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  • Buttler replaces Prior for England
    Jos Buttler replaces Matt Prior as wicketkeeper in the England squad for the third Test against India at the Rose Bowl.
    BBC News.  Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:52:21 GMT.
  • Africa: Child Marriage - 20 Most Affected Countries
    [Girls Not Brides]Child marriage is a truly global problem that cuts across countries, cultures, religions and ethnicities. Child brides can be found in every region in the world, from the Middle East to Latin America, South Asia to Europe.
    All Africa.  Tue, 22 Jul 2014 09:54:00 GMT.
  • India encephalitis outbreak kills 60
    At least 60 people died in an outbreak of viral encephalitis in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal, a top health official has said.
    BBC News.  Tue, 22 Jul 2014 09:11:43 GMT.
  • Thousands in India Demand Justice for Girl, 6, Who Was Raped at School
    More than 4,000 parents and relatives of children who attend a school where a 6-year-old girl was raped in Bangalore, India, demanded that the police arrest those involved.
    By The Associated Press.  International Herald Tribune.  Sat, 19 Jul 2014 17:44:07 GMT.
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  • India protesters demand action over rape of girl at school
    Thousands of people angry over alleged police inaction after a 6-year-old girl was raped at her school in southern India rally to demand that authorities arrest those responsible for the attack.
    Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.  Sat, 19 Jul 2014 08:59:24 EDT.
  • Protesters outraged over India schoolgirl's rape
    Thousands of people have marched to protest alleged police inaction after a 6-year-old girl was raped at a school in Bangalore, India's technology hub.
    Miami Herald.  Sat, 19 Jul 2014 06:33 EDT.
  • India Monsoon Revival Eases Fears of Drought
    In India, fears of a drought are easing as monsoon rains revive. Farmers are now urging the government to ensure that more farmland is brought under irrigation to reduce dependence on the monsoon. ...
    Voice of America.  Fri, 18 Jul 2014 03:11:50 -0400.
  • High-End Devices Launch At Mid-End Prices As Global Phone Makers Inundate India Market With Budget Smartphones
    China’s Xiaomi entered the brutally-competitive Indian smartphone market with a splash this week, launching its Mi3 phone at an aggressive pricing of $240. ...
    By Saritha Rai.  Forbes.  Wed, 16 Jul 2014 07:53:00 GMT.
  • Indian, Chinese Prime Ministers Talk Trade, Border Dispute
    Meeting for the first time, leaders of the world's two most populous nations, India and China, pledged to boost bilateral trade and work to resolve their longstanding border dispute. ...
    Voice of America.  Tue, 15 Jul 2014 10:33:19 -0400.
  • World Briefing : India: Court Stays Executions for 2 Convicted in Gang-Rape Case
    The Supreme Court of India on Monday temporarily stayed the execution of two men convicted of raping and murdering a 23-year-old woman on a bus in New Delhi in 2012, said their lawyer, A. P. ...
    By Nida Najar.  International Herald Tribune.  Tue, 15 Jul 2014 02:23:49 GMT.
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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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