February 12, 2019

India’s railway minister mocked for sped-up train video

India's railway minister mocked for sped-up train video Image copyright AFP Image caption Piyush Goyal said the train was 'zooming past at lightning speed'. The man in charge of India's railways has been mocked for sharing a video of a "high-speed" train that turned out to be a time-lapse of a slower train. Piyush Goyal, Minister of Railways and Coal, tweeted that the train was "zooming past at lightning speed". Trainspotter Abhishek Jaiswal then replied with the original footage, which he said he filmed in December for his railway-themed YouTube channel. In Mr Jaiswal's clip, the same train travels at a much slower speed. In the video posted on his official Twitter account, Mr Goyal says the video shows "India's first semi-high speed train built under 'Make in India' initiative, Vande Bharat Express". Skip Twitter post by @PiyushGoyal It’s a bird...It’s a plane...Watch India’s first semi-high speed train built under ‘Make in India’ initiative, ..
February 12, 2019

Huang Xiangmo: China billionaire mocks ‘giant baby’ Australia

Huang Xiangmo: China billionaire mocks 'giant baby' Australia Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption There are growing worries in Australia about Chinese influence A Chinese billionaire and political donor has dubbed Australia a "giant baby" after he lost residency rights. It is an "objective fact" that the country has a baby's "innate characteristics", Huang Xiangmo told state tabloid Global Times. The property developer has lived in Sydney since 2011 and has donated millions to major political parties. But he was stranded overseas when the government rejected his citizenship bid and cancelled his permanent residency. The Sydney Morning Herald first reported the visa denial earlier this month, describing Mr Huang as "Beijing's former top lobbyist in Australia". He reportedly has links with the Chinese Communist Party, and Australia's national security agency has warned politicians not to accept money from him. It comes amid a row over Chinese influence ..
February 12, 2019

Australia government loses bill blocking sick asylum seekers

Australia government loses bill blocking sick asylum seekers Image copyright Getty Images Image caption This comes as a defeat to Scott Morrison's government Australian MPs have passed a landmark bill with an opposition amendment making it easier for sick refugees held offshore to be treated in the country. This is the first time in decades a government has lost a vote on its own legislation in the lower house. The move is a blow for PM Scott Morrison's minority government's highly controversial immigration policy. Since 2013, Australia has sent asylum seekers arriving by boat to detention centres on Nauru and Papua New Guinea. Critics say it has harmed the welfare of detainees, including children. Doctors have long warned of inadequate medical facilities on the islands, while the UN has previously described the camp conditions as "inhumane". However, Mr Morrison said: "There is no form of this bill that does not weaken our border protection." Australia has long defend..
February 12, 2019

Karol Bagh: Seventeen die in India Delhi hotel fire

Karol Bagh: Seventeen die in India Delhi hotel fire Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The hotel is popular with budget tourists At least 17 people, including a child, have died in a fire that broke out early Tuesday morning in a hotel in India's capital, Delhi, police said. A video of the incident shows people jumping from the fourth floor after breaking open window panes. Officials said 35 people were rescued. Some of them who were injured have been taken to hospital. Hotel Arpit Palace is located in Karol Bagh, an area popular with tourists for its budget hotels and shopping. "There was wooden panelling in the corridor because of which people couldn't use the corridors to leave the hotel," Vipin Kenta, a fireman, told the Hindustan Times newspaper. He added that at least two people jumped out of the building. He said they were still investigating what caused the fire. Local media reported that most of the deaths were caused by suffocation. India fire destroy..
February 12, 2019

Bonsai theft: Japanese couple robbed of 400-year-old tree

Bonsai theft: Japanese couple robbed of 400-year-old tree Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Bonsai trees can live to be hundreds of years old (file picture) Two Bonsai enthusiasts have launched an emotional plea to thieves who stole seven trees from them, offering care instructions for their "children". Seiji Iimura and his wife Fuyumi said the prized miniature trees were taken from their garden in Saitama, Tokyo. "There are no words to describe how we feel," Mr Iimura wrote. "They were precious [to us]." The tiny trees are believed to be worth over 13m yen ($118,000, £91,750), CNN reported. Stemming from East Asia and often associated with Japan, Bonsai is a delicate art-form based on specialist cultivation techniques. The miniature plants are grown in containers that mimic the shape of fully-sized trees, and require expert care. The beauty of Bonsai Bonsai: An endless ritual One of the couple's stolen trees is a Shimpaku Juniper - one of the most sought-after Bonsai t..
February 11, 2019

