News Highlights From South Asia: August 9, 2013


Bangladesh’s Volatile Politics: The Pendulum Swings Away From Sheikh Hasina and Her Government

From The Economist


Sri Lanka

United States Expresses Concern Over Shooting Deaths At Sri Lanka’s Protests

The United States has expressed its concern over the deaths of three civilians in Sri Lanka by the security forces at a protest on August 01.

From Colombo Page



Gunmen In Pakistan Kill 9 In Attack On Mosque On Religious Holiday

Violence marred the Muslim holy day of Eid al-Fitr in Pakistan on Friday with gunmen killing nine people in the city of Quetta while a guard in the capital Islamabad shot dead a would-be suicide bomber forcing his way into a mosque.

By Gul Yuzufzai

From Reuters



Maldives To Unveil New Tourism Master Plan With UNWTO On September 27

The Maldives government has announced its intention to unveil the country’s fourth official tourism master plan on September 27 to coincide with this year’s World Tourism Day, according to local media reports.

By Neil Merrett 

From Minivan News



Myanmar Officials Help Mark ’88 Uprising 

Top government ministers were among 10,000 people gathered Thursday to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Myanmar’s 1988 pro-democracy uprising, marking the first time members of the country’s nominally civilian government has openly acknowledged the brutality of the recent era of military rule.

By Shibani Mahtani (@ShibhaniMahtani) and Myo Myo

From The Wall Street Journal



Detained Rights Activists, Freed

As many as 16 human rights activists, who were arrested while staging a sit-in protest in front of the Prime Minister’s official residence in Baluwatar demanding action against the murderers of Krishna Prasad Adhikari, were arrested for an hour and a half and then later released today.

From Himalayan Times



ANSF Successfully Clears Azra of Insurgents

The Afghan Ministry of Defense (MoD) announced that the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) conducted a successful military operation, codename “Simorgh,” in the Azra district of Logar province clearing the area of entrenched insurgents. 

From Tolo News



Delhi Faces LeT Threat, Security Stepped Up After Inputs From IB: Reports

Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) founder and 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Muhammad Saeed has reportedly called for an attack on a famous monument in the national capital. According to reports, the security has been stepped up in the city following the threat.

From The Indian Express

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