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Stories about South Asia

25 October 2016

Sri Lankan Tourism: Booming Again, But Mostly for the Military

The Sri Lankan military is investing heavily in the tourism business. The armed forces have several hotels and resorts, many restaurants and cafes, and other tourist facilities.

21 October 2016

Sri Lanka Pays the Price for Past Government's Extravagance

The huge sum of money spent canceling an order for new Airbuses could have funded a whole lot more.

20 October 2016

Peace Activist Khurram Parvez's Illegal Detention in Kashmir Valley May Be Proof He's “Doing Something Right”

The Bridge

After his arrest on September 15, Parvez was charged under the Public Safety Act and sent to a prison facility nearly 300 kilometers from his family and legal counsel.

A Lack of Open Space Forces Kids in One Mumbai Suburb to Play in a Dirty Field

“We don’t tell our parents that we play here. They think we go to a proper ground to play. If they know...they will not let us out to play."

18 October 2016

Threatened With Suspension Over Its Rights Record, Maldives Up and Quits the Commonwealth

"Don't we as...citizens get a say in whether or not we want to be a part of the commonwealth? Or is Maldives just a one man country now".

13 October 2016

South Asians Celebrate American Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan's Nobel Prize in Literature

"The argument for Dylan would rest squarely on the quality and influence of his work over the years, and the fact that they have now become classics of modern poetry..."

As Politicians Beat the Drums of War, Ordinary Indians and Pakistanis Call for Peace

"'Patriotism' that propagates HATE is not patriotism. United we RISE. Divided we fall. Politicians polarise to rule not serve society."

12 October 2016

Will Pakistan Carry Out a Threat to Expel 2.5 Million Afghan Refugees?

After decades of mixed hospitality, Islamabad says it can no longer host refugees from its war-torn neighbour.

Following a Big Scoop, Prominent Journalist Cyril Almeida Is Barred From Leaving Pakistan

"Am concerned, possibly convinced, more than 24hrs after the travel ban was imposed that govt is planning to take further, uglier actions."

Blinded, Married, and Turned Loose in the Ring: Three Stories of Girls in Modern-Day India

Global Voices reviews a few stories covered by the Video Volunteers community's citizen journalists, showing how girls in India face and cope with various gender-related challenges.

6 October 2016

He's Only 6 Years Old, but India's Chef Kicha Has Fans All Over the World

"Kicha, you were adorable on the show. For a young six year old to be on Ellen's show was awesome and you did a great job. What an accomplishment."

4 October 2016

The Singaporean Prime Minister's ‘Simple’ Bus Breaks With India's VIP Culture

"We should learn from him and do away with this VIP culture in India."

30 September 2016

Pakistani Actors in Bollywood Become Targets of Hate as the India-Pakistan Tussle Escalates

"...culture and art and sport should be without boundaries and borders. These are the two areas which bring people together and encourage understanding of other cultures."

28 September 2016

A Bangladeshi Man Who Knows Hunger All Too Well Provides Affordable Meals for Children in Need

"There was a time when I used to wait in the long lines in front of the temple for a little food," says one of the founders of the venture.

22 September 2016

The Office on Missing Persons in Sri Lanka: A New Chapter or Another Empty Promise?

Thousands of people have disappeared in Sri Lanka since the 1980s stemming from conflict in the country, and their loved ones still don't know what happened.

21 September 2016

One Australian Nurse's Stirring Response to the Refugee Crisis

"I have learnt that not everyone is as caring; that the term ‘refugee’ is a dirty label that strips people of their identity."

20 September 2016

Makeshift ‘Curfew Schools’ Help Kashmiri Students Continue Their Studies Despite Conflict

“Since the schools are shut, I’ve joined this centre to study so that I am prepared for my exams,” says one student.

18 September 2016

Meet the Street Kids of India Who Have Their Own Paper

"Do media think what a child thinks? Do you know what children want? Do you ever consider these questions?"

17 September 2016

It's September, and That Means It's Time for Software Freedom Day

Rising Voices

Do you use free and open source software?

14 September 2016

The Feud Between Two Indian States Over Water Has Taken a Violent Turn

"If you set fire to things to protest the scarcity of water, then the protest goes from agitation to irony."

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