Highlights From South Asia News: March 19, 2013

Pakistan
Pakistan Arrests Militant Wanted in Daniel Pearl Killing
By Salman Masood (@SalmanMasood)
Qari Abdul Haye, a leader of Islamist group ‘Lashkar-e-Jhangvi was arrested for involvement in Daniel Pearl killing.
New York Times http://nyti.ms/YmXgwn

Myanmar
US Completes First MIA Mission to Myanmar Since 2004
The US search team has completed its first mission after 2004 of searching for American bodies missing since World War 2.
Global Post/ AFP http://bit.ly/10einl5

Afghanistan
Security Council Extends Mission Amid Calls for Continued UN Support
The UN Secretary Council has extended its mission to Afghanistan for another year. Secretary General Ban Ki Moon urged full support till the Afghanistan takes control of all regions.
UN News Centre http://bit.ly/WU0BEU

Book Review
“Fountainhead of Jihad: The Haqqani Nexus 1973-2012,” by Vahid Brown and Don Rassler
By Myra MacDonald (@myramacdonald)
MacDonald reviews the book “Fountainhead of Jihad: The Haqqani Nexus 1973-2012,” by Vahid Brown and Don Rassler. The book is unusual in detailing how close the ties between the Haqqanis and the AlQaeda are, says MacDonald.
Reuters http://reut.rs/WE5XmA

Nepal
Election Date Only After EC Formation
The Interim Government said they would announce an election date only after the appointment of the chief election commissioner and other election commissioners.
Himlayan News Service http://bit.ly/ZR2aP7

Sri Lanka
Indian Government Loses Key Ally Over United Nations Resolution on Sri Lanka
By Rama Lakshmi (@RamaNewDelhi)
A key southern ally walked out of India’s national coalition government demanding that a push for tough amendments to the U.N. resolution against war crimes during Sri Lanka’s civil war.
From The Washington Post http://wapo.st/10fw7Mz

Editorial
Winning The Peace In Sri Lanka
By David L. Philips
From The Boston Globe http://b.globe.com/ZRRX5g

India
Cabinet Clears Food Security Bill
The Indian union cabinet cleared the national food security bill that seeks to provide legal entitlement of foodgrain to 75 percent of the rural population and up to 50 percent of the urban population.
From The Indian Express http://bit.ly/11cKBeZ

Column
With Food Security Bill, The United Progressive Alliance Signals It Is Election Ready
By Venky Vembu (venky 2000)
From First Post http://bit.ly/ZIGAy3

Bangladesh
Nepal And Bangladesh Reducing Poverty Faster Than India: Oxford University Study
A study using the multidimensional poverty index founded at Oxford, saw Nepal with 4.1 percent and Bangladesh with 3.2 percent points compared with India at 1.2 percent.
From IBN Live http://bit.ly/146Hl9q

Column
A few key people in Delhi have hatched a diabolical solution to Bangladeshi immigrants: make India a less attractive destination
By Jaithirith Rao
From The Financial Express http://bit.ly/146H5af

Maldives
Former Maldives Leader Nasheed Sees Turmoil If Unable To Contest Upcoming Polls
By Andrew MacAskill
The former president of the Maldives predicts the country will be plunged into violence and
political turmoil if he’s prevented from standing in the nation’s elections
http://bloom.bg/YF7Drw
From Bloomberg http://bloom.bg/YF7Drw

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