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· December, 2020

Stories about South Asia from December, 2020

2020 round-up: COVID-19 in South Asia

The COVID-19 pandemic swamped our coverage in the past 12 months as we highlighted the challenges people faced and the fight against the coronavirus across the region.

European NGO uncovers 15-year Indian disinformation campaign

The explosive report by a Brussels-based Non-Governmental Organisation has unleashed a new war of narratives between India and Pakistan.

New height of Mount Everest announced just as Nepal reopens its tourism sector

The world's highest mountain has grown by 86 centimeters, according to a survey carried out jointly by Nepal and China.

Combating misinformation in under-resourced languages: Lessons from around the world

A recent webinar explored how underresourced language communities may be at a disadvantage to tackle misinformation and access media literacy resources.

After years of protests, the Islamabad Zoo will convert into an animal sanctuary

A happy ending for 2020, a year when Pakistanis debated animal abuse like never before.

Diary of a Nepali soldier in France

A diary written by a Gurkha sergeant in the British Army in 1914, during World War I, has revealed a whole new side to the Gurkha legend.

Bangladesh bids farewell to Argentinian football legend Maradona

Argentinian football legend Maradona became an icon in Bangladesh after the 1986 FIFA World Cup. Now, Bangladeshi fans mourn his death.

Nepal's Sapana Roka Magar, who provides Hindu funeral rites for unclaimed bodies, listed in BBC's 100 Women of 2020

With COVID-19 disproportionally affecting homeless people in Nepalese cities, Sapana's work became vital to this vulnerable population, who are so often deprived of dignified funerals.

Pakistan to introduce tougher punishment for rape—including chemical castration

The laws address several aspects of the criminal process and include an expansion of the definition of rape, which was welcomed by activists. Other points, however, received mixed reactions.

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