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The ‘Banksy of Bangladesh’ is asking someone called Subodh to run away,...


Is the artist reflecting on the social, economic and political crisis in the country? The graffiti started to appear a few month ago in Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka. Suddenly people found examples of strange street art... More

Old PIA plane takes new flight as airport security turns it into...


The Airport Security Force (ASF) has converted an old aircraft, previously owned by Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) into a restaurant, ProPakistani reported Wednesday. According to the news site, PIA retired the Jumbo Jet, a 747-300 AP-BFV, in... More

Pak girl on a mission to read a book from every country


Aisha Esbhani is a 13-year-old on a mission, and what a mission indeed! About a year ago, Eshbani, a Karachi-based barely teenager, realised that most of the books in her bookshelf were written by... More

“Why the hell don’t you let me enter my country?”


Bangladesh’s exiled feminist writer Taslima Nasreen wants to meet with Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, during the latter’s visit to India. She has been sending messages in this regard to various quarters. On Twitter too,... More

A wild rhino causally walking in the street of Nepal


This is the amazing footage which shows a wild rhino talking a very casual walk down the high street of a small town.   Anna Szymusik, 35, from Leeds, was travelling in Suaraha, Nepal, when she... More

Beef tallow in 5-pound note?


The Bank of England invited members of the Hindu Council UK for a meeting over concerns that the new 5-pound polymer currency note contains traces of beef tallow -- an issue that has led... More

Three Nepali cyclists on global tour to save nature


As the world is experiencing impacts of global warming, different countries and national and international organisations are taking numbers of measures to tackle the challenges related to the climatic change. But three Nepalese youths... More

This Pakistani barber will set your hair on fire


A hairstylist in Pakistan has invented a unique hairstyling technique where he uses fire instead of scissors. The barber’s video was uploaded on Twitter by Omar R Quraishi, a journalist based in Pakistan. The... More

10 unknown facts about Jayalalithaa


The entire nation is mourning the demise of Jayalalithaa, fondly known as ‘amma’, the people’s chief minister. People are pouring tributes on Twitter and Facebook, recalling what an iconic leader she was. Jayalalithaa’s life has been... More

That huge sinkhole in Japan sinking again


Panic in Japan as giant sinkhole which was repaired in just a week begins to sink again. A 30-meter hole suddenly appeared at the busy intersection in Fukuoka earlier in the month, eating up... More

Pakistani ‘chai wala’ turns model after finding fame


A handsome "chai wala" (tea seller) in Pakistan has seen his life change overnight after a picture of him at work swept the internet. Arshad Khan, 18, was photographed pouring tea at Islamabad's Sunday Bazaar... More

Watch: Seven-year-old publishes book


Michelle Nkamankeng and her mum, Laurentine with her recently released book, Waiting for the Waves. The seven-year-old from Kensington, Joburg is a smart youngster who has already written four books. She launched her first book titled Waiting... More

COLUMN

On the Afghan Taliban’s ‘open letter diplomacy’

Writing an open letter is not something that has been done for the first time. In fact, the Afghan Taliban had welcomed the Trump administration into office by writing a letter and urging them of withdrawing from Afghanistan. The letter written this week, however, comes at a time when... More

Myanmar faces increased international pressure

The Myanmar government is desperately trying to deflect the growing campaign at the UN to impose sanctions because of its failure to solve the inter-communal violence that has torn its western region apart and caused nearly a million Myanmar Muslims – who call themselves Rohingyas – to flee to... More

Courage beyond compare

On Feb 13 at about 1210 hours an armoured cash-in-transit (CIT) vehicle of a private security services company was parked outside the Tarnol branch of Meezan Bank in Islamabad to pick up cash amounting to Rs. 14 million from the bank . As the two security guards, Supervisor Muhammad... More

International affairs in time of transparency: The Oxfam syndrome

The Oxfam infection has spread far and wide. Its impact is deeper than just one NGO facing problems about covering up sex abuse in Haiti and as we learn Chad as well.  Now reports are saying that sexual abuse cases are routine in the international development world which till... More

India cautious of its mediation and intervention in Maldives

Despite its reservations about the Abdulla Yameen regime in the Maldives, India does not appear to be responding to the call of the Maldivian opposition leader Mohamed Nasheed to initiate a “military-backed diplomatic initiative” to force Yameen to retract from his drastic actions against the judiciary. According to the Maldivian... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

Khalistan factor casts a shadow over Trudeau visit

Khalistan, the issue that kept India-Canada ties on ice through three decades from 1980, has reappeared as an issue more recently, taking away much of the warmth that was expected during Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s ongoing visit to India. Former diplomats say the seeds of the current tensions were... More

Hasina is no Mujib

Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, exudes confidence. I visited Dhaka for the first time in April 1972, within four months of the birth of Bangladesh. Dhaka, then pronounced Dacca, was a small town, desperately trying to accommodate the demands of a sovereign state. There is no doubt that the... More

China will not fall into the ‘Thucydides Trap’ with India

The West’s notions of history and geography between Europe and Asia, are drenched in myriad cultural implications and can be traced back to ‘The Romance of Alexander’. This is a collection of essays mixing truth, epic drama and mythology, composed between the death of Alexander The Great in 323 B.C.,... More

How China and Pakistan could lay the Road to Peace in...

Referred to as an interminable and protracted war, the ongoing US-led war in Afghanistan is becoming a stalemate with no end in sight in the near or long term. Since the violence and bloodshed have been the most common phenomenon in an already war-torn region, the war is perhaps... More

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READER'S VIEW

Gorkhaland, Mamata and the Chinese factor

Just a few days ago I warned two young student leaders in Darjeeling of West Bengal, against the violent movement which has started there for a separate Gorkhaland. I told them in no way should they support this demand. This has multifarious geo-political risks. If a Gorkhaland state is... More