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Stories about South Asia

16 August 2017

Deadly Floods in Bangladesh, India and Nepal Wreak Havoc

At least 6 million people were affected by the floods in Nepal's Terai region and more than 48,000 homes were submerged.

10 August 2017

India Bans the Internet Archive and More Than 2,600 File-Sharing Websites to Protect Bollywood

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The ban is the result of a court ruling, based on the petitions of two Bollywood producers, to stop file-sharing websites from distributing pirated copies of recently released movies.

9 August 2017

Thousands of Families Face Forced Eviction From Their Homes Over Sardar Sarovar Dam in India

One activist movement launched a hunger strike to support the dam's victims, but police forcibly removed the leader from the protest site by police and shifted her to a hospital.

6 August 2017

How an Indian Village in West Bengal Successfully Campaigned to Get Its Own Ambulance Service

Many risked their lives due to the lack of an affordable ambulance service in a village in West Bengal, but things turned around when Bikash Barman made a video.

Maitree Express: The Friendship Train Between India and Bangladesh

"The Kolkata-Khulna (Maitree Express) train has been relaunched 52 years after the Indo Pakistan War 1965. Cheers!"

31 July 2017

Crisis in Maldives Parliament: Rejection of the ‘No-Confidence Motion’ Sparks Lockdown

The country is tilting toward authoritarianism as growing accusations mount against President Yameen for silencing dissent and imprisoning political opponents including former President Nasheed, under allegedly made up charges.

26 July 2017

Menstrual Hygiene Products Are Not Luxury Goods: Indian Rural Women Speak Out

Are menstrual hygiene products luxury goods? Women in India are voicing their doubts.

Hell on Earth in Chittagong: Floods Wreak Havoc in the City

"The waterlogging in Chittagong has worsened today. It seems nobody cares. God save everyone."

20 July 2017

Dhaka Citizens Show Mayors Red Card for Failure to Control Mosquito-Born Diseases

"No, Mr. Mayor, nobody has called you to fix mosquito nets inside their homes. You were given the responsibility to kill mosquitoes so we don't require mosquito nets..."

19 July 2017

In Bangladesh, Fear Drives Headline-Making Spate of Snake Killings

"The mainstream media is spreading the news with enthusiasm. This is leading to more people being interested in killing these animals."

17 July 2017

Bangladesh's ICT Act Paved the Way for Hundreds of Lawsuits Over Online Speech

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There are currently 319 cases being heard in the courts under Bangladesh's notoriously broad ICT Act. Many of them involve lawsuits against journalists.

An Indian Woman's Eco-Friendly Venture Creates Paper Gifts That Grow Into Plants

"Just think about it, the packets that end up on a street corner or in a dump grow into a plant."

11 July 2017

Air India Stops Serving Meat on Domestic Flights. Is It a Cost-Saving Measure or a Political Move?

"Present government has discontinued non-veg food in Air India economy class....no justification given...another act of moral policing..."

10 July 2017

How Are Boys and Girls Supposed to Sit, Walk, and Dance? An Experiment in India's Gujarat

Pink versus blue, pretty versus brave: the childhood landscape is mined with pernicious gender stereotypes that dictate how we behave as adults.

9 July 2017

The More India's Ruling Party Pushes the Hindi Language, the More Indians Oppose It

"We are not saying no to Hindi...[the] question should be why 'only' Hindi."

29 June 2017

A Nepali Wildlife Photographer Uses His Camera to Raise Awareness About Conservation

Sagar Giri's photos carry the logo: “i click for conservation.”

28 June 2017

Mumbai Locals Transform the Versova Shore With Their ‘World's Largest Beach Clean-Up’

"Couldn't believe this is exactly the same beach which I visited last year and my friend was like, man, its so dirty."

22 June 2017

People Around the World Celebrate International Day of Yoga, an Ancient Indian Tradition

"Many countries which do not know our language, tradition, or culture, are now connecting to India through Yoga. Yoga connects body, mind, and soul."

21 June 2017

Where Did Indians’ Ancient Ancestors Come From? The Indo-Aryan Migration Debate Rages Once More

"The linguistic evidence for the #AryanMigration theory is very strong. [Now there is something] for those that need hard science."

20 June 2017

Photos Capture the Delicate Beauty of Nepal's Butterflies

See their stripes, dots, and colors up close, thanks to these shots by photographer Susheel Shrestha.

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