News Highlights From South Asia: July 17, 2013

Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka Cricket Premier League Cancelled Over Bank Guarantees

The Sri Lanka Premier League (SLPL), due to start on August 10, has been cancelled after franchise owners failed to deposit bank guarantees.
From Reuters

War Trials: Mojaheed To Hang
A special court in Dhaka has awarded death penalty to Jamaat Secretary General Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed for offences during Bangladesh’s war of independence 42 years ago.
From The Daily Star

Punishment For War Crimes
From The Express Tribune

US Ambassador Calls On Chairman Regmi
US Ambassador to Nepal Peter W Bodde called on Chairman of the Councilof Ministers Khil Raj Regmi to discuss US-Nepal relations and the upcoming Nepali elections.
From Himalaya Times

Taliban Leader Regrets Attack On Malala
A Pakistani Taliban commander has written a letter to Malala Yousafzai, the teenage girl activist shot in the head by the group, saying he wished he could have warned her to stop criticising the militants so she wouldn’t have been attacked.

Election Campaign Heats Up In The Maldives
The largest political party in Maldives, the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), chose veteran administrator and politician Mustafa Lutfi as running mate to its presidential candidate Mohamed Nasheed, signalling a period of vigorous campaigning ahead of the September 7 elections.
By R. R. RadhakrishnanFrom The Hindu

Illegal Mining in Afghanistan At An All-Time High
By Karim Amini
Illegal mining activity in Afghanistan is at an all-time high according to statement released by the Afghan Ministry of Mines (MoM) which claimed that 1,400 small and large mines are being mined illegally with minimal checks put in place to monitor activities.
From TOLO News


Myanmar Stock Exchange To Launch After Security Exchange Law Passed
By Sophie Song
The Central Bank of Myanmar is cooperating with the Daiwa Institute ofResearch Group, a leading Japanese think tank with expertise in economics and financial capital markets, and Japan’s Tokyo Stock Exchange tolaunch it’s own exchange, pending the law being passed.
From The International Business Times

Mid-Day Meal Poisoned, Hints Bihar Government; Centre Seeks Reports
The mid-day meal death toll in Bihar’s Saran district rose to 22 with two more children falling victims today after consumption of free food sparking violent protests amid suspicions by the state government it was poisoned.
From The Indian Express


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