The Attari-Wagah border between India and Pakistan displayed the mix of excitement and momentousness this August 14-15 midnight that it usually does as the two countries celebrate their Independence Days. this midnight occasion has become its own ritual, poignant and significant in its meaning, for nearly two decades now, says a report in the peace website www.amankiasha.com
Atal Behari Vajpayee, former Indian Prime Minister, leader of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and an acknowledged peacenik, died here on Thursday after a prolonged illness. He was 93. A poet-politician, Vajpayee was one of the most popular leaders of the BJP.
As in so many other developing societies of South Asia, in Assam too, myths and dogma take root, develop their own reality, and begin to dictate political debate unchallenged by the mainstream media, academia or larger intelligentsia. Such is also the case with what can only be called the myth of continuing Bangladeshi migration into Assam.” – Anindita Dasgupta, The Myth of the Assamese Bangladeshi
Former India Test captain Ajit Wadekar, who led the country to its first Test series win in England in 1971 passed away at the age of 77 on Wednesday after a prolonged illness. He breathed his last at Mumbai’s Jaslok Hospital. Wadekar made his debut in 1966 against the West Indies and went on to represent India in 37 Tests and two one-day internationals.
A newly-elected lawmaker of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) from Multan has been making waves in the Punjab Assembly in Pakistan owing to his Sikh background coupled with his overt patriotism. Sardar Mahinder Pal Singh was elected Member of the Provincial Assembly (MPA) on a reserved seat for minorities in the assembly.
An impressively large number of resident Indians and Sri Lankans braved inclement weather to attend the Indian Independence Day flag hoisting ceremony held at ‘India House’ here on Wednesday. Men, women and children dressed in their best, turned up to express their joy over India’s turning 71, and to show their solidarity with a resurgent India.
The Indian government has denied a report that a Chinese company would be printing its currency notes, calling it “baseless” amid social media outrage. The report by the South China Morning Post claimed a Chinese company had been contracted to print international currencies, including the Indian rupee. The news spread quickly on social media, prompting outrage over how this could endanger national security.
Colombo, Aug 14 (newsin.asia) – Sri Lanka’s Marine Environment Protection Authority (MEPA) has launched a probe into a large amount of clinical waste which had washed ashore in Puttalam in north western Sri Lanka, local media reported Tuesday. Authorities believe that the waste may have washed ashore from India. The CEO of MEPA, Dr. Pradeep […]
The Indian government’s relaxing of norms for transshipment has not only helped India arrest a sizable chunk of its container cargo going to ports like Colombo, Singapore and Jebel Ali, but also forced a few foreign ports to cut rates, according to a top official. India has been trying hard to arrest diversion of container cargo to transshipment hubs at foreign ports.
Freedom, as Karl Marx explained, is directly connected with those who control economic resources, political power and intellectual resources and those not connected to power and are marginal in some way, are disconnected from freedom, says Indian student leader Umar Khalid in The Telegraph.