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Fair and unlovely: India confronts dark-skin bias

New Delhi - When Chandana Hiran was a child, strangers would urge her to lighten her skin. Today the Indian student is leading a campaign against whitening creams as global anti-racism protests highlight the obsession with fair complexions for many in Asia.

Hong Kong set to become a new Tibet, says exiled leader

New Delhi - Hong Kong is heading toward the same fate as Tibet after China imposed a new security law that criminalises calls for independence, the leader of the exiled Tibetan government has told AFP.

India caseload surges as experts warn of virus going airborne

New Delhi - India on Monday became the country with the third-highest coronavirus caseload in the world, as a group of scientists said there was now overwhelming evidence that the disease can be airborne -- and for far longer than originally thought.

India becomes third hardest-hit country for virus cases

New Delhi - India's densely populated cities ordered new restrictions as the confirmed number of coronavirus cases neared 700,000, passing Russia with the third-highest number of infections.

India, China agree to 'complete disengagement' from deadly border flashpoint

New Delhi - Chinese troops were seen removing structures from a Himalayan valley where they fought a deadly battle with Indian soldiers last month, Indian army sources said Monday, after high-level talks between the nuclear-armed neighbours.

India surges to 3rd-highest in cases as virus slams US hospitals

New Delhi - India on Monday became the third-highest coronavirus caseload in the world, as officials warned hospitals in the United States were in danger of being overwhelmed by a surge in infections.

Taj Mahal remains shut as India reports record daily virus cases

New Delhi - India's top tourist attraction the Taj Mahal will remain shut, officials said Sunday, as the vast nation registered a record daily number of coronavirus cases and opened a sprawling treatment centre in the capital to fight the pandemic.

Climate change 'fuelling deadly India lightning strikes'

Patna - Lightning strikes killed 147 people in the north Indian state of Bihar over the last 10 days, officials said Sunday, warning of more extreme weather conditions to come, driven by climate change.

Dreams of Myanmar's 'unwashed' jade miners buried by disaster

Chen - Five Yay Ma Hsay -- or 'unwashed' as the jade miners of northern Myanmar are known -- arrived early Thursday at the pit to scrape out a living on a scraggy hillside, lured by the prospect of finding a stone that could transform their lives.

Mass burial for scores killed in Myanmar jade mine disaster

Chen - Dozens of jade miners were buried Friday in a mass grave after a landslide in northern Myanmar killed over 170, most of them migrant workers seeking their fortune in treacherous open-cast mines near the China border.

More bodies found at Myanmar jade mine disaster

Chen - Rescuers Friday pulled several bodies from the scene of a landslide which killed over 160 jade miners in northern Myanmar, many of them migrant workers seeking their fortune in treacherous open-cast mines near the China border.

India's Modi makes surprise China border visit after clash

Srinagar - Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a surprise visit to India's northern frontier region with China on Friday in his first trip to the area since a deadly border clash last month.

More than 160 dead in Myanmar jade mine landslide

Chen - The battered bodies of more than 160 jade miners were pulled from a sea of mud after a landslide in northern Myanmar on Thursday, after one of the worst-ever accidents to hit the treacherous industry.

Millions switch to 'local TikToks' after India bans Chinese apps

New Delhi - Millions of Indians have joined homegrown social media platforms since New Delhi banned a slew of Chinese apps, including TikTok, amid growing tensions between the giant neighbours, industry officials said Thursday.

Op-Ed: What if the pandemic lasts until 2050? It might. Just be stupid.

Sydney - If there’s one thing that sabotages humanity on a routine basis, it’s disorganization and mismanagement. This pandemic is the alpha pig, historically, for both.

Protests in Indian Kashmir over civilian death during attack

Srinagar - Hundreds of people in Indian-administered Kashmir staged protests on Wednesday, accusing government forces of killing a man during a rebel attack which also left a trooper dead.

TikTok denies sharing Indian user data with China

New Delhi - TikTok on Tuesday denied sharing users' data with the Chinese government, after India banned the wildly popular app as ties with Beijing deteriorate sharply following a deadly border clash.

After deadly clash, India bans 59 Chinese mobile apps over 'security'

New Delhi - India on Monday banned 59 Chinese mobile apps, including the wildly popular TikTok and WeChat, over national security and privacy concerns two weeks after a deadly Himalayan border clash between the nuclear-armed neighbours.

'George Floyds of India': outrage mounts over police custody deaths

New Delhi - The deaths of a father and son from alleged torture at the hands of police have sparked outrage across India, with many drawing parallels with the killing of George Floyd in the United States.

Hotels and ashrams repurposed for Delhi coronavirus surge

New Delhi - Staff at the luxury Suryaa hotel used to wear bright saris as they welcomed guests. Now they must don medical suits and handle gurneys as New Delhi desperately prepares for a predicted surge in coronavirus cases in the coming weeks.
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