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· October, 2008

Stories about South Asia from October, 2008

India: World Champion in Chess

Baithak reports that the Indian master chess player Viswanathan Anand retained his FIDE World Chess Championship title in 2008.

Pakistan: Baluchistan Quake

On Wednesday morning an earthquake shook the eastern section of Pakistan tipping the Richter Scale at a massive 6.5. The most devastated region was Ziarat, a remote location in Baluchistan....

Sri Lanka: Tea industry in crisis

Serendipity reports that the Sri Lankan tea industry is in crisis because the international buyers of tea have stayed away from the auctions due to credit crunch.

Bangladesh: Rickshawpuller as pop idol

Mark Dummett reports that Omar Ali, a rickshaw puller from an impoverished village became Bangladesh’s new music star.

Nepal: The troubled republic

Maila Baje at Nepali Notebook discusses on the internal rifts between the purists and the pragmatists within the Maoist government.

India: Assam blasts

India's troubled north-eastern Assam state was rocked by a series of coordinated blasts today. Praful reports that 60 people were killed and more than 200 injured. “Although ULFA’s involvement in...

Bangladesh: Banks dominate in DSE listings

Bangladesh Corporate Blog analyzes the capital market of Bangladesh and finds that banks dominate 11 of the top 20 spots of listed companies in the Dhaka Stock exchange (DSE). The...

Pakistan: Help the earthquake victims

Five Rupees posts some links to charities that are involved in delivering aid and humanitarian relief to the victims of the earthquake in the Balochistan province of Pakistan. Please help...

India: Wikipedia Academy in Chennai

Kiruba Shankar reports that a Wikipedia Academy has been set up in Chennai, India. “It's an effort to educate people about wiki editing and to give the confidence that anyone...

Maldives: A new president after 30 years

Mohamed “Anni” Nasheed has won the run-off poll against the incumbent president of Maldives Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, who has served the country since 1978. Mujey’s Blog has called to embrace...

Pakistan: A 6.4 magnitude quake hits Balochistan

Let Us Build Pakistan reports that a 6.4 magnitude earthquake rattled the Balochistan province in southwestern Pakistan today. More than 100 people have been killed and scores of people are...

Bangladesh: Radio regains its popularity

Ronnie Siraji writes in E-Bangladesh that in recent years Radio regained its popularity in Bangladesh thanks to the three private FM radio channels and built in FM radio technology in...

India: Mangalore violence

“It has been over a month since the riots in Mangalore but the anger has not gone away,” writes Apurva Mathad at Kafila after visiting a Monastery which was attacked...

Bangladesh: Community blogs and unique blogger identities

Arild Klokkerhaug of the largest Bangla blog community ‘Somewhere in..blog” describes the unique characteristics of the Bangladeshi blogosphere: “I guess there is no other country in the world that has...

Obama Presidency is better for Pakistan

Yasser Latif Hamdani at Pak Tea House argues that Obama Presidency is better for Pakistan.

India: Solar-Powered Rickshaw

The Better India reports that a solar-powered electric cycle rickshaw had its debut in the Indian capital. “Called the Soleckshaw, it is in test run in Delhi and will be...

India: Moon mission not a waste

Thunga at Desicritics argues that India's recent mission to moon (Chandrayaan -1) is not a waste of money and resources.

Bangladesh: Liberal Voices on the rise

Bangladeshis usually have strong political views and tend to lean towards a party of their choice. Many of them ‘religiously’ follow the dictations and deliberations of their leaders. However, An...

Frail Economy Sours Festivities in Nepal

October 26th marked the beginning of five day “Tihar” or “Deepawali” festival in Nepal. Deepwali is when Hindus pray to the goddess of wealth and prosperity-Laxmi and ask for her...

Brazil: Grandma Aggie, Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers and the Pope

Lou Gold, a North-American blogger and nature-person turned “brasileiro’, blogs about [En] Grandma Aggie and the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers, re-telling some of the adventures of these courageous...

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