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Lord’s 2016: A second revolution in Pakistan cricket

Lord’s 2016: A second revolution in Pakistan cricket

In 1996, Musthaq Ahmed pulled it off for Pakistan Lord’s 1982: Pakistan's target to win the Test is a simple 76. Pakistan don't do simple. They do complex and unfathomable. It's the final session of the Test and rain clouds rush towards St John's Wood. Pakistan last won a Test in England 28 years earlier -...

Pakistani transgender opposes fatwa permitting marriage

Pakistani transgender opposes fatwa permitting marriage

A Pakistani transgender, Bindiya Rana, of Karachi, has surprised a lot of people by opposing a fatwa issued by 50 clerics of the Tanzeem-Ittehad-i-Ummat, permitting transgender persons to marry if one had predominant male features and the other predominantly female features. “I have talked to many people in my community, and this fatwa on marriage is troublesome for us,” says...

India Likely To Set Up LNG Fuelled Power Plant in Western Sri Lanka

India Likely To Set Up LNG Fuelled Power Plant in Western Sri Lanka

India is likely to set up a Liquefied Natural Gas-fuelled 500 MW power plant at Kerawalapitiya on the Western coast of Sri Lanka as requested by the Lankan government, authoritative sources told The New Indian Express here on Monday. On environmental grounds, the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe government is keen on switching over to LNG from coal as fuel for its future power...

US-Lanka Agree on Nature Of War Crimes Judicial Mechanism

US-Lanka Agree on Nature Of War Crimes Judicial Mechanism

Colombo, July 17 (NIA): The United States and Sri Lanka appear to have arrived at a compromise on the issue of foreign involvement in the proposed Judicial Mechanism to investigate, prosecute and try cases of war crimes allegedly committed by the Lankan armed forces in the last phase of Eelam War IV. U.S. Assistant Secretary of...

Nepal

Contrasting views on identity politics in Nepal.

In an article in Nepali Times dated June 10 to 16, 2016, Bineeta Gurung says “identity politics is a divisive ideology that has outlived its usefulness.” But in the issue of dated July 8 to 14, Mukesh Jha argues that the basis of identity politics is change, and most of the time, it leads to an equal, progressive and inclusive...

Violence in Bangladesh

True To Type: Bangladesh May Be Mishandling Restaurant Massacre

The disappearance of two young men who were interrogated following the terrorist attack on a posh restaurant in Dhaka on July 1 which left 20 dead, is making observers wonder if the Bangladesh government is mishandling the investigations given its tradition of not following universally accepted norms about treating suspects in criminal cases. Hasnat Karim and Tahmid Khan, who were...

Chambers and professional bodies to be in Sri Lankan trade negotiation teams

The Sri Lankan Ministry of Development Strategies and International Trade has said that it will reserve one seat for a common candidate of Sri Lanka’s chambers of commerce and professional bodies in its teams negotiating trade and investment agreements with other countries. The Ministry described this as a demonstration of the government’s willingness to be transparent while it negotiates trade...

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