October 3, 2018

The Indian state where police kill with impunity

The Indian state where police kill with impunity Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Uttar Pradesh government has said that it conducts "police encounters" to improve law and order A series of alleged extra-judicial killings by police in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh has raised serious concerns about its force. Sharat Pradhan and Nitin Srivastava report for the BBC. "I got a call from the police at around 6.30am, asking if I wanted to film a gun battle going on with two criminals," says a TV journalist from Aligarh, a city in Uttar Pradesh, who has requested anonymity. He rushed to the spot, where to his surprise he was joined by several other journalists brandishing mics and cameras. Together, they filmed a scene that could have been out of a Bollywood film. Live images beamed across most of India's national television channels showed policemen armed with sophisticated assault rifles, kneeling behind thick bushes and firing at a bungalow. It's rea..
October 3, 2018

India Ganges ‘rape video’: Two men arrested

India Ganges 'rape video': Two men arrested Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The alleged attack happened near the Ganges - a holy site for Hindus (file photo) Two men have been arrested in Patna, in north-east India, after a video allegedly showing a woman being raped next to the holy River Ganges was shared widely on social media. Police say the men took turns to assault the victim and film it. The woman was reportedly dragged from the Ganges, where she had been bathing on Sunday morning. In the video, she can be heard asking the men to consider the "sanctity" of the river, revered within Hinduism. She also refers to it as "mother" - a term of affection and respect for the site. Police said on Wednesday the mobile phone used to film the alleged assault had been seized and would be sent to a forensic laboratory for analysis, the Times of India reports. Accounts conflict on how authorities learned of the incident - with police saying they only found out about it af..
October 3, 2018

Indonesia tsunami: Authorities fight fake news

Indonesia tsunami: Authorities fight fake news Image copyright Indonesia Government Image caption The Indonesian government says that the mayor of Palu is very much alive Authorities in Indonesia say they have identified individuals spreading hoaxes following the earthquake and tsunami that devastated parts of Sulawesi and killed more than 1,400 people. The government has released a list of eight instances of fake news being spread on social media and chat platforms which it says are incorrect. Local police say that they wasted time and resources checking out one hoax which claimed that a local dam was near to collapse, and the force's chief says that officers "know the identities" of those spreading rumours. Meanwhile, the country's national disaster agency spokesman has posted messages countering rumours on his Twitter account, and his tweets have been shared thousands of times. Image copyright YUSUF WAHIL/AFP Image caption Amid the rescue efforts, the Indonesian authoriti..
October 3, 2018

Hornbill gets 3D-printed prosthetic casque after cancer

Hornbill gets 3D-printed prosthetic casque after cancer Image copyright Wildlife Reserves Singapore Jary, a captive hornbill in Singapore, has been given a 3D-printed prosthetic bill after surgery to remove cancerous tissue. In July, staff at Jurong Bird Park noticed an 8cm gash on the 22-year-old male Great Pied Hornbill's casque and suspected the bird might be suffering from cancer. Image copyright Wildlife Reserves Singapore Much of the tissue under Jary's casque had been destroyed by the disease. The outlook was bleak - of two previous hornbill cancer cases at the park, one bird died after chemotherapy while the other's cancer had progressed too far for treatment. Image copyright Wildlife Reserves Singapore Jary underwent a scan... Image copyright Wildlife Reserves Singapore ... and a biopsy of the cancer-affected tissue was taken. Analysis of the biopsy confirmed it was cancer and surgeons decided to remove all the cancerous growth. Image copyright Wil;dlife R..
October 3, 2018

