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A hidden explanation for Britain’s surprising job numbers: Bangladeshi and Pakistani women are finally surging into the labour market IN AN upstairs room at the Jagonari women’s centre in east London, six women in colourful headscarves grin as an instructor enunciates simple English phrases from a whiteboard. The women are mostly new immigrants from Bangladesh, […]

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By Ross Colvin NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Southeast Asian nations and India vowed on Thursday to step up cooperation on maritime security, a move that comes amid tension with China in the potentially oil- and gas-rich South China Sea. In a vision statement agreed at a summit in New Delhi, India and the 10-member Association […]

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Narendra Modi won a fourth successive term as the chief minister of Gujarat on Thursday, a victory that could launch the prime ministerial ambitions of one of the country’s most popular but controversial leaders. Modi’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won 115 of the state legislative assembly’s 182 seats against 61 for the Congress […]

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Six women working to vaccinate children against disease are killed in co-ordinated attacks in Karachi and Peshawar. At least 35 children have been infected with the crippling disease, all but wiped out elsewhere, this year [EPA]   Gunmen in Pakistan have shot dead six health workers associated with an anti-polio campaign in a string of attacks. […]

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The Indian government is planning a new travel agreement with Bangladesh, enabling citizens of both the countries to avail of visa on arrival. This new travel agreement is likely to be signed in January, 2013, when Indian home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde will be visiting Dhaka to sign a number of other pacts with his […]

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Can China sustain?

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Villages disappear as millions migrate to expanding Chinese boomtowns, food security after a few decades to become big hurdle The skyline of Qingdao. One of the rapidly growing economic hub, Qingdao of Shandong Province hosts the third biggest port in China. Also one of the most planned and livable cities in China, Qingdao provides jobs […]

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The Supreme Court on Thursday directed a Rae Bareily court to expeditiously hear Babri Masjid demolition case against senior BJP leader L K Advani and 19 others against whom charge of criminal conspiracy was dropped by the trial court.Expressing deep anguish over non-appearance of the counsel for CBI, which has moved the apex court against […]

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  By DECLAN WALSH and STEVEN GREENHOUSE KARACHI, Pakistan – The century-old Central Jail here, a gritty repository of criminals, jihadists and sectarian killers, has a reputation for overcrowding and prisoner riots. But for Arshad and Shahid Bhaila, the industrialist brothers whose factory burned to the ground in September, killing at least 262 workers, there […]

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By Mandakini Devasher Surie India’s online community has been buzzing since the arrest of two young women by the Mumbai police last month for posting comments on Facebook criticizing the city’s shutdown following the death of veteran Shiv Sena leader, Bal Thackeray. The arrests of Shaheen Dhada and Renu Srinivasan sparked public outrage across the […]

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Bangladesh and India on Tuesday agreed to sign an extradition treaty and a Revised Travel Agreement (RTA) in January next year. India is considering Bangladesh’s request for handing over Subrata Bain, one of the most wanted criminals in Bangladesh who was arrested in Kolkata last month after he escaped from a jail in Nepal, Joint […]

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New Delhi, Dec 3 (bdnews24.com/Reuters)— The Indian navy is prepared to deploy vessels to the South China Sea to protect India’s oil interests there, the navy chief said on Monday amid growing international fears over the potential for naval clashes in the disputed region. India has sparred diplomatically with China in the past over its […]

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IK Gujral passes away

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Inder Kumar Gujral. Former Indian prime minister Inder Kumar Gujral has passed away after a long illness in a hospital near the capital, Delhi, aged 92. Gujral was admitted to the hospital in Gurgaon on 19 November and was suffering from a lung infection. He became India’s 12th prime minister, heading a United Front coalition […]

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