Highlights From South Asia News: May 6, 2013

At least Sixteen Killed in Bombing in Pakistan Election Rally
A Taliban bomb attack ripped through a political rally held by a Islamist party in Pakistan killing 14 and injuring 44.
LA Times http://lat.ms/12cqAFN

Death Toll in Bangladesh Factory Collapse Surpasses 650
By Scott Neuman
The death toll from the Bangladesh factory collapse has crossed 650 people.
NPR http://n.pr/12MMbmJ

Nepal Floods Change River Course and Threaten Tourism
By Navin Singh Khadka
Tourist areas near Pokhara appear to be at risk because of change in river course.
From BBC News http://bbc.in/13ZJP6G

Myanmar President Vows to Protect Muslim Rights
By Aye Aye Win
Myanmar’s President Thein Sein has vowed to protect minority rights, a year after violence broke out between Muslims and Buddhists.
From ABC News/ Associated Press http://abcn.ws/18PD5ZM

New Commander Optimistic About Post- Coalition Afghanistan
By Alissa J Rubin and Matthew Rosenberg
General Joseph Dunford Jr., the new commander in Afghanistan has said that the goal is no longer changing Afghanistan, but readying the Afghan military to match the Taliban.
From NYT http://nyti.ms/18qtMSL


India to Give up Chumar Post For Chinese Withdrawal?

While the government says that no concessions were offered to the Chinese to leave the Ladakh area, the bunkers close to the LAC (line of actual control) seem to have been removed.
Times of India http://bit.ly/13dMUBb

Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka Uses Anti-Terror Law to Detain Muslim Leader
A critic of President Mahendra Rajapakse has been put on detention for 90 days. The Muslim leader was detained under the anti-terrorism law.
From LiveMint/ AFP http://bit.ly/17ILS13

Maldives Included in United Nations Anti $2 Million Anti Piracy Project
The United Nations has approved a 2 million dollar package for nations affected by Pirates. Maldives is included in this list.
From Minivan News http://bit.ly/10kJoRf


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