18 killed in Karachi clash
Islamic bigots damage sculpture in B’desh
Thai grenade attack stokes tension
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World AIDS Day highlights big challenges
Karachi, November 30
The violence erupted after members of one group resorted to indiscriminate firing in several parts of Karachi last night. Sporadic incidents of firing were reported throughout last evening.
The rioters also torched 17 vehicles, the police said adding cops and paramilitary troops were patrolling the city to prevent further violence. At least four women were among the injured, they said.
Zulfiqar Mirza, the home minister of Sindh province, said he had issued orders to security forces to shoot anyone opening fire.
Witnesses said the violence started in the Banaras area when some armed men organised a protest and blocked Bacha Khan Chowk. The protest turned violent when two groups exchanged fire.
Subsequently, unidentified armed men started firing in other parts of the city, killing people in at least seven places. They also threatened shopkeepers to close their businesses.
Karachi's police chief Waseem Ahmed said orders had been issued to arrest and deal with anti-social elements with an iron hand.
No leniency would be shown to them, he said. The police has arrested over 20 suspects and seized arms from them. — PTI
Kuala Lumpur, November 30 Islamist gunmen killed nearly 200 persons over three days in attacks on two of Mumbai’s best-known luxury hotels and other landmarks in the city. “We will definitely look into the addresses to see if the gunmen have a Malaysian link,” inspector general of police Musa Hassan was quoted by the online version of the Star newspaper as saying. The Indian police has yet to provide details on the gunmen’s identity and the addresses, he said. Musa said the Malaysian police was also liaising with their Indian counterparts to verify Malaysian credit cards found at the scene of the attacks. He said the Malaysian police was also checking with Interpol on the matter.
“Right now, we do not know if the card is genuine or fake and also as
to to whom it belongs.
Kuala Lumpur, November 30
Islamist gunmen killed nearly 200 persons over three days in attacks on two of Mumbai’s best-known luxury hotels and other landmarks in the city.
“We will definitely look into the addresses to see if the gunmen have a Malaysian link,” inspector general of police Musa Hassan was quoted by the online version of the Star newspaper as saying.
The Indian police has yet to provide details on the gunmen’s identity and the addresses, he said.
Musa said the Malaysian police was also liaising with their Indian counterparts to verify Malaysian credit cards found at the scene of the attacks.
He said the Malaysian police was also checking with Interpol on the matter. “Right now, we do not know if the card is genuine or fake and also as to to whom it belongs. — Reuters
Dhaka, November 30
least 100 activists of the Ulama Anjuman-e-Al-Baiyanat, a group which
“Equipped with shovels, hammers and iron rods, they suddenly began to destroy the sculpture at about 9.45 pm last night at the commercial area, prompting immediate police intervention,” a police officer said.
Witnesses said some bigots climbed up the monument, standing 41-feet tall, to tie the sculptures with ropes to pull them down and later clashed with the police as they tried to stop them wielding batons leaving at least 20 persons injured.
The police said they arrested 10 persons from the scene and some of them were being treated at Dhaka Medical College Hospital with injuries.
The incident came a month after the authorities were apparently forced to remove five sculptures, which were being erected in front of Dhaka’s Zia International Airport after a right-wing Islamist group called the ‘Khatme Nabuat Andolon’ threatened to wage a massive campaign against the “un-Islamic act”. — PTI
Bangkok, November 30
The blast occurred around midnight at Government House, the prime minister’s office occupied by the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) since August in a bid to topple the government.
PAD supporters are dug in at the capital’s two main airports, stranding thousands of tourists, grounding exports and threatening to further slash economic growth.
Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat has declared a state of emergency at the airports and given the authority to the police to remove the protesters.
But PAD supporters attacked the police on Saturday night, forcing them further away from the main Suvarnabhumi international airport.
A Reuters reporter said that no policeman was visible around the airport today.
The sit-ins at Suvarnabhumi and the city’s domestic hub Don Muang are the latest escalation in the PAD’s “final battle” to unseat a prime minister it accuses of being a front for former leader Thaksin Shinawatra.
Thaksin, who is Somchai’s brother-in-law, was ousted in a military coup in 2006 and lives in exile. — Reuters
Thimphu, November 30
“The GNH seeds are planted in Brazil. Now we have to water it with care,” said psychologist and educator Susan Andrews, the founder of the Future Vision Ecological Park that will coordinate the GNH in Brazil.
“There is a tremendous yearning in people’s hearts for an integrated solution to problems and the GNH shows a systematic approach to all of them. People want to work together towards that,” Andrews, who attended the 4th international GNH conference here past week, said.
According to her, Brazil today was becoming one of the superpowers in the world with vast resources of water, energy, food and forests, but had reached a threshold where they had to choose a path to follow. — PTI
Paris, November 30
To be sure, there have been plenty of advances over the past two decades. While 33 million people have the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) that causes AIDS, more are enjoying healthier, longer lives thanks to powerful new medications.
Organisers of World AIDS Day, built around the themes of leadership, self-responsibility and activism, are calling on governments to follow through on promises of universal treatment, prevention, care and support.
“We have effective treatments. We have no other choice than to offer them to all those who need them,” said Jean-Francois Delfraissy, head of the French National Research Agency on AIDS and viral hepatitis (ANRS).
But affordable and effective treatment remains a rarity in Africa, home to the majority of HIV-positive people, making prospects of universal access to medication remote in the near future.
In poorer countries, the choice may eventually be between treating millions of HIV-positive patients, or offering more expensive treatment to some 5,00,000 people who are resistant to mainstream therapies, Delfraissy said.
In wealthy nations like France, where 5,200 new HIV-positive cases were registered past year, thousands of others remain unaware that they are infected. — AFP
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