Stories about South Asia from November, 2010
Pakistan: The Desperation Cards
There has been a lot of mismanagement of the donations collected for flood relief in Pakistan. The methods of distribution of reliefs and utilizing those funds for other purposes have also been questioned. One such controversial project is the "Watan Cards" project.
Sri Lanka: Wikileaks And Its Impact
Groundviews discusses about the Wikileaks papers on Sri Lanka and its possible impact.
Sri Lanka: Wedding Is A Massive Project
“Weddings are awesome, as long as you are not the groom!” comments Sri Lankan Blogger Rakhitha Karunarathne, who is getting married recently and is troubled by the massive arrangements to be done.
Bangladesh: Education Policy Yet To Be Implemented
Mahfuzur Rahman Manik shares his frustration over the delay in enacting the National Education Policy 2010 of Bangladesh.
Nepal: It Is Up To The Politicians
Dinesh Wagle blames the Nepali politicians for not showing flexibility and respect to each others differences to resolve the long lasting hung parliament situation.
South Asia: The Morality Of Exposing Others’ Secrets
WikiLeaks, an international non-profit media organization has created waves around the world by publishing 251,287 confidential documents, which detail correspondence between the U.S. State Department and U.S. embassies around the world. Some South Asian bloggers were quick to publish their opinions on this issue.
Pakistan: Aasia and Aafia – The Tale Of Two Pakistani Women
Some Pakistanis find themselves concerned over the case of Aasia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian woman sentenced to death for blasphemy, the same way as they are distressed over the detention of Aafia Siddiqui, who was sentenced for 86 years imprisonment in America.
India: Barkha Dutt And The Radia Tapes Controversy
Retributions blog writes about the recent controversy surrounding celebrity Indian TV anchor Barkha Dutt.
Pakistan: ISI Presence In Blogosphere Exposed
In an investigative article Pakistani blog Cafe Pyala exposes Pakistani Intelligence Service's (ISI) investment in the nation's blogosphere.
Pakistan: Russian Cargo Plane Crash In Karachi
Karachi based Dr. Awab Alvi is live tweeting a cargo plane crash in the city: “Russian Cargo Airplane on way to Sudan (Khartoum) crashed 5 minutes after take off from #Karachi Airport #Pakistan #AirCrash“
Serbia: Air India Pilot's Family Reacts to Leaked Media Report
Six months after the May 22 Mangalore plane crash, which claimed 158 lives, an investigation report blaming Serbian pilot Zlatko Glusica for the country’s worst air disaster of the last decade was leaked to media. Sasa Milosevic reviews media coverage of the case and talks to Mr. Glusica's family.
Bhutan: Books Or Bars
“Books printed in Bhutan are too expensive for an average income Bhutanese reading public,” informs Penstar and that explains why there are more bars than book shops in that country.
Bhutan: Tobacco Law And Village People
Passu is apprehensive about the impact of ban on tobacco in Bhutan. In almost every house of his village tobacco is still being used and they have to pay higher to get them.
Bangladesh: The Politics Of Eviction
Jyoti at Unheard Voice Blog writes about the politics of eviction in Bangladesh, which has heated up the political arena in Bangladesh in recent times.
India: Mumbai Moving Forward
“There is a form of kinetic energy that’s contagious in Mumbai. As if, someone has set the people of Mumbai free – and they are moving forward,” notices Zain Mahmood while visiting the city.
India: Fuzzy Memories
Dilip D'Souza at Kafila asks why are Indians obsessed with only remembering the act of terrorism on 26/11/08 and why not also 1/11/84 or 7/12/92?
Sri Lanka: An Opinion On Budget
Ratmale at Serendipity publishes a general opinion on the Sri Lankan budget, especially in the context of the rural areas.
Pakistan: Winner Of The Best South Asian Blog Award
Owais Mughal and Adil Najam informs that popular Pakistani groupblog All Things Pakistan has been named the Best South Asian Blog in the Seventh Annual Brass Crescent Awards 2010.
India: The Sexual Harassment Bill (2010)
Naina Kapur takes a critical look at the Sexual Harassment Bill (2010) which was recently introduced in India.
Maldives: Capital Punishment After 57 Years
After 57 years an young man in Maldives is facing capital punishment for murdering another youth. Hassan Ziyau wonders whether this verdict will be changed into a life imprisonment.
Pakistan: The Beggar Mafia
Saad Hirani at Chowrangi writes about the beggar-Mafia ring in Pakistan “that ‘employs’ children and sometimes adults to work for them”.