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India blocks funds to Amnesty over sourcing concerns: report NEW DELHI: The Indian government has frozen funding of nearly half a million dollars to the rights group Amnesty International's local offshoot over concerns about the source of some of the cash, a newspaper reported Saturday. The home ministry decided to prevent Amnesty India from taking receipt of the money from its parent organisation in Britain after around a third of the overall amount was traced to an offshore trust.The trust, based on the island of Gibraltar, was set up by a gambling tycoon who has been convicted of fraud in the United States, said the report.Amnesty has been a vocal critic of the New Delhi government, most recently accusing the security agencies of committing human rights violations during anti-insurgency operations in central India.Home Ministry officials were not immediately available for comment but the head of Amnesty India confirmed that funding had been blocked, saying the money had been earmarked ...

India's Bibhu brings Tibet to New York runway NEW YORK: Indian fashion designer Bibhu Mohapatra on Wednesday unveiled his fall-winter 2014 collection in New York, created for the global woman inspired by the beauty and colors of Tibet.The 41-year-old award-winning designer, who has dressed First Lady Michelle Obama, sent 41 breathtaking looks down the runway, confections of plum, black, ivory, bronze, red and neutrals.For outerwear, he showcased luxurious mink coats and mink vests. There was a beautiful alligator coat with sable trim and ...
Sri Lanka arrests New Zealand-bound boat people COLOMBO: Sri Lanka's police arrested 75 would-be asylum seekers on Wednesday, including nine women and six children, who were trying to leave for New Zealand illegally by boat, police said.The group was arrested in the southern coastal town of Moragolla, the first large-scale arrest of nationals in months after Australia, long a favourite destination for Sri Lanka's refugees, tightened its borders."These people were trying to leave illegally for New Zealand," a police statement said, adding ...
Tiger evades hunters, kills 10th person in India in six weeks ISLAMABAD: A tiger prowling near villages in northern India killed its 10th person in six weeks, a day after eluding a trap set by hunters with a live calf as bait.The female tiger is believed to have strayed from Jim Corbett National Park, India's oldest national park, which was established in 1936 to provide endangered Bengal tigers with safe territory, Times of India reported.The big cat's latest victim was a 50-year-old man who was collecting ...
Iran, IAEA resume talks on nuclear transparency TEHRAN: The UN atomic watchdog on Sunday started a second day of talks in Tehran on safeguards to enhance transparency on Iran's nuclear drive and on allegations of its past weapons work.The talks were expected to continue into the afternoon, after a first day of meetings was described as "constructive" by Iran's atomic organisation spokesman, Behrouz Kamalvandi.Iranian media have reported little details of the negotiations with the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).And there has ...
Delhi residents protest after alleged rape of Manipur 14-year-old NEW DELHI: An angry crowd gathered outside a Delhi police station on Saturday to protest poor policing and racist treatment of people from India's northeast after a 14-year-old girl from that part of India filed charges of rape in the capital.The death last week of Nido Tania, a student from the northeast's Arunachal Pradesh who was alleged to have been beaten by shopkeepers, has sparked similar protests in recent days.At least 100 protesters gathered outside ...
Air India Dreamliner diverted to Malaysia after "glitches" NEW DELHI: An Air India Dreamliner was diverted to Kuala Lumpur Wednesday after suffering "software glitches", an airline official said, in the latest of a series of mishaps to hit the Boeing aircraft.The Melbourne-Delhi flight, carrying 215 passengers, made an emergency landing in Kuala Lumpur airport as technical engineers were called from Hong Kong to fix the problem, Air India spokesman Praveen Bhatnagar told AFP Wednesday."We called 787 (Dreamliner) engineers from Hong Kong as they ...


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