Highlights From South Asia News: April 9, 2013

Pakistan
Feature Story:
How a Single Spy Helped Turn Pakistan Against the United States
By Mark Mazzetti (@MarkMazzettiNYT)
Read the story on how the arrest of American spy Raymond Davis changed America’s relationship with Pakistan, making America Pakistan’s enemy.
From New York Times http://nyti.ms/10R9smE
Nepal
Nepal’s GDP Growth to Slow Down 3.5 percent in FY 2013:
The Asian Development Bank has predicted that Nepal’s GDP growth will slow down to 3.5 percent this year from 4.6 percent this year. The slump is attributed to drop in paddy production and expected heavy monsoons.
From Republica http://bit.ly/17pocQ5
Myanmar
Japan Prepares for Major Role in Myanmar’s Rice Industry
There are hopes that Myanmar may become one of the region’s key rice exporters. The joint venture between Myanmar Agri Business Public Corporation and Japanese conglomerates is being seen as a positive sign for Myanmar
From Bangkok Post http://bit.ly/12GxGD1
Afghanistan
In Afghanistan, An Unlikely Quest For Asylum
While millions of Afghans seek asylum outside their native country, the world’s unluckiest reguees are the ones fleeing their homes for war-town Afghanistan.
By Kevin Sieff (@ksieff)
From The Washington Post http://wapo.st/YaFbyR

Photo Essay
Long Ago in Afghanistan
A time in Afghanistan when life did not revolve around war
From The Washington Post http://wapo.st/10PUizJ
Maldives
Committed To Women’s Rights: President Mohammed Waheed
Maldives President Mohammed Waheed pledged his commitment to women’s rights, in light of current protests against the sentencing of a 15-year-old girl to 100 lashes.
From Zee News http://bit.ly/Z6JYV4

Sri Lanka
US Special Envoy Michele Sison Warns Sri Lanka Over Anti-Muslim Riots
U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka Michele Sison  expressed alarm at a rising anti-Muslim campaign in the nation and warned that such elements along with attacks on the media should not be permissible.
From The Indian Express/ AP http://bit.ly/ZC9eFR

Bangladesh
Fresh Violence In Bangladesh As Strike Begins
One person has been killed and dozens injured at the start of a 36-hour strike by an opposition alliance in Bangladesh, officials have said.
From Al Jazeera http://aje.me/17pxQSL

India
Five Indian Peacekeepers Killed In South Sudan
Five Indian peacekeepers, including a lieutenant colonel, lost their lives while escorting a United Nations convoy in a particularly volatile part of South Sudan.
By Sandeep Dixit (@sanfunhindu) and Vinay Kumar 
From The Hindu http://bit.ly/ZLOXGQ

Editorial
The Right To Education Act: Not By Outputs Alone
By Yamini Aiyar
From The Indian Express http://bit.ly/ZC7Oez


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