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· October, 2009

Stories about South Asia from October, 2009

Bangladesh: Daylight Savings Time Confusion

  30 October 2009

Last June Bangladesh implemented Daylight Savings Time for the first time in the country. Expat blogger Meandering Memos writes about the confusion created among the citizens as the government has decided not to revert to the old timing.

India: Domestic Violence Against Men

  30 October 2009

A day in the life of India argues that “domestic violence is not a women specific issue, violence against men is taken very lightly and a few would out-rightly deny the existence of it.”

Maldives: The Price Of Environmental Activism

  29 October 2009

Maldives hosted the first underwater cabinet meeting to make people realize the threat of global warming and its effect on the country. Applauding the intention and activism behind this initiative Mohamed Nasheed opines that this will also hurt the tourism industry in Maldives as insurance premiums on investments have been...

India: A Campaign To End Domestic Violence

  29 October 2009

One in two women in South Asia faces violence in her home. Charukesi at A Time To Reflect writes about a campaign called Bell Bajao (ring the bell) which aims to put an end to domestic violence in India.

Sri Lanka: Paintings To Unite The Nation

  29 October 2009

“10 canvases painted by students who attended the Future Leaders Conference (FLC) 2009 were selected for display at the ‘Colombo Art Biennale 2009′,” informs Sri Lanka Unites. In these canvasses Sri Lankan youth of various ethnicity and regions “voiced their thoughts on reconciliation and the future of Sri Lanka through...

India: Information For NRIs

  29 October 2009

Amreekan Desi has some practical information for the non resident Indians who are trying to go back to their motherland to settle there.

India: BJP Needs A New Leader

  28 October 2009

The Acorn opines that the major Indian political party BJP must elect its next leader to lift the party from political turmoil.

India: Climate Policy

  28 October 2009

“India’s climate policy must be founded on the development needs of the majority of its population and the needs of India’s future development,” opines Prabir Purkayastha at Roger reports.

Bangladesh: Sidewalk Bookseller World And Best Sellers

  28 October 2009

Ulysses at Back To Bangladesh wonders how the sidewalk booksellers in Dhaka streets, who sell cheap bootleg bestsellers during traffic jam, pick up which books to sell. The blogger asks: “do people buy these books because there is nothing else affordable? Or do they really read these books?”

Disaster Management and the role of ICTs

  27 October 2009

In a first post of the series, we explore the role of ICTs in Disaster Management and the paradigm shift in Disaster Management strategies that came about post the aftermath of the Indian Ocean Tsunami in 2004.

Nepal's Dalit Women: Fighting For Dignity

  27 October 2009

The constitution of Nepal guarantees equality for the dalits or the 'untouchables'. But in the real world, outside long winding provisions of the constitution and legalese, the dalits are still openly treated as less than human.

Sri Lanka: Stop The Exodus

  27 October 2009

Serendipity opines that many in Sri Lanka want to leave the country for various reasons and the government is doing nothing to stop this exodus.

Pakistan: How To Spot Fake Doctors

  27 October 2009

A recent report in a local newspaper asserts that some 70,000 fake doctors with bogus degrees are operating throughout Pakistan. Kamran Brohi points out to a facility in the Pakistan Medical And Dental Council Website with which one can check the registration status of a doctor from an online database.

Bangladesh: Doctors Need To Be Disciplined

  27 October 2009

Syed ABM Ashrafuzzaman thinks that in Bangladesh the existing laws relating to medical profession are anti people. The blogger urges that the doctors need to be disciplined by banning all their trade union like organizations.

India: Poor Performance In Hunger Index

  27 October 2009

CyberGandhi analyzes the Global Hunger Index (GHI) 2009 and the India State Hunger Index (ISHI). The blogger is appalled at the poor performance of India in those indexes.

India: Masala Sprite

  27 October 2009

Ever heard of “Masala Sprite”? A Bengali mom shares the recipe of this “lovely drink which makes you feel it is digestive(?) and triggers your brain to eat more biryani”.

Nepal: What Next?

  26 October 2009

Ujjwal Acharya at The Radiant Star comments on the recent political deadlock between the Maoists and the other political parties of Nepal: “if Maoists decide to launch a nationwide movement against the government, it could be a bad decision. If they fail… Then what next?”

Bhutan: Perspective On Child Labor

  26 October 2009

“The malignant hypocrisy hangs in the air when a rich official’s wife ill-treats her maidservant, who is only a child, while her husband attends international conferences and speaks to people about GNH (gross national happiness). It happens in Bhutan,” reports Di at On The Job blog.

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Rezwan is the South Asia editor. Email him story ideas or volunteer to write.


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