Afghanistan’s first all-women TV station goes on air on Sunday

Afghanistan’s first all-women TV station goes on air on Sunday

Kabul, May 20 (Reuters): Afghanistan’ first all-women TV station, Zan TV (“Women’s TV”), goes on air on Sunday ,May 20. The launch has been preceded by a high-profile marketing campaign on billboards in Kabul and on social media. Female newsreaders appear regularly on many Afghan channels, but an entire station for women is a novelty. […]

Sand is both life and dream for sculptor Sudarsan Pattnaik

Sand is both life and dream for sculptor Sudarsan Pattnaik

Colombo, May 11: The world-renowned sand sculptor Sudarsan Pattnaik, who is in the Sri Lankan capital to exhibit his mammoth reclining Buddha at the International Vesak celebrations on May 12, has been wedded to sand since the age of 8 and cannot think of a day when he will be divorced from it ,writes P.K.Balachandran […]

Human bones found in Shangri-La construction site date to period when it was a cemetery

Human bones found in Shangri-La construction site date to period when it was a cemetery

Colombo, May 13 (newsin.asia): The human bones found at the Shangri-La hotel construction site on Galle Face here on Saturday,  may well date to the period when it was a British military cemetery, police spokesman Prishantha Jayakody said. “However, we are investigating with the help of forensic  experts,” he added. It was in 1803 that […]

Falling at the leader’s feet: Shades of Tamil Nadu in Bangladesh

Falling at the leader’s feet: Shades of Tamil Nadu in Bangladesh

Dhaka,May 11 (newsin.asia):  The practice of politicians falling at the feet of their leaders to secure their “blessings” is common in Hindu India as it is part of the culture of respecting “elders” or “seniors”. In the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu, however, the practice assumed ugly  forms during the regime of the Late […]

BBC to produce Vikram Seth’s Suitable Boy – the first ever with an all non-White cast

BBC to produce Vikram Seth’s Suitable Boy – the first ever with an all non-White cast

London, May 6 (newsin.asia):The BBC is to screen its first period drama featuring an entirely non-white cast after securing the rights to A Suitable Boy, Vikram Seth’s sprawling novel set in post-colonial India, www.telegraph.co.uk reports. The book will be adapted into a lavish eight-part series with a script from Andrew Davies, the screenwriter whose hits […]

The house which still divides India and Pakistan

The house which still divides India and Pakistan

By Frances Bulathsinghala/www.southasianmonitor.com The very same edifice which bore witness to the many discussions between Muhammad Ali Jinnah and Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi that sealed the decision to partition India has a chance seventy years later to bring peace between India and Pakistan. But the possibility of an amiable settlement over the ownership of Jinnah’s House, […]

Academia’s neglect of India’s military history could lead to misappropriation and misuse

Academia’s neglect of India’s military history could lead to misappropriation and misuse

By Srinath Raghavan/The Hindustan Times A little over six months ago, the government announced an international competition to design a “National War Memorial” in New Delhi. The memorial is intended to honour all Indian soldiers who served in the various wars and counter-insurgency campaigns from 1947 onwards. While the demand for a war memorial has […]

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