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  • Tuesday, July 24, 2018 4:18 PM | Priyanka Bansal

    Pakistan’s elections are tomorrow, the very same elections that have spurred a violent streak in the nation. Over 150 people have been killed and over 177 were wounded in the suicide bombings that have led up to this final election tomorrow. Candidates and voters are becoming targets by opposing parties and militant groups around the country. Around 400,000 security officials will be deployed tomorrow as a preemptive attempt to keep a handle on the election-related terror in Pakistan. Read more about why so many are angry and the mass terror surrounding the country.  

  • Monday, July 16, 2018 3:08 PM | Priyanka Bansal

    After an episode of ‘Quantico’ that involved a plot about Indian and Pakistani violence, Priyanka Chopra is criticized for her character’s involvement. Protestors took to social media and the streets, calling her a traitor. She responded by tweeting, “I sincerely apologize. I’m a proud Indian and that will never change.” Read more about her impact on South Asians everywhere as a Hollywood actress here.

  • Friday, July 13, 2018 1:31 PM | Priyanka Bansal

    A suicide bombing in Mastung, Pakistan at an election rally left 85 dead and over 100 wounded. This was followed by many other militant attacks, some of which were claimed by the Pakistani Taliban. The political nature of election season has triggered a rise on attacks and bombings. On July 25th, election day, the military will be sending out over 370,000 armed forces as a form of defense and protection. Read more here.

  • Wednesday, July 11, 2018 11:36 AM | Priyanka Bansal
    The 2012 New Delhi rape case which seized the entire world's attention, involving a 23 year old girl as the victim of violence from six men, is finally coming to an end. After one of the perpetrators committed suicide and another was sentenced to juvenile detention for three years, the fight has been on to properly punish the four remaining. Since they were sentenced to death in 2013, the courts of India have received requests for leniency from the perpetrators. The final appeal upheld its original decision to sentence the four men to death. Read more about Nirbhaya's case here.
  • Monday, July 09, 2018 2:22 PM | Priyanka Bansal

    Survivors of Rohingya violence continue to flee from Myanmar. In a refugee camp located in Kutupalong, Bangladesh, women reveal their stories of violence and subsequent ostracization from their own community. The United Nations reveals that the violence committed by the Myanmar military “may amount to genocide”. Learn more about the tragedy reported by Hannah Beech here.

  • Thursday, July 05, 2018 10:32 AM | Priyanka Bansal

    After a study done by the World Bank, the New York Times covers the evidence of climate change in South Asia since 1950. Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka seem to be increasing at the fastest rate, followed closely by the other South Asian countries. Because of the preexisting conditions of poverty, overpopulation, and underdevelopment, certain regions are at a higher risk. The article, which can be found here, outlines the risks for up to 800 million people in the general region.

  • Monday, July 02, 2018 1:44 PM | Priyanka Bansal

    A U.S. drone strike in Afghanistan in June killed the Taliban leader, Mullah Fazlullah, among others. Fazlullah was the same man who unsuccessfully attempted to take down teen activist, Malala Yousafzai, in 2012. Mufti Noor Wali Mehsud has been named the new leader of the Taliban in Pakistan, where he plans for anti polio immunization efforts. Read more about Mehsud’s plans for Karachi here.

  • Wednesday, June 27, 2018 4:59 PM | Priyanka Bansal

    Jeffrey Gettleman of the New York Times writes about the harrowing experiences of Nepalese girls as they struggle with poverty and feminine hygiene. In this impoverished part of the country, women of all ages risk illness and death every month because of the lack of literacy and education. Read more about the region’s crisis here.

  • Monday, June 25, 2018 3:21 PM | Priyanka Bansal
    SAJA will be changing the way our news page is maintained, so that all of you are updated on what's going on with South Asian news, journalists, and diaspora throughout the week. Feel free to leave comments, feedback, or requests for topics you would like to see covered here and make sure to visit the news page often to stay updated!

    Today, we'll be looking at columnist and editor-in-chief of Rising Kashmir, Shujaat Bukhari, who was killed recently in an attack by unidentified motorcyclists in Srinagar, Kashmir. Bukhari was one of the most recognized journalists of the region, a figure of peace and activism in regards to the Kashmir conflict between India and Pakistan. He now joins the thousands dead as a result of the conflict. Read more here.

  • Monday, November 28, 2016 10:59 PM | Shefali Kulkarni


    SAJA Vice President Shefali S. Kulkarni of BBC News spoke with journalists and experts in a conversation about the US elections what its aftermath means for the US and South Asian Americans. 

    Guests include: 

    • Sayu Bhojwani, founder of New American Leaders Project, which works to elect first- and second-gen candidates for office (follow her @SayuBhojwani).
    • Manu Raju, Senior Political Reporter for CNN who has been covering the US Election this year (follow him @mkraju).
    • Arun Venugopal, Reporter of United States of Anxiety, WNYC election podcast (follow him @arunNYC).
    • Congressman-elect Raja Krishnamoorthi who just won the 8th Congressional District race in Illinois (follow him @RajaForCongress).
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