Zeba Siddiqui

Protests get harder for Afghan women amid risks and red tape

Oct 04 2021

Women in Afghanistan who object to what the Taliban have said and done since returning to power are finding it harder to protest, now that impromptu demonstrations have been banned and previous rallies were broken up by gunfire and beatings.

India seizes $2.7 billion Afghan heroin haul amid Kabul takeover chaos

Sep 21 2021

AHMEDABAD Indian officials said on Tuesday they had seized nearly three tonnes of heroin originating from Afghanistan worth an estimated 200 billion rupees ($2.72 billion) amid the chaos following last month's takeover of the country by the Taliban.

'This is how we dress': Afghan women overseas pose in colourful attire

Sep 15 2021

Afghan youth rights activist Wazhma Sayle says she was shocked to see a photograph online, apparently of women dressed in black all-enveloping niqabs and gowns, staging a demonstration in support of the country's new Taliban rulers at Kabul University. | Video

Fire at Bangladesh factory kills 52 workers, police open probe

Jul 10 2021

DHAKA (Reuters) -At least 52 people were killed and 20 injured after a massive fire raged through a juice-making factory in Bangladesh, officials said on Friday, the latest industrial accident in a country with a track record of poor working conditions. | Video

India's antitrust watchdog orders probe into Google in smart TVs suit

Jun 22 2021

NEW DELHI India's antitrust watchdog on Tuesday ordered an investigation into allegations that Alphabet Inc's Google abused its Android operating system's position in the country's smart television market.

Health experts say India missed early alarm, let deadly coronavirus variant spread

Jun 15 2021

NEW DELHI A veteran public health expert warned top Indian officials in early March that a new variant of the coronavirus was spreading quickly in a rural district in the heart of the country and that the outbreak required urgent attention.

Rohingya Muslim refugees 'injured in protests' on isolated island during UNHCR visit

Jun 03 2021

NEW DELHI Rohingya Muslim refugees from Myanmar, angry at living conditions on a remote Bangladeshi island, suffered baton injuries as they protested against the lack of access to a visiting U.N. team, two of the refugees said.

India's top court paves way for Rohingya deportations to Myanmar

Apr 08 2021

NEW DELHI India's Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a plea to stop the government from deporting to Myanmar some 150 Rohingya Muslims police detained last month, paving the way for them to be sent to a country where hundreds have been killed following a military coup.

India's richest state warns of full lockdown amid second wave of coronavirus

Apr 02 2021

NEW DELHI The chief minister of India's Maharashtra state warned on Friday of a full lockdown to curb coronavirus infections if people did not limit their movement, as the country hit a six-month high for daily cases.

India halts deportation of 16-year-old Rohingya girl to Myanmar

Apr 02 2021

NEW DELHI Indian authorities halted the deportation of a 16-year-old Rohingya Muslim girl to Myanmar at the last minute on Friday, saying they had not been able to contact officials caught up in the coup over the border.

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