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Toxic Delhi takes extremse steps to curb pollution like alternate licence plates, closing schools and construction sites
The Indian capital is covered in a thick layer of smog. The level of pollution is like smoking 50 cigarettes a day. The Indian Medical Association wants the half marathon planned for 19 November cancelled. Local companies have handed out masks to employees, Coca-Cola and PepsiCo have not.
07/02/2017 14:00:00 INDIA
Banging empty plates: women protest in West Bengal for jobs (Photos)
Women from rural villages complain that the budget estimates for the next fiscal year will not support job creation in their areas. Demonetisation has forced nine million people to emigrate. The Finance Minister's statements are "misleading".
15/04/2016 14:59:00 CHINA
Stripped of his license, Pu Zhiqiang no longer able to practice law
The lawyer got three years in jail for posting subversive messages online, but his work for human rights is the main reason for his conviction. For a Hong Kong lawyer, Pu’s treatment is a “warning to others”, but it is not likely to work because many young lawyers “want to take on human rights cases”.
Authorities revoke Ai Weiwei's business licence
The dissident architect's company, Fake Cultural Development, did not renew its licence for this year. It could not do so because the authorities had seized its papers. This should end the case with the tax office.
About 45 per cent of Chinese dairies shut down following melamine scandals
Controls show that many dairies fail to meet food safety standards. The authorities want to restore consumer confidence, but they have not yet set minimum standards. Many now say the goal is to close small dairies to benefit the big ones.
Licence to practice not renewed for lawyers who defend human rights or Falun Gong
Each year, Chinese lawyers must have local bar associations renew their licence to practice. Last year and even more so this year, renewal has been often rejected or made very difficult for lawyers who defend Tibetans, pro-rights activists or Falun Gong members.
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