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Jan 24, 2009

50 injured as Gazipur RMG workers clash with cops

50 injured as Gazipur RMG workers clash with cops
At least 50 people were injured, including an additional police super, in a clash between garments workers and police in Gazipur following a road accident that injured a fellow worker.
Police said Shafiq, a worker of Mohammadia Garments, was taken to Dhaka Medical College Hospital after he was injured by a bus in front of the garment factory beside Dhaka-Gazipur Highway at about 7:45am.
But a rumour spread in his garment factory that Shafiq was killed in the accident.
Hearing the news, the agitated workers took to the street and damaged several vehicles blockading the highway.
Chase and counter-chase started among the workers when Mohammadia Garments workers tried to call out the workers of the other factories to join them.
At one stage, clash between the workers and police ensued when the law enforcers came to quell them, leaving 20 people, including ASP Zihadul Alam, injured.
Later, police used tear gas shells to bring the situation under control.
Besides, at least 30 workers of different garments were injured while trying to rush out of their factories hearing of the worker-police clash.
Transport movement resumed on the highway after nearly two and an half hours with intervention of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and police.
Some of the injured were admitted to Gazipur General Hospital.

Cautious Optimism for the First Embryonic Stem Cell Human Trial

The trial, which will test a stem-cell based treatment for spinal cord injury, will begin later this summer and will use cells generated by Geron Corporation. The approval marks the first time human stem cells, extracted and grown from embryos, will be transplanted into patients. Adult stem cells, which are present in many types of tissue, have been used in treatments for years — the most common being bone marrow transplants in cancer care — but an embryonic study is a whole new thing. There's good reason it's being greeted with so much excitement. ( Read "Scientists Reach Stem Cell Milestone" )
Scientists believe that embryonic stem cells are more versatile than adult cells in generating the more than 200 different tissue types in the body. The need for healthy new cells is particularly acute in the case of spinal cord injury, because once central nervous system tissue is destroyed, it does not regenerate — not in any significant way at least. The Geron team began its work with what is known as a Presidential stem cell line — stem cells derived from discarded in vitro fertilization embryos that already existed in 2001 when former President Bush decided to prohibit the use of federal funds to pursue human embryonic stem cell work. At the time, fewer than two dozen of these stem cell lines were of good enough quality to use as a basis for human treatments.

Former Detainee Now Al-Qaeda Commander

Former Detainee Now Al-Qaeda Commander
(WASHINGTON) — A released Guantanamo Bay terror detainee's re-emergence as an al-Qaeda commander in Yemen highlights the difficulty President Barack Obama faces in his efforts to close the detention facility and decide the fates of U.S. captives.

A U.S. counterterror official confirmed Friday that Said Ali al-Shihri, who was jailed at Guantanamo for six years after his capture in Pakistan, has resurfaced as a leader of a Yemeni branch of al-Qaeda
"By Allah, imprisonment only increased our persistence in our principles for which we went out, did jihad for, and were imprisoned for," al-Shihri said in a video posted on a militant-leaning Web site Friday. It was the second time this week a reference to al-Shihri has shown up on the Web site. He was mentioned in an online magazine on Jan. 19 with a reference to his prisoner number at Guantanamo, 372.
Al-Shihri was released by the U.S. in 2007 to the Saudi government for rehabilitation. But this week a publication posted on the site said he is now the top deputy in "al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula," a Yemeni offshoot of the terror group headed by Osama bin Laden. The group has been implicated in several attacks on the U.S. Embassy in Yemen's capital Sana.
The second announcement from the site came the day after President Barack Obama signed an executive order directing the closure of the prison at the U.S. naval base in Cuba within a year.