South Asia: From the Blogosphere


Imtiaz has a link to a Voice of America interview of Dr. Chanchal Khan, an Asian Development Bank advisor who specializes in development and political terrorism issues. Rezwan has an entry about phone tapping vs. human rights in his blog. Drishipat also talks about wiretapping in Bangaladesh . Addabaj talks about why Bangladesh is the best on the eve of Bangaldesh’s independence day that is celebrated on December 16th.

It seems to have been a week for survey Arzan mentions a recent Business Week article that looks at the number of engineers that graduate in the US, China and India, and how that impacts the technology sectors in each country. It turns out the USA produces more engineers than reported in the media. The second survey is on the affluent cities of India that
covers in his blog.

Film and entertainment invariably are an important part of many Indian blogs. If you have not heard as yet the big story in India for the past few weeks has been superstar Amitabh Bachchan’s surgery and Gargi wonders if the Indian media is overdoing its coverage of Mr. Bachchan’s health issue. Jai Arjun Sing talks about the a new book out by Madhu Jain on the famous Kapoor family of the Indian film industry.

UnitedWeBlog has an interesting entry about the The New Buddha who has been fasting for 200 days without consuming water or food. In legal news the latest developments is that the Supreme Court of Nepal has ordered the army to produce Himal Sharma, a Maoist student leader detained by the army.

The movie theme from the Indian blog space continues in Pakistan where Raheel Lakhani talks about the Kara (Karachi) film festival. Lahore Metblogs talks about the earthquake that hit the Pakistan-Afghanistan border earlier this week.

Sri Lanka:
Webhamuva discusses about the lack of progress in Sri Lanks since last year’s tsunami. discusses the latest finding on how last year’s tsunami occurred.


  • TSUNAMI: One Year Update

    Sri Lanka: Focus of tsunami recovery is shifting to ‘bricks-and-mortar’ reconstruction

    Thanks in part to a swift response by UNICEF and its partners, no child have died post-tsunami as a result of displacement-related diseases.

    In this interview, UNICEF Communication Officer in Sri Lanka Geoff Keele talks about the challenges that the organization and its partners faced in the days immediately after the tsunami, the progress that’s been made since then, and the work that lies ahead.

    TRINCOMALEE, Sri Lanka, December 2005 – “Hundreds of thousands of families had to flee their homes and the areas where they lived. Schools were being used as camps to house all these displaced people. Children couldn’t get back into a lot of the essential services they needed, like schools, like hospitals. All of this was destroyed along with their homes. Documents were washed away. People were just left with nothing.

    “And so there was an immediate need to rebuild those services very quickly. First of all – health services. UNICEF was able to get enough health supplies to 150,000 people within the first 72 hours, to the country and out into the field. But at the same time we were also looking to the future and what was going to be needed to build all of the really essential infrastructure for children.”

    Donors’ generosity

    “We provided school supplies for 200,000 children, we built 50,000 desks and chairs, we built 200 ‘temp school’ shelters, and we got those kids back to school. And we were only able to do that because of the generosity of donors. We’re thankful because the donors really came out in force and supported UNICEF in getting us the funds and the resources we needed to do the best job possible here.

    “In the immediate emergency relief phase, UNICEF, our NGO partners, other UN agencies and the government worked very well. No child died post-tsunami as a result of displacement-related diseases like diarrhoea, typhoid, cholera – all of that was prevented. And that is something everybody involved in this relief operation should be proud of.”

    A long-term commitment

    “If we can focus now on the bricks-and-mortar rebuilding of the country, hand-in-hand with the psychological rebuilding of the children, then one to three years from now we’re going to have a situation where this country is not only back on its feet, but in a lot of areas we will have been able to ‘build back better’.

    “We’ve been able to take old schools, without services or toilets for the children, and turn them into child-friendly schools with computer labs, with more teachers, with more space. This is the kind of work that we’re doing now.

    “But what’s important to remember is that we’re only a part of the way there. It’s one year that’s gone by, but this is a long-term commitment. We’ve been working here since the 1950s, we’ve had an office here since the 1970’s, and the rebuilding process will take many more years.”

  • Att: Kamla Bhatt and Global Voices and are all one person, give an equal chance to all other Sri Lankan blogs to voice there opinions as I understand that’s the road map of Global Voices.


  • Dr Politics:

    As far as I know – is an aggregator/ reblogger of Sri Lankan blogs – and I rely heavily on it to point us to interesting posts from the Sri Lankan Blogosphere. It is immaterial as to who runs it – because the site aggregates blogs of ALL sorts – from the radical to the moderate. As for – I think the blog belongs to ONE person and I find the author’s posts to be very relevant to some of the issues I’d like to highlight.

    We do have a person on board to represent the Sri Lankan blogosphere – Eraj – I hope he can address your concerns.. We do try our best to represent as many voices as possible. But the voices have to speak first.. to be heard.

  • DrPolitics:

    Thanks your point it’s well taken. I also agree with Neha “voices have to speak first.. to be heard”. Thanks Neha….

  • Neha and Eraj:

    I was suggesting in good faith that other blogs in Sri Lanka be given an equal chance, as equality is the fundamental principal of freedom of speech and that said I still believe that you guys can make deference, by encouraging more blogs from Sri Lanka to participate in your excellent organization Global Voices – “The World is talking. Are you listening?”

  • the link to webhamuva is broken, it’s actually

    The content for that site is generated by Sarvodaya field teams, I don’t write anything on there.

    Kottu syndicates 90+ Sri Lankan blogs and it’s completely automated. There’s no editorial selection, if people post it just shows up, and anybody can submit their blog. The site was setup to expose young Sri Lankan bloggers to an audience they might not otherwise get. is my personal blog, and that’s the only one I write for.

  • Good endeavor Indi,it’s an honest start… Happy Holidays…

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