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Stories about South Asia

27 April 2017

Netizen Report: Censorship Spikes in India, Subsides in Cameroon

Global Voices Advocacy

The Internet is back on in English-speaking Cameroon, while social media has been shut down in Kashmir. Journalists in Maldives mourn the stabbing death of a blogger.

22 April 2017

How ‘Adventurer of the Year’ Mira Rai Went From Child Soldier to Ultrarunner

"I want to transfer the chance I got to my little sisters in Nepal. I want to help them learn what I learned and reach where I am today."

21 April 2017

Students Protest in Kashmir Amidst School Closures and Mobile Internet Blocking

"Where in the world are student protests crushed with such force & brutality, pellets & tear gas shells rain today many got injured"

18 April 2017

Sri Lanka's Tragic and Totally Avoidable Disaster

Years ago, officials planned to decommission the Meethotamulla garbage dump and convert it into a “beautiful place.” But it never happened and now locals find themselves confronting their worst fears.

17 April 2017

So You’d Like to Start Computing in Your Own Language

Rising Voices

Twelve tips for free software localization for minoritized and indigenous languages.

12 April 2017

Bend It Like Poonam: Teen Girls Challenge India's Patriarchy on the Football Field

Mahila Swarojgar Samiti is helping teenage girls in Varanasi shape their identity and find more confidence in their sexuality through football.

4 April 2017

Indian Techies Work to Detect Fake WhatsApp and Facebook Messages

Global Voices Advocacy

Many of the new users do not yet know how to differentiate between authentic sources and fake or malicious ones.

Tributes Flow in for Kishori Amonkar, One of the Great Voices of Indian Classical Music

"There are certain voices that have the ability to mesmerise and Kishori Amonkar’s is one."

3 April 2017

Criminal Case Against Indian Poet Provokes Controversy Over Speech Rights

Global Voices Advocacy

The poem was posted on Facebook on World Poetry Day — but its verses were not welcomed by everyone.

2 April 2017

The Evolution of Sri Lanka’s #Instameet

The fifth meeting of Instagram users took place in Negombo city in Sri Lanka. A notable change from the previous ones was the shift from using smartphones to cameras.

1 April 2017

They’re Terminally Ill, Learning to Cope With Death, and Doing Standup Comedy

Caring for a terminally ill person is a stressful challenge for everyone involved. The Indian Association of Palliative Care is using comedy to share some life with the dying.

31 March 2017

Sudden Death of Aqua-Blue-Eyed Model Shocks Maldives

Raudha Athif, the 20-year-old aqua-blue-eyed Maldivian model, was found hanging inside her dormitory room in north Bangladesh on Wednesday. On social media, Maldivians are mourning the loss of this woman.

30 March 2017

Netizen Report: India Had 31 Internet Shutdowns in 2016. How Many Did Your Country Have?

Global Voices Advocacy

Venezuelan independent media sites suffer online attacks, Japan may use mass surveillance to punish “preparations” for crime, and the UK calls for backdoors on encrypted messaging apps.

22 March 2017

Kathmandu’s Pollution Is So Bad, Even Gods Need Masks

The level of pollution in Kathmandu has surpassed the minimum acceptable level and the residents are reacting by putting masks over their faces, just like the city's iconic statues.

20 March 2017

India Fights to Bring ‘My Freedom Day’ to Its 12 Million Slaves

This year, roughly 12 million slaves in India couldn't celebrate My Freedom Day. That number could rise to 18 million, if more isn't done to help India's most vulnerable.

19 March 2017

In Northern Sri Lanka, Incidents of Military Intimidation Threaten Reconciliation

"There was clearly anger from the side of the military that people were getting their land back."

18 March 2017

Afghanistan's Cricket Team Sends Hope Home from India

"Finally, a great feat! [Our] tenth win in a row in T20Is. Towards the glory!"

14 March 2017

Late-Season Snow Brings Joy to Bhutan

"only in #bhutan...police making snowman at the main roundabout. wonderful"

12 March 2017

India's Cashless Villages: Not Really There Yet, But the Journey Has Begun

The Lanura village lacks basic facilities, like electricity infrastructure, water and other amenities of life. The people were stunned to learn that the village was declared a "cashless village."

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