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Delhi police accused of shooting protesters as Imran Khan warns of potential refugee crisis

Delhi police accused of shooting protesters as Imran Khan warns of potential refugee crisisDelhi police have denied shooting three people as protests against a new ‘anti-Muslim’ citizenship law continued for a sixth day. They claim the injuries were caused by broken-tear gas canisters as officers tried to contain protesters at Jamia Millia Islamia University (JMIU). However, medical professionals in Safdarjung Hospital told the media three people had been admitted with bullet wounds. Two were allegedly studying at the university where thousands of students took to the streets on Sunday to accuse the ruling Hindu-nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party of suppressing India’s 193 million Muslims. At least 100 others were injured after police fired tear gas at protesters and beat them with batons. A third person claims he was shot in the crossfire between police and JMIU students. The Indian Government passed the Citizenship Amendment Act on Wednesday. The legislation permits followers of six religions from neighbouring Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh – including Christians, Sikhs and Hindus – to become Indian citizens if they are fleeing faith-based persecution. Muslims are not included in the legislation. Imran Khan, the Pakistani Prime Minister, warned the omission and four-month long curfew in Kashmir could create a Muslim exodus from India and a "refugee crisis that would dwarf other crises." Imran Khan has warned the continued suppression of Indian Muslims could lead to millions fleeing the country Credit: Aamir Qureshi/AFP Kashmir, India's only Muslim-majority state, has seen an unprecedented crackdown. The region was stripped of special constitutional protections and its statehood in August, and since then, movement and communications have been restricted. “We are worried there not only could be a refugee crisis, we are worried it could lead to a conflict between the two nuclear-armed countries,” he told the Global Forum on Refugees in Geneva. Angry protests have erupted nationwide with demonstrators accusing the ruling BJP of repressing the nation’s Muslims. Thousands of people protested in the cities of Lucknow, Bangalore, Chennai and Mumbai on Monday, while police confirmed they fired tear gas at demonstrators in the New Seelampur area of Delhi on Tuesday. Hundreds of protesters have been arrested in the states of West Bengal and Kerala and a student demonstrator in the state of Uttar Pradesh had a hand amputated after being hit by a tear-gas shell. Protests also occurred in the north-east state of Assam where residents fear an influx of migrants could lead to a dilution of their culture. Six people died in the demonstration in Assam, with four shot by police, as demonstrators attacked homes belonging to ruling BJP members and torched train stations and businesses.



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Delhi rapist-murderer cites pollution in death row appeal

Delhi rapist-murderer cites pollution in death row appealAkshay Kumar Singh was one of a group of men who gang-raped a 23-year-old woman on a bus in India’s capital late at night in December seven years ago. Filed through his lawyer, the now 31-year-old said in his review petition to the Supreme Court that the air quality in New Delhi was like a “gas chamber” and its water “full of poison”.



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Fire at New Delhi factory kills 43

Fire at New Delhi factory kills 43At least forty-three people were killed in India’s capital New Delhi on Sunday when a fire swept through a six-storey factory where laborers were sleeping, government officials said. The factory was making handbags and lots of raw material was stored inside the building due to which the fire spread quickly, local media reported. “Till now we have rescued more than 50 people, most of them were affected due to smoke,” Atul Garg, an official with Delhi Fire Services told reporters.



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'This city is not livable': New Delhi citizens face foul air

'This city is not livable': New Delhi citizens face foul airSakshi Chauhan has not left her house in a quiet inner-city slum in the Indian capital for the past six days on her doctor’s orders. The 22-year-old call center operator is recovering from a severe throat infection and the thick smog now blanketing New Delhi has made even breathing dangerous. The 20 million residents of New Delhi, already one of the world’s most polluted cities, have been suffering for weeks under a toxic haze that is up to 10 times worse than the upper limits of what is considered healthy.



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Indian capital Delhi diverts flights and restricts cars as millions endure 'eye-burning' smog

Indian capital Delhi diverts flights and restricts cars as millions endure 'eye-burning' smogNew Delhi banned half the Indian capital's private cars from its roads on Monday as the megacity's 20 million people spluttered with stinging eyes in the worst pollution in three years. As smog levels exceeded those of Beijing by more than three times, authorities also parked a van with an air purifier near the Taj Mahal – the iconic 17th-century marble mausoleum 250 kilometres (150 miles) south of Delhi - in a bid to clean the air in its surroundings, the Press Trust of India reported. With the pollution causing a rush of respiratory complaints at hospitals and the diversion of 37 flights on Sunday, a new law came into effect restricting cars from the capital's roads to alternative days, depending on if their number plate ends in an odd or even number. More than 600 police teams were deployed at road intersections in the capital with the power to hand out fines of 4,000 rupees (£44) to transgressors Exempt from the restrictions were Delhi's seven million motorbikes and scooters, public transport and cars carrying only women, stoking criticism that the measures were ineffective. The toxic smog is visible over the old quarter of Delhi Credit: Javed Sultan/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images "There is smoke everywhere and people, including youngsters, kids, elderly are finding it difficult to breathe," Delhi's chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said in a Twitter video. "Eyes are burning. Pollution is that bad." Construction was banned temporarily late last week in the world's most polluted capital city, while schools have been closed until Wednesday, with the city government handing out free pollution masks to children. "I have a headache every day I wake up. It's suffocating to breathe sometimes. And inflammation in the nostrils and all. And eyes also. Like it kind of burns," Ankusha Kushi, a student, told AFP. As Delhiites woke up on Monday, levels of particulates measuring less than 2.5 microns – so tiny they enter deep into the respiratory tract – were at 613 micrograms per cubic metre of air, according to the US embassy in Delhi. The government will distribute pollution masks to all Delhi school students Credit:  RAJAT GUPTA/EPA-EFE/REX The World Health Organisation's recommended safe daily maximum is a reading of 25. In central Delhi, the state air quality institute rated levels of the tiny particulates – which can be deadly over the long term – as "severe". Bollywood megastar Priyanka Chopra Jonas posted a selfie in pollution mask on Instagram and said it was "hard to shoot" in Delhi. "I can't even imagine what it must be like to live here under these conditions. We r blessed with air purifiers and masks. Pray for the homeless," she posted. A man wearing a pollution mask sweeps a street with a broom in the old quarters of New Delhi  Credit: LAURENE BECQUART/AFP via Getty Images Fourteen Indian cities including the capital are among the world's top 15 most polluted cities, according to the World Health Organization. One study last year said that a million Indians died prematurely every year as a result. With a state election due in Delhi in early 2020, the crisis has also become a casualty of political bickering, with each side blaming the other. Mr Kejriwal, who likened Delhi to a "gas chamber" on Friday, said the city had done its part to curb pollution and that the burning of wheat stubble residue on farms outside the capital had to be stopped.



