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


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... More

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


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... More

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


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... 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... 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. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c17bV4eULLw?rel=0&showinfo=0?ecver=2]   Anna Szymusik, 35, from Leeds, was travelling in... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... More

COLUMN

Sri Lankan government’s multifarious dilemmas

Two years into its five-year term, Sri Lanka’s coalition government led by President Maithipala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is afflicted by chronic disunity; contradictions in domestic and foreign policies; and a marked inability to fulfill election promises. Given... More

Pakistan’s Sharif sets himself on a defiance-course

With Nawaz Sharif’s disqualification as prime minister of Pakistan, the tussle for power in Pakistan, particularly between the civil and military institutes or elected and a non-elected apparatus of the state, has reached new heights.  Most of the observers... More

Am I the State?

A month or so plus 40 years ago the democratically elected government of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was toppled in a coup in 1977 by Gen Zia-ul-Haq. Initially Zia could have been sincere about holding "free and fair elections" within... More

Myanmar readies to take a great leap forward

Myanmar government is about to take dramatic steps to boost economic development and improve government efficiency. Several significant cabinet changes are in the pipeline, detailed economic strategies are being finalized and a shake-up in the bureaucracy is already underway.... More

Arms industries in India, China and Pakistan need...

India, China and Pakistan have indigenous arms industries in order to sustain their independence and assert their power in the region and beyond. All three have come a long way from total dependence on friendly foreign suppliers to meeting... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

Squeezed by an India-China Standoff, Bhutan Holds Its Breath

India’s main garrison in the Kingdom of Bhutan sits only 13 miles from a disputed border with China. There is a training academy, a military hospital, a... More

India’s CEA declines Bhutan’s requests on CBTE

The Bhutanese government around two months ago, through diplomatic channels, sent a letter to the Indian government over Bhutan’s various concerns over the Cross Border Trade in... More

In South Asia, be the Un-China

India needs to rekindle the SAARC process in order to secure historical affinity with its neighbours As the stand-off between the Indian and Chinese militaries enters its third month at... More

Does India have a history of being the aggressor with China?

News stories about the current Sino-Indian border dispute offer a lesson in how appearance – and US press coverage of a crisis can be deceiving. The border... 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... More

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