Stories about South Asia from March, 2020
The President of Maldives banned all tourist arrivals in the country from March 27, 2020. This will impact the country's economy due to a serious shortfall in foreign currency earnings.
"The removal of Article 370 may or may not impact the people of the Kashmir valley, but the treatment meted out only reminds us about the brutal occupation of our land."
Millions of Indians confined themselves to their homes between 7 am and 9 pm on March 22, 2020, in response to a government-imposed curfew to curb the spread of COVID-19.
The government has ordered Bangladeshis who are returning from affected COVID-19 countries to home-quarantine. But a lack of monitoring has led to concerns that the disease may spread rapidly.
People on social media are wondering if measures taken by the government are adequate and whether there is a proper infrastructure to stop the spread of Covid-19 in Pakistan.
Right-wing agitators attacked participants in the peaceful Aurat Azadi March in Pakistan's capital on March 8, pelting marchers with stones, beating them with sticks and throwing chilli powder into their eyes.
On International Women's Day, thousands of women, transgender people, children and men participated in the annual Aurat March in different Pakistani cities to highlight the plight of women.
On March 6, the Indian government banned two Malayalam news channels for 48 hours for their coverage of the violence in North East Delhi; the decision was reversed the following day.
As the Coronavirus continues spreading across countries worldwide, the Government of Nepal issued an appeal not to organize any large meetings, conference, festivals, gathering and any other events.
A recent ugly spat on a NEO TV Channel talk show exposes the prevailing misbehaviour, sexism, misogyny and abusive language targeting women panellists and anchors in Pakistan media.
Bhutan's first positive case of COVID-19, an American tourist who travelled from India, prompted the government to impose a two-weeks-long restriction on all incoming tourists.
The Taxus mairei plant is regarded as critically endangered in Nepal. Nepal needs concrete steps to conserve these trees and to introduce a sustainable system for collecting the leaves.
Aurat March has encouraged women to rally across Pakistan to raise awareness of women's issues. This year, the initiative faces a petition to ban the march for being "anti-Islamic."
In 2019, access to the internet was disrupted 121 times in India alone, says Access Now in a new report.