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  1. Photo; ReutersHONG KONG: Hong Kong police used tear gas and water cannon on Monday against protesters who tried to break through cordons and reach a university at the centre of a week-long standoff between demonstrators and law enforcement...
  2. Anti-government protesters wear gas masks during clashes with police, outside Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) in Hong Kong, November 17, 2019. REUTERS/Tyrone SiuHONG KONG: Hong Kong protesters shot bows and arrows and hurled petrol bombs...
  3. BAGHDAD: Iraqi security forces killed at least four people on Saturday as they pushed protesters back towards their main camp in central Baghdad using live ammunition, tear gas and sound bombs, police and medics said.The clashes wounded scores more...
  4. Vinto Mayor Patricia Arce reacts while being dragged to a bridge in Vinto, Bolivia, November 6, 2019. Image: elPeriodico via EPA-EFE/Jorge AbregoProtesters dragged the mayor of the Bolivian town of Vinto barefoot in the streets and forcefully cut...
  5. Thousands of protesters under the rallying banner of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-F?s Maulana Fazlur Rehman and other opposition parties have converged on the federal capital, seeking to send packing Prime Minister Imran Khan-led govt, which they term...
  6. Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri speaks during a news conference after a cabinet session at the Baabda palace, Lebanon, October 21, 2019. Photo: Reuters/FilesBEIRUT. Lebanon's prime minister submitted his government's resignation on Tuesday,...
  7. Demonstrators are protesting against corruption and tax hikes in Lebanon. Photo: File BEIRUT: Lebanese demonstrators set up barricades and parked cars across key roads on Monday to protest corruption and press their demands for a radical overhaul...
  8. In case you didn't know, the people of Lebanon are protesting right now against a corrupt government. This is the largest protest that has happened in the country in 14 years and people have taken over the streets to protest and rally against officials who are preventing reforms. © Reuters Even if the protests are for a good reason, the huge crown can get overwhelming at times, especially for a baby. So, all the people decided to do the best and the most heartwarming thing imaginable for a child who was afraid - they started singing Baby Shark for him. Eliane Jabbour was just driving through Baabda District, just south of Beirut, with her 15-month-old son, Robin when her car was surrounded by a huge number of people who were part of the protests. While talking to CNN, she said, "I told them, 'I have a baby, don't be too loud." So, naturally, the next step for the people was to start singing the one song that literally every baby in the world loves. The mother added, "It was spontaneous. He likes this song. He hears it many times at home and laughs." The poor little kid just looks confused, but not necessarily scared, so I guess the song served its purpose. The adorable video obviously went viral, and people can't get over how cute it actually is. Protesters were blocking the road a mum told them she wanted to pass because her baby was afraid. This is what they did ð Our people are the best!#Lebanon #ThatsHowWeProtest pic.twitter.com/CI7NX545dq — Rachel R. (@RachelleRashid) October 19, 2019 Now, it's going to be stuck in everyone's head. Baby Shark Doo doo doo doo â¤ï¸ð±ð§#Lebanon Protests pic.twitter.com/6SBEXZf5nZ — Ali (@allushiii) October 19, 2019 What a great video. A family got stuck in protests in Furn el Chebbak and the mum said her kid was scared. So the protesters sang Baby Shark. ð±ð§ð±ð§ Love you Lebanon. https://t.co/18HBu8AFsp — Nasri Atallah ð±ð§ (@NasriAtallah) October 19, 2019 Yep. Protesters in Lebanon sing.... Baby shark? pic.twitter.com/CbTidPzXN0 — Benjamin Franklin ð (@benFranklin2018) October 20, 2019
  9. Geo.tv/Geo NewsKARACHI: A group of angry people attacked an independent candidate's team and tore down campaign posters Friday night here in the city's ' Bizerta Lines area, Geo News reported, citing authorities as well as one of the hopeful's...
  10. A protester tries to break into the Sharifs' Avenfield flats in London, Britain, July 9, 2018. Geo.tv via Geo News/Screenshot LONDON: Protesters said to belong to the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) attempted to attack Sunday night the Avenfield...
  11. Demonstrators are seen during a national day of action called "Keep Families Together" to protest the Trump administration's "Zero Tolerance" policy in Los Angeles, California, US, June 30, 2018. REUTERS/Monica Almeida WASHINGTON: Tens of...
