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Booklet helps South Asians understand Christianity
The South Asian Forum has launched a new booklet to dispel some of the myths surrounding Christianity.

The booklet, Jesus Through Asian Eyes, contains answers to 15 questions about the faith that are frequently asked questions by South Asians.

These include: Is Christianity a Western religion? Isnít it better to follow the religion of my family? Would I have to leave my family and culture to follow Christ? What do Christians mean by calling Jesus the Son ... Read More
A time to scribble and revel
PERHAPS nowhere else, for now, is the printed word in such rude health as in South Asia. The regionís writers have much to cheer. Readers have a raging appetite for text on a page, and they are happy to spend money for it. (Most gratifying, at least for a journalist, is to see the old-fashioned newspaper industry flourish as literacy levels rise and a middle class grows.) Advertisers and sponsors are hungry to reach book ... Read More
Floods bring chaos to India and Pakistan
More than a million people have been displaced and at least 16 killed as floods in India's Orissa state submerged entire villages, officials say.

Heavy monsoon rains submerged about 2,600 villages across 19 districts.

Meanwhile more rain has been forecast in Pakistan's southern Sindh province where, officials say, 199 people have died over the last two weeks.

Millions have been affected by floods there and the UN has begun relief work.

The United Nations Children's Fund, Unicef, ... Read More
Bangladesh issues arrest warrant for ex-Prime Minister Zia
By JULHAS ALAM, Associated Press

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) ó A court in Bangladesh issued an arrest warrant Wednesday for former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia after she failed to appear in court for the fourth time in two corruption cases against her.
Judge Abu Ahmed Jamadder issued the warrant in the capital, Dhaka, after he refused a bail plea by the defense, which said Zia needed more time because she was sick and concerned about her security because ... Read More
Bangladesh politician abducted amid unrest
Dhaka - A prominent Bangladesh opposition politician was abducted on Tuesday, allegedly by police, days after he appeared to say he was open to seeking military intervention to end the country's deadly political crisis.
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Company in Bangladesh Agrees to Union Peace
After wielding intense pressure against a Bangladeshi apparel maker over assaults on union leaders outside its factories, Western companies have agreed to resume business with that manufacturer, on the condition that it stay committed to halting further violence and make peace with its labor unions.
VF, which makes North Face and Nautica, and PVH, the parent of Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger, as well as Gap, El Corte Ingles and ... Read More
Pakistan Literary Festival Defies Violence
By Ayesha Tanzeem


In any other country, the site of people casually hanging around, or deep in conversation, with a book in one hand and a cellphone in the other, would be quite ordinary.
Here, it symbolized an act of defiance.

... a literary festival where ideas were exchanged freely and everything, from regional politics to nuclear weapons and womenís issues to controversial novels from the Arab world, was discussed candidly was a welcome respite from the ... Read More
Leading a Double Life in Pakistan
By Nicole Crowder
Settled among conservative Pakistanis is a small sect of men, living the life of cross-dressers and transgender people. By day, they work in as cellphone vendors, hotel clerks and other unassuming jobs. But in the evening, they trade their neutral-tone blazers and jeans for bright red saris, lipstick and wigs.
Photojournalist and award-winning photographer Muhammed Muheisen has spent decades documenting the changing face of daily life in Pakistan. His photographs of men leading this ... Read More
Prostitution is a crime in most of the countries in the world. It is illegal trade and women sell their bodies for exchange of money. The women are sold in the market for a price . Who determines the price? Obviously it is done with the mutual understanding and according to the age, beauty and quality of the object. The women are sold openly in the marketplace for ... Read More

A Fabulous Show in Hollywood
Sri Lankan Stars Shine
The marquis of the beautiful Alex Theater on Saturday February 14th.
The Ridee Reyak U.S. Tour was organized and presented by Shirley de Alwis of
the Asian Film and Drama Foundation. (Moran Photo)

Sri Lankan film stars Saranga Dissasekera, Upeksha Swarnamali and Roshan Ranawana perform at the show. Other stars appearing were Malani Fonseka, Veena Jayakody and many more.(Andy Samarasena Photo)

Dr. Walter Jayasinghe, Chairman of The Sri Lanka Foundation, Wathsala Niranjana, Thusita ... Read More
Lanka Squabble Over Electoral Reforms Could Lead to Early Poll
By PK Balachandran

COLOMBO: The on-going squabble between the United National Party (UNP) and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) over urgency in regard to electoral reforms could lead to an early dissolution of the island nationís parliament and snap parliamentary elections, a year ahead of schedule.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and his UNP are of the view that primacy must be given to reform of the Executive Presidency; restitution of the Independent Commissions; and ... Read More
New Sri Lanka Premier Grapples With Problems
By Gardiner Harris
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka ó Paintings at Temple Trees, this countryís White House, are still leaning against walls waiting to be hung, and the gated grounds are no longer teeming with guards and stewards who served the homeís previous occupant like supplicants at a royal court.
But more than a month after taking over this iconic home after a shocking electoral triumph by President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says he has been kept ... Read More

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