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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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Modi, Trump agree to further strengthen India-US ties

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump agreed to further boost bilateral ties between New Delhi and Washington and adopted a positive approach to cooperation across various sectors, the External Affairs Ministry said on Tuesday.

Former Maldives president accused of money laundering

Former Maldives President Abdulla Yameen has been accused of laundering stolen money and lying to the anti-corruption watchdog, police said, after the opposition leader was questioned at the police headquarters in Malé for more than four hours, the Independent newspaper reported on Tuesday.

Alcohol abuse leading cause of death in Bhutan: Report

Controlling the harmful use of alcohol, which is the country’s leading killer, is a major challenge in Bhutan, the National Council’s (NC) good governance committee (GGC) has stated in an interim report presented in parliament on Tuesday.

Anti-Pakistan sentiments aroused in India for elections: Pakistan PM

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has accused India of opting out of a bilateral dialogue and claimed that anti-Pakistan sentiments were being aroused in India for campaigning for the forthcoming general election.

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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.