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‘No questions, no excuses’: the squad enforcing Mumbai’s ban on plastic

October 23, 2018 in News

Shopkeepers and vendors fear a hefty fine from inspectors who are tasked with keeping the Indian city free of plastic bagsAt 10am on a muggy October morning, Crawford Market, one of Mumbai’s oldest, is stirring into life.In a first floor office inside the complex, the feared “blue squad” has assembled, forming a semi-circle around their […]

Police chiefs warn of fewer officers after Treasury shrinks budgets further

October 23, 2018 in News

Fresh cuts will leave largest forces in England and Wales with officer numbers last seen in the 1970sThree of Britain’s most senior chief constables have warned of a fresh crisis in policing after the government squeezed budgets even further, which they say will leave no alternative but to cut the number of officers.In an unprecedented […]

Labour will be forced to oppose May’s Brexit deal, Sadiq Khan warns EU

October 23, 2018 in News

London mayor sends message to bloc ahead of meeting with Michel Barnier this FridaySadiq Khan has sent a message to the EU that he believes Labour will be forced to oppose the “bad” Brexit deal that is emerging from their negotiations with Theresa May.The mayor of London’s comments come ahead of his meeting this week […]

Morrison rejects Labor offer on Nauru asylum seekers as ‘horse-trading’

October 23, 2018 in News

Labor proposes amendments to New Zealand resettlement bill it earlier opposedScott Morrison has shot down an overture by Labor aimed at breaking the political deadlock over Nauru, declaring “you don’t horse-trade on border protection”.Labor on Tuesday proposed three amendments to government legislation designed to close off re-entry to Australia for any asylum seekers resettled in […]

Glasgow strike: schools and nurseries to shut down

October 23, 2018 in News

In what is believed to be the biggest strike of its kind 8,000 workers will participate in a two-day walkout for equal payHundreds of schools and nurseries will be shut and home care services affected as Glasgow city council workers walk out in a row over equal pay claims in what is believed to be […]

Three lying police officers who claimed a suspect left paralysed walked to police van are sacked

October 23, 2018 in News

After he suffered his devastating injuries in Bedford, Julian Cole was put into the back of a police van and raced to the police station – where only then an ambulance was called for the victim.

Sri Lanka ranked top country for travel in 2019 by Lonely Planet

October 23, 2018 in Travel

Improved train services mean it’s easier than ever to explore Sri Lanka but campaigners warn a surge in tourism could ruin its natural beautyAlmost 10 years after the end of its civil war, Sri Lanka has been named the best country in the world to visit in 2019 by Lonely Planet. Better transport links, new […]

Surface Laptop 2 review: Microsoft’s sleeker answer to the MacBook Air

October 23, 2018 in Tech

This slim, powerful machine is the finest example of what a Windows laptop should be. If only it came with USB-C The Surface Laptop 2 is Microsoft’s ultimate vision of what a Windows 10 laptop should be – simple, sleek and sophisticated, but still a little different.The look, feel and operation hasn’t changed since last […]

How we made Il Postino

October 23, 2018 in Entertainment

‘At Massimo’s funeral, his film double walked behind the coffin in homage – and all the Neapolitans thought it was his ghost’Massimo Troisi was a huge star in Italy. He loved a film I’d made called Another Time, Another Place, about Italian PoWs in Scotland. We looked at various projects to do together, and he’d […]

A budget to end austerity? Only if Hammond makes the rich pay | Polly Toynbee

October 23, 2018 in News

Theresa May’s foolish promise offers an open goal for Labour if the chancellor fails to abolish tax relief for wealthy votersHow do Theresa May and Philip Hammond converse in private? I doubt he roared at her like Gordon Brown did at Tony Blair – “You’ve stolen my fucking budget” – even though she has. Prime […]