Highlights From South Asia News: April 20, 2013

Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka Mine Clearing To End Soon
Sri Lanka stated significant progress in their mine clearing operations in the war-torn Northern province, with only 100 square kilometers of mine-infested area yet to be cleared.

From Hindu Business Line http://bit.ly/ZbqKPM
Maldives Currency Reserves ‘Dwindling To Critical Levels’: World Bank

Currency levels have dwindled to critical levels although the numbers are still pre-crisis point, according to a bi-annual South Asia economic focus report from the World Bank.
From Minivan News http://bit.ly/15vD4NK 

India, Bangladesh Sign Pact For Power Joint Venture

Bangladesh and India on Saturday signed three agreements in Dhaka for a joint coal-based power company project.
From Bangladesh News 24 http://bit.ly/XO4NEw

Rape Case: Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde Promises Action Against Guilty Policemen

Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde today promised stringent action against policemen who attempted to silence the rape case of a five-year-old girl by allegedly offering money to her parents.
From The Indian Express http://bit.ly/13EouTI

Nepal Takes Up Delhi Rape Case With India
The Nepali embassy in Delhi took the rape of a Nepali girl to the External Affairs Ministry in India. They have asked for thorough investigations.
From The Himalayan Times http://bit.ly/11pyrk3
Myanmar To Sell Cheaper Sim Cards like a Lucky Draw
The dollar 2 sim cards in Myanmar will be sold through a lucky draw for parties interested.
Study Finds Sharp Rise in Attacks by Taliban
By Rod Nordland (@rodnordland) 
As foreign forces withdraw from Afghanistan, the attacks by the armed opposition groups have increased significantly.
From The New York Times http://nyti.ms/XX1KMt
Female Suicide Bomber Kills 4 in NW Pakistan
A female suicide bomber blew herself up in Khar, the main city of Bajur Tribal District killing four people and wounding four others.
From Yahoo News/ AFP http://bit.ly/11akuVy

Ex-Dictator Musharraf Flees Court; Putting Army In Quandry
By Omar Waraich (@OmarWaraich)

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