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· May, 2015

Stories about South Asia from May, 2015

31 May 2015

Odia Wikipedia Set to Celebrate 13 Years of Volunteer Contributions

Rising Voices

A project that was virtually unknown a few years back with monthly page views in the low thousands recorded 8,08,834 page views in March 2015 alone.

The Gold Rush for Himalayan Viagra Begins in Nepal

People in Karnali region of Nepal leave their villages in search for the caterpillar-fungus fusion known as the Himalayan Viagra that is more expensive than gold.

30 May 2015

Sex, Religion and Politics Collide in ‘Dirty Paki Lingerie’

Pakistani-American Aizzah Fatima has brought her one-woman play to all sorts of venues in recent years. Even the play's title offends some. It's called: Dirty Paki Lingerie.

29 May 2015

In Pakistan's Peshawar, Where 132 Children Were Slain, a New School Promotes Peace

The Peshawar School for Peace, which was inaugurated on 6 May 2015, aims to promote interfaith harmony, girls' education and social cohesion. Global Voices spoke with those behind the school.

Pakistan's Media is Silent as Hundreds Protest Government Gag on Bol News Group

Despite protests by journalists outside the Karachi Press Club, Pakistan's vibrant but cutthroat broadcast media industry has been mostly silent on the government's gag on Bol, a new media outlet.

28 May 2015

No Protection for Quetta's Vulnerable Child Garbage Sellers

Like thousands of other children in Balochistan's capital city Quetta, 12 year-old Jummah and 11 year-old Razzaq are forced into child labor because of extreme poverty.

26 May 2015

Bangladesh Wants ‘Third Gender’ Hijras to Serve as Traffic Police

Hijras often face widespread discrimination and are shut out of employment opportunities. Bangladesh wants to recruit them as traffic police to help change that.

After Earthquakes, Nepal Faces Looming Danger of Landslides

After the earthquake, 547 landslides have occurred in 19 districts and there will be more due to heavy rain during the monsoon season.

21 May 2015

Pakistanis Use Twitter To Raise Their Concerns On The Proposed Cybercrime Bill 2015

STATEMENT: Global Voices Calls for Safety of Bangladesh Bloggers

Global Voices Advocacy

We condemn the recent murders of bloggers and call on authorities to ensure that those responsible for these killings are brought to justice.

Pakistani Company Accused of Running Fake Degree Scam Has a History of Silencing Critics

Many people tried to expose Axact's degree fraud before, the NYT didn't break this story, but this is the first time everyone is paying attention.

20 May 2015

Global Voices Partners With The Balochistan Point

Why Is Pakistan's Balochistan Shut Out of Its Own Natural Gas Reserves?

"Domestically, we have a dire need for Sui gas supply. In its absence, we have to resort to burning wood for household fuel needs."

From #GoHomeIndianMedia, Nepal Turns to #ComeBackIndianBarber

Kathmandu's barbers were typically looked down upon. With the human exodus and economic collapse brought about by two earthquakes, however, they've become one of the area's most sought-after professionals.

16 May 2015

For Pakistan's Struggling National Airline, Balochistan Comes Last

The Bridge

An investigation by our partner site The Balochistan Point reveals major discrepancies in operations of Pakistan's national airline PIA in its poorest and largest province Balochistan.

15 May 2015

Not Everyone in Nepal Is Happy with the Indian Media

Angered by the irresponsible reports in the Indian media, Nepalis online have started using the hashtag #GoHomeIndianMedia, which trended on Twitter for several days.

A Viral Music Video in China Pokes Fun at Xiaomi CEO’s Imperfect English

After Lei Jun’s English skills were mocked following a short speech at one of the tech giant's product launches, Chinese are once again asking—Is English important for business internationalisation?

12 May 2015

Second Deadly Earthquake Sends Nepalis Scrambling for Open Spaces

Fifty-seven deaths have been reported so far, with more than a thousand injured.

Ananta Bijoy Das Becomes Third Free-Thinking Blogger Killed This Year in Bangladesh

Global Voices Advocacy

Das promoted critical thinking about religion, which sparked the ire of Islamic hardliners in Bangladesh. He was hacked to death by a group of masked people with machetes.

11 May 2015

Why Arabic Script on the Walls Might Not Stop Public Urination in Dhaka

"There is only one toilet in the capital Dhaka for every 150,000 people, out of which many are not usable."

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