Highlights from South Asia News March 9, 2013

Bangladesh
Bangladesh: wave of violent attacks against Hindu minority
After a recent series of violent attacks against the Hindu minority in Bangladesh, Amnesty International calls for an urgent need for protection from the local authorities.
http://bit.ly/YOGuSF from Amnesty International

Sri Lanka
Janata Party leader Subramanian Swamy asks the US to work with Sri Lanka on resolution at the UNHRC
Swamy met US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Robert Blake stressing the importance of bilateral consultations with Columbo to work out a consensus on the draft resolution which is supposed to be tabled at the UNHRC on the alleged human rights violations in Sri Lanka.
http://bit.ly/ZsB1Wb from The Economic Times

India
Raja Bhaiya and the Badlands of Kunda
After recent controversy in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, a view into the works of one of India’s most populous and electorally important states.
http://bit.ly/YTm4Io from India Today

Editorial:
Rahul Gandhi’s political thoughts
http://bit.ly/YTm4Io from The Indian Express

Maldives
The glowing blue waves of the Maldives explained
In pictures, an exploration and understanding of the bioluminescent waters in the Maldives
http://bit.ly/x8XWal from National Geographic

Pakistan
Angry Mob in Pakistan Torches Dozen’s of Christian Homes after accusations of Blasphemy
An angry Muslim crowd attacked a Christian neighborhood in Lahore, killing at least four people and wounding 28. More than 150 houses and two churches were set on fire.
http://wapo.st/WRx35I from The Washington Post

Afghanistan
Blast Hits Kabul Shortly After Arrival of Hagel
Two deadly bombings welcomed U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on his first visit to Afghanistan. The blasts killed at least 19 people. Eight were boys 10 to 18 years of age.
http://nyti.ms/14GOcCh from The New York Times

Nepal
War Crimes, Army Rank Issues to Keep Consensus at Bay in Nepal
By Gyanu Adhikari
Nepal’s four major political parties fail once again to reach a decision on contentious issues. The failure increases the likelihood of delay in June elections.
http://bit.ly/YMqdRi from The Hindu

Editorial:
Drastic and Dangerous
By Murari Sharma
Sharma makes the case that the Maoist’s trying to appease the Indian government is simply a means to retain power. In this article, he says the Maoist government is power-hungry and therefore dangerous.
http://bit.ly/10nfHjR from Republica

Myanmar
Suu Kyi Calls for Party Unity
Aung San Suu Kyi tries to strengthen her party’s democratic values by calling for delegates (the backbone of the National League for Democracy) to choose new leaders without a personal alliance or connection.
http://on.wsj.com/WAdWST from The Wall Street Journal

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