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  • Provincial Vote Is Seen as a Test for Sri Lanka’s President
    The candidates for chief minister of Uva Province are seen as proxies for President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s coming battle for re-election.
    By Gardiner Harris and Dharisha Bastians.  International Herald Tribune.  Sat, 20 Sep 2014 22:16:37 GMT.
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  • Al-Qaeda India delusional, says Modi
    Indian PM Narendra Modi dismisses al-Qaeda's plan to set up an Indian branch, saying that the group was "delusional" to think that Indian Muslims would heed its call.
    BBC News.  Fri, 19 Sep 2014 10:04:04 GMT.
  • India to build Nepal power plant
    Nepal's government endorses plans for Indian firm GMR to build the country's biggest hydro-power plant.
    BBC News.  Fri, 19 Sep 2014 07:19:24 GMT.
  • Modi Pushes Xi to Resolve Border Issue in Kashmir
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India made clear to the Chinese president that India’s patience with an uncertain border situation has worn thin.
    By Gardiner Harris.  International Herald Tribune.  Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:31:57 GMT.
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  • China-India Border Standoff Continues as Leaders Hold Summit
    The top leaders of India and China said they are committed to handling their border dispute peacefully, even as Chinese and Indian troops continued to face-off along the Himalayan border on Thursday. ...
    Voice of America.  Thu, 18 Sep 2014 06:44:47 -0400.
  • World leaders to appear at NYC's Citizen Festival
    The leaders of India, Bangladesh, Norway and the United Nations are set to appear at the Global Citizen Festival headlined by Jay Z on Sept. 27 in New York's Central Park.
    Miami Herald.  Thu, 18 Sep 2014 06:40 EDT.
  • China's Mixed Messages To India
    As India welcomes Chinese President Xi Jinping today, it’s hard to miss the mixed messages coming from China. ...
    By Alyssa Ayres.  Forbes.  Wed, 17 Sep 2014 15:59:00 GMT.
  • India President Leaves Vietnam After Controversial Oil Deal
    Indian President Pranab Mukherjee has wrapped up a four-day state visit to Vietnam and departed for home after signing key pacts and a joint resolution on the South China Sea. ...
    Voice of America.  Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:55:38 -0400.
  • Half South Asia's girls marry before 18: UN
    Nearly half of all girls in South Asia marry before they turn 18, according to a United Nations report that lays bare what it calls "glaring inequalities".
    Hurriyet.  Fri, 12 Sep 2014 14:13:00 +0200.
  • Statement by the Press Secretary on the Visit of Prime Minister Modi of India
    President Obama looks forward to welcoming Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India to the White House on September 29-30, 2014. ...
    The White House.  The White House.  Mon, 08 Sep 2014 19:11:00 +0000.
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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