News Highlights From South Asia: July 20, 2013

Bangladesh
US issues ‘action plan’ for ensuring workers’ rights, safety standards
By Nizam Ahmed
The United States has asked Bangladesh to improve safety standards and ensure rights of workers to regain GSP (generalised system of preferences) facilities.
From Financian Express http://bit.ly/15xgSzr

Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka Asks EU To Help Stop LTTE Funding
Sri Lankan external affairs minister GL Peiris asked for sustained vigilance on the part of the European Union to stop funding of the LTTE by the outfit’s front organisations. 
From The Times Of India http://bit.ly/1b2FhUg

Pakistan
Blasts Kill Four, Injure Several In Karachi
At least four people were killed and several others, including a senior government official, were injured when two separate blasts shook Karachi Saturday evening.
From DAWN http://bit.ly/18rOC3r

Nepal
Government Allocates Rs. 1.5 Million To Identify Ailing Industries
The government has allocated Rs 1.5 million in the new budget to carry out a study to identify sick industries in the country with an aim of reviving and rehabilitating them and boosting the economy.From Republica http://bit.ly/1dMtDsy

Afghanistan
Features
Security In Afghanistan: Holding Their Ground
The security forces are just strong enough to contain the Taliban.
From The Economist http://econ.st/116EyLf

Maldives
Maldives To Ban Import Of Goods That Contain Ozone Depleting Substances
The Maldives will ban the import of goods containing ozone depleting substances, including environmentally harmful hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFC).

From Minivan News http://bit.ly/17tEAhc
 
India
Government Plans To Bar Convicted MPs, MLAs From Parliament

The government has put in motion a plan to amend the law to deal with the issue of criminalisation of politics after this month’s Supreme Court ruling which held Section 8(4) of the Representation of People Act (RPA) unconstitutional and ordered that MPs, MLAs and MLCs would be disqualified the day they are convicted.

From The Indian Express http://bit.ly/13LOUwP
 
Column
National Interest: The Deformists
By Shekhar Gupta http://bit.ly/12WRH5W
 
Myanmar
Myanmar’s President Lifts Emergency In Townships Gripped By Sectarian Violence

Myanmar’s president on Saturday lifted a state of emergency in the central part of the country put in place after Buddhist-led mobs went on a rampage, killing dozens of Muslims and burning down their shops and homes. Many of the victims were teachers and teenage students from an Islamic school.

From The Washington Post /AP http://wapo.st/1bRTzFb
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