Archive for: April 2013

Afghan police take first, faltering steps in fight against corruption

REF:  Afghanistan’s security forces are routinely accused of murder, rape and corruption on a grand scale, but a new anti-corruption police unit’s sole conviction last year was a junior policeman who forged some documents, the head of the unit told Reuters.


Abuses by the 152,000-strong Afghan police have pushed whole districts into the arms of the Taliban, officials say. Now international forces hope the Shafafiyat – Dari for transparency – anti-corruption unit will crack down on corrupt police.


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Irate RMG workers protest death at Savar

Angry readymade garment workers resorted to violent protests following the death of their colleagues at the Rana Plaza, which so far claimed at least 275 lives.
Traffic on the Dhaka-Tangail and Dhaka-Mymensingh highways came to a virtual halt since Friday morning after the protesting garment workers turned violent.
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Death toll 281 and counting

Death toll in the Savar tragedy reached 281 on Friday morning, nearly 48 hours after the Rana Plaza collapsed with around 2,000 people injured and many more trapped inside the rubble.
escuers said many more people were stuck under the debris of the nine-storied building. Rescue operations are likely to be called off on Saturday morning leaving roughly 24 hours.
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Savar death toll over 150

REF:  Death toll in Wednesday’s tragic Rana Plaza collapse crossed 150 even as many more are trapped in the debris.

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A control room has been set up near the Savar bus stand to provide information to the distraught families. Till 8:00am in the morning the official death count was 154, Additional DIG Mizanur Rahman (in charge of the control room) told 120 bodies were handed over to relatives.


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MKA for looking into Rana Plaza collapse

REF:  Home Minister MK Alamgir categorically said legal measures would be taken against the authority of the building — Rana Plaza, if any violation of building code found after investigation.

Expressing deep sympathy on behalf of the government, he added, “A probe body will be formed soon to investigate in to the incident.”


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South Korea wants talks with North to reopen joint industrial zone

REF:  South Korea said on Thursday it was proposing formal talks with North Korea to discuss restarting work at a joint factory zone located just north of the rivals’ heavily armed border that was suspended in early April amid growing security tensions.

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The offer is the first formal proposal for direct talks by Seoul aimed at making a breakthrough in a deadlock over the Kaesong factory project, which was the last remaining channel open between the two Koreas until it was forced to close.


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Savar building collapse kills two, wounds 50, hundreds trapped


An eight-storey building named Rana Plaza near Savar Bazar bus stand collapsed at around 09:00am Wednesday.

Fire fighters recovered two dead bodies and 50 wounded persons from the scene while many more were believed to be trapped under the collapsed building.
Eyewitnesses say the building — which houses shopping malls on lower floors and garment factories — suddenly collapsed at around 09:00am.
Several units of fire brigade were conducting rescue operations.

Pakistan police say explosives found near Musharraf’s house

REF: Pakistani police said on Tuesday they found 45 kg (100 lb) of explosives hidden in a car near the residence where former president Pervez Musharraf is under house arrest, television channels reported.Video footage showed a bomb disposal squad examining a car near the farmhouse on the edge of the capital Islamabad where the former army chief was detained last week over allegations he had overstepped his powers while in office.


There was no immediate word from police on who they suspected might have planted the explosives.
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Abdul Hamid elected President uncontested

REF: Abdul Hamid was elected uncontested as the 20th President of Bangladesh on Monday, Chief Election Commissioner Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad said.The seven-time Jatiya Sangsad MP hasw been Speaker twice.

He is a long time aide to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
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Protests target police, government after child rape

REF:  Small groups of protesters dodged police and tried to reach the homes of leaders in New Delhi on Sunday, in a third day of protests after the alleged rape and torture of a five-year old girl.Police say the child was abducted on April 15, kept in captivity and raped by a neighbour near her north Delhi home. The accused, who had fled, was brought back to the capital on Saturday.

The girl, who suffered severe injuries, was slowly recovering after surgery despite an infection, a doctor at the hospital where she was being treated told reporters.
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