Highlights From South Asia News: June 7, 2013

Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka In Talks For $600M Loan From Japan
Sri Lanka is in discussions with Japan about a $600mn loan to fund the construction of a 600MW coal power plant, the power ministry secretary said, as the island nation aims to lower power generation costs.
From The Gulf Times http://bit.ly/11xH1ya

Bangladesh Lifts Ban On YouTube, Blocked After Anti-Islam Film
Bangladesh’s government lifted a ban on video-sharing site YouTube which has been blocked since September after an online anti-Islam movie spawned violent protests across the Muslim world.
From DNA India http://bit.ly/127bWmI

Nepal Himalayas: ‘Decentralizing’ An Uphill Task
As a third of the peaks open to climbing see few visitors, Nepal’s years-old plan to spread out mountaineering activities across its Himalayas to ease pressure on certain mountains including Everest has had little effect, experts have said.By Navin Singh Khadka
From BBC http://bbc.in/11poLUv

Myanmar as Economic Miracle Hinges On Natural Gas Bounty: Energy

Exxon Mobil Corp, Woodside Petroleum Ltd. and Oil India Ltd. are among 59 global energy companies lining up for a share of Myanmar’s estimated $75 billion bounty of the fuel, according to the country’s energy ministry.
By Rakteem Katakey and James Palton
From Bloomberg http://bloom.bg/19PRrMZ

US-Maldives Military Agreement Threatens Regional Power Balance, Former President Gayoom Warns

The United States could upset the balance of power in the Indian Ocean by seeking to set up a base in the Maldives through a proposed military agreement, said former Maldives President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom who ruled the nation for 30 years.By Ali Naafiz
From Haveeru Online http://bit.ly/12wMx7A

Georgia Minister Visits Afghanistan After 7 Deaths
By Kay Johnson
Georgia’s defense minister visited his troops in Afghanistan the day after seven Georgian soldiers were killed in a huge truck bomb blast at their base in the deadliest single attack on international forces this year.
From ABC News/AP http://abcn.ws/13qvO2p

Pakistan Officials Say US Drone Strike Kills 7
Pakistani intelligence officials say a suspected U.S. drone strike has killed seven militants near the Afghan border, in the Shawal area along the border dividing the North and South Waziristan tribal regions.From AP http://bit.ly/127ef9z

Rising Rot
21 million tonnes of wheat is wasted in India every year due to inadequate storage and distribution.
From Tehelka http://bit.ly/ZyJgjZ


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