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  • India’s Modi renews plea for manufacturing investment
    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi renewed his call on Feb. 13 for firms to invest in India and turn it into a global manufacturing hub, painting the country as a bright spot for investment in an uncertain world economy
    Hurriyet.  Sun, 14 Feb 2016 12:17:00 +0200.
  • University Student in New Delhi Arrested on Sedition Complaint
    The complaint against a student union president is the latest controversy to hit one of the country’s highly politicized universities.
    Swati Gupta and Nida Najar.  International Herald Tribune.  Sun, 14 Feb 2016 00:02:45 GMT.
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  • Sonam Kapoor Wins Plaudits For Heroism Drama 'Neerja' In India
    Leading lights of the Bollywood industry have hailed Sonam Kapoor's performance in Neerja and the film as an inspiring masterpiece which will make India proud after the premiere in Mumbai.
    By Don Groves.  Forbes.  Sat, 13 Feb 2016 23:37:00 GMT.
  • India PM in 'happy birthday' gaffe
    Afghanistan's president takes to Twitter to correct India's leader - who had wished him happy birthday on the wrong day.
    BBC News.  Sat, 13 Feb 2016 13:38:56 GMT.
  • India Summons U.S. Ambassador Over Fighter Sale To Pakistan
    The Indian Foreign Ministry has summoned the U.S. ambassador to India to protest Washington's decision to approve the sale of eight Lockheed Martin F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan, along with training, radar, and other equipment.
    Radio Liberty.  Sat, 13 Feb 2016 05:45:41 +0000.
  • Student held over 'anti-India slogans'
    Indian police arrest the student union leader at a top university on sedition charges, after a protest over the hanging of a Kashmiri man.
    BBC News.  Fri, 12 Feb 2016 16:31:34 GMT.
  • Pakistan Dismantles Al-Qaida’s Main Regional Network
    Pakistan announced it has dismantled al-Qaida's main network in South Asia and foiled plans to break out of jail a man involved in the murder of journalist Daniel Pearl. Lt. Gen. ...
    Voice of America.  Fri, 12 Feb 2016 07:55:45 -0500.
  • Supreme Court’s Blow to Emissions Efforts May Imperil Paris Climate Accord
    Polluters like China and India may balk at following through on the Paris Agreement on cutting emissions if the United States fails to carry out strong policies.
    Coral Davenport.  International Herald Tribune.  Fri, 12 Feb 2016 01:49:02 GMT.
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  • China, India and Japan court Africa at the mining table
    A tale of three Asian countries and their quest to gain a stake in the natural riches of the continent.
    Mail & Guardian.  Wed, 10 Feb 2016 15:50:00 +0200.
  • UN Rights Chief Calls on Sri Lanka to Locate War Missing
    The U.N. human rights chief has called on the government of Sri Lanka to locate all those detained, reported missing, and presumed killed, during the country's civil war. ...
    Voice of America.  Tue, 09 Feb 2016 11:49:43 -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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