Highlights From South Asia News: April 2nd, 2013

Bangladesh
New Anti-Government Strike Hits Bangladesh
Police officials said at least 30 people were injured in the latest violence where opposition activists detonated small homemade bombs and set fire to vehicles in Dhaka.
From Al Jazeera http://aje.me/12b3Vxn

Maldives
Support Grows For Maldives Tourism Boycott
By Oliver Smith
Following the sentence of a 15-year-old girl to 100 lashes for pre-marital sex, a petition hosted by avaaz.com, which contains a plea to the curtest President, is slowly gaining momentum worldwide.
From The Telegraph http://bit.ly/103HaI5

India
First Cracks In BJP Emerge Post Narendra Modi’s Elevation, BJP President Forced Onto Back Foot
Gujarat Chief Minister, Narendra Modi’s elevation to the parliamentary committee creates some rifts within the BJP.
From The Indian Express/PTI http://bit.ly/Xbrh23

Column

The Contractor State
By Pratap Bhanu Mehta
From The Indian Express http://bit.ly/14LcyzB

Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka Drops Case Against Monks
Seventeen suspects, including three Buddhist monks, accused of attacking a Muslim-owned cloth store here, were released after a Sri Lankan court dismissed the charges against them.
From The Hindu/PTI http://bit.ly/12cQoSq

Nepal
From Burma To Nepal
President Jimmy Carter on a trip to Myanmar said that Myanmar should learn from Nepal, and include all ethnic minorities in its democratic process
From Nepali Times http://bit.ly/14BUZBw

Myanmar

Myanmar Fire Kills 13 Muslim Students, adding to Buddhist Muslim Tensions
By Whitney Eulich (@weulich)
While the death of the 13 Muslim students has been blamed on a electrical short, there is widespread suspicion that this was this was a conspiracy.
From Christian Science Monitor http://bit.ly/10lCtZS

Afghanistan
Investigative Piece
The Great Afghan Corruption
By Dilip Hiro
Hiro argues that the wide-spread corruption in Afghanistan has roots in war the pentagon funded
Mother Jones http://bit.ly/11iIFn0

Pakistan

Pakistan’s Young Voters View Democracy with Despair, Finds Survey
By Jon Boone
Pakistan’s youth is highl pessimistic and has a low opinion of democracy, according to a study.
From The Guardian http://bit.ly/12deA7c

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