News Highlights From South Asia: August 11, 2013

Afghanistan

Flash Floods Batter Afghanistan, At Least 22 Dead

At least 22 people in Afghanistan were killed and farmland was damaged when flash floods hit a plain near the capital, officials said on Sunday.

From DAWN http://bit.ly/16JIJie

 

Sri Lanka

Buddhist Mob Attacks Sri Lankan Mosque, 12 Injured

A Buddhist mob attacked a mosque in Sri Lanka’s capital and at least 12 people were injured, the latest in a series of attacks on the minority Muslim community by members of the Buddhist majority.

By Ranga Sirilal and Shihar Aneez

From Reuters http://reut.rs/19XqskK

 

Bangladesh

Bangladesh Police Arrest Activist Over ‘Fabricating Information’ On Atrocities

Authorities in Bangladesh have arrested a leading human rights activist on charges of “fabricating information” about atrocities committed by state security forces in a government crackdown this year.

By Saad Hammadi

From The Guardian http://bit.ly/14m7SKN

 

Nepal

Nepal Urges Disgruntled Political Parties Not To Be Rigid

Senior CPN-UML leader Madhav Kumar Nepal expressed hope that the disgruntled parties would agree to participate in election by mid-August. Nepal requested the CPN-Maoist, in particular, to give up its rigidity and participate in the polls.

From The Himalayan Times http://bit.ly/1cXJZRN

 

Myanmar

Myanmar Faces Difficult Balance in Financial Overhaul

By Natasha Brereton-Fukui and Shibani Mahtani (@ShibaniMahtani)

As Myanmar opens up it’s banking system making its central bank independent and opening doors to increased foreign investment, it remains unclear how far the government will go to forge a Western style financial system.

From The Wall Street Journal http://on.wsj.com/18nwSWg

 

Pakistan

Back In The Fray: ‘Peace Talks With The Taliban Are A Must’

Awami National Party leader Asfandyar Wali Khan asserted it was important to initiate peace talks with the Taliban in order to establish peace in the war-torn province.

From The Express Tribune http://bit.ly/15sdkMt

 

India

Violence Continues In Jammu, Curfew Clamped Down In Three More Districts

Following reports of violence and arson in Jammu and Rajouri districts on Saturday night, curfew has been clamped in three more districts of Udhampur, Samba and Kathua in Jammu region along with Bhaderwah town in Doda on Sunday, thus affecting seven out of 10 districts of Jammu region. 

By Arun Sharma

From The Indian Express http://bit.ly/16JJVC8

 

Maldives

Elections Commission Probes Complaints Against Legal Head

Elections commission is probing the complaints lodged by Jumhoory Party (JP) and Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) last week against the commission’s legal director Haneefa Khalid.

By Fazeena Ahmed

From Haveeru Online http://bit.ly/18nycbD

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