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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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Pakistani law allowing military anti-terror courts expires

A Pakistani law that gave secret military courts the power to try civilians on terrorism charges expired on Monday while awaiting an extension from the Parliament.

Sri Lanka to make ancient Buddhist scripture world heritage

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena said on Monday he would seek to make the "Thripitakaya", an ancient Buddhist scripture in Sri Lanka, as a world heritage, a day after it was declared a national heritage.

If India, Pakistan want, Norway ready to mediate in Kashmir

Norway is ready to mediate in the Kashmir issue if India and Pakistan seek such mediation, visiting Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg told the media on Monday. She also said there was no military solution in Kashmir.

Pakistan seeks former envoy Haqqani's extradition from US

The Pakistani government has initiated a process of seeking extradition of Hussain Haqqani, its former Ambassador to the US, on allegations of embezzlement following its failure to get him through Interpol.

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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.