Two Muslim Traders Hanged To Death By Hindu “Cattle-Protection” Vigilantes.

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Two Muslim Traders Hanged To Death By Hindu “Cattle-Protection” Vigilantes.

In what can only be described as a shocking case of brutality, two Muslim cattle traders were beaten up and hanged to death from a tree by suspected cattle-protection vigilantes in Balumath forests in Latehar district, 100km from the state capital, early on Friday.

Muslim traders

The duo identified as Muhammad Majloom, 35, and Azad Khan alias Ibrahim, 15, were cattle traders and they were on their way to a Friday market with eight buffaloes.

Their bodies were strung up with their hands tied behind their backs and their mouths stuffed with cloth.

Even though the buffaloes were reportedly set free by the men, they are still untraceable.

indian buffaloes

“The manner of their hanging showed that the assailants were led by extreme hatred,” said Latehar SP Anoop Birthary.

Latehar MLA Prakash Ram claimed that Hindu radicals were behind the killings.

Locals said assailants have targeted them in the past too, because they are engaged in cattle trade.

“Four months ago, a group of men tried to kill a cattle trader in Gomia village of Balumath. The man managed to escape,”MLA Prakash Ram said.

While slaughter of cow and oxen are banned in the state it doesn’t apply to buffaloes.

The shocking crime has drawn sharp reactions from across the spectrum. Many are calling it another Dadri, due to the similarities between the two cases.



Six People Attempted Suicide In India Demanding Cow Be Declared “Mother Of The Nation”

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Six People Attempted Suicide In India Demanding Cow Be Declared “Mother Of The Nation”

In a bizarre incident, six people of the ‘Gau Raksha Ekta Samiti’ in Rajkot were hospitalised after they attempted suicide over their demand that the cow be made the ‘Mother of the Nation.’

Yesterday, they gave a memorandum to the Rajkot collector demanding to declare cow as the Mother of the Nation and gave 24 hours time.

However, the demand was not taken into consideration and they have informed the authority of self immolation in the collector office itself. Fortunately, none of them lost their lives and were admitted to hospital in time.

Yesterday, the activists went to demand the status of cow as the Mother of the Nation and few members from different cities decided to drink poison as part of the protest.

The names of the victims are Kamlesh Rabari from Morbi, Amarbhai from Gondal, Raghuvir Singh Jadeja from Ahmedabad, Deepak Vaghela from Jasdana and Jayubha Jadeja from Khiri village. They all are under medical supervision and treatment.

The police have put staff in the emergency ward to take stock of the situation.


China will overtake the U.S economy within 20 years.

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China will overtake the U.S economy within 20 years. 

On Tuesday I had the chance to interview a former head of state who is well-placed to understand China. I started the interview with an admittedly leading statement. “I’m worried that China could someday, say over the next 50 years, overtake the United States and snuff out democracy globally.” He replied, “More like 20 years.”

BEIJING, CHINA – SEPTEMBER 03: Chinese soldiers march in formation passed Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City during a military parade on September 3, 2015 in Beijing, China. China is marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II and its role in defeating Japan with a new national holiday and a military parade in Beijing. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

We agreed that the danger could be described as China’s project of authoritarian capitalism. Other analysts have gone so far as to call China a predator state. One friend of mine, an Asian diplomat, wrote to me that there is an “iron triangle in China Inc.,” composed of the Party-government, state enterprises, and major state-owned commercial banks.

However one characterizes China, it is expanding on many fronts: territorial, social, political, technological, and economic. China’s South and East China Sea expansion, as well as the border dispute with India in the Himalayas, are territorial examples. In the social and political realms, China started its own Davos-like convention of global elites in 2001 — the Boao Forum For Asia. China is subsidising the export of its language and culture through over 480 Confucius Institutes on six continents, including in 90 U.S. colleges and universities.

