Stories about South Asia from June, 2011
Wikipedia celebrated its tenth anniversary this year, and almost 100 cities and towns in India registered to host celebrations, the highest number of any country. This year the Wikimedia Foundation will open its first office outside the United States, in an Indian city as yet to be announced. Global Voices has spoken to Tinu Cherian, an active Wikipedian, about Wikipedia in India.
Jennifer Grosso, an architect student, explored a village near the famous Sundarban mangrove forest to learn about the Bangladeshi mud built homestead. Here is what she found out.
Anshul Tewari at Youth Ki Awaaz highlights some examples which shows that innocents are being killed at will by Indian Border Security Force. The blogger opines that the Ministry of Home Affairs should intervene.
The Prime Minister Of India Manmohan Singh has commented on the Indian media “the role of the media in many cases has become that of the accuser, the prosecutor and the judge”. Sans Serif asks “is he barking up the wrong tree by shooting the messenger?”
Sogyel Tobgyel wonders whether reality shows in Bhutanese media are real.
Anupam Saxena at Media Nama informs that Aadhar, the Unique ID Authority of India will keep API calls to its databases free and it can be used to verify online user accounts like Twitter and Facebook accounts among other things.
Harini Calamur at POV provides us the opportunity to see glimpses of Mumbai city in monochrome.
Indi.ca is concerned that Chinese investors are being allowed to reclaim and own 500 acres of Sri Lankan land from sea paying $700 million to the Sri Lankan government.
D.B.S. Jeyaraj writes about a candle light vigil at the Marina beach in the Indian city of Chennai on June 26th to commemorate the Sri Lankan Tamil war victims.
JayBlogs posts a hilarious take on what actually happens at Indo-Pak talks.
iamDrukpa writes chronicles about the 11th charity ride of the Bhutan Dragon Motorcycle Club.
Debolina Raja Gupta shares her experience of creating a Facebook group called Feed A Kid Every Saturday which encourages citizens of Mumbai to feed poor and hungry children.
Slut Walk, a fresh feminist movement that originated from Toronto Canada, and had been taking rounds of various western cities, is now coming to New Delhi, the Indian capital. Amidst criticism of the use of the word slut, which is uncommon in India, the event organizers attempted to contextualize the movement by renaming it 'Slut Walk Delhi Besharmi Morcha'.
Blogdai has high hopes for Nepal Unite, a recent youth based initiative which started online. According to the blogger it will help the average Nepali Citizen get involved in the political process and stimulate meaningful dialogue.
On 5 June, 2011, Rumana Manzur, an Assistant Professor at the Dhaka University, became the victim of a horrific case of domestic violence when she was brutally attacked by her husband Hassan Syed. This incident has shocked the Bangladeshi society and bloggers too have lent their voice in this demand for justice, expressing anger, outrage and shock.
Last week police brutally cracked down on the members of the National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Power and Ports who were rallying against a recent production sharing contract between the Bangladesh government and US energy giant ConocoPhillips for deep sea gas exploration. Netizens react.
London, Lanka & Drums compiles a round of reactions from the Sri Lankan blogosphere about the controversial documentary of Channel Four titled ‘The Killing Fields Of Sri Lanka’.
Sonam Ongmo at Dragon Tales argues that the citizenship of Bhutanese children should come automatically by virtue of the fact that one parent is a citizen. Presently for the citizenship of a child the Bhutanese mother have to prove the identity of the man who fathered the child.
Nitin Pai at The Acorn explains why India needs a policy on overseas military deployments and maritime security.
Yesterday Groundviews, Vikalpa and even Transparency International’s sites were apparently blocked on Sri Lanka Telecom ADSL broadband Internet connections for a few hours. An update on the Groundviews site confirms that these sites are accessible again from Sri Lanka.
Serendipity questions the effectiveness Sri Lankan Government's subsidy program worth 500 million Sri Lankan Rupees for importing fertilizers.