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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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Travel ban to continue on Zardari, PPP leaders

The government decided to continue a travel ban imposed on top Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leaders, including Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari and co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari.

Nepal Army chief on India visit

General Purna Chandra Thapa, Chief of the Nepal Army Staff, is visiting India from 12 to 16 January on his first official bilateral visit after taking over command of the Nepal Army.

India launches National Clean Air Programme

The Indian government has launched the National Clean Air Programme (NCAP), aiming to reduce toxic particulate matter in the atmosphere by 2024.

Sri Lanka’s political crisis dealt ‘death blow’ to economy: PM

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said on Thursday that the recent political crisis had dealt a "death blow" to the country’s economy as it was struggling to pay its ballooning foreign debt.

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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.