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Language of persecuted Rohingya poised to go digital

TEKNAF, BANGLADESH: For decades the Rohingya have been denied recognition in Myanmar but the persecuted minority is close to securing a crucial symbol of their identity -- their own unique digital alphabet. The language of the stateless Muslim people has been included in the planned upgrade to the Unicode Standard, the global coding system that turns written script into digital characters and numbers. It would allow the Rohingya to write emails, send texts and post on social media in their own language -- a major step…

National holiday announced on Easter for Christian community

ISLAMABAD: The government has announced an optional holiday on Monday April 17, 2017 for the Christian community on the occasion of Easter. A statement from the Ministry of Interior said that Monday will be an optional holiday across the country for the Christian community on account of Easter on special instructions of the prime minister. The holiday is granted on Monday as the event of Easter is observed on Sunday. The holiday is for all members of the Christian community working in public and private institutions.…

Suu Kyi denies ethnic cleansing of Myanmar minority

YANGON: Aung San Suu Kyi has denied security forces have carried out ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, speaking to the BBC after the UN rights council agreed to investigate allegations of rape, murder and torture against the army. Rights groups say hundreds of the stateless group were killed in a months-long army crackdown following deadly attacks on Myanmar border police posts. Almost 75,000 Rohingya have fled to neighbouring Bangladesh where they have related grisly accounts of army abuse. Myanmar's…

Kalash seek seperate column in population census

PESHAWAR: The Kalash community has filed an application in the Peshawar High Court seeking their religion be mentioned separately in the form for the ongoing population and housing census. Several representatives of the minority community renowned for their distinct lifestyle and culture submitted the application expressing concern that the census form does not mention them. They demanded that the Kalash should be included separately in the minority list of the census form as they have a distinct culture and religion.…

Myanmar to remove Rohingya from country’s history

YANGON: Myanmar's religious affairs ministry plans to write a book that the Rohingya are not indigenous to the country, as tensions grow over a brutal military crackdown on the Muslim minority. Almost 27,000 Rohingya have crossed into Bangladesh since the beginning of November, the UN said on Tuesday, fleeing a bloody military campaign in Myanmar's western Rakhine state. Their stories of mass rape and murder at the hands of security forces have shocked the international community and cast a pall over the young…