Highlights From South Asia News: May 20, 2013

Nepal 
Nepal-India Everest Team Collects 2,000 kg Garbage
The joint Mount Everest Expedition and Sanitation Campaign of army personnel from Nepal and India has collected over 2,000 kg of garbage from around base camp and the routes to the peaks.
From Republica http://bit.ly/14L81dl

Maldives
Maldives Green Fund To Merge Scattered Climate Finance 
President Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik’s cabinet proposed a Maldives “Green Fund” be established, which would merge all the currently established trust funds in accordance with the government’s Biosphere Reserve sustainable development policy.
From Minivan News http://bit.ly/163RFRL

Afghanistan
Pepsi To March In As Foreign Troops Leave Afghanistan
PepsiCo will open its first plant in Afghanistan in 2014, its Afghan partner said on Monday, the same year foreign troops complete their withdrawal from the country after 13 years of war
From Reuters http://reut.rs/12QWPu

Bangladesh
Bangladesh Factory Banned By Wal-Mart Still Makes Wrangler Shirts

By Serajul Quadir and Rafiqur Rahman

A Bangladesh factory where Wal-Mart Stores Inc and Inditex inspectors spotted cracks in the wall this month is still making Wrangler shirts for the world’s largest apparel maker, U.S.-based VF Corp .


From Reuters http://reut.rs/11TjVFe

Historical
Bangladesh, Then East Pakistan (1950s)

From National Geographic http://bit.ly/163Sgmy

Myanmar
President Obama Offers Encouragement For Reform In Myanmar
By Kathleen Hennessey (@khennessey)

President Barack Obama praised Myanmar President Thein Sein and his government for easing media restrictions, holding elections and releasing some political prisoners.
From The Los Angeles Times http://lat.ms/18dKcwA

India
India Plays Down Omission Of ‘Tibet’ From Joint Statement With China
India’s decision to once again avoid reaffirming its commitment to a ‘One China policy’ has raised eyebrows in Beijing but Indian officials are playing down the omission of “Tibet” from the joint statement issued after talks between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.
By Sandeep Dikshit and Ananth Krishnan 
From The Hindu http://bit.ly/19XZ2GI

Sri Lanka
Rights Groups Says Basic Respect For Human Rights, Liberties Declined In Sri Lanka For Four Years
An international human rights group said Monday that respect for basic rights and liberties has declined in Sri Lanka in the four years since the government defeated separatist Tamil rebels to end a civil war.
From The Washington Post/AP http://wapo.st/10gAy7d

Pakistan
Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Urges Taliban Peace Talks
Pakistan’s newly elected prime minister has called for peace talks with Taliban fighters at war with the government, potentially charting a course that could put him at odds with the country’s powerful army.
From Al Jazeera http://aje.me/10KsIG5

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