Outlawed killed in Chuadanga ‘shootout’
A regional leader of the outlawed Purba Bangla Communist Party was killed in a ‘shootout’ with police at Jagannathpur village in Damurhuda upazila in Chuadanga district early Wednesday, police said. The deceased was identified as Abul Kashem, 35, son of Juron Ali, a resident of Boalmari village in Mujibnagar upazila of Meherpur district, UNB reported.
Police said on secret information that a group of the outlawed party members was holding a clandestine meeting at a mango orchard of one Kanaibabu at the village, a team of police led by Rabiul Islam, sub-inspector of Damurhuda police station, conducted a raid in the area in the dead of night. Sensing the presence of the law enforcers, the criminals hurled three crude bombs on them forcing them to retaliate that triggered a gunfight. At one stage, Kashem was caught in the line of fire during the gun battle and died on the spot while his accomplices managed to flee the scene.
UCPN (M) strayed from communist ideal: Chand
NAWALPARASI, MAR 05 – CPN-Maoist Secretary Netra Bikram Chand has said the party cannot give up the values and agenda of the people’s war. Addressing a press conference organised by federation of revolutionary journalists here in Parasi on Wednesday, the CPN leader rubbished the rumour of unification with the UCPN (Maoist) as the latter has been entrapped in the quicksand of parliamentary system and would never be able to get out of it.
Chand arrived here in Bardaghat of the district to felicitate the families of those martyred and disappeared during the people’s war. The CPN-Maoist leader remarked that all the communist parties are one in terms of ideology and that his party is ready to take up any kind of step in order to fulfill the commitment of the people’s war. “We are not talking about armed revolt,” said leader Chand. “But our party is ready to launch any kind of struggle in view of the situation and there won’t be any kind of limitation.” He claimed that the agreements signed between the then seven parties and the Maoists had been violated time and again. There should be an all-side roundtable conference to give an outlet to the nation, he added.
Saying that his party’s current struggle is from the table, the CPN-Maoist leader said, “We won’t back track even if we have to stage armed revolt.” He went on to say that the main obstacle to the unification with the UCPN (Maoist) was the party leaders’ steep fall from moral and political grounds. “The Maoist revolt had grossly perverted by the time it arrived in Kathmandu from Rolpa,” said leader Chand, “It is not possible to unite with the party that has strayed from the Maoist ideology.”
He claimed that the UCPN (Maoist) did not have the principle and working policy to liberate the people. He warned that the CPN-Maoist party would go before the people if the parties tried to sideline it in the name of majority system. He lashed out at Prime Minister Sushil Koirala for his remark that Tanakpur lies is India.
8 Hurt in protests in Colombian capital
At least eight people were injured Tuesday when Colombian police used tear gas against commuters gathered at a Bogota bus terminal to protest poor service. Protests were staged at at least seven terminals of the Transmilenio system, but the most serious situation occurred at the Suba station, where riot police in armored vehicles fired tear gas and chaos ensued. Eight people were injured at the Suba station, including a man who hit his head when he fell from a height of 3 meters (10 ft.).
The man was undergoing emergency surgery at a nearby hospital, municipal authorities said. “I have been informed that there is a blockage and there is one person injured,” said Bogota Mayor Gustavo Petro, who arrived at Suba to try and calm the situation. Three other people injured at the Suba terminal were also hospitalized, while four were given first aid on the scene. A pregnant woman who was in the Venecia station was taken to the Veraguas Clinic for treatment of effects resulting from gas inhalation. The demonstrations began very early in the morning when hundreds of users blockaded stations in different parts of the city to protest travel delays.
Chinese IBM workers erupt in protests over layoffs, Lenovo deal
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. — Thousands of IBM workers in China – some carrying banners describing IBM as a “Sweat Shop” and “We are not merchandise” and many wearing blue lab coats – launched protests Monday that continued Tuesday in reaction to layoffs and the sale of IBM’s low-end server business to Lenovo. Unlike at the Research Triangle Park complex where layoffs spark little if any public protest, including layoffs that started last week, the IBM facility in Shenzhen City was blocked with hundreds of protesters gathered at the entrance.
Kenya Police Scatter Protesting Drivers Snarling Nairobi Traffic
Kenyan paramilitary police dispersed public-transport drivers who paralyzed traffic by blocking roads in the capital, Nairobi, in a protest against increased parking fees. Operators of buses, commuter vans, known as matatus, and taxi-cab drivers stopped traffic on some of Nairobi’s busiest streets including Thika highway, Jogoo Road and the central business district since early morning as motorists headed to work. Around noon, ground-level shops in the business district locked their doors as armed police carrying batons and shields chased protesters by foot and apprehended motorists and bus drivers as they tried to reclaim their parked vehicles.