This Week’s NY Times Wedding Announcements Monday, Dec 17 2007 

There were no wedding announcements featuring South Asians in today’s New York Times.

Delhi High Court Rules Women Can Be Bartenders Tuesday, Dec 11 2007 

India’s Supreme Court has upheld a ruling that will allow women to become bartenders.

From the ruling (via The Hindu):

“Instead of prohibiting women’s employment in the bars altogether, the State should focus on factoring in ways through which unequal consequences of sex differences can be eliminated. It is [the] State’s duty to ensure circumstances of safety which inspire confidence in women to discharge the duty freely in accordance with the requirements of the profession they choose to follow,” said the Bench.

“It is to be borne in mind,” the Bench added, “that legislation with pronounced ‘protective discrimination’ aims, such as this one, potentially serves as double-edged swords. Strict scrutiny test should be employed while assessing the implications of this variety of legislation.”

Next up, a Bollywood version of Coyote Ugly?

An American Tale Monday, Dec 10 2007 

The Washington Post looks at how an extended family of Indian doctors transformed the medical landscape of a rural Maryland County.

The Other Bollywood Mash Up Everyone Should Be Watching Monday, Dec 10 2007 

While much of the South Asian blogosphere is linking to and raving about the Barack Obama-‘Chori Chori Hum Gori Se Pyaar Karenge’ music video, I would like to draw your attention to the video below.  I found it much more entertaining.

Blogging Your Way to LSE Monday, Dec 10 2007 

Via Youth Curry: After reading an article about how bloggers can make a million dollars through Google AdSense, Ankur Shanker decided to try to pay for his graduate degree with his blog’s ad revenue. His gimmick is that he will write one short story a day until May 30.

Shanker has been accepted to the London School of Economics and is scheduled to begin his coursework in July 2008. He estimates his degree will cost $110,000 dollars (4,335, 099.80 rupees). You can visit his blog here.

NYPD sued For Arrest of Student Photographer Monday, Dec 10 2007 

Arun Wiita, a grad student at Columbia University, was arrested in July for taking photographs of a Manhattan subway station. The New York Civil Liberties Union is now suing the NYPD on Wiita’s behalf.

According to the lawsuit “Mr. Wiita’s arrest came within hours of his having embarked upon a carefully planned 10-day project to photograph all 468 subway stations.”

Earlier this year, New York City reached a settlement with documentary filmmaker Rakesh Sharma. Sharma was arrested in 2005 while filming in Manhattan.

This Week’s NY Times Wedding Announcements Monday, Dec 10 2007 

There are no South Asian wedding announcements in today’s New York Times.

Kiss Kiss Bang Bangalore Monday, Dec 3 2007 

Here’s a condensed version of The Simpsons episode Kiss Kiss Bang Bangalore.

Kashmiri Saffron Crop Threatened By Lack of Rainfall Monday, Dec 3 2007 

A lack of rainfall and poor irrigation systems are threatening Kashmir’s famed saffron.  One kilogram of Indian saffron costs 100,000 rupees (or $2,500).

Political Satire in Pakistan Sunday, Dec 2 2007 

Emily Wax of the Washington Post looked at the state of political satire and freedom of the press in Pakistan recently. The news is pretty grim. TV stations are required to sign codes of conduct that prohibit criticism of Musharraf and other officials.

Musharraf has also asked his allies to help contain the Pakistani press. Wax reports that “the United Arab Emirates agreed to shut down two of Pakistan’s largest and most popular networks, Geo TV and ARY, which had been broadcasting news of events in Pakistan via satellite from Dubai.”

Reporters without Borders sent an open letter to Musharraf on Friday urging him to recind the ban on Geo TV’s stations.

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