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· July, 2010

Stories about South Asia from July, 2010

Pakistan: Floods Cause Death And Misery

  30 July 2010

Hundreds have died and more than a million people in Pakistan have been affected by floods caused by monsoon rains in the last three days. Kalsoom at CHUP! – Changing Up Pakistan has details.

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Bangladesh: One Child to Rebuild a School

  28 July 2010

All it took was one child to talk about his destroyed school in front of a camera: through the following months, thanks to Shawn Ahmed of the Uncultured Project and Nerdfighters, the world rallied through YouTube and raised enough money to rebuild the school.

Nepal: No Toilet, No Citizenship

  28 July 2010

XNepali Blog reports that as a part of the sanitary awareness program in rural Nepal, the Kaikot district council “has formulated a requirement in which every citizenship certificate applicant need to have a toilet at home”.

Pakistan: Plane Crashed In Islamabad

  28 July 2010

Hina Safdar at Chowrangi reports in details about an Airblue Airbus 321 flight originating from Karachi, which has crashed in Islamabad’s Margalla Hills today morning. 152 passengers including the crew members were killed.

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Bangladesh: Minimum Wages Raised In Garments Sector

  28 July 2010

After long protests and bargaining with the employers and the workers, the Bangladesh Government has decided to raise the minimum wages to Tk. 3000 per month ($44) which is approximately double of the current minimum wages. Bloggers discuss how this impacts the workers and the industry.

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India: RTI Activist Murdered

  27 July 2010

On the 20th of this month, 33yr old Amit Jethwa, a prominent environmentalist and Right to Information (RTI) activist was shot dead by two unidentified gunmen opposite the Gujarat High Court in Ahmedabad, India. Netizens react with shock and anger.

Sri Lanka: A King Or A CEO

  27 July 2010

Going Global thinks that Sri Lanka needs an administrator like a King or a CEO at the nation's helm who will implement a long term plan “with no incentive to engage in short-termist crowd pleasing development”.

Pakistan: In Damage Control Mode After WikiLeaks

  27 July 2010

Effendi at The Spittoon comments: “the Pakistan government has gone into damage control mode after the evidence of the ISI’s involvement in Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan was exposed and confirmed on WikiLeaks.”

Bhutan: Equality For Women

  26 July 2010

Cho at Writers Association Of Bhutan Blog advocates for equality for women in Bhutanese societies and comments: “sad to say but sexism in Bhutan starts from homes and parents yell at their daughters for not cooking a delicious meal till she finally perfects it.”

Bangladesh: Five Million CFLs In A Day

  26 July 2010

Ashok Sarkar reports that last month five million high quality CFL bulbs were distributed to Bangladeshi homes under “Efficient Lighting Initiatives of Bangladesh (ELIB)” program breaking a new world record.

India: A Future For Kolkata

  25 July 2010

Supriyo Chaudhuri has some ideas about a bright future for Kolkata, the capital of the Indian state of West Bengal.

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