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· May, 2016

Stories about South Asia from May, 2016

31 May 2016

When Immigrants in Spain Can't Find Work, Some Resort to Selling Beer on the Street

"I don’t like selling beer because I have no job, but I need the money for sending [home to my family]."

29 May 2016

Recent Rhino Translocation in Nepal Hints at Bright Future for the Vulnerable Animals

Conservationists around the world have a reason to smile– a baby was born to a rhino translocated few months ago to Bardia National Park from Chitwan National Park in Nepal.

28 May 2016

Publicly Humiliated, Sacked and Then Reinstated: The Tale of a Minority Headmaster in Bangladesh

"Let each human being live with proper honour and self respect. #SorrySir"

Pakistani University Tells Its Students ‘No More Hanky Panky’

Earlier this month, the students of University of Sargodha, Lahore Campus, were shocked to receive a bizarre notice from the school's administration: no more hanky panky.

25 May 2016

A Flurry of Poaching Cases Casts a Cloud Over Nepal's Tiger Conservation Efforts

"If the tiger is conserved, the forest will be conserved, the conserved forest will conserve the tiger. So, conserve humans on this planet by conserving the tiger and the forest."

24 May 2016

The Threat That Was Cyclone Roanu, and the ‘Success’ That Was Bangladesh's Response

"Even 10 years ago, a cyclone such as Roanu would kill hundreds, devastate thousands of lives, look how [the] situation has change[d], how the death toll has dwindled..."

23 May 2016

A Celebration of Sri Lanka's Musical Diversity, From Traditional Drumming to Urban Rap

Let this collection of photos and audio transport you to the recent Galle Music Festival of Sri Lanka.

20 May 2016

Global Voices Partners With Groundviews From Sri Lanka

Global Voices and Groundviews have launched a partnership that will combine our focus on citizen media and Groundviews's analysis/expertise to bring our readers original and in-depth coverage from Sri Lanka.

19 May 2016

The Week That Was at Global Voices Podcast: The Disappeared

This week, we take you to Ecuador, Uganda, Bangladesh, Ukraine and Pakistan.

Incessant Rain Triggers Deadly Landslides and Massive Flooding in Sri Lanka

"What a difference a day makes, from a flood selfie to mass burial of 100's in a landslide #SriLanka"

17 May 2016

Pakistanis Demand Arrests as Threat of Violence Looms Over Christians of Chak 144

"We do not simply want the Police to 'defuse' the incident, we want them to arrest those who are whipping up hatred and plotting sectarian violence."

14 May 2016

Lower Castes in India Are Still Clearing Human Waste With Their Bare Hands, Despite Laws Against It

According to a recent report, many rural households in India continue to engage in manual scavenging, finding that it has less to do with poverty than with enduring caste-based discrimination.

12 May 2016

Where Is Zeenat Shahzadi? Missing Journalist Is Suspected Victim of Pakistan's Enforced Disappearances

"It is getting to the point when anyone of us can disappear for seeking or speaking the truth..."

Happy 50th Birthday to Rana, Masud Rana, Bangladesh's Very Own James Bond

"But for the 90s kids like me, Rana and Kazi Anwar Hussain are legends. I am indebted to them as they showed the world to me through those books."

11 May 2016

Panama Papers Database Only Fuels Indians’ Frustration With Government's Response

"This could help investigators, if they are serious, to at least begin a meaningful investigation."

Draft Law Would Prohibit Showing ‘Disputed Areas’ on Maps of India

Global Voices Advocacy

A new bill in India has been proposed to ban anyone to call the Pakistan and China borders as "disputed areas" along with several other restrictions.

The Jacaranda Flower Bloom Has Painted Kathmandu a Lovely Shade of Blue

"Rarely does the blvd look as gorgeous as it does when its #jacaranda are in bloom."

10 May 2016

Canadian Man Forced to Leave Nepal Over Controversial Tweets

Global Voices Advocacy

Robert Penner, a Canadian man who currently finds himself mired in a controversy about a series of provocative tweets, left Nepal after the Supreme Court postponed his appeal hearing.

7 May 2016

In Bangladesh, Extremists Use Social and Mainstream Media Data to Target Victims

Global Voices Advocacy

These series of killings have alarmed critics and intellectuals about the power that main stream and social media sites possess.

Indians Applaud a Journalist's Passionate Takedown of a Body-Shaming Facebook Meme

"We judge her everything merely on the basis of her size and colour of her skin," wrote Tiyash Mukhopadhyay about a popular meme featuring Oscar-nominated Hollywood actress Gabourey Sidibe.

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