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4 March 2012

Stories from 4 March 2012

Bhutan: Malnutrition In Boarding Schools

Tshering Tobgay points to the recent deaths of two students of a boarding school in Bhutan due to chronic vitamin deficiency. Depriving children of essential micro-nutrients is an atrocious crime,...

India: Rs. 300 Million Of Praise

Sneha finds out that Indian Rs. 300 Million were spent between 2009 to 2011 on advertisements on the birth and death anniversaries of Rajiv and Indira Gandhi, two assassinated leaders...

India: Why Women Do Not Deserve To Be Raped

The Delhi Fashion Blogger lists some arguments for the rape apologists stating that women do not deserve to be raped by any logic.

Russia: Bloggers Discuss Crying Putin

At pro-Putin rally, Vladimir Putin cried (photo, video) when heard that he apparently won in the first round of elections. This fact immediately became a hot topic among commenters. “He began...

Friendly atmosphere in Abidjan as Senegal nationals in Côte d'Ivoire went to vote

Suy Kahofi wrote on mondoblog [fr] regarding the atmosphere in Senegalese polling stations in the capital of Côte d’Ivoire: “This voting process has been, above all, a time of reunion for Senegal nationals...

Republic of Congo: Ammunition Depot Blasts Stir Panic in Brazzaville

On Sunday, March 4, 2012, at 8 am local time, an ammunition storage caught fire in the Mpida area of Brazzaville, near the Presidential Palace, causing at least four explosions....

Singapore: Netizens Criticize ‘Offensive’ Government Ad

Singapore netizens are criticizing an advertising recruitment campaign by a government ministry for using posters that label ex-offenders, victims of abuse, and people with disabilities as destroyed, ruined, abandoned, and...

Russia: Election Violations Recorded in the North Caucasus

YouTube-user iFegor had recorded a video transmission from North Ossetia republic where two women are putting numerous ballots into the ballot boxes. In Dagestan, another user had recorded an unidentified...

Russia: Police and Military Trucks Spotted in Moscow

Bloggers share pictures of numerous police and military trucks that flooded central streets of Moscow. Video summarizing [ru] buses and military vehicles. Photo of trucks standing next to the Red Square....

Mauritania: Last Hope March to Nouakchott Begins

Mauritanian activists have embarked on a 470km journey on foot, from the city of Nouadhibou to the capital Nouakchott, carrying a number of economic and political demands to the authorities....

Jordan: Amman's Welcome Snow Day

Amid a rough winter in Jordan with little optimism in the air, Ammanis found solace in getting snowed in on Thursday, making it a long white weekend; joyfully hyper tweeting...

Iran: MediaFire is blocked

MediaFire, a famous free file and image hosting website located in U.S., is blocked in Iran ‘for second time’. Several reports and tweets from Iranian users including Tehran-based Ali say...

Russia: Government Election Webcams

“Although not much can be seen, Muscovites have finally seen Russia,” write bloggers describing election webcams [ru] installed by Rostelecom company following the Dec. 2011 election. Although video capturing had not...

Russia: Absentee Voters and Election Carousels Alarm Twitterers

Russian Twitterers report numerous ‘election carousels’ (form of vote rigging when people vote several times at different voting stations). Bolshoy Gorod shares a picture [ru] of buses that allegedly are...

China: Challenging the 50 Cent Party

With a new spoofed flag, China's army of paid pro-government online commentators have recently gotten the sharp end of a number of new jokes. Oiwan Lam reports.

Cambodia: Documenting the Work of a Microfinance Loan Officer

World Vision posts photos of Nhek Chanthy, a loan officer in Cambodia which give us a glimpse of how microfinance programs are being implemented in rural Cambodia.

IDEA Asia Youth Forum 2012

Migration is the chosen theme for the very first Asia Youth Forum organized by the International Debate Education Association, which will be held in Thailand this coming May

Myanmar to Build Subway for Yangon?

Fifty Viss compiles news reports and some online reactions to the proposal to build a subway system in the capital of Myanmar.

Russia: Ballot Stuffing or Machine Testing?

Glenn Kates (@gkates) shares a link to an election webcam video from a polling station in the North Ossetian village of Chikola, which “appears to show ballot stuffing.” “They could...

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