Surprise, surprise! A new report by the watchdog group Transparency International has found that South Asia is “the worst region in the world when it comes to corruption.” Sigh. (Associated Press)
Attention: Pat Sajak. The longtime Wheel of Fortune host recently said that he believed that global warming was fake. Tell that to the people of Pakistan. The organization Climate Asia found that the Pakistanis they surveyed were deeply concerned about the Earth’s rising temperature, despite the fact that many of them were unfamiliar with the term “global warming.” (The Guardian)
An avoidable statistic. India leads the world in newborn deaths, with a large number taking place within 24 hours of birth. Most of these deaths are avoidable, a study in the Lancet and public health officials say. (NYT)
Meet the teenager at the center of #handlegate: As you may have heard, the @PMOIndia Twitter account was recently a victim of the power battle between India’s two biggest political parties. In the midst of all of the confusion, 19-year-old Qaiser Ali was briefly able to register the handle before his parents “scolded me and told me to apologise to all the people of India.” (BBC)
Save the date. Narendra Modi’s swearing in as the new Prime Minister of India is all set for Monday and,as a somewhat unexpected gesture of goodwill, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is on the guest list. (CNN)
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