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2010-06-04 13:59:21

Through studying the newly-found cyprinid fish fossils, Wang and Chang have shown that the existence of comparatively rich waters in the Kunlun Pass Basin on the southern slope of the East Kunlun Mountain (at 4769 m above sea level) and possible connections between the water systems on north and south sides of the East Kunlun Mountain during the Pliocene. They also suggest a more humid climate in the area during the Pliocene than it is today and a less amplitude of uplift (approximately 1000...

2008-10-06 03:00:14

An earthquake, with epicenter in the Hindu Kush, shook central Afghanistan Monday while other quakes rattled China. There were no reports of casualties or damage from the stricken regions. The U.S. Geological Survey said the early morning quake in Afghanistan, centered about 40 miles south of Kabul, was of 6.0-magnitude, CNN reported. The Hindu Kush mountainous region is located along the border with Pakistan. The National Seismological Network in China reported a 6.8 magnitude...

2008-10-03 15:00:14

Kazakhstan's commercial capital, Almaty, may face water and electricity shortages in the coming winter because of a sharp drop of water level in the Ili river, said a report in the Megapolis newspaper. The river, which originates in western China and ensures the work of the Almaty region's main power station, is gone so shallow that is currently passable on foot, the report carried on 29 September said. The water level has fallen because of the last severely cold winter and this year's dry...

2008-09-11 09:00:20

Text of report by Russian state news agency ITAR-TASS Almaty, 11 September: The Syr Darya basin countries have failed to agree on the most topical issue - rational use of river water. The heads of water and energy facilities in the Central Asian states admitted that they practically reached deadlock in Astana yesterday evening. They were expecting to reach a unanimous decision and conclude multilateral agreements for the nearest five years. They were also planning to prepare for the winter...

2008-09-06 09:00:17

Text of report by privately-owned Afghan Ariana TV on 5 September [Presenter] Human Rights Commission in northern Badakhshan Province has issued a report expressing concern over health situation in northern Badakhshan Province. According to the report, over 40 people, including women and children, have died of various epidemic diseases in remote areas of the province. However, the provincial health officials have rejected the report by the Human Rights Commission. They confirmed the...

2008-07-31 12:00:38

Excerpt from report by founded by Uzbekistan's Cabinet of Ministers, Uzbek newspaper Pravda Vostoka on 26 July All water resources of the Central Asian rivers are distributed within "the plan on use of water resources in the Syr Darya and Amu Darya rivers' basins ", which is agreed by all countries of the region. As a country with a huge population, Uzbekistan consumes over 50 per cent of all water resources of the Central Asian rivers. At the same time, over 85 per cent of the country's...

2008-07-24 09:00:55

Excerpt from report in English by Mongolian newspaper The UB Post website on 24 July [by B. Bulgamaa] Thursday, 24 July: Twenty-eight per cent of Mongolia is covered under exploration and mining licences, research by the Open Society Forum shows. Licence numbers during the last seven months has increased by 356 as of June 2008, and there are now 4,717 exploration and mining licences issued compared to the 4,361 issued in November 2007. The number of licences increased by 73 for mining and...

2006-10-30 21:00:16

By Antoaneta Bezlova - Asia Water Wire* HOTAN, Oct. 30, 2006 (IPS/GIN) -- It takes two people to keep watch on the desert road which emerges from the sands and disappears back into the sands. The roadside cabin where they live -- the sole dwelling visible -- is a well station, identified only as 'No. 27.' "Life in the desert is too lonely for a single man," explains Gong Kailong, who despite his weather-beaten looks is not a desert native but hails from Gansu in inland China. He is posted...

2006-07-06 00:18:47

By Y.P. Rajesh NATHU LA, China-India Border (Reuters) - Asian giants India and China opened a Himalayan pass to border trade on Thursday, 44 years after a brutal frontier war shut down the ancient route. Senior officials from Tibet and the tiny northeastern Indian state of Sikkim cut a ribbon marking the border at the Nathu La pass as freezing rain poured down. Soldiers held up umbrellas instead of the automatic rifles they usually carry. A thick mist obscured visibility. Scores of...

2006-07-05 19:23:12

By Y.P. Rajesh GANGTOK, India (Reuters) - Asian giants India and China resume border trade through a Himalayan pass on Thursday, hoping to build on warming relations and curb smuggling, 44 years after a brutal border war closed the ancient route. Businessmen from Tibet and the tiny northeastern Indian state of Sikkim will cross over into each other's territory through the border post at Nathu La pass -- which means the pass of the listening ear -- and trade at newly built marts on...


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  • A beast of burden; also, a beast in general.
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