Highlights From South Asia News: April 11, 2013

Maldives
Maldives Tourism Boycott Puts President On The Defense
A petition across the world condemning the Maldives’ decision to subject a 15-year-old to 100 lashes as a sentence, has the President Mohamed Waheed on the defensive.
By Mark Johanson (@MarkJohansonIBT)
From International Business Times http://bit.ly/Yggktr

Nepal
Next Budget To Be Private Sector Friendly: Finance Minister
The finance minister Shankar Koirala states that budget for fiscal year 2013-14 will be a private sector friendly, particularly focussed on development in the sector, and that the government will consult with that sector while drafting the budget.
From The Himalayan Times http://bit.ly/YOGQhi

Bangladesh
Bangladesh Opposition Editor Mahmudur Rahman Arrested
The acting editor of a pro-opposition Bengali language newspaper, Amar Desh, in Bangladesh has been arrested by the police on several charges, including sedition.
From BBC http://bbc.in/ZQ3lhn

Myanmar
Myanmar Opens Hydrocarbon Auctions
Myanmar has opened a long-awaited auction for 30 offshore oil and gas exploration blocks in its latest effort to attract foreign investment even as it considers recasting a series of older contracts with outside companie
By Gwen Robinson (@RobinsonBKK) and Lionel Barber (@BarberLionel)
From The Financial Times http://on.ft.com/10PdnBB

Afghanistan
Column
Afghanistan Goes Backward While Taliban Chief Lives It Up In Qatar
By Peter Popham (@PeterPopham)
From The Independent http://ind.pn/Yrt3Oh

Pakistan
Taliban Kill Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Election Candidate 
A grocer set to contest next month’s general elections was shot dead by Pakistani Taliban gunmen on Thursday in a drive-by killing in the southern city of Hyderabad, the first such assassination before the historic polls on May 11.
From Dawn http://bit.ly/16QqCpL

Sri Lanka
India Responsible For 30-Year War: Defense Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa
Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa holds India accountable for the 30-year civil war in Sri Lanka, and the plight of the Tamil-speaking people in the nation.
By Meera Srinivasan (@meerasrini)
From The Hindu http://bit.ly/10XTMQ6

India
For The First Time, Private Firms Can Bid To Make Artillery Guns
The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) of the Indian Ministry of Defence has, for the first time, decided to allow Indian private entities to participate in a bid for making artillery guns.
By Pranab Dhal Samanta (@pranabsamanta)
From The http://bit.ly/151Ges1
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