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· April, 2011

Stories about South Asia from April, 2011

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India: Kerala’s Debate On Endosulfan

  30 April 2011

As the debate on the pesticide EndoSulfan is gaining momentum in the Stockholm Convention in Geneva; Kerala, the southern state of India is up in arms online and on the streets for pressurizing the Indian Government to favor the ban.

Nepal: No Country For Old Men

  29 April 2011

Nepali blogger opines that Nepali youth should come forward and take the charge of the Nepali politics rather than depending on the failing old leaders. There is actually a movement in Facebook against the old politicians called Retire the Netas.

Bhutan: Bonded Teachers

  28 April 2011

Tshering Tobgay criticizes a recent rule in Bhutan that teachers will never be able to apply for other government posts.

India: Deabating The Draft Internet Control Rules

  26 April 2011

Nikhil Pahwa at Medianama debates the changes in the cyber law in India which is waiting to be passed soon. In his opinion “these rules give the Indian government the ability to gag free speech, and block any website it deems fit, without publicly disclosing” who did it or why...

India: Challenges Of A Single Working Woman

  26 April 2011

Neha Saxena at YouthKiAwaaz, a citizen journalism platform for the Indian youth, describes the challenges of a single working Indian woman nearing 30, who have a lot of pressure from the family and society to marry and settle down.

India: Bloggers Social Responsibility

  25 April 2011

Blogadda had introduced the concept of ‘Bloggers Social Responsibility’ and now it is asking its reader to show the responsibility by 1) reading about an NGO, 2) Blogging about it and 3) sharing the news with others.

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India: Gay Community Shown Support after Video Screening

  25 April 2011

Citizen video's power to promote change has been proven in Raipur, India. A screening of a video showing the hardships faced by the gay community enabled audience members from diverse backgrounds to relate to the discrimination and show their support by organizing a peaceful demonstration.

India: Who Is Going To Be The Chief Minister Of West Bengal?

  24 April 2011

The elections in the West Bengal state of India are going on and Mamata Banerjee, leader of Trinamool Congress, is a favorite to become the Chief Minister of West Bengal in a few weeks. Monobina Gupta at Kafila describes in details about the the rise of Mamata Banerjee.

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Pakistan: The Fight Against the Taliban and the Drones

  24 April 2011

Imagine how it is to live in Pakistan; a place where a day without any suicide bombing or drone attack can make the news, where citizens have to deal with emotions such as shock, rage, discomfort and a deep sense of helplessness on a daily basis.

The Genetic Origin Of Indians

  23 April 2011

Ever wondered about the genetic origins of Indians? Razib Khan at Sepia Mutiny analyzes in details about the genetics of Indians and the South Asians in general.

India: Corruption In Mizoram

  23 April 2011

Paritosh Chakma discusses why fighting corruption in Mizoram, one of the Seven Sister States in North Eastern India, is difficult.

Maldives: Competency of Maldives Media

  22 April 2011

Hassan Ziyau criticizes the Maldives media by questioning their competency and the standard of the editors and their playing of a puppet role for the businessmen and the politicians.

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Bangladesh: Netizens Protest Human Rights Abuse in the Hills

  21 April 2011

Ethnic violence has sparked again in the Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh between Bengali settlers and indigenous people due to land disputes. The mainstream media have been accused of highlighting the Bengali casualties only and are ignoring the plights of the local aboriginal people. But this time around these minorities have found a voice via blogs and Facebook.

Bangladesh: RIP Tim Hetherington

  21 April 2011

This is from a newly found Facebook group commemorating photographer Tim Hetherington, who died on duty while covering the front lines in the besieged city of Misrata, Libya – “We, the Bangladeshi photographers express our deep condolence to Tim's family. Tim was a teacher in Pathshala- The South Asian Media...

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


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