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Filipino Catholic school students affirm LGBT rights

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Filipino Catholic school students affirm LGBT rights

Students from Catholic schools in the Philippines marched with LGBT groups this week to press for the passage of a bill designed to end discrimination on the basis of gender and sexuality. They  attended nationwide rallies with gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgenders in major cities across the country on March 17 to show support for […]

Nepal’s Lady President enjoys Second Term

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Nepal’s Lady President enjoys Second Term

Kathmandu: Nepal’s first woman president Bidya Devi Bhandari was  relected for a second term in office with an overwhelming majority. Incumbent President Bhandari, the Left alliance’s candidate, was elected with more than a two-thirds majority as she defeated her Nepali Congress (NC) rival Kumari Laxmi Rai in the presidential election. Bhandari secured 39,275 votes while the […]

India bans Tibetan protests against China in Capital

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India bans Tibetan protests against China in Capital

NEW DELHI: India has banned Tibetans from holding a rally with the Dalai Lama in New Delhi this month to mark the 60th anniversary of a failed uprising against Chinese rule, officials said on Wednesday, as it tries to improve fraught ties with China, according to Reuters news Agency. However, they could hold a rally […]

Pakistan PM in Nepal on two day visit

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Pakistan PM in Nepal on two day visit

Kathmandu :Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Monday was accorded guard of honour at Nepal’s Army Pavilion as he arrived here  on a two-day official visit. Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi  arrived  (March 5) on a two-day visit during which he will hold talks with Nepal’s top leadership as part of his country’s efforts […]

Bangladesh protests Burmese force buildup

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Bangladesh protests Burmese force buildup

Dhaka: Bangladesh will send a protest note to Burma (Myanmar) over an increased security presence near a portion of their border where thousands of Rohingya Muslims have been sheltering just inside Myanmar, a Bangladesh border guard official said on Thursday. The UN refugee agency has expressed concern that thousands of people staying on the strip […]

New Catholic Archbishop of Rawalpindi

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New Catholic Archbishop of Rawalpindi

Archbishop Joseph Arshad was installed as Bishop of Islamabad-Rawalpindi Diocese in Pakistan’s Northern Province on Sunday, Feb. 10. He replaces Bishop Rufin Anthony who died in October 2016. Archbishop Arshad had previously been bishop of Faisalabad and was conferred by the pope with the personal title “archbishop” when he was transferred to Islamabad-Rawalpindi Diocese on […]

India dithers over Maldives crisis

India dithers over Maldives crisis

Male/Colombo/New Delhi: Former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed on Wednesday justified the SOS for military intervention his country’s Opposition leaders had sent to Delhi, as India kept its cards close to its chest amid China’s call for resolving the issue internally. “Saying ‘resolve things internally’ is akin to asking us to escalate the revolt, which can […]

Nepal Monarch visits for traditional Puja

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Nepal Monarch visits for traditional Puja

Bhubaneswar:  Nepal’s last king Gyanendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev is scheduled to visit Orissa (Odisha) for six days from February 7. During his six-day visit Gyanendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev is expected to perform a series of rituals at the 12th century Shree Jagannath Temple at Puri and visit Sakhigopal Temple. He has a special […]

Yangon is out and proud, Hang 377!

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Yangon is out and proud, Hang 377!

Yangon, Jan 29 : India and Burma share the same article 377, the archaic British law that has little use and much misuse in the 21st century. Finally, it seems that Burma (Myanmar) is coming Out! Fluorescent wigs askew and leaving broken stiletto heels and a cloud of glitter in their wake, Myanmar drag queens […]

Tribal Santals’ plight in Bangladesh

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Tribal Santals’ plight in Bangladesh

UCA news has been covering several incidents of violence against tribal communities by some elements from the majority Muslim community. The reasons are more about land grabbing.  Finally after two months, news comes of one arrest. Police in northern Bangladesh have arrested one of the alleged masterminds of arson attacks on the indigenous Santal community […]

B’desh Court orders arrest of Khalida Zia for Arson

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B’desh Court orders arrest of Khalida Zia for Arson

Dhaka, Jan 2 : A Bangladesh court today ordered the arrest of former prime minister Khaleda Zia in connection with bomb attacks on a bus during an anti-government agitation in 2015 that killed eight persons, a police official said. Judge Joynab Begum of the Comilla district court accepted the charge sheet filed by the police […]

Year that was: Top Ten South Asian News Stories

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Year that was: Top Ten South Asian News Stories

As 2017 comes to an end, it’s time to assess which stories from South Asia had the most impact.   Which events or ongoing developments shaped a country or the South Asian region, or had an impact on the world. This year, a number of stories from the region drew global headlines, including from countries that […]

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