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Maskless Merkel braves severe Delhi smog

Maskless Merkel braves severe Delhi smogGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel got a toxic welcome to India on Friday as Prime Minister Narendra Modi treated her to a military parade in New Delhi’s severely polluted air. Ignoring medical advice to the choking megacity’s 20 million inhabitants, Merkel and Modi reviewed a guard of honour at the presidential palace without pollution masks. The European Union’s longest-serving leader is due to step down in 2021.



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UPDATE 1-Mexico flies 300 Indian migrants to New Delhi in 'unprecedented' mass deportation

UPDATE 1-Mexico flies 300 Indian migrants to New Delhi in 'unprecedented' mass deportationMEXICO CITY/NEW DELHI Oct 17 (Reuters) – Mexico has deported over 300 Indian nationals to New Delhi, the National Migration Institute (INM) said late on Wednesday, calling it an unprecedented transatlantic deportation. The move follows a deal Mexico struck with the United States in June, vowing to significantly curb U.S.-bound migration in exchange for averting U.S. tariffs on Mexican exports. “It is unprecedented in INM’s history – in either form or the number of people – for a transatlantic air transport like the one carried out on this day,” INM said in a statement.



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Mexico flies 300 Indian migrants to New Delhi in mass deportation

Mexico flies 300 Indian migrants to New Delhi in mass deportationMexico has deported more than 300 Indian nationals to New Delhi, the National Migration Institute said late on Wednesday, in what it described as an unprecedented transatlantic deportation.



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India promises to ease Kashmir curfew as Pakistan accuses New Delhi government of 'ethnic cleansing'

India promises to ease Kashmir curfew as Pakistan accuses New Delhi government of 'ethnic cleansing'Indian security forces said they had eased a week-long curfew and restrictions on movement in Kashmir ahead of a major Muslim festival on Monday. The move came as police denied carrying out a violent crackdown against protesters in the region, despite the emergence of footage showing troops firing into a crowd. Jammu and Kashmir police said on Sunday that “not a single bullet had been fired in the last six days” and called the reports “mischievous and motivated news”. They claimed the protests were small and peaceably broken up. Earlier the BBC broadcast footage apparently showing officers firing tear gas and live rounds at a crowd of 10,000 protesters after Friday prayers in the city of Srinagar.   The BBC stood by its report, while the New York Times and India Today said its journalists had corroborated the incident.    Jammu and Kashmir has been under a media, internet and phone blackout since Narendra Modi's Indian government revoked the Muslim-majority region's special constitutional status on August 5. A curfew enforced by thousands of Indian troops has made movement and reporting in the region difficult. The move has provoked outrage in Pakistan, which has fought two major wars with India over the disputed territory since independence. Imran Khan, the prime minister of Pakistan, on Sunday accused the Indian government of pursing "ethnic cleansing" comparable to Hitler's annexation of Czechoslovakia. Describing the move as "the Hindu Supremacists version of Hitler's Lebensraum", he said it would lead to "the suppression of Muslims in India & eventually lead to targeting of Pakistan". "Attempt is to change demography of Kashmir through ethnic cleansing," he tweeted. "Question is: Will the world watch & appease as they did Hitler at Munich? Dilbag Singh, the Jammu and Kashmir police chief, on Sunday said the curfew had been eased ahead of the Muslims festival of Eid ul-adha today.    “Things are absolutely normal, not a single incident has been reported from south Kashmir even,” Mr Singh told the Hindustan Times. “We are closely watching the situation,” he said. Mr Singh said there were incidents of stone throwing in downtown Srinagar on Saturday, but insisted that any report of violence in the region “is false”. The New Delhi government on Sunday said deliveries of food and supplies were active again to Kashmir, and banks and stores were being restocked ahead of Eid.



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Sombre ceremonies from Wellington to New Delhi mark WWI armistice centenary

Sombre ceremonies from Wellington to New Delhi mark WWI armistice centenaryIndia, Australia and New Zealand paused Sunday on the centenary of the end of World War I to remember the more than 150,000 of their countrymen who died fighting on the other side of the world. In sombre ceremonies from Wellington to New Delhi, huge crowds paid tribute to the servicemen and women who gave their lives in the Great War. The leaders of these Commonwealth nations — whose forces were deployed across the globe 100 years ago — also sounded a message of peace and hope for the world in the new century.



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