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All’s not lost: India’s conscience can still be ignited

All’s not lost: India’s conscience can still be ignited

By Aasim Sajjad Akhtar Islamabad, May 6 (Dawn): It has been more than a year since progressive students at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) ignited a country-wide movement against the excesses of the Indian state. Long considered a denizen of anti-establishment thinking, JNU became the epicenter of mass mobilization of young people against the ‘doctored’ trial and execution of Kashmiri separatist, Afzal Guru. The...

BBC to produce Vikram Seth’s Suitable Boy – the first ever with an all non-White cast

BBC to produce Vikram Seth’s Suitable Boy – the first ever with an all non-White cast

London, May 6 (newsin.asia):The BBC is to screen its first period drama featuring an entirely non-white cast after securing the rights to A Suitable Boy, Vikram Seth’s sprawling novel set in post-colonial India, www.telegraph.co.uk reports. The book will be adapted into a lavish eight-part series with a script from Andrew Davies, the screenwriter whose hits include the famous 1995 version...

India gifts communication satellite to South Asia

India gifts communication satellite to South Asia

Sriharikota, May 5: India on Friday gifted a communication satellite to South Asia. At 4:57 pm the GSLV-F09 rocket rose into the sky from the launch pad at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at the Sriharikota spaceport in Andhra Pradesh, carrying the South Asian satellite,the Indo-Asian News Service reported. The 49-metre, 415 ton rocket slung the 2,230 kg satellite into geosynchronous...

Nepal’s Supreme Court stalls parliament’s move to impeach Chief Justice

Nepal’s Supreme Court stalls parliament’s move to impeach Chief Justice

Kathmandu ,May 5 (newsin.asia): The Nepalese Supreme Court on Friday issued an interim order against the impeachment motion filed against Chief Justice Sushila Karki, allowing her to return to office from Friday itself. Justice Cholendra Shamsher's bench instructed Parliament not to move the impeachment motion against Karki. The ruling Maoist-Nepali Congress coalition had filed the motion against Karki early this...

Sri Lanka’s war general faces murder probe, says Foreign Minister

Sri Lanka’s war general faces murder probe, says Foreign Minister

Colombo, May 5 - Former army major general Kamal Gunaratne is under investigation over the murder of an employee at the Sri Lankan embassy in Brazil, foreign minister Mangala Samaraweera told parliament today. Gunaratne, who was sent to Brazil as deputy ambassador by then defence secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, murdered an embassy employee Nimal Rupasinghe with the support of two other...

Delhi gang rape case – Four accused to be hanged

Delhi gang rape case – Four accused to be hanged

New Delhi, May 5 - The Supreme Court on Friday upheld the death penalty for the four convicted in the 2012 Delhi gang rape case. "She was reduced to an object for their gross sadistic pleasures. They played with her dignity in a devilish manner," the court said. The crime was a devastation of social trust and of inconceivable brutality,...

Nepal’s first lady Chief Justice being impeached on baseless charges

Nepal’s first lady Chief Justice being impeached on baseless charges

Kathmandu, May 4 (newsin.asia): The manner in which the impeachment motion was registered against Nepal's first lady Chief Justice, Sushila Karki, and the kind of charges leveled against her, show just how ridiculous those in power can become, writes Ameet Dhakal in www.setopati.com The legislature is empowered to use the impeachment process against the judiciary and constitutional bodies as a...

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