Archive for: April 2015

Aid arrives in Nepal’s remote quake-hit villages

REF: The first supplies of food aid began reaching remote, earthquake-shattered mountain villages in Nepal, as the official death toll of the quake topped 5,500, police officials said.

Frustration over the slow delivery of humanitarian aid boiled over in a protest in the city, with about 200 people facing off with police and blocking traffic on Wednesday.The protest was comparatively small and no demonstrators were detained.

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die as bus slides into ditch in Kushtia

REF: At least four passengers were killed when a bus lost control and rolled over into a roadside ditch in Noymile Kachari area in Kushtia’s Mirpur Upazila. Local officials fear the death toll might rise.

Another 30 people including women and children were injured in the mishap that took place around 3am on Thursday on Pabna-Kushtia Highway, Mirpur Police Station OC Kazi Jalal Uddin confirmed Read more →

Awami League-backed candidates win city corporation elections marred by massive fraud

REF: The Awami League-backed candidates have swept the city corporation elections in Dhaka and Chittagong marred by widespread electoral fraud.

Polling ended on Tuesday with BNP-endorsed candidates deciding to boycott the election midway, alleging intimidation, booth capture, and the stuffing of ballot boxes with bogus votes.

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Widespread ballot-stuffing by supporters of Awami League-backed Chittagong City mayor runner

REF: Long queues were seen in the early hours of voting in Chittagong, but the presence of voters in the centres began thin out following booth capture by pro-government activists and polls rigging.

Sporadic clashes between supporters of councillor aspirants broke out at several wards around noon.Ruling Awami League-backed candidates injured three journalists in the attack. Read more →

Footage emerges of the moment avalanche hit Everest

REF: A wall of snow is seen flattening part of Mount Everest’s base camp during an avalanche triggered by Nepal’s worst earthquake in decades.

Dramatic footage showing the avalanche was posted on YouTube, a day after the magnitude 7.8 quake hit Nepal, killing more than 3,200 people across the country, injuring at least 5,000 and potentially displacing millions. Read more →

Israeli soldiers kill Palestinian youth in Jerusalem

REF: Israeli soldiers have shot and killed a young Palestinian man after an incident near a checkpoint in the East Jerusalem area, police say.

Israeli police said the young man wielded two knives and had tried to attack the soldiers on Saturday, however the dead man’s relatives have denied the claim. Read more →

EC moves to stop Khaleda’s rules ‘violation’ by using motorcade in campaign

REF: Letters carrying the directive were sent to the Dhaka North and Dhaka South City Corporation returning officers, EC Deputy Secretary Shamsul Alam told on Friday night.

Copies of the letter will also be sent to the inspector general of police,Dhaka’s deputy commissioner and police commissioner on Saturday, commission officials said. Read more →

Bangladesh opposition leader Khaleda Zia’s motorcade comes under attack again

REF: BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s motorcade has come under attack in Dhaka during the city election campaign like in the past two days.

A group of youths launched the attack at Bangla Motor with batons and hockey sticks on Wednesday afternoon.
Her motorcade stopped at the traffic signal there around 5:15pm.
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Fighting and new air strikes mark next phase in Yemen

REF: Protests, continued fighting and fresh air strikes have marked the start of the Saudi-led coalition’s new phase of operations in Yemen, which has been named “Operation Renewal of Hope”.

The Saudi-led coalition reportedly conducted fresh air strikes on Yemen on Wednesday, hours after it said it had ended a four-week air campaign against Houthi fighters. Read more →

Egypt’s Morsi sentenced to 20 years in jail

REF: A Cairo court has sentenced former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and 12 other defendants to 20 years in prison.

Morsi was convicted on Tuesday of ordering the arrest and torture of protesters in clashes outside the presidential palace in December 2012. The court acquitted the former president of murder charges that could have seen him face the death penalty.

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