South Asia

News and reports from the sub-continent.

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.

Pakistan porn crackdown a ''political stunt''

The Pakistan government’s decision last week to block pornographic web sites is more a political stunt than an effort to purify society, experts say.

Keralites shun US and UK goods in anti-war protest

The Kerala Communist Party of India and other Marxist and left-oriented non-governmental organisations are urging citizens to boycott American and British goods in protest against coalition aggression against Iraq.

Court intervention halts healthy cattle cull

Forty-six cattle imported from Australia by the state governments of Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal have been saved from destruction by last-minute court intervention.

Proposed legislation puts Hong Kong's freedom in limbo

A controversial piece of legislation due to be introduced in Hong Kong constitutes a draconian assault on basic freedoms and could drive away foreign investment, end press freedom and ban political opposition, critics warn.

China frees key political prisoner ahead of US visit

A 25-year old Tibetan nun was released this week just days before Chinese President, Jiang Zemin, is due to visit the US.

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