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  • Call to bring Britons held in India home
    The fiancée of a Scot trapped in India by a dispute over anti-piracy operations calls for him to brought home in time for Christmas.
    BBC News.  Tue, 24 Nov 2015 18:47:12 GMT.
  • Why are Indian women 'Happy to Bleed'?
    The BBC's Geeta Pandey in Delhi reports on a Facebook campaign challenging a temple chief who says he will allow women in only after a machine is invented to detect if they are not menstruating.
    BBC News.  Mon, 23 Nov 2015 17:20:54 GMT.
  • Turkey expresses ‘sorrow’ over executions in Bangladesh
    The Turkish Foreign Ministry said on Nov. 22 that it felt “sorrow” over the execution of two opposition leaders in “brother Bangladesh,” calling for national reconciliation
    Hurriyet.  Mon, 23 Nov 2015 17:04:00 +0200.
  • Saeed Jaffrey, Actor in ‘Gandhi’ and ‘The Man Who Would Be King,’ Dies at 86
    Mr. Jaffrey, best known in his native India for roles he characterized as “the naughty uncle,” had a career in radio, film, TV and onstage encompassing three continents.
    Nida Najar.  International Herald Tribune.  Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:27:30 GMT.
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  • Style Versus Substance: What Matters Most When Pitching Your Business?
    India Ford and Elena Shalneva debate what matters most selling for entrepreneurs selling themselves and their business to potential investors customers and employees.
    By Philip Salter.  Forbes.  Sun, 22 Nov 2015 23:03:00 GMT.
  • Nepal Police Kill 3 Protesters in Clashes Over Constitution
    Violence flared in southern Nepal when the police opened fire on protesters from the Madhesi group who had been blocking the country’s main highway.
    Bhadra Sharma.  International Herald Tribune.  Sun, 22 Nov 2015 22:50:28 GMT.
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  • Bangladesh Hangs Two Opposition Leaders for War Crimes
    Bangladesh has executed two opposition party leaders convicted of war crimes committed during Bangladesh’s 1971 war of independence. ...
    Voice of America.  Sat, 21 Nov 2015 19:07:17 -0500.
  • Clemency Rejected for 2 in Bangladesh Sentenced to Hang
    Bangladesh President Abdul Hamid on Saturday rejected clemency appeals by two opposition leaders to save them from hanging, Interior Minister Asaduzzaman Khan told Reuters. ...
    Voice of America.  Sat, 21 Nov 2015 12:16:46 -0500.
  • Global drug use to increase 24% over next five years
    Global use of prescription drugs shows no sign of slowing down over the next few years, according to a new report, which projects 4.5 trillion doses will be used in 2020, with China and India driving the spike in demand.
    Modern Healthcare.  Thu, 19 Nov 2015 11:14:14 EST.
  • Africa: African States to Back India's Push to Remain 'Pharmacy of Developing World'
    [East African] Africa is rallying behind India in its push to protect a controversial patent policy on medicine, to ensure that poor countries still have access to cheaper generic drugs manufactured by Indian pharmaceutical companies.
    All Africa.  Mon, 16 Nov 2015 10:30:54 GMT.
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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