New Zealand youth embraces Sikhism, joins army

A 23-year-old white man in New Zealand was attracted to Sikhism and joined the practice. Now, he is with the army in the country. Meet Louis Singh Khalsa, a baptised Sikh, whose original name was Louis Talbot. He was born in Timaru, a town in Canterbury.  completed his college education at Christ College, Christchurch. His […]

Buddha’s teachings vital to tackle ‘tremendous fragilities of world today’: UN

THE BUDDHA’s message of solidarity and service to others is more important than ever, believes UN chief Antonio Guterres, noting that nations can deal with the consequences of the pandemic that only through global cooperation. The UN secretary general’s remarks came during a belated commemoration of the International Day of Vesak, which celebrates the birth, […]

Myanmar finds soldiers guilty in Rohingya atrocities court martial

Three Myanmar military officers were found guilty by a court martial investigating atrocities against Rohingya Muslims in conflict-ridden Rakhine state, the army announced on Tuesday (30). The rare action against military members came as Myanmar faces charges of genocide at the United Nations’ top court over a brutal 2017 crackdown against the Rohingya. Some 750,000 […]

L’Oreal to remove words like ‘whitening’ from products

French cosmetics giant L’Oreal announced on Saturday (27) it was removing words like “whitening” from its products, against the backdrop of global anti-racism protests as big business wakes up to the issue. L’Oreal is the latest multinational after the likes of Unilever, Johnson & Johnson and Mars to respond to the Black Lives Matter (BLM) […]

As world marks Yoga Day, Modi says ancient practice ‘brings us together, unites us’

MILLIONS of people across the globe marked the International Yoga Day (IYD) on Sunday (21) as they joined virtual gatherings and shared online their pictures and videos highlighting the importance of the ancient practice for the world as it battles the coronavirus pandemic. Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the celebrations in India and stressed that […]

WHO warns of virus danger as Brazil cases hit one million

The World Health Organization warned of a “new and dangerous phase” of the Covid-19 pandemic, as infections continued to surge in the Americas, with Brazil registering more than one million cases. Colombia and Mexico also passed bleak milestones, as their death tolls topped 2,000 and 20,000, respectively, showing how the virus continues ravaging the Americas […]

Number of extreme poor could rise to 1.1 billion due to Covid-19: report

THE economic fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic could plunge an extra 395 million people into extreme poverty and swell the total number of those living on less than $1.90 a day worldwide to more than one billion, researchers said in a report on Friday (12). The report – published by UNU-WIDER, part of the United […]

Virus lockdowns stifle Eid celebrations as infections rise

Muslims around the world marked a sombre beginning to Eid al-Fitr on Sunday (24), many under coronavirus lockdown, but lax restrictions offered respite to worshippers in some countries despite fears of skyrocketing infections. The three-day festival, which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan, is traditionally celebrated with mosque prayers, family feasts and […]

China accuses US of spreading ‘political virus’, warns of ‘new Cold War’

CHINA has accused the US of pushing the bilateral ties to the brink of a “new Cold War” by spreading “lies” about Covid-19, while saying it was open to international efforts to identify the source of the deadly virus. Foreign Minister Wang Yi also said the lawsuits filed against China in the US demanding compensation […]

Four million girls at risk of child marriage due to COVID-19, says a global charity

FOUR million girls are at risk of child marriage in the next two years because of the COVID-19 pandemic, a global charity said on Friday (15), as campaigners warned that the crisis could undo decades of work to end the practice. Worldwide, an estimated 12 million girls are married every year before the age of […]

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