Highlights From South Asia News: July 24, 2013

Nepal
Baidya Hints At Collaborating With Ex-King

CPN (Maoist) Chairman Mohan Baidya has said that there is possibility of collaborating with the former king for protecting the national autonomy and to curt the growing foreign meddling in thenation’s affairs.
From Ekantipur http://bit.ly/15JxaW2

India
Planning Commission Figures On Poverty Slammed
Political parties, including UPA constituent NCP, on Wednesday rubbished the Planning Commission’s claim that the number of poorpeople had declined to 21.9 per cent and said the criteria for identifying them should be updated.
From The Hindu http://bit.ly/135BTTd

Column
What The Poverty Numbers Don’t Say
By Bhaskar Dutta
From The Indian Express http://bit.ly/15JwqQs

Afghanistan
MoF to Slap Fines on Unregistered NATO Supply Trucks

The Afghan Ministry of Finance (MoF) on Wednesday announced thatit will slap fines on unregistered NATO supply trucks that enterAfghanistan.
By Saleha Saodat
From TOLO News http://bit.ly/18A33T7

Maldives
Trapped In The Maldives: Foreign Nationals Stranded Due To Employers, State Failing To Resolve Visa Issues
A growing number of foreign nationals are finding themselves forbidden from leaving the Maldives by immigration staff, due to the failure of state and private employers to renew visa documentation.
By Neil Merrett
From Minivan News http://bit.ly/1c3hWQb

Myanmar
Myanmar Frees 73 Political Prisoners: Government Committee Member
Myanmar’s government is releasing another 73 political prisoners and more could be freed in coming months to honor a commitment made by the president during a recent trip to Europe, a member of a government body looking into the process said on Tuesday.
By Aung Hla Tun
From Reuters http://reut.rs/18A3AEG

Bangladesh
Steady As She Goes

Despite various challenges and concerns, Bangladesh posted stellar growth of 6% in 2012-13.
From The Economist Intelligence Unit http://bit.ly/12jucdF

Pakistan
Despite Promises To Talk, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Gets ToughOn Insurgents
Months after promising peace talks with insurgents, Pakistan’s new prime minister appears to be backing down and accepting that the use of military force may be unavoidable in the face of escalating violence across the South Asian country.
From DAWN http://bit.ly/19iuBiV

Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka Teams Up With
 Chinese Firm for $1.4 Billion Port City
Sri Lanka has finalized a $1.43 billion deal with China Communications Construction Co Ltd to build a city on a 230 hectare sitethat will be reclaimed from the sea, the head of the state-run Ports Authority said on Wednesday.
From Reuters http://reut.rs/12jvpBK

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