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  • Pakistan Warns India About Cross-Border Firing
    Pakistan's army chief has warned India about provocations along the Line of Control that separates the two countries, saying Pakistan would respond to such violations.
    Radio Liberty.  Thu, 26 Feb 2015 17:59:14 +0000.
  • India bail for ex-UN climate chief
    An Indian court grants interim bail to the former head of the UN climate change panel, Rajendra Pachauri, who is facing allegations of sexual harassment.
    BBC News.  Thu, 26 Feb 2015 13:55:25 GMT.
  • Sri Lanka thrash wasteful Bangladesh
    Tillakaratne Dilshan and Kumar Sangakkara score hundreds as Sri Lanka beat Bangladesh by 92 runs in their World Cup game in Melbourne.
    BBC News.  Thu, 26 Feb 2015 11:16:09 GMT.
  • Demographics Will Power The World's New Growth Leader: India
    The World Bank predicts India will overtake China to become the world’s fastest-growing major economy within the next two years. It might even happen sooner. Not long ago India was considered the weakest link among BRIC countries. ...
    By Michael Lingenheld.  Forbes.  Wed, 25 Feb 2015 18:33:00 GMT.
  • Bangladeshi Court Issues Arrest Warrant for Leader of Opposition
    The warrant for Khaleda Zia, a former prime minister, could exacerbate already heightened tensions between her supporters and governing party loyalists.
    By Julfikar Ali Manik and Nida Najar.  International Herald Tribune.  Wed, 25 Feb 2015 13:43:31 GMT.
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  • Arrest Warrant Issued for Bangladeshi Opposition Leader Khaleda Zia
    The warrant for Mrs. Zia, a former prime minister, could exacerbate already heightened tensions between her supporters and governing party loyalists.
    By Julfikar Ali Manik and Nida Najar.  International Herald Tribune.  Wed, 25 Feb 2015 13:43:31 GMT.
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  • Bangladesh ferry toll hits 78 as more bodies found
    The death toll in a ferry tragedy in central Bangladesh hit 78 on Feb. 25, after rescuers recovered more bodies floating kilometres downstream from the site of Sunday's accident, officials said
    Hurriyet.  Wed, 25 Feb 2015 11:16:00 +0200.
  • Bangladesh Orders Arrest of Former PM Zia
    A court in Bangladesh issued an arrest warrant Wednesday for former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia in connection with two corruption cases after she failed to appear in court. ...
    Voice of America.  Wed, 25 Feb 2015 02:59:44 -0500.
  • Developing World Is Hot on Connectivity
    Study by element14 reveals that those in China and India are eager for everything connected. Those in Europe and the US are skeptical.
    Rob Spiegel.  Design News.  Tue, 24 Feb 2015 06:00:00 EST.
  • US Concerned Over Arrest of Maldivian Ex-President
    The United States has expressed concern over the arrest of former Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed, who faces anti-terrorism charges in the Indian Ocean country. ...
    Voice of America.  Tue, 24 Feb 2015 01:04:03 -0500.
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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