News Highlights From South Asia: June 7, 2013

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Won’t Relent On 13th Ammenment: Economic Minister Basil Rajapaksa

Overruling India’s concerns, Sri Lanka may go ahead with its proposed plans to amend the 13th amendment ahead of the provincial polls in Tamil-dominated northern areas in September, a top minister hinted.

From Zee News

Note: The Thirteenth Amendment (13A) to the Constitution of Sri Lanka is amendment to the Constitution of Sri Lanka which created Provincial Councils in Sri Lanka. This also made Sinhala and Tamil as the official language of the country and English as link language.


All Eyes On Gazipur Polls

In a crucial battle of pride for the Awami League and the BNP, Gazipur city goes to polls to pick its mayor and councillors today, just a few months ahead of the general election.

From The Daily Star


Maldives President Pledges To Work With Islamists Ahead Of Elections

Maldivian President Mohamed Waheed pledged Sunday to work with the main Islamic party ahead of upcoming elections, and rejected opposition fears it would lead to increased radicalisation in the luxury tourist destination.

From The Straits Times


Indian Companies To Invest $2.6 Billion In Myanmar

Currently, Indian investments in Myanmar stand at around $273.50 million but are expected to soar to $2.60 billion in the next few years with investments from state-owned ONGC Videsh Limited, Jubilant Oil and Gas, and Century Ply among others.

By S. Venkat Narayan

From Eleven News


Insurgents Increasing in East Afghanistan, But Army Sees Gains

Insurgents have stepped up operations in border provinces close to Pakistan, one of Afghanistan’s top generals said on Sunday, with militant numbers up on last summer as government forces work to improve security in the volatile east.
By Rob Taylor (@ReutersTaylor)

From Reuters


Bodh Gaya Blasts: Security Alert Sounded At Indo-Nepal Border

An alert was today sounded on the Indo-Nepal border after nine serial explosions rocked the internationally renowned temple town of Bodh Gaya in Bihar.

From Daily News and Analysis


Pakistan Brings Back Death Penalty

Pakistan’s new government, trying to appear determined to rein in escalating crime and militancy, has ended a ban on the death penalty, in a move condemned by international organizations as inhuman and retrograde.

By Syed Hassan

From Reuters


Indian Rupee To Fall Further Against Dollar

The rupee will continue to remain volatile and may weaken further against dollar if the government doesn’t address issues like dwindling FDIs and infrastructural bottlenecks, a survey said today.
From The Financial Express

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