New Catholic Archbishop of Rawalpindi

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

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!

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

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

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

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 […]

All faiths spread Christmas Cheer in Bangladesh

All faiths spread Christmas Cheer in Bangladesh

Christmas cuts across faiths and ethnicity in Bangladesh Christians might be a minority in the South Asian nation but Christmas appeals to people of all faiths  Bangladesh December 24, 2017 Naveed Hassan is the public relations manager at Dhaka’s Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel and his busiest period is from mid-December to the first week of January. […]

Reuters journalists in Burmese prison

Reuters journalists in Burmese prison

YANGON: Two Reuters journalists arrested in Burma (Myanmar) will be allowed to meet their families once their first 14-day period of remand expires, says Reuters, quoting local media. They were arrested after being invited to meet police officials over dinner on the outskirts of Myanmar’s largest city, Yangon on Dec 12. Reporters Wa Lone and […]

Rohingya Women, most abused, tortured

Rohingya Women, most abused, tortured

KUTUPALONG, Bangladesh:- Rahima’s father said that she and her sister were too young, too pretty, too vulnerable to be trusted among the men of her village in western Burma (Myanmar), not to mention the soldiers who roamed the region. “My father would beat us if we dared to go out by ourselves, or he’d beat […]

“Terrorists want to split Pakistanis along religious lines”

“Terrorists want to split Pakistanis along religious lines”

The powerful chief of Pakistan’s army has condemned a brutal attack and suicide bombing at a Christian church, calling it an attempt to split the country along religious lines. Christians across Pakistan also demanded greater protection for minorities and life-long support for the families of the victims and survivors. Two suicide bombers struck Bethel Memorial […]

Sri Lankan Christmas tree enters into Guinness records

Sri Lankan Christmas tree enters into Guinness records

A Christmas tree, 72.1-metres tall, erected in Sri Lanka last year has been recognized by Guinness World Records as the largest artificial one ever put up. The government was recently given the award for the tree, erected at the Galle Face Green in Colombo, which topped the previous record, a 55-meter Christmas tree in Guangdong, […]