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NEW DELHI: Priya Mahindroo, 25, zips through New Delhi traffic on the back of a motorbike every day to get to work. While the law mandates a helmet for her male driver, as a woman she can legally go without. Campaigners are becoming increasingly vocal about the consequences of this anomaly which results in dozens of lives needlessly lost each year as well as thousands of serious injuries that wreck families and burden hospitals. Others see it as a sad reflection on patriarchal Indian values: that women are men's inferiors, their lives simply worth less in a country with a culture of celebrating sons over daughters. For women such as Mahindroo, however, the considerations are mostly aesthetic and unless she is forced to wear a helmet by law, she'll continue to ride some of the world's most dangerous streets with her head unprotected. "It ruins my hair," she told AFP in New Delhi as ...

COLOMBO: A radical Sri Lankan activist reported by his party to have been abducted has been found safe and is to return to his home in Australia on Tuesday, a police spokesman in Colombo told AFP. Joint Sri Lankan-Australian citizen Premakumar Gunaratnam, 42, went missing on Friday from Kiribathgoda, north of Colombo, where he was preparing to launch a new political party, according to his family and fellow activists. "He has told us that he wants to ...
Turkey PM meets China BEIJING: Turkey's Prime Minister discussed the Syrian crisis with his Chinese counterpart in Beijing Monday after an unprecedented stopover in the Asian nation's ethnically-tense Xinjiang region. Ankara has in the past heavily criticised Beijing's actions in Xinjiang -- home to mainly Muslim Uighurs who complain of repression under Chinese rule -- but the two nations have nevertheless forged closer ties in recent years. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, on the first official trip to China by a Turkish premier ...
Afghanistan, US sign agreement on night raids     KABUL: Afghanistan and the US on Sunday signed a deal on special forces operations in the insurgency-wracked country, an AFP reporter saw, with Kabul saying it will put Afghans in the lead on controversial night raids. Afghan defence minister Abdul Rahim Wardak and General John Allen, the US commander of NATO-led forces, inked the deal, with Wardak saying: "The signing of this document is a fundamental step towards Afghan national sovereignty."   Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2012   ...
NEW DELHI: A French woman has been found murdered in a New Delhi guesthouse located in a rundown district popular with backpackers in the heart of the capital, police said on Saturday. "She is a French national. A case of murder has been registered,"New Delhipolice spokesman Rajan Bhagat told AFP. "We're looking for the suspects," he added. He said he could not immediately release the woman's identity or comment on media reports that the victim had been strangled. The ...
BHUBANESWAR: Maoist rebels holding an Italian tour guide hostage in India have threatened "extreme steps" unless their demand for the release of their jailed comrades is met by Tuesday. The rebels in the eastern state of Orissa did not specify in a tape recording sent to media late on Friday what they might do, but in the past Maoists have mutilated and killed their captives. It is however the first time that the rebels have targeted foreigners. "We ...
TEHRAN: Turkey is still ready to host talks between Iran and the P5+1 group on Tehran's controversial nuclear programme, Ankara has told the Islamic republic's nuclear chief, Al-Alam television reported Friday. The Arabic-language Iranian channel said that Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu had spoken toIran's chief negotiator Sayeed Jalili about the talks slated for April 13 and 14 but whose location has yet to be confirmed. "Relations betweenIranandTurkeyare strategic and brotherly.Turkeyis ready to welcome the next negotiations ...

 



 
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