News Highlights From South Asia: July 12, 2013

Bangladesh
Commodity Prices Up: Market Monitoring Slack As Ramadan Begins
With the onset of Ramadan, consumers are hit in their pockets as prices of essentials continue to soar amid a slack monitoring of markets.From The Daily Star http://bit.ly/12ukezB

Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka Opposition Accuses Government Of Earning Huge Commissions Through Development Projects
The main opposition party in Sri Lanka, United National Party has accused the government of launching development projects that are not fitting the needs and priorities of the public to earn huge commissions.From Colombo Page http://bit.ly/132Qj5U

Myanmar
Myanmar Jails More Rioters For Unrest
Twenty-five Buddhists were sentenced to as many as 15 years in prison for murder and other crimes during a night of rioting, burning and killing in central Myanmar, following weeks in which it seemed only Muslims were being punished for sectarian violence aimed primarily at members of their own religion.From Zee News http://bit.ly/18c7M0s

Maldives
Closer Chinese Ties Not A Replacement For Strained Ties With India: President’s Office
The President’s Office has said efforts to establish closer political and economic links with China are not an attempt to directly replace bilateral assistance traditionally provided by India – despite the recent strained relationship between Male and New Delhi.
By Neil MerrettFrom Minivan News http://bit.ly/132QCO8

Pakistan
Bomb Kills 2 Near Mosque In Pakistan As Attacks Spread 
A motorcycle packed with explosives blew up outside a mosque frequented by both Sunni and Shi’ite worshippers in Pakistan’s volatile northwest on Thursday, as the month-old government struggled to curb a rising tide of attacksFrom Reuters http://reut.rs/1avjvs1

Nepal
India To Resume Military Supplies To Nepal After 8 Years
India is set to resume military supplies, including arms and ammunition, to the Nepal Army, after an eight year hiatus, since then king Gyanendra Shah seized power and restricted political freedom.From NDTV http://bit.ly/18QqyKf

India
India Endangering Close Relations With Bhutan
Despite The Ministry of External Affairs giving Rs 300 crore to Bhutan’s government in the last week of June in excise duty reversion, India is saddled with the perception that it is playing a heavy-handed big brother to a tiny neighbour.From The Economic Times http://bit.ly/1568Ltk

Afghanistan
Twin Roadside Bombing Kills 5 In Afghanistan
Officials say a twin bombing in southern Afghanistan has killed five people, three civilians whose car struck a roadside bomb and two police officers who had rushed to the scene to help the victims when the second bomb went off.From AP http://bit.ly/132S1Et

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