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Pakistan discovers a 1700 year old sleeping Buddha statue

Pakistan discovers a 1700 year old sleeping Buddha statue

Islamabad, November 19 (The Guardian): Pakistan has unveiled the remains of a 1,700-year-old sleeping Buddha as part of an initiative to encourage tourism and project religious harmony in a region roiled by Islamist militancy. A reflection of the diverse history and culture of the south Asian country, the ancient Buddhist site in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province was first discovered in 1929....

Muslim leader’s warning of forced exodus a la Myanmar angers Assam’s leaders

Muslim leader’s warning of forced exodus a la Myanmar angers Assam’s leaders

Assam’s leaders, whether of the Hindutva variety or the Assamese nationalistic variety, are livid with Jamait Ulema-e-Hind leader Maulana Arshad Madani for equating the case of the immigrant Muslims from East Bengal living in Assam with the plight of the Rohingyas of Myanmar, writes P.K. Balachandran in South Asian Monitor. Madani had warned that the on-going revision of the National...

Japan to offer dollar-denominated, low interest loans for infrastructure

Japan to offer dollar-denominated, low interest loans for infrastructure

Tokyo, November 18 (Nikkei Asian Review): Japan will start offering dollar-denominated development assistance loans, heeding the wishes of borrowing countries to reduce exposure to exchange-rate risks. The move will likely increase demand from countries whose currencies are highly vulnerable to the performance of the U.S. economy. Tokyo hopes the change will lead to more infrastructure exports. First up: Jamaica As...

Indian girl Manushi Chillar grabs Miss World title after a 17 year gap

Indian girl Manushi Chillar grabs Miss World title after a 17 year gap

Sanya City (China), November 18 (The Indian Express): India’s Manushi Chhillar won the coveted Miss World 2017 pageant here, 17 years after Priyanka Chopra won the title in 2000. Chhillar competed against 108 contestants from various countries at a glittering event held at Sanya City Arena in Hainan Island. Miss World 2016 winner Puerto Rico’s Stephanie Del Valle gave away...

Sri Lankan navy to train Malaysian security forces in sea combat

Sri Lankan navy to train Malaysian security forces in sea combat

Kuala Lumpur, November 18 (The New Straits Times): The Sri Lankan navy will be training Malaysian security personnel drawn from the police, the armed forces, and the Maritime Enforcement Agency next year. Eastern Sabah Security Command (Esscom) commander Datuk Hazani Ghazali said the expertizes of the Sri Lankans in safeguarding their waters are recognized worldwide. He told reporters at the...

Tamil Nadu Governor slammed for meeting officials bypassing ministers

Tamil Nadu Governor slammed for meeting officials bypassing ministers

Chennai, November 18 (newin.asia): In a hard hitting editorial on the Tamil Nadu Governor’s meeting officials bypassing ministers, The Hindu newspaper published here has said that Governor Banwarilal Purohit’s conduct amounted to constitutional impropriety. Referring to the Governor’s recent meetings with officials of Coimbatore district, the edit said: “Governor Banwarilal Purohit has left himself open to charges that he has...

19 arrested in southern Sri Lanka following communal clashes

19 arrested in southern Sri Lanka following communal clashes

Colombo, Nov 18 (newsin.asia) - Sri Lankan police, on Saturday arrested at least 19 people following violent clashes which erupted between two communal groups in Gintota, Galle, in southern Sri Lanka. A police curfew which had been imposed in six areas across the Galle District was lifted on Saturday morning at 9 am local time. A police official told NewsIn.Asia that...

ASEAN and UN go their separate ways on the Rohingya issue

ASEAN and UN go their separate ways on the Rohingya issue

Colombo, November 18 (newsin.asia): The Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the United Nations (UN) are going their separate ways on the Rohingya issue. While ASEAN is ignoring it for the sake of economic cooperation and internal consensus, the UN is taking it up seriously counting it as one of the greatest human tragedies of recent times. Leaders...

Bangladesh poses a “big security challenge” says Indian Minister

Bangladesh poses a “big security challenge” says Indian Minister

New Delhi, November 17 (newsin.asia): Bangladesh poses a “big security challenge” to India on par with Pakistan and China, the junior Home Minister Hansraj Gangaram Ahir said on Thursday in controversial remarks that clash with on-going efforts to strengthen relations between India and Bangladesh. "It is not only China or Pakistan but Bangladesh poses an equally big challenge to our...

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