Highlights From South Asia News: April 28, 2013

Nepal
Nepal Army Determines Ranks Of Former Maoist Combatants
On recommendation of a special committee, the Nepal Army determined the ranks of former Maoist combatants undergoing training at various NA barracks, with the highest rank being colonel.
From Republica http://bit.ly/11PZHqI

Maldives
Maldives To Suspend Arthur Brothers’ Investment, Dissolve Company

Economic Minister Ahmed Mohamed stated that the Tourism Ministry had given the green light to suspend the notorious Armenian brothers’ foreign investment in Maldives and dissolve their company in the Maldives.
By Ahmed Naif
From Haveeru Online http://bit.ly/10lYHaW

Myanmar
Maverick Cellular Operator Digicel Takes On The Big Boys In Myanmar

Cellular operator Digicel Group Ltd jumped into Myanmar early and big, hiring staff, funding local sports, negotiating land deals for thousands of cell tower sites and signing up hundreds of partners for retail outlets.
By Jeremy Wagstaff (@loosewire)
From Reuters http://reut.rs/ZQmnIE


Bangladesh
Feature
As Bangladesh Death Toll Rises, Is It Time To Reconsider Cheap Clothes?
By Daniel Politi (@DPoliti)
From Slate http://slate.me/12SRtRk

Afghanistan
As Weather Warms, Taliban Announces Spring Offensive

At a pivotal moment when U.S. forces are winding down combat operations in Afghanistan and handing over the lead security role to the Afghan government,Taliban insurgents announced the launch of their annual spring offensive.
By David Zucchino (@DavidZucchino)
From The Los Angeles Times http://lat.ms/14DuKvA


Sri Lanka
Video 
Protest Against Ethnic Hatred In Sri Lanka
About 500 people have marched through the centre of the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo, protesting against a recent wave of ethnic hatred which has seen hardline Buddhists targeting the Muslim minority.
By Charles Haviland (CFHaviland)
From BBC http://bbc.in/15SGfzd

Pakistan
More Killed In Pakistan Ahead Of Election
Taliban attacks on election candidates in northwestern Pakistan killed at least eight people and wounded dozens on Sunday, adding to a growing toll of militant violence of over 50 people in the run-up to elections scheduled for May 11.
By Declan Walsh  (@DeclanWalsh)
From The New York Times http://nyti.ms/152j4mx

India
Information and Broadcast Ministry Seeks Equity Details Of All TV Channels
In the wake of the collapse of the Saradha chit fund company, the Information & Broadcasting Ministry has asked all television channels — general entertainment as well as news and current affairs — to furnish details of their shareholding pattern and equity structure.
By Manoj C.G.
From The Indian Express http://bit.ly/168JmTq
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