Highlights From South Asia News: April 17, 2013

Pakistan
Casualties Mount in Pakistan Quake
By Nasir Habib (@nasirhabib11) 
The earthquake that struck near Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan has left 35 dead and more than 150 injured.

From CNN http://bit.ly/17GT5jd

Sri Lanka
Sri Lankan President Assures Leaders Of Islamic Nations To Take Action Against Islamic Disharmony
Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa assured the leaders of Islamic countries that Sri Lanka is committed to maintain religious harmony in the country and will not tolerate any unlawful activities raising religious tension
From The Colombo Page http://bit.ly/10ikKXk
Bhutan
Column
Letter From Bhutan: A Monk’s Life
By Istvan Hernadi (@IstvanH)
FromThe Guardian http://bit.ly/ZsmBWk
India 
16 Injured In Blast Near BJP Headquarters In Bangalore
At least 16 people, including eight policemen, were injured when an “incendiary bomb” placed in a motorbike exploded near the Karnataka BJP Bangalore office buzzing with activity ahead of the May 5 assembly polls.
From The Hindustan Times http://bit.ly/174cTLZ
Maldives
Finance Minister Confident MPs Will Back Wider Revenue Measures
By Neil Merret
Finance Minister Abdulla Jihad is confident that MPs will approve a raft of measures to raise state revenue, even after they narrowly rejected government proposals to increase an airport service charge on Tuesday.
From Minivan News http://bit.ly/13jDQcn
Bangladesh
Verdict Any Day In Kamaruzzaman’s War Tribunal
After the proceedings for the International Crimes Tribunal-2 in Bangladesh concluded on Tuesday, it may deliver verdict in the war crimes case against Jamaat-e-Islami leader Muhammad Kamaruzzaman any day now.
From The Daily Star http://bit.ly/ZywiiV
Nepal
Dahal Meets Chinese Vice President
Chairman of UCPN- Maoists met Chinese Vice President Li Yuonchao and discussed bi-lateral relations on a visit to China. He also visited Mao Zedong’s memorial site

From The Republica http://bit.ly/Z3yWk0

Myanmar
Suu Kyi Says Myanmar Muslims Must Be Made to Feel Secure
By Antoni Slodkowski (@slodek) 
Suu Kyi has said that she is not a magician, and sorting of disputes between Muslims and Buddhists will take time. In the meantime, she thinks its necessary that the Muslims feel secure.

From The Reuters http://reut.rs/YVLRFy

Afghanistan
India, China to Hold First Dialogue in Afghanistan
India and China will hold their first ever dialogue about Afghanistan. The talk will focus on what will happen to the region when the US troops depart the war-ridden soil.

From Times of India http://bit.ly/14wrl1O

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