LGBT crackdown in Indonesia

LGBT crackdown in Indonesia

In less than 18 months, An unprecedented wave of police raids, vigilante attacks, and calls for the criminalization of homosexual sex have left many in the country’s LGBT community fearing for their life safety.

“(Gay Indonesians) are exhausted and they’re horrified,” Kyle Knight, a Human Rights Watch researcher with the LGBT rights program, told CNN.

“Even the activists I know who started the very first organizations in the 1980s say they’ve never seen anything like this.”

It’s a dark turn for a country that for decades prided itself on its diverse, heterogeneous society.

The world’s largest Muslim democracy, Indonesia is often considered something of a bulwark of tolerance amid growing conservatism elsewhere in the Islamic world.

But that perception is now shifting, amid increasing verbal attacks on minority groups and the growing implementation of Islamic bylaws by regional governments.In less than two weeks, two young men were seized by vigilantes who burst into their home in Aceh province, then taken to authorities who caned them for having homosexual sex.

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Kapil Sharma comedy king: due to sickness was shifted to hospital

Kapil Sharma comedy king: due to sickness was shifted to hospital

Kapil Sharma has been admitted to a city hospital in Andheri after he complained of uneasiness during the shoot of his show The Kapil Sharma show.

According to reports, Kapil Sharma is now stable but still in the hospital. His blood pressure was reportedly fluctuating.

Kapil Sharma is currently facing setback in his career. Just a couple of months back, he was involved in an ugly spat with his co-actor comedian Sunil Grover inside a plane. Kapil’s public apology did not move Sunil who quit the show and refused to join back even after numerous attempts by his co-stars and friends. But all in vain. His co-stars from the Kapil Sharma show, Ali Asgar and Chandan Prabhakar, also quit the show with Sunil Grover.

The incident badly affected the show’s TRP and there were reports that it may be taken off air. However, some recent reports say that Salman Khan has helped the show get an extension.

Google submits plans of its London headquarters at King’s Cross

Google submits plans of its London headquarters at King’s Cross

Google has officially submitted plans for its new 1million sq ft (92,000m2) “landscraper” London headquarters, with the intention of beginning construction on the building in 2018.

Designed by Bjarke Ingels Group and Heatherwick Studios, the team behind TfL’s New Bus for London and the 2012 Olympic Cauldron, the building will stand 11 storeys tall and stretch parallel to the platforms of London’s King’s Cross railway station.

Combined with Google’s current King’s Cross office around the corner, and a third building that the company also plans on moving into in the area, it will form a new campus that will house 7,000 Google employees. Dubbed a “landscraper”, the finished building will be longer than the Shard is tall.

The Heatherwick’s designed building was submitted to Camden council and will be the first to be wholly owned by, and designed specifically for, Google outside the US. Google declined to comment on the cost of the project.

Heatherwick said in a statement: “The area is a fascinating collision of diverse building types and spaces and I can’t help but love this mix of massive railway stations, roads, canals and other infrastructure all layered up into the most connected point in London.”

He added: “Influenced by these surroundings, we have treated this new building for Google like a piece of infrastructure too, made from a family of interchangeable elements which ensure that the building and its workspace will stay flexible for years to come.”

Google’s Joe Borrett, the company’s head of real estate and construction, said: “We are excited to be able to bring our London Googlers together in one campus, with a new purpose-built building that we’ve developed from the ground up. Our offices and facilities play a key part in shaping the Google culture, which is one of the reasons we are known for being among the best places to work in the industry.”

Google changed it’s Doodle according to Champions Trophy

Google changed it’s Doodle according to Champions Trophy

London: today the champions trophy series of cricket matches is going to start in which eight different country teams are going to participate. Relating to one of the most awaited series Google has also changed its Doodle.

First match of this trophy series is going to happen in Oval London stadium between the host team England and Bangladesh, in this cricket series eight world best teams of different countries are going to fight for the champions trophy.

This new Doodle relating to champions trophy, instead of any image or video allows its users to play a cricket game. This is not for the first time for Google to change its Doodle for cricket fans, is past several Doodles remained much popular during major game series.

44 died of thirst after truck broke down in the Sahara Desert

44 died of thirst after truck broke down in the Sahara Desert

 

Survivors say 44 people have died of thirst after their truck broke down in the Sahara Desert in northern Niger, the Red Cross has told the BBC.

The six survivors, all women, walked to a remote village and are being looked after in Dirkou, Niger, Red Cross official Lawal Taher said.

They say several children are among the dead.

The Ghanaians and Nigerians were trying to get to Libya, reports Nigerien news site Sahelien.

So far no-one has visited the site to identify the bodies, Mr Taher added.

The route from Niger to Libya is one of the main ways migrants reach North Africa before crossing the Mediterranean Sea to get to Europe.

Crossing the Sahara is one of the most perilous parts of the journey as migrants are crammed into pickup trucks often with only enough room for a few litres of water, reports Reuters news agency.

Authorities told Reuters that is it almost impossible to know how many have died in the vast and unpoliced Sahara.

Last June, the bodies of 34 migrants, including 20 children, were found in the Sahara Desert near Niger’s border with Algeria.

It appeared they had died of thirst after being abandoned by their smuggler, a government minister said at the time.

“Game of Thrones”-themed class at Harvard University

“Game of Thrones”-themed class at Harvard University

 

This fall, students at the Ivy League institution will be able to study how the fantasy world of Westeros relates to what the actual life really happened in medieval times through a new “Game of Thrones”-themed class.

They’ll learn how author George R. R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire book series and the HBO epic TV show it inspires “echoes and adapts, as well as distorts” the culture and history of the age, reports TIME.

“When I read medieval verse epics with my students, they’d say, ‘Oh, that’s like in ‘Game of Thrones,’” said Racha Kirakosian, an assistant professor of German and religion who is going to teach this unique class.

“No, if anything at all, it’s the other way around,” she added. “Isn’t it partly our job (as professors) to use that interest and go deeper?”

Kirakosian will be teaching “The Real Game of Thrones: From Modern Myths to Medieval Models” course alongside Professor Sean Gilsdorf, who lectures on medieval studies.

It follows similar classes offered by University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Virginia.

Kirakosian hopes the “Game of Thrones” angle will prove an effective “recruitment tool” that encourages more students to sign up to medieval studies courses.

Americans could lose control of their browser history

Americans could lose control of their browser history

The U.S senate has voted to deregulate the online privacy regulations set up during the Obama administration, internet companies such as Verizon, Comcast and AT&T are now one step closer to selling the personal information and browsing habits of internet users in order to expand their businesses.

According to the online privacy regulations which have not come into effect yet internet providers were required to ask permission from users before they can share your personal information. This is a much more protected way then to let them use your personal data unless you tell them to stop.

Consumer advocates have shared their concerns that without such protections personal data of users will be used by the companies how ever they like. Jeff Chester of the Center for Digital Democracy said: “Advertisers and marketers are lining up to get access to all the information that’s now available about us.”

Personal data of users is already been tracked by Facebook and Google but internet providing companies can access even more personal details including sites that users visit, the apps they use and the data received from these apps and even everyone you email.

However, telecom companies have consistently argued that Google have access to far more personal details of users then them.