest the arrest of Hardik Patel (pictured), a member of the Patel community. Around 400 people were reportedly detained across the state, with marches turning especially violent in the town of Mehsana, where protestors hurled stones and police used water cannon and tear gas to disperse people. Indian broadcaster NDTV reported that at least 12 people were injured there. Patel has been in jail since the fall after emerging as the leader of a movement for more government jobs and college places for members of the Patel community, which accounts for 14 percent of Gujarat's 60 million people. He was arrested in October on sedition charges. New Delhi has set aside a number of jobs for certain castes, but other communities not included in the scheme feel discriminated against. Earlier this year another caste, the Jat, also staged a series of protests in the state of Haryana in order to demand similar opportunities.

Violent protests have broken out in the home state of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Members of the Patel caste are demanding more jobs from the federal government, which they feel discriminates against them. Clashes broke out on Sunday in the state of Gujarat after an undisclosed number of people took to the streets to protest the arrest of Hardik ... Read More »

India qualify for semifinals with victory over Australia

The hosts reached the semifinals with a confident win over Australia on Sunday night, thanks to a wonderful innings from Virat Kohli. India will now face West Indies in the next round. India qualified for the ICC World Twenty20 semifinals on Sunday after defeating Australia, following an unbeaten 82 from Virat Kohli in their knock-out clash in Mohali. India hit a six-wicket lead and chased down Australia's 160-6 total following a 51-ball knock and will now face the West Indies on Thursday in the semifinals. England will play New Zealand in the corresponding fixture, ahead of the final on Sunday in Kolkata's Eden Garden. Australia - the top-ranked test side going into the competition - looked like they may have initially edged it when they went up 94-4, but it was India's Kohli and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni who put on 67 runs to turn the match back in their team's favor. "This innings has to be in my top three, perhaps the top right now because I'm a bit emotional," admitted Kohli after picking up his man of the match award after the game. The 27-year-old had a fantastic knock hitting two sixes and nine fours in a tense match at the Punjab Cricket Association ground. India, who won the inaugural competition in 2007, now stand just one game away from reaching the final in their own country on Sunday. Yet they will have to beat a West Indies side that lost on Sunday to Afghanistan to do so.

The hosts reached the semifinals with a confident win over Australia on Sunday night, thanks to a wonderful innings from Virat Kohli. India will now face West Indies in the next round. India qualified for the ICC World Twenty20 semifinals on Sunday after defeating Australia, following an unbeaten 82 from Virat Kohli in their knock-out clash in Mohali. India hit ... Read More »

Rampaging Jat protesters shut down water supply to New Delhi

The Indian capital, New Delhi, is experiencing a massive water problem after protesters from the Jat community destroyed a canal carrying water to the city. At least five people have died in the unrest. Nearly 20 million people living in New Delhi were suffering severe disruptions on Sunday after caste protests in neighboring Haryana state forced factories to close and schools to be shut down for the next two days. Jat protesters, agitating for quotas in government jobs, have destroyed pumping equipment at a treatment plant in Haryana, which provides most of Delhi's water. Delhi state's Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal appealed to people to conserve water and said it would be rationed for everyone barring offices and residences of the president, the prime minister, India's chief justice, defense installations, hospitals and fire brigade. Schools were ordered to remain shut on Monday. Kejriwal's government also filed a petition with the Supreme Court to resolve the crisis, but the chief minister said all water treatment plants had been shut and restoring supply would take at least 24 hours. Situation remains tense Meanwhile, fresh violence erupted on Saturday in Haryana despite the deployment of troops to stabilize the situation. "The situation is much more in control than before," Amit Arya, spokesman for Haryana's chief minister, told reporters. The death toll from protests had gone up to seven with around 70 injured, he said. Soldiers from India's army and paramilitary forces were also deployed to stabilize the situation after clashes occurred during the night in Rohtak, the center of the unrest. India's Home Minister Rajnath Singh was expected to visit the area and meet leaders of the Jat community later on Sunday in a bid to defuse the crisis. More than 80 million people in North India belong to the Jat community, which makes up about 25 percent of the population in Haryana. The Indian administrative system reserves jobs and university places for underprivileged members of the lower castes, but the quota has caused resentment among many upper caste communities, including the Jats. India's growing population has increased the demand for secure government jobs and low-cost education in government universities, leading to many communities pressing for preference. Similar protests rocked the country last year, when the Patel community in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's home state, Gujarat, protested for quotas. Officials came down heavily on the protests, arresting their leader, Hardik Patel.

The Indian capital, New Delhi, is experiencing a massive water problem after protesters from the Jat community destroyed a canal carrying water to the city. At least five people have died in the unrest. Nearly 20 million people living in New Delhi were suffering severe disruptions on Sunday after caste protests in neighboring Haryana state forced factories to close and ... Read More »

India lowers age for trying juveniles accused of serious crimes

Lawmakers have passed a bill to reduce the age limit to try minors accused of serious crimes. The bill was passed following outrage after a youth convicted in the gruesome 2012 Delhi rape was released two days ago. Members of the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Indian parliament, passed the Juvenile Justice Bill on Tuesday. "I think the ayes have it, the ayes have it, the ayes have it. The bill has been passed," P.J. Kurien, Speaker of the upper house, announced at the end of the vote. The new law, which is an amendment to the older Juvenile Justice Bill, will allow judges to sentence offenders between the ages of 16 and 18 to at least seven years in detention homes if they are convicted of "heinous crimes," including rape and murder. The Ministry of Women and Child Development tweeted this message: However, the Juvenile Justice Board would have to first assess the criminal and decide whether he should be tried as an adult or a child, the ministry said. Parents of the gang rape victim, Jyoti Singh, were also present in parliament when lawmakers agreed to the new changes. Singh's mother told news channel CNN-IBN that she was happy the bill had been passed, but that justice for her daughter remained elusive. However, the renewed law would not be used retrospectively, Indian media reported. Reactions to the bill 2014 Nobel peace prize recipient and child rights activist Kailash Satyarthi welcomed the change as positive. However, some leaders, including Sitaram Yechury of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) said the parliament was being too hasty. Noted Indian journalist Shekhar Gupta called the new bill a "knee-jerk" reaction. The Minister for Women and Child Development, Maneka Gandhi, defended the new proposal, saying that a "more nuanced and compassionate law was not possible." Six people were convicted for raping 23-year-old Jyoti Singh as she was traveling in a bus with her friend on December 16, 2012 in New Delhi. The driver of the bus committed suicide in prison two years ago. Four others were sentenced to death by hanging. The fifth offender, a juvenile when he committed the atrocity, was punished with three years' dentention in a special center for underage criminals. He was set free on Sunday after India's Supreme Court rejected an appeal to keep him in custody. His release prompted widespread protests in India, with many people demanding that the age to try juveniles be reduced in the case of serious crimes.

Lawmakers have passed a bill to reduce the age limit to try minors accused of serious crimes. The bill was passed following outrage after a youth convicted in the gruesome 2012 Delhi rape was released two days ago. Members of the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Indian parliament, passed the Juvenile Justice Bill on Tuesday. “I think the ... Read More »

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