UN Special Rapporteur on right to adequate housing: ‘No law or policy in place to ensure homeless have access to housing’

Calling for a national housing law that is based on national and international human right commitments, Leilani Farha, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing, has asked for a moratorium on forced evictions and demolitions in India. Commenting on the frequency of forced evictions in India, a country that has the largest number of urban poor […]

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New aftershocks jolt Ecuador still reeling from quake; death toll over 600

New aftershocks rattled Ecuador and hopes of finding survivors in the rubble all but evaporated, nearly a week after a huge earthquake that killed more than 600 people and injured thousands. A 6.0-magnitude quake struck just off the coast of northwest Ecuador around 10:00 pm (local time) on Thursday, the US Geological Survey said. It was followed by smaller aftershocks […]

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Now we play on smartphones or look at the door, waiting for customers: Mumbai bar dancers

or 36-year-old Sheetal, business is no longer the same. A former bar dancer, more than a decade has passed since their businesses were refurbished into “family-friendly” orchestra bars and dance girls turned into singers. Sheetal, part-time “lady waiter and singer” at an orchestra bar in Byculla near the station, earns less than Rs 200 per day as tip. On the […]

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SSLC Examinations: Students Leave ‘Pass-me’ Notes In Answer Scripts

Teachers evaluating answer scripts of the recently-concluded Secondary School Leaving Certificate (SSLC) examinations were surprised to see some peculiar answers in the scripts. Some of the students, instead of answering the questions, had appealed to the evaluators to help them sail through the exam. The answer scripts, which are being circulated on WhatsApp, have different kinds of requests for teachers. […]

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‘Billionaire’ Nawaz Sharif Has no Assets Abroad: Pakistan Election Commission

According to a statement by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has no assets abroad, but continues to receive vast amounts from his son, Hussain Nawaz who lives in the United Kingdom. According to Dawn, the statement which was released amidst the ongoing furore over the Panama Papers expose, the value of the assets owned by […]

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