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Stories about South Asia

5 December 2018

Sri Lankan Court temporarily bars disputed Prime Minister Rajapaksa from office

The battle over who will get to be the official Sri Lankan Prime Minister continues with the latest decision temporarily barring disputed PM Rajapaksa from office.

24 November 2018

#QanoonSabKayLiye: A social media campaign promoting legal awareness in Pakistan

#QanoonSabKayLiye campaign is a series of Facebook and Twitter posts that explain the rights and obligations of the citizens under the Constitution of Pakistan.

22 November 2018

How Bangladesh's airport authorities are using YouTube to change public behaviour

Thanks to innovative efforts using YouTube and Facebook, airport authorities have begun to decrease crime and help passengers in Bangladesh's biggest airport.

15 November 2018

Bangladesh's now-postponed repatriation would have turned the plight of Rohingya refugees from bad to worse

"How can repatriation still be an objective, when all the evidence shows that these cyclical influxes into Bangladesh are rooted in Myanmar's persecution and denial of citizenship to Rohingya?"

11 November 2018

A conversation with Gyani Maiya Sen, one of the last speakers of a dying Nepali language

"...her commanding tone was the evidence of the aura she might have carried around when she was young -- powerful like a ‘queen of the jungle'."

10 November 2018

Pakistani right-wing political party meets online backlash after sowing violence in Asia Bibi case

After countrywide violent protests by Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan, petitions and campaigns are launched against the religious political party.

6 November 2018

Stories of Sri Lankans who are “Taking a Stand” for democracy

“Though I’m 92 years old, I feel I must make a stand for democracy.”

2 November 2018

A project in Nepal is documenting and sharing testimonials from the 10-year armed conflict

Rising Voices

A project is sharing video, audio and photo testimonials from around Nepal -- paying homage to the memory of survivors, victims, and affected families of the conflict.

“The people's voices” prevail: Sri Lanka's prime ministerial crisis to be put to a parliamentary vote

Sri Lanka's political crisis is halted as the president schedules a parliamentary vote to decide who should be the country's prime minister.

31 October 2018

One dead in Sri Lanka amidst a constitutional crisis

Power struggle between ousted Sri Lankan PM and newly appointed PM has led to the death of a protester in Colombo.

23 October 2018

Landslide victory for Bhutan's centre-left party following peaceful general elections

This is only the third democratic elections to take place in the tiny, landlocked South Asian country since it abolished its Monarchy and adopted a new constitution in 2008.

15 October 2018

Pashtun human rights activist detained at Islamabad airport, released after social media pressure

Advox

Gulalai Ismail is a well-known Pashtun human rights activist and founder of Seeds of Peace network.

8 October 2018

Journalists across India share their testimony on the deteriorating state of media — and vow to fight back

Advox

Four journalists have been killed because of their work in 2018. Killings have evoked public outrage, but little response from the government.

7 October 2018

Despite proven flaws, India's biometric ID scheme was upheld by the Supreme Court. Now what?

Advox

Legal scholars and social scientists are likely to pore over this significant judgment for its far-reaching impact on civil liberties and socio-economic issues.

3 October 2018

Nepal roars with pride to become the first country to double its wild tigers by 2022

"We are proud to have helped protect these endangered cats. It’s good for conservation and for tourism."

28 September 2018

Indian football is fighting a losing battle to keep its fans

A decent outing for the national team at next year's AFC Asian Cup might help lift some of the gloom surrounding the sport.

Free speech advocates say Bangladesh's new Digital Security Act is ‘ripe for abuse’

Advox

"Journalism is surely not for increasing conflict, or for tarnishing the image of the country," said PM Hasina, in response to critics.

25 September 2018

Nepalese citizens fight against impunity with the “Rage Against Rape” campaign

"...what is happening to girls who are suffering in silence? Are we always going to play reactionary politics or improve our justice system?"

23 September 2018

A sea-change in Maldives politics as opposition presidential candidate declares a win

As of 2 a.m. in the Maldives (GMT+5) Solih "said he had won by a 16 percent margin over incumbent Abdulla Yameen" and urged for a peaceful transition.

19 September 2018

Riverbank erosion disaster in Bangladesh leaves thousands homeless

"The devastating erosion of the Padma River is ongoing for the last couple of years, no initiative to build a dam or embankment was taken by the local administration."

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