Sri Lanka Offers Tax-Free Zone at New Airport
Sri Lanka’s new $209M airport will be a tax-free zone in an attempt to increase inflow of tourists and aviation based industries, according to airport officials
Media in Myanmar Worry That Freedom is Already Slipping Away
By Mark Magnier (@markmagnier)
The new draft law bears a resemblance to the repressive 1962 repressive media law in Myanmar.
LA Times http://lat.ms/YitQiV
Afghanistan’s Karzai Agrees to New Deadline for Prison Handover
Afghan President Hamid Karzai has agreed to US Defense Secretary’s request for a one week deadline for handing over control of US run detention center.
Minority Groups Blame Politicians For Attacks
From bdnews http://bit.ly/103yn9t
India Hands Over Advance Passenger Information System To The Maldives
In a big step towards improving immigration facilities for tourists – who bring in most of the country’s income – The Maldives will use India’s passenger information system to simplify travel to the country.
Pakistan Leader’s Legacy: The Art of Political Survival
From The LA Times http://lat.ms/103E1bJ
Five Arrested in Gang Rape of Swiss Tourist in Central India
By Hari Kumar and Heather Timmons (@HariNYT and @HeathaT)
Five men between the age 19 to 25 have been arrested in relation to the gang rape of a 39-year-old Swiss tourist in Madhya Pradesh.
New York Times http://nyti.ms/YivHUQ
Nepal to Host Multinational Exercise for Peace
The exercise aimed at promoting regional peace and security will be held in Nepal. Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka are among the many countries that will participate.