Stories about Good News from April, 2013
Anti hate activists in Sri Lanka plan to gather in the capital city of Colombo on the 28th of April. The country has recently seen a spate of isolated violent attacks and broad based hate rhetoric against minorities.
Good news for animal lovers. Singapore’s Ministry of Education has confirmed that animal welfare will be included in the new ‘Character and Citizenship Education’ syllabus for primary and secondary students.
Myanmar opposition leader and democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi was voted as the Time Magazine's most influential person of the decade on April 17, 2013. Suu Kyi won against Lady Gaga by 61 percent of the total votes. Following her victory after the voting closed, many people in Myanmar shared their joy and enthusiasm on Facebook
The Catalan edition of Wikipedia Viquipèdia, a fundamental support to a language and culture historically discriminated against because it belongs to a stateless nation, has registered a record number of active users, with its article count reaching 400,000. At a moment when Catalonia is involved in a debate about becoming independent from Spain, its role in raising global awareness on the issue is crucial.
In Argentina, former cardinal Bergoglio - now pope Francis- is remembered for his work at "villas miseria", slums located in big cities around the country.
Unknown to most of the world, fashion plays a huge role in Pakistani life. Fashion Pakistan Week is being live-steamed on April 9-10 from Karachi and will offer a rare glimpse into a blossoming and professional industry that illustrates cultural norms in Pakistan aren't as rigid or conservative as most believe.
The Himalayan Kindgom of Bhutan, famous for its “Gross National Happiness” Index instead of Gross Domestic Product, has set itself the task of being the first country in the world to completely turn to Organic Agriculture.
Some 300 motorcycle taxi drivers from the city of Contamana lit up the local aerodrome's runway, making it possible for a light aircraft flying three patients to take off. This token of solidarity has prompted positive reactions among Peruvian netizens.
In a slum outside Asunción, Paraguay, where a violin costs more than a house, musician Fabio Chavez is transforming children's lives by teaching them to play music with instruments made out of trash. A film about Fabio's "recycled orchestra" is raising funds through Kickstarter.