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Over half of Bhutan’s people will live in cities by 2047

 The population of Bhutan’s capital Thimphu will increase by 4,200 people annually, according to population projections by the National Statistics Bureau (NSB), Kuensel reported on Tuesday.  

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Nepal moves to ensure care for the elderly

In a measure to ensure that elderly people are well looked after, the Nepali government is introducing a law making it mandatory for the offspring to deposit a certain portion of their income in the bank account of their elderly parents, a senior Nepali Minister said.

Former Bangladesh President to be main parliamentary opposition leader

Former Bangladesh President Hussain Muhammad Ershad, who ruled the country from 1982 to 1990, will be the leader of the opposition in Parliament after the December 30 general election, his party said on Friday.

China will work with India for greater coordination on global affairs

China has said it is ready to work with India to enhance communication and coordination on international affairs to jointly safeguard the overall interests of the two countries and developing countries around the world.

Afghan NSA in India

Afghanistan’s National Security Advisor Hamdullah Mohib, who is visiting India at the invitation of his counterpart Ajit Doval from January 3 to 5, briefed Doval about ongoing efforts to bring peace to the war-ravaged country.

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Air pollution battle in India needs a sense of urgency

If India takes the top place in GDP growth globally, why we have such lower targets in meeting air quality over five years, particularly considering the fact that it is the 65 percent of India’s young population would be the main victims of the worsening air quality, writes Rajendra Shende for South Asia Monitor . 


Bangladesh, ADB sign deal for rural road network

 The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Bangladeshi government have signed an agreement for $200 million in loans to improve the rural road network in Bangladesh.