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  • Friday's ETF Movers: PIN, ILF
    In trading on Friday, the PowerShares India Portfolio ETF (PIN) is outperforming other ETFs, up about 2.2% on the day. ...
    By Marketnewsvideo.  Forbes.  Fri, 29 May 2015 17:07:00 GMT.
  • Sherpa warnings after Nepal quake
    Everest Sherpas say they are witnessing potentially dangerous changes in the landscape after Nepal's 7.8-magnitude earthquake and aftershocks.
    BBC News.  Fri, 29 May 2015 16:24:46 GMT.
  • Dispatch: Holding Your Breath in India
    Did I put my family’s health in jeopardy by moving to New Delhi?
    Gardiner Harris.  International Herald Tribune.  Fri, 29 May 2015 12:23:41 GMT.
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  • Radioactive leak detected at Delhi airport: official
    A radioactive material leak was detected May 29 at New Delhi's international airport on a shipment of nuclear medicine from Turkey before being plugged by emergency teams, officials said
    Hurriyet.  Fri, 29 May 2015 10:57:00 +0200.
  • Heat wave conditions ease in India
    The massive heat wave sweeping India is starting to ease, with forecasts of rain in some affected states.
    BBC News.  Fri, 29 May 2015 08:24:41 GMT.
  • Editorial: Horrors of Human Trafficking in South Asia
    Governments in the region must take responsibility for the crisis they have created.
    The Editorial Board.  International Herald Tribune.  Fri, 29 May 2015 07:21:17 GMT.
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  • Indian Heat-wave Death Toll Passes 1,800
    The death toll from a massive heat wave in India has risen to more than 1,800 people, officials said Friday. Most of the victims of the dizzying temperatures have been in the southern states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. ...
    Voice of America.  Fri, 29 May 2015 05:45:03 -0400.
  • India's Restrictions on Several NGOs Raise Concerns
    Environmental group Greenpeace said it will restart its environmental campaigns in India after a court ruling provided a temporary reprieve to government restrictions on its financial assets. ...
    Voice of America.  Thu, 28 May 2015 12:53:20 -0400.
  • India heatwave deaths pass 1 000
    More than 1 100 people have died in a major heatwave sweeping India, with temperatures nearing 50°C in some areas.
    Mail & Guardian.  Wed, 27 May 2015 09:44:00 +0200.
  • India's deadly heatwave kills 750 as temperature nears 50 C
    More than 750 people have died in southern India since the middle of April as soaring summer temperatures scorch the country. Resident are being urged to stay hydrated and remain indoors as much as possible.
    Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.  Tue, 26 May 2015 09:03:49 EDT.
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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