Highlights From South Asia News: May 14, 2013

India
Trade Between India And Pakistan Jumped 21% Last Year
Bilateral trade between India and Pakistan grew 21% to $2.4 billion last year, as Islamabad reaped the benefits of trade normalisation more than the gains made by New Delhi, according to the Indian High Commission.
From The Express Tribune http://bit.ly/17ZNDqB

Interview
Why Is The North-East Missing From India’s Curriculum?
Binalakshmi Neparam (@BinaNeparam) in conversation with Aastha Tyagi
From Tehelka http://bit.ly/10wuBlJ

Sri Lanka
Cyclone ‘Mahasen’ Hits Sri Lanka, Seven Killed
At least seven people have died and nearly 3,000 left homeless as the cyclonic storm ‘Mahasen’ caused heavy rains in the north and eastern parts of Sri Lanka.
From The Times Of India http://bit.ly/10nXvbF

Bangladesh
European, US Retailers Split Of Bangladesh Reform Users
Major US retailers, including Gap Inc., declined to endorse an accord on Bangladesh building and fire safety backed by Europe’s two biggest fashion chains, a trans-Atlantic divide that may dilute garment industry reform efforts.
By Veronika Ek
From Live Mint http://bit.ly/102TIB3

Column
Economic Recovery, Made In Bangladesh?
By Adam Davidson (@AdamDavidson)
From The New York Times http://nyti.ms/17ZMv6B

Maldives
President Waheed’s Coalition Pose No Threat To PPM, Says Former President
By Fazeena Ahmed
The coalition of political parties backing President Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik in the upcoming presidential elections pose no threat or danger to Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM), former president Maumoon Abdul Gayoom.
From Haveeru Online http://bit.ly/16bh5MY

Nepal
90 percent of Valley Roads will be blacktopped by Mid-July: Govt
The government has said that 90 percent of the expanded roads in Kathmandu will be blacktopped by Mid-July.
From Republica http://bit.ly/12sGmO9

Afghanistan
Taliban Renounces War on Anti-Polio Workers
By Zubair Babakarkhail (@zubairbabakarkhail) and Dean Nelson (@delhidean)
The Taliban has suddenly issued a statement saying that it will support polio eradication campaigns as long as foreigners are not involved. In March, the Afghan government was forced to abandon its polio campaign after Tabilan threats.
From Telegraph http://bit.ly/13vRf2D

Myanmar
Rohingya Muslims Drown off Myanmar Trying to Flee Storm
By Jared Ferrie
A boat carrying 100 Rohingya Muslims capsized off the western coast of Myanmar. At least 60 have drowned.
From Reuters http://reut.rs/16xLB3i

Pakistan 
China to Size up Changes in Pakistan During Li Visit
By Saibal Dasgupta (@saibaldasgupta)
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang will be visiting Pakistan’s new Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on May 22.
Times of India http://bit.ly/19pb1wz

Opinion
Pakistan Elections: how Nawaz Sharif beat Imran Khan and What Happens Next
By Mohammed Hanif
From Guardian http://bit.ly/10ocX7z

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