Thailand to close schools and bars following surge in coronavirus cases

Thailand will close close schools, bars and massage parlours, as well as ban alcohol sales in restaurants, for at least two weeks starting from Sunday after a jump in COVID-19 cases, a senior official said. Activities involving more than 50 people will also be prohibited, Thailand’s coronavirus taskforce spokesman, Taweesin Wisanuyothin, said, adding that 18… Read More Thailand to close schools and bars following surge in coronavirus cases

Two dead, six injured as gunmen ambush university bus in northeastern Afghanistan

Gunmen ambushed a bus carrying university staff in northeastern Afghanistan on Tuesday killing the driver and a student, officials said, as attacks on civilians continued, while peace talks between the government and the Taliban remained stalled. Six university lecturers were also wounded during the attack in Baghlan province, said Sayed Hamid Rushan, a spokesman for… Read More Two dead, six injured as gunmen ambush university bus in northeastern Afghanistan

Gunmen abduct about thirty students from forestry college in northwest Nigeria

Gunmen in northwest Nigeria kidnapped around 30 students overnight from a forestry college near a military academy, three students said on Friday, in the fourth mass school abduction since December. The Federal College of Forestry Mechanization sits on the outskirts of Kaduna city, capital of Kaduna state, in a region roamed by armed gangs, who… Read More Gunmen abduct about thirty students from forestry college in northwest Nigeria

One dead as police clash with university students protesting over fees in South Africa

One person was killed on Wednesday after police fired rubber bullets to disperse a group of protesters at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) in Johannesburg, police and a student leader said. The students are demanding that those who owe the university up to 150,000 rand (an equivalent of $9,850) in fees still be allowed… Read More One dead as police clash with university students protesting over fees in South Africa

Armed bandits invade school, abduct students in northwest Nigeria

Unidentified gunmen kidnapped 317 schoolgirls from the town of Jangebe in northwest Nigeria on Friday, police said. The mass abduction reportedly occurred on Thursday night with several parents confirming the abductions. The name of the school was given as Government Girls’ Secondary School. A surge in armed militancy has led to a widespread and worsening… Read More Armed bandits invade school, abduct students in northwest Nigeria

Gunmen attack school, abduct students in Nigeria

Unidentified gunmen abducted 27 students and some staff and their family members in an attack overnight on a secondary school in Nigeria’s Niger state, the state governor’s spokeswoman said on Wednesday. The assailants stormed the Government Science college in the Kagara district at around 2 a.m., overwhelming the school’s security detail, according to local residents.… Read More Gunmen attack school, abduct students in Nigeria

Amazon launches online academy to train students in India

Amazon.com Inc has launched an online academy to train students for one of India’s most competitive college entrance tests, the e-commerce giant said on Wednesday, as it taps a boom in virtual learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Amazon Academy”, available as a website and an Android smartphone app, will offer learning material, live lectures and… Read More Amazon launches online academy to train students in India

Indian state passes law abolishing Islamic schools

An Indian state ruled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist party on Wednesday passed a law abolishing state-run Islamic schools, saying they provided sub-standard education. Opposition politicians criticised the move and said it reflected the government’s anti-Muslim attitude in the Hindu-majority country. More than 700 of the government-funded religious schools, known as madrasas, in… Read More Indian state passes law abolishing Islamic schools