Highlights From South Asia News: March 29, 2013

Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka Steps Up Security After Anti-Muslim Attack By Buddhist Hardliners
Sri Lanka boosted security, including mobile patrols, for Muslim-owned businesses across the country on Friday after a cloth store was torched by Buddhist hardliners, increasing religious tensions.
From The Times of India http://bit.ly/165mmAo

Bangladesh

Bangladesh Clashes Leave Five Dead
Clashes in Bangladesh between police and supporters of the country’s biggest Islamic party – Jamaat E Islaami – left five dead on Friday during protests linked to ongoing war crimes trials, police and media said.
From AFP http://bit.ly/14tZ4Yx

Maldives

Maldives Needs Hybrid Renewable Energy Systems: President Gnashed
President Mohammed Hassan Waheed Manik stressed on the importance of setting up hybrid renewable energy systems for the nation with some help from foreign monetary assistance.
From Haveeru Online http://bit.ly/X2fG58

India

Gold Prices Gain On Moderate Buying, Silver
Gold prices gained further at the domestic bullion market, on moderate demand; silver fell on heavy speculative selling pressure amid lower industrial demand.
From The Indian Express http://bit.ly/13EJ5rv

Column

National Interest: Because We Forget
By Shekhar Gupta
From The Indian Express http://bit.ly/ZJjbxz

The Metropolitan Museum Sign’s Agreement With India’s Ministry of Culture To Cooperate In Areas Including Conversation, Exhibitions and Research

The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Union Ministry of Culture of the Government of India have signed a memorandum of agreement expressing mutual willingness to establish a long-term relationship of cooperation, on Friday.
From The Met Museum http://bit.ly/XMPybV

Nepal
Violence By Nepali Worker’s Hurting Overseas Job Prospects
By Prabhakar Ghimire
Recent instances of violence by Nepali worker’s abroad- particularly in South Korea and Malaysia have increased concern among employers. Remittance contributes to one fourth of Nepal’s GDP.

Afghanistan
Russia May Set Up New Afghanistan Bases
Russia and Nato are in talks about establishing new bases for repairing military hardware.

Pakistan
Taliban Spread Terror in Karachi as The New Gang in Town
By Declan Walsh and Zia-ur-Rehman (@declanwalsh and @zalmayzia)
The Taliban has joined Karachi’s street war, and has begun terrorizing the nation.
By New York Times  http://nyti.ms/YIsFcM

Myanmar
The Burmese Bin-Laden Formenting Violence Against Myanmar’s Muslims
By Eric Randolph (@EricWRandolph)
Sayadaw Wirathu has described himself as the Burmese Bin-Laden. His speeches are seen as a major reason for a spark in violence in the last few weeks.

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