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Companies targeted over gender balance

One of Britain’s biggest share owners has stepped up the pressure on UK boardrooms when it comes to pay, diversity and sustainability. Legal and General Investment Management – which manages nearly £1 trillion worth of assets – voted against 215 UK pay deals in 2017, a 40% increase over the …

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India death penalty: Does it actually deter rape?

India’s lower house of parliament passed a bill on Monday that will see the death penalty handed out to anyone convicted of raping a child under 12. The amendment to the Prevention Of Child Sex Offences (Pocso) act was made at the behest of Women and Child Development Minister Maneka …

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Why is economic growth so poor?

Is it Brexit? Snow? The often slightly miserable nature of the first quarter growth figures, affected as they can be by the general economic lull post-Christmas? A mixture of all or none of the above? Untangling why the UK’s economic growth has slumped so dramatically in the first three months …

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Stranded Russian climber rescued after six-day ordeal in Pakistan

Pakistan’s helicopter pilots have rescued a Russian climber stranded on a mountain, ending his six-day ordeal in subzero temperatures, the army says. Alexander Gukov was stuck at a height of nearly 6,300m (20,670ft) at Latok 1 in the northern Karakoram range. Previous attempts to airlift him failed because of bad …

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The veggie burger that bleeds when you cut it

The meat industry is a major contributor to carbon dioxide emissions and deforestation, and a huge consumer of water. But can lab-grown veggie alternatives wean us off our addiction to red meat? Silicon Valley tech companies are betting on it. Evan McCormack, 19, is staring at a big juicy burger …

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How can businesses tackle sexual harassment?

“I’ve just moved house, do you want to come over and test my mattress?” Charlotte reads from a list of #MeToo moments – the times in her career where she has experienced some kind of unwanted sexual attention. As a solicitor working in property, this text message from one of …

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What happens to India’s four million ‘stateless’ people?

Questions of identity and citizenship have long vexed a vast number of people living in Assam, one of India’s most multi-ethnic states. Among the residents are Bengali- and Assamese-speaking Hindus, and a medley of tribespeople. A third of its 32 million residents are Muslims, the second-highest number after Indian-administered Kashmir. …

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North Korea working on new missiles, US officials say, despite thaw

North Korea appears to be building new ballistic missiles despite recent warming ties with the Trump administration and pledges to denuclearise, reports say. Unnamed US officials told the Washington Post that spy satellites had spotted continuing activity at a site that has produced ballistic missiles. Reuters quotes an official as …

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Is Paytm’s founder India’s happiest boss?

India’s youngest billionaire broke all the rules in 2010 when he started the digital payment company, Paytm. Fast forward to today, and Vijay Shekhar Sharma, 39, is the owner and chief executive of India’s second-most valuable internet firm. Paytm, which is backed by Alibaba, is now worth some $10bn. So …

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