News Highlights From South Asia: June 26, 2013

Bangladesh
US Retailers Near Pact on Bangladesh Factory Safety
By Suzanne Kapner and Shelly Banjo
Walmart, Gap and other companies are nearing an agreement to establish a 50 million dollar fund to improve safety conditions in Bangladesh’s garment factories.
From Wall Street Journal http://on.wsj.com/19vSq7w

Maldives
Governance, Socio Economic and Political Issues Threaten Maldives Reefs: Study
By Leah Malone
Maldives political issues are reducing the country’s ability to address threats to coral reefs nationwide, study shows.
From Minivan News http://bit.ly/124KbXl

Nepal
Nepal-China Have Entered New Phase- Yang
By Kosh Raj Koirala
State counselor of China Yang Jiechi has said that friendship between Nepal and China has reached a new turning point as he inaugurated the Kathmandu Ring Road Improvement Project. China has committed 340 million renmimbi for the project.
From myrepublica http://bit.ly/19vPZ4Z

India
Amid Row, Walmart’s India Head Raj Jain Quits
Walmart, India has announced the departure of Raj Jain from the company after months of speculation. The reason has not been formally announced.
From Times of India http://bit.ly/1agsc8x

Pakistan
Opinion
A New Pakistan is Emerging From Its Troubled Path
By Mira Sethi
As former president and army chief Musharraf will face charges, Pakistan is emerging from its past, says Sethi.
From The Guardian http://bit.ly/15HCAiA

Afghanistan
US to Blame for Tension in Afghanistan: Karzai
Afghan President Hamid Karzai has blamed the US for creating tensions and allowing the Taliban to set up an office in Doha, Qatar.
From Press TV http://bit.ly/10X6LX3

Myanmar
India Sees Rupee Signs as Myanmar Opens
By Chandrahas Choudhary
The opening of Myanmar could help the impoverished north east of India and its neighboring countries too, argues Choudhary.
From Bloomberg http://bloom.bg/124JzRz

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