Highlights From South Asia News: May 18, 2013

Sri Lanka
Don’t Dilute Promise On Better Deal For Tamils, India Tells Sri Lanka

Indian External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid advised his Sri Lankan counterpart G L Peiris not to take any steps that would dilute Colombo’s assurance of a better deal to island Tamils who had been hit hard by the conflict between the Sri Lankan military and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).
The Times Of India http://bit.ly/15X6Eg7


Myanmar
Under Pressure, China Measures Its Impact In Myanmar

China’s ambition of transporting energy through the Indian Ocean and across the mountains of Myanmar seems close to fulfillment, but the political situation in the nation holds some challenges.
By Jane Perlez (@janeperlez) and Bree Feng (@breefeng)

The New York Times http://nyti.ms/14CvVaJ 

Afghanistan
Afghan Parliament Halts Debate On Women’s Law
A law banning violence against women, child marriages and forced marriages was passed by presidential decree in 2009, but did not gain MPs’ approval, and parliament made little progress as traditionalists called for the law to be scrapped.
From BBC http://bbc.in/YRnB6s

Pakistan
Leading Pakistani Politician Zahra Shahid Hussain Killed Outside Home
A senior female member of Imran Khan’s Movement for Justice party (PTI) was shot dead outside her home in Karachi on Saturday.
By Paul Gallagher
From The Guardian http://bit.ly/12Knfhb

Bangladesh
Groups Divided On Bangaldesh Safety Overhauls
The nation’s largest retail industry organization fired back outlining reasons why a legally binding global pact to make Bangladesh clothing factories safer would expose merchants to undue legal exposure. From The Wall Street Journal/ AP http://on.wsj.com/10aFpHd

India
S&P Warns India Of Junk Status
By Asit Ranjan Mishra, Dinesh Unnikrishnan (@dinesh_unni) and Remya Nair (@remyanair4)
India suffered an unexpected reverse after global credit rating agency Standard and Poor’s Ratings Serviceswarned there was a one-in-three chance of the country’s sovereign rating being downgraded to junk status in the next 12 months.From Livemint http://bit.ly/11NrjSn

Column
Don’t Cry For Cricket
By Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha)
From The Indian Express http://bit.ly/10DbJ8G

Maldives
Three Stabbings Incidents In 24 Hours In Male
The third stabbing incident to occur in Male’ within 24 hours has left a total of four people injured and police searching for suspects.
From Minivan News http://bit.ly/15X9tOr

Nepal
In Nepal, Battle For Representation
In a replay of the run-up to the first Constituent Assembly elections in 2008, the battle for proportional representation is on again in Nepal — delaying the passing of laws necessary to elect the new assembly.
From The Hindu http://bit.ly/188HcSm
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