103 dead, 100 missing as Indian ferry overturns
Buraburi—Army divers and rescue workers pulled 103 bodies out of a river after a packed ferry capsized in heavy winds and rain in remote northeast India, an official said Tuesday. At least 100 people were still missing Tuesday after the ferry carrying about 350 people broke into two pieces late Monday, said Pritam Saikia, the district magistrate of Goalpara district.
Ihsanoglu appeals for Palestinian prisoners rights protection
Jeddah—Prof. Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, Secretary General of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)has launched an appeal to International Human Rights Institutions and to the concerned international civil society bodies to apply international law and intervene urgently to impress upon Israel to respond to the humanitarian demands of the Palestinian prisoners in Israeli detention camps who are observing an open hunger-strike in protest against the deteriorated conditions of their captivity and the ill-treatment they are subjected to, in terms of torture, humiliation, isolation deprivation of the right to visits from family members, to the pursuance of their secondary and university studies, and to medical care.
UN SG lauds Suu Kyi for democratic compromise
Yangon—U.N. Secretary-General (UN SG) Ban Ki-moon, winding up a trip to encourage reforms in Myanmar, praised opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Tuesday for supporting democratization by making a political compromise. Ban said after meeting Suu Kyi that he admired her for agreeing to drop a demand that the wording of the oath of office be changed before her party members take their seats in parliament, which is expected Wednesday.
Asia’s biggest May Day rally held in Indonesia
Jakarta—Thousands of Indonesian workers held Asia’s biggest May Day rally on Tuesday, demanding better pay and protection of job security, watched warily by a heavy police and army presence. Colourful protests organised by trades unions and left-wing parties across Asia shared the theme of better pay and conditions, and denunciations of government policy, as living costs spike in fast-growing economies.
May Day: Just another holiday?
Mohammad Shahidul IslamYET another May Day dawns today in a milieu where its weight has been significantly shifted from espousing the cause of the working class to being a platform for political battles and a show of strength of a different kind. The day, when battles were waged by the working class to protect their rights against exploitation, has today lost its focus and theme and has become just another holiday adding to the list of holidays.