Bhutan: The closest you can get to Shangri- la

I have a promise to break. Like any self-respecting writer visiting Bhutan, I solemnly swore on a stack of travelogues to avoid clichd references to

Shangri-la, the mountain paradise of James Hilton’s novel Lost Horizon. So sue me: Bhutan, a nation of 700,000 souls in the lap of the Himalayas, is the closest thing to Shangri-la . . . → Read More: Bhutan: The closest you can get to Shangri- la

India wins toss: opts batting against Pakistan

COLOMBO: India made 185 runs at the loss of three wickets in the warm-up match against Pakistan on Monday ahead of the World Twenty20.

India’s Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh remained not out at the end of the first innings with 75 and 4 runs respectively. India had a run-rate of 9.25 runs per over.

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Space conference organized by SUPARCO

The Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO) is organizing a three-day National Space Conference from September 17 at COMSTECH Secretariat, Islamabad.

A statement here on Saturday said that the moot is aimed to create awareness amongst the decision-makers and the general public, about the importance and crucial role that space science and technology . . . → Read More: Space conference organized by SUPARCO

Pakistanis protest against anti-Islam video

One person has died in the city of Hyderabad and at least eight people have been injured in protests across Pakistan against a controversial video mocking the Prophet Muhammad.

In the southern port city of Karachi, around 1,000 protesters began throwing stones and police responded with teargas and by firing into the air, Fayyaz Laghari, . . . → Read More: Pakistanis protest against anti-Islam video

On blazes, mudslinging and resignations

Hell paid Karachi a haunting visit on September 11 and claimed approximately 258 factory workers for its own. Deadly industrial fires sparked almost simultaneously in twin incidents in Lahore and Karachi. At least 25 died as fire erupted in a shoe factory, killing the owner, his son and workers in the factory. The incident in . . . → Read More: On blazes, mudslinging and resignations

Saudi grand mufti denounces acts of violence on the behest of anti-Islamic video

The Kingdom’s Grand Mufti, Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh, has denounced attacks on diplomats and embassies as un-Islamic after deadly protests against a US-made anti-Islam film swept the Middle East.

At the same time, he called on the international community to take steps to criminalize any act of abusing great prophets and messengers such as Abraham, . . . → Read More: Saudi grand mufti denounces acts of violence on the behest of anti-Islamic video

The cost of Islamophobia

By Brian McLaren

I was raised as an evangelical Christian in America, and any discussion of Christian-Jewish-Muslim relations around the world must include the phenomenon of American Islamophobia, for which large sectors of evangelical Christianity in America serve as a greenhouse.

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