Highlights From South Asia News: May 12, 2013

Bangladesh
Nobel Prize Winner Mohammed Yunus Appeals To The West To Help Bangladesh Garment Industry
Muhammad Yunus, an outspoken critic of successive Bangladesh governments, says action is needed urgently to improve the conditions of 4 million workers in the industry
From The Guardian http://bit.ly/ZSooRW

Sri Lanka
25 Sri Lankan Politicians Under Police Investigation For Links With Subversive Elements
Sri Lanka’s defense authorities have begun investigations into 25 politicians who allegedly have links with the underworld and use their power to manipulate political outcomes, according to local media.
From Colombo Page http://bit.ly/17hTzxw

Myanmar
Refugees Face Uncertain Future as Myanmar Opens
More than half of the refugees from Myanmar living in Thailand are under 19. Many of them don’t speak Burmese or know anything about the country, as they prepare their journey back.
Arabnews http://bit.ly/YPlORA

Nepal
China crushing Tibetan ‘dissident’ groups in Nepal
By Bharti Jain
China has proposed to invest more in VDC’s (Village development committees) near its border. This would mean additional presence of Chinese troops and crushing of refugee groups trying to escape China.
Times of India http://bit.ly/11wzmCX

Afghanistan
Four of Eight Turks Captured in Afghanistan are Free: Turkish PM
Four Turks captured by the Taliban last month have been freed, according to Primeminister Tayyip Erdogan.
Reuters http://reut.rs/12slk0A

Pakistan
Nawaz Sharif’s Return to Power Brings Pakistan’s Challenges in Focus
By Omar Waraich
Nawaz Sharif is set to be Pakistan’s third time Prime Minister.
TIME http://ti.me/1246JYU

Maldives
HSBC Appoints New CEO For Maldives, Sri Lanka
Patrick Gallagher has assumed the role as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the HSBC bank group’s operations in Sri Lanka and the Maldives.
From Minivan News http://bit.ly/12rEPXo

India
Ministers Sacking Was A Joint Decision By Sonia Gandhi And Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Says Congress
After railway minister Pawan Bansal and law minister Ashwani Kumar were sacked the Congress Sunday chose to correct the perception of divergence between the Congress chief Gandhi and Prime Minister Singh.
From The Indian Express http://bit.ly/16rZFuX

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