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  • Dozens die as rains lash SE Asia
    As torrential rain continues, dozens die in eastern India and neighbouring Myanmar, where disaster zones have been declared.
    BBC News.  Sat, 01 Aug 2015 16:18:24 GMT.
  • India, Bangladesh End Limbo For Thousands
    Indians and Bangladeshis are celebrating the end of a 68-year state of limbo for tens of thousands of people living along the porous border joining the two nations. ...
    Voice of America.  Sat, 01 Aug 2015 07:20:38 -0400.
  • Turkey emerges from shadows in fight against Islamic State
    Could a once reluctant Turkey be a South Asia power broker?
    BBC News.  Fri, 31 Jul 2015 23:59:34 GMT.
  • Shooting at Sri Lanka Political Meeting Leaves 1 Dead and 12 Hurt
    The finance minister, Ravi Karunanayake, who was at the scene, called the violence “an act of political terrorism.”
    Dharisha Bastians.  International Herald Tribune.  Fri, 31 Jul 2015 16:34:10 GMT.
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  • Gunmen Open Fire at Sri Lanka Election Rally
    One person was killed and 13 wounded on Friday in a drive-by shooting at a Sri Lankan election rally attended by the finance minister, a further act of political violence in a nation still recovering from civil war. ...
    Voice of America.  Fri, 31 Jul 2015 16:17:19 -0400.
  • Uber to invest $1 bn on India expansion
    Controversial app-based taxi-hailing firm Uber plans to invest $1 billion in India over the next nine months, the company's local head said in a statement emailed to AFP on July 31.
    Hurriyet.  Fri, 31 Jul 2015 10:49:00 +0200.
  • Uber Makes India A Global Priority, To Plow In $1 Billion In Next 9 Months
    Taxi summoning service Uber will invest an additional $1 billion in India in the next nine months as the San Francisco-based app startup says the India market is growing exponentially and is a global priority. ...
    By Saritha Rai.  Forbes.  Fri, 31 Jul 2015 05:17:00 GMT.
  • Mundane reality of martyrs
    A group of British youths went to guard duty in Syria - now the last of Portsmouth's self-styled al-Britani Brigade Bangladeshi Bad Boys has died.
    Mail & Guardian.  Fri, 31 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0200.
  • India Will Be Most Populous Country Sooner Than Thought, U.N. Says
    India’s population was expected to surpass China’s by 2022, not 2028 as it had previously forecast.
    Rick Gladstone.  International Herald Tribune.  Thu, 30 Jul 2015 17:54:04 GMT.
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  • Yakub Memon, convicted in 1993 Mumbai bombings, hanged in India
    Yakub Abdul Razak Memon, the only death row convict in India's deadliest terror attack, the 1993 Mumbai bombings that killed 257 people, was hanged early Thursday after the country's president rejected a last-minute mercy plea.
    Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.  Thu, 30 Jul 2015 01:17:27 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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