  12. People inflate a helium-filled Donald Trump blimp which they hope to deploy during The President of the United States' upcoming visit, in London, Britain, June 26, 2018. REUTERS/Simon Dawson LONDON: British opponents of Donald Trump on Tuesday...
  13. US homeland security chief Kirstjen Nielsen. Photo: AFPProtesters heckled US homeland security chief Kirstjen Nielsen as she dined at a Washington restaurant late Tuesday, chanting 'shame!' repeatedly at the woman who has become the front-line...
  14. A sign during a rally against a scheduled upcoming visit by President Donald Trump, Monday, March 12, 2018, in San Diego. Photo: AP Protesters marched and held rallies Monday ahead of President Donald Trump´s first official visit to California. Nearly 200 people marched in downtown San Diego, which is on the border with Mexico, to denounce Trump and in particular his crackdown on immigration both legal and illegal. California is the country´s most populous state and a Democratic stronghold. Trump will arrive in San Diego at 11:30am and then go to nearby Otay Mesa to view eight prototypes for the wall he wants to build on the border with Mexico. Ariel Norcross, demonstrating Monday outside the Federal Building, carried a placard that read "No hate in the Golden State." "I don´t want him, his hateful rhetoric, his hateful administration, any of his policies in my state, in my country," said Norcross. "It´s already been a waste of money to build eight prototypes that are not doing anything," he added. "People will find their way here," he said as he walked in a procession featuring placards denouncing the wall plan and children in Mexican ponchos riding on their parents´ shoulders. "I don´t know why he took so long to get here but I think he is realizing that this is the strongest point of resistance, here at the border and in the state of California," protester Ali Torabei said. After viewing the wall prototypes, Trump is scheduled to give a speech at a military base in Miramar and then head to Los Angeles for a Republican fund-raising dinner. The speaker of California´s senate, Democrat Kevin de Leon, led an anti-Trump rally Monday in Beverly Hills, where the dinner will be held. The largest rally scheduled for Tuesday will be at a church in San Ysidro, from which you can see the border. Hundreds of people are expected to take part. Demonstrators plan to erect a large sign calling on Trump to "build bridges, not walls." But a pro-Trump rally in favor of the wall project is also scheduled. Trump is coming at a time of tense relations between California and the federal government, which has sued the state over its policy of not cooperating with US immigration authorities seeking to detain undocumented immigrants.
  15. Short clothes do not cause rape. That's not a question, there are no buts, it's not up for speculation. There doesn't need to be a debate over it. It's a full and complete statement, and a simple one at that, but as we have seen over the years, there are still people out there who don't believe it. When people say things like 'oh, look at what she's wearing' and 'she's asking for it', it basically just promotes rape culture. And, the only person at fault in that situation is the one saying it and not that girl in a short skirt. It's just victim blaming and I don't think I have to even explain how wrong that is. Okay, let's take into consideration that someone got molested or harassed because of their clothes. Does that apply to kids who get raped? Does that apply to the 8-month-old baby that got raped? No, right? Oh, it's almost as if clothes don't matter. See, we've come full circle. © Twitter I would also like to say one last thing – when people immediately blame the clothes of someone who got raped, they are also basically saying men can't control themselves at all, especially when they see skin. And, that's not right as well. No one wins in this situation – it's women's fault for dressing provocatively and it's the men who are so senseless that they have no control over what they're doing. It's 2018 and you would've thought that by now people would hold the person responsible accountable and treat the victim as the victim, but no, doing the right thing would be too much for people, right? We can't function like this. Protesting all these stupid reasons and the people who defend the culprit by making senseless statements against the victims, male members of Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) marched wearing shorts in the streets of the capital to take a stand and make a statement. © Twitter The 'Rape Roko' campaign was launched by DCW after the horrific incident where an 8-month-old baby was brutally raped in January. In an attempt to raise awareness and change the mentality of people who blame the victim, volunteers marched from Mandi House to Central Park carrying boards and placards with slogans like “Her clothes are not short, your mentality is” and “What clothes was the eight-month-old baby wearing?” 'Real men don't rape', 'Its not her short skirt, it's ur sick mentality' ~ Boys & men of Delhi walk in Boxers 2 challenge mindsets which tend 2 blame and shame the rape survivor! Join the #RapeRoko movement. Raise your voice against child rape at Centre Park, CP 8 March 9:30 am pic.twitter.com/HVMBGvMDgU — Swati Jai Hind (@SwatiJaiHind) March 6, 2018 Abhishek, a student of Delhi University, said, “I am walking half-naked but society allows me to. If a girl walks in a sleeveless top, men letch at her. This is not right.” © Twitter Another powerful placard read 'I feel safe in these Boxers. How much fabric does she need to feel safe?' A lot of young boys came out in support and take part in #BoxerRally under the #RapeRokoMovement by the women's panel. In a letter to DCW chief Swati Jaihind, the IMA had said: “We strongly support the people's movement 'Rape Roko' launched by DCW chief to demand a robust criminal justice system which ensures cases of sexual crimes against women and children are tried by fast-track courts within six months and rapists of children are essentially accorded death penalty as a strong deterrent for others against such crimes.” © Twitter Hopefully, this helps in bringing about the change that this country desperately needs.
