Wednesday, February 3, 2010
A compilation of brief news reports for Wednesday, February 3, 2010.
- 1 Christmas day bomber cooperating
- 2 Fire in Hyderabad hospital; 1 dead
- 3 China begins urgent sweep for tainted milk
- 4 Karachi violence escalates, section 144 imposed
The Nigerian man accused of trying to blow up a Detroit-bound jetliner on Christmas day with hidden explosives is cooperating with investigators and providing fresh intelligence after the U.S. enlisted the help of his family, an administration official said. His family persuaded him to cooperate.
The official declined to provide details on what kind of information Abdulmutallab was providing.
- “Failed bomb aboard Delta flight” — Wikinews, December 26, 2009
- Evan Perez. “Abdulmutallab Resumes Talking to Federal Agents” — The Wall Street Journal, February 2, 2010
- “Bomb plot accused ‘co-operating’” — UKPA, February 2, 2010
One person died and 41 were injured, including three nurses who are critically injured, in a major fire at Park Healthcare Hospital in Somajiguda, a suburb of the Indian city Hyderabad, on Tuesday morning.
The fire engulfed a major portion of the five-storey hospital’s first floor, along with some medical equipment and furniture on the other floors.
City police commissioner A K Khan said that a criminal case had been registered against the hospital management. “It is also being determined whether safety standards were followed by the hospital,” he said.
- “Major fire at city hospital; one patient dead” — The Hindu, February 2, 2010
- “Major fire at Hyderabad hospital; one patient dead” — PTI, February 2, 2010
Chinese authorities say they are preparing to launch a crackdown on melamine-laced milk after the scandal over tainted products, which made hundreds of thousands of children ill two years ago and damaged China’s brand reputation overseas, resurfaced.
China has dispatched inspectors to sixteen provinces to urge local governments to thoroughly investigate cases concerning food safety.
The decision comes after milk products tainted with the industrial chemical melamine were removed from sale in Shanghai and the provinces of Shaanxi, Shandong, Liaoning and Hebei, the state-run Xinhua News Agency said.
- “Contaminated baby’s milk induces wave of child illness in China” — Wikinews, September 22, 2008
- Edward Wong. “China Begins Emergency Check of Dairy Products” — The New York Times, February 2, 2010
- Cara Anna. “Beijing begins emergency sweep for tainted milk products” — The Boston Globe, February 3, 2010
At least twenty-six people have been killed in Karachi, Pakistan after four days of ethnic killings, according to police officials. The officials said that nine people were killed on Monday in the city’s Orangi western neighbourhood, which has a majority ethnic Pashtun community.
At least forty people were killed as ethnic clashes erupted across the city in early January.Home minister of Sindh province, Dr Zulfiqar Mirza has called upon the Army to restore peace and order.
- Salis bin Perwaiz. “Rangers given control of 26 police stations” — The News International, February 3, 2010
- “Deadly ethnic violence hits Karachi” — Al Jazeera, February 2, 2010
- Zamir Sheikh and Nisar Mehdi. “Army asked to take over Karachi” — The Nation, February 3, 2010