“We do not mutilate or cut our girls”, Lankan Muslims say in defense of female circumcision

“We do not mutilate or cut our girls”, Lankan Muslims say in defense of female circumcision

By Nita Bhalla NEW DELHI, Nov 27 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Members of Sri Lanka’s Muslim communities have strongly condemned criticism of ancient cutting rituals performed on girls, saying it should not be classed as female genital mutilation. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), FGM includes all procedures that intentionally alter or cause injury […]

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 […]

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 […]

West Bengal beats Odisha in the battle for the Rosogolla

West Bengal beats Odisha in the battle for the Rosogolla

New Delhi, November 17: (Reuters): West Bengal has beaten the neighboring State of Odisha in the bitter battle for rights over the Indian sweetmeat “Rosogolla”. The government of India has awarded to the State of West Bengal ownership rights over the “King of Indian Sweets” after a long battle between the two States. Luscious Rosogolla, […]

The woman who brought the unshakable Mugabe down

The woman who brought the unshakable Mugabe down

By Ata Ikiddeh/Lusaka Times It’s difficult to piece together what is going to become of Zimbabwe after now, however history gives us a peek at the key actors in the drama currently playing out. Now, this is the story you don’t know. Mugabe the deposed President of Zimbabwe, Constantine Chiwenga the Head of the Zimbabwean […]

Chinese robots serve food in Bangladeshi restaurant

Chinese robots serve food in Bangladeshi restaurant

Dhaka, November 17 (newsin.asia): A Chinese company has helped set up Bangladesh’s first “robot restaurant” where food is served by robots. HZX Electronic Technology Company of China provided technical support to the ‘Robot Restaurant’, located in  the Family World Convention Center at Asad Gate, Mirpur Road in Dhaka. Explaining the need to go in for […]

Sexual violence does greater damage than bullets, Angelina Jolie tells UN peacekeepers

Sexual violence does greater damage than bullets, Angelina Jolie tells UN peacekeepers

Vancouver, November 16 (The Guardian): In a forceful speech to United Nations peacekeeping officials assembled in Vancouver, Angeline Jolie called on international conflict negotiators to take their role in preventing and punishing sexual violence more seriously. Calling sexual violence “a critical obstacle to achieving women’s equality and our full human rights”, Jolie asked those gathered to recognize sexual […]

Maldives to build ultra-modern, well-connected “Youth City” on artificial island

Maldives to build ultra-modern, well-connected “Youth City” on artificial island

Colombo, November 12: In the Maldives, which is a cluster of small islands, extra apace for a growing population and a developing economy can be created only by reclaiming land from the sea or by creating a new island. Since 2015, the Abdulla Yameen government has been building an ultra-modern but entirely green “Youth City” in […]

Indian High Commission in Colombo holds Shankar’s International Children’s Competition

Indian High Commission in Colombo holds Shankar’s International Children’s Competition

Colombo,November 12 (newsin.asia): The Indian High Commission in Sri Lanka held the annual Shankar’s International Children’s Competition at the Indian Cultural Center in Colombo in writing, painting and drawing, to mark the birth anniversary of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s first and longest serving Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. Known as Chacha (Uncle) among Indian children, […]