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Pakistan announces ODI team for South Africa tour

Islamabad, Feb 21 (IANS) The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has announced a 16-man squad for the upcoming One-day International (ODI) series against South Africa, recalling former captain Shahid Afridi back to the team.

Daily despairs lack of leadership in Pakistan

Islamabad, Feb 20 (IANS) A leading Pakistani daily is upset over the cowardice of civilian leaders who don't "name and shame" those responsible for terror attacks.

Look beyond India for Karachi lit fest: Pakistani daily

Islamabad, Feb 19 (IANS) The Karachi Literature Festival may be better served by reaching out more to authors, writers and performers from beyond India, said a leading daily Tuesday.

Pakistan hands over Gwadar port to Chinese company

Islamabad, Feb 18 (IANS) Pakistan Monday signed an agreement on handing over operations of the strategic Gwadar port to a Chinese company.

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Bangladesh News

Bangladesh thrash West Indies again, take 2-0 lead

Khulna (Bangladesh), Dec 2 (IANS) The West Indies suffered a humiliating 160-run defeat at the hands of hosts Bangladesh in the second One-day International of the five-match series here Sunday.

Pollard happy with mood in Windies camp

Khulna (Bangladesh), Nov 28 (IANS/CMC) Hard hitting West Indies batsman Keiron Pollard says the atmosphere in the team camp has been fantastic since his introduction to the regional side.

Russell expects Windies winning ways to continue

Khulna (Bangladesh), Nov 28 (IANS/CMC) West Indies allrounder Andre Russell says he expects his side to continue its winning ways against Bangladesh in the five One−day cricket Internationals and the Twenty20 International.

Bangladesh not a walkover: Sammy

Khulna (Bangladesh), Nov 26 (IANS/CMC) West Indies skipper Darren Sammy has brushed aside suggestions that Bangladesh were walkovers in the two−Test series which the Caribbean cricketing side won convincingly.

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Sri Lanka News

Ranatunga may run for Sri Lanka board president

Colombo, Feb 20 (IANS) Sri Lanka's former World Cup winning captain Arjuna Ranatunga said he will decide by next week if he will contest for president of the Cricket Board or not.

Sri Lankan, Indian fishermen clash at sea

Colombo, Feb 17 (IANS) A group of fishermen from Sri Lanka and India clashed in Sri Lankan waters early Sunday, a navy spokesman said.

Police probing shooting of Sri Lankan journalist

Colombo, Feb 16 (IANS) The Sri Lankan police Saturday launched investigations into the shooting of a journalist attached to a leading independent newspaper, reported Xinhua.

Sri Lanka suspends deal with IMF

Colombo, Feb 12 (IANS) The Sri Lankan government Tuesday announced it would not to pursue a new funding program with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) after the IMF refused to accept conditions put forward by the government.

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Nepal News

Nepal slashes economic growth forecast

Kathmandu, Feb 18 (IANS) The government of Nepal has slashed the economic growth forecast from 5.3 percent to 4.2 percent for the current fiscal year 2012-13.

Tiger count begins in Nepal

Kathmandu, Feb 5 (IANS) Nepal has begun a three-month-long census of its tigers which were declared by the International Union for Conservation of Nature as an endangered species in 2010.

Nepal dismisses 14 hydro-electricity licences

Kathmandu, Feb 4 (IANS) Nepal has scrapped due to lack of progress 14 licences for various projects to generate a total of 611 MW of hydro-electricity.

Nepal Maoists' general convention begins after 21 years

Kathmandu, Feb 2 (IANS) Nepal's largest party, the Unified Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist, began its general convention in Hetauda town Saturday - the first since 1992.

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Bhutan News

Bhutan foundation to support monks, nuns

Thimphu, Nov 3 (IANS) A religious organisation has been established here in a novel initiative to sustain 43 religious centres, training over 1,000 monks and nuns in different parts of Bhutan.

Bhutan gears to check on its people's happiness

Thimphu, Oct 31 (IANS) Bhutan is again gearing up to find out about the state of its people's happiness through a survey, for which an exhaustive questionnaire is now being prepared.

14 tigers in Manas national park

Thimphu, Oct 29 (IANS) Over 200 cameras that were switched on 24X7 for 64 days have confirmed the presence of 14 tigers in the Manas national park that Bhutan shares with India, a media report said.

With 35,000 vehicles, Bhutan capital feels the heat

Thimphu, Oct 10 (IANS) Bhutan's capital Thimphu has over 35,000 vehicles - over half of the entire country - causing traffic congestion and a daily now wants the government to improve its city bus service.

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Maldives News

Maldives proposes presidential polls in 2013

Male, April 18 (IANS) The Maldivian government Wednesday proposed a presidential election in July 2013, three months prior to the earlier schedule.

Protests as Maldives president addresses parliament

Male, March 19 (IANS) The Maldives President Mohamed Waheed addressed his country's parliament Monday amid street protests by opposition supporters, a media report said.

Maldives' ex-president Gayoom returns to homeland

Male, March 6 (IANS) The Maldives' former president Maumoon Abdul Gayoom returned to the country from Malaysia Tuesday for the first time after the new government was formed following a controversial power transfer.

Commonwealth appoints special envoy to Maldives

Male, March 2 (IANS) The 54-member Commonwealth of Nations Friday appointed Donald McKinnon as its special envoy to the Maldives.

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