November 30, 2018

Modi’s arrival at the G20 summit ‘announced with Apu meme’

Modi's arrival at the G20 summit 'announced with Apu meme' Image copyright TCFFC Image caption Some Indian-Americans have complained that the Simpsons character is racist An Argentine news channel has come under fire for displaying an image of the Simpsons character Apu as Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Buenos Aires. Cronica TV used the headline "Apu arrives" as the Indian PM's plane touched down for the G20 summit. Some say the portrayal of the Indian shopkeeper is racist. Social media users responded angrily to the use of the image. Apu Nahasapeemapetilon has been part of the animation series since 1990 and is voiced by Hank Azaria, a white actor, who puts on a heavy Indian accent. Skip Twitter post by @Pat_Gillespie Argentine TV outlet @CronicaTV displays this racist image with the headline “Apu Arrived” as India Prime Minister @narendramodi arrives in Buenos Aires for the #G20. pic.twitter.com/oNqZVpS4E5 — Patrick Gillespie (@Pat_Gillespie) N..
November 30, 2018

New Zealand stranded whales: Why are so many washing up on beaches?

New Zealand stranded whales: Why are so many washing up on beaches? Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionAlmost 150 whales die in mass stranding The pictures are striking: dozens of whales lie stranded on an idyllic beach in a remote part of New Zealand. The group were found by a walker on Stewart Island earlier this week. And just a few days later, a further 51 pilot whales died after becoming stranded on a beach on the Chatham Islands. While whale strandings are not uncommon, they usually involve just a single animal rather than a whole group. The recent flurry of mass strandings has brought a renewed focus on the mysterious, and rare, phenomenon. So why does it happen? While the exact reasons remain unclear, experts say many different factors could play a part. Sickness and injury"Quite often animals that turn up on a beach are getting exhausted, they're malnourished, or they haven't eaten because they're ill," says Dr Simon Ingram, a Professor of..
November 30, 2018

Indian woman arrested for marrying ’17-year-old’

Indian woman arrested for marrying '17-year-old' Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The legal age for marriage is 18 years for women and 21 years for men Police in the Indian city of Mumbai have arrested a 20-year-old woman for marrying a 17-year-old boy. The woman and the couple's five-month-old daughter have been in prison for the past fortnight. She was arrested after the teenager's mother lodged a police complaint. She has been charged under the stringent child sex abuse act. The woman says their relationship is consensual, and also contests the claim that her husband is underage. Although the age of consent for sex in India for all genders is 18, the legal age for marriage is 18 years for women and 21 years for men. So in this case, police have also charged the woman under the Prohibition of Child Marriage Act. The BBC's Geeta Pandey in Delhi says it's a rare case where a woman has been arrested for marrying an underage man. There are many..
November 30, 2018

Afghanistan war: US strike in Helmand killed 23 civilians, UN says

Afghanistan war: US strike in Helmand killed 23 civilians, UN says Image copyright EPA Image caption Up to 10 children were killed and three others injured A US airstrike in Afghanistan on Tuesday killed as many as 23 civilians, with most victims women and children, the UN says. The strike on a compound in Helmand province was called in during a joint operation between Afghan and US forces. Investigators said up to 10 children and eight women may have been killed. US forces say they are investigating. Civilian casualties from aerial attacks have surged since the US announced a new Afghan strategy last year. President Trump committed more troops to America's longest war and significantly boosted the number of strikes targeting Taliban and Islamic State group positions in August 2017. The rules of engagement were also loosened, allowing more bombings. The US-led Nato mission in Afghanistan said that Tuesday's helicopter strike took place amid a firefight between US-advised Afg..
November 30, 2018

