Stories about South Asia from November, 2014
45% of Bangladesh—mostly people living in rural areas—is without electricity access. The Solar Home System Project is revolutionizing that imbalance.
The ongoing summit of the The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) was covered by international media with different perspectives. However non-official initiatives such as 18th SAARC Summit blog, Facebook account, Twitter and Google+ account are aggregating updates on the summit for easy archiving. Here are some examples: This...
Meet the girls of Gangyap, who are national level champions in basketball, a sport that was foreign in their remote mountainous village until recently.
Professor Shafiul Islam, a professor of sociology in Rajshahi University was attacked with a machete by unknown assailants outside his home in Rajshahi city on November 15. He died from his injuries in a nearby hospital some hours later. According to news reports, the professor led a push to ban students wearing...
Nepal's Gadhimai festival will welcome hundreds of thousands of pilgrims and about half a million of animals, whose gruesome fate increasingly concerns local and international rights activists.
Preparations for the summit seem to be a hit with locals, but some already wonder what awaits the city, after the conference, when the repaired buildings fall into disrepair again.
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari's political career as chairman of the Pakistan People's Party started with rare gestures of celebrating Diwali with members from the minority Hindu community at his family house.
Bangladesh's Hijra community won recognition as a separate gender identity last year, and photo captured them as they took to the streets in colourful style to celebrate the anniversary.
The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA), a civil society think tank in Sri Lanka, has recently conducted a top line survey on “Democracy in post-war Sri Lanka 2014“. The results show that difference of opinion on the reconciliation still exists between the Tamil and the Sinhalese people after the Sri...
"It's just great :) Though it's new to me but feeling excited. Hope in Bangladesh it will spread soon and gain popularity..."
Indian alternative news portal Beyond Headlines sheds light on the darker side of India's judiciary. In India, of all people detained in lockups and state prisons there are more people under trial than convicts. Because of the slow process of the judiciary process, thousands of people suspected or accused of...
"The ugly, machoistic display of #nationalism at #India, #Pakistan border should be abolished. People should cross borders there, not swords"
Pakistan Warns Universities Not to Question Government Following Model UN Controversy Over Israeli Booth
The Pakistani state does not officially recognize Israel as a country.
In a video by non-profit Atma, one girl wants to invent technology that can help a man fly. Another wants to invent a wallet in which the money never ends.
The "Kiss of Love" campaign was taking a stand against moral policing by right-wing groups, who think it's vulgar to hug or kiss in public.