Highlights From South Asia News: May 17, 2013

Pakistan
Mosque Bombing Kills at least 13
By Ismail Khan and Salman Masood (@salmanmasood)
Two bombs ripped through separate mosques in Pakistan, killing atleast 13 people and injuring 30 others. This is the biggest act of terror since the elections.
From New York Times http://nyti.ms/10z8kHV

Afghanistan
Bomb Kills 9, wounds 70 in Afghanistan
By Masoud Popalzai
Two Toyota corolla’s exploded in southern Afghanistan killing 9 people and wounding 70 others.
From CNN http://bit.ly/10KxSyB

Nepal
Nepal to Build Dream Compatible to Chinese Dream: former PM
Nepal’s former Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal has said that Nepal will build its future and dreams around Chinese dreams.
From People Daily http://bit.ly/Z0AkpD

Myanmar
Myanmar Frees Group of Dissidents
As President Thein Sein leaves for the US, more than 20 political prisioners have been freed in the country.
From Aljazeera http://aje.me/106EhV3

Sri Lanka 

Sri Lanka Beckons Foreign Workers 
There is a growing shortfall of labor in Sri Lanka as Sri Lankan have gone to work abroad.
From Lanka Business Online http://bit.ly/15UHuPc

Bangladesh
Bangladesh Factory Safety Accord: At least 14 Major North American Retailers decline to Sign
14 major North American retailers declined to sign the Accord on Fire and Building Safety. Among them are Walmart, GAP, Macys.
From Huffington Post http://huff.to/17HG5eA

Maldives
Maldives Penal System in a State of Disarray
Ali Naafiz (@naafix)
A study has found that the constitution remains one of the most abused documents in the country.
From Haveeru http://bit.ly/13ulQKv

India
Government attacks S&P’s Rating Outlook
The government has shot down standard and poor’s downgrade and has questions the organization’s methodology.
From Times of India http://bit.ly/17HHemp

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