Highlights From South Asia News: May 27, 2013


Maldives’ Sovereignty Threatened By “Economic Slavery”: President Waheed

President Dr Mohamed Waheed said talk of the Maldives’ independence or sovereignty will be pointless if the country falls into “economic slavery”, following the passing out parade of the second Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) Officer Candidate Course.
From Minivan News http://bit.ly/114hnh4


Bangladesh Court Orders Arrest Of Ex-Premier’s Son
A Bangladeshi court Sunday issued an arrest warrant for the eldest son of former prime minister Khaleda Zia on charges of laundering three million dollars in Singapore, a lawyer said.
From Channel News Asia http://bit.ly/11svYI4

Nepal’s Chaudhary Group To Invest Rs. 4 Billion In Sri Lanka
Nepla’s Chaudhary Group plans overseas investments in several countries would invest over Rs four billion in Sri Lanka in diversified sectors, particularly hospitality with a joint venture with Taj Group Of Hotels.
The Daily News http://bit.ly/16lfR1W


Suu Kyi Denounces Two-Child Limit On Myanmar Rohingya Families

Opposition leader and pro-democracy champion Aung San Suu Kyi condemned on Monday a policy by a district government to limit Muslim Rohingya families to two children, which dates back to 1994, hasn’t been enforced until recent weeks, in an effort to curb their population growth.

In Pakistan, This Power Struggle Is over Electricity

Electricity shortages, bad for years, have reached crisis proportions with temperatures touching 118 degrees Fahrenheit in the eastern city of Lahore — Pakistanis again took to the streets to protest the chaotic state of the country’s power delivery system.

By Declan Walsh (@declanwalsh)
From The New York Times http://nyti.ms/18uZ4XO

NATO Service Member Killed In Afghanistan
An insurgent attack in eastern Afghanistan has killed a NATO service member, the coalition said. 
From Huffington Post http://huff.to/14Zatxs

Art Feature
Afghanistan Balloons
From Al Jazeera http://aje.me/ZaHxBd

Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan Government Investigating Media Who Covered Monk’s Self-Immolation

Sri Lanka’s government is investigating media who covered the death of a Buddhist monk who set himself on fire to protest the slaughter of cattle.

From The Washington Post http://wapo.st/16lh6OX

Bastar Bloodbath: Alert On Naxal Build-Up Came A Month Ago

The ‘strengthening’ and ‘build up’ of Maoist cadres in the Dandakaranya Special Zonal Committee was apparently brought to the notice of central intelligence agencies nearly a month back but the leads were not pursued, reflecting poorly on following up such critical information.

By Rahul Tripathi
From The Indian Express http://bit.ly/12diUYE

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