Source:At least 61 people were crushed to death in a stampede after a New Year’s Eve fireworks display at a stadium in Ivory Coast’s main city Abidjan early on Tuesday, officials said.
Witnesses said police had tried to control crowds around the Felix Houphouet-Boigny Stadium following the celebrations, triggering a panic in which scores were trampled.
“The estimate we can give right now is 49 people hospitalised … and 61 people dead,” said the chief of staff of Abidjan’s fire department Issa Sacko. Read more →
Ref: Pakistan has freed four more Afghan Taliban prisoners, including a former justice minister, a Pakistani government official said on Monday, in another sign Islamabad is supporting efforts to start formal peace talks with the militant group.
Afghanistan has been pressing Pakistan to free Taliban members who could help promote reconciliation before most NATO combat troops withdraw before the end of 2014. Read more →
Ref: As Bangladesh’s tour to Pakistan is becoming more uncertain, Pakistani players would not take part in the second Bangladesh Premier League (BPL).
“BPL will continue anyway. It won’t stop even if the Pakistani players are denied permission to join,” BPL Governing Council Chairman Afzalur Rahman Sinha said on Monday. Read more →
Ref: Lifting a four-year ban, the Malaysian government has decided to recruit 10,000 male workers from Bangladesh for its plantation sector, Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Khandker Mosharraf Hossain said yesterday.
The ministry had received a formal request in this regard through the Kuala Lumpur High Commission office Sunday, the minister told a press briefing in the ministry’s conference room. Read more →
Ref: The technical evaluation committee of Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC) yesterday recommended increasing power price by 3.30 percent and 3.65 percent for DESCO and DPDC to reduce the burden of losses.
The suggestion came after a public hearing of different stakeholders at the commission office in Dhaka. Read more →