Highlights From South Asia News: June 16, 2013

Bangladesh Disaster Crushes Owner’s Ideal Of Clothes With A Conscience
The story of how that dream ended in the rubble of Rana Plaza, an eight-storey factory complex that collapsed in April killing 1,129 people in one of the world’s worst industrial accidents, is a cautionary tale for global retailers now scrambling to prevent another fatal accident in Bangladesh.
From Reuters http://reut.rs/19Hz6mY

Pakistani Militants Shoot Dead Two Polio Vaccination Workers 
Gunmen have killed two anti-polio health workers in north-west Pakistan, police said, in the latest violence directed at efforts to eradicate the endemic disease from the country.
From The Guardian/AP http://bit.ly/16wE9Tk

Sri Lanka
Sri Lanks Expects $2.8 Billion In Revenue From Leisure Industry
The Sri Lankan government is expecting to earn over US$ 2.8 billion this year from the leisure industry as several high-profiled investors of the world have expressed interest to invest in hotel projects in the country, Minister of Investment Promotion Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena said. 
From Colombo Page http://bit.ly/17eTWKl

Myanmar Ruling Party: Suu Kyi Coalition Possible
The chief of Myanmar’s pro-military party, Shwe Mann, said he is not ruling out a coalition government with the opposition party of Aung San Suu Kyi after crucial elections in 2015 if it’s in the national interest.
From The Times of India http://bit.ly/18PmavD

Election Comission Delays Publishing Ammended Voter Registry
The Elections Commission (EC) has said it has been forced to delay the publication of an amended voter registry for September’s presidential election as a result of the number of complaints filed by the public.
By Mariyath Mohamed
From Minivan News http://bit.ly/13SozPi

Election Protest Strife Hits Nepal
Activists affiliated with the 33-party alliance participate in a strike demanding the immediate withdrawal of the government’s decision to hold a Constituent Assembly election in November, in Kathmandu.
From The Gulf Times http://bit.ly/11rFA1i 

Center Looks To Pep Up Investor Confidence, Dispel Economic Gloom
Over the next three weeks, the Centre is likely to set up a railway tariff authority, a coal and road regulator, unveil a new policy of auctioning coal blocks and remove the FDI cap in various sectors in an attempt to kick-start a sluggish economy.
By Sujay Mehdudia

From The Hindu http://bit.ly/11JnEPC 

There Will Be Questions
By Tavleen Singh (@tavleen_singh)
From The Indian Express http://bit.ly/11ioW7N


In Significant Milestone Of 12-Year War, Afghan Poised To Take Lead For Security
One of the most significant turning points in one of America’s longest and costliest wars is imminent: Afghanistan’s fledgling security forces are taking the lead for security nationwide, bringing the moment of truth on the question of whether they are ready to fight an insurgency that remains resilient after nearly 12 years of conflict.From The Washington Post/AP http://wapo.st/1bLtAMJ


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