Catholic priest bridges Indo-Pakistan divide by delivering hand written letters from kids

Catholic priest bridges Indo-Pakistan divide by delivering hand written letters from kids

By Kamran Chaudhry/UCA News Lahore ,December 6: For the past five years, Father Joseph Kalathil has been delivering letters to students in India and Pakistan, despite deep political animosity between the regional archrivals. And this year, the Jesuit priest based in Chandigarh, northern India, arrived at the Pakistani border on foot. He informed fellow Jesuits […]

Female circumcision is an ancient and harmless Islamic practice, Lankan Bohras say

Female circumcision is an ancient and harmless Islamic practice, Lankan Bohras say

Colombo, November 30 (newsin.asia): In the wake of the growing controversy surrounding the practice of female genital cutting among certain Muslim communities in Sri Lanka, a spokesperson for the Dawoodi Bohra community in Sri Lanka, Jamila Husain, told Ceylon Today that media reports in this regard are  “exaggerated beyond imagination.” She said that the ritual […]

Indian Supreme Court’s order allowing Hadiya freedom of movement long overdue

Indian Supreme Court’s order allowing Hadiya freedom of movement long overdue

Chennai, November 29 (The Hindu): By freeing Hadiya, a 25-year-old from Kerala who converted to Islam, from her parents’ custody, the Supreme Court has protected her freedom to choose her religion and her freedom of movement. Such an order was long overdue, considering that she has been living with her parents against her will and wished […]

“We do not mutilate or cut our girls”, Lankan Muslims say in defense of female circumcision

“We do not mutilate or cut our girls”, Lankan Muslims say in defense of female circumcision

By Nita Bhalla NEW DELHI, Nov 27 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Members of Sri Lanka’s Muslim communities have strongly condemned criticism of ancient cutting rituals performed on girls, saying it should not be classed as female genital mutilation. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), FGM includes all procedures that intentionally alter or cause injury […]

Pakistan discovers a 1700 year old sleeping Buddha statue

Pakistan discovers a 1700 year old sleeping Buddha statue

Islamabad, November 19  (The Guardian): Pakistan has unveiled the remains of a 1,700-year-old sleeping Buddha as part of an initiative to encourage tourism and project religious harmony in a region roiled by Islamist militancy. A reflection of the diverse history and culture of the south Asian country, the ancient Buddhist site in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province […]

Indian girl Manushi Chillar grabs Miss World title after a 17 year gap

Indian girl Manushi Chillar grabs Miss World title after a 17 year gap

Sanya City (China), November 18 (The Indian Express): India’s Manushi Chhillar won the coveted Miss World 2017 pageant here, 17 years after Priyanka Chopra won the title in 2000. Chhillar competed against 108 contestants from various countries at a glittering event held at Sanya City Arena in Hainan Island. Miss World 2016 winner Puerto Rico’s […]

West Bengal beats Odisha in the battle for the Rosogolla

West Bengal beats Odisha in the battle for the Rosogolla

New Delhi, November 17: (Reuters): West Bengal has beaten the neighboring State of Odisha in the bitter battle for rights over the Indian sweetmeat “Rosogolla”. The government of India has awarded to the State of West Bengal ownership rights over the “King of Indian Sweets” after a long battle between the two States. Luscious Rosogolla, […]

The woman who brought the unshakable Mugabe down

The woman who brought the unshakable Mugabe down

By Ata Ikiddeh/Lusaka Times It’s difficult to piece together what is going to become of Zimbabwe after now, however history gives us a peek at the key actors in the drama currently playing out. Now, this is the story you don’t know. Mugabe the deposed President of Zimbabwe, Constantine Chiwenga the Head of the Zimbabwean […]

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