South Asia https://scidev.net/south-asia/ News, analysis, multimedia and other resources about science and technology in South Asia, including agriculture, environment, health, governance, enterprise, communication, and more. Thu, 22 Jun 2017 00:00:00 GMT en Aquaculture is main driver of mangrove losses https://scidev.net/south-asia/environment/news/aquaculture-main-driver-cause-of-mangrove-losses-deforestation-1.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/south-asia/south-asia_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/south-asia/environment/news/aquaculture-main-driver-cause-of-mangrove-losses-deforestation-1.html New study confirms devastating effect of aquaculture on mangroves around the world especially in South-East Asia. Thu, 22 Jun 2017 00:00:00 GMT Solar microgrids insufficient to improve rural incomes https://scidev.net/south-asia/energy/news/solar-microgrids-insufficient-improve-rural-income-alternative-power-energy-1.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/south-asia/south-asia_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/south-asia/energy/news/solar-microgrids-insufficient-improve-rural-income-alternative-power-energy-1.html Solar microgrids alone are insufficient to improve socioeconomic conditions in remote areas, says a study. Thu, 15 Jun 2017 09:28:48 GMT Politics plague India’s GM food crop plans https://scidev.net/south-asia/gm/feature/politics-plague-india-gm-food-crop-plans-opposition-1.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/south-asia/south-asia_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/south-asia/gm/feature/politics-plague-india-gm-food-crop-plans-opposition-1.html Loss of environment minister renews political debate over introduction of India’s first genetically modified food crop. Wed, 14 Jun 2017 01:20:00 GMT Climate change could hurt coffee, help banana production https://scidev.net/south-asia/news/climate-change-could-hurt-coffee-help-banana-production-1.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/south-asia/south-asia_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/south-asia/news/climate-change-could-hurt-coffee-help-banana-production-1.html Climate change must be taken into account when planning for suitable growing areas for banana and coffee in Nepal. Tue, 25 Oct 2016 13:09:51 GMT Latent TB noted in nearly half of India’s health workers https://scidev.net/south-asia/tb/news/research-latent-tb-india-health-workers.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/south-asia/south-asia_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/south-asia/tb/news/research-latent-tb-india-health-workers.html Research reveals that more than 4-in-10 health workers in India afflicted with latent tuberculosis. Thu, 13 Oct 2016 18:40:49 GMT India wants changes to water pact with Pakistan https://scidev.net/south-asia/water/news/india-wants-changes-to-water-pact-with-pakistan-1.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/south-asia/south-asia_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/south-asia/water/news/india-wants-changes-to-water-pact-with-pakistan-1.html Border tiff between India and Pakistan triggers review of a treaty on the sharing of Indus River waters. Fri, 07 Oct 2016 10:56:24 GMT Air pollution declines with height https://scidev.net/south-asia/pollution/news/air-pollution-decline-with-height-1.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/south-asia/south-asia_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/south-asia/pollution/news/air-pollution-decline-with-height-1.html Study shows that concentration of black carbon aerosol and particulate matter varies as one goes up from the ground. Thu, 06 Oct 2016 16:07:49 GMT Q&A: India rides the gravitational waves https://scidev.net/south-asia/earth-science/feature/India-rides-the-gravitational-waves.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/south-asia/south-asia_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/south-asia/earth-science/feature/India-rides-the-gravitational-waves.html By participating in the LIGO project India can help discover how the universe began, says Karan Jani. Fri, 30 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT Determining diarrhoeal dehydration in kids https://scidev.net/south-asia/children/news/determining-diarrhoeal-dehydration-in-kids.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/south-asia/south-asia_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/south-asia/children/news/determining-diarrhoeal-dehydration-in-kids.html The ‘DHAKA score’ assesses dehydration in diarrhoea-affected children best, says new study. Wed, 28 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT Polio survivors face new disability https://scidev.net/south-asia/disease/news/disabilities-polio-survivors-treatment-1.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/south-asia/south-asia_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/south-asia/disease/news/disabilities-polio-survivors-treatment-1.html Polio survivors contend with emergence of new disabilities decades after being treated for the disease. Mon, 26 Sep 2016 19:40:56 GMT Sri Lanka eliminates malaria through tight vigil https://scidev.net/south-asia/malaria/news/sri-lanka-eliminates-malaria-through-tight-vigil.