Highlights from South Asia News, March 12 2013

Myanmar
Myanmar Says Protestors Burned by Phosphorous
The government of Myanmar blamed the police for the use of phosphorous bombs on protestors against a controversial Chinese mine last year , but did not call for an end to the project.
Wall Street Journal http://on.wsj.com/XmxDya

Nepal
China Eyes India Trade By Boosting Spending in Nepal
Why is China investing so much in Nepal, asks Adhikari in this article. The annual trade in 2013 between India and China is expected to hit $1.5 billion, a 25-percent rise on an annual basis.
Yahoo News/ AFP http://bit.ly/WfqFIg

India
Social Media Users in Urban India to Reach 66M by June 2013
A report on social media in India by the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) and Indian Market Research Bureau (IMRB) said that social media users in India will increase from 62M in December 2012 to 66M in June 2013.
Indian Express/Press Trust of India http://bit.ly/10ByeZE
Editorial: Food Security is a Futile Chase in India 
by Siddharth Singh
LiveMint http://bit.ly/X2YJED


Afghanistan
Afghanistan Moves to Salvage Ancient Buddhist City- and its Economy
A massive Mes Aynak mine site rich in copper has attracted investment from the world bank and China, but the excavation may ruin all of the ancient Buddhist city: approximately 1000 statues including hundreds of Buddha’s, according to archeologists.
http://hrld.us/Wl7lJE

Afghan Authorities Seize 23 Tons of Heroin, Morphine
In the largest drug bust of the year, Afghan officials have seized 23 Tons of Heroin in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan.
Associated Press http://bit.ly/YXTaa0

Pakistan
Pakistan Bags Six New Guinness World Records
The six new records include 43 passes in one minute for a 11 member hockey team, opening 40 bottle caps by using one’s head in a minute.
The Express Tribune: http://bit.ly/Y8WD6n

Bangladesh
Tigers End Losing Streak
After 12 losses, Bangladesh has their first draw against Sri Lanka in the Test match in Galle International Stadium
Bdnews24.com http://bit.ly/10CE1y2

Sri Lanka
Editorial: Hope and Reconciliation: Healing Sri Lanka’s wounds of Conflict 

by Desmond Tutu and Mary Robinson
The Times of India http://bit.ly/ZwhcgH
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