Highlights From South Asia News: July 1, 2013

Bangladesh
8 MoUs Worth $75 Million Signed Between India Inc, Bangladesh Firms Across Sectors

Eight MoUs worth $ 75 million were signed between Indian firms and Bangladesh companies in Chennai involving textile, finance, plastic, infrastructure, IT & technology, software development and manufacturing.
By T. E. Narasimhan
From Business Standard http://bit.ly/17OOI8D

Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka Rupee Hovers Near 8-Month Low on Banks’ Dollar-Buying

The Sri Lankan rupee extended falls from last week to trade near eight-month lows on Monday, with banks buying dollars to meet demand from importers and foreign bond holders, currency dealers said.
From Reuters http://reut.rs/14JtOBp

Maldives
Japan, Maldives Sign Accord On Emissions
Japan and the Maldives have signed an agreement to exchange Japanese low-carbon technologies for Maldivian quotas for greenhouse gas emissions.
From Japan News http://bit.ly/10uD6lq

Myanmar
Feature
A Muslim Neighborhood Becomes A Prison To Its Residents As Myanmar’s Sectarian Divide Hardens

This story is part of “Portraits of Change,” a yearlong series by The Associated Press examining how the opening of Myanmar after decades of military rule is — and is not — changing life in the long-isolated Southeast Asian country. Read more here – 

From The Washington Post/AP http://wapo.st/18qWt3H

Afghanistan
Radio Story
Afghanistan’s Next Generation Wants Taliban Held Accountable
Renee Montagne talks to with Shaharzad Akbar, chairperson for Afghanistan 1400; and Haseeb Humayoon, of QARA Consulting.From NPR http://n.pr/17zuGLu

Pakistan Angers Afghans By Suggesting Taliban Share Power – Minister

Pakistan has floated the concept of an Afghan power-sharing arrangement between Kabul and the Taliban as part of a peace talks “end game”, Afghan Deputy Foreign Minister Ershad Ahmadi said which met with outrage in Kabul.
By Dylan Welch (@dylanwelch) and Hamid Shalizi (@hamidshalizi)
From Reuters http://reut.rs/12BN8xD

Pakistan
Day Of Violence Leaves At Least 47 Dead In Pakistan
Two separate bomb blasts in different parts of Pakistan on Sunday killed a total of at least 47 people and wounded more than 90 others, authorities said.
By Saima Mohsin (@samiamohsin) And Jethro Mullen (@jethromullen)
From CNN http://bit.ly/1aveb6Q

Nepal
Nepal Proposes Polls In Two Phases
Senior CPN-UML leader Madhav Kumar Nepal today said the upcoming election to the Constituent Assembly slated for November 19 should be held in two phases.
From The Himalayan Times http://bit.ly/19OG1s1

India
Diesel Price Hiked Across India By 50 Paise Per Litre
Diesel price was today hiked by 50 paisa per litre, the sixth increase in rates this year.

From The Indian Express http://bit.ly/18qYBIJ

Environmental Frauds 
By Tavleen Singh (@tavleen_singh)
From The Indian Express http://bit.ly/13huxhM

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