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Stories about South Asia

18 November 2014

Kathmandu's Big Facelift Ahead of the 2014 SAARC Summit

Preparations for the summit seem to be a hit with locals, but some already wonder what awaits the city, after the conference, when the repaired buildings fall into disrepair again.

15 November 2014

Hijras, Bangladesh's ‘Third Gender', Celebrate First Ever Pride Parade

Bangladesh's Hijra community won recognition as a separate gender identity last year, and photo captured them as they took to the streets in colourful style to celebrate the anniversary.

14 November 2014

The Google Bus Is Bringing Internet Skills to Half A Million Students in Bangladesh

"It's just great :) Though it's new to me but feeling excited. Hope in Bangladesh it will spread soon and gain popularity..."

8 November 2014

Was the Suicide Bombing on the India-Pakistan Border a Warning to India?

"The ugly, machoistic display of #nationalism at #India, #Pakistan border should be abolished. People should cross borders there, not swords"

7 November 2014

Pakistan Warns Universities Not to Question Government Following Model UN Controversy Over Israeli Booth

The Pakistani state does not officially recognize Israel as a country.

31 October 2014

India's Loud, Messy, Not-So-Happy Diwali Celebrations

What prevents Indians from addressing the environmental damages inflicted by Diwali? Is it that the public is simply ignorant about the threats to their own health and safety?

24 October 2014

There's an Island Made of Toxic Trash Rising Out of the Sea in the Maldives

Used batteries, asbestos, lead and other potentially hazardous waste dumped at Thilafushi island are seeping into the water, but environmental concerns have never materialized into a campaign by local activists.

22 October 2014

Talk Show Inspires 1 Million+ Callers to Protest India's Anti-Gay Law

"Satyamev Jayate" aired an episode on October 19, 2014 called "Accepting Alternative Sexualities" that attempted to challenge misconceptions about India's LGBT community. Soon after, #FreedomForLGBT was trending on Twitter.

19 October 2014

Kashmir Witnesses ‘Worst Violence in a Decade’ Between India and Pakistan

The latest unrest in Kashmir has been called the region's “worst in a decade," and many fear it could destroy the 2003 ceasefire between India and Pakistan altogether.

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