News Highlights From South Asia: August 4, 2013

Bangladesh

Canada to Close Bangladesh Mission Sunday

By Michelle Shephard

Canada will close its diplomatic mission in Dhaka, amid fears of a terrorist attack.

From The Star http://bit.ly/1cpyWSv

 

Myanmar

Gingerly Filmmaker, Tests Limits of Freedom in Myanmar

By Jared Ferrie

Zay Par is testing boundaries of the new found artistic freedom in Myanmar by putting the finishing touches to a film on the 1988 student uprising put down by military rulers.

From Reuters http://reut.rs/14sTyqR

 

Pakistan

John Kerry says Pakistan Drone Strikes Could End As Bilateral Talks Resume

John Kerry has suggested that the controversial drone strikes could end soon.

From The Guardian http://bit.ly/13FQJwv

 

Afghanistan

Flash Floods Kill 58 in East Afghanistan

Heavy floods killed atleast 58 people in East Afghanistan. The flood spread across 5 provinces

From TIME http://ti.me/16toFQY

 

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Eyes South Asian Hub With Chinese Mega Port

By Amal Jayasinge

 A $500 million Chinese-built port opens Monday in Sri Lanka.

From Fox News http://fxn.ws/1cpB10O

 

Nepal

Opinion

In Nepal, Time to Press the Poll Button

By Prashant Jha

Jha argues that the Indian government must press for polls in Nepal, at a time when there are political groups trying to obstruct the elections.

From The Hindu http://bit.ly/17sGw7K

 

India

India’s State Divisions Evolve Past Language

Political analysts have started to wonder if India’s federalism based on shared languages doesn’t work anymore.

From Aljazeera http://aje.me/14sVu2I

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