News Highlights From South Asia: June 2, 2013

“International Actors Should Not Undermine Governments:” Maldives Responds To United Nations
The Maldives government has issued a statement inferring that UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers, Gabriela Knaul, undermined the country’s sovereignty and legal jurisdiction in her recent report on the state of the country’s judiciary.
From Minivan News

City Corporation Polls: Electoral Rules Flouted
Ignoring warnings from the returning officers, mayoral hopefuls of the four city corporations are allegedly violating electoral code of conducts
From The Daily Star

Sri Lanka
“No Place For Extremism In Sri Lanka:” President Mahinda Rajapaksa
Amid recent tensions between Buddhists and Muslims in Sri Lanka, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said the island’s majority community had never indulged in extremism and that it was time to forge communal harmony.
From Zee News

Under Fire, Government Plans To Cut Legal Aid To The Central Bureau Of Investigation
Critized for it’s interference in the in the CBI’s functioning, the government is set to end its role in providing legal advice and appointment of its law officers to represent the investigating agency in courts.
From The Hindustan Times

Singh and Friends
By C. Raja Mohan
From The Indian Express

India, Nepal to Share Intellegence to Curb Terrorism
India and Nepal will be sharing information about crimes such as human trafikking and smuggling of counterfeit currency to help curb terrorism in both countries.
From Times of India

US Drone Attacks Are Further Radicalizing Pakistan
By Imran Awan
The extremist groups in Pakistan may be using the killing of high-profile terrorists in drone attacks as a recruitment tool.
The Guardian

Brother’s Search Comes to a Grim End in Afghanistan
By Sangar Rahimi and Rod Nordland
The disappearance of civilians in Afghanistan’s Wardak province is being blamed on US forces present in the area.
From New York Times

How a Myanmar Tycoon is Profiting From Change
By Erica Kinetz
Zaw Zaw, a man born to extreme poverty is now profiting from the boom in Myanmar. Carving his way through the military regime, and now Myanmar’s post- military present, he is the owner of Novotel hotels.
From Seattle Times


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