News Highlights From South Asia: June 8, 2013

 

Bangladesh

Bangladesh Tells EU, It Will Boost Worker Rights, Inspections
Bangladesh pledged on Monday to quickly boost worker rights and recruit more factory inspectors as it seeks to preserve European Union trade benefits after 1,129 workers were killed in the collapse of a garment plant in April.By Emma Thompson
From Reuters http://reut.rs/15rZduK

Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka’s First Oil Company Launched
Sri Lanka’s first and only oil and gas exploration and production company, Ceylan Energy was launched bringing together some of Sri Lanka’s leading oil and gas professionals who are committed to maximising the island’s resources and developing its energy industry.From The Ceylon Daily News http://bit.ly/1a6SUOg

Maldives
US Government Pledges US$9.7 Million For Maldives Climate Change Adaptation, Election Preparations

The United States government has pledged US$9.7 million (MVR 149 million) to the Maldives as technical assistance for climate change adaptation and election preparations.
By Leah Malone
From Minivan News http://bit.ly/13GQZ2W

Myanmar
India, Myanmar Discuss Bodh Gaya Blasts
India’s Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai, who is currently in Myanmar for bilateral Foreign Office consultations, today called on Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and Foreign Minister U Wunna Maung Lwin and discussed the blasts in the holy town of Bogh Gaya which killed two.From Zee News http://bit.ly/12n2oys

Pakistan
Witnesses Against Ex-Prime Minister Musharraf Back Off
Progress of the Federal Investigation Agency’s (FIA) probe into former premier Benazir Bhutto’s murder stands frozen: police refuse to produce the key accused, former general (retd) Pervez Musharraf, to court in view of security threats, while nominated witnesses are shying away from the case.By Qaiser Sheerazi
From The Express Tribune http://bit.ly/1dbTNov

Nepal
Nepal Beefs Up Security At All Buddhist Shrines
Authorities in Nepal said Monday that security would be beefed up at all major Buddhist shrines, in the wake of the bomb blasts Sunday at the Mahabodhi temple complex in Bihar’s Bodh Gaya town.From Daily News And Analysis http://bit.ly/13xrthG

India
BJP Ready For Snap Polls, Says It Will Focus On Good Governance and Development
The opposition party said it will form several committees in the next few days to highlight the failure of the Congress-led UPA government on various issues like corruption, price rise and on the economic frontFrom The Indian Express http://bit.ly/12TRAfE

Afghanistan
Culture
Afghanistan’s Silk Road Festival
By Emma Graham-Harisson (@_EmmaGH)
From The Guardian http://bit.ly/1ailNL5

Afghanistan Holds Translator Tied To Civilian Torture Allegations
Afghan intelligence agents arrested on Monday a U.S. special forces interpreter accused of torturing and killing civilians – allegations that have worsened already strained relations between the government and NATO-led coalition forcesBy Hamid Shalizi (@ReutersShalizi)
From Reuters http://reut.rs/1ailVKv

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