Highlights From South Asia News: June 27, 2013

Bangladesh
Obama To Suspend Trade Privileges With Bangladesh
The Obama administration on Thursday announced plans to suspend trade privileges for Bangladesh over concerns about safety problems and labor rights violations in the country’s garment industry.
By Steve Greenhouse (@greenhousenyt)

From The New York Times http://nyti.ms/15LcF9M

Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka Buddhists To Rally To Protest Against The 13th Amendment 
Thousands of Buddhist monks in Sri Lanka will hold a rally in Colombo on July 2nd calling for the abolition of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution.From Colombo Page http://bit.ly/127shTY

India
Natural Gas Price To Shoot Up In April 2014
In a move that hopes to boost exploration and investor sentiment, the UPA government Thursday approved an increase in the price of natural gas effective from April 2014, in line with a complex pricing formula suggested by the Rangarajan Committee.

By Amitav Ranjan
From The Indian Express http://bit.ly/123zjYO

Afghanistan
Feature
Kabul Property Boom Confounds Fears About Security
By Emma Graham Harrison (@_EmmaGH)
From The Guardian http://bit.ly/17Gl0m2

Maldives
India’s Election Commission To Help Poll Officials With Upcoming Elections in Maldives
India will extend election training and technical assistance to the Election Commission of Maldives in view of the upcoming presidential polls there later this year.From Zee News http://bit.ly/18jx2Bc

Pakistan
‘Negotiators Talking To Militia Leadership’: Pakistan Is Engaged With Taliban To Get Talks Back On Track

By Baqar Sajjad SyedFrom Dawn http://bit.ly/19GyLyv

Myanmar
Myanmar Opens Up New Telecom Frontier

Vodafone has teamed up with China Mobile to compete against more than 20 other telecoms groups including one backed by George Soros for a mobile network licence in Myanmar, one of the most sought after new markets for communications in the world.
By Gwen Robinson and Daniel Thomas

From The Financial Times http://on.ft.com/123zGma

Nepal
Local Democracy In Chaos
Nepal’s post-conflict political transition is posing a severe implication to its local governance system.

By Pranav Bhattarai (@pranavbhattarai)
From Himalaya Times http://bit.ly/16DgfoT

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