News Highlights From South Asia: July 11, 2013

Bangladesh                                                                                                                                        North American Retailers Set Safety Plan for Bangladesh Factories
An alliance of 17 leading U.S. and Canadian retailers has unveiled a five-year safety plan for Bangladesh garment factories aimed at improving safety conditions. From: Voice of America http://bit.ly/15j8hjc

Sri Lanka
Police most corrupt institution in Sri Lanka
The Global Corruption Barometer (GCB) released by Transparency International on 9 July, contains findings suggesting that corruption is still perceived as a problem in Sri Lanka, with some 64% of Sri Lankan respondents claiming corruption was on the increase in the country in the past two years.For the second time running within three years, the general public in Sri Lanka rated Police as the most corrupt institution in the country. From: The Ceylon Today http://bit.ly/13621IC

Myanmar
Myanmar’s $8.5 Billion Port Project Facing Hurdles
While the successful completion of Myanmar’s planned Dawei deep-sea port and special economic zone could dramatically boost Thai-Burmese trade relations, the project is already encountering financial difficulties and intense local opposition. From: Voice of America http://bit.ly/1aw7H8U

Maldives
Civil Court halts judicial watchdog from taking further action against High Court Chief Judge
Civil Court on Thursday issued an injunction ordering the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) not to take any action against the suspended Chief Judge of High Court Ahmed Shareef, until it decides on the legality of his suspension. From Minivan News http://bit.ly/177y2Vo

Pakistan
Pakistan railways reduces rail fairs by 33 per cent                                                    The Pakistan Railways has announced a substantive reduction of 33 per cent in rail fares on the directives of Federal Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique and the new rates will be applicable from July 11. From: Dawn.com http://bit.ly/12uKRVl

Nepal
Floods, landslides in eastern Nepal claim 5
Floods and landslide in eastern Nepal have claimed lives of at least five people and left three others missing, Nepal News reported. According to regional police office, rain triggered natural calamities have claimed lives of two people and left three missing in different places of Jhapa district. From: Disaster Report http://bit.ly/1au8x69

India
A person in jail cannot fight polls for legislative bodies: Supreme Court of India
A person, who is in jail or in police custody, cannot contest election to legislative bodies, the Supreme Court has held, bringing to an end an era of under trial politicians fighting polls from behind bars. The apex court ruled that only an “elector” can contest the polls and he/she ceases the right to cast vote due to confinement in prison or being in custody of police. From: Zee News http://bit.ly/13561cA

Afghanistan
UK to withdraw 5200 troops from Afghanistan by end of 2013                        British defense officials have announced that the number of UK troops will fall to about 600 by autumn in Afghanistan. Philip Hammon, British defense minister in a statement said that the government of UK aims to cut troops level in Afghanistan by 5,200 by the end of 2013. From: Afghan Online Press http://bit.ly/2Hp7a0

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