Stories about South Asia from September, 2018
Indian football is fighting a losing battle to keep its fans
A decent outing for the national team at next year's AFC Asian Cup might help lift some of the gloom surrounding the sport.
Free speech advocates say Bangladesh's new Digital Security Act is ‘ripe for abuse’
"Journalism is surely not for increasing conflict, or for tarnishing the image of the country," said PM Hasina, in response to critics.
Nepalese citizens fight against impunity with the “Rage Against Rape” campaign
"...what is happening to girls who are suffering in silence? Are we always going to play reactionary politics or improve our justice system?"
A sea-change in Maldives politics as opposition presidential candidate declares a win
As of 2 a.m. in the Maldives (GMT+5) Solih "said he had won by a 16 percent margin over incumbent Abdulla Yameen" and urged for a peaceful transition.
Riverbank erosion disaster in Bangladesh leaves thousands homeless
"The devastating erosion of the Padma River is ongoing for the last couple of years, no initiative to build a dam or embankment was taken by the local administration."
Protestors artfully demand the release of Shahidul Alam, Bangladesh's prisoner of conscience
"When a regime is governed by nothing but fear, it is often a sign that the regime might have lost its plot."
Meet Ujwol Dangol, founder of Kathmandu's first skate park
Despite skate's growing popularity around the world -- even set to debut in the summer Olympics in 2020 in Tokyo --, in Nepal, it is still somewhat associated with criminality.
Pakistan government's pro-minority stance questioned as Ahmadi economist's appointment is revoked
The appointment of Ahmadi Muslim economist Dr. Atif Mian to a government Council sparked a social media smear campaign, and right-wing religious parties threatened nationwide protests.
It is now legal to be gay in India
"For 29 years, I have lived in the shadow of this law, and now, just like that, it’s gone."
South Asian governments keep ordering internet shutdowns — and leaving users in the dark
“Operators owe complete transparency to their users, as consumers who are paying them money and also in the interest of accountability.”
Kashmiri journalist arrested after reporting on slain rebel, Burhan Wani
“By reporting on militant activity, Sultan is performing an important public service, not committing a crime.”
For most Sri Lankans, bribery is just a fact of life
The establishment of a new Special High Court dedicated exclusively to hear cases of corruption spurs debate about the phenomenon's ubiquity in all sectors of society.