India farmers: Tens of thousands march against agrarian crisis

India farmers: Tens of thousands march against agrarian crisis Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The farmers are marching to highlight the agrarian crisis Tens of thousands of Indian farmers are marching to the parliament in the capital, Delhi, to highlight the deepening agrarian crisis. They arrived on Thursday from across the country and held a rally demanding better crop prices, drought relief and loan waivers. Indian agriculture has been blighted by a depleting water table and declining productivity for decades. This is the fourth such farmers' protest in the past one year. Farmers make up important voting bloc in the country and, analysts say, given the scale of the protests, their discontentment could hurt the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in next year's general election. "We voted for the BJP but anti-farmer policies of the government have hit us hard," Lakhan Pal Singh, one of the farmers participating in the march, told Reuters news agency. Protesti..
November 30, 2018

Raids mounted on fake Indian tech support centres

Raids mounted on fake Indian tech support centres Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The bogus support calls typically claim to find problems with Microsoft Windows More than 50 people have been arrested in India for their alleged involvement in fake security warning scams. The New York Times said that Delhi police made the arrests during raids on 26 call centres linked to the scams. Software giant Microsoft helped police trace who was behind the large-scale operations. It said it received more than 11,000 calls per month about fake security warnings and that many people lost significant sums to the fraudsters. "This is an organised crime," Courtney Gregoire, an assistant general counsel in Microsoft's digital crimes unit told the US newspaper. Microsoft has estimated that fraudsters make about $1.5bn (£1.2bn) a year through fake Windows support calls. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWhat happened when sextortion scammers targeted a BBC Trendin..
November 30, 2018

Whale stranding: Another 50 pilot whales die off NZ

Whale stranding: Another 50 pilot whales die off NZ Image copyright DoC Image caption The only surviving whale was too badly injured ill to be rescued Fifty-one pilot whales have died after becoming stranded on a beach on the Chatham Islands off New Zealand. The mass stranding means more than 200 whales have died in separate incidents over the past week in the region. New Zealand's Department of Conservation says between 80 and 90 whales were found to have become stranded in Hanson Bay on Thursday. Several dozen managed to refloat themselves but 50 were found dead and one had to be put down. 'The night I found 145 stranded whales'"There was no likelihood of being able to successfully save the remaining whale. Sadly, the decision was made to euthanise. It was the most humane thing to do," said DOC's Chatham Islands Operations Manager, Dave Carlton. "This is always an awful decision to have to make." Image copyright DoC Image caption The dead are being buried close..
November 30, 2018

South Korean train crosses DMZ into North Korea

South Korean train crosses DMZ into North Korea Image copyright Getty Images For the first time in more than a decade, a train has travelled from South Korea across the heavily guarded border into North Korea. On board is a team of South Korean experts investigating ways to help North Korea modernise its rail network. The two Koreas have made significant progress in improving their relationship over the past year. The hope is that it will eventually become easier to travel and trade across the border. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The train had to make its way over one of the most heavily guarded borders in the world Image copyright EPA Image caption South Korean officials say opening the line will improve peace and prosperity on both sides Image copyright Getty Images When the leaders of North and South Korea had their historic meeting in April, North Korea's Kim Jong-un asked for help with updating his country's railways, which he said were in an "embarrassi..
November 29, 2018

Carmichael project: Visiting Australia’s controversial Adani mine

Carmichael project: Visiting Australia's controversial Adani mine Image caption The mine project is on a piece of barren land Indian energy giant Adani has announced that it will begin work on a controversial coal mine project in Australia. Earlier this year, BBC Hindi's Vineet Khare visited the area and details what he witnessed there. The route to the Carmichael mine is a long lonely ride in the wilderness - a paved road transforms into a wide dirt track before you eventually reach the remote piece of land which has so divided Australia. The $12.5bn (£9.8bn) Carmichael project coal site in Queensland state is nearly 400km (248 miles) inland from the eastern coast. It's in the Mackay region, which is home to other mining projects. The project has been delayed for six years because of a series of legal challenges and reports evaluating its environmental impact. It's owned by the Adani group, whose chairman, Gautam Adani, is considered to be close to Indian Prime Mi..
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