Pakistani court quashes ban on Indian teledramas

Pakistani court quashes ban on Indian teledramas

Lahore July 18 (Express Tribune): Noting that “the world has become a global village”, the Lahore High Court (LHC) lifted on Tuesday a ban on the airing of Indian drama serials imposed by the broadcast media watchdog last year. Chief Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah passed the order after hearing arguments on a petition filed by a local media company praying...

Respecting dignity of persons with disability

Respecting dignity of persons with disability

By Nirmi Vitarana A friend recently shared an article published in an online edition of an English medium national newspaper. The article was well intentioned, and spoke about the weakness of non-compliance to universal accessibility regulations in Sri Lanka’s infrastructure and public spaces, and which results in marginalizing a significant minority in our society – who the writer references as...

Lord Jagannath’s Ratha Yatra takes place in Muslim-majority Bangladesh during Ramzan

Lord Jagannath’s Ratha Yatra takes place in Muslim-majority Bangladesh during Ramzan

Dhaka, June 26 (BDnews24.com): Signifying the existence of religious tolerance in Muslim-majority Bangladesh, the International Society for Krishna Consciousness or ISKON was able to take out a colorful procession depicting a journey by chariot of Sri Jagannath Dev during Ramzan in Dhaka on Sunday. The procession took place festival marks the return of Lord Krishna to Brindaban. The procession started...

Fusion of a different kind: Two dance forms meet across the Palk Strait

Fusion of a different kind: Two dance forms meet across the Palk Strait

By Meera Srinivasan/The Hindu Colombo, June 5: The Chitrasena dance school is located on one of Colombo’s busiest roads, but once you enter its premises, all you hear is exuberant drumbeats. On Saturday morning, the large thatch-roofed hall was brimming with children dressed in red and black. Seated at different spots, three generations of teachers from Sri Lanka’s first family...

Ireland set to elect gay Indian as its Prime Minister

Ireland set to elect gay Indian as its Prime Minister

Dublin, May 30 (Reuters):Ireland is on the verge of a huge generational change in its political life with the likely election of Leo Varadkar as its next premier – a move that would give the once-staunchly Catholic country its first openly gay leader and its first of Asian immigrant descent. Varadkar has built a near insurmountable lead ahead of a...

Women make headway in Nepal’s local body elections

Women make headway in Nepal’s local body elections

By Om Astha Rai/Nepali Times Kathmandu, May 29: When Bidya Devi Bhandari became Nepal’s first woman President in 2015, cynics dismissed her arguing that she was the widow of a political leader, it was a ceremonial position anyway, and one woman becoming head of state did not change the lives of millions of downtrodden women in Nepal. Then, Onsari Gharti Magar...

White House photo caption omits same sex husband of Luxembourg’s PM

White House photo caption omits same sex husband of Luxembourg’s PM

Washington, May 28 (IANS): The White House omitted Gauthier Destenay, the same sex husband of Luxembourg's Prime Minister Xavier Bettel, from the caption to an official photograph of the spouses of NATO leaders taken at this weeks summit in Brussels. Destenay, a Belgian architect, married Bettel in 2015, becoming the first same-sex spouse of a leader of a European Union...

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