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Tortured Afghan child bride to go to India for treatment

KABUL — An Afghan child bride who says she was tortured by her mother-in-law and locked in a toilet for six months will be sent to India for medical treatment, the government in Kabul said on Monday. Sahar Gul, 15, was beaten, had her fingernails pulled out and was burned…

Spammers propel India to junk-mail top spot

MUMBAI — India has emerged as the world’s top source of junk mail as spammers make use of lax laws and absent enforcement to turn the country into a centre of unsolicited email. A recent report by Kaspersky Lab, a Moscow-based global Internet security firm, says more spam was sent…

India repairs damage after cyclone kills 42

Relief operations were under way in south India on Sunday as residents struggled to repair damaged homes and property after a cyclone that claimed 42 lives. Cyclone Thane, packing winds of up to 140 kilometres (85 miles) an hour, struck the east coast on Friday between Cuddalore in Tamil Nadu and the…

Toxic liquor kills 126 in eastern India

A batch of home-brewed liquor thought to have been laced with the highly toxic chemical methanol has killed 126 people in eastern India, an official told AFP on Thursday. Hospitals near the impoverished district 30 kilometres (20 miles) south of West Bengal state capital Kolkata have been overwhelmed by victims,…

Hackers deface profile of India’s Sonia Gandhi

Hackers broke into the official website of India’s ruling Congress party on Friday and defaced the profile page of party president Sonia Gandhi with a pornographic message. The attack coincided with Gandhi’s 65th birthday and came just days after the Indian government pledged a crackdown on “unacceptable” Internet content, that…

U.S. calls for Internet freedom amid India plan

WASHINGTON — The United States called for freedom of expression on the Internet after the India said it planned to find ways to ban offensive content before it is posted. India vowed to pursue the restrictions after major Internet firms such as Facebook and Google — nearly all of them…

India to ban ‘offensive’ Internet material

India on Tuesday vowed to ban offensive material from the Internet after Facebook, Google and other major firms told the government they were unable to screen content before it was posted. Communications Minister Kapil Sibal said talks with the Internet giants had failed to come up with a solution following complaints that he had lodged…

Mass electrocution kills 140 flamingos in India

Nearly 140 greater flamingos were killed in a wildlife sanctuary in western India when they were startled and flew into a string of high tension power lines, a forest official said Friday. Tens of thousands of flamingos turn the flat, warm marshes of the Khadir region of Gujarat state into…

‘Fair and Handsome’= White as Vaseline Skin Whitening Facebook Tool markets colorism in India

I’m so sick of this sh*t. Why can’t people celebrate the skin they were born with? What is the appeal of risking permanent damage to your skin by baking on the beach, and even more onerous, using chemicals to bleach your skin? Apparently human beings are just screwed up and…

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