Pakistan charter flights to return thousands of stranded Brits

The British High Commission has come under fire recently over their treatment of British Nationals stranded in Pakistan. Around 6,000 Britons continue to be stranded in Pakistan and while some can rely on family support, many are in dire financial straits. With £70 million being announced to repatriate stranded citizens from India and the PhilippinesContinue reading “Pakistan charter flights to return thousands of stranded Brits”

Sri Lanka Easter attacks – a year on

This Easter we reflect and mourn the victims of the attacks in Sri Lanka last year. A series of coordinated terrorist suicide bombings across Batticaloa, Colombo, Negombo and Sainthamaruthu took 259 innocent lives. The consequences continue to be far reaching for the country and the affected families. ⁣⁣Since the attacks, there has been a dangerously high increaseContinue reading “Sri Lanka Easter attacks – a year on”

Coronavirus has lead to a massive drop in air pollution across Delhi

In a rare upside to coronavirus, Delhi, one of the most polluted cities on earth, where many people routinely wear face masks to filter out the smog. Pollution has dropped to remarkably low levels, revealing clear blue skies. ⁣⁣⁣⁣As India went into the world’s biggest lockdown, trains, planes, automobiles and factories came to a halt. ButContinue reading “Coronavirus has lead to a massive drop in air pollution across Delhi”

India lights candles in a show of solidarity against coronavirus

Millions in India turned off their lights and lit candles outside their homes for 9 minutes at 9PM on Sunday as a show of solidarity amid the coronavirus pandemic.⁣⁣⁣⁣Earlier in the week PM Narendra Modi asked India’s 1.3 billion citizens to observe nine minutes without electricity urging them to “challenge the darkness” of Covid-19.⁣⁣⁣⁣There are fearsContinue reading “India lights candles in a show of solidarity against coronavirus”

Food banks cater for the most vulnerable during lockdown

Food banks and canteens all over South Asia have ramped up production to meet the increased foot traffic to feed the most vulnerable during the coronavirus lockdown. ⁣⁣Many charity donations go towards creating monthly ration packets that provide basic grocery items, such as lentils, ghee, flour, oil, sugar and tea. They also include anti-bacterial soap.⁣⁣Amma (Mother)Continue reading “Food banks cater for the most vulnerable during lockdown”

Migrant workers sprayed with disinfectant in one Indian state

Health workers spray migrant workers with disinfectant, later to be revealed as sodium hypochlorite the main ingredient in bleach – amid fears their exodus is spreading the virus.⁣⁣They are among millions who have returned to their home villages amid a nationwide, three-week lockdown which has has left them homeless and jobless.⁣⁣The health workers had beenContinue reading “Migrant workers sprayed with disinfectant in one Indian state”

‘India is walking home’: Millions of migrant workers flee locked-down cities

Hundreds of thousands of migrant labourers are fleeing Delhi as nationwide lockdown has left them homeless and jobless. With businesses shut down in cities across the country, vast numbers of migrants, many of whom lived and ate where they worked were suddenly without food and shelter.⁣ Few transport options are currently available – migrants, mostlyContinue reading “‘India is walking home’: Millions of migrant workers flee locked-down cities”

Bangladesh scientists have developed a $3 COVID-19 testing kit

Bangladesh scientists have developed a $3 COVID-19 testing kit, which they claim can detect the virus in less than 15 minutes. The dot blot kit has been cleared for mass production in hopes to ease the pressure on the pathology services. However, such kits look for antibodies produced by the white blood cells in response toContinue reading “Bangladesh scientists have developed a $3 COVID-19 testing kit”

Longest-running protest against India’s new citzenship law broken up

Police forcibly break up the longest-running protest against India’s new citzenship law (CAA) in Shaheen Bagh as India prepares for a nationwide lockdown in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. ⁣⁣ Protesters, many of them women, have been staging a sit-in protest since early December to the law seen as discriminating against Muslims. Hundreds of policeContinue reading “Longest-running protest against India’s new citzenship law broken up”