News Highlights From South Asia: July 19, 2013

Nepal Army Chief Visits China To Set Up Bilateral Ties
Nepal Army Chief General Gaurav Shumsher Rana on Friday left for China for a nine-day official visit to step up bilateral military ties. From Zee News

Fresh Move For Bangladesh Building Safety
Government to strengthen monitoring of building construction by Rajuk, other authorities outside Dhaka with 16 more building committees and 4 zonal offices.From The Daily Star

Myanmar’s President Not Preparing Himself For 2015 Polls
Myanmar President Thein Sein is not preparing himself at the moment to contest the 2015 presidential election and has “no objections” to Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi running, he said.
From Reuters

Former President Nasheed Files Nomination Papers For Maldives’ Presidency
Former Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed, earlier forcefully removed from power, filed nomination papers for the presidential elections in September, his party said.From Business Standard

Pakistan National Security Advisor To Visit Afghanistan
A top aide to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will travel to Afghanistan on Sunday to bridge differences over the Taliban’s political office and to prepare grounds for President Hamid Karzai’s visit to Islamabad, officials said,From Zee News

Political Parties Raise Doubts Over Government’s Plan to Hold Elections on Time
By Saleha Saodat
With every passing day, the political parties of Afghanistan have started raising doubts over the timely commencement of the Presidential elections resulting in mounting skepticism, campaigning for the elections has taken a backseat and so far, none of the political parties have prepared their election strategy.
From TOLO News

Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka’s Trade Deficit Continues To Decline, External Sector Stable
Sri Lanka’s deficit in the cumulative trade balance continued to decline for the sixth consecutive month and the external sector continued to remain stable with increased inflows , the Central Bank said today in its external sector performance review for the month of May.From Colombo Page

Rupee Bounces Back Versus US Dollar After 2-Day Low
The rupee snapped two days of losses and appreciated by 32 paise today to close at 59.35 against the dollar as the US currency weakened overseas and traders wound up positions at the end of the week.From The Indian Express


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