Where a Vaccination Campaign Faces Skepticism, War and Corruption

A half-million doses arrived this month in Afghanistan, where many insist the virus isn’t real and vaccines aren’t needed. Those who want the vaccine fear that only the well-connected will receive it. …

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Indian Court Grants Bail to Activist Arrested Over Farmers’ Protests

Disha Ravi, an activist associated with Greta Thunberg, was charged after sharing a protest manual with farmers who were demonstrating against Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government. …

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Revealed: 6,500 migrant workers have died in Qatar as it gears up for World Cup

Guardian analysis indicates shocking figure likely to be an underestimate, as preparations for 2022 tournament continueMore than 6,500 migrant workers from India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka have died in Qatar since it won the right to host the World Cup 10 years ago, the Guardian can reveal.The findings, compiled from government sources, mean an average of 12 migrant workers from these five south Asian nations have died each week since the night in December 2010 when the streets of Doha were filled with ecstatic crowds celebrating Qatar’s victory. Continue reading… …

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Cow Curriculum Becomes India’s Latest Ideological Battleground

The Hindu nationalist government postponed plans for a national student exam on cows that critics said used specious claims and substituted religion for science. …

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India’s Serum Institute Warns of Delays in Exporting Vaccine

‘Dear countries & governments,’ tweeted Adar Poonawalla of the Serum Institute, ‘I humbly request you to please be patient.’ …

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Indian Court Rejects M.J. Akbar’s Defamation Claim in #MeToo Case

Priya Ramani had faced up to two years in prison after making sexual harassment accusations against M.J. Akbar, once a prominent member of the Modi government. …

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Climate Activist Jailed in India as Government Clamps Down on Dissent

Disha Ravi, 21, is facing sedition charges, accused of sharing a Google Doc about the farmers protest with Greta Thunberg. …

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India: activist arrested over protest ‘toolkit’ shared by Greta Thunberg

Disha Ravi charged with sedition, accused editing document on how to support India’s farmers that was tweeted by Swedish climate activistIndian police have arrested a woman accused of editing and circulating a document tweeted by climate activist Greta Thunberg that authorities say is anti-government.Swedish climate activist Thunberg tweeted her backing this month for the farmers, who have been demonstrating since December against agricultural reforms they say will harm their livelihood but benefit large corporations. She shared a document which she said was a toolkit to create and spread awareness about the farmers’ complaints. Continue reading… …

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Covid Vaccines: New Diplomacy Tool for India and China

India, China, the U.A.E. and others dole out donations in countries where they seek sway. In some cases, they are sending doses despite pressing needs at home. …

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Twitter Removes Accounts in India Under Pressure from Modi

The platform’s problems in the country offer a stark example of the difficulty of adhering to its free-speech principles amid government worries over its influence. …

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Before Himalayan Flood, India Ignored Warnings of Development Risks

Long before a deadly flood hit two hydroelectric dams, scientists warned repeatedly that such projects were dangerous in a fragile region made more so by global warming. …

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Glacier Bursts in India, Leaving 150 Missing in Floods

Rescue efforts were underway in the northern state of Uttarakhand, where officials said a hydroelectric dam project had been largely swept away. …

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150 feared dead as glacier crashes into dam in northern India

Floods force evacuation of villages and witnesses report avalanche creating wall of dust, rock and waterAs many as 150 people were feared dead in northern India after a Himalayan glacier broke and crashed into a dam early on Sunday, with floods forcing the evacuation of villages downstream.“The actual number has not been confirmed yet,” but 100 to 150 people were feared dead, Om Prakash, the chief secretary of Uttarakhand state where the incident occurred, said. Continue reading… …

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Greta Thunberg effigies burned in Delhi after tweets on farmers’ protests

Celebrity interventions inflame sentiments in India as police investigate pro-farmers toolkitCounter-protesters in Delhi have burned effigies of the Swedish environmental campaigner Greta Thunberg after she tweeted support for India’s protesting farmers in posts that have prompted an investigation by Indian police.Crowds gathered in Delhi to protest against several international celebrities including Thunberg and the pop singer Rihanna, who inflamed sentiments in India and angered the government after tweeting about the continuing farmer protests this week. Photos of Thunberg and Rihanna were set alight and banners were held aloft warning that “international interference” in Indian affairs would not be tolerated. Continue reading… …

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India’s Response to Farmer Protests Stirs Fears of Modi’s Power

Critics say Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s approach to dissent increasingly involves stifling dissenting voices, blocking the internet and cracking down on journalists. …

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Modi’s Budget for India Reflects Stark Choices

Health care and infrastructure spending received significant increases, but fears about inflation could hold back efforts to get the economy surging again. …

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