India continues to top tourist arrivals in Sri Lanka with China coming second

India continues to top tourist arrivals in Sri Lanka with China coming second

Colombo, January 6 (newsin.asia): India continued to be the top most tourist market for Sri Lanka, notching up 384,628 arrivals (up 7.8%) in 2017, data released by the Sri Lanka Tourism Development  Authority (SLTDA) show. China came second with 268,952 (down 1%) arrivals and the UK was third with 201,879 (up 7.3%). Tourist arrivals to […]

Degradation of Lankan Left led to Tamils’ supporting LTTE: Sivanandan

Degradation of Lankan Left led to Tamils’ supporting LTTE: Sivanandan

By Meera Srinivasan/The Hindu Sri Lanka-born British writer Ambalavaner Sivanandan, theorist of state racism and Black liberation politics and founding editor of Race & Class journal, passed away in London on Wednesday. He was 94. Best known for his political essays and his novel When Memory Dies, Sivanandan made original contributions to understanding communities of […]

Can Rajinikanth do an MGR?

Can Rajinikanth do an MGR?

By Veeragathy Thanabalasingham/Daily Express “My entry into politics is certain. This is the compulsion of the times. In the upcoming State Assembly polls, I will start my own political party, and contest in all the 234 constituencies in Tamil Nadu.” With those words, Shivaji Rao Gaekwad, idolized as Rajinikanth, the larger than life superstar of […]

India says Pakistan’s continued video propaganda about alleged spy lacks credibility

India says Pakistan’s continued video propaganda about alleged spy lacks credibility

New Delhi, January 4 (NDTV): Pakistan has released another propaganda video of Kulbhushan Jadhav in which he is purportedly heard saying that an Indian diplomat yelled at his mother when she and his wife visited the foreign office in Islamabad to meet him last week. The Indian national has been sentenced to death by a […]

How Asian countries view China’s growth and power

How Asian countries view China’s growth and power

By Laura Silver/Pew Research Center In  2017,  just before the Chinese Communist Party’s 19 th.Congress in October, the Pew Research Center conducted a survey in leading Asian countries on how each looked at China’s economic growth and rising military power. Here are the results according to Pew researcher Laura Silver: 1 Views of China’s economic growth […]

A Japanese assessment of Modinomics

A Japanese assessment of Modinomics

By Makto Kajiwara/Nikkei commentator Tokyo, January 3 (Nikkei): Overseas money is pouring into India as stock prices surge along with hopes for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s aggressive reforms. But one has to wonder — are global investors wearing blinkers as they race into the country? Do they not see the poverty, public health hazards and safety […]

Trump lambasts Pakistan on terrorism but Islamabad says it can’t do more

Trump lambasts  Pakistan on terrorism but Islamabad says it can’t do more

Washington/Islamabad, January 1 (Geo News):  Issuing a tough warning to Pakistan, U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday alleged that this South Asian nation has given America nothing but lies and deceit and has given safe haven to terrorists. But the Pakistani Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif, said in response that Pakistan has already refused to ‘do […]

Modi says single Muslim women can now go for Haj without male escort

Modi says single Muslim women can now go for Haj without male escort

New Delhi, December 31 (newsin.asia): Continuing his effort to liberate Indian Muslim women from oppressive religious laws, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced on Sunday, that from now on, Muslim women need not be accompanied by a male escort when they go for the Haj pilgrimage to Mecca. But critics say that this is only […]

Modi gets ASEAN leaders to be chief guests at India’s Republic Day event

Modi gets ASEAN leaders to be chief guests at India’s Republic Day event

New Delhi, December 31 (newsin.asia): All ten leaders of the Association of  South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) will be chief guests at the Indian Republic Day celebrations on January 26, 2018, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said here on Sundy. In his Man ki Baat   address to the nation, Modi said that ASEAN leaders from […]

Modi gets ASEAN leaders to be chief guests at India’s Republic Day event

Modi gets ASEAN leaders to be chief guests at India’s Republic Day event

New Delhi, December 31 (newsin.asia): All ten leaders of the Association of  South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) will be chief guests at the Indian Republic Day celebrations on January 26, 2018, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said here on Sunday. In his Man ki Baat   address to the nation over All India Radio, Modi said […]