  16. One of the buses that were set ablaze. Photo: Geo News screen grab ISLAMABAD: Protesters set two buses ablaze after a student was killed while boarding one of the vehicles in Gujar Khan city of Rawalpindi district on Wednesday. According to the police sources, students were getting on a public bus when the driver sped it away killing one. The deceased was a student of first year at Sarwar Shaheed Government Degree College. The incident left passers-by enraged who set two buses on fire. Bus being burnt in Gujar Khan. Photo: Geo News screen grab A similar incident occurred in Faisalabad in September 2017 when an intermediate student, Haider Ali, was run over by a public bus in front of Government Islamia College. Following the incident, Haider?s fellow students set the bus on fire. The frenzy did not subside soon as they then set on fire five other buses and damaged other vehicles plying the road. Students set six buses on fire in Faisalabad after classmate is run over Intermediate student Haider Ali was reportedly run over by a bus in front of Govt Islamia College The students turned into a violent mob and even kept the rescue and police officials away wanting to let the fire burn. Police officials later managed to take control and sent the protesting students scramming. Owners of the buses that were burnt and damaged registered their protest with the police.
  17. San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) arrives with teammates at Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, US, September 1, 2016. REUTERS via Jake Roth/USA TODAY Sports/Files MINNEAPOLIS: Colin Kaepernick and other protesting players were not to blame for a decline in National Football League television ratings, the head of the NFL Players Association said on Thursday. Kaepernick, the former-San Francisco 49ers quarterback, sparked a national debate in 2016 when he refused to stand during the U.S. anthem to protest against police shootings of minorities and racial disparities in the justice system. Other players have opted to ?take a knee? during the anthem ever since, with the protests spreading to other professional sports. The protests polarized many in the U.S. with President Donald Trump, who has called for protesting players to be fired or punished, and some pundits linking the controversy to a slide in the league?s television ratings. The NFLPA, however, said on Thursday evidence did not back the claim. ?I think every bit of detailed analysis demonstrates that it is wrong,? NFLPA president DeMaurice Smith told reporters ahead of Sunday?s Super Bowl between the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles. ?There isn?t a television show, a news show that isn?t at least experiencing a double digit decline. ?To try to pin declining ratings on any single thing is being intellectually dishonest.? While Kaepernick has not been spotted in Minneapolis during the build-up to the Super Bowl his presence has been felt. Trump raised the issue of standing for the anthem again during his State of the Union address to Congress on Tuesday while NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, who has been supportive of players rights to protest, discussed it on Wednesday. The impact of Kaepernick?s activism was also on display at the NFLPA?s media conference as a video featuring the quarterback and his lone protest that grew into a social movement was broadcast. A poster with players? hands raised and the caption, ?I am an Activist? was also displayed on one side of the room. Kaepernick?s activism, however, has come at a cost. He has been unemployed this season despite injuries at other teams that have created job openings and pundits have suggested his protest was the key reason teams are wary of signing him. Last October, he filed a grievance against the NFL accusing the 32 owners of collusion. Smith, like Goodell, refused to comment on the case but noted the season had been the most rewarding in charge of the NFLPA, as members locked arms and rallied around a cause. ?What you?ve seen this year, for me personally, is one of most exciting and thrilling and in many ways one of the most rewarding years I?ve had in this job,? said Smith. ?You see a group of men who responded as a team, at times responded with more respect than the respect they were given.?
