Archive for: June 2013

BUET teacher Rana jailed for 7-yr

REF:  BUET teacher Hafizur Rahman Rana was sentenced to seven years imprisonment for issuing death threat to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on social media Facebook
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Dhaka Senior Special Judge M Jahirul Haq passed the order on Thursday while the convict is at large.
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Egypt’s Mursi offers to listen, opponents unimpressed

REF:  President Mohamed Mursi offered opponents a say in amending Egypt’s constitution, but railed against “enemies” he accused of undermining the new democracy in a defiant speech ahead of mass protests planned to demand that he step down.

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As the Islamist head of state ended a marathon televised address early on Thursday, liberals said they had heard nothing new, including any offer to include them in committees to draft institutional reforms and study “national reconciliation”.

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Syrian war death toll hits 100,000

REF:  More than 100,000 people have been killed since the start of Syria’s conflict over two years ago, an activist group said on Wednesday.
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The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which has been tracking the death toll in the conflict through a network of activists in Syria, released its death toll at a time when hopes for a negotiated settlement to end the civil war fade.

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US Senators for punitive steps against Bangladesh

REF:  Nine US senators on Tuesday urged President Barack Obama to suspend trade benefits for Bangladesh until the country improved its working conditions.

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This comes in the wake of a series of disasters like the fire at Tazreen fashions that killed 110 people last year and the Rana Plaza collapse that led to death of more than 1100 people, mostly garment workers.

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US whistleblower Snowden ‘still in Moscow airport’

REF:  Fugitive US whistleblower Edward Snowden is still in the transit area at Moscow airport, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has confirmed.

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Mr Putin said the intelligence leaker remained a free man, and the sooner he chose a destination the better.But a White House spokeswoman said Russia had a “clear legal basis” to expel Mr Snowden.

 

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Indian floods a man-made disaster, say environmentalists

REF:  As the source of the Ganges River, the site of Hinduism’s famous Char Dham pilgrimage and home to Rishikesh, the meditation retreat made famous by The Beatles, the India’s northern Uttarakhand state justifies its title of “Land of the Gods.”

 

But environmentalists are warning that rampant development in the Himalayan state is tempting fate.

 

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Kerry begins first India tour: Urges greater role for India on Afghanistan, climate

Ref: US Secretary of State John Kerry yesterday urged a greater role for India on Afghanistan and climate change as he sought to revive stuttering cooperation between the world’s two largest democracies.
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On his first visit to India as the top US diplomat, Kerry tried a few words in Hindi, pressed his hands in a traditional namaste greeting and quoted Mark Twain who said the diverse land was the sole country all people want to see. Read more →

Indian flood toll may cross 5000

REF:  The death toll in the Uttarakhand flood-landslide tragedy is likely to cross 5,000, saysd the state’s Disaster Management Minister Yashpal Arya.

“At least 5,000 people must have been killed in the deluge that inflicted heavy damage on vast tracts of land especially in the Kedarnath valley,” Arya told media at the Jollygrant airport after completing an aerial survey of the affected areas.

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ACC questionable for dropping Abul Hossain: WB

REF:  The World Bank panel reviewing allegations of suspected graft in Padma bridge project has questioned the credibility of Anti-Corruption Commission’s investigation for leaving Syed Abul Hossain’s name out of the list of suspects.The Feb 20 report was published on World Bank website on Tuesday. This report was handed over to Finance Minister AMA Muhith a few days back.

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The three-member panel, led by Louis Moreno-Ocampo, filed the report where it said the ACC investigation did not appear to be full and fair.

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Why Taliban would talk as U.S. withdrawal looms

REF:  The United States will have its first formal meeting with the Taliban in Doha, Qatar, on Thursday, a source close to the talks who did not want to be named told CNN.

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Meanwhile, the Taliban told reporters in Doha that they want to improve relations with the world. CNN’s Senior International Correspondent Nic Robertson explains what’s happening and why now.

 

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