Highlights From South Asia News: April 23, 2013

Myanmar
Myanmar Frees 56 Political Prisoners Day After Sanction Dropped
By Aung Hla Tun
Myanmar’s President Thein Sein announced amnesty for 100 prisoners. Among them, 56 freed were political prisoners.
From Yahoo News http://yhoo.it/ZGks9s
Pakistan
Pakistan Farmers Grapple With Climate Change
By Saleem Shaikh and Sughra Tunio
As global warming, unexpected rains and hailstorms damage crops: the Pakistani government is trying to introduce crop insurance to protect farmers from an economic disaster.
From Aljazeera http://aje.me/11yNFmT
Afghanistan
Afghanistan Says Negotiating Release of Helicopter Hostages
Negotiations between village leaders and Taliban are underway to free 8 Turkish nationals, two pilots from Russia and Kyrgyzstan, and one Afghan.
From Yahoo News/ Reuters http://yhoo.it/10wwFAU

Nepal
Nepal Cricketers Fly To Bermuda as UK Visa Debacle Ends
Nepal will be flying via London to Bermuda to participate in the world cricket league division 3 match against Bermuda. Britain earlier delayed visas for the players, placing the match under quandary.

From Republica http://bit.ly/10b6g4a

Sri Lanka
Bangladesh Backs Sri Lanka On Human Rights Issue
Bangladesh Foreign Secretary Shahiful Haque assured Sri Lankan President MAhindra Rajapaksa of Bangladesh’s support on the alleged human rights violations in Sri Lanka.
From Zee News http://bit.ly/ZjgAMc

Maldives
India To Provide Maldives With Equipment, Financial Assistance For Defense
The Indian Ministry of Defence stated that India has decided to provide seven radar systems – in addition to the three that are already in place – to the Maldives, in addition to training in the defense space.
From Minivan News http://bit.ly/14NeCIj

Bangladesh
Unrest Costs Bangladesh Possible $3B In New Businesses
Bangladesh may have missed $3 billion worth of potential new business in readymade garments this year as buyers shifted to other countries or held back orders while it battled strikes and political violence, according to a local trade body.

From Reuters http://reut.rs/Zjh6tC

India
Editorial
An Optimist To the Last: Justice Verma Worked Tirelessly Towards A Better System
From The Indian Express http://bit.ly/12GkPlG

Border Stand-off: Why A Quick Solutions Is In The Interest Of India, China
The border conflicts between India and China could lead to exponentially high tensions between the two nations if not absolved as the earliest.
From The Indian Express http://bit.ly/XUJocR
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