Fresh Violence Hits India’s Darjeeling Hills

Fresh Violence Hits India’s Darjeeling Hills

As fresh violence erupted in Darjeeling on Saturday, prompting the West Bengal government to call out the Army, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said she was ready for talks with protesting Gorkha leaders if they “eschew violence”. The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) – which has been spearheading protests – promptly rejected that offer, saying doors for talks with the state government are “closed forever”. Three people have died in the violence since Friday. The Chief Minister…

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G20 riots continue even after leaders leave Hamburg

G20 riots continue even after leaders leave Hamburg

HAMBURG, Germany — Anti-globalization activists have rioted for a third consecutive night in Hamburg even after Group of 20 leaders had already left the northern Germany city. Police used water cannon trucks again early Sunday against rioters attacking them with iron rods and pavement blocks. They arrested 144 protesters and temporarily detained another 144 persons. More than 200 officers have been injured in the violence since Thursday. The number of injured protesters wasn’t clear. German…

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Capital roads becoming unsafe for pedestrians?

Capital roads becoming unsafe for pedestrians?

Pashupati Thapa of Gaushala lost his life in a road accident Monday. A microbus knocked him down when he was crossing the road using a zebra crossing at around 9:30pm. Thapa, who was a cook at a guest house in Gaushala, died of head injuries. Last month Rabina Chaudhari, a school teacher, was killed after she was hit by a bus while using a zebra crossing in Basundhara. Similarly, a speeding microbus took the life…

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Nepali teen dies from snake bite in ‘menstruation hut’

Nepali teen dies from snake bite in ‘menstruation hut’

An 18-year-old girl has died in Nepal after she was bitten by a snake while banished to a shed because she was menstruating, under an ancient practice that has been banned for more than a decade, officials said. Tulasi Shahi was bitten twice by a venomous snake and died on Friday morning in western Dailekh district, according to local officials. “She survived for seven hours after the snake bite but died because medical treatment was…

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