Highlights From South Asia News: April 30, 2013

Bangladesh
Clashes Erupt Over Bangladesh Building Owner Protestors are demanding death penalty for Bangladesh’s building owner, as the government has ordered the confiscation of all his assets.
From Aljazeera http://aje.me/14PdrYz

Op-ed
Bangladesh Needs Strong Unions, Not Outside Pressure
By Fazle Hasan Abed
The change must come from within- Bangladesh needs to unionize, writes
From New York Times http://nyti.ms/ZjDcsn

Pakistan
Pakistan Vote Candidate Shot Dead: Officials
Gunmen have killed Abdul Fateh Magsi, a candidate running for elections next week. At least 61 people have been killed in attacks related to the coming elections since April 11.
From Zee News http://bit.ly/ZxCrzw

Pakistan Court Bans Musharraf from Contesting Polls for Life
Military ruler Pervez Musharraf has been banned from contesting elections for the rest of his life. Musharraf’s lawyers say he will challenge the Supreme Court
From The Times of India http://bit.ly/12hpSp3

Myanmar
Ford to Enter Myanmar with Showroom By August
By Erika Kinetz (@ekinetz)
Ford motor company will join other American companies such as PepsiCo, Coca-Cola, and GE among others.
From Miami Herald http://hrld.us/15X0mMB

Afghanistan
Roadside Bomb kills 5 in Afghanistan
Two roadside bombs have killed five people in Afghanistan. One of the dead is a policeman credited for reducing insurgent attacks.
From ABC News http://abcn.ws/ZQBK5m

Nepal
Prachanda Calls for Partnership Between India, Nepal, China
By Elizabeth Roche
On his visit to India, Maoist leader Pushpa Kamal Dahal, known as Prachanda, has called for tri-lateral partnership involving India and China.
From LiveMint http://bit.ly/10S3Kr2

India
India to Take ‘every step’ to Deal With Chinese Incursion
By Victor Mallet (@Vjmallet)
India has said it will take every step possible to prevent Chinese incursion in Ladakh. The presence of chinese troop in Ladakh has caused a stir between India and China in recent weeks.
From Financial Times http://on.ft.com/ZjzJtW

India Targets Foreign Money With Investment Tax Cuts
By Manoj Kumar and Rajesh Kumar Singh (@rajeshkumarsgh)
India has cut tax for foreign investors. The tax would fall to 5 percent from 20 percent.
From Reuters http://reut.rs/18aviYX

Sri Lanka
Amnesty Wants Commonwealth Meeting Moved From Sri Lanka
By Joanna Sugden (@jsugden)
Amnesty international says Sri Lanka should not hold the Heads of Government Meeting because of severe violations of human rights and crackdown on dissent.
From The Wall Street Journal http://on.wsj.com/ZQIT5Q

Maldives
Maldives Divided By “Islamic” and “Anti Islamic”- Former President Gayoom
By Mohamed Naahee
Former president of Maldives has claimed that Maldives now belongs to people who belong to the “Islamic Party” and those that belong to the “Anti-Islamic” party.
From Minivan News http://bit.ly/YkhOYW

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