Day: August 9, 2011

China becoming even more male

Courtesy / Source: China Daily BEIJING – Census figures show an increasingly imbalanced sex ratio at birth on the Chinese mainland, Deputy Health Minister Liu Qian said at a news conference on Tuesday. However, Liu did not respond to a reporter’s question about whether or when China will relax its family […]

Report shows rise in restrictions on religion

Courtesy / Source: WASHINGTON: Nearly a third of the world’s population lives in countries where it is becoming more difficult to freely practice religion, a private US research group reported on Tuesday. The Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion and Public Life said government restrictions and public hostility involving […]

The new face of Taliban: Islamist group in Somalia bans samosas

Source / Courtesy: The Huffington Post Somalia’s al-Shabaab group has banned samosas after ruling the popular snacks are ‘offensive’ and too Christian. Al-Shabaab, the extremist Islamic group that effectively controls much of Somalia, has banned samosas in the famine-stricked, war-torn East African nation, according to the Kenyan Daily Nation. Apparently the ban, which […]

China and Spread of Islam in Indonesia

Immigrants of Chinese descendant played a major role in converting the people to Islam. VIVAnews – History has it that the early wave of Chinese Muslims migration into Indonesia was not intended to spread the teachings of Islam. Welfare was the main reason they came into the archipelago. The voyage […]

Tourists flock to Swiss B&Bs

The Local, Switzerland The number of overnight stays last year at Swiss B&Bs increased by 9.3 per cent compared to 2009, exceeding expectations, said the Bed and Breakfast Switzerland association. The increase is mainly due to Swiss guests, but also on the rise were visits from German tourists. “More and […]