Heat hits Hops Harvest, brews Bad times for Beer !

Heat hits Hops Harvest, brews Bad times for Beer !

Beer drinkers of the world, you are in for some really tough times, this extraordinarily hot summer! Craft beer companies may be facing tough times after a dry, sweltering summer scourged much of Europe, reducing the continent’s hop harvest and driving up prices for the ever-important crop, which is one of the four main ingredients […]

Press Freedom and Jailed Journos

Press Freedom and Jailed Journos

Yesterday, May 3rd was Press Freedom Day. But is the press really free? It is estimated that 199 journalists were jailed last year and 110 killed (2015). Each year on World Press Freedom Day we hear the horrific stories of endangered journalists. In addition to news, the internet brings us dispatches of attacks on journalists […]

Every week, one US toddler shoots someone!

Every week, one US toddler shoots someone!

Little kids who can barely walk with real guns in their hands! It’s not the Wild West, or is it? The Unites States has experienced at least 23 toddler-involved shootings since January 1, reporting a spurt in such tragic incidents, despite the Obama administration’s efforts to introduce new gun control measures, compared to 18 over […]

Aussie customs bust meth-in-bra racket!

Aussie customs bust meth-in-bra racket!

SYDNEY, Australia:  They hid it inside gel bras, but got busted! Based on a tip-off by the Chinese Narcotic Control Commission, the Australian customs and the country’s Federal Police have busted a huge drug racket, making it one of their biggest hauls ever. Australian customs and police seized 720 litres of methylamphetamine, commonly known as […]

What Joy! A son is born to Bhutan

What Joy! A son is born to Bhutan

“Our happiness knows no bounds, as we announce the Royal Birth of His Royal Highness The Gyalsey on 5th February 2016.” This was the statement of Bhutan’s Queen as she announced her firstborn son on Facebook this week.  Our Prince, the first Royal Child of His Majesty King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Her Majesty […]

Sri Lanka’s ex-president’s son arrested for graft

Sri Lanka’s ex-president’s son arrested for graft

COLOMBO (Sri Lanka)- Former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapakse’s second son was remanded in custody for two weeks after being arrested Saturday on a charge of money laundering, police and court officials said.  Navy officer Yoshitha Rajapakse, 27, was taken into custody by authorities for questioning about dealings at his private television channel, Carlton Sports […]

Bangladesh torn by ‘Battle of the Begums’

Bangladesh torn by ‘Battle of the Begums’

In Bangladesh, it’s called the battle of the Begums. The struggle between the nation’s two women political leaders for the mastery of Bangladesh becomes sharper with the Awami League government of Sheikh Hasina according its approval to the filing of sedition charges against the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) leader, Begum Khaleda. The political situation […]

More terror times for Pakistan?

More terror times for Pakistan?

With the January 20 terror attack on a university in northern Pakistan and militant groups splintering into breakaway factions, the fight against terrorism in South Asia will grow more complicated in the near future. Near the city of Peshawar, armed militants stormed Bacha Khan University in the northwestern province of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. Pakistani security forces battled for […]

Man slices off wife’s nose

Man slices off wife’s nose

KABUL (Afghanistan) – A photograph of an Afghan woman whose nose was sliced off by her husband in a fit of rage has sparked revulsion across the country, with activists demanding punishment for the “barbaric act”. Reza Gul, 20, was rushed to hospital after she was attacked with a pocket knife on Sunday by her […]

Pakistan depends on China to bolster ageing Navy fleet

Pakistan depends on  China to bolster ageing Navy fleet

Is the Pakistani Navy in trouble? Reports say that Pakistan’s naval modernization plans aren’t taking off. No discernible progress is being made on efforts to modernize and expand the surface and sub-surface fleet, says Defense News. Pakistan is trying to beef up the security of its deepwater port of Gwadar, and the fear is that […]

‘Indian leaders should be vigilant about minority rights’

‘Indian leaders should be vigilant about minority rights’

NEW DELHI – United States Undersecretary for civilian security, Dr Sarah Sewall expressed concern on Thursday about recent incidents of violence in India against religious minorities, urging national leaders to be vigilant in protecting the right of Indians to freedom of worship. India’s archaic stance on same sex relationships is also a sticky point in […]

Is Sri Lanka buying Pak, not Indian war planes?

Is Sri Lanka buying Pak, not Indian war planes?

During the Pakistan Prime Minister’s January state visit to Sri Lanka, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif are reported to have sealed a ‘landmark deal’ for the purchase of eight Pakistan-China built fighter planes. (Pakistan Aeronautical Complex/Chengdu Aircraft Industry Corporation (PAC/CAC) JF-17 Thunder combat aircraft). This defence deal, would make Sri […]