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  • India Takes A New Step In Regional Politics
    India signed with Iran and Afghanistan a trilateral transit agreement that will open new trade routes for the subcontinent nation, and help it circumvent its troublesome neighbor Pakistan.
    By Megha Bahree.  Forbes.  Tue, 24 May 2016 07:15:00 GMT.
  • India inquiry over 'toxic bread' report
    India's health ministry orders an inquiry after a study finds cancer-causing chemicals in many bread and other bakery products.
    BBC News.  Tue, 24 May 2016 06:33:06 GMT.
  • Gunmen Kill 3 Police Officers in Srinagar, India
    The officers were killed in an area that has long been a source of conflict between India and Pakistan, with separatist militants claiming responsibility.
    Hari Kumar.  International Herald Tribune.  Tue, 24 May 2016 02:07:03 GMT.
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  • ‘Guards at the Taj’ Wins Obie Awards
    Rajiv Joseph’s drama about humble sentries in 17th-century India was named the best new American play.
    Scott Heller.  International Herald Tribune.  Tue, 24 May 2016 01:45:01 GMT.
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  • Maldives ex-president 'given UK asylum'
    The former president of the Maldives, Mohamed Nasheed, has been granted refugee status in the UK, his lawyer says.
    BBC News.  Mon, 23 May 2016 19:20:30 GMT.
  • India in deal to turn Iran port into trade hub
    India is to open a $500-million line of credit to develop Iran’s Chabahar port into a regional trading hub, visiting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said May 23 in Tehran
    Hurriyet.  Mon, 23 May 2016 15:15:00 +0200.
  • India, Iran Sign Deal To Turn Iranian Port Into Trade Hub
    Iran and India have signed an agreement to develop the Iranian port of Chabahar.
    Radio Liberty.  Mon, 23 May 2016 12:47:29 +0000.
  • Cyclone Roanu Hits Bangladesh
    Cyclone Roanu hit the coast of Bangladesh Saturday afternoon, traveling with speeds as high as 80 kilometers per hour.   Authorities say tens of thousands of people have fled their homes to sit out the storm in more than 2,000 shelters. ...
    Voice of America.  Sat, 21 May 2016 06:20:42 -0400.
  • 500,000 Flee Bangladesh Cyclone, at Least 20 Killed
    Cyclone Roanu swept across the southeastern coast of Bangladesh Saturday, forcing an estimated 500,000 people out of their homes. Tidal surges of up to two meters and floods killed at least 20 people. ...
    Voice of America.  Sat, 21 May 2016 06:20:09 -0400.
  • At least 16 dead in Sri Lanka rains and mudslides, with hundreds missing
    Torrential rains have sent landslides cascading over three villages in Sri Lanka, and at least 200 families were feared buried under the mud Wednesday, the Sri Lankan Red Cross said.
    Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.  Wed, 18 May 2016 04:34:18 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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