Highlights from South Asia News: Feb 27, 2013

India
Budget 2013: It’s economy slowed, India faces critical budget decisions
India’s budget comes at a time of conflicting fiscal and political pressures
by Jim Yardley
Maldives
Rape victims punished, failed by Maldives justice system
A Maldivian court sentenced a 15-year-old rape victim to lashes and house arrest
by Hawwa Lubna
Bangladesh
The Bangladesh Spring
Protestors in Dhaka are clamoring for secular values and for justice
by K. Anis Ahmed
Sri Lanka
Revisiting the horror in Sri Lanka 
by Manu Joseph
Nepal
All Together Now:
Lower rung leaders and Nepal Bar Association say chief justice cannot serve as Prime Minister
Myanmar
Tense stand-off follows deadly land dispute in Myanmar’s delta region 
Pakistan
Iran tells Zardari pipeline must advance despite US opposition
Afghanistan
Taliban ‘poison’ and shoot dead 17 people inside Afghanistan militia post

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