Highlights From South Asia News: March 23, 2013

Myanmar 
Number of Myanmar Refugees Killed in Fire at Thailand Camp Rises to 35
35 people have been found dead after Friday’s fire at the Ban Mae Surin refugee camp.
Washington Post/ AP http://wapo.st/YweUhs

Afghanistan
U. S, Afghanistan Reach Agreement on Prison Transfer: Pentagon
A prison – that has been a source of much negotiations between the Afghan and US government is going to be handed over to the Afghan government.
Reuters: http://reut.rs/Y6Q0VV

Nepal
Third Gender Citizenship
For the first time in the district of Makwanpur, Ajita Bhujel, 23, was granted a third-gender citizenship.
Himalayan Times http://bit.ly/13m13Pp

Opinion
Policing the Police
By Murari Sharma
The writer tackles the double standards of the police force, and calls for better judgement.
Republica http://bit.ly/Y6MUkI

India
India to Ease Rules for Overseas Funds Purchasing Rupee Bonds
By Unni Krishnan
In an attempt to reduce the current deficit, the Indian government will reduce restrictions for foreign funds purchasing corporate bonds.
Bloomberg http://bloom.bg/108vcev

Opinion
In India, Women’s Issues are Finally Out Front
By Vikas Bajaj (@vikasbajaj)
The new law against sexual- violence passed by the parliament is incomplete, says Bajaj. But gender issues have come far, he says.

Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka accused of Ongoing Torture and Abuse of Tamil Prisioners
By Mark Townsend and Hussein Kesvani (@Townsendmark and @Hkesvani)
Britain is facing increasing pressure to withdraw the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting to be held in Colombo later this year.
Guardian http://bit.ly/YMB62X

Bangladesh
Dhaka to Host Second US- Bangladesh Dialogue
The second partnership dialogue between the two countries will be held in May.
BD News 24 http://bit.ly/11x15Td

Pakistan
Weather Interrupts Tsunami Rally; Imran Makes Six Promises
Heavy rain interrupted the speech of Cricketer turned Politician Imran Khan. More than a 100,000 people came to hear Khan speak.
DAWN http://bit.ly/103coMz

Maldives
650,000 Sign Petition Against Maldives’ Rape Victim Flogging
A petition started two days ago by avaarz.org condemning the Maldives sentencing of the 15 year old with a 100 lashes has 650,000 signatures.
AFP/ AU News http://bit.ly/X3dQDl

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