Highlights From South Asia News: May 8, 2013

Nepal
Feature
Why China’s Influence In Nepal Worries India
By Rajesh Joshi (@RajeshJoshi)
From BBC http://bbc.in/10irEFf

Maldives
Maldives Launches US$3.38 Million Eco-Tourism Wetland Conservation Project
The Maldives continues to push forward with climate change mitigation and adaptation initiatives, aiming to serve as a model for small island states with it’s multi-million dollar project.
From Minivan News http://bit.ly/16hkiKg

Bangladesh
Bangladesh Shuts 18 Garment Factories After Building Collapse
In agreement with  the International Labour Organisation to give safety “the highest consideration” amid government fears Western garment firms might source goods elsewhere, Bangladesh government shut down 18 factories in the last month.
From NDTV/AFP http://bit.ly/143T1Hb

Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka To Boost Deep Sea Fishing, Double Exports to US to $500 Million
Sri Lanka is planning to boost deep sea fishing and double tuna exports by 2015 with the help of new vessels from Japan and China, fisheries minister Rajitha Senarathne said.
From Lanka Business Online http://bit.ly/10iFrf1

India
In India, Protestors Decry Verdict on 1984 Sikh Riots
By Nilanjana Bhowmick (@NilanjanaB83)
From TIME http://ti.me/ZHREuB

Myanmar
Dalai Lama Decries Buddhist Attacks On Muslims In Myanmar

Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama on Tuesday decried Buddhist monks’ attacks on Muslims in Myanmar, saying killing in the name of religion was “unthinkable.”
By Ian Simpson
From Reuters http://reut.rs/12gmKLP

Afghanistan
NATO Probes Charges Of Misconduct In Afghanistan
The US-led military coalition (International Security Assistance Force) in Afghanistan says it has launched an investigation into allegations of misconduct by NATO troops in the country’s south. 
From Business Standard http://bit.ly/15HpF5T

Video
Pakistan Elections: Tensions Rise With Afghanistan
From The Guardian http://bit.ly/ZHP8o5

Pakistan
Column
The Real Pakistan
By Rafia Zakaria (@RafiaZakaria)
From Dawn http://bit.ly/13ziLvc
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