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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...

2006-02-15 04:34:13

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - Three people died, including a young boy, during violent protests in Pakistan on Wednesday against cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad published in European newspapers, security officials said. The boy was killed when a bullet fired during a protest hit him in the head in the northwestern city of Peshawar, but it was not clear if the shot was fired by police or protesters, a security official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. A man was killed when...

2006-02-15 03:51:20

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - Two people died, including a young boy, during violent protests in northwestern Pakistan on Wednesday against cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad published in European newspapers, a security official said. The boy was killed when a bullet fired during a protest hit him in the head in the main northwestern city of Peshawar, but it was not clear if the shot was fired by police or protesters, a security official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

2006-02-14 09:29:36

By Zeeshan Haider ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Police used tear gas to drive out students who stormed into Islamabad's diplomatic enclave on Tuesday and protesters attacked Western businesses in Pakistan's most violent reaction yet to cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad. In the eastern city of Lahore, police fired tear gas, shot into the air and baton-charged protesters who ransacked a McDonald's franchise and set fire to outlets of KFC and Norwegian mobile phone firm Telenor, witnesses...

2006-02-14 01:55:28

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistani police fired tear gas on Tuesday to disperse hundreds of students who entered Islamabad's diplomatic enclave to protest against the publication of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad in European newspapers. The students were driven back after they had approached the Indian and British High Commissions and smashed windows of cars and a bank, Reuters journalists at the scene said. Most of the students then ran out of the district.

2006-01-25 23:22:44

By Peter Apps COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's peace process is back on track but patience is sorely needed and will be key to any success, Norwegian envoy Erik Solheim said on Thursday after the government and Tamil Tiger rebels agreed to meet for talks. Solheim, leading Norwegian efforts to bring a lasting end to the island's two decade war since secret negotiations began in 1998, said when he started he would not have believed there would be so little progress in eight years....


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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Word of the Day
sough
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'
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