Highlights From South Asia News: May 28, 2013

Bangladesh Media Suffers Crackdown
Government shuts down TV stations and detains journalists in apparent bid to restrict the media.
By Jonah Hull
From Al Jazeera http://aje.me/10ynhKT

North-Eastern Myanmar Hit By New Sectarian Violence After Rumour Of Anti-Muslim Violence
New sectarian violence flared Tuesday in northeastern Myanmar, with a mob burning some shops after unconfirmed rumors spread that a Muslim man had set fire to a Buddhist woman.
From The Washington Post/AP http://wapo.st/16nxRc9

Sri Lanka
China To Fund Sri Lank’s Northern Expressway
China today agreed to fund the construction of Sri Lanka’s new Colombo-Jaffna expressway as it signed several bilateral agreements with the island nation during President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s visit. From The Economic Times http://bit.ly/118LcjI

Maldives Women’s Basketball Team Forfeit Tournament Over Headscarf Ban
The Maldives’ women’s basketball team refused to play without their headscarves, forfeiting the International Basketball Federation’s (FIBA) first under 18 three-on-three tournament held in Bangkok, Thailand.
From Minivan News http://bit.ly/18rBIEK

Afghan Police Pair “Kill Seven Colleagues” In Kandahar
At least seven policemen have been killed in a gun attack in Afghanistan’s southern province of Kandahar, officials say.From BBC http://bbc.in/116nUYz

Book Review
Resurrecting Afghanistan: Khaled Hosseini’s ‘And the Mountains Echoed’

By Rafia Zakaria (@RafiaZakaria)From The Daily Beast http://thebea.st/16nyBy2

Polio Vaccine Teams Are Withdrawn In Pakistan
The World Health Organization on Tuesday withdrewpoliovaccination teams from the northwesternPakistani city of Peshawar after two volunteers were shot, in another setback to eradicating the crippling disease that remains resilient in the region.
By Annabel Symington (@A_Symington) and Nathan Hodge (@NoHogde)
From The Washington Post http://on.wsj.com/173bPuO

India, Nepal Sign Agreement On Sharing Of Zoo Animal Specimens 
India and Nepal will now be able to exchange zoo animal specimens to improve genetic diversity and be able to ensure better captive breeding for enhancing quality of species.From The Hindustan Times http://bit.ly/1111ebt

Stop Romanticising Maoists, They Are Terrorists Says Jairam Ramesh
Describing Maoists who killed several Congress leaders in the Chhattisgarh attack four days ago as terrorists, senior Union Minister For Rural Development Jairam Ramesh today expressed the hope that the “deliberate and meticulously- planned carnage” would be a turning point in the battle against them.From The Indian Express http://bit.ly/19kbPpp

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