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Sonepur fair: Poor Indian boys ‘fish’ for coins to help family

Filed in South Asia News by on 26/12/2012 0 Comments • views: 1163
Sonepur fair: Poor Indian boys ‘fish’ for coins to help family

Every day since 28 November, 10-year-old Rohit Kumar has sat from dawn to dusk on the banks of the Gandak river in the eastern Indian state of Bihar with a magnetic fishing line trying to fish out coins from the water. He is among the hundreds of boys who collect coins thrown into the river […]

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Police call for death penalty after Delhi bus rape

Filed in South Asia News by on 19/12/2012 0 Comments • views: 738
Police call for death penalty after Delhi bus rape

New Delhi’s police chief on Tuesday demanded the death penalty for rapists amid growing outrage over the gang-rape of a 23-year-old student on a school bus in the city. The physiotherapy student and her male companion were brutally beaten and thrown off the vehicle after the attack, which has provoked street protests and widespread anger […]

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Pakistan blast: Market bomb ‘kills 17’ in Khyber

Filed in South Asia News by on 19/12/2012 0 Comments • views: 688
Pakistan blast: Market bomb ‘kills 17’ in Khyber

At least 17 people have been killed and more than 70 hurt in a car bomb attack on a market in the Khyber tribal area in north-west Pakistan, officials say. Women and children were among those killed in the blast at the market in Jamrud, the main town in Khyber. The explosion took place close […]

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Death toll from Typhoon Bopha tops 1,000 in the Philippines

Filed in South Asia News by on 19/12/2012 0 Comments • views: 654
Death toll from Typhoon Bopha tops 1,000 in the Philippines

The grim toll from a typhoon that devastated southern Philippines earlier this month continues to climb, with 1,020 reported dead as of Sunday morning, authorities said. Officials fear the toll from the December 4 storm will rise further. Because while rescue crews continue searching, the chances of finding people alive dim with each passing day. […]

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India’s first arts biennale begins in Kochi

Filed in South Asia News by on 19/12/2012 0 Comments • views: 721
India’s first arts biennale begins in Kochi

The port-city of Kochi, on India’s west coast, isn’t known for its arts scene. Nestled amid Kerala’s famously stunning backwaters (travel writers have long loved touting the streams that snake through the rural countryside as the quintessential bucket-list endeavor), the city is more readily defined by its breathtaking backdrop. From today and for the next […]

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‘Long way to go’ on justice for Afghan women – UN

Filed in South Asia News by on 16/12/2012 0 Comments • views: 755
‘Long way to go’ on justice for Afghan women – UN

Afghan women victims of violence are still being failed by the justice system, according to a new UN report. Although there had been some progress in implementing a 2009 anti-violence law, overall use of the law “remained low”, the report says. Cultural pressures and inconsistent police practices are hampering implementation of the law, it added. […]

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Why I came ‘home’ to India

Filed in South Asia News by on 16/12/2012 0 Comments • views: 890
Why I came ‘home’ to India

We ate it, we watched it, we wore it, we sometimes spoke it, and we missed it, even though we never really knew it. India was a country which had an almost mythical status in my childhood. The place we heard about from our parents, but rarely visited. Stories about India fascinated me as a […]

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Police: 6 die in suicide attack in northern Pakistan

Filed in South Asia News by on 15/12/2012 0 Comments • views: 702
Police: 6 die in suicide attack in northern Pakistan

A synchronized attack by a pair of suicide bombers killed six people and injured nine others in northern Pakistan Monday morning, police said. The attack took place at dawn in the small town of Kaki, south of Bannu city in northwest Pakistan, according to Nisar Ahmed Tanoli, a senior police official. The assailants opened fire […]

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Pakistani schoolgirl activist Malala thanks supporters after being shot by Taliban

Filed in South Asia News by on 15/12/2012 0 Comments • views: 682
Pakistani schoolgirl activist Malala thanks supporters after being shot by Taliban

– Malala Yousufzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl activist who was shot in the head by the Taliban, has expressed gratitude to the people around the world who have supported her as she recovers from the traumatic attack. “Thank you so much for the outpouring of love and support,” Malala said in a message read by Anderson […]

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Divorce by text message sparks bizarre legal battle in Indonesia

Filed in South Asia News by on 15/12/2012 0 Comments • views: 774
Divorce by text message sparks bizarre legal battle in Indonesia

Jarkarta, Indonesia (CNN) — The marriage lasted four days and ended in divorce via text message, from the 40-year-old local politician to his 17-year-old wife. Aceng Fikri claimed his young bride Fani Oktara was not a virgin, as she had claimed, so he decided to end the union, his lawyer Ujang Suja’I said. She denied […]

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The Philippines shows the world how to celebrate Christmas

Filed in South Asia News by on 15/12/2012 0 Comments • views: 868
The Philippines shows the world how to celebrate Christmas

Where would you find the most Christmas spirit in the world? It’s hard to say for certain, but if a global competition were to be held, the Philippines would have an excellent shot at winning. The southeast Asian island nation has the world’s longest festive season — and pulls no punches in its celebratory zeal […]

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4 Singapore PRs hurt in Taiwan bus crash

Filed in South Asia News by on 13/12/2012 0 Comments • views: 684
4 Singapore PRs hurt in Taiwan bus crash

UPDATE 12 Dec 12, 5:30pm: Adding comments from travel agency clarifying that the tourists from Singapore are permanent residents. Four Singapore permanent residents and 10 Malaysian tourists were injured in Taiwan on Monday when their bus crashed along a highway. Carrying a local driver and a tour guide as well, the tour bus hit a […]

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