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  • VIDEO: India's angel investors
    With banks in India still reluctant to lend money, start-ups are having to look elsewhere.
    BBC News.  Fri, 03 Jul 2015 15:09:34 GMT.
  • Op-Ed Contributor: Marooned by History in India and Bangladesh
    The two countries finally swap enclaves held over from another era, but the locals are worried.
    Kai Friese.  International Herald Tribune.  Fri, 03 Jul 2015 13:16:15 GMT.
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  • Is India safe from Greece crisis?
    Pundits downplay the impact of Greek economic crisis on India, but urge the government to be cautious.
    BBC News.  Fri, 03 Jul 2015 11:26:36 GMT.
  • India Banking Official: Little Impact From Greece Crisis
    An Indian banking official said the financial crisis in Greece will not have a great impact on New Delhi's economy, which has picked up momentum in the past year. ...
    Voice of America.  Fri, 03 Jul 2015 06:58:43 -0400.
  • Nepal, UN Differ on Quake Aid Priorities
    Nepal's government continues to be at odds with the international aid community on the priorities and pacing for earthquake relief. A 7.8-magnitude quake on April 25 and second major quake on May 12 left more than 8,700 people dead. ...
    Voice of America.  Fri, 03 Jul 2015 04:04:55 -0400.
  • Bangladesh Police Arrest 12 Men Suspected of Qaeda Ties
    Twelve men said to be linked to Al Qaeda’s branch in the Indian subcontinent were held in raids across Dhaka by an elite police unit, officials said.
    Julfikar Ali Manik and Nida Najar.  International Herald Tribune.  Thu, 02 Jul 2015 19:19:32 GMT.
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  • Amazon Follows Microsoft's Footsteps, Announces India Region
    The Indian subcontinent is fast becoming the hotbed of cloud computing. At the Azure Conference hosted at Pune in March 2015, Bhaskar Pramanik, chairman of Microsoft India shared the plans of setting up three data centers in India. ...
    By Janakiram Msv.  Forbes.  Thu, 2 Jul 2015 13:00:00 GMT.
  • Africa: How to Make Firms Responsible
    [SciDev.Net] In 2013, India took the globally unprecedented step of making corporate social responsibility (CSR) mandatory.
    All Africa.  Wed, 01 Jul 2015 11:00:15 GMT.
  • After wifi at the Taj, Modi revives campaign for "digital" India
    India is reinvigorating an $18 billion campaign to provide fast internet connections for all, with a "digital week" aimed at popularising Prime Minister Narendra Modi's campaign promise to connect 250,000 villages in India by 2019.
    Hurriyet.  Wed, 01 Jul 2015 10:37:00 +0200.
  • India Forces Greater Scrutiny On Pakistan's Antiterror Enforcement
    Pakistan is under increased scrutiny for its enforcement of UN financial sanctions against terrorists after a move by India blocking China's bid to shield Pakistan.
    Radio Liberty.  Wed, 01 Jul 2015 04:47:48 +0000.
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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