China`s foreign ministry said on Tuesday that it was "extremely concerned" after leaders of Southeast Asian countries expressed worry about land reclamation and navigational freedom in the disputed South China Sea.
Bangladesh and its South Asian neighbours are expected to see below average rainfall in 2015 due to the impact of an El Nino weather pattern, which can bring on a dry spell in the region, a weather expert said on Wednesday.
Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday said the SAARC grouping was an important vehicle for regional cooperation and an engine for economic growth of South Asia that has 1.7 billion consumers.
In a bid to convince India to shed its reservations and back the mega Silk Road initiatives, China Wednesday said besides linking its strategic ventures, Indian government can choose to take part in any of the projects in the South Asian region.
Noting that "Pakistan, with the world`s fastest-growing nuclear arsenal, is unquestionably the biggest concern," in South Asia, a leading US daily wants major powers to turn their attention towards it after finalising the Iran deal.
The US has said India's resurgence under the new leadership was driving energy and optimism across South Asia and the two countries were now "indispensable partners" in promoting peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region.
Describing ties between India and Bhutan as a "model relationship", Bhutanese Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay said trust, cooperation and confidence have helped build close relations between the two neighbours.
Over 1.7 billion females in low-and middle-income countries do not own mobile phones and women on average are 14 percent less likely to own a mobile phone than men -- creating a gender gap of 200 million fewer women than men owning mobile phones, a report said here on Tuesday.
The US can not reassure Pakistan against any Indian threat if it fails to commit itself towards working against anti-India terrorist groups operating within its territory, two US experts on South Asian issues have told American lawmakers.
Despite the Indian economy`s rapid growth and the increase in US-India ties, American students continue to display low interest in Indian languages, preferring instead languages like Chinese, Korean or Arabic, according to a new language survey.