Highlights from South Asia News: March 13, 2013

Nepal
Major Parties Ink 11 pt. Agreement
Thira L Bhusal
Prime minister Babu Ram Bhattarai is going to step aside as Nepal prepares for a new government. After 10 months of political deadlock, the four major parties in Nepal have decided to form an interim election government under the Chief Justice, and hold elections on June 21st, 2013.
Republica http://bit.ly/ZLMGQ0

Myanmar
Myanmar Villagers Unhappy that Suu Kyi Backed Mine
By Yadana Htun
More than 700 villagers protested as Suu Kyi’s motorcade passed the four villages affected by the operation of the copper mine. The mine is a joint venture with a mining company in China, and could sour relations with the country- if shut down.
ABC News/ Associated Press http://abcn.ws/15N6t3l

Afghanistan
McKeon Backs Keeping 13,600 Troops After Trip to Afghanistan
By Laura Litvan
Californian Republican and House armed services committee chairman has said the US should keep 13,600 troops in Afghanistan after 2014 after returning from the country. Last month US Defense Secretary discussed keeping 8000-12,000 troops in the country.
Bloomberg BusinessWeek http://buswk.co/13TdXTN

Pakistan
Pakistan Dismissed Indian Allegation Over Srinagar Attack
Pakistan says that remarks made by Indian home secretary suggesting Pakistan was responsible for the attack on the Central Reserve Police Force is false, and such comments will undermine efforts of both countries to normalize.
DAWN http://bit.ly/14WZ4fA

India
50 percent rise in US Visas issued to Indian Students in 2012
By Himanshi Dhawan
There are currently 100, 270 Indian Students studying in the United States. This is approximately 13 percent of the international students in the US.
The Times of India http://bit.ly/YafOQy

Bangladesh
47 Temples, 700 Hindu Houses Torched Across Bangladesh
The verdict against Delwar Hossain Sayedee and other Jamaat E Islami Leaders has triggered the worst violence since independence for Bangladesh.
AFP http://bit.ly/10M22GJ

Sri Lanka
Can Japan Save Mahindra?
By Upul Joseph Fernando
The writer explores Japan’s relationship with Sri Lanka and asks if Mahindra’s visit is a plea to Japan to stop investigations of war crimes.
SriLanka Guardian http://bit.ly/ZAWedd

Maldives
TV Journalist Attacked in Maldives
Ibrahiim ‘Aswad’ Waheed, Head of News of Raaje TV was attacked by unknown assailants.
Global Voices http://bit.ly/16nIOYg

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