Highlights From South Asia News: March 16, 2013

Pakistan 
Pakistan’s Government ends Unprecedented Full Term Amid Criticism 
By Mubasher Bukhari and Mehreen Zahra-Malik (@bukharimubasher and @mehreenzahra)
For the first time in Pakistan’s history, an elected government has completed its five-year term. Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf will remain a caretaker until a new interim government is installed.
From Reuters http://reut.rs/XQUyjh 
Nepal 
Leadership Change in Nepal Stirs Hope for Stability 
By Gardiner Harris (@gardinerharris)
Chief Justice Khil Raj Regmi is sworn in as the head of the interim government. His task is to oversee Nepali elections.
From New York Times http://nyti.ms/16Apjfi 

Bangladesh 
Editorial
Maybe Bangladesh Has Become The Country Mohammed Ali Jinnah Wanted to Create
By Abdul Majeed (@abdulmajeedabid)

From The Express Tribune http://bit.ly/YfZTAb

Sri Lanka 
China Supports Sri Lanka In Protecting Sovereignty; Offers More Help 
Newly appointed Chinese President Xi Jinping informed Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapuksa of China’s continued support to Sri Lanka in protecting it’s sovereignty in light of the human rights violation charges it is facing.
From Shanghai Daily http://bit.ly/16zQ7fG

India 
Education Important For Spurring Economic Growth: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh stressed the importance of the education sector with relation to increasing growth, stating that the UPA government will take a renewed approach to the sector.
From The Hindu http://bit.ly/XQmKT6

India vs. Australia Cricket Test Series: Shikhar Dhawan Creates History As India Take Firm Grip Over Mohali Test 
Shikhar Dhawan, India’s opening batsman, made history with the fastest ever test century from a debutante batsmen in Mohali with 100 runs from 85 balls, finishing his innings with a total of 185 runs.
From The Indian Express http://bit.ly/13ZwD4u

Afghanistan 
Objections to US Troops Intensify in Afghanistan 
By Rod Nordland (@rodnordland)
Around 300 demonstrators in the Wardak Province protested the continued presence of American Troops in the region.
From New York Times http://nyti.ms/XgqVUH

Myanmar
Google’s Schmidt to Visit Myanmar Promoting Web Access 
By Brian Womack (@brianwomack)
Google’s Chairman Eric Schmidt is visiting Myanmar this month to boost Internet use
From Bloomberg http://bloom.bg/15SZIgi

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