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 been voiced periodically, there has...

Novels of “Islamic” love set Bangladeshi hearts aflutter

Novels of “Islamic” love set Bangladeshi hearts aflutter

Dhaka, April 27 (AFP): Kasem bin Abubakar was told nobody would buy his chaste romance novels about devout young Muslims finding love within the strict moral confines of Bangladeshi society. And yet his tales of lovers whispering sweet nothings sold millions in the 1980s and proved a huge hit among young girls from Bangladesh's rural, conservative heartland. Now his work...

Canadian river vanishes in four days as glacier retreats due to global warming

Canadian river vanishes in four days as glacier retreats due to global warming

Hannah Devlin/The Guardian Ottawa, April 17: An immense river that flowed from one of Canada’s largest glaciers vanished over the course of four days last year, scientists have reported, in an unsettling illustration of how global warming dramatically changes the world’s geography. Such a situation can arise in rivers originating in the Himalayas too. The abrupt and unexpected disappearance of...

When Kejriwal loses, he wins

When Kejriwal loses, he wins

Jawed Naqvi/Dawn YOU would have thought that water alone has the anomalous property of expanding when frozen. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal displays a very nearly similar propensity. He ‘expands’ where others would retreat. The more the media mocks and berates him on behalf of its paymasters, and tries to put Kejriwal in the deep freeze, the fierier he comes...

Despite threats from Islamic fundamentalists, Bangladesh celebrates Bengali New Year

Despite threats from Islamic fundamentalists, Bangladesh celebrates Bengali New Year

Dhaka, April14 (newsin.asia): Pahela Baishakh, the first day of Bangali calendar, was celebrated across Bangladesh on Friday with traditional festivities and enthusiasm, even as a section of Islamic fundamentalists threatened to disrupt it. "Bangladesh will march forward and people will live with joy," Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said at the New Year celebrations with her colleagues in the Awami League...

Imran slams Indian MP for demanding demolition of Jinnah’s house

Imran slams Indian MP for demanding demolition of Jinnah’s house

Lahore, April 6 (Express Tribune): Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman Imran Khan has criticized the Indian lawmaker’s call to demolish the historic Jinnah House in Mumbai and build a cultural centre in its place. “Indian parliamentarian’s call to demolish Jinnah House unfortunate and disturbing. History cannot be wished away by demolishing buildings,” he tweeted on Thursday. Famed for its Italian marble and...

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...

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