Bin Laden Bricks for Sale, Suicide Bombing Kills 20 in Pakistan | April 30 – May 4, 2012
Life moves fast. News moves faster. This week, a contractor in Pakistan sold bricks from Osama bin Laden’s Abbottabad compound as souvenirs, while Bangladesh looked forward to a visit from U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Tense conditions continued in Pakistan where a suicide bombing killed 20 at a local market, and India’s largest generic drug manufacturer announced big plans for cutting cancer drug costs.
Bricks of bin Laden? A man hired to help demolish Osama bin Laden’s Abbottabad compound turned the opportunity into a small business. Shakeel Ahmed, whose task was to rid the property of its pipes, beams and curtains, bought the notorious hideout’s remaining 180,000 bricks for $5,300 at an auction and is now selling them for less than 5 cents a pop. The peculiar entrepreneur said the rubble could help people build new homes. (TIME Newsfeed)
Fatal bombing in Khar. Elsewhere in Pakistan, conditions remained tense as a suicide bombing killed 20 people at a market in the town of Khar near the Afghan border. Five of those killed were security officials–another 40 individuals were wounded by the incident. No particular group came forward to claim responsibility, but suspicion was placed on the Pakistani Taliban and allied groups. (USA Today)
Cutting cancer costs. India’s largest generic drug manufacturer announced it will cut cancer drug prices by 75 percent, a move that will undoubtedly stifle Western pharmaceutical attempts to develop business in the subcontinent. Cipla Ltd. had taken the lead a decade ago to provide cheaper AIDS medication in Africa and said it hopes to do the same with regard to cancer in India and other developing countries. (Wall Street Journal)
Bangladesh hopeful about Hillary. Hillary Clinton will pay a visit to Bangladesh as street turmoil continues to rise between authorities and opposition activists. Protests have dominated the region after the mysterious disappearance of an opposition leader, adding to at least 22 similar politician disappearances since 2010. Clinton is expected to address the situation, as well as raise the issue of Nobel Peace Laureate Muhammad Yunus’ ouster from his own Grameen Bank. (Washington Post)
Demanding condom doesn’t constitute divorce. The Bombay High Court ruled against a husband’s odd grounds for divorce, one of which included his wife refusing to engage in unprotected sex. Pradeep Bapat’s wife Prerna said the couple was not financially stable enough to have children. According to her husband, she also lacked cooking and cleaning skills. The Court told the man “a woman is not a slave” and suggested that arranged couples get to know each other before marriage to circumvent such cases and manage expectations. (BBC News)
Sabrina Siddiqui is the editor-in-chief of Divanee.com.