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31 July 2014

Indian Scientists Are Preventing Wild Elephant Attacks With Text Messages and TV

A small team tracks elephants during the day and gives the information to TV channels. Text messages are sent to those who are within a two-kilometre radius of elephant movement.

28 July 2014

Bangladesh Authorities Shut Down a 200-Year-Old Brothel, Evicting Hundreds of Sex Workers

Pressure from religious leaders and conservative politicians is the suspected reason behind the closure. But the national platform of sex workers of Bangladesh accused local officials of land grabbing.

24 July 2014

Indian Prime Minister Modi's First Budget Promises Lots of Change, Including an Expensive New Statue

Narendra Modi's first budget as India’s new prime minister was greeted with mixed reactions. The $34 million budget allocation for a 600-foot statue in his home state generated much buzz.

21 July 2014

This Young Woman Footballer Is More Popular Than Messi in Her Remote Village in Nepal

Sunakali led her team to victory in the national women's football tournament. When they arrived home, locals met them at the airstrip chanting, "Sunakali, like Messi!"

20 July 2014

A Leaked Document Casts A Shadow Over Tanzania's Bright Gas Extraction Outlook

The Bridge

Leaked to the public, a contract between Norway's Statoil and the Tanzanian government highlights how fraught the question of revenues from Tanzania’s gasfields—and who will benefit from them—has become.

18 July 2014

Bangladesh Has Formaldehyde to Thank for Its Short Supply of Mangoes This Season

Police are confiscating and destroying truckloads of mangoes because they are contaminated with dangerous levels of formalin, a strong solution of formaldehyde sprayed on fruit to extend their shelf life.

9 July 2014

Will India's Search for ‘Black Money’ Stashed Abroad End in Fortune or Frustration?

It depends on who you ask. Some estimates put the amount of money stashed abroad at $1.34 trillion, which India would use for its development.

Guyana's Foreign Minister Comes Out Swinging After the US Ambassador Criticizes the Lack of Local Elections

The ruling People's Progressive Party (PPP) administration has failed to hold local government elections for 20 years.

7 July 2014

Government Jobs Remain a Sweet Retirement Deal in China Despite Clamor to Reform Pensions

"Iron rice bowl" jobs promise free pensions, a liability for the Chinese government in recent years as it struggles with a looming pension deficit amid changing demographics.

1 July 2014

There's a Good Chance Your World Cup Jersey Was Made in Bangladesh

Manufacturers have earned at least $500 million in export orders to sew World Cup jerseys for fans around the world. People in Bangladesh are also buying up the gear.

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