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  • Myanmar profile
    Provides an overview, basic facts and key dates for this south Asian country.
    BBC News.  Tue, 31 Mar 2015 16:28:42 GMT.
  • RFE/RL Video Roundup - March 31
    A burning effigy of Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka in Kyrgyzstan, progress on a Central and South Asian energy deal in Afghanistan, and a festival for a Sufi poet in Pakistan.
    Radio Liberty.  Tue, 31 Mar 2015 14:56:00 +0000.
  • India Skips Iran Oil Imports in March Under US Pressure
    India halted oil imports from Iran for the first time in at least a decade in March as New Delhi responded to U.S. ...
    Voice of America.  Tue, 31 Mar 2015 09:26:38 -0400.
  • India arrests '1,000 police cheats'
    More than 1,000 men are reportedly arrested in India's Bihar state over the use of impersonators to pass tests for the police force.
    BBC News.  Mon, 30 Mar 2015 15:29:24 GMT.
  • Bangladeshi Killed in Machete Attack Over Online Comments About Islam
    Two madrasa students were taken into custody at the scene of the assault, which was the second such episode in the country’s capital in five weeks.
    Ellen Barry and Julfikar Ali Manik.  International Herald Tribune.  Mon, 30 Mar 2015 13:42:23 GMT.
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  • Blogger Hacked to Death in Bangladesh
    A blogger was brutally hacked to death by three men in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, on Monday. ...
    Voice of America.  Mon, 30 Mar 2015 03:51:16 -0400.
  • Beef Ban in India Reaches Into Cages of Lions and Tigers
    The prohibition has had a broad effect on everyday life, including for animals at a national park in Mumbai.
    Neha Thirani Bagri and Nida Najar.  International Herald Tribune.  Mon, 30 Mar 2015 02:11:13 GMT.
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  • 10 Lessons from My Week in the 19th Century
    Last week, I traveled to a remote village called Bakhrejagat in Nepal with CHOICE Humanitarian on a volunteer expedition; it was like stepping back in time to the 19th century. ...
    By Devin Thorpe.  Forbes.  Fri, 27 Mar 2015 22:15:00 GMT.
  • Africa: Ahead of World Water Day, UN Calls for Better Management of Water Resources
    [UNEP] Nairobi/New Delhi/Paris -The report stresses the urgent need to change the way we use and manage this water resources.
    All Africa.  Mon, 23 Mar 2015 08:34:46 GMT.
  • 1,000 detained in India over exam cheating: police
    Police have detained more than 1,000 people in eastern India over a cheating scandal that saw relatives scale the walls of a school exam centre to help students, a senior officer said March 22.
    Hurriyet.  Sun, 22 Mar 2015 12:25:00 +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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