Chinese cyber-espionage of commercial secrets, and purchase of U.S. and European companies in the technology sector, combine to provide a powerful conduit for the acquisition of technical and military expertise. My interviewee said that China is vacuuming technology globally. “You can hear the sucking,” he said. A current U.S. government official told me that China uses these strategies against U.S. companies as part of a long-term plan to beat the U.S. in technology. “They are focused on becoming, by 2049, a [science and technology] superpower by any means necessary,” he said.

China’s economy is increasing at a faster rate than that of the U.S., and its centralized form of government seemingly gives President Xi Jinping of China more power through diplomatic and economic statecraft than has the U.S. president, despite the U.S. economy being larger, and the U.S. military more technologically advanced. China’s president has more power than the U.S. president, because the Chinese president can better coordinate the economic resources of his nation with its diplomatic and military resources.

Put simply, the Chinese president in peacetime has more control of money than does the U.S. president, and is freer to spend it globally, including through state-sponsored corruption. The Chinese president has greater latitude in how to deploy economic, diplomatic and military resources in support of China’s national interests. The Chinese president’s resulting hard power is therefore substantially higher than that of the U.S. president, despite greater U.S. soft power obtained through popular ideologies like democracy and human rights. China, too, uses these ideologies to increase its soft power.

The Chinese president has more ideological truck with authoritarian regimes and global elites. These elites typically focus on increasing their own power and wealth, and seek assistance in doing so from understanding partners like China. There is a tipping point at which the post-World War II international system will be supplanted by the growing international power and influence of China. Given President Xi of China’s increasingly centralized control over state and economic resources, we could reach the tipping point well before China exceeds the U.S. in military or economic capacity. At that point, it would only be a matter of time before China was able, with no effective resistance possible, to remake the world in its own image.


Canadian Prime Minister rolls back retirement age to 65 from 67, admits previous government made a mistake.

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Canadian Prime Minister rolls back retirement age to 65 from 67, admits previous government made a mistake.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberals will keep 65 as the age when Canadians can begin to collect state-pension benefits, reversing the previous government’s decision to raise it by two years.

“Next week’s budget will confirm that we are keeping the old retirement age at 65,” Trudeau said in an exclusive interview Thursday with Bloomberg Editor-in-Chief John Micklethwait in New York. “How we care for the most vulnerable in our society is very important.”

Trudeau is set to deliver his first budget March 22 in Ottawa after ending Stephen Harper’s nearly 10-years of Conservative rule in last year’s election. Harper’s 2012 budget increased the eligibility age for old age security to 67 from 65, starting in 2023. The former prime minister told the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland that year the country’s aging population may “undermine” economic growth without reforms to the country’s pension systems.

“Obviously someone who has worked as an investment banker or a lawyer all their life, 65 is not necessarily an age where they need to retire,” Trudeau said. “Anyone who has worked with their hands as a laborer or assembly line worker or worked in the resource industries and has been in a much more physical job, once you start reaching 65, regardless of the advances in Canada’s extraordinary medical system, there are real challenges over how much someone can keep working in certain jobs.”

Stark Contrast

Trudeau announcement marks another departure from the policies of Harper’s Conservatives. The Liberal embrace of deficit spending is in stark contrast to the efforts by the previous government to close the spending gap, and Harper’s championing of balanced budgets on the world stage.

The federal government is expected to post a shortfall of about C$30 billion ($22.5 billion) in its budget, with about C$10 billion devoted to infrastructure spending.

With Canada’s shift, Trudeau is leading the charge among government leaders calling for a more active fiscal policy. The Group of Seven is now almost evenly split between deficit-spending advocates and austerity hawks, like Germany and the U.K.

“A lot of people are on the austerity side, thinking we have to control government spending,” Trudeau said. “Canada is positioning itself on the investment side. This idea that confident, optimistic countries will invest in their futures.”

