Highlights From South Asia News: May 2, 2013

Bangladesh Factories Reopen After Dhaka Disaster
Millions of Bangladeshi garment workers have returned to work after days of unrest following the deadly collapse of a factory building near Dhaka.
From BBC http://bbc.in/10vhWim

World Bank Grants $10Million To Strengthen Maldives Eduction System
The World Bank has sanctioned $10 million to expand and enrich the education system in the Maldives where about 62,000 students and 6,000 teachers in approximately 220 public schools.
From Haveeru Online http://bit.ly/105xRUP

In A First, Supreme Court Declares “Illegal” Rejection of Presidental Mercy Plea Applicant
The Supreme Court has declared as ‘illegal’ rejection of mercy petition of death row convict M N Das by the then President Pratibha Patil and commuted the sentence to life imprisonment on ground of 12 year delay in deciding his plea
From The Indian Express http://bit.ly/11FxvGJ

Views: What Can India, Pakistan Take Away From Sarabjit Singh’s Death?
By Shubhajit Roy
From The Indian Express http://bit.ly/1339kVC

Sri Lanka
Ajantha Mendis Omitted From National Squad For Champions Trophy
Sri Lanka named a 15-member squad for the ICC Champions Trophy in England next month with the selectors continuing to snub spinner Ajantha Mendis.
From The Hindu http://bit.ly/10ZEIq7

Myanmar Leader Plans Landmark Washington Visit: Source
Myanmar’s President Thein Sein plans to visit Washington around May 20th and 21st, according to a staff member for the President. He will have a meeting with President Obama.
Yahoo News/ AFP http://yhoo.it/163wqhU

Rescued Nepalese Find New Life in Circus
By Bibek Bhandari (@bibekbhandari)
Nepali children trafficked to India and rescued find new life in Nepal as circus performers. The children hope to forget their past and dream of performing internationally.
From CNN http://bit.ly/11Zcit4

Indian Prisioner’s Death In Pakistan Spurs Diplomatic Crisis
By Rama Lakshmi (@RamaNewDelhi)
Sarabjit Singh’s death in Pakistan has soured relations with its neighbor India. Some Indians are accusing Pakistanis of foul play, and claim Sarabjit was wrongly sentenced.
From The Washington Post http://wapo.st/101DkBx

Afghanistan Police Officer Killed In Pakistan Border Clash
By Alex Rodriguez and Hashmat Baktash (@Hashmatbaktash)
A clash between Afghan and Pakistani forces left an Afghan police officer dead. This has sparked new tensions between the two nations.
From LA Times http://lat.ms/ZYswmj

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