Highlights From South Asia News: August 16, 2013


Manpower Export Dips

Manpower export in the first half of this year has dropped significantly compared to the corresponding period of last year, mainly in the fallout from restrictions imposed by some Middle Eastern countries over the years.

From The Daily Star http://bit.ly/1cKIhW1



After 14 Years, Pakistan Troops Violate Ceasefire Across LoC in Kargil Sector

For the first time in 14 years since the 1999 Kargil war, Pakistani troops violated ceasefire in the higher reaches of Ladakh with its troops opening fire with small and automatic weapons on Indian posts in Drass and Kaksar areas of Kargil sector.

From The Indian Express http://bit.ly/1bDAmG1


The Leaders Who Can Rebuild Kishtwar Are Nowhere In Sight

By Praveen Swami (@praveenswami)

From FirstPost http://bit.ly/16sREX3


Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan Court Bars Fonterra Milk Products For Two Weeks

By Ranga Sirilal and Shihar Aneez

A Sri Lankan court on Friday banned the sale and advertising of all Fonterra milk products for two weeks, officials said, following a complaint by a health sector trade union that the company’s marketing was misleading.

From Reuters http://reut.rs/1bE9whh



Nepal’s Fringe Parties Seal Poll Deal

Nepal’s four major political forces have struck a deal with an alliance of fringe parties seeking their participation in the forthcoming Constituent Assembly elections on November 19.

From Zee News http://bit.ly/15Pmtz1



World Bank Urges Climate Change Adaptation Support For The Maldives

By Leah Malone

The World Bank has expressed the urgent need for concerted efforts to support the Maldives in adapting to climate change, due to a projected 115 centimetres of sea level rise by 2090.

From Minivan News http://bit.ly/14QkwJe




Seeking Safe Passage, Persecuted Myanmar Minority Risk Abuse by Traffickers

The Rohingya, a Muslim group in Myanmar, are one of the most persecuted minorities in the world. The recent target of ethnic cleansing, many have attempted to flee their country.

By John Sparks, Independent Television News

From NPR http://to.pbs.org/15PsXOi



Gunman Arrested After Armed Standoff In Islamabad

An armed man demanding the establishment of Islamic rule in Pakistan opened fire in the heart of Islamabad on Thursday and was arrested hours later after a standoff with police that was broadcast live on television.

From Reuters http://reut.rs/15Pte3L



Afghanistan Welcomes Football Home

Afghanistan will host their first international soccer match for 10 years when they play Pakistan in a friendly next Tuesday, soccer’s governing body FIFA said on Friday.

From Al Jazeera http://aje.me/16hVqQo

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