  18. Nicole Ballantine, 26, holds a "rise up as 1" sign while participating in the second annual Women's March in Los Angeles, California, US, January 20, 2018. REUTERS/Patrick T. Fallon1 WASHINGTON: Hundreds of thousands of women and their male supporters turned out on Saturday for the second Women?s March, a nationwide series of protests against US President Donald Trump marking the end of his tumultuous first year in office. The coordinated rallies in Washington, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and about 250 other cities featured speakers who blasted Trump for policies that many said hurt women and urged voters to turn out for congressional elections in November. Sister rallies were staged in cities overseas. ?Your vote is the most powerful tool at your individual disposal,? actress Eva Longoria told the Los Angeles rally. ?Everybody who has the privilege of voting must do so.? Trump responded on Twitter by touting what he said were economic gains of the past year that benefited women. ?Beautiful weather all over our great country, a perfect day for all Women to March,? he wrote. ?Get out there now to celebrate the historic milestones and unprecedented economic success and wealth creation that has taken place over the last 12 months. Lowest female unemployment in 18 years!? Joblessness among women was 3.7 percent in December, below the overall US unemployment rate of 4.1 percent, according to the Labor Department. Even so, Katie O?Connor ? a 39-year-old lawyer from Knoxville, Tennessee, who travelled to Washington?s National Mall ? said she wanted Trump out. ?I don?t believe this administration is going to do anything good for women,? she said. Many of the protesters wore pink knit ?***** hats,? which were created for last year?s march as a reference to a comment made by Trump about female genitalia. The caps quickly became a symbol of women?s empowerment and opposition to the new president in the early days of his administration. Saturday?s march follows what many see as a pivotal year for women?s rights, with the rise of the #MeToo and #TimesUp social media campaigns against sexual harassment and misconduct. The movements sprang up after a string of scandals involving powerful men in Hollywood, Washington, and elsewhere. Many of Saturday?s speakers highlighted the theme of sexual assault, urging all Americans to fight back against what they see as a culture that tolerates the mistreatment of women. ?When it happens to a girl, it often means that she has to stand alone,? actress and model Olivia Munn said in Los Angeles, referring to sexual assault. ?We will always support you, stand beside you, so you don?t have to stand alone.? LA crowd largest Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti estimated the crowd at 600,000, and that it was the largest march in the country. In Washington, Democratic leaders addressed a gathering that appeared much smaller than the massive crowd that flooded the nation?s capital on Jan. 21, 2017, the day after Trump?s inauguration. ?So while we have this president celebrating his one-year anniversary, let?s give him an ?F? (grade) for his performance,? House of Representatives Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said while flanked by fellow Democrats. ?We don?t agonize, we organize.? An estimated 5 million people participated in the nationwide rallies in 2017, making it one of the biggest protests in American history. In Chicago, thousands of mostly female marchers gathered in Grant Park, with many carrying protest signs with slogans such as ?Strong women raising strong women.? City officials had put the size of the crowd at between 200,000 and 300,000, and organizers said it was at the higher end and slightly larger than the 2017 rally. Michelle Saunders, 41 ? a software saleswoman from Des Plaines, Illinois ? came to the rally with her 14-year-old daughter, Bailey. They also attended last year?s march. ?We are unhappy with the current administration and what it stands for, and want our voices to be heard,? Saunders said. Since the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump has had sharply lower approval ratings among women than among men. A Pew Research Center poll in May showed 46 percent of men approving of Trump?s job performance, while only a third of women did. March organizers hope to build on the energy felt by Trump opponents after his surprise election victory and channel it into gains for progressive candidates in November?s midterm elections, using the theme ?Power to the Polls.? Organizers want to register one million new voters and get more strong advocates for women?s rights in office. Activists say Trump?s policies rolling back birth control and equal pay protections have propelled many women into activism for the first time. In Virginia state legislative polls, 11 of the 15 newly elected Democrats were women.
