Highlights From South Asia News: May 16, 2013

Bangladesh
U.S. Retailers Are Pressed To Join Safety Effort In Bangladesh
A coalition of religious groups and investors is pressing major American retailers to join a sweeping plan to improve safety in Bangladesh apparel factories, calling on them to act together to force changes in overseas workplaces.
By Steve Greenhouse (@greenhousenyt)
From The New York Times http://nyti.ms/105pjym

Sri Lanka
Opinion
In Sri Lanka, A New Divide Brings Back Old Fears
By Meera Srinivasan
From The Hindu http://bit.ly/18OzUEv

Maldives
Sri Lanka And Maldives Small Businesses To Get Better Trade Finance: IFC
Small businesses in Sri Lanka and the Maldives will soon have access sophisticated financial products to engage in international trade, International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group said.
From Lanka Business Online http://bit.ly/13qsYHP


Nepal
Five Critically Injured in Mustang Crash
A Nepal Airlines airplane crashed in Jomsom injuring 18 on board. There are no casualties reported, but five are critically injured.
From Republica http://bit.ly/11HvfnG
Myanmar
Cyclone Mahasen Loses Power as it hits Bangladesh, Missing Myanmar and Major Population Areas
By Farid Hossain
Cyclone Mahasen weakened as it crossed Bangladesh and Myanmar causing far less damage than feared. However, atleast 45 deaths have been attributed to the cyclone.
From Montreal Gazette/ AP http://bit.ly/16C6wSN
Afghanistan
Bomber in Afghanistan Kills 15, including six Americans
By Miriam Arghandiwal (_maro)
Atleast 15 people died when a suicide bomber attacked a convoy of foreign troops in Kabul, Afghanistan. 40 others were wounded.
Pakistan
Claim of Pakistan Vote Rigging Affect 8 Seats
Pakistan will conduct a recount for eight national assembly seats after allegations of vote rigging.
From ABC News http://abcn.ws/18NK8oM

India
Underworld Evolution: Dawood and Company Gets Hold Of Twenty20 Cricket
The underworld don’s love for cricket isn’t just limited to his family links, as Delhi police discover links between players held for spot-fixing and the underworld.
By Presley Thomas (@presleythomas)
From The Hindustan Times http://bit.ly/13qtzt7

Column
A Third Way Out
By Pratap Bhanu Mehta (@phmehta)
From The Indian Express http://bit.ly/18OAvpC
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