Highlights From South Asia News: August 7, 2013

Myanmar

Myanmar Frees Dozens Of Youths From Military Service

Myanmar’s army has freed 68 children and young people from military service, the United Nations said Wednesday, calling for a “mass release” of child soldiers in the formerly junta-run nation.

From AFP http://bit.ly/13GIEuZ

Nepal

Government To Finalize Election Security Plan This Week 

The government is to finalize within a week an integrated security plan for the upcoming Constituent Assembly (CA) election.

From Republica http://bit.ly/1cKhE0Z

Maldives

Maldives’ International Partners Want MDP To Win Presidential Polls, Nasheed Claims

Most of Maldives’ international partners want Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) to win the upcoming the presidential elections, party’s presidential candidate and former president Mohamed Nasheed claimed Wednesday.

By Fazeena Ahmed

From Haveeru Online http://bit.ly/193EBKj

Sri Lanka

Church Says Sri Lankan Military Killed Protestors

Sri Lanka’s Roman Catholic church accused the military on Wednesday of shooting unarmed protesters and desecrating a church by entering it with weapons and attacking people who sought refuge during a violent crackdown on a demonstration last week

By Krishan Francis

From Miami Herald/AP http://hrld.us/1768CGX

 

Afghanistan

India-Pakistan Tensions Find Deadly Echo In Afghanistan

A suicide bombing at the Indian consulate in Jalalabad is the latest episode in the simmering geopolitical struggle between the nuclear rivals.

By Krista Mahr (@kristamahr)

From TIME http://ti.me/1cKjOO5

 

Pakistan

Eid Business Boom In Pakistan

Two days before Eid, traders expressed satisfaction over sale of Eid- related items that they said exceeded their expectations in Karachi.

By Aamir Shahfat Khan

From DAWN http://bit.ly/1cKkdjK

 

Bangladesh

Bangladesh Says It Won’t Take Control of Microlender Grameen

By Syed Zain Al-Mahmood

The Bangladesh government said it won’t take control of microlender Grameen Bank, unexpectedly going against a government commission that recommended it raise its stake in the company.

From The Wall Street Journal http://on.wsj.com/13NKhDw

 

India

India MPs Decry Government Response To Kashmir Violence

Angry opposition MPs have paralysed the Indian parliament in protest over the government’s response to Tuesday’s killing of five soldiers in Indian-administered Kashmir.

From BBC http://bbc.in/144QHNV

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