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· July, 2014

Stories about South Asia from July, 2014

31 July 2014

Indian Scientists Are Preventing Wild Elephant Attacks With Text Messages and TV

A small team tracks elephants during the day and gives the information to TV channels. Text messages are sent to those who are within a two-kilometre radius of elephant movement.

28 July 2014

Bangladesh Authorities Shut Down a 200-Year-Old Brothel, Evicting Hundreds of Sex Workers

Pressure from religious leaders and conservative politicians is the suspected reason behind the closure. But the national platform of sex workers of Bangladesh accused local officials of land grabbing.

26 July 2014

Indians Are Using Social Media to Tackle Racism Against Northeasterners

Many people from the India's northeastern states, called the “Seven Sisters,” face racial discrimination. The country has seen several cases of deadly violence against northeasterners in recent months.

24 July 2014

Indian Prime Minister Modi's First Budget Promises Lots of Change, Including an Expensive New Statue

Narendra Modi's first budget as India’s new prime minister was greeted with mixed reactions. The $34 million budget allocation for a 600-foot statue in his home state generated much buzz.

21 July 2014

This Young Woman Footballer Is More Popular Than Messi in Her Remote Village in Nepal

Sunakali led her team to victory in the national women's football tournament. When they arrived home, locals met them at the airstrip chanting, "Sunakali, like Messi!"

Bangladesh's Elite Paramiltary Unit Is Under Fire for Human Rights Violations. This Blogger Asks: What About Israel's IDF?

18 July 2014

This Video Parodies What a Government-Approved Sex Education Class in India Would Look Like

Bangladesh Has Formaldehyde to Thank for Its Short Supply of Mangoes This Season

Police are confiscating and destroying truckloads of mangoes because they are contaminated with dangerous levels of formalin, a strong solution of formaldehyde sprayed on fruit to extend their shelf life.

15 July 2014

This Woman Marched Thousands of Kilometers Across Pakistan For Her Brother and Balochistan's Missing People

The news about the missing persons of Balochistan remains one of the most unheard stories in the world. Activist Farzana Majid has dedicated her life to make these voices heard.

10 July 2014

This Woman Is Leading Baloch Students in Their Struggle for Independence From Pakistan

Women in Balochistan face many challenges, including a heavily male-dominated patriarchal society, lack of infrastructure for education and a low rate of literacy among females.

Bangladeshi Sex Workers Take Cow Steroids To Mask Their Real Age

9 July 2014

Will India's Search for ‘Black Money’ Stashed Abroad End in Fortune or Frustration?

It depends on who you ask. Some estimates put the amount of money stashed abroad at $1.34 trillion, which India would use for its development.

Deported Sri Lankan Asylum Seekers Speak of Mistreatment by Australian Authorities

8 July 2014

Who Is Sachin Tendulkar? Don't Ask Tennis Champion Maria Sharapova

Disgruntled fans of the "god of cricket" are lashing out at Sharapova for admitting that she doesn't know who Tendulkar is.

Yes, I Wear a Bra, and It's Visible. So?

3 July 2014

How Technology Is Helping People Learn—and Even Save—the World's Languages

Rising Voices

Forward thinkers are harnessing the unprecedented power of technology to bring languages back from the brink of extinction, and in rare cases, to resurrect an extinct language.

2 July 2014

Can a Hug Help Unite Generations? This Indian Campaign Says ‘Yes!’

The HUG campaign is working to bridge the inter-generational gap between young people and the elderly in an attempt to stem the growing isolation of India's silver citizens.

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