‘Unsexy’ Spending

At the same time Trudeau stressed his deficit spending is not meant as short term stimulus to help Canada’s economy overcome the collapse in oil prices that sparked a mild recession last year and still weighs on growth. He said he is focused on long term projects that will increase productivity, but may take longer to ramp up.

The first two years of spending will be “unsexy” things like recapitalization of infrastructure and upgrades, like restoring signal systems on subways, while the new roads, bridges and hospitals he promised in his campaign will come later, he said.

“We feel what we’ve put forward is what the economy can absorb in terms of creating long-term growth,” he said. “I don’t know that throwing much more money at infrastructure this year for example is going to result in the kinds of productivity gains or growth for the economy.”


Cunty, Cuntish, Cunted and Cunting Added to Oxford English Dictionary.

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Cunty, Cuntish, Cunted and Cunting Added to Oxford English Dictionary.

Four different forms of the word ‘cunt’ have been added to the Oxford English Dictionary, and they’re all spectacular.

This week, the OED opened its doors (which look like enormous old timey cartoon books from the forgotten animated classic The Pagemaster) to nine hundred new entries and subentries, all of which which are helpfully listed on the linguistic giant’s public website. They’re not all new and they’re definitely not all common, but the OED’s job isn’t to just catalog the common. As Time explains,

That might sound like a lot, but one has to keep in mind that the dictionary covers everything, not just words average people use in daily conversation. Among the new entries, for example, are drool-inducing adjectives like ethnopharmacologic and now-extinct creatures like the scimitar-horned oryx. (We’ll pour one out for you, Ory.)

As with other “hey check out these new words!”/”those crazy kids with their iPods and their slangs!” lists, this one contains several items that make ya go “hm.” Like beatboxer, bestie, chugging (can butt-chugging be far behind?), death spiral, do-over, exfoliator, sciency, and whackadoodle, along with other complicated-sounding latin root hybrids that probably mean exactly the thing some frustrated academic somewhere has wanted to say for years.

But the crown jewels in the new additions (and the words I’m most likely to use in my day-to-day life) are the Four Cunts — cunty, cuntish, cunted, and cunting. “Cunty” is a word with which uses a naughty word to mean “highly objectionable or unpleasant.” “Cuntish” is a word that can be used to describe an “objectionable person or behavior.” “Cunted” is slang for being under the influence of drugs or alcohol. And “cunting,” like its cousins “fucking” or “motherfucking” is an intensifier that means “very much.”


N. Korea Sentences American Student To 15 Years Of Prison, Hard Labor.

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N. Korea Sentences American Student To 15 Years Of Prison, Hard Labor.

What started out as a budget tour to Pyongyang, North Korea’s capital, has stretched into an extended stay for 21-year-old University of Virginia student Otto Warmbier. State media reported Wednesday that North Korea’s highest court convicted Warmbier of subversion and sentenced him to 15 years of prison and hard labor.

The offense? According to an apparent confession, Warmbier tried to steal a propaganda poster from his hotel.

“North Korea’s sentencing of Otto Warmbier to 15 years’ hard labor for a college-style prank is outrageous and shocking,” said Phil Robertson, deputy Asia director for Human Rights Watch, in a statement. “Pyongyang should recognize this student’s self-admitted mistake as a misdemeanor offense that it would be in most countries, release him on humanitarian grounds and send him home.”

The White House has also called on North Korea to release Warmbier immediately, urging the country to grant him special amnesty.

Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Wednesday that the allegations against Warmbier “would not give rise to arrest or imprisonment in the United States or in just about any other country in the world.”

Earnest also said, “It is increasingly clear that the North Korean government seeks to use these U.S. citizens as pawns to pursue a political agenda.”

Warmbier was detained in early January while attempting to depart Pyongyang Sunan International Airport. North Korea did not make his detention public until February, as the United States was taking the lead in pushing for tough sanctions following the North’s fourth nuclear test and long-range rocket launch.

