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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...

2006-07-03 02:18:52

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - A landslide caused by torrential rain killed at least 10 people, including women and children, in northwest Pakistan, police said on Monday. It hit three houses in a mountain village late on Sunday night, and rescue workers struggled desperately to clear rubble without the aid of heavy machinery. "We recovered 10 bodies but have no idea how many persons are still stranded there," said Shadawan Khan, a police officer in Kalam city, 210 km (130 miles) northwest of...

2006-06-29 20:36:36

By Arshad Sharif ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Fancy a tummy tuck or face lift? How about a hair transplant? Such surgical procedures are de rigueur in the West, but the trend is now also catching on in an unlikely country -- conservative Pakistan. Lured by the cheap cost, expatriate Pakistanis are among the biggest customers returning to their homeland for cosmetic surgery in what is a rapidly expanding business in the predominantly Muslim country. Hamayun Mohmand's Hair Transplant...


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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lunula
  • A small crescent-shaped structure or marking, especially the white area at the base of a fingernail that resembles a half-moon.
This word is a diminutive of the Latin 'luna,' moon.
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