News Highlights From South Asia: August 6th, 2013


Govt Suspends 55 UP Chairmen, Members

The local government ministry has suspended 55 union parishad chairmen and members in connection with the violence unleashed by Jamaat-e-Islami and its student front Islami Chhatra Shibir in February after a tribunal had handed down capital punishment to Jamaat leader Delawar Hossain Sayedee for his war crimes.

From The Daily Star

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Opens $500 Million Port Terminal Built by China

Sri Lanka opened a $500 million container terminal at Colombo Port today, the biggest investment in the island’s harbours, as the nation seeks to upgrade its infrastructure with Chinese help.

By Anusha Ondaatjie

From Bloomberg



Locals left without as Myanmar gas flows

Residents from 30 villages in Myanmar’s Rakhine State on Friday delivered to authorities a list of demands, including the construction of local schools and clinics, as compensation for a controversial China-backed pipeline passing through the state and which they say is destroying their livelihood.

By Min Thein Aung

From Asia Times



Rival Manifestos Threaten Maldives’ Sovereignty, Alleges Jameel

Some policies included in rival manifestos for the upcoming presidential elections threaten the independence and sovereignty of Maldives, Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) presidential candidate Abdulla Yamin’s running mate Dr Mohamed Jameel Ahmed said Monday.

From Haveeru Online



Taliban Reject Afghan Elections, Vow To Fight Until Troops Leave

The Afghan Taliban will not take part in next year’s presidential elections and will wage war until foreign troops leave the country, the group’s elusive leader, Mullah Mohammad Omar, said in a message released on Tuesday.

By Dylan Welch

From Reuters



In Nepal, Time To Push Poll Button

By Prashant Jha

From The Hindu


Tibetan Monk Burns Himself To Death In Nepal

A Tibetan monk died here today after setting himself on fire at one of the holiest Buddhist shrines in Nepal, in an apparent protest against Chinese rule in Tibet.

From Himalayan Times



Security High Alert To Remain In Islamabad Unti Eid, says IGP

Inspector General of Police (IGP) Islamabad Sikandar Hyat on Tuesday said that security in the federal capital is on high alert and it would be maintained through Eid holidays also.




India Summons Pak Envoy Over Soldiers’ Killing

The killing of five soldiers on the Line of Control (LoC) on Tuesday led to an outrage in Parliament with parties demanding a “befitting reply” to Pakistan and slamming the government for saying the act was carried out by “terrorists along with persons dressed in Pakistan Army uniform”.

From The Indian Express


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