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  • In pictures: India celebrates Diwali
    Indians celebrate Diwali, the biggest Hindu festival.
    BBC News.  Wed, 22 Oct 2014 22:27:42 GMT.
  • Windies India tour a 'wake-up call'
    West Indies' decision to end their tour of India early must provoke change, says former Test bowler Ian Bishop.
    BBC News.  Wed, 22 Oct 2014 21:46:30 GMT.
  • Letter: Garment Factory Repairs
    Sarah Labowitz of the N.Y.U. Stern Center for Business and Human Rights writes that Bangladesh needs a global fund to get the job done.
    International Herald Tribune.  Wed, 22 Oct 2014 21:13:14 GMT.
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  • Indian Gold Demand Jumps During Run-Up To Diwali Festival
    (Kitco News) -Gold demand from India picked up significantly ahead of the approaching Diwali festival, analysts and traders reported.
    By Kitco News.  Forbes.  Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:43:00 GMT.
  • Tamil Leaders Slam Sri Lankan Navy Chief's Indian Visit
    Regional leaders in India's southern Tamil Nadu state slammed the visit of Sri Lankan navy chief, Vice Admiral Jayantha Perera, to the country. ...
    Voice of America.  Wed, 22 Oct 2014 03:53:30 -0400.
  • India Sets in Place Ebola Tracking System
    India says it has set in place a tracking and surveillance system, similar to Nigeria’s, to detect any cases of Ebola in the country as it steps up efforts to keep the virus out of the country. ...
    Voice of America.  Wed, 22 Oct 2014 01:47:06 -0400.
  • Nepal Tragedy Reverberates Across Borders
    As rescue efforts ended, the international dimension of the disaster and the toll it took on Nepal’s own people, many of them guides, came into focus.
    By Nida Najar.  International Herald Tribune.  Mon, 20 Oct 2014 13:55:26 GMT.
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  • Africa: What Is the 'State of the Debate' On Development in Brazil, China, and India?
    [IDS]Three new reports on the "state of the debate" on development in Brazil, China and India were presented at a Chatham House event earlier this week. ...
    All Africa.  Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:40:52 GMT.
  • 'We can only hope': Villagers join intensive search for missing trekkers in Nepal
    Hopes faded on Sunday for survivors of one of Nepal's worst mountain disasters as villagers joined an intensive search by troops and government officials for as many as 40 people missing after an unseasonal blizzard killed 39.
    Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.  Sun, 19 Oct 2014 08:49:27 EDT.
  • Turkish textile sector eyes Bangladeshi workers
    Turkish textile industry players are planning to bring over Bangladeshi workers to Turkey, Istanbul Textile and Apparel Exporter Associations (IHKIB) head Hikmet Tanrıverdi has said
    Hurriyet.  Sat, 18 Oct 2014 00:01:00 +0200.
India map, showing New Delhi, the Indian capital, and other Indian cities, as well as neighboring states in southern Asia
Bangladesh map, showing Dhaka, its capital city, as well as adjoining areas of south Asia

Facts About South Asian States

The nations of South Asia include the populous countries of India and Bangladesh as well as Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.  More news and information about selected South Asian nations is available at the official government websites listed below.

The Republic of India's capital city is New Delhi, and its currency is the Indian Rupee.  Hindi and English are the primary languages used in India, and in 2007, India's estimated population was 1,129,866,000.

The People's Republic of Bangladesh's capital city is Dhaka, and its currency is the Taka.  The country's primary language is Bengali, and in 2007, the estimated population of Bangladesh was 150,448,000.

The Kingdom of Bhutan's capital city is Thimbu, and its national currency is the Ngultrum.  The Kingdom's primary language is Dzongkha, and in 2007, its estimated population was 2,328,000.

The Republic of Maldives' capital city is Male, and its national currency is the Rufiyaa.  Dhivehi is the primary language of Maldives, and in 2007, the nation's estimated population was 369,000.

The Kingdom of Nepal's capital city is Kathmandu, and its currency is the Nepalese Rupee.  Nepal's primary language is Nepali, and in 2007, its estimated population was 28,902,000.

The Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka's capital city is Colombo, and its national currency is the Sri Lankan Rupee.  The primary languages of Sri Lanka are Sinhala and Tamil, and in 2007, the country's population was estimated at 20,926,000.

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