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· August, 2017

Stories about South Asia from August, 2017

31 August 2017

India’s Latest Internet Shutdown Hits Haryana and Punjab

Advox

According to the New Delhi-based Software Freedom Law Centre, India has seen 106 internet shutdowns since 2012.

India’s Supreme Court Says Privacy Is a Fundamental Right. How Did This Happen?

Advox

A series of citizen petitions attempting to challenge the implementation of India's Aadhaar biometric ID system preceded the historic court decision.

An Indian Transgender Couple Receives Death Threats After Announcing Plans to Marry and Adopt

"We too have the same rights to live in this world, as you all are having...We aren't disturbing anyone else. In fact, we've to fight a lot to survive itself."

30 August 2017

Rape Conviction of an Indian Cult Chief Leaves Millions of Followers in Limbo

As the chief headed to court in Panchkula with a convoy of 700 cars, thousands of followers gathered on the streets of Haryana and Punjab in support of their 'godman.'

29 August 2017

Thousands of Rohingyas Fleeing Violence Are Stranded on the Bangladesh-Myanmar Border

"Desperate scenes at Bangladesh's border as Border Guard try to prevent entry to fleeing #Rohingya"

25 August 2017

How to Save Languages from Dying, and What I Learned While Documenting My Own

The Bridge

Half of the world’s languages are dying, but we can help preserve the age-old cultural heritage contained in them by documenting the languages around us in digital form.

24 August 2017

‘Privacy is a Fundamental Right': Advocates Hail India's Supreme Court Ruling

Advox

The ruling followed multiple citizen petitions that challenged the government's move to make Aadhaar -- India's national digital ID system -- mandatory for various social welfare benefits.

16 August 2017

Deadly Floods in Bangladesh, India and Nepal Wreak Havoc

At least 6 million people were affected by the floods in Nepal's Terai region and more than 48,000 homes were submerged.

Indigenous Nepali Language With Only Two Fluent Speakers Sees Pages of Hope in Newly Launched Dictionary

Kusunda, a dying language of Nepal with only a few speakers, gets a new book containing the history and culture of the endangered tribe which will help save the language.

10 August 2017

India Bans the Internet Archive and More Than 2,600 File-Sharing Websites to Protect Bollywood

Advox

The ban is the result of a court ruling, based on the petitions of two Bollywood producers, to stop file-sharing websites from distributing pirated copies of recently released movies.

She Dared to Say Pakistan’s Most Popular Politician Harassed Her. Then Came the Abuse.

The Bridge

"I wish someone would throw acid on Gulalai's face". The smear campaign against the female tribal politician has been especially fierce on Twitter.

9 August 2017

Thousands of Families Face Forced Eviction From Their Homes Over Sardar Sarovar Dam in India

One activist movement launched a hunger strike to support the dam's victims, but police forcibly removed the leader from the protest site by police and shifted her to a hospital.

6 August 2017

How an Indian Village in West Bengal Successfully Campaigned to Get Its Own Ambulance Service

Many risked their lives due to the lack of an affordable ambulance service in a village in West Bengal, but things turned around when Bikash Barman made a video.

Maitree Express: The Friendship Train Between India and Bangladesh

"The Kolkata-Khulna (Maitree Express) train has been relaunched 52 years after the Indo Pakistan War 1965. Cheers!"

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