India’s first arts biennale begins in Kochi

The port-city of Kochi, on India’s west coast, isn’t known for its arts scene. Nestled amid Kerala’s famously stunning backwaters (travel writers have long loved touting the streams that snake through the rural countryside as the quintessential bucket-list endeavor), the city is more readily defined by its breathtaking backdrop. From today and for the next […]

‘Long way to go’ on justice for Afghan women – UN

Afghan women victims of violence are still being failed by the justice system, according to a new UN report. Although there had been some progress in implementing a 2009 anti-violence law, overall use of the law “remained low”, the report says. Cultural pressures and inconsistent police practices are hampering implementation of the law, it added. […]

Why I came ‘home’ to India

We ate it, we watched it, we wore it, we sometimes spoke it, and we missed it, even though we never really knew it. India was a country which had an almost mythical status in my childhood. The place we heard about from our parents, but rarely visited. Stories about India fascinated me as a […]

Police: 6 die in suicide attack in northern Pakistan

A synchronized attack by a pair of suicide bombers killed six people and injured nine others in northern Pakistan Monday morning, police said. The attack took place at dawn in the small town of Kaki, south of Bannu city in northwest Pakistan, according to Nisar Ahmed Tanoli, a senior police official. The assailants opened fire […]

Pakistani schoolgirl activist Malala thanks supporters after being shot by Taliban

– Malala Yousufzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl activist who was shot in the head by the Taliban, has expressed gratitude to the people around the world who have supported her as she recovers from the traumatic attack. “Thank you so much for the outpouring of love and support,” Malala said in a message read by Anderson […]

Divorce by text message sparks bizarre legal battle in Indonesia

Jarkarta, Indonesia (CNN) — The marriage lasted four days and ended in divorce via text message, from the 40-year-old local politician to his 17-year-old wife. Aceng Fikri claimed his young bride Fani Oktara was not a virgin, as she had claimed, so he decided to end the union, his lawyer Ujang Suja’I said. She denied […]

The Philippines shows the world how to celebrate Christmas

Where would you find the most Christmas spirit in the world? It’s hard to say for certain, but if a global competition were to be held, the Philippines would have an excellent shot at winning. The southeast Asian island nation has the world’s longest festive season — and pulls no punches in its celebratory zeal […]

4 Singapore PRs hurt in Taiwan bus crash

UPDATE 12 Dec 12, 5:30pm: Adding comments from travel agency clarifying that the tourists from Singapore are permanent residents. Four Singapore permanent residents and 10 Malaysian tourists were injured in Taiwan on Monday when their bus crashed along a highway. Carrying a local driver and a tour guide as well, the tour bus hit a […]

Singapore students shine in international benchmarking tests

Singapore students remain world beaters in mathematics, science and reading, according to the results of two international benchmarking studies released on Tuesday with youngsters across the academic streams chalking up higher scores than their predecessors. More significantly, the two tests indicate that the move by the Education Ministry to cut academic content to create space […]

Leave the tough talk aside

The SMRT drivers who refused to go to work had complained about two things – their wages and their living conditions. Much has been said about their salaries and whether they should be paid more than Singaporeans or other nationals. Not much, however, has been said about their living conditions, besides their complaints of the […]