Delhi coronavirus testing centre busy as India cases pass 6 million | AFP

A coronavirus testing centre in Delhi is busy as India reported that the number of virus cases in the country had passed six million. The pandemic is raging across the vast South Asian nation, with 6.1 million infections according to the health ministry and on course to pass the United States in the coming weeks as the country with the most cases.

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The Japanese restaurant trying to sell curry to Indians | AFP

A popular Japanese restaurant chain is taking on the challenge of wooing India’s growing affluent class with its version of a dish long synonymous with the South Asian nation — curry.

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The Japanese restaurant trying to sell curry to Indians | AFP

A popular Japanese restaurant chain is taking on the challenge of wooing India’s growing affluent class with its version of a dish long synonymous with the South Asian nation — curry.

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This city has the highest number of Covid-19 cases in India | AFP

India overtook Brazil on Monday as the country with the second highest number of confirmed coronavirus cases, even as key metro train lines re-opened as part of efforts to boost the South Asian nation’s battered economy. of Covid-19 victim’s burial

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The South Asian monsoon | AFP Animé

Videographic on monsoons. Heavy monsoon rains lashed New Delhi Wednesday, inundating roads and piling on misery for commuters in the chaotic Indian capital, as the death toll from the annual deluge across South Asia rose to nearly 1,300.VIDEOGRAPHIC.

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The South Asian monsoon | AFP Animé

Deadly flooding will persist in Bangladesh for the next days, officials warned, as South Asia battles torrential monsoon rains which have already pounded the region for weeks. Monsoon in videographic.VIDEOGRAPHIC.

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Massive coronavirus prayer gathering takes place in Bangladesh | AFP

A massive coronavirus prayer session takes place in Bangladesh as the South Asian nation reports its first death from the global pandemic. Local police said 10,000 people gathered in a field in southern Bangladesh to pray “healing verses” from the Koran. IMAGES

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Here’s the latest for Tuesday March 10th: Peresident Xi Jinping visits Wuhan; Travel restrictions across Italy, elsewhere; Democratic primaries in five U.S. states; Holi celebrated across South Asian countries.

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India bolsters virus screening after confirmed Nepal case | AFP

Indian authorities deploy medical teams to major entry points along its land border with Nepal as it steps up screening for the new coronavirus, days after a student tested positive for the deadly disease in Kathmandu, becoming the first South Asian country to report the virus. IMAGES

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Indian b-girl flips norms in world breakdancing title bid | AFP

Long before b-girl Johanna Rodrigues began improvising routines combining Indian classical dance with headstands and backflips in a quest to “redefine femininity”, she found inspiration at home in her widowed mother. A rare female face on India’s breakdancing scene, Rodrigues is representing the South Asian nation at this week’s Red Bull BC One world championship in Mumbai, where she will battle 15 women and 16 men for the top prize.

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Sri Lanka blasts: Injured victims arrive to Colombo hospitals

A series of deadly bombings in Sri Lanka became one of the worst acts of violence the country has seen in over a decade. The last time such high profile attacks happened were during a protracted civil war with separatist militias.

On Easter Sunday, a series of apparently coordinated bombings happened at several Christian churches and luxury hotels in the South Asian nation. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the bombings. With the death toll standing at over 150 and rising, and reports of more explosions coming in, Sri Lanka is experiencing one of the worst acts of organized violence in its history. And this is a strong statement, considering how much bloodshed that history has had.

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Saudi prince starts Asia tour, signs $20 bn deals with Pakistan

Saudi Arabia and Pakistan sign a raft of investment deals worth up to $20 billion for the cash-strapped South Asian country, as Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman launches his Asia tour seeking to emerge from the Khashoggi affair.

Drug ‘godfathers’ surrender to Bangladesh police

Some 102 Bangladeshi meth dealers have surrendered to authorities at a pre-scheduled ceremony in a coastal town, as a Philippines-style anti-narcotics crackdown sows fear among kingpins. Bangladesh last year launched a “war” on drugs following a proliferation of illegal substances in the South Asian nation of 165 million people, mostly of cheap methamphetamine pills known as “yaba”.

Hong Kong gifts Pakistan a culinary star

A pair of his father’s old tandoor ovens helped Hong Kong restaurateur Asim Hussain achieve a dream — the world’s first Michelin star for a Pakistani restaurant, an accolade he hopes will fire interest in the country’s often overlooked cuisine. Like many of Hong Kong’s 85,000 strong South Asian population, Hussein’s family trace their lineage in the bustling financial hub back generations, when the city was a British colonial outpost.

No sign of women voters in a Pakistan village

Pakistani women who had pledged to defy men in their village by voting for the first time ultimately did not exercise their democratic right in the election, citing intimidation by their husbands. This year many had vowed to cast a ballot following changes to Pakistan’s election laws and amid shifting attitudes towards women in parts of the deeply patriarchal South Asian country.