Highlights From South Asia News: August 1, 2013

Sri Lanka

On Killed As Protesters Clash With Police In Sri Lanka Over The Drinking water Issue

One person was killed today and about 15 were wounded when Sri Lanka’s military shot at a protest demanding clean drinking water.

From Colombo Page http://bit.ly/14moR6S

 

Afghanistan

Kerry, in Pakistan Visit, Sees Longer U.S. Role in Afghanistan

Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday that he expected the United States and Afghanistan to complete a security agreement that would allow American forces to stay in Afghanistan after 2014.

By Michael Gordon 

From The New York Times http://nyti.ms/14JwX2d

 

Maldives

Low Voter Registration By Maldivians Abroad Could Mean No Voting In London, New Delhi and Singapore

The Elections Commission has warned it may not be able to place ballot boxes in London, Singapore and New Delhi for the upcoming presidential elections September 7, as current figures from the commission suggest that the number of registered voters is trailing below the required minimum 100 registered voters.

By Mohamed Naahee

From Minivan News http://bit.ly/143EnkS

 

Myanmar

Myanmar Feels Pinch From Abroad

The world’s biggest consumer companies are flocking to Myanmar, filling the once-pariah nation and its backward economy with goods previously unavailable to its 60 million people.

By Shibani Mahtani

From the Wall Street Journal http://on.wsj.com/12JOQDV

 

Bangladesh

Bangladesh High court Restricts Islamist Party Jamaat

Bangladesh’s main Islamist, Jamaat-e-Islami party has broken election rules and must amend its charter and re-apply for registration if it is to contest the polls the high court has said.

From BBC http://bbc.in/16nkmXo

 

Pakistan

Petrol, Diesel Prices Raised

The government increased on Wednesday the prices of petrol and diesel by Rs2.73 and Rs3 per litre with immediate effect.

By Khaleeq Khiani

From DAWN http://bit.ly/18Qi978

 

Nepal

New China Leadership Attaches Importance To Sino-Nepal Ties: China Envoy

Chinese ambassador to Nepal Wu Chuntai said that the new Chinese leadership attaches high importance to its bilateral ties with Nepal.

From Republica http://bit.ly/15z6fgH

 

India

Change In RTI Act Gets Nod, Political Parties Exempted

The Cabinet Thursday approved amendments to the Right to Information Act (RTI) to ensure political parties are not categorised as public authorities, a move that nullifies the directive of the Central Information Commission (CIC) to bring them under the transparency law.

From The Indian Express http://bit.ly/17WDLgZ

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