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Rina Chandran

Far from home, refugees build digital heritage with virtual reality

Sep 23 2020

(Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Growing up, Naseem Badar heard stories from her parents, uncles and aunts of how they fled for their lives from their village in northern India amidst bloody riots during the Partition and made their way to the newly created country of Pakistan.

Privacy concerns as India pushes digital health plan, ID

Sep 21 2020

(Thomson Reuters Foundation) - India's government is using the coronavirus pandemic to push its plan to digitise the health records and data of its 1.3 billion people, despite concerns about privacy and increased surveillance, technology and human rights experts say.

Volunteer armies map 'invisible' communities hit by coronavirus

Sep 14 2020

BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - After the coronavirus outbreak hit Indonesia, charity worker Harry Machmud in May asked volunteers to map handwashing stations across the sprawling archipelago.

'Self-sufficient' Chinese city to reflect coronavirus lessons

Sep 08 2020

BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A new city near Beijing featuring wooden apartment blocks, rooftop farms and renewable energy is being designed with drone-friendly terraces and ample space from which to work at home in case of future pandemic outbreaks, its chief architect said.

In India's flood-prone Assam, hill settlers hold out hope for land titles

Sep 02 2020

GUWAHATI, India (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When Bankim Chakma wanted to build a home for his growing family in Guwahati in the eastern Indian state of Assam, he had few options. Land was expensive for poor migrants like himself, so he moved to the hills where it was cheaper and safe from floods.

Selfies in cells? Thailand bets on prisons to boost tourism

Aug 27 2020

BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Thailand plans to turn about half its prisons into tourist attractions to boost visitor numbers as the Southeast Asian nation struggles to recover from an economic slump caused by the coronavirus outbreak.

'LGBT people are also humans': Thai Buddhist monk backs equality

Aug 21 2020

BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - With his simple saffron robe and shaved head, Shine Waradhammo stands out at the often loud and colourful LGBT+ events that he occasionally attends in Bangkok, listening intently, taking notes, and engaging cheerfully with anyone who approaches him.

Coronavirus forces tourism rethink in world's most visited city

Aug 19 2020

BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Bangkok tourist destination Khao San Road is usually heaving with people on weekends, its cheap beer bars, tattoo parlours, street vendors, hostels and buzzing nightlife drawing budget travellers and tour group alike.

Millions in India face eviction amid coronavirus recovery push

Aug 18 2020

(Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Thousands of people were evicted across India during lockdowns to contain the coronavirus pandemic, with millions more at risk of being uprooted as authorities push infrastructure projects to spur economic growth, housing rights campaigners said.

ANALYSIS-Coronavirus speeds up push for congestion charge in cities

Aug 16 2020

BANGKOK, Aug 17 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The coronavirus outbreak gives city authorities an opportunity to implement congestion pricing to curb traffic and pollution, urban experts said, even as the pandemic has forced Singapore to put its new satellite-based system on hold.

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