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Nearly 120 feared drowned in Bangladesh ferry disaster MUNSHIGANJ: Rescuers in Bangladesh searched Tuesday for the wreckage of a heavily overloaded river ferry that sank, with nearly 120 people still missing.Around 100 survivors have been pulled from the swollen river, but 24 hours after the disaster emergency workers have still not been able to locate the vessel."The ferry was the smallest of all ferries in this route, with a capacity of only 85 passengers it was heavily overcrowded," said Saiful Hasan, chief administrator of Munshiganj district, where the ship sank.Bangladeshi ferries do not maintain passenger logbooks, and it is not known exactly how many people were on board when the ferry sank after being engulfed by large waves."We have listed 118 passengers as missing based on the claims from the relatives. It appears that the ferry was carrying more than 200 passengers," Hasan told AFP.Ferry accidents are common in the impoverished country, with overcrowding and poor ship design ...

US demands Sri Lanka enforce its laws in latest rebuke COLOMBO: The United States on Tuesday demanded Sri Lanka enforce its own laws after a meeting of US diplomats and war widows was disrupted by pro-government activists, in the latest rebuke by Washington.The US embassy said activists led by Buddhist monks stormed the meeting in Colombo on Monday and "behaved threateningly towards the families of the disappeared". The embassy said the police appeared to support the mob, which successfully halted the meeting with families whose ...
Dhaka's residents fight back over vanishing green spaces DHAKA: When a private sports club in an upmarket Dhaka neighbourhood "grabbed" a children's park for development this year, it sparked a wave of enraged protests rarely seen in impoverished Bangladesh.Hundreds of parents, former national sports stars and environmental activists staged sit-ins for days, demanding the club hand back the park -- a green oasis for residents in one of the world's most densely populated and polluted cities."This is the lone ground for the area's ...
Iran jails academic for crimes against regime TEHRAN: A well-known Iranian academic who had a death sentence overturned a decade ago has been convicted and sentenced to a year in jail for spreading propaganda against the regime.No other details of pro-reform activist Hashem Aghajari's offences were mentioned in Iranian media reports of his conviction, published Sunday.Aghajari, a university professor, was convicted of apostasy and given a death sentence in 2003 for declaring Muslims were not "monkeys" who should "blindly follow" their religious ...
'No hope' of survivors in deadly Nepal landslide: official KATHMANDU: Rescuers on Sunday ruled out finding any more survivors of a landslide in northeast Nepal that is feared to have buried dozens of people under tonnes of mud and rocks.Eight bodies have been pulled from the rubble after the landslide struck hamlets along a river in Sindhupalchok district before dawn on Saturday burying homes and leaving at least 100 people missing."It has been over 24 hours that people would have been buried in mud. ...
Attempts to resume Afghan vote audit stall over disagreement KABUL: Attempts to resume the audit of Afghanistan's presidential election stalled Saturday as candidate Abdullah Abdullah disagreed over the criteria to address alleged fraud in the June run-off election.Abdullah and rival Ashraf Ghani agreed to the inspection of all 8.1 million ballots cast in the June 14 poll in a deal brokered by US Secretary of State John Kerry, but the recount has since faced several suspensions as the candidates sparred over how to disqualify ...
India factory blast kills five RAIPUR: A massive blast at an explosives factory in central India killed five workers early Friday, police said.The powerful explosion completely destroyed the factory, which supplied detonators and other explosives to mines in the mineral-rich state of Chhattisgarh."The explosion was so powerful that the entire cement building was totally destroyed and the victims' bodies blown to pieces," local police officer Gurjinder Pal Singh told AFP. Police are investigating what caused the blast.Factory accidents are common ...

 



 
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