22 Asian workers killed in road mishap
Dubai: In the worst
accident in the history of the UAE, at least 22 people were killed
on-the-spot and 24 others injured today when a bus carrying Asian
labourers collided with a truck carrying construction materials during
were dead at the scene and the bodies were taken to Al-Ain Hospital.
There were 24 others injured, and their injuries ranged from minor and
moderate to serious," Brig Gen Hussein Ahmed Al Harthi, Director
of Abu Dhabi Traffic Police said.
Till late in the evening,
Indian embassy sources could not confirm or deny whether any Indian
was among those dead or injured.
The crash happened on the
Old Truck Road (E30), near Al-Ain city, just before 8am when a bus
carrying 46 workers thought to be from a cleaning company collided
with a large truck carrying sand and concrete, local media reported.
The identity and
nationalities of those killed in the accident have not yet been
The truck overturned and
landed on the bus when its brakes failed, Harthi said, adding that
there wasn't a safe distance between the two vehicles.
Most workers died after
suffocating in the pile of sand and construction material, witnesses
said. However, this could not be independently verified.
football matches fixed: Europol
London: Europol has
revealed that 680 football matches across the globe are under
suspicion of match-fixing, following a lengthy investigation into what
it considers a criminal network within the sport.
A total of 425 players,
officials and other individuals are suspected of being involved in an
organised crime syndicate based in Asia, which is thought to have been
organising the operation to rig the results of matches.
Rob Wainwright, director of
Europol, says the allegations included two Champions League fixtures,
one of which was played in England in the last two or three years,
though they did not name the matches in question.
He told a press conference
in Netherlands: "This is the work of a suspected organised crime
syndicate based in Asia and operated with criminal networks around
"It is clear to us
this is the biggest-ever investigation into suspected match-fixing in
Europe. It has yielded major results which we think have uncovered a
big problem for the integrity of football in Europe.
to hear PIL against Shinde
Allahabad High Court will on Tuesday hear a Public Interest Litigation
(PIL) filed against Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde for his
controversial remarks on "Hindu terror".
The Home Minister, while
addressing the Congress' Chintan Shivir in Jaipur on January 20, had
blamed the main opposition BJP and its parent organization the RSS for
running terror camps in the country.
During his speech, the Home
Minister also cited an investigation report that proved BJP and RSS
were supporting terrorism.
"Training camps of
both BJP and RSS are promoting Hindu terrorism. Whether it is
Samjhauta Express blast or Mecca Masjid blast or Malegaon blast, they
plant bombs and blame it on the minorities," he had said.
His ‘Hindu terror’
remarks evoked sharp criticism from several quarters, including BJP
and RSS, and a criminal complaint was also filed against him.
The BJP slammed Shinde and
said his statement on terror reflects his anti-Hindu mindset.