Highlights From South Asia News: July 5, 2013

Myanmar
Myanmar Passes Controversial Press Bill Amid Criticism
The Lower House of Parliament approved an ammended version of a printing and publishing enterprise Bill in Nay Pyi Taw despite criticism from media organisations and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.From Eleven News http://bit.ly/1aKMcjH

Maldives
President Expresses “Sadness”, JSC Forms Committee” Over Supreme Court Judge Sex Tape

Police have formally notified the Judicial Service Commission (JSC), the Prosecutor General and President Mohamed Waheed Hassan regarding its investigation into the leaked sex-tape of Supreme Court Justice Ali Hameed.

By Mohamed Naahee

From Minivan News http://bit.ly/12LY6Ax

Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka To Hold Polls In Ex-War Region For The First Time in 25 Years
Sri Lanka will hold provincial elections in the former northern war zone in September for the first time in 25 years, officials said on Friday, a move long demanded by theUnited Nations since the end of three decades of conflict in 2009.From The Times Of India/Reuters http://bit.ly/1a7WWJN

Bangladesh
11,000-Strong Law Enforcers To Maintain Peace In Polls

More than 11,000 law enforcers including members of Border Guard Bangladesh and Rab have been deployed to ensure safe and peaceful conduct of voting in the first Gazipur City Corporation election today.
By Prabir Barua Chowdhury

From The Daily Star http://bit.ly/12hPOke

Afghanistan Suicide Attacks In Tarin Kowt Kill Police

A suicide bomber sneaked into a police dining hall in central Afghanistan at lunchtime Friday and blew himself up, killing 12, while a border police officer and a civilian were killed in a separate suicide attack in the south, authorities said.

By David Rising
From The Huffington Post/AP http://huff.to/1bcTz25
Pakistan

Development Projects: Nawaz Sharrif Signs $18 Bilion Tunnel Deal With China

Pakistan and China signed eight agreements on Friday agreeing to strengthen economic and diplomatic ties between the two countries including the construction of a 200km-long tunnel that amounts to $18 billion in cost called the “Pak-China Economic corridor” linking Pakistan’s Gwadar Port on the Arabian Sea and Kashghar in Xinjiang in northwest China.

From The Express Tribune http://bit.ly/14w0T5g
Nepal
National Planning Commission To Make Nepal A Developing Country In 10 Years

The long-term goal of the new three-year plan is to make Nepal a developing country by 2022.

From Republica http://bit.ly/127P05V
India
Supreme Court Cracks Down On Freebies By Political Parties Ahead Of Polls

Freebies promised by political parties in their election manifestos shake the roots of free and fair polls, the Supreme Court on Friday said and directed the Election Commission to frame guidelines for regulating contents of election manifestos.

From The Indian Express http://bit.ly/13z7ldY
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