John Allen Chau spent summers alone in a California cabin as a wilderness emergency responder, led backpacking expeditions in the Northwest's Cascade Mountains, almost lost his leg to a rattlesnake bite, and coached soccer for poor children in Iraq and South Africa. But kayaking to a remote Indian island, home to a tribe known for attacking outsiders with bows and arrows, proved an adventure too far for the avid outdoorsman and Christian missionary. Police said Wednesday that he had been killed, and authorities were working with anthropologists to try to recover his body from North Sentinel, in the Andaman Islands. "Words cannot express the sadness we have experienced about this report," his family said in a statement posted on his Instagram account. "He loved God, life, helping those in need, and had nothing but love for the Sentinelese people." Visits to the island are heavily restricted, which Chau knew, authorities said. Police arrested seven fishermen accused of helping him reach … [Read more...] about ‘Explorer at Heart’: American Missionary Killed in India
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By Kaleem Hussain Published: October 27, 2018 0 SHARES Share Tweet Email Kashmiri men gesture as another lies on the ground after a blast near a residential house in Kulgam on October 21, 2018. PHOTO: AFP The impasse that is the land of Kashmir – which Allama Iqbal described as “heaven on earth” – has shown little signs of abating, with only escalations in sight. On October 21st, thousands of demonstrators marched on a village in Kulgam, where Indian forces were battling an unaccounted number of suspected Kashmiri fighters. This led to a shootout in which Indian troops killed at least 14 youths and injured at least 30 others in the Laroo area of the Kulgam district, in an attack that included pillaging and destruction of the neighbourhood, according to local police and military officials in the vicinity. Amongst the dead were two Kashmiri youths who were martyred after an unexploded bomb planted by Indian forces went off whilst they were … [Read more...] about Black Day: Without international mediation, there can be no lasting peaceful resolution in Kashmir
Story highlights Kerala will reserve places for transgender students in the state's higher education institutions The transgender community is among the most marginalized in India, with little access to education and jobs (CNN)The southern Indian state of Kerala announced this month that it would reserve places for transgender students in the state's higher education institutions, a move aimed at easing their stigmatization. The transgender community is among the most marginalized in India, with access to education and subsequently jobs mostly nonexistent, according to experts. Kerala's move to secure places in higher education is among the first initiatives in the country to help support their progress. But the move, which has been welcomed by the transgender community, has also been met with skepticism over its viability by activists who highlight the likely ignorance of students and faculty at these universities. Students will face discrimination along with a lack of … [Read more...] about Indian state takes a step forward for transgender rights
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Family Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by Ties ByRobin Eileen Bernstein May 18, 2018 My husband, Mark, was a pack rat. So clearing out his belongings after he died suddenly at 57 was a challenge even for a rabid organizer like me. To complicate matters, my two kids and I were moving from a four-bedroom house in the suburbs to a two-bedroom apartment in Manhattan. Most of what we owned wasn’t coming along. I spent every spare minute making piles: keep, sell, donate, toss. Tucked under the attic eaves were several milk crates of Mark’s old Playboys, Sports Illustrateds and National Geographics, dating back to the 1960s. I sold a few at our moving sale, but the rest sit untouched in a cramped storage unit. I’m guessing the unenviable job of selling them will one day fall to my kids. I also found a trove of sweet handwritten letters from his college … [Read more...] about The Skeleton in My Closet
AT one point Aung San Suu Kyi was one of the world's most admired and respected leaders, with widespread hopes she would usher in a new era for war-plagued Myanmar. She has risen to power after becoming one of the world's most prominent political prisoners but has been condemned over her handling of the Rohingya crisis. Here's her story. Who is Aung San Suu Kyi? Born in what was then known as Rangoon, Burma, in the final days of World War Two, Aung San Suu Kyi suffered early tragedies with her father assassinated while her sister drowned in a lake. She later followed her mother to India where she served as the Burmese ambassador to India and Nepal. While her mother worked, Aung San Suu Kyi earned a degree in politics before travelling to Oxford to study Philosophy, Politics and Economics - the course favoured by future world leaders. Returning to Burma in 1988, she arrived as the country's military ruler stood down and Aung San Suu Kyi founded the National League for … [Read more...] about Who is Aung San Suu Kyi, when was Myanmar’s leader born in Burma and what has she said about the Rohingya crisis?