  19. YANGON: Myanmar police shot dead seven demonstrators and 12 were injured in troubled Rakhine State, after a local gathering celebrating an ancient Buddhist Arakan kingdom turned violent. The demonstrators gathered late on Tuesday in Mrauk U township in the northern part of Rakhine to mark the end of the Arakan kingdom, the secretary of the Rakhine state government, Tin Maung Swe, told Reuters. The violent demonstration underscores the challenges facing Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi in a country where dozens of ethnic groups have been clamoring for autonomy since independence from Britain in 1947. Some 4,000 people surrounded a government building after the annual ceremony marking the demise of the Arakan kingdom over 200 years ago, Tin Maung Swe said. Organizers did not seek approval from local authorities for the gathering, he said. ?The police used rubber bullets initially but the crowd didn?t leave. Finally the security members had to shoot. The conflict happened when some people tried to seize guns from the police,? he said. Tun Ther Sein, regional MP from Mrauk U, said some of the critically injured protesters were taken to the state capital of Sittwe, a three-hour drive south of the ancient town studded with Buddhist temples. The Rakhine, also known as Arakanese, are one of the 135 officially recognized ethnic groups in Myanmar. Their identity is closely connected to the once powerful Arakanese kingdom along the Bay of Bengal, which was conquered by the Burmese kingdom in 1784. The kingdom was once an important stop on the old silk trade route. Tensions in Rakhine have risen since a sweeping Myanmar army operation in August inflamed communal tension and triggered an exodus of over 650,000 Rohingya Muslims to Bangladesh.
  20. LONDON: Anti-government protesters demonstrated in Iran on Sunday in defiance of a warning by authorities of a tough crackdown, extending for a fourth day one of the most audacious challenges to the clerical leadership since pro-reform unrest in 2009. Giving his first public reaction to the protests, President Hassan Rouhani appealed for calm, saying Iranians had the right to protest and criticize the authorities. But he warned, according to official media: ?The government will show no tolerance for those who damage public properties, violate public order and create unrest in the society.? Tens of thousands of people have protested across the country since Thursday against the Islamic Republic?s government and clerical elite. Police in the center of Tehran fired water cannon to try to disperse demonstrators, according to pictures on social media. Demonstrations turned violent in Shahin Shahr in central Iran. Videos showed protesters attacking the police, turning over a car and setting it on fire. Reuters could not immediately verify the authenticity of the footage. There were also reports of demonstrations in the cities of Sanandaj and Kermanshah in western Iran as well as Chabahar in the southeast and Ilam and Izeh in the southwest. Demonstrators initially vented their anger over economic hardships and alleged corruption, but the protests took on a rare political dimension, with a growing number of people calling on Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to step down. Iranian security forces appear to have shown restraint to avoid an escalation of the crisis. Two people have been killed and hundreds arrested. The protests are the biggest since unrest in 2009 that followed the disputed re-election of then-President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Videos showed people in central Tehran chanting: ?Down with the dictator!? in an apparent reference to Khamenei. Protesters in Khorramabad in western Iran shouted: ?Khamenei, shame on you, leave the country alone!? The government said it would temporarily restrict access to the Telegram messaging app and Instagram, owned by Facebook Inc, state television quoted an informed source as saying. An Iranian reached by telephone, who asked not to be named, said there was a heavy presence of police and security forces in the heart of the capital. ?I saw a few young men being arrested and put into police van. They don?t let anyone assemble,? he said. A video showed a protester being arrested by police while a crowd shouted: ?Police, go and arrest the thieves!? in the northwestern city of Khoy. In the western town of Takestan, demonstrators set ablaze a Shi?ite Muslim seminary and the offices of the local Friday prayers leader, state broadcaster IRIB?s website said. Police dispersed protesters, arresting some, ILNA news agency said. BREAKING TABOO Demonstrators also shouted: ?Reza Shah, bless your soul.? Such calls are evidence of a deep level of anger and break a taboo. The king ruled Iran from 1925 to 1941 and his Pahlavi dynasty was overthrown in a revolution in 1979 by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the Islamic Republic?s first leader. High