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Hong Kong upholds ban on National Day march after violence

Hong Kong upholds ban on National Day march after violence

In Hong Kong, authorities have rejected an appeal for a major pro-democracy march tomorrow on National Day holiday, after two straight days of protest-related violence in the Special Administrative Region of China.

The Civil Human Rights Front says the appeals board today upheld a police ban on the march. The group warns, the ban could accelerate violence because citizens will turn up anyway, as they have done in past instances of police bans.

Apart from the march, rallies are also planned in multiple locations. Local media reported that several people, including an actor and activist, were detained in early morning today over their participation in the protests. Police couldn’t immediately confirm this when contacted.

Violence erupted over the weekend in what has become familiar cycle since protests began in June.

Sri Lanka’s former Army Commander General Mahesh Senanayake joins Presidential race

Sri Lanka’s former Army Commander General Mahesh Senanayake joins Presidential race

Sri Lanka’s former Army Commander General Mahesh Senanayake on Sunday joined  the Presidential race after being named candidate of the National People’s Movement (NPM).

The NPM is a collective of civil organizations and was created last year in order to promote national unity, achieve religious and ethnic harmony and reconciliation, develop a new political leadership and identify the most suitable individuals to lead the country.

It announced its candidate during a special summit held on Sunday at Colombo.

The movement said they decided upon the candidate to fulfill all Sri Lankans hopes with all the criteria that the presidential candidate must possess.

Speaking on the occasion, General Senanayake said that contesting at the Presidential election was a collective decision and it was not a personal decision.

He  became the 22nd Commander of the Army in June 2017 and retired last month from nearly 38 years of service in Sri Lanka Army.

EU’s Juncker says not too late for Brexit deal

EU’s Juncker says not too late for Brexit deal

Madrid, Sep 22 (AFP) There is still time for London and Brussels to make a Brexit deal, outgoing European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker said in remarks published Sunday, as the clock runs down to a October 31 deadline.

Juncker also told the Spanish daily El Pais that he wished the Commission had played a more active role in the 2016 British referendum to counteract “lies and fake news”.

Juncker described as “constructive and partly positive” his talks with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday in Luxembourg.

“I believe that we still have a chance to reach an agreement,” the paper quoted Juncker as saying.

“I don’t share the views of those who think that Johnson is playing games with us and with himself,” he said.

Britain’s departure from the EU “is a tragic moment for Europe”, he said.

Juncker said he had not been surprised when a majority of Britons in 2016 voted for a departure from the bloc, because they had been told by elites for decades that political union was a “Federalist folly” and that a common market was sufficient.

But it was a regret that the Commission kept out of the referendum campaign when asked to by then-prime minister David Cameron, Juncker said.

“We at the Commission decided not to intervene, at the request of David Cameron, and that was a big mistake,” he said.

Britain is racing toward its October 31 departure without an exit agreement and faces the threat of economic disruption that the government admits could cause food shortages and spark civil unrest.

Casino Busted, Youth Wing leader of Awami League arrested in Dhaka

Casino Busted, Youth Wing leader of Awami League arrested in Dhaka

An illegal casino operating in the Fakirepool area of Dhaka was today busted by the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) of Bangladesh.

The police arrested Jubo League leader Khaled Mahmud Bhuiyan for reportedly running the illegal casino. He is also president of Youngmen’s Club, Fakirerpool where the casino is situated. Along with Khaled, 142 people were also arrested from the Casino. Jubo League is the youth wing of the ruling Awami League.

According to RAB Tk 24 lakh, foreign liquor and Yaba pills were recovered from the spot.Reports of  illegal casinos operating in Dhaka often appear in the media.

The raid on the casino and arrest of the Jubo league leader comes a day after the Awami League General Secretary and Road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader issued warning that if necessary, an integrity drive would be conducted inside the Awami League also to prevent corruption and wrongdoings.

 

Blast near Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani’s election rally kills 24

Blast near Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani’s election rally kills 24

In Afghanistan, a suicide bomb attack at an election rally today killed at least 24 people.

Official sources said, the meeting was about to be addressed by President Ashraf Ghani in Parwan province, north of the capital, Kabul.

Mr Ghani’s campaign chief said, the President was present at the venue but was unharmed.

Just hours later, an explosion struck near the U.S. Embassy in Kabul with reports of three people killed.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks.

The violence comes as Afghanistan faces presidential elections on September 28.

The Taliban has warned that polling stations and election campaigns would be targeted.

Campaigning for the Afghan elections resumed last week after US President, Donald Trump declared that the US – Taliban talks which had been going  for months in the Gulf Arab state of Qatar, are over.

Unrest in RMG sector, Workers-Police Clash, Road Blocked in Dhaka

Unrest in RMG sector, Workers-Police Clash, Road Blocked in Dhaka

Bangladesh is witnessing frequent unrest in the Ready-Made Garments (RMG) sector with workers blocking the road and resorting to strike to press for the release of their salaries and other issues.

In Sonargaon upazila of Narayanganj near Dhaka workers of an RMG factory clashed with police today. Officer In charge of the Sonargaon police station said that the agitating workers hurled brickbats injuring 10 policemen.

Workers claimed that more than 20 protestors were injured in the clash when police charged batons and fired tear shells to disperse the protesters who had blocked the Dhaka-Sylhet Highway today around noon time.

Workers were protesting against alleged lay off, late payment of salary and denial of maternity leave.

In another incident, RMG workers blocked a road in the Mirpur area of Dhaka for many hours today alleging that the factory has not paid them salaries for the last four months. The blockade caused heavy traffic jam in the adjoining areas.

In January 2019, thousands of garment workers had staged protests for increased minimum wages.

Bangladesh has witnessed sporadic incidents of RMG sector workers protesting for wages, arrears and against retrenchment in recent months.

Bangladesh has the world’s second-largest garment industry, behind China. It contributes almost 16 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the country.

RMG sector exports in the fiscal year ending June 2019 was  $34 billion. About 78% of the yearly foreign exchange earnings of the country comes from this sector.