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Manila, April 11, 2017: Dozens of Filipino protestors rallied on Tuesday near the presidential palace against extra-judicial killings amid the government’s anti-drugs campaign.

More than 100 demonstrators gathered at the Mendiola Peace Arch, near Malacanang Palace, where they performed stage plays portraying the procession and crucifixion of Jesus Christ to protest President Rodrigo Duterte’s policies, including his support for death penalty, Efe news reported.

About 80 members of the charity Urban Poor Associates and 50 members of labour group SENTRO also took part in street plays, during which protestors wearing crowns of thorns and white clothes daubed in red paint carried large crosses as they marched while being escorted by others dressed as Roman soldiers.

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The demonstrators also carried signs with slogans including ‘Stop the killings’, ‘lowering of age for criminal liability’, ‘death penalty’, ‘extrajudicial killings’.

The protests came a day after officials reported that more than 100 suspected drug dealers and addicts died in clashes with the police over the last month during the second phase of Duterte’s anti-drugs campaign, after it was temporarily suspended in January to launch an investigation into police corruption.

The first phase of the campaign, which began when Duterte took office in June 2016, led to more than 7,000 deaths within seven months, including more than 2,500 at the hands of police officers.

Duterte is also supporting a controversial bill to restore the death penalty in the country. (IANS)


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FIFA World Cup 2018: Indian Cuisine becomes the most sought after in Moscow

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Indian dishes available in Moscow during FIFA World Cup 2018, representational image, wikimedia commons

June 17, 2018:

Restaurateurs Prodyut and Sumana Mukherjee have not only brought Indian cuisine to the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018 here but also plan to dish out free dinner to countrymen if Argentina wins the trophy on July 15.

Based in Moscow for the last 27 years, Prodyut and Sumana run two Indian eateries, “Talk Of The Town” and “Fusion Plaza”.

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Both restaurants serve popular Indian dishes like butter chicken, kebabs and a varied vegetarian spread.

During the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018, there will be 25 per cent discount for those who will possess a Fan ID (required to watch World Cup games).

There will also be gifts and contests on offers during matches in both the restaurants to celebrate the event.

The Mukherjees, hailing from Kolkata, are die-hard fans of Argentina. Despite Albiceleste drawing 1-1 with Iceland in their group opener with Lionel Messi failing to sparkle, they believe Jorge Sampaoli’s team can go the distance.

“I am an Argentina fan. I have booked tickets for a quarterfinal match, a semifinal and of course the final. If Argentina goes on to lift

During the World Cup, there will be 25 per cent discount for those who will possess a Fan ID (required to watch World Cup games).

There will also be gifts and contests on offers during matches in both the restaurants to celebrate the event.

FIFA World Cup 2018 Russia
FIFA World Cup 2018, Wikimedia Commons.

“We have been waiting for this World Cup. Indians come in large numbers during the World Cup and we wanted these eateries to be a melting point,” he added.

According to Cutting Edge Events, FIFA’s official sales agency in India for the 2018 World Cup, India is amongst the top 10 countries in terms of number of match tickets bought.

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Prodyut came to Moscow to study engineering and later started working for a pharmaceutical company here before trying his hand in business. Besides running the two restaurants with the help of his wife, he was into the distribution of pharmaceutical products.

“After Russia won the first match of the World Cup, the footfall has gone up considerably. The Indians are also flooding in after the 6-9 p.m. game. That is the time both my restaurants remain full,” Prodyut said.

There are also plans to rope in registered fan clubs of Latin American countries, who will throng the restaurants during matches and then follow it up with after-game parties till the wee hours.

“I did get in touch with some of the fan clubs I had prior idea about. They agreed to come over and celebrate the games at our joints. Those will be gala nights when both eateries will remain open all night for them to enjoy,” Prodyut said.

Watching the World Cup is a dream come true for the couple, Sumana said.

“We want to make the Indians who have come here to witness the spectacle and feel at home too. We always extend a helping hand and since we are from West Bengal, we make special dishes for those who come from Bengal,” she added. (IANS)