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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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US Special Representative on Afghanistan visiting India

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'Rohingya Hindu refugees in Bangladesh want to return to Myanmar'

Rohingya Hindus who sought refuge in Bangladesh want to return to Myanmar but are not being allowed by Bangladesh officials to go back, according to the Los Angeles Times

India to retain fastest growing-economy status; Pakistan, Bangladesh growth to dip

Fueled by policy reforms and rebound in credit, India's economy is forecast to expand by 7.5 percent during the 2019-20 fiscal year and retain its position as the fastest growing major economy in a world of slowing growth, according to the World Bank.

Raisina Dialogue opens with call to free oceans

Indirectly criticising China for not playing by global rules on the law of the seas, Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg said “might is right” could not be the governing principal for the oceans.

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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.