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/south-asia/south-asia_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/south-asia/malaria/news/sri-lanka-eliminates-malaria-through-tight-vigil.html Sri Lanka shows that eliminating malaria demands a concerted plan including parasite surveillance. Sun, 18 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT Multiple dengue strains plague Pakistan https://scidev.net/south-asia/disease/news/multiple-dengue-strains-plague-pakistan.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/south-asia/south-asia_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/south-asia/disease/news/multiple-dengue-strains-plague-pakistan.html With four strains of the dengue virus circulating Pakistan faces a serious health crisis, says study. Fri, 09 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT Asia-Pacific ‘hot spot for water insecurity’ https://scidev.net/south-asia/water/feature/asia-pacific-hot-spot-for-water-insecurity-1.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/south-asia/south-asia_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/south-asia/water/feature/asia-pacific-hot-spot-for-water-insecurity-1.html ADB report warns that up to 3.4 billion people could be living in ‘water-stressed’ Asia by 2050. Tue, 06 Sep 2016 19:48:08 GMT Glacial lake outburst floods threaten Tibet, Nepal https://scidev.net/south-asia/water/feature/glacial-lake-outburst-floods-threaten-tibet-nepal.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/south-asia/south-asia_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/south-asia/water/feature/glacial-lake-outburst-floods-threaten-tibet-nepal.html Tibet’s expanding glacial lakes threaten downstream communities in Nepal, reports Jane Qiu. Tue, 06 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT Indian portal one-stop shop on silk research route https://scidev.net/south-asia/data/news/indian-portal-one-stop-shop-on-silk-research-route.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/south-asia/south-asia_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/south-asia/data/news/indian-portal-one-stop-shop-on-silk-research-route.html An Indian web portal, SeriPort, serves as a one-stop shop for everything on silk production and use. Sat, 03 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT India is likely hotbed for drug-resistant stomach bug https://scidev.net/south-asia/disease/news/india-is-likely-hotbed-for-drug-resistant-stomach-bug.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/south-asia/south-asia_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/south-asia/disease/news/india-is-likely-hotbed-for-drug-resistant-stomach-bug.html An increasingly dominant strain of diarrhoea-causing shigella bacteria is emanating from South Asia, says study. Thu, 01 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT Dosing cattle with insecticide to eliminate sandflies https://scidev.net/south-asia/disease/news/dosing-cattle-with-insecticide-to-eliminate-sandflies.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/south-asia/south-asia_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/south-asia/disease/news/dosing-cattle-with-insecticide-to-eliminate-sandflies.html Cattle dosed with insecticide can kill bloodsucking sandflies that spread leishmaniasis, but dairy safety is a worry. Tue, 30 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT Pharmacists key to tackling India’s growing TB burden https://scidev.net/south-asia/tb/news/pharmacists-key-to-tackling-india-growing-tb-burden.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/south-asia/south-asia_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/south-asia/tb/news/pharmacists-key-to-tackling-india-growing-tb-burden.html Pharmacists could play a major role in spotting millions of people suffering from TB in India, says study. Thu, 25 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT India developing Tiger moth allergy diagnostic kit https://scidev.net/south-asia/disease/news/india-developing-tiger-moth-allergy-diagnostic-kit.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/south-asia/south-asia_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/south-asia/disease/news/india-developing-tiger-moth-allergy-diagnostic-kit.html Indian medical scientists are developing a testing kit capable of diagnosing allergic disease caused by moths. Sun, 21 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT Sri Lankan mangroves respond to conservation plan https://scidev.net/south-asia/conservation/news/sri-lankan-mangroves-respond-to-conservation-plan.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/south-asia/south-asia_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/south-asia/conservation/news/sri-lankan-mangroves-respond-to-conservation-plan.html A conservation plan has resulted in the revival of Sri Lanka’s once condemned mangrove forests. Thu, 18 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT