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2008-10-03 09:00:10

By STEPHEN GRAHAM By Stephen Graham The Associated Press ISLAMABAD, Pakistan The United Nations declared the Pakistani capital unsafe for the children of its international staff Thursday and ordered them out, putting the once tranquil city on a par with Kabul, Afghanistan, and Somalia. Pakistan is under intense U.S. pressure to combat militants responsible for rising attacks at home and in neighboring Afghanistan. Its faltering efforts so far have been met with a blur of suicide...

2008-10-03 06:00:02

Text of report by Karachi-based private Pakistani channel Geo TV website on 3 October Islamabad: Adviser to the Prime Minister on Interior, Rehman Malik has said that war against extremists will go on until the elimination of militants from the country. In an interview with a local TV channel, Rehman Malik said government was undaunted and war on terror would continue until militants are either killed or forced to flee Pakistan. "There is no other option," Malik said. He said: "We will...

2008-09-26 09:00:27

Pakistan searches for bomb at Islamabad airport after threat call ISLAMABAD, Sept. 25 (Xinhua) -- Pakistan's security forces began to conduct search operation at Islamabad airport after an unknown person threatened to blow up Islamabad airport on Thursday. An unknown person made a phone call at the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) head office in Karachi, saying Islamabad airport would be blown up in a suicide attack at 12:40 p. m. local time on Thursday, local Geo TV reported....

2008-09-25 12:00:29

Text of report by private Pakistani television channel Geo News website on 25 September Islamabad: Security has been red alerted in Lahore [Punjab Province] following Islamabad and extra forces have been requisitioned while the Lahore police has arrested 450 persons in raids against banned religious outfits and shifted them to an unknown place. All the arriving and departing passengers are being thoroughly sifted and records of the vehicles checked at the Allama Iqbal International...

2008-09-25 06:00:27

Text of report headlined "China to help Bangladesh to set up Rooppur nuclear power plant" published by Bangladeshi newspaper New Age website on 25 September Beijing has assured Dhaka of help in peaceful use of nuclear technology for the implementation of Rooppur nuclear power plant to meet the growing demand for energy. Beijing positively responded to Dhaka's request as the interim government chief Fakhruddin Ahmed held meetings with the Chinese officials during his recent visit to China....

2008-09-25 06:00:22

Text of report by official news agency Associated Press of Pakistan (APP) Islamabad, [Thursday] 25 September: The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) on Thursday termed the threat of suicide bomb attack at Benazir Bhutto Shaheed International Airport as hoax and cleared the airport after thorough search. Deputy Airport Manager Ghaffar Mughal told APP that information centre of PIA [Pakistan International Airlines] received a telephone call Thursday morning threatening a suicide bomb attack at...

2008-08-26 09:01:02

Text of report headlined "Asia Energy behind coal mine advocates" published by Bangladeshi newspaper New Age website on 26 August UK-based Asia Energy has been behind the organised campaign of a group of civil society fronts in favour of swift coal extraction in northern Bangladesh, reveals a New Age investigation. These fronts, platforms and associations, were initiated and supported by the subsidiary of Global Coal Management Resources to demonstrate public support for its proposal for...

2008-07-31 12:00:41

Text of report by official news agency Associated Press of Pakistan (APP) Islamabad, 31 July: Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority in its 50th meeting held here on Thursday [31 July] decided to grant a license to M/s Central Media Network to establish and operate satellite TV channel with the brand name of Value TV. The meeting which was presided over by chairman PEMRA, Mushtaq Malik also approved more licences of cable TV for rural areas of Pakistan aimed at offering wide...

2008-07-28 15:00:14

Pakistan will fight its own battles against extremists, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani told U.S. President George Bush in Washington Monday. Bush and Gilani met in the Oval Office and then appeared before reporters before heading to lunch. We are committed to fight against those extremists and terrorists who are destroying and making the world not safe. And that is -- this is our own war. This is a war which is against Pakistan. And we'll fight for our own cause, Gilani said amid...

2008-07-14 09:00:20

Text of report headlined "US attacks, confrontation on LoC; pressure on Pakistan growing" by Pakistani newspaper Nawa-i-Waqt on 12 July [by Sohail Abdul Nasir] Islamabad: Pressure is increasing on the eastern and western borders of Pakistan. If the violence by the Taleban and the allied attacks on the western front are troublesome, India can also reportedly create a major military tension on the eastern front once again. According to the well-placed sources, the security establishment...


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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