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The number of caesarean births has almost doubled in the last eight years in Bangladesh largely due to lack of accountability of profit-hungry private health care providers and absence of proper rules and regulations.

Sri Lanka's former president Mahinda Rajapakse announced Wednesday he will lead an opposition faction at upcoming general elections, months after being defeated at presidential polls following a decade in power.

Shunned, destitute and pushed into prostitution in some cases, Sri Lanka's Tamil widows have returned to northern Jaffna since the end of the separatist war only to discover they are not welcome even in their homeland.
War widows pin hopes on Sri Lanka leader


Myanmar's parliament Thursday dealt a body blow to Aung San Suu Kyi's hopes of amending a junta-era constitution that bars her from the presidency before landmark elections, voting down a bill to end the military's effective veto on charter change.

Lawmakers in Vietnam voted Thursday to build a controversial new US$16 billion airport near Ho Chi Minh City, as the country vies to become one of the world's busiest aviation hubs.

International donors led by India and China pledged around US$3 billion to rebuild quake-devastated Nepal on Thursday, as the country's premier vowed "zero tolerance" of corruption and said all aid money would go to victims.

Thousands of Cambodians lined the streets of Phnom Penh Friday to mark the lavish funeral of Chea Sim, a former Khmer Rouge official who became a key figure in the country's ruling political party.
Funeral held for former Khmer honcho


Bangladesh's Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld the death sentence of a top Islamist party leader for war crimes and crimes against humanity during the independence war against Pakistan in 1971.

Nepal reopened its temple-filled Durbar Squares to the public on Monday despite warnings over safety, seeking to woo back tourists after a deadly earthquake that left much of the country's cultural heritage in ruins.
Worries as quake-hit Nepal reopens heritage sites


Buddhist hard-liners backed by monks protested in Myanmar's troubled Rakhine state Sunday against help being offered to desperate migrants found adrift on boats in the Bay of Bengal.

Rescuers searched through piles of rocks and debris Friday after a landslide swept through six mountainous Nepalese villages, killing 24 people and leaving dozens more missing.

A landslide triggered by heavy rainfall buried six villages in Nepal's mountainous northeast, and at least 21 people sleeping in the homes are believed to have been killed, officials said Thursday.

Nepal's main political parties have reached agreements on several disputed issues that could lead to the drafting of a much-delayed constitution in the Himalayan nation.

Some 150 migrants found adrift in a boat off Myanmar's coast were set Monday for transfer to neighboring Bangladesh, an immigration official said, returning them to homes many tried to flee months ago.
Myanmar to start moving migrants to Bangladesh

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