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  • CBI details on India girls' deaths
    India's main Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has provided details on how two teenage girls found hanging from a tree in May had died.
    BBC News.  Fri, 28 Nov 2014 09:14:38 GMT.
  • India relaxes visas to boost tourism
    Tourists from US, Australia, Brazil, Germany and Japan can now get visas on arrival in India after the country extended its limited scheme.
    BBC News.  Fri, 28 Nov 2014 06:24:22 GMT.
  • Deadly Attack on Indian Base Near Pakistan as Leaders Meet in Nepal
    At least 10 people were killed in an attack in Kashmir, just as the leaders of India and Pakistan were exchanging pleasantries in Nepal.
    By Gardiner Harris.  International Herald Tribune.  Thu, 27 Nov 2014 17:30:58 GMT.
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  • Why Tibet Remains The Core Issue In China-India Relations
    Despite booming two-way trade, strategic discord and rivalry between China and India is sharpening. At the core of their divide is Tibet, an issue that fuels territorial disputes, border tensions and water feuds.
    By Brahma Chellaney.  Forbes.  Thu, 27 Nov 2014 12:04:00 GMT.
  • World Briefing: Nepal: Agreements Stall at South Asian Summit
    South Asian leaders discussed trade and energy cooperation and regional peace in Katmandu on Wednesday, but did not reach a consensus on expected transportation and energy agreements.
    By Europe.  International Herald Tribune.  Thu, 27 Nov 2014 02:19:25 GMT.
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  • South Asia Summit Opens In Nepal
    Regional leaders, including Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, are in Nepal for a two-day meeting of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation
    Radio Liberty.  Wed, 26 Nov 2014 06:19:11 +0000.
  • India Culls Ducks After Bird Flu Outbreaks in Kerala
    India has found two outbreaks of a highly contagious bird flu virus in the southern state of Kerala, prompting the authorities to cull more than 200,000 ducks, the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) said on Tuesday. ...
    Voice of America.  Tue, 25 Nov 2014 12:56:56 -0500.
  • Hyundai-Kia says it will sell record 8 million vehicles globally in 2014
    Hyundai and Kia said better-than-expected sales in Brazil, China and India will help them sell a record 8 million vehicles this year, even as a stronger won erodes profitability.  Mon, 24 Nov 2014 06:22:43 EST.  Subscription required.
  • US Seeks to Step Up India Trade Talks After WTO Breakthrough
    The United States wants to step up its trade dialog with India, Trade Representative Michael Froman said on Monday, after the resolution of a global trade dispute paved the way for President Barack Obama to visit India. ...
    Voice of America.  Mon, 24 Nov 2014 04:35:04 -0500.
  • Statement by the Press Secretary on the President’s Travel to India
    At the invitation of Prime Minister Modi, the President will travel to India in January 2015 to participate in the Indian Republic Day celebration in New Delhi as the Chief Guest. This visit will mark the first time a U.S. ...
    The White House.  The White House.  Fri, 21 Nov 2014 15:02:00 +0000.
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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