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2006-05-31 06:02:03

BHOLA, Bangladesh (Reuters) - At least 50 people were injured in southern Bangladesh on Wednesday in clashes between police and opposition activists protesting against lack of electricity, police and witnesses said. Police used batons and fired blank shots as members of the main opposition Awami League tried to storm the office of the state-run electricity utility in the town of Bhola, 320 km (200 miles) from the capital Dhaka. Three policemen were among those injured in the clashes,...

2006-05-05 09:22:53

DHAKA (Reuters) - Nearly 100 people were injured in clashes in Bangladesh on Friday when police tried to break up a demonstration against water and electricity shortages. Police fired teargas shells and used batons to evict thousands of people squatting on a highway linking the capital, Dhaka, with the port city of Chittagong, demanding adequate power supplies to run their irrigation pumps. A witness said a local legislator, Mohammad Slahuddin, tried to persuade the protesters to end...

2006-04-24 05:52:13

DHAKA (Reuters) - The United States will provide assistance to Bangladesh to fight terrorism and hold free and fair national elections early next year, the new U.S. ambassador Patricia A. Butenis said on Monday. She said the U.S. welcomed the arrest of top two Islamist militants blamed for a spate of bombings in Bangladesh last year, and hoped that authorities will bring the two and their supporters to justice soon. "Fighting terrorism is a priority not just for Bangladesh, but for...

2006-04-03 20:55:03

By Bappa Majumdar KOLKATA, India (Reuters) - Indian schoolgirl Julita Oraon, a devout Christian, never misses Sunday mass, but the rest of her week is spent studying Arabic and Sufi literature among other subjects at an Islamic religious school, or madrasa. Oraon is one of tens of thousands of Hindu and Christian students in the state of West Bengal now attending such schools, considered breeding grounds for religious intolerance and even terrorism in much of Asia. In this part of...

2006-03-28 01:17:35

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - At least 26 people were killed in clashes between factions led by rival Muslim clerics in Pakistan's Khyber tribal region on Tuesday, according to intelligence officials. A Pakistani cleric incited tribesmen to attack Afghan families settled in the border area who were following a rival Afghan preacher, the officials said.

2006-03-20 08:56:39

By Y.P. Rajesh NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India and Bangladesh will be trying to rebuild confidence and end distrust that has crept into their relationship during Bangladesh Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia's first visit in five years which began on Monday. India helped in the creation of Bangladesh in 1971 by supporting the freedom struggle of what was then East Pakistan, and the two countries have traditionally shared warm relations. But irritants have emerged in recent years,...

2006-02-25 12:56:49

By Anis Ahmed DHAKA (Reuters) - At least 16 people were killed and 50 injured when a four-storey textile factory collapsed in Bangladesh's capital on Saturday, witnesses said. The Phoenix mill, in Dhaka's Mahakhali area, came down at around 11 a.m. (0500 GMT) with some 150 workers inside. Army, police and fire brigade rescuers said many could still be trapped under tons of concrete. Some of the injured were in a critical condition. "It may take several days to clear all the debris,"...

2006-02-18 09:35:25

By Asim Tanveer MULTAN, Pakistan (Reuters) - Pakistan banned demonstrations in the capital Islamabad on Saturday as protests over cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad grew and four people were wounded when shots were fired during a rally in a central town. Information Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed said the ban would apply to a protest planned on Sunday by Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA), the country's main Islamist alliance. "MMA leaders have been told that protests and rallies will not be...

2006-02-18 01:58:27

By Aamir Ashraf ZERO POINT, Pakistan (Reuters) - Pakistan and India resumed a train service across the Thar desert on Saturday, 40 years after it was suspended following the second of the three wars between the two South Asian rivals. Sitting on camels, paramilitary troops patrolled the desert as the train carrying around 250 passengers arrived at Pakistan's southern border village of Khokhropar for its onward journey to Munabao in India's Rajasthan state. Many passengers burst into...

2006-02-15 11:51:39

By Ali Imam PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - Three people were killed and franchises of Western firms as well as banks and cinemas were set on fire in Pakistan on Wednesday in fresh violence over cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad. Denmark, the target of much of the anger in the Muslim world, received the backing of the European Union but leaders of the EU legislature differed over the limits of free speech. The protests have been the most serious in Pakistan -- the second most populous...


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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