Latest South Asia Stories

2006-02-14 01:55:28

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistani police fired tear gas on Tuesday to disperse hundreds of students who entered Islamabad's diplomatic enclave to protest against the publication of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad in European newspapers. The students were driven back after they had approached the Indian and British High Commissions and smashed windows of cars and a bank, Reuters journalists at the scene said. Most of the students then ran out of the district.

2006-01-25 23:22:44

By Peter Apps COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's peace process is back on track but patience is sorely needed and will be key to any success, Norwegian envoy Erik Solheim said on Thursday after the government and Tamil Tiger rebels agreed to meet for talks. Solheim, leading Norwegian efforts to bring a lasting end to the island's two decade war since secret negotiations began in 1998, said when he started he would not have believed there would be so little progress in eight years....

2006-01-23 00:38:33

DHAKA (Reuters) - The head of a Bangladeshi Islamist group blamed for a wave of bomb attacks has been arrested in a neighbouring Indian state, newspapers said on Monday. Shayek Abdur Rahman, supreme leader of the outlawed Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen group, was picked up from a hideout in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal on Sunday, The New Age and Amar Desh newspapers said, citing intelligence sources. There was no official confirmation of the reports, and Bangladeshi interior...

2006-01-06 10:08:42

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Indian and Pakistan agreed on Friday to start a second cross-border train service next month as the nuclear-armed neighbors nudge a slow-moving peace process forward. The weekly train service between the border village of Munabao in India's western desert state of Rajasthan and Khokrapar in southern Pakistan will resume on Feb 1, officials said. The service was cut 40 years ago after the tracks were bombed in the 1965 India-Pakistan war. "The purpose is to...

2005-12-17 03:56:37

By Krittivas Mukherjee KOLKATA, India (Reuters) - India is deploying thousands of new troops on its frontier with Bangladesh and setting up hundreds of more border posts to check illegal migration and movement of armed militants, a top official said. New Delhi decided to bolster its eastern border defenses in September to crack down on militants moving in from Bangladesh, although Dhaka denies anti-India elements are using its soil. In recent weeks, Bangladesh has been rocked by a...

2005-12-17 02:15:58

DHAKA (Reuters) - Police in Bangladesh seized a huge amount of bombs and explosives and arrested four militants in the second major success this week against radicals fighting for Islamic rule, officials said on Saturday. The elite Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) force uncovered the arms cache in Rajshahi city, 300 km (185 miles) northwest of the capital Dhaka, on Friday. "Two hundred bombs, 2,000 detonators, 144 pieces of power gel explosives and bomb making materials were seized from...

2005-12-02 03:47:36

DHAKA (Reuters) - Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia has called for political unity to fight militants and sought to assure Bangladeshis, rattled by a wave of suicide bombings, that they will be safe. At least 13 people were killed and nearly 100 wounded in a series of blasts at court buildings in two cities this week. Police on Friday recovered five powerful bombs from a street corner in southwestern Khulna city, they said. Nearly 50 suspected militants, mostly students of religious...

2005-11-19 21:10:12

By Simon Denyer DHAKA (Reuters) - Tipu Sultan's hands are a patchwork of scars: thin tidy scars where surgeons have inserted metal pins to rebuild every bone in his hands and fingers. An ugly purple scar remains where half his forearm seems to have been butchered. Sultan is a journalist, his hands the tools of his trade. They were crushed, and he was left for dead, because he dared to write about the links between politics, organised crime and corruption in Bangladesh. Sultan said...

2005-11-19 00:24:50

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - The United Nations joined devastated Pakistan on Saturday in pleading with donors to give more money to help survivors of last month's huge earthquake, and were immediately answered with another $1 billion. U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan urged a world conference of donors to dig deeper, warning that a second calamity threatened as winter closed in on the mountainous quake zone. "The pitiless Himalayan winter is almost upon us and growing more and more severe...

2005-11-18 23:17:25

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - The Asian Development Bank responded on Saturday to desperate appeals for more money for South Asia's earthquake survivors with a pledge to provide $1 billion in financial aid, mostly in soft loans. The bank made the pledge in a statement issued ahead of an international donors' conference where Pakistan and the United Nations were due to make a plea for more money. "The scale of the catastrophe is stunning," bank president Haruhiko Kuroda said in the statement,...

Latest South Asia Reference Libraries

Lesser Asiatic Yellow Bat, Scotophilus kuhlii
2013-06-18 12:09:59

The lesser Asiatic yellow bat (Scotophilus kuhlii) is a species of vesper bat that can be found in many areas including Indonesia, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Malaysia, Taiwan, and the Philippines. It prefers a habitat in primary and secondary forests, both in urban and rural areas of its range. It can be found roosting in many areas including roofs, crevices, temples, and dry tree leaves. It leaves the roost early to consume a main diet of dipterans and hymenopterans and gives birth to one...

Rufous Horseshoe Bat, Rhinolophus rouxii
2012-09-03 06:58:22

The rufous horseshoe bat (Rhinolophus rouxii) can be found in China, Nepal, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, India, and Vietnam. Although it occurs in all of these regions, most of its population occurs in South Asia. It can be found roosting in hollow trees or caves and prefers a habitat within evergreen forests. It often inhabits temples or old buildings in South Asia. In South Asia, the rufous horseshoe bat is threatened by cave disturbances caused by tourists, as well as habitat loss caused by...

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  • Remarkable; prodigious.
  • Audacious; gutsy.
  • Completely; extremely.
  • Audaciously; boldly.
  • Impressively great in size; enormous; extraordinary.
This word is probably from the dialectal 'boldacious,' a blend of 'bold' and 'audacious.'