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  • Myanmar profile
    Provides an overview, basic facts and key dates for this south Asian country.
    BBC News.  Thu, 27 Aug 2015 14:57:15 GMT.
  • Why has India blocked mobile internet messaging?
    People in India's Gujarat state have continued to swap messages online despite a mobile internet blackout imposed after huge protests and deadly riots.
    BBC News.  Thu, 27 Aug 2015 12:34:22 GMT.
  • India deploys army to stop caste-related violence in Gujarat
    The Indian army patrolled riot-hit areas of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's home state of Gujarat on Aug. 27 after the death toll rose to seven in two days of caste-related violence.
    Hurriyet.  Thu, 27 Aug 2015 11:44:00 +0200.
  • US Backs Sri Lanka Human Rights Probe
    Sri Lanka’s efforts to move away from the previous government’s tilt towards China received a boost with the U.S. ...
    Voice of America.  Thu, 27 Aug 2015 10:20:13 -0400.
  • World Briefing: India: Protesters Demand Jobs and Aid
    New clashes erupted Wednesday in western India as the law enforcement tried to quell riots led by members of a farming caste demanding government benefits.
    The Associated Press.  International Herald Tribune.  Thu, 27 Aug 2015 00:51:23 GMT.
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  • Binod Chaudhary Helps Rebuild Nepal
    Following Nepal's massive April earthquake, Binod Chaudhary threw himself into relief efforts. The country's first billionnaire is rapidly rebuilding 100 primary schools and overseeing the construction of 10,000 transitional homes. ...
    By Susan Cunningham.  Forbes.  Wed, 26 Aug 2015 22:00:00 GMT.
  • U.S. to Support Sri Lanka Plan to Investigate War Crimes
    The announcement signals a reversal of Washington’s longstanding insistence on an international inquiry into possible war crimes during the final stages of the island’s civil war.
    Dharisha Bastians.  International Herald Tribune.  Wed, 26 Aug 2015 19:44:21 GMT.
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  • In Shift, US Backs Sri Lanka's Internal War Crimes Probe
    The United States said Wednesday that it wants to sponsor a resolution at next month's U.N. human rights session that is supportive of Sri Lanka's government, which wants to conduct its own investigation into alleged war crimes. ...
    Voice of America.  Wed, 26 Aug 2015 05:00:05 -0400.
  • Washington 'Disappointed' About Collapse of Pakistan-India Peace Talks
    The United States has expressed disappointment about the cancellation of scheduled talks between the national security advisers of Pakistan and India.
    Radio Liberty.  Sun, 23 Aug 2015 11:02:29 +0000.
  • Africa: India Invites AU Commission Chairperson for the Africa-India Summit
    [African Union] Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - -Visiting Vice Minister of External Relations of India, H.E. Mr. Navtej Sarna, has delivered an invitation from India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the African Union Commission Chairperson, Dr. ...
    All Africa.  Fri, 21 Aug 2015 08:46:29 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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