Highlights From South Asia News: April 21, 2013

Afghanistan
Attacks Kill 9 in Afghanistan; security group says 2013 on track to be a very violent year
A suicide bomber killed three civilians, and insurgents killed six police officers in Afghanistan.

Washington Post/ Associated Press http://wapo.st/XYPevX

Maldives 
State, Private Sector Divided Over Responsibility For Maldives Garbage Dumping
The ministerial bodies of the government and the private sector are at odds as to who should take the majority of blame for garbage being dumped into the sea.
From Minivan News http://bit.ly/11t6O9V

Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka Government Mulls Appointment Of A Truth Commission
Under pressure from the international community, the Sri Lankan government is considering the apppointment of a Truth Commission to probe the alleged violations of international humanitarian law during the final phase of the three-decade long war.
From Colombo Page http://bit.ly/ZGORl1

Bangladesh
BNP Enforced Strike Passes Off Peacefully
Barring a few incidents of violence in three districts, Bangladesh Nationalist Party enforced daylong shutdown in Rajshahi and Rangpur divisions of Bangladesh went by peacefully.
From The Daily Star http://bit.ly/11Beowl

India
Tough Time Ahead For The Government As Parliament Resumes Session

Government is likely to face a tough time in Parliament which resumes session  after a recess with the Opposition announcing that
it will protest against the JPC report on 2G spectrum allocations and the reported vetting by the Law Ministry of the CBI report on coal scam.
From The Hindu http://bit.ly/ZGPx9U

Column
The Power Of The Rurban
By M.K.Venu 
From The Indian Express http://bit.ly/11cY9qj

Myanmar
India to Help Myanmar in IT and Farm Sector
Efforts to set the Myanmar Institute of Information Technology are underway in Myanmar.
From Hindustan Times http://bit.ly/ZCon7m
Nepal
China’s Security Concerns and Nepal’s Prosperity are Inter linked: Chinese Experts
By Purna Basnet
Pushpa Kamal Dahal’s visit was received positively in China. Chinese experts have said that they will focus on its neighboring countries for the next 10 years- including Nepal.
The Republica http://bit.ly/XYNPpa
Pakistan
Taliban Threat Could Skew Pakistan Election Result
By Asif Shahzad
Moderate politicians, unwilling to take the risk of going to areas with a high Taliban presense have resorted to using social media, and phone calls for campaigns. This might skew election results in favor of hardliners, say analysts.
From The Miami Herald http://hrld.us/11cVzAC
Opinion
Who Rules Pakistan?
By Hasan Askari Rizvi
The Express Tribune http://bit.ly/17cv8yW
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