Indonesia tsunami: Frustration in remote areas waiting for aid

Indonesia tsunami: Frustration in remote areas waiting for aid Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionIndonesia tsunami: 'Have you seen our missing toddler?' Rescuers in Indonesia are still trying to reach remote areas in Sulawesi cut off by the earthquake and tsunami that devastated parts of the island and killed more than 1,400 people. Efforts have largely been focused on the city of Palu, where most of the confirmed dead have been counted. This has angered people elsewhere, who say they have not received help. The UN has warned that large parts of what might be the "worst-affected" areas have not been reached. "But the teams are pushing, they are doing what they can," UN humanitarian spokesperson Jen Laerke said late on Tuesday. Landslides, downed communications networks and collapsed bridges are making it hard for aid workers and rescuers to reach remote areas. The entire disaster zone is home to 1.4 million people and at least 70,000 have gathered in ..
October 3, 2018

How India avoided its ‘Lehman Brothers moment’

How India avoided its 'Lehman Brothers moment' Image copyright Press trust of india Image caption The default of IL&FS has spooked investors India's government has taken over a major private infrastructure financing and construction group after it began to default on its $13bn (£10bn) debt repayment - and the news sparked panic in the financial market. Devina Gupta and Pooja Agarwal explain the reasons behind this crisis. Many are calling it India's "too big to fail" moment, referring to big financial firms so large that their collapse could spark economic chaos. On Monday, India took over the beleaguered IL&FS, an acronym for Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services - a major non-banking financial institution, or a shadow bank. The firm's six directors have been dismissed and the new board is now led by a top banker, Uday Kotak. The default spooked the markets and raised fears of a Lehman-like crisis, referring to the collapse of the US investment bank Le..
October 3, 2018

‘Tampon tax’ scrapped in Australia after 18-year controversy

'Tampon tax' scrapped in Australia after 18-year controversy Image caption Women campaigning for an end to the tax in 2015 Australia will remove a controversial tax on female sanitary products following years of campaigning by women's groups. Currently, tampons and sanitary pads are sold with a 10% goods and services tax (GST) because they are categorised as non-essential items. Women have argued it is an unfair classification, noting items such as condoms and sunscreen are exempt. Federal and state governments agreed on Wednesday to remove the levy. "We're really delighted that everyone's come on board to scrap what is an unfair tax," Minister for Women Kelly O'Dwyer told Sky News Australia. "Millions of women right across the nation will be very thankful for it." Widely known as the "tampon tax", the levy on sanitary products has drawn protests since the GST was introduced in 2000. Many women, including long-time campaigners, celebrated the change on We..
October 2, 2018

Fan Bingbing: Top Chinese actress fined for tax evasion

Fan Bingbing: Top Chinese actress fined for tax evasion Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Fan Bingbing is one of the world's highest paid actors Chinese actress Fan Bingbing has been fined hundreds of millions of yuan for tax evasion and other offences, authorities said Wednesday. It comes nearly three months after the star disappeared from the public eye. Ms Fan, who is one of the world's highest paid actors, will escape criminal charges if the fines are paid on time, said state news agency Xinhua. The actress had been linked to a government probe into how celebrities reported earnings in their contracts. Some film stars were alleged to have used so-called "yin-yang contracts" - a practice where one contract sets out an actor's real earnings, and another details a lower figure, with the latter submitted to the tax authorities. Ms Fan's agent has been detained by the police for further investigation. Her studio had previously said the star never signed "..
October 2, 2018

China’s Tencent Music applies to list in the US

China's Tencent Music applies to list in the US Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Tencent Music is seeking a valuation of about $25bn, according to reports China's Tencent Music has filed a much-anticipated request to list its shares in the US, in what could be one of the biggest US initial public offerings by a Chinese company. Tencent Music's parent firm is China's tech giant Tencent Holdings. Other shareholders include Spotify. It includes digital streaming apps QQ Music, Kugou and karaoke app WeSing. The request to list comes amid growth in the online music industry, despite some ongoing problems with piracy. More listeners, particularly those without access to a personal computer, are streaming music through smartphone apps like Spotify and Tencent Music. Tencent Music is seeking a valuation of about $25bn (£19.2bn), according to reports. It has requested to trade under the symbol TME. Is Spotify really worth $23bn? Spotify shares dip on first day o..
Watch Live TV
X

Join our list

Subscribe to our mailing list and get interesting stuff and updates to your email inbox.

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.