Archive for: August 2010

Police say exchange of fire erupts in NW Pakistan

Ref:A heavy exchange of fire erupted Saturday at an office of security forces in northwest Pakistan, but the motive behind the attack was not immediately clear, police said.

Police official Dost Mohammed said it was unclear who fired at the office of the security forces in Peshawar, the capital of troubled Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province where militants often target police and security forces. Read more →

Historical Jihad of Badr

Ref:The Battle of Badr (Arabic: غزوة بدر‎), fought March 17, 624 AD (17 Ramadan 2 AH in the Islamic calendar) Hejaz region of western Arabia (present-day Saudi Arabia), was a key battle in the early days of Islam and a turning point in Muhammad’s struggle with his opponents among the Quraish in Mecca.

The battle has been passed down in Islamic history as a decisive victory attributable to divine intervention, or by secular sources to the genius of Muhammad. It is one of the few battles specifically mentioned in the Quran. Read more →

Govt moves to find new manpower markets

Ref:Bangladesh plans to explore alternative and diversified overseas labour markets to boost the sector as some traditional destinations are getting saturated.

The Ministry of Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment has already formed five delegations for visit to at least 17 countries in Europe, Australia, East Asia and Africa to search for employment opportunities, officials say. Read more →

Taliban attack US base in Afghanistan's east

Ref:Up to 30 Taliban insurgents, including suicide bombers, attacked a US base in Afghanistan’s east on Saturday, officials said, but there were no details available about possible casualties or damage.

The attack began overnight at the well-fortified Forward Operating Base Chapman in Khost province near the southeastern border with Pakistan, where U.S. and other foreign forces have been stepping up operations against a resurgent Taliban.

Seven Central Intelligence Agency officers were killed by a suicide bomber inside the base last December, the second-most deadly attack in CIA history.

Lieutenant Commander Katie Kendrick, a spokeswoman for the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force, confirmed the new attack but could give few other details.

“There is ongoing activity there, but it is fresh and I can’t give more details,” Kendrick said.

Zabihullah Mujahid, a spokesman for the Taliban, said 30 fighters had attacked the base. They included suicide bombers and others armed with rockets and machine guns, Mujahid told Reuters by telephone from an undisclosed location.

Despite the presence of almost 150,000 foreign troops, violence across Afghanistan is at its worst since the Taliban were ousted by U.S.-backed Afghan forces in late 2001.

Taliban-led insurgents have launched increasingly brazen attacks around Afghanistan in a bid to topple the government and force out foreign troops. More than 2,000 foreign troops have been killed, most of them Americans, since the conflict began.

Hundreds of civilians have also been caught in the crossfire, with civilian deaths spiking by 31 percent in the first six months of this year, according to a United Nations report.

CONTRACTORS KILLED

On Saturday, ISAF said its forces had mistakenly killed two private security contractors after one of its patrols came under fire from insurgents in Wardak province west of the capital.

A car approached the patrol at speed on a highway in the Maidan Shahr district of Wardak on Friday and men could be seen shooting out of the vehicle’s windows, ISAF said in a statement.

The patrol fired on the vehicle, killing two people inside later identified as private security contractors.

“It is believed that the private security contractors were returning fire against the same insurgents who had just previously attacked the coalition vehicle, and had increased their speed to break contact,” ISAF said.

The suicide attack on Forward Operating Base Chapman on December 30 last year highlighted the insurgency’s reach and coordination, particularly in their strongholds in the south and east.

The insurgents launched a similar attack this month on the main foreign base in southern Kandahar province, the spiritual homeland of the Taliban.

Poor security is one of the main concerns for Afghans before parliamentary elections on September 18, a milestone after fraud-marred presidential polls last year and with US President Barack Obama planning a strategy review in December.

Water bus operations start

Ref:Water buses have started ferrying passengers on the Gabtoli-Sadarghat route in a bid to ease the traffic congestion in Dhaka city.

Shipping minister Shajahan Khan inaugurated the service at Gabtoli landing station at 10.30am on Saturday.Two water buses, ‘Turag’ and ‘Buriganga’, will be operating in the route initially. Read more →

New int'l airport to cost Tk 50,000cr

Ref:Building another international airport nearby Dhaka will cost Tk 50,000 crore, a pre-feasibility study by the Ministry of Civil Aviation and Tourism suggests.

The ministry has sought approval of the cabinet committee on economic affairs to implement the project under public-private partnership (PPP). It is likely to be placed in the committee meeting tomorrow. Read more →

France drains lake under Mont Blanc glacier

Ref:French engineers have begun an operation to drain a lake under a glacier on Mont Blanc which threatens to flood the Saint Gervais valley.

The lake, which is said to contain 65,000 cubic metres (2.3m cubic ft) of water, was discovered last month during routine checks.

The engineers are drilling a hole into the ice to pump the water away. In 1892, water from an underground lake flooded the same valley, killing 175 people. Read more →

Ershad's military regime illegal

Ref:In a landmark verdict, the High Court has declared illegal the Seventh Amendment to the constitution that had legalised the autocratic regime of military strongman Hussein Muhammad Ershad.

The bench of justices A H M Shamsuddin Chowdhury and Sheikh Mohammad Zakir Hossain handed down the verdict on Thursday.
On Wednesday, the court set the date of the verdict following a hearing. Read more →

Govt drops murder charge against Iqbal, Shaon, 12 others

Ref:The government on Thursday dropped the charges against 14 people, including former Awami League lawmaker Dr HBM Iqbal and AL MP Mohammad Nurunnabi Chowdhury Shaon, in Malibagh killing case.

Judge Shamsunnahar of Speedy Trial Tribunal-1 passed the order following an application submitted by Special Public Prosecutor Abu Abdullah for withdrawal of the charges against the accused. Read more →

Taliban kill eight Afghan policemen in Kunduz

Ref:Taliban militants have killed eight Afghan police officers in the northern province of Kunduz, police have said. More than 10 insurgents raided a checkpoint outside Kunduz city just before dawn, a police officer said.

The militants wanted to steal the officer’s weapons but were beaten back before they could do so, he said. One policeman was wounded and one escaped. Read more →