prices, alleged corruption and mismanagement are fuelling the anger. Youth unemployment reached 28.8 percent this year. Economic indexes have improved under Rouhani?s government and the economy is no longer in dire straits. But growth has been too slow for an overwhelmingly youthful population, far more interested in jobs and change than in the Islamist idealism and anti-Shah republicanism of the 1979 revolution. The demonstrations are particularly troublesome for Rouhani?s government because he was elected on a promise to guarantee rights to freedom of expression and assembly. His main achievement is a deal in 2015 with world powers that curbed Iran?s nuclear program in return for a lifting of most international sanctions. But it has yet to bring the economic benefits the government promised. Ali Asghar Naserbakht, deputy governor of Tehran province, was quoted as saying by ILNA that 200 protesters had been arrested on Saturday. ?CARRIED AWAY BY EMOTIONS? Tehran prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi said some of those arrested had confessed ?they were carried away by emotions and set fire to mosques and public buildings?, adding they would face severe punishment. ?After giving thousands of martyrs for the Revolution, the nation will not return to dark era of Pahlavi rule,? he said. Police and Revolutionary Guards have in the past crushed unrest violently. The new protests could worry authorities more because they seem spontaneous and lack a clear leader. Yet analysts say Iran?s leaders believe they can count on support from many of the generation that took part as youths in the 1979 revolution because of their ideological commitment and the economic gains they have made under the government. In apparent response to the protests, the government backed down on plans to raise fuel prices, promised to increase cash handouts to the poor and create more jobs in coming years. ?We predict that at least 830,000 jobs will be created in the new year,? government spokesman Mohammad Baqer Nobakht said on state television on Saturday night. He gave no details. About 3.2 million Iranians are jobless. Protesters also expressed anger over costly interventions in Syria and Iraq, where Iran is engaged in a proxy war for influence against regional rival Saudi Arabia. TRUMP TWEETS US President Donald Trump and Republican lawmakers offered implicit support on Sunday to the protesters. ?Big protests in Iran,? Trump said in a tweet. ?The people are finally getting wise as to how their money and wealth is being stolen and squandered on terrorism.? Nikki Haley, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said: ?The Iranian government is being tested by its own citizens. We pray that freedom and human rights will carry the day.? Rouhani rebuffed Trump?s comments, saying he had no right to sympathize with Iranians since he ?called the Iranian nation terrorists a few months ago?. Trump refused in October to certify that Tehran was complying with its 2015 nuclear deal and said he might terminate the accord. British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson tweeted it was vital that citizens have the right to demonstrate peacefully.
  21. A pro-Kannada group, identified as Karnataka Rakshana Vedike Yuva Sene, threatened to commit mass suicide over Sunny?s participation in a New Year's Eve performance in Bengaluru. Photo: file Sunny Leone is no stranger to controversies. The Bollywood lass who has worked hard to make her way but still faces issues relating to acceptance in India. A pro-Kannada group, identified as Karnataka Rakshana Vedike Yuva Sene, threatened to commit mass suicide over Sunny?s participation in a New Year's Eve performance in Bengaluru, reported Indian media. Protesting in front Manyata Tech Park on Friday, the group burnt her posters and condemned her programmes as an assault on Karnataka's culture. The president of the organisation, Harish said that he wouldn?t mind if the actress wears a saree and performs. India Today's report quoted the state president of the protesting group as saying, "We are against Sunny wearing short clothes. If she wears a saree and takes part in the event, even we'll go watch her. Sunny doesn't have a good past. We shouldn't be encouraging such people. We will not hesitate to commit suicide on 31 December." Taking notice of the incident, the Karnataka government denied permission to Bollywood actor Sunny Leone to perform at a New Year's Eve show in Bengaluru. "We have denied permission fearing law and order problems in the wake of protests by pro-Kannada outfits and also keeping in view the directions of the Karnataka high court in a molestation case reported on MG Road last New Year's Eve," said home minister R Ramalinga Reddy. He added that they decided not to grant permission considering that her fans in Kochi went berserk during her visit there in August. "We took feedback from Kochi police before taking the decision," Reddy added.
