Highlights From South Asia News: June 14, 2013

Myanmar Monks End Meeting With Call For Peace
A meeting of more than 200 Myanmar Buddhist monks on how to solve deadly communal conflicts that have pitted majority Buddhists against Muslims declared they seek peace and accused the media of tarnishing their religion’s image.
From ABC News/AP http://abcn.ws/16oQ6ur

Election Commission Confident Of Solving All Voter Registry Issues
The Maldives Elections Commission (EC) has said it remains confident it will resolve all complaints raised by voter over the recently published list of eligible voters before the September election.By Neil Merrett
From Minivan News http://bit.ly/13MzUQV

Nepal’s Interim Government Chief Asks Parties Not To Boycott Polls
Head of Nepal’s interim government, Chief Justive Khil Raj Regmi, appealed to the country’s warring political parties not to boycott the long-pending elections and use the historic opportunity to ensure “free and fair” polls on November 19.From Zee News http://bit.ly/155bxxg

Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka Central Bank Intervenes
Sri Lanka’s central bank intervened in the currency market, selling dollars to stabilise the rupee after it had fallen to a more than six-month low.
From Business Recorder http://bit.ly/16oTrth

Bangladesh Ammends Anti-Terror Law
Bangladesh’s parliament has amended the tough anti-terrorism law redefining “terrorism” and allowing courts to accept materials from the Internet as evidence, amid protests from opposition which feared it was designed to target them.From Gulf Times http://bit.ly/121nfai

Import Lobbies Threaten All Oil Ministers: Petroleum Minister Moily 
Petroleum Minister M Veerappa Moily on Friday made the dramatic claim that “every minister” in his chair faces “lobbies” that do not want India to stop importing oil, and who constantly “threaten” the minister to have their way.From The Indian Express http://bit.ly/11NRcyQ

NATO Denies UN Report That Airstrike Killed 3 Children In Afghanistan
The NATO military coalition in Afghanistan has denied a United Nations report that a coalition airstrike killed three children in eastern Afghanistan.
From The Huffington Post/AP http://huff.to/155c0jf

Power Play: Pakistan Willing To Import Power, Says India
If the Pakistani government has the political will to make a decision, electricity from India could start flowing into Pakistan in a matter of months, say top sources in India’s energy ministry.
By Aditi Phadnis
From The Express Tribune http://bit.ly/11f9SYC


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