Highlights From South Asia News: March 28, 2013

Bangladesh

Bangladesh Script Thrilling Win In The Final Match Of The Cricket Series Against Sri-Lanka
Bangladesh defeated Sri Lanka by three wickets in the third and final one-day international in Pallekele on Thursday to level the series 1-1.
From NDTV/AFP http://bit.ly/YWpc6r

Myanmar

Myanmar Leader Threatens Rioters With Force
PResident Thein Sein declared in a televised speech that his government will use force if necessary to quell the religious rioting, as Buddhist mobs attacked Muslims across several towns.
From Al Jazeera http://aje.me/10ddwim

India
U.S. Leaders Meet Controversial Leader of India’s Gujarat State, Narendra Modi
In the first high-level American visit to the state in more than eight years members of the U.S. Congress from Illinois, Wyoming and Washington states visited he controversial chief minister of Gujarat, Narendra Modi. Modi has been barred from a U.S. visa since alleged human rights violations in 2002.
By Rama Lakshmi (@ramanewdelhi)
From The Washington Post http://wapo.st/170SQ27

Backstory on Modi Visa Issue, December 2012
Continue Denying Visa To Modi: U.S. Congressman
From The Hindu http://bit.ly/11TaO2L

Column: Leaders
The Jumbo Everyone Likes To Take For A Rise:  Forget Italy, Even India’s Smaller Neighbors Don’t Take Its Foreign Policy Seriously. 
By Kanwal Sibal, Former Foreign Secretary of India

Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka’s Dialog Axia Wins 4G Spectrum Auction for $25M  Official
Sri Lanka’s top mobile phone operator Dialog Axiata will roll out the nation’s first movable 4G LTE network, sealing the deal for $25M at an auction by the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission, beating two local competitors.

Pakistan
Pakistan Army to Deploy 50,000 Troops To Secure May 11 Polls
Pakistan’s army will deploy close to 50,000 troops across the nation to secure the general election process in May which is at threat from a “massive terrorist threat” from the Taliban and other militant groups, according to the Pakistan Internal Ministry 
From LiveMint/PTI http://bit.ly/11S4LyZ

Opinion
Why Should I Vote?
By Nadir Hassan (@nadir_hassan)
From The Express Tribune http://bit.ly/14rkNQQ

Maldives
Vote Buying, Political Polarization, Credibility Critical To 2013 Maldives Elections: Transparency Maldives Report
An extensive pre-election report (http://bit.ly/16kIuZq), discusses the critical challenges to the Maldives ahead of the Presidential elections in the island nation.
From Minivan News http://bit.ly/ZrAyPK

Afghanistan 
52 Taliban Members Killed In One Day
Operations carried out by Afghanistan’s national police, army, National Directorate of Security and NATO led coalition forces led to deaths of 52 armed Taliban members in the past day according to the Ministry of Interior.
By Elizabeth Joseph (@elizabethcnn)

Video
Skiing in Afghanistan
The Bamian Province Is The Only Region Trying To Actively Promote Adventure Tourism
By Vikram Singh
From The New York Times http://nyti.ms/11Sfk5k

Nepal
Students, Youth Seek Free, Fair Elections In Nepal
Sister organisations of the Nepali Congress and the Communist Party of Nepal-UML submitted memoranda to Chief Election Commissioner and chairman of the Interim Election Council demanding free, fair and credible Constituent Assembly elections in a peaceful environment
From Himalaya Times http://bit.ly/11TpK0z
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