Stories about South Asia from July, 2011
Nepal: It is Code of Ethics, Not Censorship!
Bhumika Ghimire comments on the code of ethics signed by 10 Nepali bloggers which turned controversial: “this code of ethics is part of that effort to help the community, it is not censorship and it is not an attack on a blogger’s individual rights.”
Global Voices Bloggers to Mentor Youth Activists from 10 Countries
Today we announce the names of 10 Global Voices bloggers and 11 activists who will be working together virtually over the next months as part of a new mentoring initiative developed by Global Voices and Activista, the youth network of international development organization, ActionAid.
Bangladesh: Indigenous or Not Indigenous, That Is The Question
In recent months many Bangladeshi indigenous people have taken the streets holding meetings, human chains and rallies, demanding constitutional recognition of their identity. Bloggers also voice their opinions on this issue.
Bhutan: Tour De Bhutan
Bhutan's latest passion is mountain biking and this year Tour Of Dragon, the successful cross country biking race event, is going international, informs Passu.
Sri Lanka: One Million Users On Facebook
Amitha Amarasinghe informs that Sri Lanka became the 76th country to reach one million users on Facebook. “This is a penetration of 4.66% into Sri Lanka’s entire population”, says Amitha.
Nepal: Bloggers Sign Code of Ethics
A historic moment in citizen journalism in Nepal happened today as Nepali bloggers signed their own code of conduct, reports Ujjwal Acharya. The Code of Ethics for bloggers is a joint initiative by BLOGAN, a network of Nepali bloggers, and Online Journalists Association of Nepal (OJA).
Sri Lanka: Analysis Of 2011 Local Election
Indi.ca analyzes the results of the recently concluded 2011 local government elections in Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka: Latest From The Lankanosphere
London, Lanka And Drums has posted a roundup of recent posts from Sri Lankan blogs discussing politics.
Bangladesh: Financial Inclusion Of The Poor Via Mobile
In Bangladesh 7 out of 8 people remain out of banking service but the interesting thing is that half of those people have access to mobile phones. BRAC has a solution for financial inclusion of these people, especially the poor and the marginalized, via mobile phones.
Bangladesh: Leadership Issues?
Kazi Rubaiat Imam at The Lunatic On The Grass is troubled by a lot of recent happenings in Bangladesh and blames the lack of intent or inability of leaders and common people to respond to them.
India: Insulting A Man By Insulting All Women
Shail wonders why most swear words and proverbs in India are related to women and using them to insult a man in effect insults all women.
India: Should Colleges Make Attendance Voluntary?
Youth Ki Awaaz curates reactions of Indian youths in Facebook on the news that the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Bangalore has decided to make attendance voluntary across all courses.
Sri Lanka: Northern Local Government Elections
Groundviews is providing news and updates on the local government elections in the North of Sri Lanka as well as Twitter lists to follow.
Sri Lanka: Anti-Government Websites Will Be Blocked
Freedom Of Expression In Sri Lanka reports that a special operations unit has been set up in Sri Lanka with the aim of controlling and banning anti-government websites.
Sri Lanka: Double Standards
Ratmale at Serendipity wonders why many in Sri Lanka engage in anti American rhetoric and at the same time desperately want to send their kids to Universities in the US.
India: Being A Muslim In Mumbai After The Terrorist Attacks
Azad Alam shares a personal story of facing consequences as a tenant of a Mumbai housing society after wearing a Islamic cap.
Bangladesh: Popular Theatre For Social Change
Popular Theater is a simple and live theater initiative by BRAC which is enacted by members of many Bangladeshi villages. These grassroots productions provide specific commentary on common social issues such as healthy parenting, the environment, hygienic practices and gender-based violence, to name a few.
India: Resolving The Mumbai Potholes Problem
Ugich Konitari at Gappa has a solution to the pothole problem on Mumbai roads.
Nepal: Riding Bicycle To Prove A Point
Dr. Divas has started to ride a bicycle and he wants to prove a point to the people of Kathmandu that regardless of social status you can ride a bicycle and still be a respectable citizen of the country.
Pakistan: Killing Karachi
Faisal Kapadia is lamenting on the recent political violence in Karachi and how the situation is affecting the lives of the people living in the city.
Sri Lanka: I Am Sri Lankan
Indrajit Samarajiva is collecting and posting videos of Sri Lankans on how they perceive themselves as a Sri Lankan national. This is a personal effort to try and break the perception that Sri Lankans are only defined by race and war.