Ref: VIENNA (Reuters) – An Austrian woman has had to convince her electricity supplier that she is alive after the company wrote to her asking for information about her contract following her “passing away.”
In a personally addressed letter, the Linz-based company said it had heard of her death through her bank, daily Oesterreich reported on Thursday. Read more →
Ref: Oil firm BP is awaiting test results from the blown-out well in the Gulf of Mexico, a day after staunching the flow of oil for the first time since April.
The firm is checking how much pressure the well can withstand while the valves on its new capping device are closed.
BP awaits crucial Gulf of Mexico oil well test data
US President Barack Obama hailed the move as a “positive sign”, and BP’s shares rallied in early trading in London after sharp rises in New York. Read more →
Ref: Awami League lawmaker Suranjit Sengupta says reverting to the original constitution of 1972 will lead to ban on the politics of Jamaat-e-Islami, the weapons and financial supplier and biggest patron of the banned Islamist outfit Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB).
Jamaat will be banned if '72 charter revived-Suranjit Sengupta
He also revealed that prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday urged for speedy formation of a constitutional commission to revert to the original charter of the nation.
Suranjit was speaking at a seminar titled ‘War criminal trials and banning Jamaat’s politics’ organised by Bangabandhu Academy at Dhaka Reporters’ Unity Auditorium on Friday. Read more →
Ref: NATO said on Thursday it had begun implementing a project to improve intelligence-sharing among foreign forces in Afghanistan, with the aim of boosting operational efficiency and cutting casualties. Read more →
Ref: Prime minister Sheikh Hasina has said the chairmen or members will be removed and the parliamentary standing committees reconstituted if they have interests that run counter to those of the watchdogs. Read more →
Ref: At least 21 people, including elite Revolutionary Guards, were killed and 100 wounded in two suicide bomb attacks at a prominent Shi’ite Muslim mosque in the southeast Iranian city of Zahedan on Thursday, Iranian media reported. Read more →
In the latest twist in a murky tale, Pakistan said Tuesday that an Iranian nuclear scientist who Tehran maintains was kidnapped by the Central Intelligence Agency had taken refuge in a section of the Pakistani Embassy in Washington that deals with Iranian interests.
Pakistan Says Iran Scientist in U.S. Fled to Its Embassy
Iranian officials were “making arrangements for his repatriation,” said Abdul Basit, a spokesman at the Pakistan Foreign Ministry, but no details were made public. Read more →