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Jan 16, 2017
Overburdened CBI faces staff crunch, huge gap between sanctioned strength of officers and number of vacanciesThere is a shortfall of 1,530 officers ranging from those with executive duties to investigating officers in the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
Jan 12, 2017
As Donald Trump presser showed, media was the biggest casualty of presidential electionIf 'post-truth' and 'surreal' were the words of the year, as per a couple of notable dictionaries, the word that defines the transition of America into Trumpland is quite simply 'delegitimisation'
Jan 11, 2017
Donald Trump's 'sex videos', journalistic standards and 'fake news': What you need to knowUS spy chiefs informed Donald Trump that Russian operatives claim to possess deeply compromising personal and financial information about him, US media reported Tuesday on the eve of the president-elect's first press conference.
Jan 08, 2017
Germany: Media, politicians reject Breitbart claim of mob setting fire to Dortmund churchGerman media and politicians warned on Friday against an election-year spike in fake news after ultra-conservative website Breitbart claimed a "mob" chanting 'Allahu Akhbar' had set fire to a church on New Year's Eve.
Jan 01, 2017
Insight 2017: From fake news to cashless economy, problems designers should be trying to fixDesign will need to tackle several important issues in 2017, including helping people distinguish between real and fake news, making the 'cashless' experience in post-demonetisation India simpler, and creating homes that are safe for a growing population of the elderly
Dec 31, 2016
As 2016 comes to an end, a look back at the bizarre developments from the yearLove trumps hate: This is what I was told as the bizarre year that was 2016 unfolded around us
Dec 31, 2016
Newsroom diaries 2016: Marathwada, elections, Olympics, demonetisation and how we covered themFour stories we've reported in the past year should serve to showcase the breadth of material (and digital reporting opportunities) 2016 has provided the Firstpost newsroom.
Dec 25, 2016
Fact-checking: PolitiFact's Bill Adair on calling out Donald Trump, politicians on their liesAmerican journalist and Knight professor Bill Adair and his Pultizer Prize winning website, PolitiFact, have been calling out politicians on their lies since 2007
Dec 21, 2016
Nepal’s ex-king Gyanendra: national unity under attack | ReutersBy Gopal Sharma | KATHMANDU KATHMANDU Nepal's national unity is under attack and its people must act to save it, former King Gyanendra said on Wednesday, in some of his most critical political comments since being toppled by a parliamentary vote eight years ago.A specially elected Constituent Assembly dominated by Maoist former rebels ended Nepal's 239-year-old monarchy in 2008 and turned the impoverished country of 28 million people into a republic.Political parties are still haggling over creating federal states under a new constitution prepared last year, with the Madhesi ethnic minority demanding an autonomous state in the southern plains bordering India. This is opposed by some upper caste Brahmins living in the hills of the mainly Hindu nation.More than 50 people died during protests in the Madhes, also known as the Tarai, last year while demanding a greater say for the Madhesi community in the government. "Social goodwill among Nepali people is being erased and relentless efforts are being made to break the feeling of unity between Tarai (plains), hills and Himal (mountains)," Gyanendra said in a statement.
Dec 21, 2016
Flawed diamond regulations fuelling child labour in Congo mines - campaigners | ReutersBy Kieran Guilbert DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The failure of European jewellery firms to scrutinise their supply chains and a flawed diamond certification scheme are fuelling child labour and sexual abuse in artisanal mines in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a campaign group said on Thursday.Thousands of children work illegally in diamond mines in Congo's diamond-rich Kasai region - mainly to pay for food and school fees - and girls who live around the mines are prey to rape, forced marriage and prostitution, according to Swedwatch.Yet few jewellery firms have policies to assess the risk of child labour and abuses in their diamond supply chains, and many do not provide public information about efforts to operate responsibly, Swedwatch said in a report.Swedwatch also said the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS), an initiative seeking to end trade in "blood diamonds" used to finance conflict, was obscuring rights abuses.The KPCS classifies less than 0.1 percent of the world's diamonds as untradeable for ethical reasons. Yet this figure only includes diamonds used by rebel groups to finance conflict, and does not account for diamond extraction involving rights violations across Africa, Swedwatch said."The KPCS is outdated and does not cover most human rights abuses linked to diamond extraction today," Therese Sjöström, a researcher at Swedwatch, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation from Stockholm.Andrey Polyakov, head of the World Diamond Council (WDC), said the success of the KPCS was based on its focus on conflict.