Stories about South Asia from February, 2011
Pakistan: Dog Fight In Abbottabad District
Adil Najam at All Things Pakistan reports about the practice of dog fight sport near the village of Lora in Abbottabad District, which is cruel and horrific.
Maldives: Abolishing the Government Bond system
Hassan Ziyau asks whether abolishing the Government Bond system in Maldives would be a wise decision.
Sri Lanka: The Process Of Making An Insurance Claim
Rajaratarala describes the long process of making an insurance claim in Sri Lanka, resulting from an accident.
India: The Future Of Delhi
Sharad Kumar describes the future of the mega city Delhi as he sees.
Bangladesh: On Meherjan
RealTime Bangladesh joins in the debate regarding the controversial big budget Bangladeshi film “Meherjan”, which was withdrawn from the theaters by its distributor.
Pakistan: Unexpected Snowfall In Lahore
Guppu.com reports that “on February 26, 2011, Lahorites witnessed an extraordinary day when all of the sudden, dark clouds came and it felt as if the winter has come back, and snowfall started.”
Bangladesh: A Much Awaited Victory
Photo blogger Monirul Alam catches the joy of Bangladeshi fans in images after winning against Ireland in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011.
Bangladesh: Clinical Trial Of A Cholera Vaccine Raises Questions
The world's largest trial of a cheap oral cholera vaccine made by an Indian pharmaceutical company is being conducted in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh. Bloggers notice the information blackout in local media and raise several questions regarding the clinical trial.
Bangladesh: Bede People – The River Gypsies
Bangladesh Unlocked highlights the bede people, the river gypsies of Bangladesh.
India: Are You A Toybanker Yet?
Toybank is a bank with Toy Deposits and Joy Dividends, an idea which comes with a vision of reaching out to needy children through fun and play, using toys. Debolina Raja Gupta interviews Sweta Chari, the CEO of the Toybank project, to learn more.
Bangladesh: Holding Operators Liable For Crimes Committed By Mobile Users
Rohan Samarajiva at LIRNE Asia blog highlights a recent news that there was no consensus on holding operators liable for crimes committed by persons with SIMs.
India: A Press Conference With Sarah Palin
Amidst rumors that Former Republican Vice Presidential Candidate Sarah Palin will visit India, Greatbong at Random Thoughts Of A Demented Mind posts an imaginary press conference of Palin in India.
India: My Grandmother’s Memories
Rita Banerji shares her grandmother's memoirs which are remarkable because these stories are being repeated today in the lives of every Indian women, over and over gain.
Indo-Bangla Relations – Who Cares?
J Rahman at Mukti comments on a sad fact of India-Bangladesh relation: “as soon as Indians realize that Bangladesh is not in the business of allowing its territory to the insurgents and other powers, India has no interest in resolving any other outstanding issue.”
India: A TV Channel As A Valentine's Day Gift
Sans Serif reports that the former Karnataka chief minister H.D. Kumaraswamy has bought the struggling 24×7 Kannada news channel, Samaya, as a “gift” for his girlfriend, the former movie actress Radhika.
Pakistan: TEDx Events Proliferating
Sonya Rehman, who spoke at a TEDxKinnaird event in Lahore, comments: “In Pakistan these days, TEDx has become a big deal what with numerous colleges/universities putting together their very own independent TED Talks.
India: The Closure Of BBC Hindi Service Is A Shock To Many
Indian blogger Aarkay grew up listening regularly to BBC Hindi service. The blogger comments: “the news that the BBC is going to discontinue its radio Hindi service has come as a rude shock to me”.
Bhutan: Tax Or No Tax For Development
The idea of citizens contributing towards this in the form of taxes is still a new/alien concept in Bhutan. The Bhutanese twitter-sphere broke the news of the verdict in favor of the Opposition who protested against the legality of imposing vehicle tax in the country.
Pakistan: Facebook And Fundamentalism
Feisal Naqvi at Monsoon Frog writes how Fundamentalism is faring at the age of Facebook.
Bhutan: In His Majesty's Service
Dorji Wangchuk describes what is it like to be in the service of His Majesty the King of Bhutan.
Nepal's stalled revolution
Thom Brooks, Reader in Political and Legal Philosophy at Newcastle University, comments on Nepal's interesting embrace of communism while the rest of the world increasingly views the ideology as failed.