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South Asia

US needs an integrated Asia policy

Chester Bowles, a former US ambassador to India, once called for a single assistant secretary of state to cover the whole of Asia in order to strengthen the US State Department's capacity to think strategically about the region.

Monday, 10 December, 2012, 1:28am

Dhaka slum blaze highlights fire risk across Bangladesh, India and Pakistan

Civilans try to douse a fire occured at Sir Denim Limited at Mollartek, Dokkinkhan in Dhaka, Bangladesh, 26 November 2012. Photo: EPA

Blazes like the one in Dhaka on Saturday are sadly all too frequent around south Asia. In September, in one of the worst incidents of its kind, 289 died in a fire in Karachi. The same month, 40 were killed during a blaze at a fireworks factory in the state of Tamil Nadu, in south India.

27 Nov 2012 - 5:25am

Something new: balance of trade

Something new: balance of trade

29 Sep 2012 - 11:49pm

Child mortality halves in 20 years, but persists in Africa and South Asia

A mother with her sick child in Liberia, where the child mortality rate was cut by 68 per cent. Photo: AFP

The global mortality rate for young children has been nearly halved in the past two decades, but Africa and South Asia have not kept pace, the United Nations said yesterday.

14 Sep 2012 - 4:10am

Molester 'driven to crime by loneliness'

A businessman who took more than 60,000 lewd photos of male models was driven to indecent assault and criminal intimidation out of loneliness and low self-esteem, a court heard yesterday.

13 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Subcontinental drift: the ups and downs of a nation of extremes

India Rising: Tales From a Changing Nation by Oliver Balch Faber and Faber

10 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Garment sector's growth drives economic boom

As a hub for export manufacturing, Bangladesh has obvious attractions for Hong Kong-based companies familiar with the principle and practices of outsourcing production.

26 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Beyond bazaar

Walking through the centre of Dhaka's old city, Taimur Islam stops to lament the loss of another historical building. From a plastic binder, the architect produces pictures of a stately colonial mansion, built around the turn of the 1900s, that has recently been reduced to a pile of rubble.

20 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

A bold but distant dream for South Asia

The recent proposal by the speaker of Pakistan's National Assembly, Dr Fehmida Mirza, of a possible South Asian parliament has stirred up a healthy debate.

22 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Audacity of hope

India: A Portrait - An Intimate Biography of 1.2 Billion People by Patrick French Allen Lane, HK$375

6 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Border issues the key to Sino-Indian trust

First US President Barack Obama went to India. Now Premier Wen Jiabao has paid a three-day visit. That leaders of the world's most powerful and most populous countries should call on the second-most populous in quick succession may not seem so remarkable - except that this is the first visit by a Chinese president or premier for four years.

18 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Water war with India the long-term threat

This may not be the most tactful time to bring it up, with much of Pakistan under water and many millions homeless, but the nation's real problem is not too much water. It is too little water - and one day it could cause a war.

7 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Asian Juggernaut

Asian Juggernaut by Brahma Chellaney Harper Business HK$128

20 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Energy forum turns up power

One group of investors with a keen eye on developments in Pakistan is the Hong Kong-based Independent Power Producers Forum (IPPF).

For Pakistan's cotton mills and factories to meet demand, clean and reliable energy supplies are needed, with major players in the sector being urged to invest.

23 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

India summer long gone, says former star

At 41, Dhanraj Pillay still has the moves that once made him the most feared player in the world. But he sadly rues the fact that India are not as feared on the field anymore, pinning the blame on the lack of professionalism by the game's administrators back home.

21 Mar 2010 - 12:00am