Highlights From South Asia News: April 26, 2013

Myanmar
US Considers End to Tariffs in Myanmar: Too Soon?
By Joseph J Schatz
The US is considering dropping tariffs on Myanmar imports. The news comes as Human Rights Watch has alleged the government of ethnic cleansing.

Nepal
Refugee Resettlement Referral From Nepal Reaches Six Figure Mark
By Nini Gurung
The resettlement of Bhutanese refugees reached a landmark, as the UNHCR successfully resettled 100,000 refugees from Nepal to third countries.

Pakistan
Pakistan’s Late Benazir Bhutto Still Leading Her Party
By Richard Leiby
Pakistan’s largest party PPC (Pakistan People’s Party) still uses Benazir Bhutto, the party’s assassinated ruler for their campaign for the upcoming elections.
From The Washington Post http://wapo.st/15N3LNV
Afghanistan
45 Die As Afghan Bus Crashes into Wreckage of Taliban Attack
45 people were killed as a bus exploded after colliding with an abandoned oil tank.
From Associated Press/ CBC http://bit.ly/12v4ak3


Bangladesh
Bangladesh’s Economic Outlook Darkens After Building Collapse
Even before Bangladesh’s Rana Plaza building collapsed this week, killing at least 300 garment workers, the country’s $19 billion clothing-export industry was feeling the pressure of a worsening confrontation between Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her political enemies.
By Amy Kazmin (@AmyKazmin)
From The Washington Post http://wapo.st/183IcFv

Sri Lanka
Despite Wave Of Violent Crime, Sri Lanka Remains Wary Of Death Penalty
Palash R. Ghosh
With no executions since 1976, the island nation emerging from 30-years of civil war is witnessing some renewed talk from select politicians who want to implement capital punishment.By International Business Times http://bit.ly/14mVH6H

India
Sarabjit Singh Attacked In Lahore Jail With Bricks And Plates
Indian death-row prisoner Sarabjit Singh sustained serious head injuries when he was attacked by other inmates in Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat Jail and was admitted to a local hospital thereafter, and is currently on ventilator support in a comatose state.
By Anita Joshua
From The Hindu http://bit.ly/15YYOBw

Column
National Interest: Mere Paas Media Hai (The Media Is With Me)
By Shekhar Gupta http://bit.ly/Z0ZtuR

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