7 April 2012

Stories from 7 April 2012

Brazilian Music Loses Influential Scholar, Santuza Cambraia Naves

  7 April 2012

In a country where popular music is so much a part of daily life and of being Brazilian, the study of contemporary musical movements has gained important ground over recent decades. One of the silently influential and productive figures in this area, Santuza Cambraia Naves, died unexpectedly this week at age 59. Friends, colleagues and students remembered the researcher and beloved professor.

Bangladesh: Eviction of Slum in Dhaka Creates Humanitarian Catastrophe

  7 April 2012

On Wednesday the dwellers of Karail slum in Dhaka were evicted by the authorities to free occupied land. The slum dwellers protested by forming a human chain and blocking important roads of the capital creating a chaos in traffic. These homeless people remained under the open sky during heavy downpour on the next day.

Panama: Netizens Urge President to Sign Law to Protect Animals

  7 April 2012

Panama's National Assembly approved a new law that protects domestic animals. But several days later, the law is still awaiting presidential approval. In the mean time, netizens on social networks discuss the law, pushing for its approval by sending messages to urge the President to sign it.

Malawi: Online Reaction to Mutharika's Death

  7 April 2012

Victor Kaonga looks at online reaction following the news of Bingu wa Mutharika's death. Mutharika was Malawi's third president. He died following a cardiac arrest on Thursday morning. This is the first time Malawi will bury a sitting president. *Update: Malawi sworn in Vice President Joyce Banda as its president at the Parliament in Lilongwe on Saturday 7 April, 2012.

Azerbaijan: Anti-virus software and machine translation

NetProphet comments on the release of Azerbaijan's first domestically produced anti-virus software, named after the country's capital, B.A.K.U. Launched at an expensive hotel, the event was not without its glitches, however, and most notably with invitations plagued by grammatical errors from what appeared to be machine translation. Amused, social network...

Peru: Rains Overflow Rivers and Flood Loreto

  7 April 2012

The rain in Peru has not stopped. Since February heavy rains have been causing floods across the country. Here are some citizen reports of flooding in the region of Loreto in the Peruvian Amazon, where the city of Iquitos is one of the most affected places.

Sri Lanka: The White Van Adbuctions Continue

  7 April 2012

Groundviews reports that twenty nine disappearance have been reported in Sri Lankan media between February and March 2012, and so far little has done to find/rescue those people and end these alleged abductions.

Pakistan: Immediate Reactions on the Death of Sindhi Nationalist Leader

  7 April 2012

On 23rd of March, Karachi (Sindh) hosted a massive rally for the independence of Sindh from the Pakistani state which was organized by the Long-Live Sindh National Front (JSQM) under the leadership of Bashir Khan Qureshi. Pakistani netizens express their reactions on the sudden and untimely death of Bashir Khan Qureshi at Sakrand, a small town in Sindh in the early hours of Saturday.

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