News Highlights From South Asia: July 9, 2013

Bangladesh
Bangladesh  Garment Sales Soar Despite Deadly Incidents
Bangladesh’s exports rose 16.3 percent in June to $2.7 billion on the year, boosted by stronger clothing sales, an export body said on Tuesday, as the low-cost country retains its allure for cost-crunching global retailers despite deadly incidents.From Reuters http://reut.rs/12B3kjR

Sri Lanka
India, Maldives, Sri Lanka Ink Maritime Security Pact
Indian National Security Advisor Shivshanker Menon, Lankan Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Maldives’ Minister of Defence Mohamed Nazim signed the agreement on Monday at the end of the Meeting on Trilateral Cooperation on Maritime Security.From The Hindu http://bit.ly/184OJSs

Maldives
Maldives Celebrates Ramadan With Food, Festivities, Fasting and Prayer
The Maldives has seen a flurry of activities in the lead up to the holy month of Ramadan, which began today (July 9) in the tropical island nation, with festivities and devout worship to continue throughout the month.
By Leah MaloneFrom Minivan News http://bit.ly/15aSGCs

Myanmar
Lo Hsing Han, Myanmar Drug King, Dies At 80
Lo Hsing Han, an opium and heroin trafficker who became one of Myanmar’s richest men and a potent symbol of the ability of the country’s drug warlords to operate with impunity, died on Saturday in Yangon, Myanmar’s largest city.By Thomas Fuller (@thomasfullerNYT)
From The New York Time http://nyti.ms/14GnpZr

Pakistan
Pakistan Taliban Sack Spokesperson In Light Of Growing Divisions
Pakistan-based Taliban sacked their spokesman on Tuesday for making remarks that angered their Afghan allies, in a move highlighting efforts to patch up divisions within the increasingly fractured insurgency.
By Mehreen Zahra-Malik and Saud Mehsud From Reuters http://reut.rs/18KLNwY

Nepal
Political Parites Most Corrupt In Nepal
Political parties top the list of corruption indices among a dozen institutions in Nepal, according to a report prepared by the Transparency International.
From Himalaya Times http://bit.ly/150mvFY

Afghanistan
U.S. Considers Faster Pullout From Afghanistan
Increasingly frustrated by his dealings with President Hamid Karzai, President Obama is giving serious consideration to speeding up the withdrawal of United States forces from Afghanistan and to a “zero option” that would leave no American troops there after next year, according to American and European officials.

By Mark Mazzetti (@markmazzettiNYT) and Matthew Rosenburg (@mrosenburgNYT)
From The New York Times http://nyti.ms/13J1v9W

India
Finance Minister P. Chidambaram Visits US To Rescue Rupee And Court Investors
India’s finance minister is in the United States this week to drum up investment from the likes of Lockheed Martin, leaving behind a cabinet far from convinced about his plans to revive the economy and a record low rupee.
From The Indian Express http://bit.ly/171WwPQ
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