News Highlights From South Asia: June 1, 2013

Maldives, Thailand Agree to Double Trade and Investment
By Ali Naafiz
After a three day visit of Thai Primeminister Yingluck Shinawatra, Maldives and Thailand have announced plans to double trade over the next five years.
From Haveeru

Walmart, Gap Propose Alternate Bangladesh Safety Program
By Matthew Mosk
Walmart and Gap have refused to sign the global accord demanding safer working conditions after the Bangladesh Building Collapse. They have instead announced the creation of a new safety program.
From ABC

Hot Meals: Latest Casulty in Afghanistan
Marines in south western Afghanistan will lose one of their four hot meals a day, as the camp will lose its mid-night ration service.
From Mail Online

Myanmar’s Youth Wait for Key Fruit of Reforms: Jobs
Youth Unemployment still remains a major problem in Myanmar. The question for a Myanmar moving forward is if it will address youth unemployment and lack of education opportunities.
From Yahoo News

India, Nepal Begin Secretary-Level Talks
Home secretary of Nepal and India have begun a three day meeting about security concerns for both nations. India and Nepal share an open border.
From The Hindu

Spellcheck: Winning Word Spelled Wrongly at Bee Finals?
By Chidanand Rajghatta
Arvind Mahankali who spelled k-n-a-i-d-e-l, winning the US National Spelling bee may have been wrong according to linguists at the Yiddish Scientific Institution.
From Times of India

Sri Lanka
India Beats Sri Lanka in Champions Trophy Warmup
India Beat Sri Lanka by five wickets in a run-friendly warmup for champions trophy.
From Dawn

Balochistan Assembly: Newly Elected Member’s Sworn In
By Syed Ali Shah
Newly elected members of the Balochistan assembly were sworn in at the inaugural session of the house. The member’s took oath’s in various languages.


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