India rejects World Bank’s Human Capital Index report which placed it below Nepal, Lanka, Bangladesh and Myanmar

India rejects World Bank’s Human Capital Index report which placed it below Nepal, Lanka, Bangladesh and Myanmar

“The qualitative aspects of improved governance that have a strong correlation with human capital development cannot be and have not been captured by the way the HCI has been constructed,” the Indian government said. The gap in data and methodology overlook the initiatives taken by a country and, in turn, portray an incomplete and predetermined picture, it said, adding this, in fact, makes the case for the adoption of the index by more countries somewhat remote. 

Autism can be detected very early, and caring parents can treated it successfully, says expert

Autism can be detected very early, and caring parents can treated it successfully, says expert

“A little bit of compassion, patience and tolerance goes a long way in making an individual with autism live happily and productively in any family or community,” says Saima Wazed Hossain, a licensed clinical and school psychologist in the US and WHO’s Goodwill Ambassador for Autism for South East Asia.

Impressive improvement in quality of Bangladesh’s human capital

Impressive improvement in quality of Bangladesh’s human capital

A study conducted by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the request of the World Bank president, has found that Bangladesh’s human capital has improved in quality between 1990 and 2016, reflecting growth in the economy. The improvement in Bangladesh’s case has been better as compared to India and Pakistan, the study reveals.

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

Ensuring free and fair polls, a challenging task in Bangladesh

Ensuring free and fair polls, a challenging task in Bangladesh

Bangladesh is to have its 11 th. parliamentary elections in November-December this year. As in the past, the elections are expected to take place in the midst of several controversies, some new and some enduring. Again, as in the past, ensuring free and fair elections in Bangladesh’s highly divisive, politicized and violence-ridden environment is going to be a major challenge for the State, writes P.K.Balachandran in Daily Mirror.

Vishwakarma, the celestial architect who built Sri Lanka

Vishwakarma, the celestial architect who built Sri Lanka

The Uttarakanda of Valmiki’s Ramayana, says that Sri Lanka was created by the celestial architect Vishwakarma for the Gods in heaven. Another lore has it that after Lord Shiva married Parvati, he instructed Vishwakarma to construct Lanka so that the couple might reside there, says cultural anthropologist Dr.Lopamudra Maitra Bajpai in newsin.asia

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