Highlights From South Asia News: March 7, 2013

Bangladesh
Bangladesh Now India’s Largest Trading Partner in Sub-Continent 
Bangladesh has beat Sri Lanka as India’s largest trading partner. This is attributed to an increase in export of agricultural imports from India, and import of textiles from Bangladesh.
Live Mint and The Wall Street Journal http://bit.ly/ZiIYNF

Pakistan
Pakistan Is Not a Fix Over Iran Pipeline 
By Farooq Awan
The government of Pakistan is going to complete its oil pipeline project with Iran , despite US disapproval. The foreign ministry says it hopes America understands its economic pressures.
Daily Times http://bit.ly/12xX1Tw

India
GDP Set to Grow 6.2 Percent in 2013: Moody’s 
Moody Analytics said today that a steady accelerated growth is expected for India this year. This is a change from 5.1 percent in 2012.
The Times of India http://bit.ly/10dUMzq

Sri Lanka
SriLanka Cardinal Hews to Tradition in Papal Race
Malcolm Ranjith, Sri Lanka’s second cardinal in history is being mentioned as a possible successor to Benedict, especially as the Catholic Church moves globally south.
By Krishan Francis
Associated Press http://apne.ws/10bpFo9

Afghanistan
America’s Long Withdrawal from Afghanistan 
By Yuri Kozirev and Nate Rawlings
This photo-essay shows what packing up after a war looks like. A short article by Nate Rawlings
Time Photo-essay http://ti.me/Z3jFNA

Where the Mullah’s are Mulling 
Muslim scholars from around the world- Indonesia, Britain, Pakistan, met in a conference room to discuss Afghanistan
By Andrew Finkel
New York Times http://nyti.ms/YxHGNp

Nepal 
Nation Limps Back to Normal After Two Days of Bandh 
The Madhesi Jan-Adhikar forum called off the countrywide closure after immense criticism. There were no casualties involved.
The Himalayan Times http://bit.ly/16ckmsW

Myanmar 
Rakhine Crisis Risk Spreads, Endangering Myanmar Reforms: UN 
By Stephanie Nebehey
A United Nations investigator report says that Myanmar could falter if it does not tackle human right abuses and the sectarian conflict between the Rakhine Buddhists and the Muslim Rohingyas
Reuters http://reut.rs/WwDfFn

Maldives 
Four Week Reprive for Nasheed Analysis 
By N Sathiya Murthy
Murthy provides an analysis about why the court in Maldives adjourned the trial of former Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed
Eurasiareview http://bit.ly/16cxbn0

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