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South Asian blog roundup

The main buzz of many South Asian blogs were about the Hurricane Katrina that caused extensive and severe damage in much of the southeastern United States.

Bangladesh:

- British journalist Daniel Brett writes two interesting articles in his blog on Bangladesh. One is “what America can learn from Bangladesh” to tackle disasters like Katrina & “The Bangladeshi gas rush” where he suggests that Bangladesh should not rush to export gas to make up for losses sustained due to the abolition of textile quotas.

- Mezba, a Canadian Bangladeshi describes his thoughts on the Hurricane Katrina and the US government's failure.

- ‘Unheard voices’ thinks that the new generation Bangladeshis have a broader horizon, but a smaller view.

- Nashat of ‘the color of rain’ has some observations at Qatar Airport.

India:

- Sid from Patang.org has a great new social software in place. It is a car pool for the people of Mumbai.

- Manish at Sepia Mutiny is delighted over Indian tennis prodigy Sania Mirza's advancement in the US open. She has made India proud and apart from the play she is slowly transforming into an icon with her beauty & body piercing style and being lured by many advertising contracts. Go Sania go!

- Dina Mehta, one of the members of Tsunamihelp blog & wiki team has lots of links & news about Hurricane Katrina and how you can help. Uma has lots of links on Katrina too.

- Sunil Laxman of The Balancing Life hosts this week's Indian Blog Mela.

- The Greatbong writes about the luckiest dude in the world -The king of Swaziland.

Nepal:

- Suvecha, a former Kathmandu-based journalist who is currently studying in Australia tells about one of her crushes in a cafe in New Baneshwor, Kathmandu sometime in 2004.

Pakistan:

- Mudassir of the ‘Pakistani perspective’ informs that a Hindu, Justice Rana Bhagwandas, has been appointed as the acting chief justice of the Supreme Court.

- ‘The Glasshouse’ posts series of reports on the rape of Sonia Naz, a 23-year-old mother of two, on the order of Pakistan's police.

Sri Lanka:

- ‘Indi.ca’ thinks that the American disaster response to the Hurricane Katrina is not better than the Sri Lankan.

- Nittewa is trying to understand the Lonely Planet Guide to LTTE Terrorism.

- BOYCY reports that there is an increase of women drivers on the streets of Sri Lanka.

  • http://www.sajshirazi.blogspot.com Shirazi

    Nice place but it seems that opinions are a little skewed here. I wounder what all you have been able to find from Pakistan blogsphere!

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  • http://plmonline.blogs.com Neila Charchour Hachicha

    Is no one reporting about the american bloggers and Katrina?
    Hey wake up !!

  • http://www.globalvoicesonline.org ethan

    Nelia – As you know, we primarily focus on news outside the US. There are thousands of blogs documenting about US bloggers and Katrina – we usually focus on subjects not getting a lot of media coverage or coverage in the blogosphere.

    As it happens, a good percentage of the GV team has been working on Katrina data collection efforts this weekend, helping build a central database for refugees to contact one another. We’re awake, thank you very much.

  • http://rezwanul.blogspot.com Rezwan

    Shirazi, points noted. More Pakistani blogs will be covered next time. Thanks for your response.

  • http://plmonline.blogs.com Neila Charchour Hachicha

    Sorry Ethan, but Katrina is not a common natural disaster. It is much bigger then that. This is why I consider that even though it is inside the US, GV should link to it in whatever way. People need and will still need help for a long time.

    On an other hand American bloggers are doing such a great job, the world must know about them to. It is such a lesson of human and civil solidarity.

  • http://www.sajshirazi.blogspot.com Shirazi

    Rizwan – I aam so glad and btw, you have a new reader.

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