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India is witnessing the downside of “faith” says Amartya Sen

Following a lynching spree, Indian Muslims want special law to protect minorities

Pune, July 14: Muslim organizations and civil society groups across Maharashtra state in Western India are demanding a strict law to counter mob lynching and attacks on minority groups on the lines of legislation to prevent atrocities against the Dalits or former “untouchables,” reports P.K.Balachandran in Daily Express. Demanding an act like the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe Prevention [Atrocities...

Stepping up pressure on India, China now wants role in settling Indo-Pak dispute over Kashmir

Stepping up pressure on India, China now wants role in settling Indo-Pak dispute over Kashmir

Beijing, June 13 (newsin.asia): While needling India on its border with that country for the past month, China is challenging India’s traditional objection to any third party involvement in its dispute with Pakistan over Kashmir. The Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said in Beijing on Wednesday, that China is interested in mediate between India and Pakistan on the Kashmir...

Sirisena heads 73-member delegation to Bangladesh to sign 10 agreements

Sirisena heads 73-member delegation to Bangladesh to sign 10 agreements

Colombo, June 13: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, accompanied by a 73-member delegation including representatives of 40 private sector companies, is currently in Bangladesh on a three-day visit to sign ten agreements on a variety of areas writes P.K.Balachandran in www.lankabusinessonline.com Bangladesh officials said that the agreements relate to cooperation in coastal shipping; agriculture; education; investment; information and communication technology;...

Sirisena heads 73-member delegation to sign 10 agreements with Bangladesh

Sirisena heads 73-member delegation to sign 10 agreements with Bangladesh

Dhaka June 12: Sri Lankan President Maithripala will be arriving here on Thursday at the head of a 73-member delegation to sign ten agreements with Bangladesh, BDNews24.com reports. This will be his first State Visit .He had however journeyed to Bangladesh earlier as Health Minister in 2013 and 2014. Coastal shipping and visa waiver of diplomatic and official passport holders...

Indian military capability is untested but weaponry is good, says Chinese expert

Indian military capability is untested but weaponry is good, says Chinese expert

A Chinese expert on international affairs Lin Minwang, a Professor at the Institute of International Studies of Fudan University, has said that while India’s fighting qualities are untested, its weaponry is of good, writes P.K.Balachandran in newsin.asia. “It’s hard to evaluate India’s military power, as the country has not fought any war in the past few decades. But India’s weaponry...

Bangladesh to showcase economic achievements to Sri Lanka President Sirisena

Bangladesh to showcase economic achievements to Sri Lanka President Sirisena

Colombo, July 12: During the three-day visit of the Sri Lankan Prime Minister MaithripalaSirisena to Bangladesh beginning on Wednesday, Bangladesh will showcase its economic achievements and seek to step up bilateral trade and investment, the Bangladesh High Commissioner in Sri Lanka, Raiz Hamidullah, told P.K.Balachandran BDNews24. Ties between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh have thus far remained at a low level...

India’s Supreme Court stays ban on sale of cattle for slaughter

India’s Supreme Court stays ban on sale of cattle for slaughter

New Delhi, July 11 (Reuter): India's Supreme Court suspended on Tuesday a government ban on the trade of cattle for slaughter, a boost for the multi-billion dollar beef and leather industries mostly run by members of the Muslim minority. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist government in May decreed that markets could only trade cattle for agricultural purposes, such as...

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