· July, 2006

Stories about South Asia from July, 2006

Nepal: Budget Blues

  19 July 2006

Bahas on the upcoming budget for Nepal. “It is easy to assume that the concerned officials of the government are aware of the emerging situation but, if they are not, it may create undesirable tension in the country.”

India: Podcast on the block

  19 July 2006

Kamla Bhatt does a podcast on the block on accessing blogspot in India. She interviews four people and gets information on the timeline, events and work arounds.

Pakistan: Get by with a little help from my friends

  19 July 2006

The ban on accessing blogspot blogs seems to have brought Pakistani and Indian bloggers a little closer. Help-Pakistan.com says “In light of the recent blogspot ban in India, the blogging community in Pakistan would like to present as a gift to the Indian blogging community a small script that can...

India: Naxal Violence

  18 July 2006

Terrorism from within at A Muslim Indian's Speak – on Naxal violence and more. “Thousands of tribals are living in camps in Southern Chhattisgarh in India's centre just because the state has failed to protect them. A government-sponsored army of poor tribal villagers (known as Salwa Judum movement) who have...

Pakistan: Israel and the Arabs

  18 July 2006

A view of the Middle-East from Pakistan via Hardly Innovative. “Israel seems to believe that a bigger and better aresenal is what they need to survive. Some Arabs seem to believe Israel is an occupying force. At the same time, Israel seems to want to continually expand their borders, which...

Sri Lanka: To the passport office

  18 July 2006

Scourge on a visit to the passport office. “Walking in to one of the Saivarr Kades in Punchi Borella, I looked around for free tables. There weren’t any; the place was full of government servants having breakfast.”

India: Text on your phone

  18 July 2006

The Indian Government appears to be using mobile texting in innovative ways. Weather alerts on the phone at Ultrabrown.

Nepal: Democracy in Crisis

  17 July 2006

Samudaya.org covers Arundhati Roy speaking on democracy. “Asking what was the right thing to do in a democracy, in which an armed dissent is crushed by military power and unarmed dissent simply ridiculed and brushed aside, Roy confessed her depleting faith in democracy itself.”

Bangladesh: Freedom fighters in business

  17 July 2006

imperfect world 2006 on doing business with a freedom fighter. “Basically he was saying that a freedom fighter loves his country and would therefore never defraud or cheat anyone. A kind of shorthand for declaring one’s personal integrity.”

India: Blocking access to Blogs on Blogspot and Typepad in India

  17 July 2006

I have been exercising considerable restraint before posting on the issue of blocking of Blogspot.com, Typepad.com and Geocities.com in India. It all started around the 13th of July, when some people complained that they weren't able to access their blogspot blogs. Since the service is known to have been down...

Singapore: India Travel Tips

  17 July 2006

Singapore's intrepid traveller gets the better of Indian custom officials on her recent visit to the country. The post has couple of tips for travellers going to India. “I was told by someone that in order to fend for myself as a woman, and as a foreign woman, in India,...

India: Privacy and the Blasts

  14 July 2006

Anand on what the blasts really mean in terms of civil liberties. “India is not a country that has ever been greatly bothered about privacy issues, civil rights, data protection etc. even at normal times, even though it is an important and conscious aspect of any democracy. “

Pakistan: Birds on International Migratory Birds’ Route Number 4

  14 July 2006

Shirazi on the rendevouz with birds. “Pakistan receives a large number of migratory birds from Europe and Central Asian States every year. These birds spend the winters in Pakistan and go back to their native habitats in the summers. The route these birds take from Siberia to Pakistan is known...

Nepal: Capitalism for the ailing country

  14 July 2006

Getting Nepal back on its feet via BlogDai. “That's right shoppers, each of you tell ten of your friends that one of the best ways to defeat oppressive Maoism and breathtakingly remedial governance is good old fashioned capitalism.”

Bangladesh: To The Right

  14 July 2006

Salam Dhaka on why BNP-Jamat is not great news for the country. “As long as this alliance stays in power, Bangladesh will continue to move to the right. Does that mean every BNP supporter is a fundamentalist? Offcourse not. In the long run, this government's close ties with Pakistan and...

Bhutan: Refugee in Nepal

  13 July 2006

Extra Extra has a letter from a Bhutanese in a refugee camp growing up in Nepal.”Can you imagine growing up in a refugee camp? Having no citizenship? Discovering the slow way that the world is not going to intervene to resolve the situation, even as it frets about the dangerous...

Pakistan: Women's rights

  13 July 2006

A poll by All Things Pakistan on women's rights and Pakistan's image. “The question is about what can be done to improve Paksitan’s international image in terms of women rights.”

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