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Ships Graveyard in Pakisthan

The funeral rites for the world's largest ships are read on the beaches of the Indian subcontinent. When a super tanker or a cargo vessel reaches the end of its useful life, it generally limps towards Chittagong in Bangladesh, Alang in India or Gaddani in Pakistan. Piece by piece, it will be taken apart for recycling, its steel taken away to re-rolling mills. The Gaddani ship-breaking yard north of Karachi. Thousands of men, mostly Pashto migrants, toil over the ships. They are seasonal workers, returning to their homeland near the Afghan border at harvest time. The job is one of the world’s most dangerous: workers are at risk from toxic chemicals, asbestos, a complete absence of safety equipment and frequent accidents and explosions.

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India's farmer suicides

More than 270,000 Indian cotton farmers have killed themselves since 1995.About every 30 minutes in India, a farmer commits suicide. Since 1995, the first year the government began keeping detailed records, about 300,000 farmers have taken their lives. The 2011 census found that the suicide rate for farmers was 47% higher than the national average.

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Living on the fringe

Shame Akash, Don’t show us these pictures. It’s a sin even to look at them.” This was the reaction of Jhomur, my sister, to my story about Jibon a homosexual man living in my neighborhood. Her reaction is typical. Religious beliefs and cultural standards of morality make homosexuality an unacceptable abomination in Bangladesh. The kote, as gays are called locally, are ostracized and thus live together in small communities. Yet social stigma is not enough to dent their unshakeable faith in life.

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Digha Beach

The excursions of Kolkata include beautiful beaches. Digha beach is among the most famous beaches located on the eastern coast of India. About 187 km from the city of Kolkata, this place is the most popular sea resort of West Bengal. The place was referred as the 'Brighton of the East' by Warren Hastings, the first Governor-General of Bengal, due to its mesmerizing beauty. Originally known as Beerkul, it is a place with serene and tranquil atmosphere, accompanied with rustic charm and undiluted air.

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