News Highlights From South Asia: August 12, 2013

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Mosque Closes After Attack By Buddhist Mob

A mosque in the Sri Lankan capital has been closed after an attack by a Buddhist mob over the weekend sparked clashes in which five people were hurt.

From BBC http://bbc.in/16LFyXf

Bangladesh

Ghulam Azam’s Verdict: Govt Appeals For Death Penalty, Seeks Ban On Jamaat

The government has appealed to the Supreme Court seeking death penalty for convicted war criminal Ghulam Azam and a ban on Jamaat-e-Islami, of which he was the chief.

From The Daily Star http://bit.ly/16GJqaj

Maldives

Zaki Ends ‘Self-Exile,’ Returns To Maldives

Special envoy to former President Mohamed Nasheed, Ibrahim Hussain Zaki, who fled for India late last year saying that he would only return once the presidency of Mohamed Waheed Hassan comes to an end and a newly elected democratic government is established, returned to Male on Monday.

By Fazeena Ahmed

From Haveeru Online http://bit.ly/1eF5xRb

 

Afghanistan

Coalition of Political Parties to Nominate One Candidate for President

Ahmad Zia Masood, Chairman of the National Front Party (NFP), announced that a number of political parties have agreed to form a single coalition that will nominate one candidate for the April 5th, 2014 Presidential election.

By Shakeela Ahbrimkhil

From Tolo News http://bit.ly/19oxJdQ

 

Myanmar

Fresh Myanmar Clashes Signal Growing Muslim Desperation

Attempts to bring stability to Myanmar’s strategic northwest Rakhine State could be unraveling after police opened fire on Rohingya Muslims for the third time in two months, reviving tensions in a region beset by religious violence last year.

By Andrew R.C. Marshall (@journotopia)

From Reuters http://reut.rs/17JOJ7F

 

Pakistan

Punjabi Taliban Warn Of Reprisal If PML-N Government Hangs Militants

The outlawed Punjabi Taliban, an offshoot terrorist organisation of Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), on Monday warned the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government of dire consequences if it carries on with its plan of executing some convicts on death row.

By Zahir Shah Sherazi

 

Culture

From Amrita Shergil To Lady Harrison: A Journey Through History

By Ali Zaef

 

Nepal

Nepal-China Trade Meet Concludes

The 4th Nepal-China Tibet Trade Facilitation Committee meeting concluded today with signing of an agreement to simplify procedural problems at the customs point and address complexities facing duty-free entry of Nepali products into the Chinese market.

From The Himalayan Times http://bit.ly/144BoWn

 

India

Finance Minister P. Chidambaram Lays Out New Steps To Aid Indian Rupee But Market Isn’t Impressed

Finance Minister P Chidambaram today announced measures to allow public sector financial institutions to raise dollar-based loans from abroad and raised taxes on precious metals and other non-essential items to give the Reserve Bank of India additional reserves to keep the rupee within 60 to a dollar.

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

Feature

Pangs Of A Patna Visit: Intimations Of Mortality

By Amitava Kumar (@amitavakumar)

From OPEN http://bit.ly/16LIB1y

 

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