Archive for: May 2015

India heat wave tests water supply as deaths near 2,000

REF: Dizzying temperatures have caused water shortages in thousands of Indian villages and killed hundreds more people over the past day, driving the death toll from a weeks-long heat wave to at least 1,826, officials have said.


Hospitals were urged to give emergency treatment to people suffering from heatstroke as authorities on Friday cancelled doctors’ leave, set up water distribution points and warned people not to venture out.

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Results would be better sans BNP shutdowns, PM Hasina says

REF: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina thinks the success rate in SSC and equivalent examinations would have been higher than last year if the BNP-Jamaat alliance had desisted from blockades and shutdowns.

“We registered 91 percent pass rate last year. I wished that would be better this time,” she said.
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US: Iraqi forces lack will to fight ISIL

REF: US Defense Secretary Ash Carter has criticised Iraqi forces for showing no will to fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group during the fall of Ramadi, in comments dismissed as “baseless” by a senior Iraqi legislator.


Carter told CNN’s State of the Union programme on Sunday that the Iraqi army failed to take on ISIL despite having a numerical advantage.

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Salahuddin may be produced in court on Monday

REF: Meghalaya Police may produce BNP leader Salahuddin Ahmed in a local court at 10 am on Monday.


The health condition of Ahmed, now under treatment at the North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS) in Shillong, is currently stated to be stable.

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Iraqi army in counter-offensive near ISIL-held Ramadi

REF: Iraqi government forces backed by Shia militias have launched a counter-offensive against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) near the central city of Ramadi.

The Iraqi army, backed by US air support on Saturday, pounded ISIL positions near Ramadi, which ISIL fighters captured last week in an embarrassing setback for the Iraqi government and the US-led coalition against the group.

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Mass grave of Rohingyas reportedly found in Padang Besar of Malaysia, local media say

REF: A mass grave, believed to contain the bodies of around 100 Rohingyas, has reportedly been found in Malaysian border town of Padang Besar, local media say.

Although the exact location of the grave had not been confirmed, sources told the Star Online that Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar was expected to hold a press conference.

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ISIL captures strategic Syrian city of Palmyra

REF: Fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) have taken full control of Syria’s ancient city of Palmyra, according to activists and a monitoring group.

The Syrian army has collapsed and ISIL has taken over the city, also known as Tadmur, the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.The monitor reported earlier on Wednesday that ISIL had advanced into Palmyra.

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Hundreds of refugees rescued off Indonesian coast

REF: About 400 refugees have been rescued by local fishermen in the Strait of Malacca, off Indonesia’s Aceh province, after reportedly being turned away numerous times from the Thai and Malaysian coasts by authorities.

Khairul Nova, a search and rescue official, said the rescue took place at 2am local time on Wednesday (19:00 GMT Tuesday) and those saved included woman and children. Those rescued were taken to Simpang Tiga village, in East Aceh district, he said.

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Salahuddin, wife meet in Shillong amid outpouring of emotion

REF: BNP leader Salahiddin Ahmed, currently undergoing treatment in the Shillong Civil Hospital, turned emotional after meeting wife Hasina Ahmed on Monday evening.


Hasina reached the north-eastern state of Meghalaya from Dhaka via Kolkata.Hasina, who travelled a long distance to meet her husband, could barely spend 15 minutes with him – a brief encounter heavy with emotion.

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Shia groups deployed to retake Iraq’s Ramadi from ISIL

REF: At least 3,000 Shia-led fighters have arrived near Ramadi in Iraq’s western Anbar province, a day after the city’s capture by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group.

Iraqi military officials said on Monday the fighters entered Ramadi, the provincial capital, from the south and stationed themselves at a military base there.

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