News Highlights From South Asia: August 14, 2013

Myanmar

Myanmar Committee To Look Into Establishing Capital Market

A committee to look into establishing a capital market in Myanamr will be set up this year according to officials from the Ministry of Finance.

From Eleven News http://bit.ly/16LEQYb

 

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Launches New Probe Into Thousands Missing During War

Sri Lanka’s president on Wednesday ordered a new investigation into the disappearance of thousands of people in the island’s northeast during an ethnic war which ended four years ago.

From LiveMint/AFP http://bit.ly/1a5TtL1

 

Bangladesh

One Dead As Bangladesh Police Clash With Islamists

One man died as police and supporters of Bangladesh’s largest Islamist party clashed Wednesday in the capital during a strike called by the group.

From AFP http://bit.ly/1eKuRoP

 

Maldives

Maldivians In Egypt Asked To Be Vigilant Amid Army Crackdown

Maldives foreign ministry on Wednesday urged Maldivian students in Egypt to be vigilant following reports that supporters of Egypt’s ousted President Mohamed Morsi were gathering near the city where they are boarded.

From Haveeru http://bit.ly/18vG9f2

 

India

Submarine Sunk By Explosions, 18 Feared Dead; Navy Calls It ‘Catastrophe’

Eighteen sailors, including three officers, were feared dead when multiple explosions ripped through the torpedo compartment of one of India’s mainstay kilo-class submarines berthed at Naval Dockyard at Colaba around midnight on Tuesday.

From The Indian Express http://bit.ly/1cD2IV4

Column

Of Nationalism And Love in South Asia

By Shivam Vij (@DilliDurAst)

From Kafila http://bit.ly/1eKvhvp

 

Nepal

Haphazard Use Of Vaccines Led To Bird Flu In Nepal

Bird flu outbreaks in Nepal, which have not yet been controlled, mainly spread due to unverified vaccines being administered haphazardly to chickens by poultry farmers, an official said Sunday.

From Business Standard http://bit.ly/14MnEWx

 

Afghanistan

Afghanistan’s Future Depends On Foreign Soldiers: U.S. Commander

By Dylan Welch (@dylanwelch) and Jessica Donati

Afghanistan’s future security will remain dependent on international troops for many years after most foreign combat forces leave by the end of 2014, the U.S. commander of the NATO-led force in the South Asian country said.

From Retuers http://reut.rs/16lHw29

 

Pakistan

With 93 Dead, Met Office Warns Of More Rains, Flash Floods

The Met Office predicted widespread rains and flash floods in the country on Thursday, with Islamabad, Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), Eastern Balochistan and Pakistan-Administered Kashmir receiving heavy showers.

From DAWN http://bit.ly/14dn3qy

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