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Ganesh festival as symbol of syncretism
A rhapsodic moment in 1887 led two Hindus and two Muslims to set up the oldest Ganesh pandal in the city of Pune and perhaps in Maharashtra. Later, Bal Gangadhar Tilak would ake a momentous step to popularise the festival in 1893, as a symbol of revolt against the British Raj.

-29 Aug 2014

Philippine Muslim rebels oppose Islamic State 'virus'
The Philippines' largest Muslim rebel group has condemned extremist jihadists in Iraq and Syria, and vowed to stop the spread of their "virus" into the Southeast Asian nation.

-28 Aug 2014

Harnessing Geothermal energy for sustainable future: Indonesia
Indonesia gained new momentum for harnessing its 28,000 megawatts (MW) of potential geothermal power after the government approved a new Geothermal Law, which will allow geothermal development in conservation forests and the pricing of geothermal power according to its economic costs.

-28 Aug 2014

India plans a landmark initiative for the poor: Financial Inclusion
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is to launch a plan to provide a bank account for every household, in a landmark initiative to help the poor. Nearly 40% of Indians have little access to financial services and are often at the mercy of moneylenders who charge extortionate interest.

-28 Aug 2014

Toxic chemicals hit N Korean workers in joint kaesong complex
Scores of North Korean workers employed by South Korean factories at a joint industrial complex have fallen sick after possible exposure to toxic chemicals, sparking criticism from Pyongyang, Seoul officials said on Wednesday (Aug 27).

-27 Aug 2014

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