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...

How Hindu ascetics observe Shivaratri in Nepal

How Hindu ascetics observe Shivaratri in Nepal

Kathmandu, February 24 (The Sun/NIA): Maha Shivaratri on February 24 marks the birth as well as marriage of the Hindu God Shiva and is celebrated in an especially grand way at the Pasupathinath temple in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. While most people turn up in colorful costumes and sing and dance glorifying Lord Shiva who saved the universe by...

Malayali family brings back to life a slice of colonial Colombo

Malayali family brings back to life a slice of colonial Colombo

Colombo, February 22 (The New Indian Express): The Vethodys, a family of Malayali entrepreneurs with roots in Kerala and Sri Lanka, have brought back to life a slice of Colombo’s colonial past with the re-launch of their extensively renovated 135 year old iconic Hotel Nippon situated in the heart of the capital’s business district. “Nippon” as it is popularly known,...

A battle for the soul of Pakistan

A battle for the soul of Pakistan

By, Beena Sarwar/www.thewire.in Sehwan Sharif and other shrines in Pakistan are being targeted for terrorist attacks because militant Islam feels threatened by the popular adherence to Sufi Islam and values. I wonder if the bangle sellers outside the shrine are alive. I still have some chunky glass bangles I bought, bargaining more for the sake of it than to save...

Babu’s English holds sway over Indian judiciary

Babu’s English holds sway over Indian judiciary

When Lord Macaulay fervently pleaded for the cause of English education in India in the 1830s, to transform Indians into" Brown Sahibs" English in every way except in the skin color, he meant that they should be taught Queen's English and not the English used by the judges in the higher Indian courts. Here is an excerpt from the Supreme...

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