Bangladesh gets nuke plant: On May 13, Bangladesh and Russia signed a deal to install a nuclear power plant with an electricity generation capacity of 600-1,000 megawatt (mw). The plant will be set up at Roopour, 200 km from Dhaka. The country generates 3,300 mw power and is facing a shortfall of 1,500 mw a day. Pak offers comfort to refugees: Cool drinking water is being

Pakistan faces gas price issue with Turkmenistan regarding Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline project as Turkmenistan has shown reluctance to export gas below $11.4 per million British thermal unit (MMBTU).

Advisor to Prime Minister on Petroleum and Natural Resources Dr Asim Hussain on Wednesday said that Pakistan is vigorously pursuing TAPI (Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan and India) gas pipeline and other gas import projects to meet the growing energy demand of the country.

Hameed Ansari couldn't have better timed his first visit abroad after becoming Vice-President. A month after his Turkmenistan visit, which began on Friday, India could formally become a member of the proposed gas pipeline running through Afghanistan and Pakistan before reaching Fazilka on the Indian side.

As parts of Afghanistan are facing the harshest winter in 25 years, 882 people have died since December as a result of sub-zero temperatures, snow and cold-related respiratory diseases, the

Eight SAARC countries have agreed to work jointly to tackle the region's illegal wildlife trade that has assumed alarming proportions. The countries have come under the banner of the South Asia Co-operative Environment Programme (SACEP), an inter-governmental organisation, to tackle the illegal trade. The South Asian region is a storehouse of biological diversity and rich terrestrial, freshwater and marine resources. As a result, illegal trade and over-exploitation of wild animals and plants pose a major challenge to the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity in the region. In a first regional workshop held in Kathmandu, the group agreed to a series of joint action as part of a South Asia Wildlife Trade Initiative (SAWTI). This includes the setting up of a South Asia Experts Group on Wildlife Trade and development of a South Asia Regional Strategic Plan on Wildlife Trade (2008-2013). The SACEP was established in 1982 for promoting regional co-operation in South Asia in the field of environment. The group includes Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The workshop was organised by the Nepal Ministry of Environment, Science and Technology, SACEP, World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Nepal and TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade-monitoring network. Senior wildlife officials from these countries have called upon the international community to support action in South Asia by providing financial and technical assistance in the implementation of the regional plan, an official statement of TRAFFIC said here. The Kathmandu workshop has agreed to focus on a number of key areas of work. These include co-operation and co-ordination, effective legislation policies and law enforcement, sharing knowledge and effective dissemination of information, sustainability of legal trade and livelihoods security, intelligence networks and early warning systems and capacity building. IANS

Refugee concern

Averse to law: The Afghanistan government, along with the UN, has rejected a call of experts to legalise cultivation of opium crops in the country. Eighty seven per cent of the world's opium is

Power meet: The board of directors of South Asia Regional Energy Coalition (SAREC) recently held its first meeting. SAREC aims to coordinate the work of various governments and the private sector

On December 23, 2003 the World Bank approved us $166 million for three projects in Afghanistan to rebuild rural areas, improve farmers' water supply and beef up the customs system. A major chunk of