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· April, 2019

Stories about South Asia from April, 2019

22 April 2019

India bans China's TikTok for ‘degrading culture and encouraging pornography’

Advox

People in India have been banned from downloading TikTok, a hugely popular quick video-sharing app based in China.

Government actions in Sri Lanka Easter bombings raise the question: Is social media helping or hurting?

Advox

The swift decision to block certain social media platforms suggests that in the eyes of the Sri Lankan government, these services can make an already bad situation worse.

21 April 2019

A series of bomb attacks on churches and hotels spark terror in Sri Lanka

Hundreds were killed and injured in a series of planned explosions in Sri Lanka. A twelve-hour islandwide curfew was declared by the government while social media sites were restricted.

20 April 2019

Bangladeshi paint company advert draws criticism from lovers of traditional Alpana art

"Berger is offering their synthetic paints to the Alpona artists of Tikoil village. The artists will no longer need to paint every season, colors will last forever. What a horror!

17 April 2019

Indian voters undeterred by missing names from electoral lists and violent clashes

Barring a few incidents, the voting on the first day of the election went on peacefully and voter turnout was high. The next phase of election starts on April 18.

10 April 2019

Four real-life locations that could have featured in Game of Thrones

As viewers gear up for one last dose of dynastic squabbling, political intrigue and looming supernatural doom, four actual locations that wouldn't be out of place on Westeros and Essos.

9 April 2019

All you need to know about India's 2019 general elections

After a campaign season complete with hashtag battles between candidates, Indians are gearing up to take to the polls for the 2019 general elections.

These women ride across Bangladesh on motorcycles to spread the word about empowerment

Sakia Haque and her friends wanted to talk to Bangladeshi girls about women's empowerment and educate them about reproductive health, so what did they do? They hopped on motorbikes!

4 April 2019

‘Opposite Dreams: The Politics of Local’: Art raises awareness around social issues in Nepal

For decades Nepal’s history has excluded the stories of marginalized, underprivileged and indigenous peoples. These exhibitions draw attention to problematic social hierarchies and invasive international influences in Nepal.

3 April 2019

Hashtag battle in India as candidates go head to head in 2019 summer elections

The fiercely contested political campaigns embrace slogans, counter-slogans and a lot of drama as the world's largest democracy goes into election from the 11th April to 19th May 2019.