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Stories about South Asia

17 May 2019

Anti-Muslim attacks stoke tensions and incite fear amongst mourning Sri Lankans

On 12 May Sunday, anti-muslim violence started over a Facebook post by a Muslim trader in coastal Chilaw town in Puttalam District, North Western Province of Sri Lanka.

16 May 2019

Facebook posts trigger more arrests in Bangladesh, worrying netizens

Advox

Two people were arrested on May 14 and 15, for comments they had posted on Facebook. The arrests have sparked indignation and concern on social media in Bangladesh.

13 May 2019

‘No votes until the road is built': why some Goan villagers are boycotting the Indian elections

Bad roads, lack of water and electricity supply pushed these Goans to boycott the ongoing Lok Sabha elections in Marlem village in the Indian state of Goa.

10 May 2019

In India, Rooh Afza lovers rejoice as the drink returns to shelves in time for Ramadan

After months without the beloved drink Rooh Afza, Muslims in India can now breathe a sigh of relief as it returns to shelves just in time for Ramadan.

3 May 2019

The Sri Lanka Niqab ban and the politics of distraction

The Bridge

Ever since the identification of the all-male group of bombers behind the massacre as members of militant group ISIS, Muslim women have borne the brunt.

1 May 2019

Common leopard gecko found in Nepal for the first time

Common Leopard Geckos remained undetected in Nepal until now. Researchers found and recorded it, which becomes the 11th gecko species for Nepal.

White flags: Sri Lankans in mourning

Sri Lankans are still coming to terms with the death of hundreds during the terrorist attacks on April 21, 2019. The colour white is used to symbolise mourning in Sri...

22 April 2019

India bans China's TikTok for ‘degrading culture and encouraging pornography’

Advox

People in India have been banned from downloading TikTok, a hugely popular quick video-sharing app based in China.

21 April 2019

A series of bomb attacks on churches and hotels spark terror in Sri Lanka

Hundreds were killed and injured in a series of planned explosions in Sri Lanka. A twelve-hour islandwide curfew was declared by the government while social media sites were restricted.

20 April 2019

Bangladeshi paint company advert draws criticism from lovers of traditional Alpana art

"Berger is offering their synthetic paints to the Alpona artists of Tikoil village. The artists will no longer need to paint every season, colors will last forever. What a horror!

17 April 2019

Indian voters undeterred by missing names from electoral lists and violent clashes

Barring a few incidents, the voting on the first day of the election went on peacefully and voter turnout was high. The next phase of election starts on April 18.

10 April 2019

Four real-life locations that could have featured in Game of Thrones

As viewers gear up for one last dose of dynastic squabbling, political intrigue and looming supernatural doom, four actual locations that wouldn't be out of place on Westeros and Essos.

9 April 2019

These women ride across Bangladesh on motorcycles to spread the word about empowerment

Sakia Haque and her friends wanted to talk to Bangladeshi girls about women's empowerment and educate them about reproductive health, so what did they do? They hopped on motorbikes!

4 April 2019

‘Opposite Dreams: The Politics of Local’: Art raises awareness around social issues in Nepal

For decades Nepal’s history has excluded the stories of marginalized, underprivileged and indigenous peoples. These exhibitions draw attention to problematic social hierarchies and invasive international influences in Nepal.

3 April 2019

Hashtag battle in India as candidates go head to head in 2019 summer elections

The fiercely contested political campaigns embrace slogans, counter-slogans and a lot of drama as the world's largest democracy goes into election from the 11th April to 19th May 2019.

30 March 2019

Back-to-back fires in Dhaka trigger concerns over regulation and safety in Bangladesh

Fire remains a persistent safety concern for Bangladesh, especially in Dhaka, the most densely populated city on earth. Agencies trying to change the status quo face an uphill battle.

29 March 2019

India's elections are right around the corner — and the fake news problem is not going away

Advox

Experts have found that many of India's most insidious disinformation campaigns arise from political parties themselves.

In India, a video brings awareness to children suffering from mumps

A video reporting the outbreak of mumps at a primary school in Uttar Pradesh led to setting up of health camps and ensured that children were treated.

28 March 2019

Netizen Report: Activists in Pakistan and Malaysia confront online backlash after International Women’s Day events

Advox

This week, the EU parliament approved its Copyright Directive, Pakistan blocked mobile services (during a military parade) and Bangladesh blocked Al Jazeera English.

19 March 2019

Aurat March breaking barriers against patriarchy in Pakistan

Aurat March was a display of power and unity by women who are not seen in public spaces freely and their opinions and demands are almost never heard.

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