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Daily News – April, 8th

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Government could adopt education bill next week

The Government could adopt Monday, in an extraordinary meeting, the national education bill. According to Mediafax, the Government spokesperson, Ioana Muntean, confirmed this piece of information, adding that the bill would be sent to the Parliament at the end of the Monday meeting.

The initial plan had been that national education bill should be approved by the Government on March 31 and sent into Parliament for debate and adoption. In last Wednesday’s meeting, however, prime-minister Emil Boc decided to grant the Ministry of Education a week so that they could include into the bill proposals inspired by public debate and to obtain the Legislative Council’s approval.

The bill was discussed yesterday, by representatives of the ministry and those of the trade unions. The trade unionists left yesterday’s meeting just as discontented with the bill, however. They objected to at least four provisions in the bill, regarding tenure, including the 9th grade into high-school, the make-up of the school administration board and the financing per student. Moreover, the trade unionists claimed the bill was studded with grammatical errors.

Discussions regarding the education bill will continue today, at the Central University Library, where trade unionists, representatives of students, school pupils and teachers are invited to take part.

Romanian soldier injured in Afghanistan

A Romanian soldier was injured yesterday morning in Afghanistan after his patrol was attacked by insurgents. The soldier was taken to Lagman base where he underwent surgery and is now in stable condition.

The Ministry of Defense said First Sergeant Bida Ionel Eugen, member of the Operational Mentor and Liaison Team number 1 deployed in Zabul province was injured yesterday around 9 AM Romanian time.

The NCO was part of a joint Romanian-Afghan team that came under small arms fire from insurgents while on patrol 40 kilometres north-west of Qalat. The First Sergeant’s left leg was injured. He was medevaced to Lagman base where he underwent surgery. The soldier is in a stable condition, the MoD added.

Defence Minister Gabriel Oprea and Chief of the General Staff Admiral Gheorghe Marin are keeping a close eye on the wounded soldier’s state of health. A total of 52 Romanian soldiers have been injured and 12 have been killed since Romania deployed forces in Afghanistan in 2002.

At least 17 killed in Kyrgyz anti-gov’t protests

BISHKEK – At least 17 people were killed in the capital of Kyrgyzstan in clashes yesterday between police and thousands of protesters trying to topple the president of the impoverished Central Asian state. The Kyrgyz Kabar news agency also said 142 people were wounded in the unrest, but an emergency services official said more than 50 people may have been killed.

Riot police used tear gas and flash grenades to battle a crowd wielding automatic rifles and iron bars outside the office of President Kurmanbek Bakiyev, bringing nationwide unrest to the heart of the ex-Soviet state of 5.3 million people. Kyrgyz Prime Minister Daniyar Usenov, who earlier dismissed the protesters in Talas as “bandits”, told Reuters by telephone that he and the president were both working in their offices. “We daren’t even look out of the window,” Kamil Sydykov, the prime minister’s spokesman, said by telephone from inside the presidential building.

Some 1,000 people stormed the prosecutor-general’s office in the capital and were breaking windows and tossing out computers and office equipment, a Reuters reporter said. Opposition activists also took control of state television channel KTR. Protesters seized government buildings in three other towns in Kyrgyzstan, which hosts U.S. and Russian military bases and relies heavily on remittances from migrant workers in Russia.

In one town, Talas, Kyrgyz First Deputy Prime Minister Aklybek Japarov and Interior Minister Moldomusa Kongantiyev were badly beaten. Kongantiyev was forced to shout: “Down with Bakiyev!”, two witnesses said. According to later press reports quoting witnesses, the interior minister died from his wounds while being transported to hospital, but the information was not officially confirmed.

Russia has so far called for restraint. “We would like to make an urgent appeal to the hostile parties to refrain from the use of force to avoid bloodshed,” Andrei Nesterenko, spokesman for Russia’s Foreign Ministry, said in a statement. The government declared a state of emergency and said a curfew would be enforced between 8:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. in Bishkek and three other regions of Kyrgyzstan. Source: Reuters

Obama seeks momentum from Russia arms pact signing

PRAGUE – President Barack Obama left on Wednesday for Prague where he will sign a landmark nuclear treaty with Russia, marking a much-needed diplomatic achievement and a step toward better ties with Moscow. Obama hopes the agreement committing the two former Cold War foes to new cuts in their nuclear arsenals will help further his goal of a world without atomic weapons. The signing of the pact with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Thursday comes two days after Obama unveiled a new U.S. policy restricting the use of atomic weapons. Next week, a 47-country nuclear summit will be held in Washington.

The event at the medieval Prague castle is taking place near the anniversary of a speech he gave in the Czech capital vowing to seek “the peace and security of a world without nuclear wea0pons.” Just before the signing, Obama will hold private talks with Medvedev. In the evening, he will dine with 11 heads of state from Eastern and Central Europe. Obama will press Medvedev in their meeting to support tougher United Nations sanctions against Iran, a message he will also push in Washington during his meeting with Chinese President Hu Jintao on the sidelines of the April 12-13 nuclear security summit. Source: Reuters

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Written by Theophyle

April 8, 2010 at 8:19 am

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