International news for week
Digest of international news for week Oct 25- Oct 31, 2014
Islamabad: Pakistan says that it will continue to trade with India despite tensions along the border casting a shadow on bilateral economic ties as no country can improve its relations without going into business.
Washington: In yet another tragic shooting in a US school, a student opened fire in a school cafeteria, killing one student and critically injuring four others before taking his own life, police says.
Rio de Janeiro: Leftist President Dilma Rousseff vowed to reconcile Brazil, reboot the economy and fight corruption after narrowly winning re-election in the most divisive race since the return to democracy in 1985.
Bangkok: Thailand’s popular island resort of Phuket was on high alert after it was announced that former Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh’s killer, who is on the run might be trying to enter the country, a media report says.
Paris: The head of the UN’s climate science panel urged national policymakers not to lose heart in the face of a mighty challenge to tackle global warming.
Beijing: China warned that it will firmly oppose any exploration activity in South China Sea if it undermines its “sovereignty and interests”, hours after India inked a pact with Vietnam for exploration in two additional oil and gas blocks in the the resource-rich area.
New York: India has performed poorly in removing gender-based disparities, ranking 114 out of 142 countries in World Economic Forum’s 2014 gender gap index, scoring below average on parameters like economic participation, educational attainment and health and survival.
United Nations: India overwhelmingly won its re-election to the United Nations’ body on economic and social issues, the win coming just a week after it got re-elected to the world body’s human rights council.
Dhaka: Matiur Rahman Nizami, chief of Bangladesh’s fundamentalist Jamaat-e-Islami, was sentenced to death by a special tribunal for war crimes he committed during the nation’s independence war against Pakistan in 1971, triggering violent clashes between his supporters and police.
Berlin: Fifty-one countries signed an agreement to share financial data and boost efforts to crack down on tax evasion.
Ouagadougou: Burkina Faso’s President Blaise Compaore was toppled as the army took power after protesters set parliament ablaze in a popular uprising against the veteran leader’s 27-year-rule.
Colombo/New Delhi: Five Indian fishermen were given the death penalty by a Sri Lankan court for alleged drug trafficking, invoking a sharp reaction from India which took up the matter with Sri Lanka and said it would appeal to a higher court against the judgement.
Colombo: At least 10 people have been killed and nearly 160 others are feared to have been buried alive in Sri Lanka after a deadly landslide destroyed the homes of mostly Indian-origin tea plantation workers with slim chances of any survivors being found even as India offered help to deal with the disaster.
New York: Former Union Carbide chief Warren Anderson, wanted in India in connection with the 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy which claimed over 3,000 lives in one of the world’s most lethal industrial accidents, has died in the US state of Florida aged 92.
United Nations: India has voted against the provisions of draft resolutions that would have required it to accede to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), saying there is “no question” of it joining the treaty as a non-nuclear weapon state.
Beijing: India said plans are afoot to form a regional airline to improve air connectivity in eight North Eastern states, including Arunachal Pradesh, besides accelerating the development of rail and road networks in the remote region.