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For many years, South Asian movies kept Lahore's session musicians pretty busy. And the Lollywood musicians were a class apart.  
 
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The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) and UN Women, United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in Kathmandu April 15 to promote gender equality, gender justice and the empowerment of women among the countries in the South Asian region.

 
 
I am not sure if any other major cultural group in the world maintains a more convoluted relationship with its mother tongue as do Pakistani Punjabis. Pakistan is generally understood regionally and globally as a state in which the Punjabis are the most privileged ethno-cultural group. Such an observation is largely true in many ways. The Pakistan military and civil bureaucracy, the big bourgeoisie and middle class have a preponderate Punjabi ethnic component.   
 

In most parts of south Asia, there is a belief that if a crow caws from your rooftop, you could expect a guest. But what happens when the guest is a stranger invited to share a meal, what kind of interactions take place? To seek answers to these questions, two young Pakistani artists-Rabbya Naseer and Hurmat Ul-Ain-started project 'The Crow Effect' in 2008. The artists explore questions around culture, nationality, borders and identity by inviting a stranger to share a traditional homemade Pakistani meal.

 

The New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF) from May 5-10 will feature 34 films from/about/connected to India and South Asia, all seen for the first time in the Big Apple.

 
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Attending a historical seminar on ‘The Relevance of Traditional Cultures for the Present and the Future’ at the India International Centre in Delhi from March 24-26 was a unique experience. Senior scholar and writer Kapila Vatsyayan, chairperson of the Centre, had sent the invitation and was the force behind it. We are familiar with Vatsyayan’s scholarship at English departments and in Nepali folkloristic and theatre studies.  
 
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India, Bangladesh and the United Kingdom joined hands to honour Rabindranath Tagore, one of the greatest poets of the Commonwealth, at the mother of parliaments - the House of Commons.

 
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Cricket which has had a remarkable growth over past 13 years in Afghanistan, is now riding on the crest of a wave of support and interest inside the war-locked nation. Country witnessed terrific celebrations when it won a game in the Asia Cup.  
 

The gradual decadence of the cultural and linguistic diversity of Pakistan is being overshadowed by the menace of terrorism, bad governance and dirty politics. In fact, the cultural and linguistic diversity of Pakistan has never been a favourite subject in the channels of national discourse either in the media, education or academia. 

 
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  The fifth edition of ‘Mountain Echoes’ the annual festival of literature in Thimpu is set to be held in May this year.
 


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India's successful launch of putting a record 104 satellites into orbit is a wake-up call for China's commercial space industry which has a lot to learn from New Delhi's frugal space programme, a Chinese government mouthpiece that publishes in English said in one of its rare editorials in which it commended an Indian action
 
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to visit Israel later this year – a first by an Indian head of the government that comes 25 years after the two countries established full diplomatic ties. The visit, a long awaited one.
 
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spotlight image For a Dongria child, the schooling process not only displaces him of the community and the land but also displaces him from his own way of seeking truth i.e through nature, writes Rajaraman Sundaresan for South Asia Monitor.
 
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Society for Policy Studies in association with India Habitat Centre invites you to a lecture in the Changing Asia Series by Dr.Pratap Bhanu Mehta, President and Chief Executive, Centre for Policy Research on Asia: Hope for the Future or Prisoner of the Past?    ...
 
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US President Donald Trump’s first few days in office have witnessed a profusion of apocalyptic predictions for the world economy.  His unabashed move to encourage protectionism in the world economy does not augur well for the future of the trading regime
 
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It is high time that Taiwan differentiated its position from Beijing’s claim on South China Sea, writes Namrata Hasija for South Asia Monitor.
 
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At the moment, Nigerian President Muhammad Buhari is able to stop the violence by pushing the Islamists to the vast Sambisa forests of the Borno State At the moment, Nigerian President Muhammad Buhari is able to stop the violence by pushing the Islamists to the vast Sambisa forests of the Borno State
 
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Sometime in later half of last year when Indo-Pak tensions peaked, military operation heads in J&K received unusual calls on their landlines. Sometime in later half of last year when Indo-Pak tensions peaked, military operation heads in J&K received unusual calls on their landlines.
 
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India remians the inflexible bête-noir for Pakistan, yet there are few books by Indian authors that have sought to interpret the prodigal neighbour in a holistic, informed and empathetic manner.

 
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The line that Mortimer Durand drew across a small map in 1893 has bled the Pashtun heart ever since. More than a century later both sides of that line remain restless. But the mystery behind what actually happened on 12 November 1893 has never ...

 
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What went wrong for the West in Afghanistan? Why couldn't a global coalition led by the world's preeminent military and economic power defeat "a bunch of farmers in plastic sandals on dirt bikes" in a conflict that outlasted b...

 
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What will be Pakistan's fate? Acts of commission or omission by itself, in/by neighbours, and superpowers far and near have led the nuclear-armed country at a strategic Asian crossroads to emerge as a serious regional and global concern whi...

 
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Some South African generals, allied with the British forces, sought segregation from the enlisted men, all blacks, after being taken prisoners of war. The surprised German commander told them firmly that they would have to share the same quarte...

 
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