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August 26, 2014

Bangladesh opposition protests parliament’s authority to impeach judges

Dhaka, Aug 26 (IANS) Bangladesh's opposition alliance Monday announced a three-day nationwide protest opposing the government's move to restore parliament's authority to impeach apex court judges.Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) joint secretary Rizvi Ahmed made the announcement of the protest at a press conference Monday, saying the current parliament has been formed through a election amid boycott by the then main opposition BNP and its allies, Xinhua reported. "Any decision to amend the constitution to empower…

Indian-American named to key post in US island territory

New York, Aug 26 (IANS) Indian-American lawyer Reena Patel has been named civil division chief in the attorney general's office in the Northern Mariana Islands, one of the five inhabited US island territories. Officially the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), it consists of fifteen islands in the western Pacific Ocean, about three-quarters of the way from Hawaii to the Philippines. Patel's appointment was announced recently by the territory's acting Attorney General Gilbert Birnbrich. "It is evident…

British Indian MP to tackle violence against women

London, Aug 26 (IANS) British Indian MP Seema Malhotra has been appointed the first ever shadow minister tasked with tackling violence against women in Britain, Opposition leader Ed Miliband announced. Seema Malhotra, 42, who will join Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper's front bench team, will champion the needs of all victims of rape, domestic and sexual violence, as well as Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), forced marriage, trafficking and prostitution, a statement on the Labour Party website said Monday.…

US army base locked down over shooter’s presence

Washington, Aug 26 (IANS) A US army base was locked down Monday morning following an “active shooter incident”, CNN reported. The Fort Lee installation in Virginia was locked down after the incident was reported at Building 5020 of the Combined Arms Support Command headquarters. No further details were available Fort Lee is near Petersburg, Virginia, and 135 miles south of Washington. Retd. Maj. Gen. James "Spider" Marks, a CNN military analyst, described the base as a "very active" one with soldiers…
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