Stories about South Asia from September, 2010
The Bangladesh Army has earned a reputation in contributing troops for different United Nation Peacekeeping Operations across the world. However, recently the country received an extra-ordinary request for troops to join NATO forces to help secure Afghanistan against Taliban advances.
Today Nepal failed its ninth bid to elect a new prime minister. Anup Kaphle, for the Pulitzer Center on crisis reporting, notes the consequences of this political gridlock.
Kalsoom at Chowrangi is furious after reading the rumors in the Pakistani and international media that the Pakistan army is considering options for an indirect intervention in Pakistan’s political sphere. “I think we need to stop feeding the rumor mill,” the blogger writes.
Raja Basu at Potpourri gives logic why the question of a plebiscite should not arise for deciding the fate of Kashmir.
Habib R. Sulemani, a Pakistani journalist, writes that he is in self confinement in his house for six months to avoid assassination attempts on him. He seeks protection of the government from the persons who are trying to kill him because of his writings on taboo subjects.
Offstumped is live blogging a controversial verdict on the Ayodhya issue, which has created much tension between the Hindus and Muslims of India and beyond.
Dee at Ranting In Colombo is frustrated with the fact that some “Sri Lankan males have no idea about what it is like to be a Sri Lankan female”.
Maila Baje at Nepali Notebook writes about the ongoing political stalemate in Nepal as the eighth attempt to elect a Prime Minister had failed.
Raza Habib Raja at Pak Tea House analyzes the reactions of the Pakistanis on the recent verdict handed to Dr. Afia Siddiqui by an US federal court.
Let Us Build Pakistan reports that Baloch columnist and lawyer Ali Sher Kurd fell victim to extra-judicial killing By Pakistan army like many who raise their voice in Balochistan.
Nepalese blogger ABC questions whether the recent wildfires in the Himalayan Mountains originated because of human negligence or natural causes.
Pakistani blogger Fatima thinks that Pakistan has not done enough to free Kashmiris from Indian occupation, “allowing them to live in accordance to their will”.
Bauani informs that the tax authority in Bangladesh is arranging a tax fair (26-30 September, 2010) to increase awareness about Income Tax issues among the people of Bangladesh and provide more information to them.
Anirban takes a hilarious look at the proper way to eat at an Indian buffet.
Rajesh Jain at Emergic criticizes the ban on all bulk SMS and MMS in India to prevent mass mobilization of people before and after the Ayodhya verdict.
It was nice to have a little laughter - even whimsical as it may have been - when the PM of Bhutan proposed “Happiness” be included as the 9th Millennium Development Goal at the the United Nations Summit on the Millennium Development Goals.
United We Blog! for a Democratic Nepal informs that the 12th General Convention of the political party Nepali Congress elected Sushil Koirala as the party’s new president. Mr. Koirala beat three-time Prime Minister of the country Sher Bahadur Deuba.
Valkyrie at Groundviews posts translations of reports on the hearings of the Lessons Learnt & Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) held in Killnochchi and Mullaitivu that appeared in Tamil newspapers.
South Asia Wired highlights some reactions from social media about the serious security lapses at the Commonwealth Game venues.
Four Global Voices bloggers are currently attending the United Nations Summit on the Millennium Development Goals in New York City (September 20-22). In their personal blogs and on Twitter, they are sharing their initial reactions from the Summit.
Being Cynical at Desicritics criticizes the inadequate preparations for the Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi and discusses the controversy surrounding it.