Highlights From South Asia News: May 13, 2013

Bangladesh
Bangladesh’s Cabinet Approves Changes To Labor Laws
By Jim Yardley (@JimBYardley)
Bangladesh’s cabinet approved changes to the nation’s labor laws  that officials say will expand benefits for garment workers and make it easier to form trade unions, a day after the government promised to push for higher pay in an export clothing industry with the lowest wages in the world.
From The New York Times http://nyti.ms/10Iqo3T
Sri Lanka 
Sri Lanka, Uganda Talks Focus On Agriculture, Energy And Textiles
Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa and the Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni held discussions on ways to enhance bilateral cooperation between the two nations.
From Lanka Business Online http://bit.ly/13t9aao 
Maldives
Maldives Dominates World Travel Awards 2013
By Ahmed Naif
At The World Travel Awards, the Maldives bagged 22 of the 30 available awards.
From Haveeru Online http://bit.ly/13UAAFl 
India
Mayhem In Stock Markets BSE Down 430 Points, Investors Lose Rs. 1 Trillion
The BSE Sensex saw it’s biggest fall in 14 months amid sensitive political situations of ministers resigning as well as profit-booking and a ballooning trade deficit
From The Indian Express http://bit.ly/17lC4w4
Nepal
Editorial:
Bridging the Gap
Nepal must work towards reducing the trade deficit with China by increasing exports while negotiating on aid.
From Republica http://bit.ly/10uobDv
Myanmar
Myanmar Says President To Make Official US Visit
By Aye Aye Win
Myanmar has officially confirmed that President Thein Sein will make a visit to the White House in the near future.
From Abc News/ AP http://abcn.ws/12pW0JU
Pakistan
Pakistan Vote Inspires Measured Optimism in India
By Gardiner Harris (@gardinerharris) 
Despite the tumultuous relationship between India and Pakistan, the Indian government is happy about Nawaz Sharif’s election. The Indian government however believes that the power to change anything lies in the Pakistani military.
From New York Times http://nyti.ms/17lpq0k
Afghanistan
Insurgent Attack Kills Three Georgian Soldiers in Afghanistan
A vehicle filled with explosives killed 3 Georgian soldiers in Afghanistan today. Georgian defense minister says a sucide bomber drove into their base in Helmand province, detonating a truck full of explosives.
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