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Sri Lanka blames populist politics for delay in implementing UNHRC resolution

Sri Lanka blames populist politics for delay in implementing UNHRC resolution

By P.K.Balachandran Colombo, March 1 (NIA):: Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera on Tuesday blamed the opposition’s “populist” politics for the delays in implementing the September 2015 resolution of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) which Sri Lanka had co-sponsored with the US. Addressing the 35 th. session of the Geneva-based rights body, Samaraweera did not explicitly ask for more...

Pakistan’s problem with Oscar winner Mahershala Ali’s religious affiliation

Pakistan’s problem with Oscar winner Mahershala Ali’s religious affiliation

Islamabad, February 28 (Express Tribune):Controversy arose in Pakistan after Mahershala Ali — who won the best supporting actor Oscar on Sunday for his portrayal of a drug dealer in coming-of-age drama “Moonlight” — was given the title of the first ‘Muslim’ film star to pick up a golden statuette. Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Maleeha Lodhi was forced to delete...

Sri Lanka could be let off the hook at UNHRC

Sri Lanka could be let off the hook at UNHRC

By P.K.Balachandran Colombo, February 28 (www.bdnews24.com): Despite heavy lobbying by human rights groups against giving any reprieve to Sri Lanka, the South Asian island nation is likely to be let off the hook at the current session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) due to exigencies of international politics, diplomats stationed in Colombo believe. The expectation here is that...

Tales of the epic trek from Burma to India in 1942

Tales of the epic trek from Burma to India in 1942

By Adrija Roychowdhury/Indian Express Director Vishal Bharadwaj has dug out a much less talked about period of Indian history in his latest film, Rangoon. Behind a shroud of the more prominent national movement in India and the British rule it was targeting was the country’s own face off with World War II. When the Japanese knocked on the doorsteps of...

Malayali family brings back to life a slice of colonial Colombo

Malayali family brings back to life a slice of colonial Colombo

Colombo, February 22 (The New Indian Express): The Vethodys, a family of Malayali entrepreneurs with roots in Kerala and Sri Lanka, have brought back to life a slice of Colombo’s colonial past with the re-launch of their extensively renovated 135 year old iconic Hotel Nippon situated in the heart of the capital’s business district. “Nippon” as it is popularly known,...

China fears India may outstrip it in commercial launching of satellites

China fears India may outstrip it in commercial launching of satellites

Beijing, February 20 (The Hindu): China is clinically analysing the successful and cost-effective launch of 104 satellites in one go by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), as well as the outcome of the Aero-India show, with some media reports acknowledging that New Delhi may out-compete Beijing in the commercial space-launch business. An op-ed in the Global Times on Monday highlighted that...

Saudi Arabia deported 40,000 Pakistanis citing terrorism concerns

Saudi Arabia deported 40,000 Pakistanis citing terrorism concerns

By Michael Qazvini/www.dailywire.com Saudi Arabia has deported a staggering 40,000 Pakistani migrant workers in the span of just four months, citing terrorism concerns. The Saudi Gazette reported last week that “a number of Pakistanis were held in the crimes of drug trafficking, thefts, forgery and physical assault.” Authorities feared that some of the migrant workers were linked with ISIS, or as the...

America’s liberal values will reassert themselves says Pakistani scholar

America’s liberal values will reassert themselves says Pakistani scholar

By Frances Bulathsinghala The democratic values of the American people will prevail over attempts at reversing the core principles of that country, a senior Pakistani defense and international trade expert believes. Ikram Sehgal, a former military officer and a senior Pakistani defense expert who serves as a Board Director of the East West Institute (EWI), a US-based think-tank, told DailyFT...

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