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New Hope for Bhopal Gas Victims

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Download 28 years ago, the Union Carbide gas leak killed thousands of people and contaminated water in Bhopal, Central India.

It’s hailed as one of the world’s biggest industrial disasters.

People has been living with contaminated water for years and they start to lose hope.

But Indian Supreme Court last month directed the government to dispose the toxic waste still lying inside the factory.

Is it enough?

Shuriah Niazi talks to Bhopal people in Madhya Pradesh for this report.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 08 September 2012 18:38 )
 

Indian Army Facing Breakdown in Ranks

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Download The Indian army's top brass is grappling with a breakdown of discipline among a number of key combat units.

There's growing concern the root cause of the trouble is a failure of leadership and a drop in quality of recruits to the officer corps.

Radio Australia’s Murali Krishnan has the report.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 01 September 2012 13:04 )
 

India’s Coal Gate Causes Parliamentary Deadlock

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Download India’s government is under fire with a corruption scandal, dubbed by the opposition as ‘coal gate’.

India is one of the world’s biggest coal producers.

And a recent audit report revealed the government sold coal blocks to private companies cheaply causing a state loss of billions of dollars.

Opposition parties are demanding the Prime Minister’s immediate resignation. And the parliament has been in a deadlock for days.

Bismillah Geelani has the story from New Delhi.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 01 September 2012 13:15 )
 

India’s Mobile Phone News Agency

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Download In India’s remote tribal regions, indigenous people have very limited access to mainstream news – and their problems get little media coverage.

Internet, television and newspapers have low penetration, and local community radio is strictly regulated: it can’t carry news.

But many villagers have mobile phones.

And now tribal citizens are using these phones to report local issues – and to deliver local news.

This is the work of CGNet Swara – India’s first mobile phone and online news service.

Shuriah Niazi with this report.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 01 September 2012 13:21 )
 

Thousands to Flee Indian Cities Over Fear of Assam’s Violence

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Download Thousands of people have fled from Bangalore to other Indian cities - they’re mostly Northeastern Indian minority residents of Bangalore.

They fear for more violence following last month’s riots in India’s northeastern state of Assam.

At least 80 people were killed and nearly 400 thousand displaced after the clashes.

Indian officials said the exodus was triggered by threatening messages sent by mobile phones and over the internet – they were allegedly originated in Pakistan. Pakistan has asked India to provide evidence for its claims.

As Bismillah Geelani reports the after affects of the riots is now felt across the country.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 26 August 2012 13:56 )
 
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