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Day: January 22, 2016

More Than 20 Dead As Migrant Boats Capsize
ENGLISH, Europe

More Than 20 Dead As Migrant Boats Capsize

    Turkish coast guard officers The Greek coast guard says at least 21 people have died after boats smuggling migrants capsized in two separate incidents. A search and rescue operation is under way after two wooden boats sank. The first, carrying 48 people, sank in the early hours of Friday off the island of Farmakonissi. 40 made it to shore, one girl was rescued, and seven bodies were recovered from the sea. In a separate incident a boat carrying an unknown number of people sank off the island of Kalolimnos. Some 26 people were rescued, and 14 bodies were recovered.
French PM Manuel Valls says refugee crisis is destabilising Europe
ENGLISH, Europe

French PM Manuel Valls says refugee crisis is destabilising Europe

    The French prime minister, Manuel Valls, has said Europe cannot take in all the refugees fleeing wars in Iraq and Syria and that the crisis was putting the concept of Europe itself in grave danger. Speaking to the BBC at the economic forum in Davos, Valls said Europe needed to take urgent action to control its external borders. “Otherwise,” he said, “our societies will be totally destabilised.” Asked about border controls inside Europe, which many fear put the passport-free Schengen zone at risk, Valls said the concept of Europe was in jeopardy. “If Europe is not capable of protecting its own borders, it’s the very idea of Europe that will be questioned,” he said. He said a message to refugees that says “Come, you will be welcome”, provoked major shifts in population. “Tod...
First lot to arrive this month
Bangladesh, ENGLISH

First lot to arrive this month

    India is all set to deliver as it wants to hand over the first lot of 20 coaches by this month, according to sources in the Bangladesh Railway (BR). On January 21 last year, the BR signed an agreement with RITES Ltd., a Government of India enterprise, to purchase 120 BG coaches under the project “Procurement of 120 BG coaches” under the first Indian LoC. The RITES Ltd. submitted a delivery schedule under which 120 coaches will be delivered in six equal lots to Bangladesh, starting from January 2016 and the sixth lot will be delivered in July 2016. The BR allocated Tk. 563.52 crore in the Annual Development Programme in line with that delivery schedule. However, The RITES Ltd. recently has sent another schedule where it mentioned that the tentative de-livery of coaches woul...
Poppi Worthington’s father flees abroad following death threats
America, ENGLISH

Poppi Worthington’s father flees abroad following death threats

    A father who was publicly identified by a high court judge for sexually assaulting his baby daughter shortly before she died has fled abroad after receiving death threats, his family has said. Paul Worthington, 48, has denied harming 13-month-old Poppi – who died in December 2012 – but a ruling published this week concluded on the balance of probabilities he had sexually assaulted her before her death. Worthington’s sister Tracy said on Thursday her brother had left his home following threats to his life. She said he was trying to get advice from miscarriage of justice experts as he tried to prove his innocence. She told the Guardian: “He has had to leave the country because of all of this. People keeping knocking on my door asking where he is, thinking he is going to be w...
Illegal foreign cars have a free run in Sylhet
Bangladesh, ENGLISH

Illegal foreign cars have a free run in Sylhet

Rezaul Haque: Sylhet and its adjacent areas have been emerging as a hub of illegal foreign cars plying without any au-thorisation from the Bangladesh government. These vehicles enter the country through different borders by dodging immigration and customs offi-cials. Though several are later impounded by law enforcers, many of them manage to hoodwink the au-thorities concerned. According to the Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) office in Sylhet, there are as many as 111 foreign luxury vehicles in the city, which have been running without paying taxes. Several of these vehicles, including some belonging to top global brands, are gathering dust in many police stations after being impounded. Such actions, however, have failed to deter these car owners. On their part, the authorities ...
Tajikistan’s battle against beards to fight radicalisation
Arab world, ENGLISH

Tajikistan’s battle against beards to fight radicalisation

    They called me a Salafist, a radical, a public enemy. And then two of them held my arms while another one shaved half of my beard. Djovid Akramov says he was stopped by Tajik police outside his house, along with his seven-year-old son, last month - and taken to the police station in Dushanbe where he was forcibly shaved. He became one of hundreds of thousands of men in Tajikistan arrested in recent years for wearing a beard. Shaving beards is part of a government campaign targeting trends that are deemed "alien and inconsistent with Tajik culture". Earlier this week, police in Tajikistan's Khatlon region said that they had shaved the beards of nearly 13,000 men as part of an "anti-radicalisation campaign". The BBC spoke to nine other men who described similar experiences -...