Archive for: August 2013

Indian submarine catches fire

REF:  About 18 sailors were trapped after an explosion and fire on board a conventionally powered submarine berthed at Mumbai early on Wednesday, the navy said.”There are some people who are trapped on board, we are in the process of trying to rescue them, we suspect it to be in the range of 18,” said navy spokesman PVS Satish.
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“We will not give up until we get to them,” Satish said.The explosion inside the INS Sindhurakshak was likely an accident, Satish said. Photos distributed by social media users appeared to show a large fireball over the navy dock where the diesel-electric submarine was berthed.

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Jamaat shutdown under way

Ref: The 48-hour countrywide shutdown, enforced by Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami, began at 6am Tuesday in protest what it said the government’s conspiracy to annihilate the party.
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The shutdown is also meant for protesting the government’s plot to ‘kill’ Jamaat leaders and ‘foil’ the next general election. Read more →

Jamaat’s hartal deferred to Aug 13-14

REF:  Jamaat-e-Islami on Tuesday deferred its countrywide 48-hour hartal by one day to August 13-14.Earlier, the Islamist party had announced to enforce the hartal on August 12-13.

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In a statement on Tuesday, Jamaat acting secretary general Rafiqul Islam Khan said, “We earlier had called the hartal for August 12 and 13 protesting the government’s conspiracy to annihilate Jamaat, killing its leaders and to foil the next general polls.

 

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Another Abettor of Panna Master held

REF:  Police on Tuesday arrested another accused of the case filed against a schoolteacher and four of his associates for sexually abusing schoolgirls and releasing the video footages of his illicit acts on the internet and mobile phones.
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Kushtia DB police Officer-in-Charge Abdul Kalam Azad said tipped off, they arrested Alimuzzaman, deputy engineer of Kushtia Islamic University, from Iswardi upazila of Pabna district around 1:30 am.
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Obama agrees to meet Brotherhood officials

REF:  US president Barack Obama has agreed to meet with Muslim Brotherhood officials at the White House.The Egypt Independent reported Tuesday, quoting unnamed sources, says The Jerusalem Post.

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According to the report, Obama was prepared to meet representatives of the Islamist group in order to ‘hear their opinion’.

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Envoys step up efforts to defuse Egypt crisis

Ref: A fresh round of intense diplomatic efforts are under way in Egypt to broker a peaceful end to the crisis sparked by the military’s overthrow of president Mohamed Morsi.
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The European Union’s Middle East envoy Bernardino Leon and US Deputy Secretary of State William Burns extended their stay in Cairo to hold talks with Morsi supporters and members of the army-backed interim
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What a demand!

Ref: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s special assistant Ferdous Ahmed Khan has demanded a monetary reward worth Tk one-and-a-half crore for his efforts that brought back the money illegally transferred by opposition leader Begum Khaleda Zia’s son Koko.
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The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has issued a letter seeking permission for handing over the money demanded by Khan. Read more →

Yemen: Protests intensify after arrest of Nobel laureate Tawakkol Karman

REF:  The arrest of journalist and rights activist Tawakkol Karman sparked more protests in Yemen on Sunday as a growing movement pushes for regime change.
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Karman, the head of Women Journalists Without Chains, was arrested Saturday in Sanaa, the capital of Yemen, and is being held in the city’s main prison, according to a report by Reporters Without Borders.

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Pakistan flood kills 45, more rain warned

REF:  Pakistani disaster relief officials issued fresh flood warnings on Sunday after the death toll from heavy monsoon rains rose to 45 and waters paralysed parts of the largest city Karachi.
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Flash floods caused by monsoon downpours have inundated some main roads in the sprawling port city and swept away homes in the north-western province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

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US extends embassy closings

REF:  The United States extended embassy closures by a week in the Middle East and Africa as a precaution on Sunday after an al Qaeda threat that US lawmakers said was the most serious in years.

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The State Department said 19 US embassies and consulates would be closed through Saturday “out of an abundance of caution” and that a number of them would have been closed anyway for most of the week due to the Eid celebration at the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

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