The Indian Home Minister, Rajnath Singh, who is in the Bangladesh capital, told Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, that India is working on a project to construct prefabricated housing in Rakhine State in Myanmar to meet the needs of Rohingyas returning from Bangladesh.”India will also continue to provide relief material and supplies to help Bangladesh deal with the needs of those in the relief camps,” Singh assured Hasina.
Visual anthropologist and South Asian culture aficionado, Dr. Lopamudra Maitra Bajpai, takes the reader through the history of the postal system in South Asia, highlighting the role of the postal runner – the messenger who delivered mail until early 20 th.century in some parts of the world..
Down the centuries,cloth has been a widely used base for artistic expression across the Indian sub-continent and South and South-east Asia. Cloth as a base for artistic expression in the form of “narrative scrolls” can be dated to 9 th-12 th century AD writes cultural and visual athropoligist Dr.Lopamudra Maitra Bajpai.
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.
Sri Lanka’s Johann Peries successfully climbed the 29,030 feet Mount Everest at 5.55 a.m in Nepal time on Tuesday, his support team in Colombo said. This was his second attempt. Peries now becomes the second Sri Lankan to summit Mt. Everest after Jayanthi Kuru Utumpala did it in 2016.
The Indian and Nepalese Prime Ministers have agreed to comprehensively review bilateral trade to facilitate greater access for Nepalese goods to the Indian market and reduce the yawning trade gap. In 2016-2017 for example, Nepal had imported from India goods worth US$ 39,604.3 million dollars but had sold to India goods worth only US$ 2590.3 million. The gap had increased by 32.8% over the previous year.
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.
The Sri Lankan government, in collaboration with the Indian High Commission in Colombo, will exhibit the sacred relics of the Buddha from Sarnath in India at the Temple Trees the official residence of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, from April 29 to May 3.
Indo-Nepal ties are likely to experience stormy weather in the coming months. Both countries are now under strong leaderships, but the leaderships have contradictory views on China, a new entrant into what was for long, an undisputed Indian domain.It is in this potentially explosive context that the new and unabashedly pro-China Nepalese Prime Minister, Khadga Prasad Sharma “Oli”, is visiting India at the head of a 60 member delegation from April 6 to April 8
India should have a selective approach to China’s Belt and Road Initiative, and reap benefits from bilateral and multilateral engagement with China.The trans-Himalayan region, where Nepal lies at the heart, would be crucial for transport, trade and tourism. India must think beyond the security prism as far as development and economic relations ,travel and trade are concerned.