  22. With each passing day, our country just keeps regressing, and it seems like we can't do anything about it. We got two prime examples of that just this week only. First, it was the condom ad ban, because why teach the country about the importance of contraception, it's not like we have a population problem. Oh, wait! And, now on to the second one - The Karnataka government denied Sunny Leone permission to perform at a New Year's Eve show in Bengaluru. While talking to TOI, home minister R Ramalinga Reddy said, “We have denied permission fearing law and order problems in the wake of protests by pro-Kannada outfits and also keeping in view the directions of the Karnataka high court in a molestation case reported on MG Road last New Year's Eve.” Karnataka: The members of pro- Kannada group Karnataka Rakshana Vedike Yuva Sene staged a demonstration protesting against actor Sunny Leone taking part in a new year eve event at Manyata Tech Park in Bengaluru pic.twitter.com/fwk7PetVP9 — ANI (@ANI) December 15, 2017 This decision came after protests by pro-Kannada groups, because an “invitation to the actress will be an 'assault' on their culture.” Harish, the leader of the protesters told The Indian Express, “We have all seen what happened at MG Road and Brigade Road on December 31 last year. Bringing people like Sunny Leone to Bengaluru will only corrupt the minds of men and women, and lead them to behave inappropriately.” Yes, because Sunny herself is promoting such acts, right, if someone gets molested, it's Sunny's fault and not the one doing it. Love the logic here. A post shared by Sunny Leone (@sunnyleone) on Nov 8, 2017 at 2:01am PST The protesters claim they know her “history” and she did not represent the Indian culture. They went as far as to threaten to commit "mass suicide" if her programme is eventually held. The organisers, however, tried to pacify the protesters by saying the New Year bash had been planned keeping in mind the sensibilities of Kannada people. “Being a Kannadiga myself, I have ensured the standard of the show is representative of Bengaluru's culture. Even though, Sunny Leone got a lot of offers to dance on New Year's Eve, she chose to come here, as Bengaluru and Hyderabad are her favourite places. This is a family programme and the culture of the state is not being disrespected,” said an organiser. Here's what people on Twitter have to say about this absurdity. © Twitter Seems like it. So Karnataka govt has denied the permission to perform Sunny Leone on new year eve. No freedom to women. No security to women. No women in shorts. Is RSS running the Karnataka govt? ð¡ — Lazy Cat ð (@uPoliticat) December 16, 2017 Well, who are we to stop them? People protesting Sunny Leone's New Year party are threatening mass suicide. This is brilliant. They are both the problem and the solution. — Azeem Banatwalla (@TheBanat) December 16, 2017 Truly. Progressive state with regressive Minds — Santosh Singhð (@SuccessSantosh) December 16, 2017 Hypocritical India. Legislators watching porn in the assembly is okay but no Sunny Leone for new year's. Way to go Karnataka! https://t.co/oDzsqh7IjH — Apurva Vishwanath (@apurva_hv) December 15, 2017 Yep, not at all surprising. Country where *** ed is not taught and condom ads are banned. What can we expect. Digital India has analog laws. This protest is the result. — Indian Assamese (@IndianAssamese) December 16, 2017 Exactly. Truth is, those custodians of culture threatened mass suicide to protest Sunny Leone's #NYE bash in Bangalore are the same who jerk off watching her porn clips — Debarati Majumder (@debarati_m) December 15, 2017 Sunny Leone deserves better.
  23. Trees cover a street in Islamabad/APP ISLAMABAD: A decade ago, artist Suleman Shams left Lahore and moved his family to Pakistan?s tree-lined capital, drawn by the city?s green and peaceful character. Two years ago, however, the 41-year-old developed asthma and today can?t go outside his home without wearing a mask over his nose and mouth. As the capital has expanded, with construction of ever more homes and businesses and with roads being widened to accommodate growing traffic, the city?s legions of trees are disappearing, Shams and other residents say, leading to worsening pollution and rarer rain. ?Since 2013, I have seen Islamabad losing its green grandeur as trees are fast vanishing from the city, making it only a dusty city,? Shams complained. But residents are now pushing back. After authorities in October cut down more than 200 mature trees in 24 hours to make way for the expansion of Attaturk Avenue, near the Prime Minister?s office, the National Commission for Human Rights, backed by the Supreme Court of Pakistan, stepped in to halt plans to cut more than 400 additional trees on the project route, in response to public outrage. The Supreme Court called for the commission to hold an inquiry into whether such tree cutting was legal, and ordered the suspension of Suleman Sheikh, the Islamabad Capital Development Authority?s director-general for environment. The human rights commission, which sits under the Federal Law and Human Rights Ministry, directed the authority to look into purchasing machinery to transplant trees up to 14 inches in diameter rather than fell them. In a telephone interview with the Thomson Reuters Foundation, Sheikh said he now believed such a purchase was a good idea. ?As construction, road expansion and other development activities will inevitably continue to happen in the future to accommodate rising number of vehicles and people coming from surrounding towns and villages, for the authority owning such a transplanting machine is now a must to protect the capital city?s green character,? he said. Saving trees, he said, is ?vital for keeping air quality from deteriorating further?. Asad Kayani, a planning and design expert at the Capital Development Authority, said