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February 2012 International Issues

A 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of the central Philippines in the narrow strait between the heavily populated islands of Negros and Cebu on 6 February 2012. Soil and rocks buried homes in a neighbourhood in Guihulngan City near the quake's epicentre, which had also seen heavy rain in the days before the earthquake.

The powerful quake which struck near Tayasan town in the central Philippine island of Negros caused buildings to collapse, resulted in ther cracking of roads and bridges, and shut down the power supply.

Russia and China on 4 February 2012 vetoed the UN Security Council resolution for the second time in four months. The resolution condemns the Syrian regime’s crackdown on public uprising and calls upon President Bashar Al Assad to abide by the Arab League time-frame for political reforms in the country. 13 members of the 15-member Security Council, including India voted in favour of the resolution.

The draft resolution was prepared by European Union and Arab nations and revised amidst stiff opposition by Russia. From the original draft several major demands were dropped. 

The time-frame for implementation of the resolution by Syria was increased from 15 days to 21 days.

Bangladesh High Commissioner Tariq Ahmed Karim and the president of Indian Council for Cultural Relations, Dr. Karan Singh, released Dhaka-based author Anisul Hoque's latest book, Freedom's Mother in New Delhi on 4 February 2012. Hoque is also the Deputy Editor of Dhaka's leading newspaper, Prothom Alo.

The release of Freedom's Mother came soon after activists launched controversial Bangladeshi author Taslima Nasreen's latest work despite protests by certain religious extremist groups in Kolkata.

The book, Freedom's Mother is a fiction based on a true story. The idea of freedom and the sacrifices made by people in the fight for independence underlined the theme of the book. Bangladesh is presently commemorating the 40th anniversary of its liberation. Termed it as soul-stirring, thought-provoking story, the book speaks of the price one has to pay to aceive freedom.

The fifth edition of the World Future Energy Summit was held in Abu Dhabi, capital of UAE from 16 to 19 January 2012. The theme of this year’s World Future Energy Summit was - Sustainable Energy for All.

The summit discussed the need to harness the alternative sources like solar, wind, small hydro energy, tidal energy etc.



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