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2008-06-28 06:02:38

Text of report headlined "Power import pact with CARs next month" published by Pakistani newspaper Dawn website on 28 June Islamabad, June 27: Pakistan will sign an agreement for importing 1,000 megawatts of electricity from the Central Asian Republics (CARs) during a meeting of the Inter-Governmental Council (IGC) next month. So said federal Minister for Water and Power Raja Pervez Ashraf while talking to Kyrgyz Ambassador N. Aitmurzaev on Friday. Mr Ashraf said the agreement would be...

2008-06-19 09:00:42

Bangladeshi Customs seizes mobile sets, instruments worth 140,000 USD DHAKA, June 17 (Xinhua) -- Bangladeshi Customs officials seized huge quantity of mobile phone sets and other mobile instruments worth about 10 million taka (about 142,000 U.S. dollars) at Zia International Airport here early Tuesday. The airport police said some passengers traveling from Hong Kong abandoned four bags on their landing at the airport. The bags contained 1,000 mobile phone sets, 1,177 digital music...

2008-06-16 12:00:24

AlwaysOn Network Bangladesh, a joint venture between US-based AlwaysOn Network and an organization of non-resident Bangladeshi technologists, has launched a new wireless network that will deliver free internet access to Bangladesh primary schools and colleges, as well as to rural and urban areas based on Soma Networks's broadband wireless solution. The new nationwide telecommunications infrastructure is part of an agreement between AlwaysOn Network Bangladesh (AONB) and the Bangladeshi...

2006-08-25 05:45:05

DHAKA (Reuters) - Consumption of alcohol in Southeast Asia, including predominantly Muslim countries, has nearly doubled in the last decade, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday. WHO ended a southeast Asian regional meeting in Dhaka on Friday with calls for control over use of alcohol and improving the safety of patients at health centers. "The (WHO) committee recognised that the adult per capita alcohol consumption in the region has almost doubled in the last decade,...

2006-08-21 19:36:21

CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australia has warned of possible attacks against international hotels in Pakistan, saying it had received recent credible reports that militants are planning attacks against a range of targets. In a revised travel warning on the government's travel advisory Web site, smartraveller.gov.au, it urged Australians to reconsider travel to Pakistan due to the high threat and unpredictable security situation. "Recent credible reporting indicates a potential terrorist...

2006-08-14 07:41:47

By Kamran Haider ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Fifty-nine years after winning partition from India and independence from British colonial rule, Pakistan's future rested on defeating terrorism, Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz said in an Independence Day speech on Monday. Pakistan said last week it played a crucial role in helping British and U.S. intelligence agencies bust a plot to explode U.S.-bound passenger planes in mid air, leading to the arrest of at least 24 British Muslims in central...

2006-08-14 05:39:41

By Kamran Haider ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Fifty-nine years after winning partition from India and independence from British colonial rule, Pakistan's future rested on defeating terrorism, Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz said in an Independence Day speech on Monday. Pakistan said last week it played a crucial role in helping British and U.S. intelligence agencies bust a plot to explode U.S.-bound passenger planes in mid air, leading to the arrest of at least 24 British Muslims in central...

2006-07-26 17:30:12

By Carol Giacomo, Diplomatic Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Pakistan must provide written security assurances as part of a deal for $5.1 billion in American-made F-16 fighter jets and no equipment will be transferred until anti-diversion protections are in place, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has promised Congress. Aiming to ease lawmakers' concerns over the weapons package offered to a key American ally in the war on terror, Rice said in a letter obtained by Reuters...

2006-07-10 09:46:46

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan, eyeing a landmark $5 billion deal with the United States for the purchase of F-16 fighter jets, said on Monday it was ready to address U.S. fears it would transfer the technology to another country. A Congressman and several other congressional sources have voiced concerns that the U.S. administration pushed to conclude the deal before completing traditional consultations with the Congress and fully answering security concerns. Among other issues,...

2006-07-03 14:48:28

Corrects penultimate paragraph to show that the arms sale in question is to Pakistan, not India. By Jim Wolf WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Bush Administration said on Monday that it planned to sell Pakistan up to 36 advanced F-16 fighter jets built by Lockheed Martin Corp. in a weapons package that could be worth more than $5 billion. The proposed sale of 18 new "Fighting Falcon" fighters with an option for 18 more demonstrates the United States' commitment to a long-term relationship...


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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  • The ragged surface of a lava-flow.
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