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,...

Salma Khatun, Bangladesh railways’ first female locomotive driver

Salma Khatun, Bangladesh railways’ first female locomotive driver

Dhaka, March 9 (www.bdnews24.com): Train driver Salma Khatun became a symbol of women's emancipation and progress in Bangladesh when she broke a major male bastion in 2004 to become the first female locomotive driver in the Bangladesh railways. Salma was the only female locomotive driver in the country for seven years. But many women followed her footsteps with the result...

Bangladesh Minister says by-laws will set limits to child marriage

Bangladesh Minister says by-laws will set limits to child marriage

Dhaka, March 7 (BDNews24): The Bangladesh State Minister for Women and Child Welfare Meher Afroz Chumki said here on Tuesday that the present confusion over the Child Marriage Act will be removed when by laws are made under the Act. There is widespread criticism about allowing child marriage “in special circumstances” under the Child Marriage Restraint Act 2017. Minister...

Women perform better than men in Pakistani legislature

Women perform better than men in Pakistani legislature

Lahore, March 7 (Dawn): Women members performed better than their men in the proceedings of the Punjab Provincial Assembly between June 2013 and February 2017, according to a survey conducted by the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). This despite the fact that they are in a minority in the assembly, the international non-profit organization revealed in a press event...

Delhi University girl student threatened with rape for saying her soldier-dad was killed by war and not Pakistan

Delhi University girl student threatened with rape for saying her soldier-dad was killed by war and not Pakistan

New Delhi, February 28 (NIA): Gurmeher Kaur, the 20 year old daughter of Kargil war martyr Capt.Mandeep Singh, who started a placard campaign on social media saying that her father’s death was “due to war and not Pakistan” was allegedly threatened with rape and trolled badly. But these threats did not stop her. On Monday she stood against them openly...

Dhirendranath Dutta was the first to demand official language status for Bengali in Pakistan

Dhirendranath Dutta was the first to demand official language status for Bengali in Pakistan

In this article in www.bdnews24.com columnist Syed Badrul Ahsan, writes on the contribution of Dhirendranath Dutta, the man who first raised the demand for making Bengali an official language of Pakistan along with Urdu. It was as early as February 25, 1948, that Dutta had raised the question during a session of the Pakistan Constituent Assembly drafting a constitution for newly...

Tales of the epic trek from Burma to India in 1942

Tales of the epic trek from Burma to India in 1942

By Adrija Roychowdhury/Indian Express Director Vishal Bharadwaj has dug out a much less talked about period of Indian history in his latest film, Rangoon. Behind a shroud of the more prominent national movement in India and the British rule it was targeting was the country’s own face off with World War II. When the Japanese knocked on the doorsteps of...

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