Archive for: March 2011

Syrian cabinet resigns amid unrest, says state TV

Ref: The Syrian government has resigned, state-run television has said.

President Bashar al-Assad accepted the cabinet’s resignation following a meeting on Tuesday.

The resignation is the latest concession by the government aimed at curbing pro-democracy protests in which dozens of people have been killed.

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Yemeni arms factory blast toll rises amid protests

Ref: The death toll from explosions at an ammunition plant in southern Yemen has risen to 150.

Initial reports said 78 had died, but more bodies have since been pulled out of the factory in the town of Jaar.

The explosion has caused great anger among locals, who accuse the authorities of planning it to try to win further support from the US, a BBC correspondent says.

Yemeni officials have blamed al-Qaeda for the blasts.

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Pre-polls violence kills 1 in Lakshmipur

Ref: A fierce clash between the supporters of two Union Parishad election candidates at Kamalnagar Upazila of the district has killed one and injured another.

Police said the clash broke out at Charjangalia village of Hajirhat Union at about 2am on Wednesday, killing Abul Bashar, 45, and injuring his son, Riaz Hossain, 22.Bashar died on the spot.

Sazzad Hossain, a resident of the village, alleged that a UP member candidate, Momin Ullah, was distributing money among the villagers on the fateful night in an effort to buy votes.

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Doctors warn about Facebook use, teen depression

Ref: Add ‘Facebook depression’ to potential harms linked with social media, an influential doctors’ group warns, referring to a condition it says may affect troubled teens who obsess over the online site.

Researchers disagree on whether it’s simply an extension of depression some kids feel in other circumsta-nces, or a distinct condition linked with using the online site.

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SL set all-South Asia final

Ref: Sri Lanka reached the World Cup final after holding their nerve to beat a spirited New Zealand by five wickets.

The Black Caps looked set for a competitive score in Colombo, but they collapsed from 192-4 to 217 all out.

Tillakaratne Dilshan (73) and Kumar Sangakkara (54) sent Sri Lanka charging towards victory before a flurry of wickets brought the match to life.

But Thilan Samaraweera and Angelo Mathews kept their cool to see the hosts home with 13 balls to spare.

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India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni focused on Pakistan

Ref: Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni wants India to ignore the hype surrounding Wednesday’s World Cup tie with Pakistan and concentrate on reaching the final.

The last-four meeting has attracted huge interest and will be attended by the prime ministers of both countries.

“We know the hype these matches generate – we’re not getting involved,” said Dhoni. “We need to know what we’re expected to do and focus on that.

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Walmart 'sexism' case before US Supreme Court

Ref: The US Supreme Court is set to begin hearing evidence on whether the largest sex discrimination lawsuit in American history should go ahead.

A group of women is suing the world’s biggest retailer, Walmart, claiming they were held back because of their gender.

They want to bring a class action suit on behalf of more than a million women.

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27 overs Commentary SL 129-1 (TARGET 218)

Ref: McCullum sends down a wide to Sangakkara, then New Zealand’s fielding – one of their big strengths against South Africa – is beginning to look a little ragged as no-one backs up a throw and Sri Lanka benefit from an overthrow.

The second-wicket pair are taking singles at will against the off-spinner, while Sangakkara entertains the crowd with a lofted six over the bowler’s head that nearly hits the sightscreen!

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ARMY-STUDENT CLASH JS panel summons Fakhruddin-Moeen

Ref: A parliamentary sub-committee has summoned former chief advisor to the caretaker government Fakhruddin Ahmed and former army chief Moeen U Ahmed to testify in the army-student clash case of 2007.

Committee chief Rashed Khan Menon told on Tuesday that the duo would have to appear at a meeting of the committee scheduled for Apr 18.

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Electronic voting from next polls: PM

Ref: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Tuesday disclosed that electronic voting system would be introduced from the next parliamentary elections, in the last lap of digitizing the electoral process.

The Prime Minister came with the announcement at a meeting of the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) held at the Planning Commission office in the city.

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