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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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Bangladesh apparel exporters threaten to shut factories

Bangladesh apparel garment owners have threatened to close thousands of factories if the labour unrest over disparity in their new wage structure in the country's key export sector continues.

Pakistan to not approach IMF for bailout

The Pakistani government will not approach the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for a bailout package now and will explore alternative options to bring the cash-strapped country's economy back on track, Finance Minister Asad Umar said.

Tulsi Gabbard, first Hindu in US Congress,to run for president

The race for United States' presidency in next year's election is likely to see a Hindu representative and a senator of part-Indian-American descent vying for the Democratic Party's nomination.

India rejects Pakistani charges of involvement in Karachi attack

India on Friday not only rejected as “fabricated and scurrilous” the “false allegations” in the Pakistani media attributed to the Karachi police chief, who alleged that India was behind the terrorist attack on the Chinese consulate in Karachi in November, but also slammed Pakistan and urged Islamabad to “look inward” and act against terrorists within the 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.