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Sri Lankan Theater Scene Gets Boost from Playwright’s Fresh Ideas, Annual Festival

Region: Sri Lanka

Topics: Culture

Playwright Mohamed Safeer, known as M. Safeer, is drawing more Sri Lankans to the theater with his innovative stage techniques. He also founded the annual Colombo International Theatre Festival, which drew performers from around the globe for the fifth year to Sri Lanka in late March and early April.

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How Sri Lankans Are Preserving History, One Manuscript At a Time

Region: Sri Lanka

Topics: CultureInnovation

Thousands of one-of-a-kind manuscripts written on palmyrah leaves that were lost during Sri Lanka’s civil war, are being recovered. Now, local people are working to digitize them and preserve the history they contain.

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Clash of Livelihoods and Traditions Reveal Flaws in Sri Lanka’s Resettlement Efforts

Region: Sri Lanka

Topics: ConflictCulture

In northern Sri Lanka, a government resettlement program which began after the end of the country’s civil war has provided many displaced people with new livelihoods. But local people say that resettlements don’t consider their ancient traditions.

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In a Towering Chariot, a Deity Visits the Streets of Nepal’s Capital

Region: Nepal

Topics: Culture

For three days, crowds gather in the narrow streets of Nepal’s capital city as a towering chariot passes by. It is the annual festival of Seto Machhendranath — a deity worshipped by both Buddhists and Hindus.

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Fighting Liver Disease in Nepal Means Changing Traditions

Region: Nepal

Topics: CultureHealth

In Kathmandu, incidence of liver disease has ballooned. Alcohol plays an important role in local culture, so rooting out the problem means digging deep into tradition.

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Boxing Champion Gives Back by Training Village Youth for Free in Northern Sri Lanka

Region: Sri Lanka

Topics: Culture

Rangithanathan Ramesh has won four medals in national boxing competitions in Sri Lanka. Now, he trains young men for free four days per week in a village near Jaffna.

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Nepalese Trail Runner Guides Others to the Top of the Game

Region: Nepal

Topics: Culture

Mira Rai, a former Maoist soldier and would-be migrant worker, pursued trail running and has risen to the top of the field, winning multiple local and international races. Her success is inspiring a new generation of young women to take up sports as a career.

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Women Bound to Muslim Law in Sri Lanka Seek Changes to End Discrimination

Region: Sri Lanka

Topics: CultureHuman Rights

Muslims in Sri Lanka are obligated to comply with Muslim Law and a corresponding court system when it comes to marriage, inheritances and other personal matters, but women there say that system is discriminatory. Proposed changes to that law could end discrimination and give Muslim women a way out of abusive relationships.

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Nepalese Mourn Religious, Cultural Sites Damaged and Destroyed in 2015 Earthquake

Region: Nepal

Topics: CultureEnvironmentHealth

Some of Nepal’s most beloved religious and cultural sites were damaged or destroyed in the April 2015 earthquake, and local people say they’re grieving the loss of favorite places of worship. Reconstruction will take years, and it’s not clear when those projects will begin.

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In Nepal, Dancing Into the New Year

Region: Nepal

Topics: Culture

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