Highlights From South Asia News: April 19, 2013

Fury Over Plan to Sell Nepal Embassy Building In London
By Joanna Jolly
The Nepali community in London is furious about the Nepali embassy’s plan to sell the embassy building. The embassy, estimated to be worth $153 million is too expensive to maintain.
Diplomats Say EU Is Set to Drop Most Sanctions Against Myanmar To Reward Democratic Reforms
A bloc of 27 foreign ministers met in Luxemberg and decided to drop most of the European Union’s sanctions against Myanmar.
The Washington Post/ Associated Press http://wapo.st/178Q4XD
Pakistan’s Musharraf Vows to Fight Allegations Following His Arrest
By Sebastian Abbot and Munir Ahmed
Pervez Musharraf has vowed to fight his arrest, calling it “politically motivated”.
CTV News/ Associated Press http://bit.ly/ZCOoQF
India has Non-Military Interest in Afghanistan: Chidambaran
Finance Minister P Chidambaran said that India has no military interest in Afghanistan, and only wishes to help rebuild the country.
From Zee News: http://bit.ly/11sQUcO

Rape In India Sparks Protest
A 5-year-old girl was raped and beaten for days before being rescued in a case that has once again sparked protests and cast serious doubt on India’s efforts to improve its handling of sexual-assault cases in the wake of a brutal rape in December.
By Prateek Rana (@Preetika_Rana)
From The Wall Street Journal http://on.wsj.com/XVKqrn


Speaker Shahid confirms switch to opposition MDP

Parliamentary Speaker Abdulla Shahid joined the opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) – days after resigning from the government-aligned Dhivehi Rayyithunge Party (DRP) ahead of the election later this year.
By Neil Merrett 

Minivan News http://bit.ly/17xWqhz


Bangladesh Foreign Secretary In Sri Lanka 
Bangladesh Foreign Secretary Md. Shahidul Haque is scheduled to arrive in Sri Lanka tomorrow on a three-day official visit to take part in bilateral discussions.
From The Daily News http://bit.ly/15sDowL

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Shares Retreat; Banks Attract Foreign Inflows
Sri Lankan shares edged lower, snapping a six-session gaining streak, from their six-month high due to retail profit taking, but foreign investors bought into banks on hopes of further easing of monetary policy.
From Arab News http://bit.ly/XLTFYU


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