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Rina Chandran

New roads, old war fan sale of Southeast Asian brides in China

Dec 07 2018

VIENTIANE (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - For some years now, a charity in Laos has been providing women at risk of being trafficked with a new tool to seek help: the Chinese social media app WeChat.

Philippine radio station tunes into indigenous land rights

Dec 05 2018

BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A community radio station in the Philippines is drawing attention to the struggles of indigenous Lumad people, whose rights to ancestral land and resources are increasingly under threat from industrialization.

Tourism and marine parks threaten Thailand's 'people of the sea'

Dec 04 2018

RAWAI BEACH, Thailand (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When Sutem Lakkao's grandmother and father died, they were buried much as their ancestors had been: on the beach, close to their beloved boats so they could listen to the waves and watch over the Chao Lay community of fisherfolk in their afterlife.

Right to land is top demand as Indian farmers march to parliament

Nov 30 2018

BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Tens of thousands of farmers marched to the Indian parliament in New Delhi on Friday, demanding that lawmakers hold a special session to discuss their most pressing issues, including a lack of land rights, mounting debt and plunging produce prices.

Singapore tests on-demand buses to ease congestion, as Asian cities watch

Nov 30 2018

BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Singapore is launching a six-month trial of an on-demand public bus service, using technology to reduce congestion and costs in what could be a model for gridlocked cities in the region.

Killing of American on Indian island sparks calls to protect indigenous land

Nov 27 2018

BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The suspected killing of an American missionary on a remote Indian island has sparked calls to better protect indigenous people from increasing pressure to free up their land for tourism, mines and highways.

Hi-tech mapping threatens land rights across the 'digital divide': experts

Nov 26 2018

BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Countries are increasingly embracing drones and satellites to map land and minimize conflict rising from ownership disputes, but unequal access to these technologies can further endanger the rights of vulnerable people, analysts say.

Activists, planners oppose 'unnecessary' Bangkok river promenade

Nov 23 2018

BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Activists and urban planners are demanding that Bangkok city officials scrap a planned riverside redevelopment project they say will hurt river dwellers and increase the risk of flooding.

Acid attacks, beatings, crowdfunding: ABC of Thai domestic violence

Nov 23 2018

BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Assaulted with acid by her husband as she slept, Chorlada Tarawan died hours later, refused treatment by a Bangkok hospital as a final indictment of her worth.

Bamboo house for Manila slums wins top prize in future cities contest

Nov 22 2018

BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The creator of a low-cost house made of bamboo to tackle the chronic shortage of affordable housing in the Philippine capital has won a top international prize to design future cities in a rapidly urbanizing world.

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