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Bangladesh opposition leader gets bail after surrendering DHAKA: A court in Bangladesh granted bail to opposition leader Khaleda Zia on Tuesday after issuing a warrant for her arrest over a deadly fire-bomb attack on a bus, her lawyer said.The 70-year-old was given bail when she surrendered to the court, where an estimated 5,000 supporters of her Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) gathered, shouting anti-government slogans.The party had threatened to stage protests across the politically volatile country if she was arrested on the charges, which date back to a nationwide anti-government campaign of arson in January 2015."She surrendered to the court this morning and was granted bail in the arson case. She also got bail in four other cases," her lawyer Masud Ahmed Talukder told AFP, referring to long-standing corruption and other cases.The Dhaka magistrate court last week issued a warrant for Zia's arrest on charges of instigating the attack, which left two people dead and dozens injured.It took ...

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China's Li says tax reforms to create 10 million jobs BEIJING: Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said he expects tax reforms will lower the cost of innovation and help create jobs for more than 10 million university and vocational school graduates, according to a statement on the government's web portal on Monday.That figure would well exceed estimates of layoffs as China reforms its industrial sector to eliminate excess capacity and inefficiency. Sources told Reuters last month China planned to lay off up to 6 million workers ...

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Bangladesh former PM to seek bail over firebombing attack DHAKA: Bangladesh's former Prime Minister and main opposition leader Khaleda Zia is expected to appear in court and seek bail after she was issued with an arrest warrant over a deadly firebombing attack, her lawyer said on Sunday.A court in Dhaka issued arrest warrants on Wednesday for Zia, 70, and 27 leaders and activists of her Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) in connection with a petrol bomb attack on a bus in January last year during ...

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Three employees appear in court over India flyover collapse KOLKATA: Three employees of the Indian construction firm building a flyover that collapsed appeared in court Saturday facing four initial charges including murder, a public prosecutor said, as the death toll rose to 26.The three appeared at the Metropolitan Magistrate Court in Kolkata after being arrested Friday over the disaster, which saw a 100-metre section of the flyover crash down onto a street below, crushing pedestrians and vehicles."All the accused were produced in court today. ...

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India court says women have equal right to enter temples MUMBAI: Women have a fundamental right to enter temples, an Indian high court has said, possibly paving the way for an easing of gender restrictions at places of worship across the country.The high court in Mumbai said government authorities should ensure that women are not prevented from entering any Hindu place of worship across the state of Maharashtra."Ultimately it is the fundamental right of a woman and the government's fundamental duty to protect their right," ...

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Indian tycoon Vijay Mallya summoned by authorities for the third time Vijay Mallya, the Indian liquor baron who had sought a month’s time to appear before the Enforcement Directorate (ED), in the alleged money laundering case will be summoned once again by the ED.According to Business Standard, the development was confirmed by an ED official, who said "The third summons will be issued in the next 48 hours, and the final call on the next date will be decided.""Further extension could be given to Mallya as ...

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India's deadly history of construction accidents KOLKATA: The collapse of a flyover in eastern India, which killed at least 25 people, is one of many deadly accidents of its kind to occur in recent years, with poor construction often to blame.Here is a list of significant construction-related accidents in the South Asian nation.June 2014-- An 11-storey apartment tower under construction on the outskirts of the southern city of Chennai crashes down following heavy rains. The accident kills 61 people, mainly labourers. ...