News Highlights From South Asia: July 18, 2013

Maldives
Nasheed Files For Nomination For Maldives Presidency
Former President of Maldives, Mohamed Nasheed has filed nomination papers for the next presidential elections in September.
News Track India http://bit.ly/16MH4oy

Bangladesh
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Tension High in Bangladesh After War Crimes Sentencing
After senior leader, Ahsan Mohammed Muhjid was sentenced for war crimes committed during the independence of Bangladesh; protests have spread across the country.
From BBC News http://bbc.in/16MHpb5

Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka Cricketer Fined Over Aero plane Accident
Ramith  Rambukwella who tried to pull the cabin door of British Airways during a flight has been fined and given a warning by the country’s cricket board.
From BBC News http://bbc.in/14jZZv0

India
Deadly School Meals: India’s Free Meals Program Under Harsh Scrutiny
After 23 children died in Bihar from food poisoning, parents and children across the country, who a are part of this program, are throwing their meals and protesting against corruption and lack of oversight.
From CS Monitor http://bit.ly/13nPZPo

Nepal
Don Lama Fails to Post Bail: Sent to Jail
Ganesh Lama who has been charged of amassing wealth through illegal means was sent to jail after he failed to pay a 30 million NRS fine, set by the special court.
From The Kathmandu Post http://bit.ly/1avMYOZ

Pakistan
Pakistan Taliban Lambasts Schoolgirl for U.N Speech
By Saeed Shah
In an 1,800 word open letter by Adnan Rasheed, one of the most feared Taliban members, he described Malala’s campaign as satanic.
From Wall Street Journal http://on.wsj.com/112VSk5

Myanmar
Arrests Continue Amid Promise to Release all Prisoners of Conscience
Amnesty reports that the same day President Thein Sein promised he would free all political prisoners, a 74 year old human rights activist was arrested in the Rohingya State.
From Amnesty International http://bit.ly/18r5ScH

Afghanistan
Taliban Doha Office ‘A Plot To Break Up Afghanistan’
A top aide to the Afghan president has said that the Taliban office in Doha was orchestrated by the US or Pakistan to break Afghanistan.
Yahoo News/AFP http://bit.ly/12zR03R

 
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