Pakistani transgender Nadeem Kashish knows that she will not win a seat in the July 25 general elections but is still standing as a candidate and believes that she has already won by fighting for the acceptance of her community that lives on the margins of society in the country.
The common tradition in Pakistan is that the nation congratulates each other on events before they understand the ramifications of a particular event. The first step that has been taken to mainstream Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) is an extension of the jurisdiction of Peshawar High Court (PHC) and Supreme Court of Pakistan (SC).
In the delimitation of constituencies undertaken before the general elections of 2002, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa district of Battagram was given one national seat for a population of 307,278 (1998) while district Haripur, located in the same division, Hazara, too got one seat for its 692,228 residents.
The country celebrates the passage of a historic bill in the National Assembly, seeking extension of the jurisdiction of superior courts to the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata). This bill is especially welcomed by tribesmen and youth in Fata, who see this as the beginning of a new era.
In northeast India, water-management practices to deal with climate change
In a small village on the north bank of the Brahmaputra in Assam in northeast India, farmer Horen Nath stood gazing at his partially submerged paddy field. The floods had kept their annual date but mercifully, the farmer said, the waters have started receding. "The weather has become very strange of late. We always had ample rain,