Santiago: Some 40,000 litres (10,500 gallons) of oil have spilt into the sea from a terminal on a remote island in Patagonia on the southern tip of Chile, local authorities said. The Chilean navy said Saturday it sent a team to the site — about 250 kilometres (155 miles) northeast of the town of Puerto Natales — after Chilean mining and steelworking company CAP alerted it to the incident. “Units were ordered to deploy immediately to the area to take stock of what has happened, to control and mitigate possible damage caused by the emergency,” said the Chilean navy. A barge and an ocean patrol boat were sent, along with a team to limit contamination at the site, the navy said, adding they have opened an investigation into the spill. The affected area is part of Chile’s extreme south, which has some of the world’s cleanest waters and richest marine ecosystems.
Dhaka: Bangladesh’s ex-premier and opposition BNP chief Khaleda Zia on Sunday filed a petition in the High Court seeking bail on medical grounds in the Zia Charitable Trust corruption case in which she was jailed for seven years. In the petition, Zia said she has was suffering from several diseases, including diabetes and dental problem, the Daily Star reported. The 73-year-old three-time former prime minister also argued that since she has already served two-and-a-half years in jail in the case, she deserves the bail. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USA high court bench of Justices Obaidul Hassan and SM Kuddus Zaman will hear her bail petition on Tuesday, the report said. A Dhaka court on October 29 last year sentenced Zia to seven years of imprisonment in the corruption case. She is also undergoing a 10-year jail term in a corruption case in connection with the embezzlement of 21 million taka (about USD 250,000) in foreign donations meant for the Zia Orphanage Trust, named after her late husband Ziaur Rahman, a military ruler-turned-politician. The BNP chief has been admitted to the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University since April 1 for treatment after spending more than a year in the Dhaka’s century-old jail, where she was the only prisoner.
Beijing: China’s first “cyber-dissident” Huang Qi, whose website reported on sensitive topics including human rights, was sentenced to 12 years in prison for leaking state secrets on Monday, a court said. He was guilty of “leaking national state secrets and providing state secrets to foreign entities”, the statement by the Mianyang Intermediate People’s Court said, adding that Huang will be deprived of political rights for four years.
Beijing: Jack Ma, who founded Alibaba Group, the world’s biggest e-commerce company, is stepping down as chairman at a time when the rapidly changing industry faces uncertainty amid a US-Chinese trade war. Ma stepped down Tuesday as part of a succession announced a year earlier. He will stay on as a member of the Alibaba Partnership, a group of 36 people with the right to nominate a majority of the company’s board of directors. Ma, 55, founded Alibaba in 1999 to connect Chinese exporters to American retailers. The company has shifted its focus to serving China’s growing consumer market. Domestic businesses accounted for 66 per cent of its USD 16.7 billion in revenue in the quarter ending in June. (AP)
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday allowed eight out of the 44 girls of Bihar’s Muzaffarpur shelter home to be reunited with their families after all necessary clearances. A bench headed by justices N V Ramana directed the Bihar government to provide all necessary financial and medical assistance to these eight girls. It also directed the state government to assess the compensation liable to be paid to such victims under the scheme and submit a report to the court. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details The bench also comprising justices M M Shantanagoudar and Ajay Rastogi directed the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) to prepare a status report with respect to the remaining girls and submit it before the court in eight weeks. The apex court’s decision comes after TISS filed its field action project ‘Koshish’ before it in a sealed cover, saying the eight girls were fit to be handed over to their families. Several girls were sexually assaulted at the NGO-run shelter home in Muzaffarpur, Bihar, and the issue had come to light following a report by TISS, which had conducted a social audit.