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Sunday, January 16, 2011

Partial curfew to be imposed in some Karachi areas: Malik

Partial curfew would be imposed in some Karachi areas Interior Minister Rehman Malik told media after holding an important meeting regarding law and order situation of the metropolis, Geo News reported.
He pointed out that a third party wanted to create differences among the three coalition parties Pakistan People's Party (PPP), Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and Awami National Party (ANP). ‘But all the leaders, President Asif Zardari, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, Altaf Hussain and Asfandar Wali, are on the same lines to curb this menace.’

He also held a crucial meeting with Sindh CM Qaim Ali Shah before leaving to Islamabad. The minister pointed out that aerial surveillance of the volatile areas would be conducted adding that some target killers have been apprehended red handed.

‘Terrorism is the national issues and it is the responsibility of the government to provide security to the people.’

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Ben Ali ‘definitively’ ousted as Tunisian president

Tunisia’s Zine El Abidine Ben Ali was definitively ousted as president on Saturday after the country’s Constitutional Council named the parliament’s speaker as his interim successor.
Ben Ali handed power to Prime Minister Mohammed Ghannouchi before fleeing to Saudi Arabia but the Council has now named Fouad Mebazza as acting leader.
It based its ruling on article 57 of the constitution, which lays down a strict procedure for the transition, including the calling of elections within a maximum of 60 days.
Article 56 does not require elections to be called and does not give an acting president the right to run for president.
Meanwhile, the government has reopened Tunisia’s airspace, a day after it was closed to civilian flights as Ben Ali quit the country.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Villages cut off by Brazil floods & mudslides

Rescue workers in Brazil are braced for more rain as they struggle to reach areas cut off by floods and landslides that have killed at least 500 people.
 Rescue workers in Brazil are braced for more rain as they struggle to reach areas cut off by floods and landslides, which have killed at least 500 people.
In one of the country's worst natural disasters, rivers of mud have flowed through towns in the mountainous Serrana region outside Rio de Janeiro.
The flood waters have levelled houses, swept away vehicles and stranded thousands of residents.
Emergency shelters have been set up to house displaced families in the worst affected towns such as Teresopolis, where at least 223 people were killed.
The official death toll is 495 people, but rescuers have yet to reach some of the worst-hit parts of Teresopolis, including one neighbourhood where around 150 houses are believed to have been destroyed.
More than 13,500 people have been left homeless. At least 214 people have died in the rural town of Nova Friburgo.
In Petropolis, once the summer residence for Brazil's royal family, 40 people have died, while at least 18 died in Sumidoro.
The flooding has caused billions of euros in damage and has presented President Dilma Rousseff with her first crisis only two weeks after she took office.
Beyond the loss of life and property, the damage from the rains could further boost food prices in parts of southeastern Brazil, a major concern for the government.
The Serrana region is an important producer of fruit and vegetables for the Rio area, but the floods have not affected Brazil's main crops such as soy, sugar cane, oranges and coffee.
Ms Rousseff has earmarked 780m reais (€348m) in emergency aid and briefly visited the region to meet local officials.
The government said it was sending 210 members of the National Public Security Force to help identify bodies.
Hillsides and riverbanks in the area, about 100kms north of Rio, collapsed after the equivalent of a month's rain fell in 24 hours from Tuesday night.