More Suicide Attacks in Pakistan, India Internet Use to Triple by 2014 | September 11 – 16

Indian Parliament building. Credit: js42/Creative Commons

Indian Parliament building. Credit: js42/Creative Commons

Life moves fast. News moves faster. Four children and their bus driver were killed Tuesday when a gunman opened fire on their bus in Peshawar, Pakistan. The first weapon, a rocket-fired grenade, missed its target but subsequent use of AK-47 assault rifles killed five and sent another 18, including 15 children, to the hospital. Pakistan’s Taliban militants carried out the attack, perhaps in response to Osama bin Laden’s killing earlier this year.

India’s Parliament has a disappointing proportion of women among its members, ranking it at 100 of countries worldwide in terms of female representation. Rwanda, on the other hand, has the most women in its Parliament of any nation. The Women’s Reservation Bill, which would secure 33 percent of Parliament’s seats for women, was introduced in 1996 and passed by one house in March 2010. The second house has yet to consider it, and representation will remain at around 10 percent in each house until the bill passes.

By 2014, the number of Internet users in India will reach 300 million, a 300 percent increase from today. Only the U.S. and China surpass India in the sheer number of Internet users, although just 8 percent of the South Asian nation’s population is online. Rajan Anandan, Google’s head in India, said the government needs to adopt more Internet-friendly policies and the price of smartphones should come down. Once that happens, India’s Internet usage will likely continue its pattern of growth.

In the face of massive flooding that threatens and is already destroying parts of southern Pakistan, Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani canceled his upcoming trip to the U.S. “Pakistani leaders were widely criticized for neglecting victims of floods last year that killed about 2,000 people and made 11 million homeless and again stand accused of moving too slowly,” according to Reuters. While Prime Minister Gilani stays behind to tend to the increasing damages, Pakistan’s fresh Foreign Minister, Hina Rabbani Khar, will represent the country instead.

Thirty-one people died in a suicide bomb attack on the funeral of an anti-Taliban leader in Shina Samar Bagh, Pakistan. The small town, located 15 miles west of the Afghan border, was home to Bakhat Khan, a militia member whose opposition to Taliban rule in the area may have made him a target. Khan died Wednesday night.

  1. Gunmen kill five on Pakistan school bus [Reuters]
  2. India ranks 100th on women representation in Parliament [Greater Kashmir]
  3. Internet users to triple in India by 2014: Google [The Next Web]
  4. Pakistani PM cancels U.S. visit due to floods [Reuters]
  5. Bomb kills 31 at funeral in Pakistan [Philly.com]

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