Malayali family brings back to life a slice of colonial Colombo

Malayali family brings back to life a slice of colonial Colombo

Colombo, February 22 (The New Indian Express): The Vethodys, a family of Malayali entrepreneurs with roots in Kerala and Sri Lanka, have brought back to life a slice of Colombo’s colonial past with the re-launch of their extensively renovated 135 year old iconic Hotel Nippon situated in the heart of the capital’s business district. “Nippon” […]

A battle for the soul of Pakistan

A battle for the soul of Pakistan

By, Beena Sarwar/www.thewire.in Sehwan Sharif and other shrines in Pakistan are being targeted for terrorist attacks because militant Islam feels threatened by the popular adherence to Sufi Islam and values. I wonder if the bangle sellers outside the shrine are alive. I still have some chunky glass bangles I bought, bargaining more for the sake […]

Wearing pink or red is banned in Pakistan’s Varsities on Valentine’s Day

Wearing pink or red is banned in Pakistan’s Varsities on Valentine’s Day

By Imran Gabol and Shiza Malik/Dawn In the free-thinking 1970s, a rule endorsed by Karachi University’s (KU) then Vice-Chancellor, requiring girls and boys to sit three feet apart on campus, earned him plenty of scorn and ridicule. At the time, most students defied the decree openly and several chose to make a mockery of it […]

China and India account for half the deaths due to pollution

China and India account for half the deaths due to pollution

Washington, February 14 (Reuters): China and India accounted for more than half of the total number of global deaths attributable to air pollution in 2015, a study published on Tuesday said. Research by the U.S.-based Health Effects Institute (HEI) showed that air pollution caused more than 4.2 million early deaths worldwide in 2015, making it […]

Pakistan High Court bans promotion of Valentine’s Day in mainstream and social media

Pakistan High Court bans promotion of Valentine’s Day in mainstream and social media

Islamabad, February 14 (The Hindu): In a first of its kind verdict, the Islamabad High Court has banned Valentine’s Day events at public places and directed the media regulator to immediately stop advertisements in print and electronic media promoting the day. Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui said, “No event shall be held at official level and […]

Chennai-based NGO helps Sri Lankan Tamil returnees face challenges of resettlement

Chennai-based NGO helps Sri Lankan Tamil returnees face challenges of resettlement

Kilinochchi, February 5 (The New Indian Express): A Chennai-based outfit, Organization for Elangai Refugees Rehabilitation (OfERR), is helping Sri Lankan Tamil refugees who have returned to their original homes in north Sri Lanka, to overcome the many difficulties they face in re-settling in their homeland. Though the returnees are in no doubt about the correctness […]

Ceylon’s colorful colonial past comes alive in Kadugannawa rail museum

Ceylon’s colorful colonial past comes alive in Kadugannawa rail museum

By Kanishkaa Balachandran/NIA Kadugannawa appears like any nondescript town in Sri Lanka as you approach it on the Colombo-Kandy highway. Paddy fields and coconut trees on either side make way for little shops in tin shacks and a series of garages selling automobile spare parts. As you drive down the town’s two-lane thoroughfare, tuk-tuks and […]

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