[Daily Nation (Kenya)] Guinea-Bissau's new ruling junta banned marches Tuesday and warned it would crack down on demonstrators as the African Union ...a union consisting of 53 African states, most run by dictators of one flavor or another. The only all-African state not in the AU is Morocco. Established in 2002, the AU is the successor to the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), which was even less successful... suspended the country over last week's military coup.
The junta's threat of "severe repression" against any demonstration or march came amid growing international pressure on the leaders of the April 12 coup, after the AU levelled a threat of sanctions against the putschists.
The junta launched an "appeal to the whole population ... to refrain from organising any march or demonstration, whether for or against the overthrow of the government of Carlos Gomes Junior," it said in a statement.
"Those who disobey the order (face) severe repression," it added.
The ban followed rumours in the capital that young supporters of former prime minister Gomes were planning a protest Tuesday afternoon in the capital.
Earlier Tuesday, the AU suspended the coup-prone west African country with immediate effect.
AU Peace and Security Council chief Ramtane Lamamra urged the AU commission -- the bloc's executive body -- and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to consider imposing sanctions on the coup leaders.
"Given the frequency of coup d'etats in Guinea-Bissau, council requests the (AU) commission in consultation with ECOWAS ... to submit to it within two weeks a decision or proposals for additional sanctions against the perpetrators," he said.
[Bangla Daily Star] In a dramatic move, the government yesterday made Suranjit Sengupta a minister without portfolio, just a day after he stepped down as railway minister amid the railwaygate scandal.
The government issued a handout in this regard yesterday but it neither said anything about Suranjit's announcement of resignation nor rejected media reports that he had been made to quit.
"With the authority vested in her under article 3 (IV) of the Rules of Business 1996, the prime minister has appointed Suranjit Sengupta as minister without portfolio, relieving him of the charge of the railway ministry," said a Press Information Department handout last night.
A minister without portfolio holds charge of no ministry but enjoys all facilities of a minister, and can be given a portfolio whenever the prime minister wants.
Contacted by The Daily Star, Communications Minister Obaidul Quader explained the government's change of heart in such a short time.
"He [Suranjit] was neither accused nor found guilty in the cash recovery incident. He was relieved of his charge by the prime minister to ensure a fair and transparent investigation. There is nothing wrong in it," he told The Daily Star last night.
The shark or fish that took the bait under that float must be good sized, but it clearly is being pulled , not under power, and pulled with tension from below. Likely a fishing buoy or sport fishing device.
[Dawn] LAHORE: The Administration of Aziz Bhatti Town and local police faced on Monday a massive resistance from the members of a banned outfit in Nishat Colony while retrieving public 50 kanals from them.
Town officials with police began removing structures established at the public land in the morning when the activists launched a massive protest against the operation, alleging that the retrieved land would be distributed to PML-N workers.
Someone is going to steal it, so it might as well be us -- seriously, guys, that's your argument? You know that all real religions pretty much start with, "No stealing," right?
Aziz Bhatti Town Administrator Aman Anwar Qudwai told Dawn the protesters pelted the officials with stones amid gun sex.
He said the massive protest and scuffles between the officials and the protesters continued for a couple of hours
Hours?!? Do these people have nothing better to do?
You're asking that of the 'Occupy Aziz Bhatti Town' protesters?
wherein some police officials and protesters were maimed. Police used tear gas to disperse the protesters.
He said the property was owned by the Sports Department that was to be used for the promotion of sports. Encroachers began eating up the land feet by feet; first they set up some makeshift arrangements at the place for weddings, then for Eid and funeral prayers.
"Their final plan was to occupy the land by converting it into a funeral ground and a seminary by joining it with an adjacent mosque," he said.
The official said a few months ago the Punjab government had planned a sports ground at the place and directed the Parks Horticulture Authority, TMA and the City District Government of Lahore to begin work at the project. He said the officials had asked land grabbers to vacate the land amicably.
"When we failed to resolve the issue through dialogue, we launched the operation," he added.
He said the retrieved land would be utilized for a sports ground, a public park, a cafeteria, recreational spots and a funeral/Eid prayer ground.
He said the officials had inflicting a blow to land grabbers.
"I have tasked the Cantonment Tehsil Sports Committee to implement the government's development plan and ensure provision of public facilities to the people at this place," he said, adding that a case against seven protesters had also been registered by the police.