Nepal poor because of poor governance: Communist leader

Kathmandu : Khadga Prasad Oli, newly-elected chairman of Nepal's largest communist party, Monday blamed poor governance for the poverty in the country.

The Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist Leninist) chief, in his first major public pronouncement since his election last week, asked party members to work towards achieving prosperity of the country, Xinhua reported.

He said that the country, despite having abundant resources, happened to fall into the league of poor nations as the government and its citizens had failed to create a national identity.


272 bodies recovered from MH17 crash site: Ukrainian PM

Kiev : Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk Monday said that rescuers have recovered 272 bodies from the crash site of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.

"272 bodies have been found and 251 of them are in refrigerators in Torez train station," Yatsenyuk told reporters at a press conference here.

Ukraine stood ready to transfer the bodies to the Netherlands, Yatsenyuk said, adding that the government in Kiev "has no doubt" that the plane was hit by an anti-aircraft missile.

Yatsenyuk suggested that the Netherlands lead the investigation into the incident.


BRICS but not yet a Building

By Amit Kapoor,

The recently concluded BRICS annual summit held in Brazil resulted in the important Fortaleza Declaration and Action Plan from the leaders of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. The joint declaration has some important points that highlight the importance of this year’s summit.

Newcastle United to pay homage to fans lost on MH17

Wellington : Players of English Premier League club Newcastle United will be wearing black armbands in their New Zealand tour games to pay homage to two of their supporters who died in Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash in Ukraine.

En route to watch Newcastle United's pre-season matches in New Zealand, John Alder and Liam Sweeney took the Malaysia Airliners MH17. The flight with 298 people aboard crashed Thursday over eastern Ukraine, with no survivors found so far, reports Xinhua.


Typhoon Rammasun toll 11 in Vietnam

Hanoi : The number of people killed by typhoon Rammasun in Vietnam has risen to 17, officials said Monday.

According to flood control officials, of the 11 victims three were struck by lightning and the other eight were washed away by the flood, Xinhua reported.

Vietnam's northern Lang Son province, some 130 km north of capital Hanoi and bordering China in the north, was hit the worst by the typhoon.

Approximately 5,500 Vietnamese households have been evacuated to safe places.


Bodies of MH17 crash victims loaded on train

Donetsk (Ukraine) : The remains of nearly 196 people recovered from the Malaysian airliner crash site have been loaded on to refrigerated train carriages bound for an unknown destination, a media report Sunday said.

Monitors from the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) inspected three wagons of the freight train that stood at the town of Torez, situated 15 km from the crash site, BBC reported.

Donetsk rebel leader Alexander Borodai Sunday claimed to have found the flight data recorders of the crashed Malaysian airliner.


“We are all Palestinians” Chant tens of thousands in London

By M Ghazali Khan,

London: Thousands of protesters, estimated around 100,000, have demonstrated outside the Israeli Embassy against Israeli aggression on Gaza and the ongoing genocide of Palestinians.

Bhutan lifts vehicle import ban

Thimpu : Bhutan has lifted a ban on import of vehicles imposed a year ago, with dealers saying that most clients were interested in India made vehicles.

The department of trade officially lifted the ban Saturday, Kuensel reported.

"Now that the new taxation is in place, the ban will be lifted with immediate effect," Bhutan's Economic Affairs Minister Norbu Wangchuk said.

Vehicle dealers in the country have received numerous inquiries about the prices and bookings since July 1.


Typhoon Rammasun toll 94 in Philippines

Manila : The number of people killed by typhoon Rammasun in the Philippines has risen to 77, the National Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said Sunday.

According to NDRRMC, more than 300 people were injured and six are still missing, Xinhua reported.

About 1.6 million people have been affected, out of which 518,764 have taken shelter in 1,264 evacuation centres.

The cost of damages is estimated to be 7.3 billion pesos (about $167.6 million).


14 rescued in China tunnel collapse

Beijing : Fourteen workers were rescued out of a railway tunnel collapse in China's Yunnan province early Sunday following over five days of rescue operation.

The survivors were sent to a hospital nearby for medical treatment and psychological counselling according to their conditions, Xinhua quoted authorities as saying. However, one person remains missing and the rescue operation continues.

The tunnel collapsed Monday evening in Funing County of Zhuang and Miao prefecture of Wenshan, trapping 15 workers.