the body was planting more than 2,400 saplings across the city to compensate for the trees being cut. But tree felling protestor Shumaila Nawaz said the new saplings ? five to seven feet tall ? could not make up for the loss of hundreds of 30- to 40-year-old trees, which are better at absorbing air pollution and regulating rainfall. Felled trees in Islamabad/Photo taken from Twitter ?The new tree saplings, even if honestly planted by the authority, will take another three to four decades to be equally able to yield environment and health benefits for the city and its residents,? she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. ?Taking down old trees and planting new small trees elsewhere in the city is not going to help address the worsening state of air quality of the capital city,? she said. According to a 2015 report published the Lancet medical journal, nearly 22 percent of annual deaths in Pakistan ? or around 311,000 each year ? are caused by air pollution. Another 2017 study, by the US-based Health Effects Institute, noted that fine particulate in the air ? a particularly problematic pollutant known as PM2.5 ? had risen sharply in Pakistan in recent years. Dr. Munawar Khan Mahsud, a lung specialist at the Pakistan Institute of Medical Science, said he had seen increasing complaints of lung problems and respiratory infections in recent years, a period when tree cutting in Islamabad had been on the rise. Today about 5,000 to 8,000 patients at the institute, the largest state-owned medical facility in Islamabad, seek treatment for respiratory problems each year, up from 400 to 500 a year in 2001, he said. He attributed the increase to a ?rising number of vehicles, rampant tree cutting and dust particles from soaring construction activities in and around the city?. In the last three or four years, a growing numbers of trees have been cut to make way for expansion of the bus network, roads and overhead bridges Riffat Naseem Malik, an environmental scientist at Quaid-e-Azam University in Islamabad, said tree cutting protests have helped the capital?s authorities realise that prioritising development projects at the costs of trees was no longer sustainable. Shams, who joined the protests against tree cutting, said the occasional tree has always been taken down in the city to make way for development. But in the last three or four years, as growing numbers of trees have been cut to make way for expansion of the bus network, roads and overhead bridges, air quality has noticeably worsened and sky-clearing rains also have become rarer, the artist said. ?How can one remain unmoved and let the enemies of trees and environment play havoc with the health of people and the environment of the city?? he asked. Protesters are saying ?we will not put up with them chopping down trees in the name of development projects and devastating our lives?, he added.
  24. LAHORE: Protesters of a religious group ended their seven-day-long sit-in on Lahore's Mall Road late Friday, after they reached an agreement with the Punjab government. Holding a press conference here, Ashraf Asif Jalali thanked participants for staging the sit-in for seven consecutive days following the agreement. He said the names of those responsible for the change in the amendment to the Finality of Prophethood declaration for electoral candidates, in the Elections Act 2017, will be made public by December 20. Jalali also claimed the government has provided them a list of martyrs, wounded and arrested protesters. He further said that a committee will be formed with regard to the resignation of Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah, warning, "If the agreement isn't acted upon in a month's time, then we will again take to streets."
  25. Protesters pelt stones at police in Faizabad/AFP LAHORE: Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif has ordered release of all the protesters detained during sit-ins over the past few days. Kot Lakhpat prison in Lahore has received instructions to release 170 workers of a religious group, which had been protesting and staging sit-ins countrywide over the past three weeks demanding the resignation of Federal Law Minister Zahid Hamid. The weeks-long protest at Faizabad Interchange in Islamabad was called off on Monday following the voluntary resignation of Zahid Hamid and an agreement signed between the government and protesters. Following the negotiations, the leader of the religious group appealed to protesters across the country to disperse. However, protesters belonging to a separate faction of the religious group have refused to wrap up their sit-in at Lahore?s Mall Road Charing Cross, saying they will not leave until their demands are met. These protesters, from a different faction of the same religious group, are demanding the resignation of Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah, and have said they will not disperse even after demonstrations across the country ended earlier this week, restoring life to normalcy in Rawalpindi, Islamabad, Karachi and other cities. The rest of the city, meanwhile, is back to normal as traffic flow has been restored after road blockades were removed. Metro bus service was restored earlier this week after it remained closed over the weekend due to the protests. Sit-in continues in Lahore despite Faizabad agreement Protesters in Lahore demand resignation of Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah Educational institutions in the province re-opened on Wednesday, after remaining closed on Monday and Tuesday in view of the law and order situation. The demonstrations and sit-ins held in Sindh, Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa after the Faizabad operation resulted in at least one death and left dozens injured, besides over 200 injuries reported in Islamabad.
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