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...
04/24/2014CHINA - JAPAN - UNITED STATES In Tokyo, Obama irks Beijing by siding with Japan over disputed islands For the first time, a US president directly addresses the issue of the Senkaku/Diayou, a group of small islands claimed by both China and Japan. For the US president, on a visit to Japan, the islands "fall within the scope of Article 5 of the US-Japan Treaty of Mutual Co-operation and Security." For Beijing, this is mistake, worthy of the "Cold War" era.
04/24/2014BANGLADESH Dhaka, rise in abductions as a Catholic businessman kidnapped by Sumon Corraya The victim is Hemonto Costa, younger sibling of Brother Proshanto Costa, high school principal in Mymensingh. His cell phone is turned off and there is no news of his whereabouts. Between 2013 and 2014 a total of 332 people were kidnapped in Bangladesh. Only half returned home alive.
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."
04/18/2014LAOS - THAILANDIA Thai geologists warn Xayaburi dam is an earthquake risk The huge barrage under construction on the Laotian section of Mekong River is located near active fault lines and is therefore vulnerable to seismic activity. There is a 30 per cent chance of a medium-sized earthquake in the next 30 years, and a 10 per cent chance of a magnitude 7 tremor. Builders claim instead that the project complies with all earthquake safety rules
04/16/2014CHINA Dongguan: 40,000 workers down tools again Strike hits Yue Yuen, a company that works for giants such as Nike, Adidas and Timberland. Workers complain about the level of payments for pensions, want higher wages, better medical insurance, and injury compensation.
04/16/2014JAPAN Japan’s whalers want to return to sea "soon" The Japanese organization for whalers proposes a change in program to international community to in exchange for the resumption of activities. They also seek an injunction against the environmental movement Sea Shepherd, which follows the whalers to boycott them at sea.
04/15/2014ASIA Asia home to world’s biggest arms traders This was revealed by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute ( SIPRI). After the United States, China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Japan and India are - in this order - among the top 10 nations.
04/14/2014KUWAIT Kuwait invests 27 billion to upgrade refineries The project aims to increase production capacity and reduce pollution. Contracts signed with the UK's Petrofac, US-based Fluor and Japan's JGC Corporation. Most of the other companies South Korean .
04/14/2014AFGHANISTAN Elections in Afghanistan, exit polls put Abdullah Abdullah in the lead The Independent Electoral Commission has scrutinized about 500 thousand votes in 26 provinces . The candidate of the National Coalition of Afghanistan (NCA, Islamic democracy) is in the lead with 41.9% , followed by Ashraf Ghani with 37.6% . Final results expected for April 24.