Uighur crackdown: ‘I spent seven days of hell in Chinese camps’

Uighur crackdown: 'I spent seven days of hell in Chinese camps' Image caption Aibota Serik says her father has disappeared into China's network of detention centres The Chinese government calls them free "vocational training centres"; Aibota Serik, a Chinese Kazakh whose father was sent to one, calls them prisons. Her father Kudaybergen Serik was a local imam in Tarbagatay (Tacheng) prefecture of China's western Xinjiang region. In February 2018 the police detained him and Aibota hasn't heard from her father since then. "I don't know why my father was imprisoned. He didn't violate any laws of China, he was not tried in a court," she says, clutching a small photo of him, before breaking down in tears. I met Aibota together with a group of other Chinese Kazakhs in Almaty, Kazakhstan's largest city. They gathered in a small office to petition the Kazakh government to help secure the release of their relatives who had disappeared in "political re-ed..
February 11, 2019

Hakeem al-Araibi: Refugee footballer to return to Australia

Hakeem al-Araibi: Refugee footballer to return to Australia Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Hakeem al-Araibi was detained in Thailand in November The wife of a refugee footballer freed from detention in Thailand says the couple's nightmare is finally over. Hakeem al-Araibi, a Bahraini citizen, will return home to Australia on Tuesday after being held for two months in a Bangkok prison. He was detained in November on an Interpol notice requested by Bahrain, after travelling to Thailand on honeymoon. An international human rights campaign for his release succeeded on Monday. The footballer's wife told the BBC she was deeply thankful for the lobbying efforts of the Australian government and public, and the international football community. "I have had a smile all the time on my face and I can't stop crying - I am just so happy," said the 24-year-old, who does not wish to be named. "I prayed and prayed that he would come back to me, and finally our nightmare is e..
February 11, 2019

China retaliates after Turkey’s claims about Abdurehim Heyit

China retaliates after Turkey's claims about Abdurehim Heyit Image copyright CRI Image caption A screenshot of the footage appearing to show Mr Heyit China has railed at Turkish claims it is mistreating its Uighur minority, after a dispute about the fate of a prominent musician. Turkey cited reports Abdurehim Heyit had died in a detention camp, and called China's treatment of the Uighurs a "great embarrassment for humanity". China then released a video allegedly showing Mr Heyit alive. The Uighurs are a Muslim minority in north-western China who speak a language closely related to Turkish. They have come under intense surveillance by the authorities and up to a million Uighurs are reportedly being detained. A significant number of Uighurs have fled to Turkey from China in recent years. China has asked Turkey to revoke its "false" claims. A Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman said the musician was "very healthy". "We hope the relevant Turkish persons can distinguish between ..
February 11, 2019

Priyanka Gandhi kicks off India campaign with massive roadshow

Priyanka Gandhi kicks off India campaign with massive roadshow Image caption Priyanka Gandhi arrived in Lucknow to cheering supporters Thousands of Indians thronged the streets to greet Priyanka Gandhi as she made her first public appearance after formally joining politics last month. She arrived with her brother, main opposition Congress party president Rahul Gandhi, in the northern city of Lucknow to cheering supporters. Analysts say she will infuse fresh energy into the Congress campaign ahead of general elections due this summer. She has been likened to former PM Indira Gandhi, her grandmother. The BBC's Geeta Pandey, who is at the roadshow in Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh state, said slogans of "long live Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi" greeted the two politicians. Tens of thousands of people have come out on to the streets to cheer them on. Priyanka Gandhi launches political career ahead of key India polls Can Priyanka Gandhi revive Indian Congress party's fortunes? They..
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