Pakistan to co-opt Lanka in developing its Gandharan and Buddhist Studies Center

Pakistan to co-opt Lanka in developing its Gandharan and Buddhist Studies Center

For the past decade or so, Pakistan has been bending over backwards to portray itself, not just as an Islamic country, but as a land with a Buddhist past – a past which it is keen on preserving and propagating. The Center for Gandharan and Buddhist Studies is part of the effort to preserve and foster an important part of the country’s heritage which could help build bridges with Buddhist countries like Sri Lanka. Islamabad feels the need for Colombo’s cooperation in helping the Center realize its full potential.

US blames debt to China for Pakistan’s seeking IMF bailout, but Pakistan trashes charge

US blames debt to China for Pakistan’s seeking IMF bailout, but Pakistan trashes charge

The United States has said that it will examine closely Pakistan request for a loan from the International Monetary Fund(IMF), adding that “part of the reason that Pakistan found itself in this situation is Chinese debt”. But the Pakistan Finance Minister Asad Umar rebutted the narrative that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was responsible for Pakistan’s debt problems and the need for IMF bailout.

After Saudi Arabia turned a deaf ear, Pakistan seeks IMF package to avoid defaulting on foreign loans

After Saudi Arabia turned a deaf ear, Pakistan seeks IMF package to avoid defaulting on foreign loans

“After taking into account the current situation and consultation with leading economists, the government has decided to approach the IMF for a bailout program,” announced Finance Minister Asad Umar through a recorded video message. The government took the decision after friendly countries did not bail it out. Prime Minister Imran Khan had visited Saudi Arabia with a begging bowl. Adviser to the Prime Minister on Commerce Razak Dawood, who accompanied the Prime Minister, had described his Saudi Arabia visit thus: “Iit was awful to beg from Saudi Arabia”.

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

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