A strong, Muslim Indian woman who stands against British colonialists in 19th century India is the central focus of the latest novel by the granddaughter of Ottoman Sultan Murad V. Kenize Mourad’s “In the City of Gold and Silver”, tells the story of Begum Hazrat who stands bravely against the East India Company, but is eventually forced into exile in Nepal. Begum is an orphan and aspiring poet who gains the attention of the Indian ruler and finally becomes his wife. From this powerful position, Begum is a principal figure that leads the uprising against British colonialist in India.
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Rescuers struggled to reach more than 200,000 people still stranded on Saturday in Indian Kashmir as deadly floodwaters receded, revealing horrific devastation in the Himalayan region including neighbouring Pakistan, officials said.
The Australian government continues to break the law with its actions against asylum seekers.
The Australian government secretly sent 41 Sri Lankan asylum seekers back to their country [Reuters]
By: Fiona Broom
As Australia’s conservative federal government falls further in opinion polls, it is increasingly willing to eschew international refugee conventions to cling to the one thing that is winning it support – the illegal and inhumane treatment of asylum seekers.
While the Australian government’s treatment of child refugees and its refusal to release details of asylum seeker boat arrivals and block attempts by journalists to investigate detention facilities earn it little praise internationally, at home it is one of the few things winning the government any favour.
A frightened leopard bites a man on the behind after being cornered in the west Indian village of Ballarpur, Maharashtra. The animal was reportedly captured by the forest department and subsequently released into the wild. The incident comes amid a rash of human encounters with Leopards, both in Chandrapur and elsewhere in India, according to NDTV. Indian Leopard habitat is under threat from expanding agricultural land-use and the species is about to be listed is ‘vulnerable’.