Indira Gandhi was courage personified

Indira Gandhi was courage personified

Suman Dubey, veteran Indian journalist and Secretary Indira Gandhi Memorial Trust, assesses the former Indian Prime Minister’s contribution to India on her 100 birth anniversary which falls on November 19. No past Prime Minister of India evokes as much passion as Indira Gandhi. Her admirers believe she could do no wrong and was the messianic […]

Settle Rohingya issue bilaterally with Myanmar: China tells Bangladesh

Settle Rohingya issue bilaterally with Myanmar: China tells Bangladesh

Dhaka, November 19 (newsin.asia): Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi  has told the Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina that Bangladesh must settle the Rohingya refugees’ issue with Myanmar bilaterally “through dialogue and discussion.” Wang met Hasina here, en route to Naypyitaw, the capital of Myanmar, to attend the Asia-Europe Meeting (AEM) of Foreign Ministers to be […]

Maldivian envoy recalls bravery of freedom fighter Thakurufaanu on National Day

Maldivian envoy recalls bravery of freedom fighter Thakurufaanu on National Day

Colombo, November 19 (newsin.asia):  On the occasion of the National Day of the Maldives, the Maldivian Ambassador in Sri Lanka, Muhammad Hussain Shareef, recalled the courage and bravery of Muhammad Thakurufaanu, who successfully fought against  Portuguese rule and secured independence for the Indian Ocean archipelago in 1573. Shareef was speaking after ceremonially hoisting the Maldivian […]

How Nehru looked at the minorities’ question

How Nehru looked at the minorities’ question

Colombo, November 19 (newsin.asia): The following contribution from Nehru’s biographer, Dr S. Gopal, was published in Mainstream i its November 12, 1988 issue. It was based on the Ansari Memorial Lecture which Dr. Gopal delivered at the Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi on February 22, 1988. His Ansari Memorial Lecture is now being reproduced here because of […]

Pakistan discovers a 1700 year old sleeping Buddha statue

Pakistan discovers a 1700 year old sleeping Buddha statue

Islamabad, November 19  (The Guardian): Pakistan has unveiled the remains of a 1,700-year-old sleeping Buddha as part of an initiative to encourage tourism and project religious harmony in a region roiled by Islamist militancy. A reflection of the diverse history and culture of the south Asian country, the ancient Buddhist site in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province […]

Muslim leader’s warning of forced exodus a la Myanmar angers Assam’s leaders

Muslim leader’s warning of forced exodus a la Myanmar angers Assam’s leaders

Assam’s leaders, whether of the Hindutva variety or the Assamese nationalistic variety, are livid with Jamait Ulema-e-Hind leader Maulana Arshad Madani for equating the case of the immigrant Muslims from East Bengal living in Assam with the plight of the Rohingyas of Myanmar, writes P.K. Balachandran in South Asian Monitor. Madani had warned that the […]

Japan to offer dollar-denominated, low interest loans for infrastructure

Japan to offer dollar-denominated, low interest loans for infrastructure

Tokyo, November 18 (Nikkei Asian Review): Japan will start offering dollar-denominated development assistance loans, heeding the wishes of borrowing countries to reduce exposure to exchange-rate risks. The move will likely increase demand from countries whose currencies are highly vulnerable to the performance of the U.S. economy. Tokyo hopes the change will lead to more infrastructure […]

Indian girl Manushi Chillar grabs Miss World title after a 17 year gap

Indian girl Manushi Chillar grabs Miss World title after a 17 year gap

Sanya City (China), November 18 (The Indian Express): India’s Manushi Chhillar won the coveted Miss World 2017 pageant here, 17 years after Priyanka Chopra won the title in 2000. Chhillar competed against 108 contestants from various countries at a glittering event held at Sanya City Arena in Hainan Island. Miss World 2016 winner Puerto Rico’s […]

Sri Lankan navy to train Malaysian security forces in sea combat

Sri Lankan navy to train Malaysian security forces in sea combat

Kuala Lumpur, November 18 (The New Straits Times):  The Sri Lankan navy will be training Malaysian security personnel drawn from the police, the armed forces, and  the Maritime Enforcement Agency next year. Eastern Sabah Security Command (Esscom) commander Datuk Hazani Ghazali said the expertizes of the Sri Lankans in safeguarding their waters are recognized worldwide. […]

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