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  • Protests in India Over Conversions Set Back Reform Agenda
    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's reform agenda suffered a setback on Monday as protests erupted in parliament and in the streets over a campaign by Hindu hardliners linked to his party to convert Muslims and Christians to Hinduism. ...
    Voice of America.  Mon, 22 Dec 2014 11:13:23 -0500.
  • Malinga injury recovery going well
    Sri Lanka bowler Lasith Malinga to return from injury for the latter stages of the one-day international series against New Zealand.
    BBC News.  Mon, 22 Dec 2014 10:06:18 GMT.
  • India MPs protest over conversions
    Opposition MPs in India protest against Hindu nationalist groups for converting religious minorities to Hinduism.
    BBC News.  Mon, 22 Dec 2014 09:41:16 GMT.
  • Africa: How Our Analysis Blogs Dug into 2014's Headline Stories
    [SciDev.Net]This year was a momentous one for India as it elected Narendra Modi as its prime minister. ...
    All Africa.  Mon, 22 Dec 2014 09:19:59 GMT.
  • Sports Briefing | Golf: Arjun Atwal Wins at Dubai Open
    Arjun Atwal of India won the Asian Tour’s season-ending Dubai Open, rallying on the final hole to beat the South Korean Wang Jeung-hun, 19, by a stroke.
    By The Associated Press.  International Herald Tribune.  Mon, 22 Dec 2014 05:21:08 GMT.
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  • In 2008 Mumbai Killings, Piles of Spy Data, but an Uncompleted Puzzle
    An investigation reveals how American, British and Indian agencies failed to pull together intelligence streams, including a plotter’s online activity, before attacks that Indians regard as their 9/11.
    By James Glanz, Sebastian Rotella and David E. Sanger.  International Herald Tribune.  Mon, 22 Dec 2014 02:01:56 GMT.
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  • Pakistan To Appeal Bail For Suspected Mumbai Mastermind
    Government prosecutors in Pakistan say they will appeal an Islamabad court ruling granting bail to the man accused of masterminding the 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India.
    Radio Liberty.  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 10:28:45 +0000.
  • Pakistan to Appeal Bail for Mumbai Attacker
    A Pakistani prosecutor said the government will try to revoke the bail granted to the main suspect in the terror attacks on the Indian city of Mumbai. ...
    Voice of America.  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 02:58:41 -0500.
  • Uber's Delhi Rape Incident Has Opened A Hidden Entrepreneurial Door
    The open market for female-friendly taxi services that Uber may have left behind in New Delhi.
    By Ambika Behal.  Forbes.  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:10:00 GMT.
  • 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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