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South Asia: Southern region of Asia
South Asia or Southern Asia is the southern region of Asia, which is defined in both geographical and ethno-cultural terms. The region consists of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. Topographically, it is dominated by the Indian Plate and defined largely by the Indian Ocean on the south, and the Himalayas, Karakoram, and Pamir mountains on the north. The Amu Darya, which rises north of the Hindu Kush, forms part of the northwestern border. On land (clockwise), South Asia is bounded by Western Asia, Central Asia, East Asia, and Southeast Asia.


Nepal struggles with increases Covid-19 cases [Video]

Nepal struggles with increases Covid-19 cases

Recovery rate of Nepal's COVID-19 infected patients stood at around 56 percent in an early fortnight of August, while towards the end of the month, it has dipped down to 54, increasing worries and..

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Highlights: Night 3 of the Democratic National Convention [Video]

Highlights: Night 3 of the Democratic National Convention

Sen. Kamala Harris became the first Black and South Asian woman to accept the Democratic nomination for vice president

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Once Stuck Between Biden And Sanders, Kamala Harris Emerges As VP Running Mate [Video]

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For the first time in American history, a Black and South Asian woman has been chosen for national office by a major political party. CNN reports presumptive Democratic nominee former Vice President..

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