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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 receives over one million tourists in 2018

More than one million tourists visited Nepal in 2018, a significant 25 per cent rise in tourist arrivals over the previous year, the country's Tourism Board stated on Tuesday.

Pakistan, UAE agree to work on peace in Afghanistan

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan and Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the United Arab Emirates' Armed Forces, have agreed to work jointly for peace and stability in Afghanistan.

Ten civilians killed in Afghan bomb attack

At least 10 civilians were killed and 13 wounded after a bomb ripped through a district bazaar in Afghanistan's Paktika province on Monday, officials said. Two children were among those killed.

Sheikh Hasina sworn in for fourth term as Bangladesh PM

Sheikh Hasina was sworn in as Prime Minister of Bangladesh on Monday, for a record fourth term, after her Awami League party won a landslide victory in the December 30 parliamentary election, marred by violent incidents and allegations of fraud by the opposition.

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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.