26 killed in Bangladesh boat collision May 04, 2021 0 247 12345 dpa Dhaka At least 26 people have been killed after a collision between an overcrowded motorboat and a cargo vessel on a river in central Bangladesh, officials said on Monday.Rescuers found the bodies of three children, a woman and 22 men on Padma river after the speeding motorboat carrying more than 30 passengers hit the cargo ship and overturned in the river, local government official Mohammad Asaduzzaman said.The accident occurred in the morning near Kathalbari river port of Madaripur district, located more than 50 kilometres south of the capital Dhaka.Local residents rescued five people soon after the boat sank in the river and rushed them to hospital, Asaduzzaman said.Ashikur Rahman, an on-duty police officer at the river port, said the motorboat was ferrying passengers across the river in absence of a regular transportation services, which are shut because of a nationwide lockdown imposed last month to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.Television footage show the front-side of the damaged speedboat, slavaged by the rescuers, was reduced almost to half.The district’s chief administrator Rahima Khatun said an investigation was launched into the accident. A panel of investigators were asked to report back in three days.Deaths from ferry accidents are common in Bangladesh, a country of many rivers. Experts blame poor safety measures and the lax implementation of regulations. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Saudi could give Malaysia extra 10,000 Hajj spots, says PM Yassin May 04, 2021 0 978 Nepal suspends all flights until May 14 amid spike in Covid cases May 04, 2021 0 268 India’s vaccine and oxygen crisis deepens as caseload nears 20 mn May 04, 2021 0 259 Israel’s state comptroller to open special probe into stampede deaths Tel Aviv: Israel’s state comptroller wants to look into the circumstances surrounding the deaths of 45 people in a stampede at a religious festival last week, in addition to an already ongoing police investigation, the .. Syrian court approves three, including al-Assad, to run for elections Damascus: Syria’s Supreme Constitutional Court has approved three candidates to run in the May 26 presidential race, among them current President Bashar al-Assad, the official SANA news agency reported on Monday. .. Philippines’ top diplomat doesn’t mince words in China sea dispute dpa Manila The Philippines’ top diplomat on Monday used less-than-diplomatic language to tell China to get out of the country’s waters, after months of repeated demands for hundreds of Chinese ships to leave disputed .. Iran denies talks about releasing prisoners to gain access to funds dpa Tehran There is no truth to a report that Iran is preparing to free five prisoners in exchange for access to bank accounts that have long been frozen due to diplomatic disputes with Britain and the US, said the Iranian .. S’pore pauses most hospital care as virus numbers rise dpa Bangkok Singapore’s Health Ministry on Monday said it “has asked all hospitals to defer non-urgent surgeries and admissions” after a modest uptick in coronavirus case numbers over the past week. Would-be patients .. Floods kill 4 people in eastern Yemen Sana’a: Floods in the eastern Yemeni province of Hadramaut have killed four people and injured two in the past 24 hours, emergency authorities in the country said on Monday. Torrential rains have destroyed 10 houses in ..