Highlights From South Asia News: July 30, 2013

Nepal Tiger Population Rises By 63%

The number of wild tigers living in Nepal has increased by 63% to 198 since 2009, a government survey which was carried out between February and June, across a 600-mile stretch in Nepal and India assessed.

From BBC http://bbc.in/13TT0Ya



Taliban Gunmen Storm Prison, Free Hundreds

In an operation carried out with military-like precision, Taliban fighters disguised as police and armed with bombs broke 250 prisoners out of a Pakistan jail on Tuesday with the help of what appeared to be insider informants.

By Saud Mehsud

From Reuters http://reut.rs/155tLEq



Maldives Inflation Rises 2.7% In Within A Year

Inflation rate of the Maldives has risen 2.7 percent during the past year, statistics from the national planning department has shown.

From Haveeru Online http://bit.ly/1cbAuzA



Afghanistan Eyes Iran Deal To Boost Trade With Europe, India

Afghanistan hopes an agreement with Iran to use one of its ports will help boost exports to Europe and India and reduce its dependence on neighbouring Pakistan’s ports for trade.

From Reuters http://reut.rs/150uTcn




Bangladesh Radical Muslims Uniting Behind Hezafat-e-Islam

By Julien Bouissou

From The Guardian http://bit.ly/16gUegU



Myanmar To Produce 186, 650 Tons of Teak This Year 

Myanmar is planning to produce 186,650 tons (which is about 80,000 tons less than last year’s production) of teak during this fiscal year, said Win Tun, Minister for Environmental Conservation and Forestry, at the Parliament session.

From Eleven News http://bit.ly/1cbBPpX


Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Stocks Weaker On Foreign Selling In Keells

Sri Lankan shares ended a tad weaker on Tuesday as some foreign investor booked profits in John Keells Holdings after the market heavyweight posted a 4 percent drop in June quarter profit, brokers said.

From Reuters http://reut.rs/156ieog



Creation Of Separate Telangana To Take Close To Six Months

Creation of the new Telangana state will take close to six months that involve a number of steps, including adoption of state Re-organisation bill by Parliament by a simple majority.

From The Indian Express http://bit.ly/1bFQXN1


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