May 2007


Ever since Chand Muni’s son and her three nephews belonging to the Nat community were beaten to death for allegedly stealing buffaloes in Ara village of Bihar, the lives of Muni and her daughter-in-law have gone from bad to worse. The shopkeepers in the village refuse to give them ration, their house was burnt down, and no compensation has come their way.

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A pregnant British-Asian teenager has been found knifed to death in her Manchester home in what witnesses are saying is a clear case of an “honour killing”. According to The Sun, Sana Ali, 17, was found with stab wounds to her chest and stomach after a frenzied attack in her bedroom.

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Following a blueprint of their Pakistani counterparts, the Bangladeshi military is forcing political leaders into exile. On the other hand, the US government, while claiming goals of democracy in Iran, Iraq, etc, stays quite vis-a-vis Bangladesh.

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At least three Afghan refugees have been killed after clashes between Pakistani security forces and refugees in south-western Pakistan, police say. Both sides say the other started the violence in Pir Alizai camp after officials tried to demolish homes. The camp, set up for Afghan refugees after the 1979 Soviet invasion, is to be closed down by next month.

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Karachi, a city of 10 million and Pakistan’s commercial hub, was convulsed by gun-battles Saturday, as Pakistan’s US-backed military strongman, President Pervez Musharraf, resorted to deadly violence in a bid to quash the growing popular challenge to his rule. According to press reports, at least 36 people were killed and more than 140 injured when thugs allied with the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), a pro-Musharraf party, attacked crowds gathering to show support for the country’s “suspended” Chief Justice, Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry.

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“The grassroots people of Nepal, and especially rural women, are extremely aware of their rights and it will be almost impossible to ignore them in coming years.” These were the words of Shahrzad Arshadi, a Canadian filmmaker who is making a movie on the social status of Nepalese women. She was speaking on an interaction program “The Dreams and Realities of New Nepal” organized by South Asia Research and Resource Centre based in Montreal on April 29, 2006.

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RANCHI, India – Street vendors armed with iron rods and sticks attacked three stores owned by Reliance Industries Ltd. on Saturday, injuring around a dozen people in a protest against the large food retailer. It was one of the most serious cases of unrest linked to the entrance of large, glitzy retail chains into India’s fragmented $200 billion food and grocery sector, which small shop owners see as a threat to their customers.

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