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Woman becomes first in India to climb sacred mountain Agasthyakoodam after ban on females lifted

A woman has become the first to climb a sacred mountain in India which until recently was off-limits to females. Dhanya Sanal reached the peak of Agasthyakoodam, in the southern state of Kerala, on Tuesday. The 38-year-old made the trek after the state’s High Court ordered women could not be excluded from climbing the mountain …

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American hunter pays $100,000 to kill rare Himalayan ‘screw-horned’ goat, Pakistan’s national animal

An American trophy hunter has paid $100,000 (£78,000) to kill a rare markhor or “screw horn” goat, the national animal of Pakistan. Fewer than 6,000 markhors exist in the wild, most living among the mountains between Afghanistan and Pakistan, and the animal features on the IUCN’s Red List of Threatened …

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Chinese schools scanning children’s brains to see if they are concentrating

Headbands that monitor concentration by reading brain signals have been trialled on thousands of Chinese schoolchildren. The devices could soon be used on millions of students across China, according to the US tech company which designed them. Massachusetts-based start-up BrainCo says its Focus 1 headbands can help teachers identify pupils …

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Woman who made history by entering Indian temple ‘beaten by mother-in-law with wooden plank’

An Indian woman who made history by entering an ancient Hindu temple has allegedly been beaten with a wooden plank by relatives, for breaching its ban on female worshippers. Kanaka Durga claims that she was assaulted by her mother-in-law after she returned home following a period in hiding.  She was admitted …

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Pakistan university rebrands Valentine’s Day as ‘Sister’s Day’ with free headscarves for women

A Pakistani university is attempting to rebrand Valentine’s Day as “Sister’s Day” by distributing headscarves and shawls to female students. The University of Agriculture in Faisalabad (UAF), in central Punjab province, said the move was an attempt to encourage “Eastern culture and Islamic traditions among the youth”. Valentine’s Day has become …

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China orders death sentence for Canadian tourist amid tension over Canada’s detention of Huawei executive

A Chinese court has sentenced a Canadian man to death for drug smuggling, amid growing tensions between the countries over Canada’s detention of a Huawei executive. Robert Lloyd Schellenberg had originally been given a 15-year sentence after being found guilty in November, but prosecutors have now said the sentence was too lenient. Dalian …

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Sake Dean Mahomed: Who was the man credited with merging British and Indian cultures?

Sake Dean Mahomed was just 25-years-old when he brought the tastes and cultures of his homeland to England, effectively creating a centuries-long love affair for Indian cuisine across Great Britain.  The entrepreneur had a life filled with firsts, becoming the first Indian author to publish a book in English, as …

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