BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - India has dropped plans to give forest officials the right to use force against indigenous people and open up more land for commercial plantations after nationwide protests.
KABUL (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The first female founder of an Afghan political party has urged the country to rethink the use of facial recognition technology in elections amid concerns it stopped large numbers of women from voting this year.
NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As India prepares to install a nationwide facial recognition system in an effort to catch criminals and find missing children, human rights and technology experts on Thursday warned of the risks to privacy from increased surveillance.
CHENNAI, India (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - It has unleashed deadly riots and set Hindu against Muslim - now it is for the nation's top court to end decades of discord and decide who owns the most contested plot in India.
BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Almost 2,000 informal settlements in Delhi are set to be legalized under a new law agreed by the government this week, which ministers said would give more than 4 million residents the right to own their homes in India's capital.
PENANG, Malaysia, Oct 22 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) -
I nnovations such as roads that reflect heat and water-absorbing
pavements that will help the Olympic Games in Tokyo be a carbon
neutral event, could also be adopted by other cities looking to
mitigate climate risks, urban experts said.
PENANG, Malaysia (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Housing millions of refugees returning to Afghanistan is one of the biggest challenges facing the country as it attempts to meet the basic needs of its people amid the world's longest-running war, a senior government official said.
PENANG, Malaysia (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Many of Asia's booming cities are failing to preserve their cultural heritage and risk losing the traditional knowledge that is crucial for promoting inclusiveness, sustainability and resilience, urban experts warned on Friday.
PENANG, Malaysia (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As Asian cities turn to technologies such as facial recognition and artificial intelligence to deliver social welfare and public services, urban experts on Thursday urged authorities to address privacy concerns and protect the vulnerable.
HONG KONG (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When authorities drew up a plan to make Hong Kong a hub for Asia's wine trade, they faced a big challenge: where to store the bottles in a city that was fast running out of space. So they went underground.