Asian business might in Midlands celebrated

AN entrepreneurial family who transformed their small petrol station business into one of the fastest growing companies in the heart of the country scooped the highest accolade at the Asian Business Awards Midlands on Friday night (April 22). It was the second consecutive time the Thakrar brothers won the Asian Business of the Year at […]

Pakistan’s Khan threatens protests against PM over Panama Papers

Pakistan opposition politician Imran Khan has threatened fresh protests against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, saying the leader had lost “moral authority” to rule after the Panama Papers leak had linked his family to offshore wealth. Khan has seized on the Panama Papers scandal as a fresh opportunity to try to unseat Sharif. The former cricketing […]

India revokes tycoon Mallya’s passport over loan probe

India’s government has revoked embattled former airline boss Vijay Mallya’s passport, after he failed to appear before investigators over a loan probe, the foreign ministry said Sunday. Mallya, a part-owner of the Force India Formula 1 team who used to run a liquor empire and Kingfisher Airlines, left India on March 2 despite calls for […]

India’s chief justice makes emotional appeal for more judges

India’s chief justice on Sunday made a rare and emotional appeal to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to double the number of judges to handle an “avalanche” of backlogged cases. T S Thakur, who took over as chief justice last year, spoke of the enormous workloads of judges who were struggling to clear an ever-growing amount […]

Bangladesh professor hacked to death by Islamist militants

A university professor was hacked to death today in northwestern Bangladesh, police said, with Islamic State claiming responsibility for the latest in a series of attacks on liberal activists. Two assailants on a motorcycle attacked Rezaul Karim Siddiquee, 58, an English professor at Rajshahi University, slitting his throat and hacking him to death, Rajshahi city […]

Pakistani Taliban claim killing of minority minister

The Pakistani Taliban have claimed the killing of a provincial minister for minority affairs who was shot dead in a restive northwestern district. Gunmen on motorbikes stopped Sardar Soran Singh’s car in Buner district, some 160 kilometres (100 miles) northeast of Peshawar, Friday evening and opened fire, killing him on the spot. The Pakistani Taliban […]

Pakistan PM asks top court to investigate Panama leaks about his finances

Pakistan’s prime minister Nawaz Sharif has said he would ask the Supreme Court set up an investigation into revelations about his finances made in the leaked Panama Papers, bowing to opposition demands to strengthen the enquiry. Sharif has already set up a commission that he promised will clear him of allegations, based on leaked documents […]

Women work like machines in India’s textile mills, says union leader

Rajaram Paritha is on a mission. The 35-year-old tailor wants to be the voice of every young girl who is lured with the promise of big money to work in textile mills in southern India’s Tamil Nadu and then exploited and abused. Head of the all-women Tamil Nadu Textile and Common Labour Union (TTCU), Paritha […]

Landslide in northeast India kills 16

A huge landslide has hit a camp for construction workers in a remote part of northeast India, killing at least 16, police said. Heavy rains triggered the disaster in the Himalayan state of Arunachal Pradesh, which lies on the Tibetan border and is claimed in part by China. The workers, who were building a hotel, […]

India says 330 million people suffering from drought

About 330 million people are suffering from drought in India, the government has said, as the country reels from severe water shortages and desperately poor farmers suffer crop losses. One of the government’s most senior lawyers PS Narasimha told the Supreme Court that a quarter of the country’s population, spread across 10 states, have been […]

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