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  • Ex-Maldives President Nasheed given political asylum in UK

    NEW DELHI -- A former Maldives president who was controversially given a 13 year prison sentence on terrorism charges last year has been granted refugee status by the U.K.Mohamed Nasheed, 49, the Maldives' first democratically elected president, was

    May 24, 2016 05:31 pm JST
  • Cyclone Roanu kills 21 in Bangladesh, softens

    DHAKA (Reuters) -- A cyclone battered coastal Bangladesh on Saturday, killing at least 21 people and injuring many more, but has now weakened into a depression that the weather office said could still bring brief periods of violent wind or rain.Auth

    May 22, 2016 05:23 pm JST
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    Takehiko Nakao -- Promoting advanced technology in Asia

    For nearly 50 years, the Asian Development Bank has supported its developing member countries as they strive to close their infrastructure gaps. Building on the progress made over that time, these countries now recognize the importance of adopting h

    May 17, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • Vietnamese bank hit by same Bangladesh Bank, Sony malware

    NEW DELHI -- Months after Bangladesh's central bank lost $81 million in a massive cyber heist, SWIFT, the global financial messaging service, reported on Friday a similar malware attack on another bank.SWIFT, the Society for Worldwide Interbank Fina

    May 14, 2016 01:26 am JST
  • SWIFT says second bank hit by malware attack

    NEW YORK (Reuters) -- SWIFT, the global financial messaging network that banks use to move billions of dollars every day, warned on Thursday of a second malware attack similar to the one that led to February's $81 million cyber heist at the Banglade

    May 13, 2016 03:30 pm JST
  • Sachin Chaturvedi: A smaller grouping can get South Asia to its integration goal faster

    A new grouping of South Asian nations is shaping up as a potentially important vehicle for regional integration in an area where such a force has been badly lacking. The bloc could provide great support for advancing peace, progress and prosperity a

    May 12, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • China preys on troubled India-Nepal ties

    NEW DELHI/KATHMANDU -- After relations hit bottom during a five-month trade blockade that was finally lifted in February, India-Nepal ties are again rocky -- a development that could help China expand its influence in the landlocked but strategicall

    May 11, 2016 02:20 am JST
  • Nepal's bold moves are winning the 'rhino war'

    CHITWAN NATIONAL PARK, Nepal -- As morning mists sweep the jungles of this wondrous wildlife sanctuary, visitors mounted atop elephants will almost always encounter a 50-million-year-old species, thriving in this sanctuary but lumbering toward extin

    May 10, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • Reliance Power bags $1.3 billion LNG-based project in energy-starved Bangladesh

    NEW DELHI -- Indian energy firms are aggressively seeking to expand their presence in neighboring Bangladesh, which is aiming to double its power generation capacity to 24 gigawatts a day by 2021 to meet growing demands. Reliance Power is the lates

    May 5, 2016 11:30 pm JST
  • Bhutan opens its doors, but few foreign investors are ready to come in

    THIMPHU No country in Asia draws less foreign direct investment than the Himalayan mountain kingdom of Bhutan, according to U.N. statistics. While this partly reflects the consciously isolated nation's desire to safeguard its culture and environme

    May 5, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • Nepal growth stymied by quake, Indian border blockade

    NEW DELHI -- A year on, earthquake-shattered Nepal announced on Tuesday the downgrading of its growth forecast for the year ending July 15 to just 0.77% from a hoped-for 2% -- its weakest performance since 2002."A major factor in the downgrade is th

    May 5, 2016 05:30 am JST
  • Restoration of Nepal's quake-ravaged treasures off to a slow start

    KATHMANDU VALLEY, Nepal Deftly handling tiny chisels and swabs of cloth, a dozen village women painstakingly chip away the crust and grime of centuries, restoring to life images of Brahma, Vishnu and other Hindu deities that grace an architectural

    April 28, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • Nepali village tells story of official neglect

    LIPING, Nepal -- The small village of Liping, just next to Nepal's border with Tibet, is still reeling from the impact of a series of devastating earthquakes that struck Nepal from April 25, 2015. The highway that runs through the village, once

    April 25, 2016 11:00 am JST
  • Nepal marks 1st quake anniversary

    KATHMANDU (Kyodo) -- Nepal marked Sunday the first anniversary of its deadliest quake on record, with Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli and others observing a minute of silence at the 19th century Dharahara tower in central Kathmandu. Accor

    April 24, 2016 05:18 pm JST
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    Kunda Dixit: Deconstructing Nepal amid aftershocks of apathy and neglect

    It has been nearly one year since the massive earthquake in Nepal killed nearly 9,000 people. The foreign correspondents who flocked to Kathmandu immediately after the April 25 quake have returned for their obligatory first anniversary pieces, and t

    April 22, 2016 06:10 pm JST
  • Panama Papers unsettle Pakistan's politics

    ISLAMABAD -- Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is facing growing political pressure, including calls to resign, over revelations in the Panama Papers about his family's interests in assets held by offshore companies. Leaked documents from the

    April 21, 2016 07:07 pm JST
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    Sachin Chaturvedi: A new path to South Asian integration

    A new grouping of South Asian nations is shaping up as a potentially important vehicle for regional integration in an area where it has been badly lacking. The bloc could provide a great support for advancing peace, progress and prosperity and play

    April 20, 2016 10:05 pm JST
  • Pakistan highway likely among first AIIB projects

    BEIJING -- The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank likely will help fund a highway extension in Pakistan along with two other road projects to kick off its lending operations, the Financial Times has reported. The China-led bank, established in

    April 20, 2016 05:22 am JST
  • Sharif helps Sharia banking to spread

    KARACHI, Pakistan -- Islamic banking is growing fast in predominantly Muslim Pakistan, thanks to the growing popularity of its Sharia compliant structure and a helping hand from the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Islamic banking rem

    April 20, 2016 12:30 am JST
  • Nepal's heritage sites still in ruins a year after quake

    KATHMANDU VALLEY, Nepal -- Deftly handling tiny chisels and swabs of cloth, a dozen village women painstakingly chip away the crust and grime of centuries, restoring to life images of Brahma, Vishnu and other Hindu deities that grace an architectura

    April 19, 2016 07:49 pm JST