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· August, 2013

Stories about South Asia from August, 2013

1100 Year Old Hindu Temple Discovered in Bangladesh

Bangladesh Unlocked reports that archaeologists from Jahangirnagar University (JU) have excavated an 1100 year old Hindu temple from the Pala dynasty at a village in Dinajpur district of Northern Bangladesh....

Secrets To Enjoy Your Traffic Jam

Traffic jam at the overcrowded mega-city Dhaka is one of the most irritating problems in Bangladesh. Karim at Amader kotha shares some secret tips to utilize those boring moments of...

Justice Goes Mobile for Residents of Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

A fleet of buses painted in the colors of the Pakistani flag have been converted into traveling courtrooms.

UNICEF India Sounds the ‘Red Siren’ to #ENDviolence Against Children

While gender-related violence continues to rock India, with rape frequently making the headlines, a new campaign by UNICEF India turns the lenses on increasing sexual violence against children.

Are Female Vigilantes The Answer To Stop Rapes In India?

India, reeling from the news of another woman gang-raped in Mumbai, is searching for a way to stop these sexual crimes.

A Disappearing Generation of Indigenous Children in Kerala, India

Thirty-five tribal children in Attappady, India have died so far this year due to malnutrition.

Women Barred From Voting in By-elections in Some Parts of Pakistan

An undercover monitor for Pak Votes, an organization that monitors electoral fairness, succeeded in convincing polling officials at one location to not allow any women to vote.

‘Dark Is Beautiful’ Campaign Questions India's Skin Colour Prejudices

Skin-bleaching products are a multi-million dollar industry in India, where fair skin is believed to be a precursor to success and dark skin is viewed as ugly.

India-Bhutan Friendly Relations: A Reality Check

Blogger Yeshey Dorji from Thimphu, Bhutan comments on the current state of apparently friendly India-Bhutan relations: India’s unabashed transgression into our domestic affairs has demonstrated that where it is an...

30 Years Ago: Remembering The Anti-Tamil Pogrom And Riots In Sri Lanka

To remember Black July, the anti-Tamil pogrom and riots in Sri Lanka during July 1983, citizen journalism website Groundviews launched a special online publication titled “30 Years Ago“. It consists...

Celebrating The Indigenous Past Of Northeast India

In Search of Greener Pastures blog revisits the indigenous past of Northeast India by sharing some rare photographs.

Sri Lanka: “We Asked for Water Tanks And They Sent Us War Tanks”

Soldiers called in to disperse the crowd protesting water contamination reportedly fired into the Church of St. Anthony as demonstrators sought shelter there.

Bhutan's Best Known Blogger Is The New Prime Minister

Lyonchhen Tshering Tobgay, Member of Parliament representing People's Democratic Party and leader of the opposition of Bhutan has recently sworn in as the new Prime Minister of the country –...

Is ‘Free Tibet Movement’ Dying?

Is it any wonder that many Tibetans are now losing hope? Neapali blog Blogdai criticizes the failures of the ‘Free Tibet Movement’ for not being effective enough to reduce Tibetan...

Monsoon Rains, Deadly Landslides Devastate India's Southwestern Kerala

The Indian state of Kerala’s much loved monsoon has gone awry this year, with flash floods and deadly landslides devastating the area.

Protsahan, Encouraging Girls Through the Arts in India

The young innovators of Protasahan aren't expecting governments alone to make gender equality a reality in India. This post belongs to a series exploring post-2015 ideas for development.

Bangladesh Housing Project Flattens Flora and Fauna in Gazipur

The development near capital Dhaka destroyed the greenery and the ecology of 1,600 acres of agricultural lands, forests and water bodies.

Bangladesh Court Disqualifies Jamaat-e-Islami Party from Elections

The ruling comes as the party faced mounting criticism for its opposition to Bangladesh's independence and its top members implicated in war crimes.

Changes In Indian Economy And The Customers

Blogger and entrepreneur JP Rangaswami looks back at the changes in Indian economy, from a mixed economy combining features of capitalism and socialism (1947-1991) towards liberal and free-market principles (1991...

16 Passengers Travel in One Rickshaw In Rural India

Blogger and entrepreneur Kiruba Shankar writes how in rural India an auto rickshaw built to take four passengers, now transports 16 people: Here’s how the math works. Three in the...

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


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