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  • China’s Factories Slowing, Surveys Show
    At the same time, surveys of purchasing managers across Asia told a tale of fewer new orders and faltering exports, but with brighter spots like India and Taiwan.
    By Reuters.  International Herald Tribune.  Mon, 01 Sep 2014 16:30:10 GMT.
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  • RFE/RL Video Roundup - September 1
    Protesters storm Pakistan's state TV headquarters, Afghanistan plans a new trade route with India and Iran, and a new school year begins across Europe and Asia -- with stories from Russia, Ukraine, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Central Asia.
    Radio Liberty.  Mon, 01 Sep 2014 16:10:00 +0000.
  • Nuclear vow at Japan-India talks
    India's PM Narendra Modi and Japan's Shinzo Abe agree at their summit to speed up talks on a nuclear energy pact.
    BBC News.  Mon, 01 Sep 2014 12:44:25 GMT.
  • Pregnant India 'swimmer' gives birth
    An Indian woman who swam nearly a kilometre across a river swollen by monsoon rain to get to hospital and avoid a home birth in her ninth month of pregnancy delivers a baby boy.
    BBC News.  Mon, 01 Sep 2014 10:42:11 GMT.
  • Agiripalli Journal: Redrawing a State in India Drives Land Prices to the Sky
    In the newly divided state of Andhra Pradesh, real estate speculation has overtaken villages that may become part of a sprawling new capital.
    By Nida Najar.  International Herald Tribune.  Mon, 01 Sep 2014 02:03:58 GMT.
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  • Can Soap Operas Ease Indo-Pak Tensions? One Woman Hopes So
    In the last couple of weeks there has been increased firing across the line of control that separates India from Pakistan. ...
    By Megha Bahree.  Forbes.  Sat, 30 Aug 2014 07:49:00 GMT.
  • India, Japan each seek deals during Modi's visit
    Japan and India both have much to gain from a visit by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and more than a dozen Indian steel, energy and IT tycoons that begins Saturday in the ancient capital of Kyoto.
    Miami Herald.  Fri, 29 Aug 2014 05:56 EDT.
  • India Rolls Out Bank Accounts for All
    India has rolled out a massive project to give a bank account to every household in the country. ...
    Voice of America.  Thu, 28 Aug 2014 11:34:54 -0400.
  • Source: Suspects in India Teen-hanging Case May Walk Free, for Now
    Indian federal investigators will not oppose applications for bail by five men arrested over the murder of two teenage girls hanged from a tree, a source familiar with the case said, paving the way for the suspects' release. ...
    Voice of America.  Wed, 27 Aug 2014 08:51:27 -0400.
  • Africa: Scientists Set Their Sights On Electricity From Silk Cocoons
    [SciDev.Net]Researchers in India say they have developed a prototype of an energy-harvesting device from the cocoons of a domesticated species of silk moth.
    All Africa.  Mon, 25 Aug 2014 16:19:37 GMT.
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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