Highlights From South Asia News: July 3rd, 2013

Bangladesh
Free Freedom For Trade Unionism
In a desperate bid to regain a duty waiver from the US, the Bangladeshi government has decided to give workers full freedom to run trade unions in factories.
From The Daily Star http://bit.ly/16NgHkt

Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka Central Bank Says Moody’s Downgrade Not A Proper Reflection On Country’s External Position
Sri Lanka’s Central Bank has expressed strong disappointment and disagreed with the Moody’s decision to downgrade Sri Lanka sovereign ratings from ‘positive’ to ‘stable’.
From Colombo Page http://bit.ly/1aCGCzV

Nepal
Nepal Boosts Early Warning System For Storms
Most fatalities in Nepali villages have been caused by landslides sweeping through villages, and floods, killing livestock and washing away farms, because citizens didn’t receive adequate warning.

By Naresh Newar
From Reuters http://bit.ly/1cRpfbh   

Maldives
Column
Courts Now More A Source Of Comedy Than Justice
By Aishath Velizinee
From Minivan News http://bit.ly/12m3g7q

Myanmar
Photo Essay
Scenes From A Frontier Market: Snapshots From Myanmar
From Forbes http://onforb.es/121g6s6

Myanmar Insurance To Reform System
The state-owned Myanmar Insurance has announced it will reform its insurance system due to low take-up of insurance, according to company officials.
From Eleven News http://bit.ly/120P5Zc

Afghanistan
West Demands More Progress From Afghanistan In Return For Aid
Afghanistan has been promised around $8bn (£5.2bn) a year in military and development spending after foreign troops leave in 2014, but NATO governments say the aid money comes with strings attached.
By Emma Graham Harrison (@_emmaGH)

From The Guardian http://bit.ly/123kgQ6 

Pakistan 
Musharraf Treason Case: Supreme Court Disposes All Petitions, Orders Government To Start Investigations
Attorney General Munir A Malik informed the court that a special committee had been set up for the purpose of investigation and that work had already begun.
From The Express Tribune http://bit.ly/14PpErK

India
Cabinet Clears Ordinance For World’s Largest Food Security Program
The government today decided to promulgate an ordinance to give nation’s two-third population the right to 5 kgs of foodgrain every month at highly subsidised rates of Rs 1-3 per kg.
From The Indian Express http://bit.ly/17JqqJB

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