Ayodhya sadhus celebrate appointment of Das as trust head

Sadhus played Holi with flowers at Mani Ram Das Chhavni Peeth in Ayodhya, distributed sweets and offered prayers after Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas head Mahant Nritya Gopal Das was appointed chairman of the newly constituted Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teertha Kshetra, or Ram temple trust, at its first meeting in New Delhi on Wednesday.

PCB chief hints at Pakistan giving up Asia Cup hosting rights

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Ehsan Mani on Wednesday indicated that the country might give up its hosting rights for the Asia Cup T20 tournament this year. Speaking at the launch of the Pakistan Super League trophy at the National Stadium, Mani said that venue of the Asia Cup would be decided after taking into account the majority view of all the stake-holders in the Asian Cricket Council.

Sierra Leone gangster, Yousef Kamara, leaves streets for life of poetry

In his poem “Rough Path”, Yousef Kamara reflects on his years selling drugs and stealing as the leader of a street gang in Sierra Leone’s capital, Freetown. “Like a traveller in a rough jungle/Self propelling all alone/Edging through danger sharper than blades/My rough path is a cracked zone,” he writes. After quitting the gang three years ago, Kamara now hopes his journey to acclaim as a poet can offer an example to other wayward youths in Freetown, where increasing numbers are joining gangs modelled on the Bloods and Crips of Los Angeles. Kamara has been published in several international poetry magazines and was invited last year to attend the African Writers Conference in Kenya.