More than 11,000 scientists worldwide warn of climate emergency

Scientists around the world have declared a climate emergency, warning that countries including Australia are not doing enough to limit warming. More than 11,000 scientists from 153 countries have signed a scientific paper, published in the journal BioScience, that declares the climate crisis “has arrived” and warning that is accelerating “faster than most scientists expect.”…

Two low caste children beaten to death in India for public defecation

By Helene Fung Twelve-year-old girl Roshni and her nephew, 10-year-old Avinash, both from the lowly Dalits (“untouchables”) caste which is at the bottom of the hierarchy, have been beaten to death by two men after they defecated in public. Two men, identified by the Madhya Pradesh state police as Hakam Singh and Rameshwar Singh, have…

Indian PM to mainstreamise Kashmir region’s economy and halt terrorism

By Helene Fung Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a nationally broadcast address that he stripped Kashmir of its statehood and special constitutional status to free the disputed Himalayan region of “terrorism and separatism”. This follows a security lockdown and arrests of more than 500 people and near total communications blackout at the Muslim-majority…

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi increases majority in election win

By Helene Fung, Picture Courtesy: Narendra Modi’s Facebook Page Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi looks set to increase his majority as counting of India’s general election votes continue. Official data from India’s Election Commission on Thursday (local time) showed Mr Modi’s Hindu-nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to be ahead in 302 of the available 542…

All-Female Indian Naval Crew Lands in WA in History-Making Circumnavigation Bid

A sailing ship carrying six female Indian naval officers have arrived in Fremantle as part of a journey to circumnavigate the globe. Tourism, Defence Issues, Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Paul Papalia and Women’s Interest Minister Simone McGurk officially welcomed the crew on Wednesday who arrived on board the Indian Naval Sailing Vessel (INSV) Tarini.…

Vettel takes strategy gamble on way to pole

Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull Racing) broke the circuit record with a 1:24.119 at the Buddh International Circuit to claim pole position for the AirTel Indian Formula 1 Grand Prix from Nico Rosberg 1:24.871 (Mercedes) and Lewis Hamilton 1:24.941 (Mercedes). Rounding out the top ten was Felipe Massa in 5th (Ferrari) 6th Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus Renault) 7th Nico Hulkenberg (Sauber…