Sri Lankan court case against gifting elephant to New Zealand shifts focus to conservation

Sri Lankan court case against gifting elephant to New Zealand shifts focus to conservation

Colombo, April 4 (newsin.asia): The on-going court case in Sri Lanka challenging President Maithripala Sirisena’s decision to gift a baby elephant to New Zealand, has brought back focus on the protection of the Sri Lankan elephant - Elephus maximus maximus – an endangered species as per the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). On a writ petition filed by...

Indian civilization unlikely to have been characterized by one religion: Romila Thapar

Indian civilization unlikely to have been characterized by one religion: Romila Thapar

By Dr.Romila Thapar/www.sabrangindia.in In the 1960s we were confident that the use of religion for political mobilisation would decline because nationalism, namely, the secular, all-inclusive, anti-colonialism nationalism that brought us independence, would, despite Partition, be firmly established. This was in some ways such a firm belief that it was not thought necessary to specify the inclusion of secularism in...

A fly in your soup could be good for your health and the environment

A fly in your soup could be good for your health and the environment

By Saima S.Hussain/Dawn According to a recent news report, insects are heading to Canadian grocery shelves. It’s not an attack of killer ants or an infestation of locusts; rather these insects are of the edible variety destined to be sold for consumption. You may have just said “ick”, but for some years now environmentalists and foodies have hailed bugs as...

Saudi Arabia’s all-male Girls’ Council

Saudi Arabia’s all-male Girls’ Council

Riyadh ,March 19 (DhakaTribune): It was an encouraging initiative for a country not known for giving women a platform in public life. But when Saudi Arabia wanted to show off its inaugural girls' council in al-Qassim province, they overlooked one thing- the women Saudi Arabia launched its first ever girls’ council meeting with publicity photos showing 13 men on stage...

Egyptian woman who weighed 500 kg loses 140 kg in Mumbai hospital

Egyptian woman who weighed 500 kg loses 140 kg in Mumbai hospital

Mumbai, March 19 (newsin.asia): Eman Ahmed, the Egyptian national who is believed to be the world's heaviest woman, has lost over 140 kg since her arrival in India for weight reduction treatment, doctors said today. She is being treated by a team led by Dr Mufazzal Lakdawala at Saifee Hospital here where she underwent a weight loss surgery earlier this...

India boosts security for Taj Mahal following US agency’s tip off

India boosts security for Taj Mahal following US agency’s tip off

New Delhi, March 17 (AFP): India has boosted security at the Taj Mahal after a pro-Islamic State group reportedly warned of attacks in the country and threatened the 17th century monument to love, police said Friday. Images published in local media showed a fighter in combat fatigues and black headgear at the Taj Mahal, India's biggest tourist attraction, and the...

Pakistani school kids ask Modi and Sharif to buy books, not bullets

Pakistani school kids ask Modi and Sharif to buy books, not bullets

New Delhi, March 15 (newsin.asia): Two Pakistani school children, Aqeedat and Moarrikh Naveed, have written to the Indian Prime Minister and the Pakistani Prime Minister asking them to buy books and not bullets and restore peace and travel between the two warring countries. In her letter to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Aqeedat appealed to him to be a harbinger...

Bali not to cover up statues during Saudi King’s visit

Bali not to cover up statues during Saudi King’s visit

Bali March 11 (AFP): Bali, a Hindu majority island in Muslim Indonesia, has decided not to cover up its statues for Saudi Arabia’s King Salman who was holidaying in the Indonesian island with a large entourage. A Hindu pocket in the world’s most populous Muslim-majority nation, Bali is known for its statues of deities and semi-naked women. "We're just going...

Washing machine which does away with the most stubborn curry stains

Washing machine which does away with the most stubborn curry stains

New Delhi March 11 (BBC): A washing machine has been launched for the Indian market, with a special mode to tackle curry and hair oil stains. Panasonic said the introduction of a 'curry' button followed complaints from customers struggling to fully get the food off their clothes. It says development took two years, testing combinations of water temperature and water flow....

An honour killing doesn’t stop at one

An honour killing doesn’t stop at one

By Sadaf Haider/Dawn Pakistani channel Hum TV’s Sang-e-Marmar ended with a finale as gripping and thought provoking as the entire serial. It gave audiences a fine critique on the nature of revenge and what honor culture ultimately leads to. Writer Mustafa Afridi leads his characters through a maze of moral dilemmas, teasing the audience’s expectations with the familiar motifs of love triangles,...

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