- The Washington Times - Friday, September 8, 2006


43 bodies retrieved after mine blast

PATNA — Rescuers working through the night retrieved the bodies of 43 of the 50 miners killed in an explosion in a coal mine in eastern India, an official said yesterday.

There were no survivors after the explosion, which caused part of the mine’s roof to collapse and a pocket of methane gas to leak out.

The explosion and leak occurred Wednesday night at the mine located about 95 miles west of Ranchi, the capital of Jharkhand state.


Blast kills five in Baluchistan

QUETTA — A bomb killed at least five persons and wounded 21 yesterday in Pakistan’s restive Baluchistan province, police said, blaming supporters of a tribal leader who was recently killed in a government raid.

The blast occurred near a bus station in the town of Barkhan.

Tribal leader Nawab Akbar Bugti, 79, had led a sometimes violent campaign for more local distribution of revenues from gas, oil and other resources extracted from Baluchistan.

He died Aug. 26 when his remote cave hide-out collapsed during a military operation in the southwestern province.


Taxi bomb injures 6; rebels suspected

COLOMBO — Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels placed a body in a booby-trapped taxi that exploded yesterday in northern Sri Lanka, wounding six persons, police said.

The blast occurred in the town of Vavuniya, 160 miles north of the capital Colombo. A police officer and four school children were among the injured, police said.

The dead man placed in the three-wheel taxi had been abducted Thursday, police said.

Officials blamed the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam for the attack. There was no comment from the Tigers.

Weekly notes

A 14-year-old Nepalese boy who stands just 20 inches tall must wait four years before he can be assessed for the title of world’s smallest man by the Guinness World Records. “We must make sure that the person has reached an adult age,” a Guinness Book spokesman said in a letter to the chairman of a trust set up for the tiny youth, Khagendra Thapa Magar. The trust has been raising money for the boy by taking him around the country and charging people to see him. … A Bangladeshi man who established a bank for the poor and is regarded as one of the key developers of microcredit was named winner of the eighth Seoul Peace Prize this week. Muhammad Yunus, who won the biennial prize of $200,000, began fighting poverty during a 1974 famine in Bangladesh. He set up a small bank, Grameen Bank, to give local people access to credit. The awards ceremony will be held in Seoul on Oct. 19.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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