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Stories about South Asia

6 October 2015

Solar Power Is Booming in India, But Will It Reach Those Who Need It Most?

As renewable energy ramps up, entrepreneurs work to bring its benefits to the 300 million citizens who lack electricity.

5 October 2015

Portrait of Nobel Literary Prize Winner Pablo Neruda Sparks Debate About Rape Culture in Chile

Chilean poet Pablo Neruda included an account of a rape in his memoir. Now, an artist reimagines the author's memoir with a new title, "I Confess That I Have Raped."

2 October 2015

Man's Beating Death Casts Harsh Light on India's Beef Politics

"Some get rich by exporting #beef, some die for consuming it? What warped & perverse nationalism is this ban fanning?"

A Quake-Ravaged Nation Now Faces Indian Blockade. Welcome to Nepal.

Officials in Nepal have accused India of imposing an “unofficial economic blockade,” as it is preventing Indian trucks carrying supplies from entering Nepal near the Madhes border zone.

26 September 2015

Welcome to India’s War on Malnutrition

Several Indian states have been battling malnutrition for decades now. While new official data show improvement and testify that multiple programs seem to be working, there remains much to do.

23 September 2015

#PinjraTod Gives Voice to Indian Women Fed Up With Draconian University Hostel Rules

"What is clear from all these stories is the need for an all-out rejection of these restrictive rules and the patriarchal protectionism they are built on."

21 September 2015

Most Bangladeshi Garment Workers Are Women, But Their Union Leaders Weren't—Until Now

Recent disasters in Bangladesh's garment industry have left hundreds of workers dead or injured. Women workers are taking more of a leadership role in the struggle to unionize.

18 September 2015

Skepticism Follows Arrest of Four Philanthropists Who Care for Bangladeshi Street Children

Four people involved with the Adamya Bangladesh Foundation, which works to improve the lives of street children, face human trafficking charges. Supporters aren't convinced of the police case against them.

10 September 2015

More and More, India's Youth Are Swapping TV for Online Entertainment

Lack of relevant material which Indian youth can connect with coupled with the increasing number of Internet users in India mean that more people are turning to entertainment online.

7 September 2015

For Animals and Their Humans, Love Speeds the Post-Quake Recovery in Nepal

From the outside, it’s easy to reduce livestock to economics, and that’s certainly one aspect of their existence. But they’re also members of the family.

6 September 2015

The Day Dhaka Went Under Water

Heavy rains in Dhaka have caused massive traffic jams and water damage, disrupting the lives of thousands of citizens. On social media, people blamed climate change and poor waste management.

29 August 2015

India Has a Less-Than-Rosy Track Record on Media Freedom

The government recently threatened to pull the licenses of three news channels over criticism of the execution of Yakub Menon, convicted of the 1993 Mumbai bombings.

27 August 2015

No, India, Hindi Will Not Take Over Without a Fight

People all across India are pushing back against government policies and new trends in human migration that have made the imposition of the Hindi language a sensitive political issue.

22 August 2015

This Doctor Has Written Thousands of Postcards to Get Health Advice to India's Poor

He spent his career trying to deliver health care outside of expensive hospitals. Now, he's sick — but he doesn't want to get treatment.

18 August 2015

Students Push for Alcohol Prohibition in Southern India Street Protests

"The protests against the prohibition of alcohol are a great move. If Tamil Nadu government bans the sale of alcohol, it will be greatly appreciated by the general population."

15 August 2015

Why Is Gang Rape and Child Rape Skyrocketing in Bangladesh?

Some observers say rape and sexual harassment would rise in parallel with women empowerment since this patriarchal society denies freedom of women.

14 August 2015

Is Pakistan's Least Developed Province Balochistan Getting its Share of Federal Jobs?

We look at the latest advertised federal jobs in Pakistan and find that Balochistan is only allocated half of its quota.

Google's New CEO Sundar Pichai is Getting a lot of Love from India

Google has created a new larger holding company Alphabet with a new CEO for Google, Sundar Pichai. Indian social media users welcome Pichai's new leadership with greetings, pun and humour.

13 August 2015

Bangladesh Police Chief Tells Bloggers, “Don't Cross the Line”

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"Those who illogically write against religion in blogs are also extremists," said a high police official.

12 August 2015

18 Stunning Photographs of the Rana Tharus From the Southern Foothills of Nepal

Solveig Boergen, a German photographer who lives and works in Japan, travelled to the Kanchanpur district of western Nepal to capture the daily lives of the Rana Tharus.

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