Cultural anthropologist Dr.Lopamudra Maitra Bajpai looks at the various traditional grass mats of South Asia to bring out their aesthetic value, and the various materials and techniques that are used in their manufacture.
Nineteen couples from China and Sri Lanka became man and wife at a mass wedding ceremony in Negombo near here on Thursday, symbolizing the people-to people relationships that China’s Belt and Road Initiative is creating even as it strengthens Sri Lanka’s position as an ideal wedding destination. The couples, who are employees of the China State Construction Engineering Corporation, walked down the aisle at a grand ceremony in a luxury hotel. Out of the 19 couples, 12 were Chinese while seven Sri Lankan ,reports Xinhua.
Archaeologists from the Shanghai Museum embarked on a 40-day excavation mission to Sri Lanka on Monday.The group will be working in ancient ruins in Jaffna alongside representatives from the Central Cultural Fund and a local university in Sri Lanka
Jadav Payeng of Assam in Eastern India, has been able to create the world’s largest river island after planting a tree everyday for 39 years. Payeng was alarmed by the devastation caused to the land after a bout of extreme flooding and drought back in 1979.
Attempting to prevent further erosion to his homeland, the then 16-year-old decided he would plant a sapling in the barren soil every day for the foreseeable future and now, 39 years on, his woodland covers 1,360 acres and it is home to Bengal tigers and rhinos.
The Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Jawed Bajwa has initiated simultaneous plantation of two million trees across the country on Monday as part of the new government’s 10 billion tree planting campaign. The campaign is named ‘Sarsabz o Shadab Pakistan.”
The Federal Censor Board of Pakistan has banned Anubhav Sinha’s courtroom drama Mulk, set to hit the screens on August 3rd. While the ban on Bollywood releases in Pakistan is currently the trending topic, this is not the first time such an incident has occurred.Deepak Mukut, Soham Rockstar Entertainment states, “ We are disturbed by this prejudiced verdict and it’s such an irony because our film talks about this very prejudice. We urge the Pakistani Censor Board to reconsider their decision. They will realise how essential it is to the well-being of the human race across the world.”
Pakistan’s youngest woman legislator won from constituency where earlier, women were barred from voting
Lower Dir is a remote and conservative district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KP). Women were collectively disenfranchised here by political parties in the 2013 general elections, triggering an outcry across the country. But things changed in the 2018 elections, and the change was radical. Dir is all set to send Sumera Shams, a woman and the youngest ever to be elected to the KP provincial legislature.
Cultural and Visual anthropologist and South Asian expert Dr.Lopamudra Maitra Bajpai writes on five women from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Bhutan who had pioneered writing in the English language in the South Asian region.
The Narendra Modi government is to build a Museum of Prime Ministers on Teen Murti estate in the heart of Delhi. It is designed to include all Prime Ministers of the past as well as in the future. It will, however, exclude Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s first PM, who served from 1947 to 1964. The museum begins from Nehru’s successor, Lal Bahadur Shastri. The rationale for not including Nehru is that there is already a Nehru Memorial Museum and Library (NMML) at the Teen Murti estate.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairperson Imran Khan has revealed that he did not see Bushra Maneka’s face till after they were married and that his earlier marriage to Reham Khan was “the biggest mistake” of his life. Speaking about his third marriage in February this year, Imran during an interview with Daily Mail said, “I did not catch a glimpse of my wife’s face until after we were married. I proposed to her without seeing her because she had never met me without her face being covered with a full veil.”