04/24/2014BANGLADESH Rana Plaza, a year after, amid the government's failed promises and survivors' rehabilitation by Nozrul Islam Thousands of people, including garments workers and their families, held a memorial vigil today for the 1,135 victims of the Rana Plaza collapse. The disaster was the worst accident in the country's garment industry. Although the road ahead is still long, workplace safety is now on the agenda. However, only a few families have received compensation and many workers who survived the ordeal have not been hired back to work. Dhaka (AsiaNews)
- More than 10,000 people took part in a sit-in in Dhaka this morning at the
site where, until a year ago, stood the Rana
Plaza building, whose collapse killed 1,135, injuring thousands more.
On the first
anniversary of the worst...
04/24/2014INDIA Card. Gracias: We vote to serve and build a better India by Card. Oswald Gracias The Archbishop of Mumbai went to the polls this morning, during the sixth phase of the general elections of 2014. To do so, he postponed his trip to Rome. He tells AsiaNews: "Jesus was clear about religious authority and the civil power, it is our duty as citizens to get involved in civil matters" for the good of society.
04/24/2014VATICAN Canonised popes as model for Francis' Church by Franco Pisano On several occasions, the current pope highlighted Pope John XXIII's humility and surrender to God's and John Paul II's consistency, courage and missionary strength as examples of how the Catholic world ought to be.
04/24/2014KOREA Pyongyang sends its condolences to Seoul for ferry disaster This is the first time since 2003 that the Kim regime has expressed “sorrow" over a tragedy that occurred in the South. The death toll rises to 171 , 131 people are still missing. The message was sent through the Red Cross.
04/23/2014NEPAL - UNITED NATIONS Human rights activists oppose amnesty for crimes committed during the country's civil war by Christopher Sharma The UN and other international groups are against a proposal made by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Since the end of the war (2006), no one has been investigated in connection with crimes committed during the civil war. More than 16,000 people were killed during the conflict with hundreds missing and thousands wounded and injured.
04/22/2014NEPAL Everest avalanche: guides suspend all climbing operations by Christopher Sharma The decision was taken today in memory of the 16 victims, all Sherpa guides, buried in an avalanche. For locals, 18 April marks one of the worst accidents in the history of Everest mountaineering.
04/22/2014BANGLADESH Dhaka: arson razes home of Catholic family by Sumon Corraya No one was at home at the time of the fire. In 2008, the family left the village after a 14-year-old granddaughter was raped and murdered by a group of young Muslims. The owner of the house says he is "living in fear."
04/22/2014INDIA For Indian Jesuit, Narendra Modi is vindictive and a threat to India's minorities by Cedric Prakash sj The director of the Prashant Human Rights Centre recounts three incidents involving the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), for whom Modi is running as candidate for the prime minister's office. For Fr Prakash, the pledge to introduce anti-conversion laws and threats against the Muslim community "show the fascist agenda" of the BJP. However, we must have hope; "the struggle will continue indeed, even if the signs are ominous."
04/22/2014INDIA Card. Thottunkal: The Risen Jesus overcomes marginalization and oppression by Nirmala Carvalho The president of the Bishops' Conference of India sends a special Easter message to AsiaNews. The cardinal said that "As Christians we are to live a life of credibility as faithful to Christ and the Gospel", and this is possible even in the midst of tribulation and sacrifice".