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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? Isn’t 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 region’s 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
Pak govt cracks down on media glorification of terrorists
Lahore, Jan 21, 2015 (PTI)
With some right wing media houses turning a deaf ear to its 'request' to stop giving coverage to banned outfits and their leaders, the Pakistan government has been forced to issue an ordinance banning glorification of terrorists in any fora including the media. AP file photo

With some right wing media houses turning a deaf ear to its 'request' to stop giving coverage to banned outfits and their leaders, the Pakistan government ... Read More
3rd Indo-Pak Calendar Launched in Islamabad
Aaghaz-e-Dosti, a joint Indo-Pak initiative of India-based Mission Bhartiyam and Pakistan-based The Catalyst – TC, every year launches a calendar in India and Pakistan, titled as ‘Calendar for Peace & Love’. This calendar includes selected paintings of students from India and Pakistan and is launched followed by a seminar ‘Sharing of Hopes’. This calendar also includes messages from renowned personalities working on the peace from both the countries. The importance of the calendar is that ... Read More
Civil society and militancy in Pakistant
Militancy in any form and shape cannot be tolerated. The militants have enjoyed liberty with great impunity. Pakistan has been plagued with militancy for decades. During the Afghan resistance against Soviet invasion these outfits grew like mushrooms. They declared Jihad and started to operate all over the world. The so-called Mujahedeen’s wrought havoc in different parts of the world.

They were armed with most modern and sophisticated weapons, and funded by the western powers ... Read More

Sri Lankan Competes for Miss Universe Title in Florida
Sunday January 25th at 8/7c on NBC

Avanti Marianne Page of Colombo Sri Lanka is at the Doral Trump Hotel in Miami, Florida preparing to compete for the Miss Universe title. Avanti is the daughter of Chandi and Marie Page of Colombo. Watch the show live on NBC at 8 p.m. Sunday and give a big cheer for Avanti.

Palitha Pelpola Appointed President's Private Secretary

President Maithripala Sirisena has appointed Palitha Pelpola ... Read More
Police raids former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa's country home in Sri Lanka
Colombo: Embattled former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa's country home in the southern province has been raided by police who were looking for a luxury sports car but the search drew a blank.

"They raided our house in Tangalle yesterday looking for a Lamborghini car," said Namal Rajapaksa, the former president's elder son and a parliamentarian.

Police spokesman Ajith Rohana said the search was done on a court warrant but it drew a blank.
Police raids former Sri ... Read More
Helping Sri Lanka's New Democracy
By Ryan Goodman
Sri Lanka’s voters shocked themselves and the world this month by tossing out their president, who crushed the Tamil insurgency in 2009 and then led the country, along with his brother as defense secretary, to the brink of authoritarianism. The new president has promised to restore freedom of the press, independence of judges, and the rights of religious and ethnic minorities.
Democracy advocates, including Secretary of State John Kerry, say this is the country’s ... Read More
‘Understanding’ on Constitution broken, general strike on in Nepal
A day after claiming that they reached “understanding” on three of the four major contentious subjects of the new Constitution, Nepal’s political parties on Monday did not reach an agreement on them.

The Nepali Congress and the CPN-UML leaders accused UCPN (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal a.k.a. Prachanda of going back on the “understanding” reached by four political forces on Sunday. The alliance of opposition parties, led by the UCPN (Maoist), meanwhile, said it would go ... Read More
Trip to Nepal
The International Reporting Project (IRP) is pleased to announce a group reporting trip to Nepal from April 25 to May 7, 2015.
Although Nepal is known as the home to Earth's tallest peak, Mt. Everest, and for its abundance of trekking and climbing options, little about health and development in the country garners headlines. In the past decade, Nepal emerged from a difficult civil war and has worked to address its many challenges in these areas.
The ... Read More

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