Highlights From South Asia News: April 16, 2013

Maldives
Former Police Commissioner Faces Corruption Charges
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) compelled the Prosecutor General’s Office (PGO) to press corruption charges against former Commissioner of Police Adam Zahir over the alleged embezzlement from the police budget.
By Ahmed Naish (@AhmedNaish)
From Minivan News http://bit.ly/11928FT

Sri Lanka

Amid Ongoing Reports Of Abuse, Tamils Are Still Fleeing Sri Lanka
Following the arson attack on a Tamil language newspaper, Uthayan,  and strikes in the media industry and a rising unsafe environment in the island nation, Tamils continue to flee their country.
By Krista Mahr (@KristaMahr)
From TIME http://ti.me/12iTrtZ

Pakistan

Five Killed In Pakistan’s Balochistan Region
In an earthquake (~7.8) that rocked South Eastern Iran, tremors were felt across the several Middle Eastern countries and even in Pakistan, the UAE and Northern India.
From BBC http://bbc.in/ZxBYbT

Musharraf Barred From May Polls

The Pakistan election tribunal disqualified former President Pervez Musharraf from running in Chitral in the north-west; he earlier failed to meet requirements to contest in three other seats.
From BBC http://bbc.in/YZPxFo

Bangladesh

Bangldesh Simmers As Islamic Conservatives and Progressives Clash
By Jason Burke (@Burke_Jason) and Saad Hammadi (@SaadHammadi)
As the radical – and growing – rightwing party Hefazat-e-Islam demands stricter religious adherence, the millions of women who work in Bangladesh’s garment industry are worried for their jobs.
From The Guardian http://bit.ly/17imVYj

Nepal

Young Nepalis Dialogues On Democracy
A leadership platform, Program on Promoting Dialogue for Nepal’s Peaceful Transformation and a Lasting Democracy, has enabled Nepali youth from various colleges around the nation to come together to discuss the nation’s future.
From Republica http://bit.ly/11dfQGz

India
Reliance Industries Profits Up By 32percent On Refining Margins
Indian conglomerate  Reliance Industries Limited, posted a 32 percent rise in its quarterly profit, beating expectations.
From Prashant Mehra (@prsmehra) 
From Reuters http://reut.rs/14sGxgs

Border Security Forces Seize Pounds Of Heroin

The Border Security Force (BSF) claims to have recovered 18kg heroin worth approximately $17 Million and fake currency from Rattoke border out post (BOP) in Ferozepur, Punjab along India’s border with Pakistan.
From The Hindustan Times http://bit.ly/14sIIRe

Myanmar
Suu Kyi Calls For Japanese Investment In Myanmar

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi called for Japanese investment and economic aid that would create jobs in the Southeast Asian economy, in her first visit to Japan in 27 years.

From The Economic Times / AFP http://bit.ly/YZRyS8

Afghanistan

Feature
The People We Are Leaving Behind
By George Packer
From The New Yorker http://nyr.kr/1199qcC

Backstory: Story Of A Stranded Afghan Interpreter http://nyti.ms/YP9VKo

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