Puppetry has long been a medium of entertainment and devotion in South Asia

Puppetry has long been a medium of entertainment and devotion in South Asia

Puppets are a part of popular culture and entertainment across the world, especially in the South Asian region. They reflect the cultural heritage of their region, its mythology, music, beliefs, rites and rituals. Puppetry has been around since ancient times, writes cultural anthropologist Dr. Lopamudra Maitra Bajpai in newsin.asia

Terrorist bombs kill 232 and wound 645 in Afghanistan this year

Terrorist bombs kill 232 and wound 645 in Afghanistan this year

Terrorist bombs have killed 232 persons and wounded 645 in Afghanistan in the first half of 2018. On Wednesday, eight civilians, including women and children, were killed in northern Afghanistan on Wednesday when a roadside bomb apparently targeting security forces ripped through the vehicle in which they were travelling, officials said.

Is a new “Quad” emerging with Pakistan, China, Russia and Iran as members?

Is a new “Quad” emerging with Pakistan, China, Russia and Iran as members?

The Pakistan Foreign Office on Thursday expressed ignorance about a reported meeting of spy chiefs of Russia, Iran, China and Pakistan in Islamabad over the growing threat to the region from the militant Islamic State (IS) in Afghanistan. But both the US  and Russia have reported the meeting and there is speculation that this might lead to the formation of a “Quad” to solve problems posed by Islamic militancy in Afghanistan, a group without Western nations. 

The irresistible rise of Afghanistan’s cricket team

The irresistible rise of Afghanistan’s cricket team

On Thursday, Afghanistan’s national cricket team played India in a Test match, a form of the game — taking place over five seven-hour days — reserved for a select group of nations. In cricket’s near 150-year history of international fixtures, only 11 countries have competed at that level; Afghanistan becomes the 12 th. The achievement marks another high point in a remarkable ascent: Emerging from refugee camps in Pakistan and only officially formed in 1995, Afghanistan’s cricket team has surmounted obstacles unknown to most athletes — terrorism, displacement, war — and with flair and panache that have won admirers the world over,writes Sidharth Monga in New York Times.

South Asian University establishes landmarks with third convocation

South Asian University establishes landmarks with third convocation

For the first time since its inception, the South Asian University will be handing out PhD Degrees to 6 of its scholars – one each from Afghanistan and Bangladesh and 4 from India, said Dr.Sasanka Perera from Sri Lanka, who is the Vice President of the university, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Professor  of Sociology.

South Asian journalists continue to be under duress except in Bhutan and Nepal

South Asian journalists continue to be under duress except in Bhutan and Nepal

In India, the Modi Government “celebrates” curtailment of the freedom of the press through coinages like “news traders” and “presstitutes”. Its supporters troll Government’s critics in the media as Swati Chaturvedi points out in her book ‘I Am A Troll’. In Pakistan ,the single most dangerous place for journalists is the capital, Islamabad, writes P.K.Balachandran in DailyFT.  

Foreign Correspondents’ Association of Sri Lanka condemns killing of journalists in Afghanistan

Foreign Correspondents’ Association of Sri Lanka condemns killing of journalists in Afghanistan

The Foreign Correspondents’ Association (FCA) of Sri Lanka has “strongly condemned” the “cowardly killing” of ten journalists by terrorists in Afghanistan. In a release issued on Tuesday, the FCA said that it was deeply  shocked by the attacks and urged the authorities to bring the perpetrators to justice at the earliest.

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