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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...

2006-06-28 03:47:14

DHAKA (Reuters) - A Bangladesh court on Wednesday acquitted all 23 accused in a bomb attack that killed 10 people in the country's southwest seven years ago and ordered the case be re-investigated, court officials said. The bomb went off during an open-air music concert in the town of Jessore, 300 km (185 miles) from Dhaka, on March 6, 1999. "The accused have been acquitted as police failed to produce any clear evidence against them," a court official quoted judge M. Abul Hossen...

2006-06-23 07:40:08

By Arshad Sharif ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistani families that have only one child will have that child's education paid for by the government under a novel plan to try and bring down the country's rapid population growth. With 156 million people, according to the latest government figures, Pakistan is the world's sixth most populous country, and it's getting bigger by nearly 2 percent a year. That growth rate is slower than it was a few decades ago but it's still too fast,...

2006-06-15 06:14:50

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - The United States will not scale back its aid commitment to Islamabad, the U.S. ambassador said on Thursday, following media reports that Congress had proposed cuts over Pakistan's democracy and rights record. U.S. ambassador Ryan Crocker said there would be no cut to the full amount promised in 2003 -- $3 billion over five years up to 2009. "We are a democracy, Congress has its views, but I would like to make very clear that this administration is totally...

2006-06-15 06:11:37

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - The United States will not scale back its aid commitment to Islamabad, the U.S. ambassador said on Thursday, following media reports that Congress had proposed cuts over Pakistan's democracy and rights record. U.S. ambassador Ryan Crocker said there would be no cut to the full amount promised in 2003 -- $3 billion over five years up to 2009. "We are a democracy, Congress has its views, but I would like to make very clear that this administration is totally...

2006-06-11 06:43:02

By Anis Ahmed DHAKA (Reuters) - At least 200 people were hurt in street clashes between police and opposition activists trying to blockade Bangladesh's capital Dhaka on Sunday, witnesses said. Rock-throwing protesters fought riot police at Kanchpur on the outskirts of Dhaka, where at least 70 people were hurt, including former army chief general K.M. Shafiullah, an opposition supporter. Police, who used tear gas and baton charges, detained nearly 50 people at Kanchpur, which is on...

2006-06-04 03:58:59

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan has banned "The Da Vinci Code" following calls from both minority Christians and majority Muslims, an official said on Sunday. The adaptation of Dan Brown's best-selling novel, the story of a Vatican cover-up involving Christ and his supposed offspring, has made hundreds of millions of dollars around the world since it opened last month. But the screening of the film in Pakistan, or possession of it on video cassettes or discs, was prohibited and...

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...


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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tessitura
  • The prevailing range of a vocal or instrumental part, within which most of the tones lie.
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