Sri Lanka’s ruling United National Party spurned Cambridge Analytica’s offer before 2015 poll

Sri Lanka’s ruling United National Party spurned Cambridge Analytica’s offer before 2015 poll

Speaking at a function here last week, the Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said that the controversial firm Cambridge Analytics had approached him with an officer to help with data ahead of the January 8, 2015 Presidential elections but he had declined the offer. “Cambridge Analytica canvassed me. Fortunately, we did not use it,” he said.

Maldives calls Germany’s bluff on punitive cancellation of flights

Maldives calls Germany’s bluff on punitive cancellation of flights

Colombo, April 1 (newsin.asia): The Maldivian airports operator has called the German Ambassador’s bluff about a purported decision by major European airlines to cancel flights to the Maldives to  punish the Abdulla Yameen government for alleged transgressions of democratic norms. The Colombo-based German envoy for the Maldives, Joern Rohde, tweeted on Friday: “We hear big […]

US visa applicants to be asked about their social media history

US visa applicants to be asked about their social media history

Washinton, March 31 (Reuters): The US State department is expected to introduce a regulation by which US visa applicants will have to reveal their social media identities over the previous five years as a security requirement. The proposal, which must be approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), would require most immigrant and […]

Yoga in Gaza: Hijabi girls try out yoga to shed stress

Yoga in Gaza: Hijabi girls try out yoga to shed stress

Gaza, March 31 (Reuters): A small group of hijab wearing Palestinian girls of Gaza are learning to stretch their limbs in a yoga class with a view to shedding stress and teaching other girls how to lead a stress free and physically healthy life. The Gaza Strip, which is dominated by the Islamist Hamas faction, […]

Despite official instruction to stay away, Indian Culture Minister attends Dalai Lama’s function

Despite official instruction to stay away, Indian Culture Minister attends Dalai Lama’s function

Dharamsala, March 31 (newsin.asia): Despite an official instruction issued by the Indian government to Ministers and officials to stay away from the “Thank You India” function organized by the Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama in order not to annoy China, the Union Minister of Culture, Dr.Mahesh Sharma, attended the function held here on Saturday. According […]

The truth about Aussie cricket culture

The truth about Aussie cricket culture

By Mickey Arthur/www.playersvoice.com.au Unfortunately, it was always going to end like this. Despite generational change, independent reviews and too many behavioural spotfires to list, Cricket Australia and the national team had demonstrated no real willingness or desire to improve the culture within their organisation from season to season. That could lead to only one conclusion. […]

Filmfare declares Fawad Khan ‘Best Cinematic Icon Pakistan/India” at Middle East edition launch

Filmfare declares Fawad Khan ‘Best Cinematic Icon Pakistan/India” at Middle East edition launch

Dubai, March 31 (Geo TV): Pakistani heart throb Fawad Khan has been honored by the Indian film magazine Filmfare once again. Fawad was honored with the title of Best Cinematic Icon Pakistan/India at an event at Bollywood Parks in Dubai on Friday. The actor is in Dubai for relaunch of Filmfare Magazine (Middle East). While India has […]

Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative clouded by project delays and mounting debt

Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative clouded by project delays and mounting debt

By Go Yamada,  Nikkei senior deputy editor, Stefania Palma,  Asia editor at The Banker Gwadar, March 31 (Nikkei): The idea of transforming the ancient fishing village of Gwadar into a bustling port city has been around since at least 1954, when Pakistan commissioned the U.S. Geological Survey to examine its coastline. Their conclusion: Gwadar, which […]

Hijab wearing Maria Mahmood is a contestant in Miss UK contest

Hijab wearing Maria Mahmood is a contestant in Miss UK contest

Birmingham, March 31 (Express Tribune): Twenty year old Maria Mahmood is a psychology student from Birmingham who is the first hijab-wearing Muslim to compete in Miss England – now that she’s through to the semi-finals. “Muslims are associated with negative things like terrorism. I’m determined to do my bit to challenge those views,” Maria told […]

Salman Khan’s Bajrangi Bhaijaan all set to gross US$ 153 million worldwide

Salman Khan’s Bajrangi Bhaijaan all set to gross US$ 153 million worldwide

Mumbai, March 31 (Express Tribune): Film-maker Kabir Khan’s Bajrangi Bhaijaan starring Salman Khan, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui has been impressing the audiences globally after having an impressive run at the Indian box office. The film excelled in the Chinese market. After grossing INR6.26 billion globally, Bajrangi Bhaijaan has already touched the INR 9.07 billion  figure in addition to its […]