Highlights From South Asia News: March 27, 2013

Bangladesh
Bangladesh Issues Shoot At Sight Orders During Opposition Strikes
Bangladeshi authorities issued “shoot at sight” orders as main opposition BNP and its allies enforced a 36-hour nationwide strike demanding resignation of the ruling Awami League government.
From Zee News/ PTI http://bit.ly/16YKYxQ

Feature
Bangladesh and Saudi Arabia: Revenge Of The Migrant Employer?
From The Economist http://econ.st/XfFVqe

Maldives
Maldives Gains From Ocean State Forecasts

By Y. Mallikarjun
Due to state-of-the-art Ocean Forecast services provided since March 8 by the Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services, navigating the Maldivian seas will not be easier for tourists, administrators and fishermen.
From The Hindu http://bit.ly/WWOo02

Sri Lanka
Sri Lankan President Rajapaksa Warns Of Attempts To Scuttle Peace
Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapapaksa on Wednesday warned of local and international attempts to scuttle peace in the island nation, stressing the rights of all Sri Lankans to protect their nation’s peace and not fall prey to rumors.
From The Hindu http://bit.ly/YF1Kib

India
State Announces SOP For Cops In Naxal-Hit Areas
Considering the “dangerous nature of their work”, the state adopted a government resolution to hike by salaries for one year by 50 percent for members of the police force in naxal affected states.
From The Indian Express http://bit.ly/Zqhrpi

Column
The New Delhi Consensus
By Shashi Tharoor (@shashitharoor)
From Project Syndicate http://bit.ly/15VLWrl

Nepal
Nepali Rupee To Be Traded In Thomas Reuter’s Platform
For the first time, the Nepali rupee will be traded with other currencies on the Thomas Reuter’s Dealing Platform
From EKantipur http://bit.ly/10eDiRJ

Opinion
Nepal: A Bittersweet Farewell
By Frankie Taggart @frankietaggart)
While the country is still poor and has a lot of challenges to overcome, the story of Nepal is a story of hope, writes Taggart as he leaves the country as AFP’s Bureau Chief
From AFP http://bit.ly/15VxMqm

Myanmar 
US Warns Citizens in Myanmar Amid Deadly Sectarian Unrest
By Jethro Mullen (@jethromullen)
The US has issued an warning to US citizens to avoid Mingalar Market and Yuzana Plaza, as violence fueled by religious sectarian violence
From CNN http://bit.ly/10eGq01

Afghanistan
Afghanistan Says Ready to Work for Peace Without Pakistan Help
Michael Georgy ( @michaelgeorgy1) and Hamid Shalizi (@hamidshalizi)
Deputy Foreign Minister of Afghanistan, Jawed Ludin says he is disappointed by neighboring Pakistan’s complacency in Afgan’s peace process, and is ready to work without them.
From Reuters http://reut.rs/YEXFul

Pakistan
The Role of Benazir Bhutto’s Son in Pakistan Election Uncertain
Zarar Khan and Munir Ahmed
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, 24, was expected to play a key role in rallying but will not be active because of security concerns.
From Associated Press http://bit.ly/Yg0UZx

Video
A Rare Video Footage of Pakistani Crackdown in Dhaka, Bangladesh ( then East Pakistan) in 1971.
Vimeo http://vimeo.com/62805152

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