It was unclear for several weeks following his detention what got Warmbier in trouble in North Korea. But on Feb. 29, the Ohio native was paraded in front of cameras and diplomats in Pyongyang, where he read a confession and public apology.

On camera, Warmbier said he stole the propaganda poster on behalf of a member of the Friendship United Methodist Church in Wyoming, Ohio, who wanted it “as a trophy.” In exchange, he would receive a used car worth $10,000.

Video also showed Warmbier pleading for his release and breaking down in tears, calling the incident “the worst mistake of my life.”

Previous American detainees have recanted their confessions following their release, saying they were made under duress and detailing how North Korean officials carefully orchestrate the events.

Warmbier is one of three North Americans known to be detained in North Korea. The U.S. has no embassy in Pyongyang, and its interests are represented by Sweden. The U.S. Embassy in Seoul directed questions about the incident to Washington.


Every man in an Iranian village has reportedly been executed by the government on drug charges.

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Every man in an Iranian village has reportedly been executed by the government on drug charges.

Shahindokht Molaverdi, the vice president for women and family affairs, was arguing for increased provision for convicts’ families when she made the admission.

“We have a village in Sistan and Baluchestan (province) where every single man has been executed,” she told the Mehr news agency.

“Today their children are potential drug traffickers; either because they will seek revenge for the deaths of their fathers or because they will need to financially provide for their families, as a result of lack of support by the government.”

Iranian-Kurds protest against the execution of Kurdish rebels in Iran, in the northern Iraqi Kurdish city of Arbil

It was unclear when the men in the unnamed village died or whether the executions were carried out at once or over an extended period of time.

Ms Molaverdi argued that society was responsible for the families of executed convicts and said a dropped welfare programme had been reinstated.

Her comments were translated by the Iran Human Rights group, which said several hundred people are hanged on drug charges ever year in Iran, mostly from marginalised groups and ethnic minorities.

“Iranian authorities have repeatedly admitted that the death penalty has not solved the problem of drug trafficking, but they still continue to execute people for drug charges,” Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, a spokesperson of Iran Human Rights said.


“In 2015 the number of executions in Iran for drug offences was the highest in 20 years.”

The group is calling for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and other parties to stop providing equipment, funding, and technology to Iranian investigators until capital punishment is lifted.

In 2011, Iran’s Supreme Council for Human Rights said 74 per cent of executions in the country were convicted drug traffickers, mainly handling opium being transported from Afghanistan and Europe.

Reprieve, a British human rights organisatoin, said that approximately 600 out of 947 hangings in Iran in 2015 were related to alleged drug offences – as were at least 31 carried out so far this year – amid concerns over unfair trials, forced confessions, and juvenile arrests.

Research it carried out two years ago claimed to find a link between previous rounds of European UNODC funding and more than 3,000 death sentences in Iran and Pakistan, and finding is expected to continue flowing to Iran’s Anti-Narcotics Police this year.

Maya Foa, head of the death penalty team at Reprieve, said: “The apparent hanging of every man in one Iranian village demonstrates the astonishing scale of Iran’s execution spree.

“These executions – often based on juvenile arrests, torture, and unfair or non-existent trials – show total contempt for the rule of law, and it is shameful that the UN and its funders are supporting the police forces responsible.

“The UNODC must urgently make its new Iran funding conditional on an end to the death penalty for drug offences.”

Sistan and Baluchistan province, which borders Afghanistan and Pakistan in the country’s south-east has seen conflict between armed drug cartels and smugglers since 200, resulting in thousands of deaths.

Baloch Sunni militant organisations, designated terrorists by the government in Tehran, are also fighting an insurgency in the impoverished region.

A spokesperson for the UNODC declined to comment on the specific case when contacted by The Independent’s but affirmed its opposition to the death penalty in all circumstances.

“UNODC works with countries to build their capacity to interrupt drug trafficking,” he added. “It also offers assistance for prevention and treatment services that benefits drug users and which is founded on scientific evidence, international best practices and the fundamental right to health.”