Highlights From South Asia News: April 13, 2013

India
Gold Prices Suffer Biggest Loss Ever On Global Cues
The bullion market witnessed crash-like conditions as gold prices recorded the biggest fall ever to hit a one-year low due to frantic selling by stockists responding to the fall in overseas markets.
From The Indian Express http://bit.ly/ZszlYN

Sri Lanka
Armed Men Set Fire To Sri Lankan Newspaper Press 
By Krishan Francis
Armed men stormed a tamil language newspaper press in Sri Lanka’s former war zone early Saturday and set fire to printing machines and newspapers ready for distribution in the second attack on the paper this month.
From AP http://apne.ws/ZUGh8g

Bangladesh
Prime Minister Sheik Hasina Rejects New Formula For Polls
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina dismissed the proposals for a poll-time government for a neutral election from the Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB)
From The Daily Star http://bit.ly/YksHok

Maldives
Maldives Ex-President Fair Trial In “Serious Doubt”: United Kingdom Bar Human Rights Committee 

By Mohamed Visham
The United Kingdom’s Bar Human Rights Committee (BHRC) is concerned by the lack of impartiality and independence of the judiciary from political influence in the Maldives and whether former President Mohamed Nasheed can be guaranteed a fair trial.
From Haveeru Online http://bit.ly/15aGFjZ

Nepal
Blame Game in Nepal over Poll Delay
By Gyanu Adhikari
The Nepali government has yet to announce to election dates . This could be a way to buy more time for the government, writes Adhikari.
The Hindu http://bit.ly/156D1Y5

Myanmar
Syu Kii visit highlights Japan’s Myanmar Push
By Elaine Kurtenbach (@ekurtenbach)
Aung San Suu Kyi will be visiting Japan for the first time in 27 years. The visit highlights Japan’s growing interest in the region
US News/ Associated Press http://bit.ly/126J0JN

Pakistan
Pakistan Bus Bomb Kills Atleast 8 passengers
8 people have been killed in a bomb blast in Pakistan’s region bordering Afghanistan.
The Guardian http://bit.ly/17xZ3CF

Umpire Nadeem Ghauri Banned By Pakistan For Four Years
The Pakistan Cricket Board has banned Ghauri for four years following an allegation of corruption
BBC Sport http://bbc.in/XyWgFh

Afghanistan
Young Diplomat Killed in Afghanistan was lost on foot when she died
This article provides all the details about the young diplomat, Anne Smedinghoff, 25 who died from a suicide bomb attack in Afghanistan.
By Associated Press/Daily Mail http://bit.ly/156EE8e

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