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Ever Heard of Caste-based diseases?

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Ever Heard of Caste-based diseases?

Caste endogamous marriages have led to rare genetic diseases developing over the years. This is indicated by new research. Perhaps it is high time to acknowledge that the rigid caste system practiced in India and other parts of South Asia must go. HYDERABAD, JULY 20:  Not too long ago, when a person went in for […]

‘Protect Pakistani Hindus from Forced Conversions’

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‘Protect Pakistani Hindus from Forced Conversions’

A leading Pakistani newspaper on Thursday (July 20)urged the government to provide protection to Hindus in the background of increasing cases of forcible conversion to Islam. The Dawn said in an editorial that the part of the Thar desert that lies within Pakistan had long been a bastion of communal harmony. “Given there is near […]

Thai Army General, trafficker , gets 75 years jail

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Thai Army General, trafficker , gets 75 years jail

Bangkok, Jul 20 : A Thai army general was one of dozens of people convicted in a major human trafficking trial that included 103 defendants accused of involvement in a modern-day slavery trade. Lt Gen Manas Kongpaen was convicted of several offenses Wednesday involving trafficking and taking bribes in the case involving migrants from Myanmar […]

Will Cancer claim China’s jailed Nobel Man of Peace?

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Will Cancer claim China’s jailed Nobel Man of Peace?

Beijing, Jun 27:  China’s jailed Nobel laureate, granted medical parole for treatment of liver cancer, is receiving medical treatment from eight renowned cancer specialists in the country, prison officials said. Liu, 61, was sentenced to 11 years in jail on December, 2009 by a court in Beijing for engaging in activities designed to overthrow the […]

Pak Court awards Death for Facebook Post

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Pak Court awards Death for Facebook Post

ISLAMABAD : If you are a rationalist, and living in Pakistan, beware! A Pakistani man has been sentenced to death for committing blasphemy on Facebook, lawyers said Saturday (June 10), the first conviction on charges arising from social media. Judge Shabbir Ahmad Awan handed down the verdict in Bahawalpur, around 600km south of capital Islamabad, […]

Pak Agriculture University to house Catholic Church

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Pak Agriculture University to house Catholic Church

A Pakistani University will be the first to house a Catholic church and has allotted one square kilometre for its construction, a brave move given the many reports of intolerance against religious minorities in that country. While most Pakistani universities host mosques, UAF will be the first to allow a Christian house of prayer on […]

Sher Bahadur Deuba: Nepal Prime Minister

Sher Bahadur Deuba: Nepal Prime Minister

Kathmandu, Jun 6 (PTI) Sher Bahadur Deuba, a veteran politician known for his close ties with India, was today overwhelmingly elected the prime minister of Nepal for the fourth time, taking over the reigns of the country at a time the Himalayan nation navigates through a political turmoil. Deuba, the president of Nepal’s oldest party, […]

Lynched student innocent of Blasphemy, killed for being outspoken

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Lynched student innocent of Blasphemy, killed for being outspoken

PESHAWAR:  An outspoken Pakistani student killed by a lynch mob was falsely accused of blasphemy, according to an official report that added his murder was organised by faculty members and rival students. Mashal Khan, 23, was stripped, beaten and shot before being thrown from the second floor of his hostel at the Abdul Wali Khan […]

Bangladesh Gold-fingers its jewellers!

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Bangladesh Gold-fingers its jewellers!

DHAKA – Do high taxes encourage gold smuggling to Bangladesh? Amidst  news of raids and  seizures and human mules with gold bars up their rectums, the nation’s jewellers are not amused. Bangladesh doesn’t own a single gold mine! Bangladeshi authorities have confiscated half a tonne of gold from a top jeweller, officials said on Sunday […]

Nepal’s Bus Mafia chokes Pollution Clean Up plans

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Nepal’s Bus Mafia chokes Pollution Clean Up plans

KATHMANDU: Nepal’s government is trying to tackle rising pollution levels in the smog-choked Kathmandu Valley, but  a powerful bus mafia that controls the capital’s roads is the main obstacle. The rulers of Kathmandu’s streets are a web of transport syndicates made up of private bus owners who have repeatedly blocked official attempts to modernise the […]

Why women in South Asia are ‘financially flawed’

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Why women in South Asia are ‘financially flawed’

About a month ago (23-24 March) policymakers, private sector actors and civil society representatives from across South Asia, and local and international researchers, came together in Kathmandu to explore ways to use data and evidence-based policy to promote women’s economic empowerment. The four represented nations—Nepal, Bangladesh, India and Pakistan—have had varied experiences in this context. […]

Nepal President arrives on Friendship Visit

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Nepal President arrives on Friendship Visit

New Delhi, Apr 17 : Nepal’s President Bidhya Devi Bhandari arrived here today on her first overseas tour, carrying a ‘message of friendship’ for India and to further strengthen bilateral ties. She will hold talks with President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi to explore ways to step up cooperation between the two close […]