South Asia

News and reports from the sub-continent.

Hopes fade for Kashmir's disappeared

A key election pledge by Kashmir's ruling party to stop "disappearances" and trace thousands of missing persons has been denounced as little more than a "hoodwinking" process.

Homosexuality in India, where tradition still rules

India's erstwhile colonial laws outlawing homosexuality are out of touch with a changing society, Chinmayee Manjunath discovers.

Turning the tide on India's caste system

The carefully structured notions of India's caste hierarchy have remained unchallenged for thousands of years but a power shift is dawning, says Sreerekha Pillai.

Mobile phone fever grips Pakistan

Mobile phone mania is sweeping Pakistan with a rapid increase in national subscribers due to low connection costs and cheap pre-paid packages and phone sets.

India's 'ice cream exodus'

Every summer, like the water in this parched land, young men 'evaporate’ from the face of Bhilwara and other neighbouring districts in Rajasthan, West India, to look for work.

Clearing up after the party

No expense was spared at year's European Bank of Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) annual meeting in Uzbekistan.

Raising a nation: Adopting India's hidden generation

She blows bubbles into her glass of water, her little forehead furrowed in concentration. Each time a bubble bursts, Misha's tiny voice reverberates and she laughs.

Falun Gong gains ground in Bangalore

You can easily mistake Falun Gong followers for elegant ballet dancers. With their knees slightly bent and with the precision and poise of a ballerina, they move their arms gracefully around their body, as if weaving an enormous invisible net around themselves.

Indian SARS cases could triple

Indian health authorities are awaiting the results of 13 suspected SARS cases, which if positive, could triple the country's known number of carriers.

Pakistan chemical weapons inspections spark pre-emptive attack fears

United Nations chemical weapons inspectors are to visit a fertiliser plant in the southern city of Karachi this week to certify Pakistan is not producing chemical or biological weapons.

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