Highlights From South Asia News: June 20, 2013

Bangladesh
Ten Islamists Sentenced To Death
A court sentenced to death 10 Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) men for the suicide bombing that killed eight people in the outskirt of Dhaka seven years ago.
By Haroon Habib
From The Hindu http://bit.ly/14lrhxr

Sri Lanka
Rights Groups Criticize Proposed Media Coda, Saying It Threatens Free Speech
Rights groups like the Human Rights Watch are criticizing a code of media ethics proposed by Sri Lanka’s government, saying that the code could have a chilling effect on free speech in the Indian Ocean island nation.From The Washington Post/AP http://wapo.st/12e1Dr7

Maldives
GMR Gets Clean Chit From Maldives Probe Agency In Male Airport Case

Indian infrastructure company GMR Infrastructure, which was forced to hand over the Male airport to the Maldives government was cleared by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) of Maldives saying that there was no corruption involved in leasing of Ibrahim Nasir International Airport to GMR.
From The Economic Times http://bit.ly/19VGAmt

Myanmar
Feature
Extremist Rises Among Myanmar Buddhists Wary Of Muslim Minority
By Thomas Fuller
From The New York Times http://nyti.ms/17qb9AK

Afghanistan
Afghanistan Peace Talks: US-Afghanistan Peace Talks In Qatar Cancelled
A fresh effort to end Afghanistan’s 12-year-old war looked in disarray after a diplomatic row about the Taliban’s new Qatar office delayed preliminary discussions between the US and the Islamist insurgents.
By Dan Roberts and Emma Graham-Harrisson
From The Guardian http://bit.ly/147B2il

Pakistan
Budget 2013-14: Senate Panel Wants Government To Drop $3b Worth Of Receipts

Senate committee on finance has urged the government to exclude uncertain pledges from next year’s budget, which it says will make the document more realistic and  recommended that the government drop $3 billion worth of receipts pertaining to the disbursement of the coalition support fund (CSF), Etisalat’s arrears from the privatisation of the Pakistan Telecommunication Company (PTCL), and the auction of 3G spectrum
From The Express Tribune http://bit.ly/12e3psf

Nepal
Landslides, Floods Claim 39 Lives Across Nepal
At least 39 people have been killed due to floods and landslides triggered by incessant rain over a period of five days in 10 districts across Nepal, according to government sources.
From The Times Of India http://bit.ly/13VTvQt

India
Government Fears “Shockingly Huge” Death Toll in Uttarakhand, Rescue Operations In Full Swing
Rescue and relief operations were intensified, as 50,000 people remain stranded across the region, in rain-ravaged Uttarakhand as multiple agencies evacuated the worst-affected holy town of Kedarnath and other areas even as the death toll mounted continuously and is currently being counted in several hundreds.From The Indian Express http://bit.ly/1axsC9a

Rupee Falls To 59.93 Againast The US Dollar
Rupee hit a new low against the dollar on Thursday after the US Federal Reserve said it could start to reduce stimulus measures for the US economy.From The Hindustan Times http://bit.ly/14MBxAZhttp://bit.ly/14MBxAZ

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