South Asia

News and reports from the sub-continent.

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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