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10 October 2011

Stories from 10 October 2011

India: Candle-light Newscast In A News Channel In Karnataka

Recently in Karnataka, newscasters of the Kannada language channel Suvarna News read out the news with a candle on top of their desks to convey the impact of the power...

Bhutan: Preparing For The Royal Wedding

Penstar shares how Bhutan is preparing for the upcoming wedding of the King.

Sri Lanka: Local Election Results

Indi.ca provides updates of results of the recently concluded Municipal Council elections in Sri Lanka.

India: Waterlogging In Delhi

Anjora Sarangi at Youth Ki Awaaz writes about the growing problem of waterlogging in several parts of Delhi.

Bangladesh: The Oldest Coin In The World?

Bangladesh Unlocked writes about a tiny silver coin recovered from Wari Bateshwar in Bangladesh, the site of Bronze Age settlements, which may be the oldest coin in the world.

Cuba: Outpouring of Support for Las Damas’ Leader

Over the weekend, the leader of Cuba's Las Damas de Blanco (The Ladies in White), Laura Pollan, fell ill. Bloggers, both on the island and throughout the diaspora, reached out...

Cuba: Fonseca & Husband Released

Uncommon Sense reports that “almost two weeks after they were arrested, Cuban activists Sara Martha Fonseca and her husband Julio Ignacio Leon were released from jail on Friday.”

Cuba: The Cuban “Facebook”

Translating Cuba introduces the island's very own Facebook: La Cubanada.

Bahamas: Women's Right to Safety

“Crime in the Bahamas denies women and their children the right to safety, which is a human right,” says Womanish Words, adding: “The new Nobel laureates I hope will remind...

Trinidad & Tobago: Striving to be Better

“It’s when you know your weaknesses and work on them that you become truly remarkable. And that’s what I want for T&T”: Outlish blogs about the things Trinbagonians won't (but...

Jamaica: Hiding “Behind Blackness”

Under the Saltire Flag shares an interesting perspective on the recent riots in London: “I have no problem accepting that in many areas Britain is blindly racist and must be...

Paraguay: Referendum Backs Right to Vote Abroad

For the first time in history, Paraguay held a referendum to decide whether Paraguayans living abroad can vote in the general election. Campaigns for the "yes" were persistent but several...

Liberia: Liberian Elections 2011

Liberians voted today for the presidency as well as all seats in the House of Representatives and half of the seats in the Senate. The African Elections Project has set...

China: “Do you have memories from before you were kidnapped?”

A new crowd-funded documentary, Living with Dead Hearts, tells the story of the thousands of children in China who are victims of kidnapping. Through interviews with both parents and formerly...

Russia: Putin Gets Twitter Hashtag for His Birthday

#CпасибоПутинуЗаЭто (“Thanks to Putin for This”) hashtag that resembles the Soviet “Thanks to the party for this” became a “Twitter sensation” according to the Wall Street Journal and a “Twitter...

Angola: Youth Protest Movement Consolidates Against Odds

After the imprisonment and sentencing of some of the organizers of the September 3 Angolan protest against the 32-year rule of President José Eduardo dos Santos, the youth movement behind...

South Korea: Movie Prompts Outrage Over Disabled Child Sex Crimes

In South Korea, the movie 'Crucible' has brought a long-forgotten rape case of disabled kids by school officials to life. The movie has been a major hit for several consecutive...

Cape Verde: Ibrahim Governance prize goes to ex-President

Twitter users react to the Mo Ibrahim Foundation's attribution of this year's Governance Prize to ex-President of Cape Verde Pedro Pires. The $5 million prize dates from 2007 but went...

Uzbekistan: Uzbeks extradited from Kazakhstan get long prison terms

Avicenna reports that three of the 28 ethnic Uzbeks who were extradited from Kazakhstan to Uzbekistan in June, were sentenced to different prison terms, with the longest being 15 years.

Kazakhstan: Online TV website shut down

Tomyris writes that Kazakhstan’s opposition news website Stan-TV was shut down by the court decision; it was ordered to close the production studio and dismantle its broadcasting equipment. The formal...

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