Australia casino giant Crown hit with class action over China

Australia casino giant Crown hit with class action over China

Australia, Dec 4 (AFP) – Australian gambling giant Crown was hit with a class action Monday after 18 employees were arrested in China, alleging it did not give shareholders enough information about the risks being taken. The employees, who pleaded guilty, were held for 10 months on charges of luring rich Chinese to Australia, before […]

Female circumcision is an ancient and harmless Islamic practice, Lankan Bohras say

Female circumcision is an ancient and harmless Islamic practice, Lankan Bohras say

Colombo, November 30 (newsin.asia): In the wake of the growing controversy surrounding the practice of female genital cutting among certain Muslim communities in Sri Lanka, a spokesperson for the Dawoodi Bohra community in Sri Lanka, Jamila Husain, told Ceylon Today that media reports in this regard are  “exaggerated beyond imagination.” She said that the ritual […]

Indian Supreme Court’s order allowing Hadiya freedom of movement long overdue

Indian Supreme Court’s order allowing Hadiya freedom of movement long overdue

Chennai, November 29 (The Hindu): By freeing Hadiya, a 25-year-old from Kerala who converted to Islam, from her parents’ custody, the Supreme Court has protected her freedom to choose her religion and her freedom of movement. Such an order was long overdue, considering that she has been living with her parents against her will and wished […]

“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 […]

North Korea says new missile puts all of US in striking range

North Korea says new missile puts all of US in striking range

London, Nov 29 (BBC) – North Korea says it has successfully tested a new type of intercontinental ballistic missile that can reach the whole of the continental United States. State television claimed that Pyongyang had now achieved its mission of becoming a nuclear state. The Hwasong-15 missile, which it said was its “most powerful”, was […]

Except Pakistan all other member countries got awards at SAARC Film Fest

Except Pakistan all other member countries got awards at SAARC Film Fest

Colombo, November 29: Except Pakistan, all other members of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) got awards at the SAARC Film Festival 2017 which concluded here last Saturday, writes P.K.Balachandran in South Asian Monitor. Pakistan had entered Bin Roye directed by Momina Duraid and Shazad Kashmiri) and Mah-e-Mir directed by Anjum Shahzad, both […]

Bangladeshi film on migrant workers’ woes wins award at SAARC film festival

Bangladeshi film on migrant workers’ woes wins award at SAARC film festival

Colombo, November 26 (newsin.asia): The Bangladeshi film Oggatonama  (The Unnamed) on the woes of workers  who go abroad for petty jobs, has won the award for the Best Screenplay at the SAARC Film Festival which concluded here on Saturday. The jury said that the award was being given Oggatonama “for creating a very humanistic and […]

Elegant coffee table book tells the story of 75 year old Peradeniya University

Elegant coffee table book tells the story of 75 year old Peradeniya University

Colombo, November 22 (newsin.asia): To mark the 75 th. Anniversary of the degree-awarding university system in Sri Lanka this year,  a group of old students of Peradeniya University got together to produce a coffee table book on their alma mater. The well-illustrated volume, with each picture carrying crisply written notes, was released last Sunday by […]

BJP leader announces US$ 1.5 million for the heads of Deepika and Bhansali

BJP leader announces US$ 1.5 million for the heads of Deepika and Bhansali

New Delhi, November 19 (The Indian Express): Controversies surrounding Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s  historical  film Padmavati refuses to die down. Two days after a Meerut resident from the Kshatriya community announced a bounty of Rs 5 crore (US$ 770,000)  on the heads of Bhansali and actor Deepika Padukone, Haryana BJP’s Chief Media Coordinator Kunwar Suraj Pal […]