News Highlights From South Asia: July 27, 2013

Sri Lanka
Sri Lankan President Orders Appointment Of Commission To Probe Disappearances
Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has directed Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga to appoint a commission to look into the incidents of disappearance that have taken place during the 30 years of conflict, the President’s media unit said.
From Colombo Page http://bit.ly/13PcP2E

Bangladesh
Fuel Imports To Rise, Pushed By Power Plants
The government is set to import 15 lakh tonnes of petroleum products in six months, which is 22 percent of the target for the current fiscal year.
By Rejaul Karim Byron
From The Daily Star http://bit.ly/1c09Md2

Bangladesh

Envoy Tariq A Karim Holds Talks With Narendra Modi
Bangladesh High Commissioner Tariq A Karim today held talks with Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi here today over strengthening of ties with the state. 
From Economic Times http://bit.ly/15UrLLJ

Pakistan
Presidential Election: ECP Issues Final List Of Candidates
The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Saturday issued the final list of candidates for the coming presidential election which will be a one-on-one contest between Mamnoon Hussain, candidate for the ruling Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) and Justice (retd) Wajihuddin Ahmed of the Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaaf (PTI)
From DAWN http://bit.ly/16nJOtB

 
Maldives
Speech

“Maldives Cannot Afford To Be An Inward Looking, Xenophobic Country”: Former President Nasheed

From a speech given by former President Mohamed Nasheed at the launch of the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP)’s foreign policy.

From Minivan News http://bit.ly/1aPmEzI
 
Afghanistan

Afghan Refugees Demand Opening of Voters’ Registration Centres Outside Afghanistan
Afghan refugees in Pakistan on Friday demanded that the Afghan government and Independent Election Commission (IEC) should set-up voters’ registration centers in Pakistan, so that they could also participate in the electoral process of Afghanistan.
Written by Saleha Soadat & Abdulhaq Omari

From TOLO News http://bit.ly/13lmIli
 
Myanmar

Parliament Rules On Insertion Of Asset Declarations In Anti Corruption Bill
Myanmar’s Parliament has decided to insert a clause in the anti-corruption bill that requires members of a commission to declare their assets even though the President had earlier proposed to delete it.
From Eleven News http://bit.ly/15UqtjP

 
India

India Still Second Fastest Growing Economy: Finance Minister P. C. Chidambaram
Noting that India continued to be the second fastest growing economy in the world after China, Finance Minister P. Chidambaram on Saturday said people should not be worried about the current slow down and expressed hope of achieving six per cent growth this fiscal.
From The Hindu http://bit.ly/12TBm3l

 
Column
A People In Despair, A Government In Wonderland
By Madhu Trehan
From The Indian Express http://bit.ly/15nBISZ
 
Nepal
Nepal Faces Bangladesh Today
Host Nepal will take another step toward its dream of lifting the title when it takes on Bangladesh in the semifinal of the Second SAFF U-16 Championship on Saturday at the Dasharath Stadium, Kathmandu.
From Republica http://bit.ly/12TCd46
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