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  • Pilgrims flock to 16th-Century saint
    Thousands of Catholic pilgrims are converging on Goa in India to see the relics of Saint Francis Xavier, a 16th Century Spanish missionary.
    BBC News.  Sat, 22 Nov 2014 17:16:13 GMT.
  • Karzai Says Kabul Won't Allow India-Pakistan 'Proxy War' On Afghan Soil
    Afghanistan’s former president, Hamid Karzai, has said at a gathering in New Delhi that Kabul will not allow its soil to be used for a "proxy war" between India and Pakistan.
    Radio Liberty.  Sat, 22 Nov 2014 16:19:19 +0000.
  • Suddenly, Sri Lanka Presidential Elections Become a Real Contest
    In a surprise, the president’s health minister, who also was the general secretary of the ruling party, quit to run as the opposition candidate.
    By Dharisha Bastians and Gardiner Harris.  International Herald Tribune.  Sat, 22 Nov 2014 07:52:19 GMT.
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  • VIDEO: Football first for Pakistan women
    The South Asian Football Federation Championship is taking place in Pakistan.
    BBC News.  Fri, 21 Nov 2014 15:43:50 GMT.
  • Statement by the Press Secretary on the President’s Travel to India
    At the invitation of Prime Minister Modi, the President will travel to India in January 2015 to participate in the Indian Republic Day celebration in New Delhi as the Chief Guest. This visit will mark the first time a U.S. ...
    The White House.  The White House.  Fri, 21 Nov 2014 15:02:00 +0000.
  • In Bangladesh, 'Floating Farms' Overcome Monsoon Rains
    During the monsoon rains in northwest Bangladesh, swollen rivers can flood villages for months at a time. For the rural poor who rely on agriculture, there is no way to make money. ...
    Voice of America.  Fri, 21 Nov 2014 08:24:45 -0500.
  • Sri Lanka Minister to Challenge President
    A senior member of Sri Lanka's government says he is leaving the ruling party to run as the main opposition candidate against President Mahinda Rajapakse in upcoming elections. ...
    Voice of America.  Fri, 21 Nov 2014 08:24:27 -0500.
  • Sri Lanka’s President to Seek Unprecedented Third Term
    President Mahinda Rajapaksa announced his intention to hold a vote two years ahead of schedule after his governing party unanimously endorsed the move.
    By Dharisha Bastians and Gardiner Harris.  International Herald Tribune.  Thu, 20 Nov 2014 13:57:45 GMT.
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  • One More Tech Gap: WeChat's For China, Whatsapp's In For India
    India still lags China by at least five years in tech startup wins but it's slowly closing the gap with new venture funds and entrepreneurship that are together leading to real progress.
    By Rebecca Fannin.  Forbes.  Tue, 18 Nov 2014 07:07:00 GMT.
  • India - lack of toilets a breeding ground for disease and death
    With half of India's population without access to toilets, people are paying a high price for the slow pace of change in improving sanitation.
    Mail & Guardian.  Mon, 17 Nov 2014 13:51:00 +0200.
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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