News Highlights From South Asia: July 12, 2013

Pakistan
Counter Terrorism Policy: PM Urges Better Coordination Of Agencies
In an effort to devise an effective counter-terrorism policy in the country, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday all civilian and military agencies to improve coordination to ensure the national interest.From DAWN http://bit.ly/11IU2HK

Feature
Seige By Pakistan Strains Pakistan Girls School
By Declan Walsh and Taha Siddiqui
From The New York Times http://nyti.ms/138JsUk

Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka Stocks Slip After One-Week High On Keells
Sri Lankan shares slipped on Friday from the previous session’s one-week high, led by market heavyweight John Keells Holdings, in thin trading volume as investors awaited further policy direction on the rupee. From Reuters http://reut.rs/15nhbfD

Maldives
Column
Assessing The Presidential Elections
By Ali Rasheed
From Minivan News http://bit.ly/138QQio

Myanmar
Myanmar Enacts New Central Bank Law
Although specific details are yet to be known, Myanmar has introduced a new law to overhaul its central bank, the presidential office said on Friday, in the latest reform aimed at burnishing the country’s economic credentials.

From Zee News http://bit.ly/12wuEPg

Bangladesh
Dhaka University Campus Turns Into Battlefield
Several hundred youths demonstrating against the quota provision in public service recruitment clashed with police for hours on the Dhaka University campus and adjoining areas yesterday, leaving at least 30 injured.From The Daily Star http://bit.ly/1ah3imC

Nepal
Flood Toll Rises To 61
Eleven people have been killed and two others have gone missing in the recent floods and landslide mainly in Western Nepal’s Jhapa, Sunsari, Morahg, Siraha and Okhaldhunga districts, police said.
From The Hindu http://bit.ly/12wwJea

Afghanistan
Under Developed Afghan Banks Worry Economic Experts
A lack of professional leadership, unavailability of financial resources and substandard service provision were cited as critical deficiencies plaguing the Afghan banking sector, leading to a failure in bridges-building with more established banks in the world.
Written by Zabihullah Jhanmal
From Tolo News http://bit.ly/15nlKH0

 
India
Rupee Rises To 59.56 vs US Dollar, Hits 2 Week High

The rupee today appreciated by 11 paise to close at a two-week high of 59.56 against the dollar on fag-end sales of the US currency by exporters amid a strong rally in local equities.
From The Indian Express http://bit.ly/138Y0mR

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